Windy City Weekend: Val Meets Former President Barack Obama, Elmhurst Kid Star Of Disney Movie And Holiday Gift Guide


CHICAGO (WLS) – This week over Windy City Weekend, Val is planning a party featuring former President Barack Obama! On Thursday night, Val attended his son’s basketball practice where President Obama surprised a young group of players.

Val also met former President Barack Obama on his last visit to Chicago. She talks about the experience and their conversation.

Ultimate Guide to Holiday Gifts

When you do your Christmas shopping, you want to make sure you’re getting the best gifts at the best prices. So lifestyle and beauty expert Milly Almodovar is joining us in sharing her ultimate guide to holiday gifts!

Life is always better with a box of chocolates! Treat your loved one to a box of Fannie May chocolates.

Fannie May Gourmet Chocolates (prices vary)

A good perfume never goes out of fashion. Get these sets for someone special!

Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Set $ ​​132

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male EDT Set $ ​​100

Do you have a child? It’s the perfect gift! Clixo is a multisensory magnetic building toy that combines the magic of origami with the ease of classic building blocks. You take these super flexible 2D parts and click them on top of each other to create some super cool 3D creations!

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CLIXO Toys $ 17.99 – $ 119.99

No one ever refuses a comfortable pair of slippers. Get this set for the whole family.

DearFoams Family Bear Collection: $ 18 to $ 36

Do you have a hair-obsessed family member? We have what you need! Hot Tools has released a revolutionary new hair straightener, the Pro Artist Dual Plate Salon hair straightener. It features two customizable plates and Black Gold technology, which equates to less damage and even heat, for the perfect styles every time.

Hot Tools Pro Artist Black Gold Dual Plate Salon Flat iron $ 129.99

This serum makes a great Christmas stocking and under $ 10. Affordable, effective skin care that’s perfect for customizing your daily routine to get the visible results you want – without breaking the bank.

Boots Ingredients Collagen Serum helps boost skin hydration with Acacia Collagen, a plant-based substitute for animal collagen obtained from Seyal Acacia. This lightweight serum helps skin feel plumped and hydrated.

Boots Ingredient Collagen Serum $ 8.99

Effective and affordable skin care, perfect for customizing your daily routine to achieve the visible

It’s a great gift for a mom! Bartesian is a smart drinking system that lets you bring the bar home with the push of a button. Each Bartesian capsule is filled with the exact fresh ingredients needed to make a high-quality cocktail, which are then automatically blended with your choice of spirits. You no longer need all of the individual ingredients, knowledge, time and mess to create your own premium mixologist-approved drinks.

Bartesienne $ 349.99

Save or Spend: New Vacation Movies

Christmas … again ?! – SPEND
A spirited 11-year-old girl who hopes to add more courage to her Christmas party when her parents’ divorce ruins her plans.

Silent Night – SKIP

An extended family gathers at a country estate for what could be their last Christmas vacation. With Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Lily Rose-Depp.

Harlem – SPEND
Amazon Prime series about four black women living in today’s Harlem facing life, love, sex, friendship, and work.

Christmas with Felicity – SPEND
A struggling pastry chef returns to her hometown to try to find the Christmas spirit

8-bit Christmas – SPEND
In 1980s Chicago, a 10-year-old sets out on a quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.

“Christmas … again ?!” Local

It’s holiday movie season! Meet James mccracken, a 7-year-old native of Chicagoland, who stars in Disney’s new feature film, “Christmas … Again ?!”

At only 6 years old, James McCracken auditioned and landed his first acting role.

“Christmas … again ?!” focuses on Rowena “Ro” Evestevez, an 11-year-old girl, hoping for a traditional Christmas with the family, despite her parents’ divorce. However, the news of her father’s new engagement plagues her vacation plans. McCracken plays Ro’s future brother-in-law, “Louie,” who affectionately plays pranks on Ro in an effort to show brotherly love.

To celebrate this important career milestone, McCracken Elementary School; Conrad Fisher Elementary, is hosting a movie screening in his hometown of Elmhurst, Illinois. Disney will also host a film screening at two local boys and girls clubs, Club One and Barreto Club.

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