Val and Ryan discuss Jussie Smollett sentencing, what it means to be a good neighbor and more

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Friday, March 11, 2022
Are you a good neighbor?
According to a new study, 9 in 10 Chicago residents consider themselves good neighbors.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- This week on Windy City Weekend, we celebrate Val's birthday!

Plus, Val and Ryan discuss Jussie Smollett's sentencing to 150 days in jail.

Also, how much do you know your neighbors? According to a new study, 9 in 10 Chicago residents consider themselves good neighbors.

With gas prices at an all-time high, the hosts review some funny memes about the spike.

Draft Kings

How you can win big on Draft Kings during March Madness

March Madness starts next week and plenty of brackets will be filled out for the NCAA Men's Basketball championship. The tournament also sees an influx in sports betting. The process of placing a wager on your favorite team is a little easier now in Illinois and Julian Edlow, sports betting analyst for DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook stopped by Windy City Weekend to fill us in.

"The big news here is that you no longer need to register on site at our casino partner. You can just download DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook app from anywhere in the state of Illinois and start placing your bets so take out a huge step here and you don't have to go anywhere to sign up and you can just start placing your bets immediately from home." Edlow said.

While everyone has the team they hope will win the tournament, Edlow believes one team has a really good chance at cutting down the nets when it's all is said and done. "The Kentucky Wildcats are the best team in college basketball. A lot of people will say it's Gonzaga. They have a lot of size. But I think the guard play of Kentucky is what would make the difference if they eventually meet in the tournament and I hope that they do. Kentucky will be an underdog and I will be in line very quickly to get my Kentucky wager in getting some points with them."

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Dry Naperville Social

"Dry Naperville Social" was created when one woman saw a need for networking events and opportunities that didn't center around alcohol.

As adults, many women find it harder and harder to meet new people and form new friendships, and if they're looking to do it in an alcohol-free environment, it can be even more difficult. Naperville resident, Michelle Flynn, decided to change that.

"Dry Naperville Social" was created when Michelle saw a need for networking events and opportunities that didn't center around alcohol. After deciding to quit drinking on her 50th birthday, she realized she didn't have many friends or ways to meet new people, and other women related.

Her Facebook group grew quickly, gaining over 800 followers in less than a year. The women meet up regularly for dry events including painting classes, walks, coffee dates and lunches. The group has not only given these women an opportunity to socialize, but to form long-lasting friendships.

To join the club or find out more, visit the Facebook page @DryNapervilleSocial.

Spend or Save?

Richard Roeper reviews what movies and shows you should watch, so you don't have to

Turning Red - SAVE

A Disney animated film about a 13-year-old girl who literally turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited, embarrassed, angry, etc.

The Adam Project - SPEND

Ryan Reynolds is a pilot who must travel back in time to save himself by teaming up with his 12-year-old self.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray - SPEND

Apple TV+ series in which Samuel L. Jackson plays a 93-year-old man with dementia who tries to remember the circumstances of the death of his beloved nephew.

Bust Down -- SAVE

Raunchy sitcom from Peacock about employees at a mid-level casino in Gary, Ind. Starring Chris Redd, Jak Knight and Sam Jay.