'Windy City Weekend': Talking Chicago Pride Parade 2023, Walt Disney's Chicago home, new movies

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Friday, June 23, 2023
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You can catch more of Cody this Sunday as ABC 7 celebrates the 52nd Annual Chicago Pride Parade with a two-hour, live parade broadcast on Sunday, June 25, from 12-2 p.m.

Tanja Babich, Hosea Sanders and Jason Knowles host the Chicago Pride Parade broadcast with Knowles capturing all of the action live from the street. LGBTQAI+ community advocates join the festivities, including Cody LaGrow (Emmy Award-winning journalist) and Kim Hunt (Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and Senior Director of AIDS Initiative Chicago).

The parade will also exclusively stream on ABC 7's Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.


When Dina Benadon and her husband, Brent Young, first heard that Walt Disney was born in Chicago and that his birthplace was still standing, she was shocked.

"I had always thought Walt Disney was born in Missouri," said Benadon, who works with her husband as a producer and designer of theme park rides in Southern California. "We had no idea he was born in Chicago. So when we found the home, we said if we don't know that, there must be a lot of other people who don't know that."

In fact, Disney's family lived for almost 15 years in the home, located at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. in Chicago's working-class Hermosa neighborhood.

"The Disneys spent more time here as a family than anywhere else," Benadon said.

Benadon and Young ended up buying the Walt Disney Birthplace in 2013 for a reported $169,000. And since then, they've been active in restoring the home to its former state in 1901, when Walt Disney was born.

What makes the house even more special is that it was designed by Walt Disney's mother, Flora. And it was built by Disney's father, Elias.

"When people talk about Chicago, they talk about Al Capone, they talk about Michael Jordan," said Rey Colon, the former Chicago alderman who is now director of the Walt Disney Birthplace. "But they never think about how Walt Disney was born here. I want that to be a known fact."

The Disney home will be open to the public on June 24 for "Creativity Days," an event designed to celebrate the Birthplace's commitment to early childhood innovation.


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If you're looking for something to do this weekend, the Taste of Joliet kicks off today. There'll be tons of food and fun for the entire family!

The Taste of Joliet will also include live music from artists like Tyler Hubbard, Mitchell Tenpenny and Adam Doleac!