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Past articles by Marcus:

5 big changes at Six Flags Great America this season, plus several smaller ones

GURNEE, Ill. — Friday was opening day for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee and according to park officials, it comes with the largest array of improvements in over 15 years. WGN’s Marcus Leshock breaks down all of the changes in the video above and provides a few expert tips. So what exactly is new […] → Read More

Bunch Bikes offer another way to get your family and your cargo around town

Marcus Leshock takes a look at a Bunch Bike, a new cargo bike that allows you to ride your family and cargo around town. → Read More

The man who claims he invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos didn’t actually invent them

LOS ANGELES — For years, Richard Montañez claimed he went from being a Frito-Lay janitor to being the inventor of the popular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but a report from the Los Angeles Times says he had nothing to do with the creation of the product. The origin story of the snack went viral. Montañez has […] → Read More

Six Flags Great America to reopen next month

GURNEE, Ill. — Six Flags Great America announced Thursday plans to reopen the theme park next month. In a press release, the park says they will be able to open on April 24 for its 45th year. Capacity will be limited to start, guests will need to use the reservation system at to book […] → Read More

La Grange restaurant offering deliveries by the Grinch

LA GRANGE, Ill. — A popular Italian restaurant in La Grange just hired a grumpy new delivery driver for the holidays. Antonino’s, located at 701 W Hillgrove Ave., is offering deliveries from the Grinch on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through Christmas. According to the restaurant, spots for the special delivery are filling up quickly, so […] → Read More

Six Flags Great America to reopen with Holiday in the Park Lights this November

Six Flags Great America has been cleared to reopen this November with a Holiday in the Park Lights experience. The park is scheduled to open on November 27 with several new safety guidelines in place. → Read More

CHEETAH CHASE launching water coaster debuts at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

It’s hard to argue when people call Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari the water coaster capital of the world. This weekend, the Santa Claus, Indiana theme park debuted another water coaster – Cheetah Chase. They’re calling this one the world’s first launched water coaster. You sit in a boat, and right when you leave the […] → Read More

Orion giga coaster debuts at Kings Island with a 300-foot first drop

Marcus Leshock takes a ride on the new Orion roller coaster at Kings Island featuring a 300 foot first drop and a top speed of 91mph. → Read More

Six Flags announces post-coronavirus reservation system

CHICAGO — Six Flags parks throughout the country will soon require guests to make a reservation before entering. The move is an effort to ensure social distancing at the frequently-crowded parks as more states begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests will be required to go online and select both the date and time […] → Read More

Local restaurant owner finds way to keep staff, help health care workers

The owner of Big G’s Pizza in Wrigleyville found a way to not only keep his staff employed, but help heath care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

McHenry Outdoor Theater cleared to open Friday

MCHENRY, Ill. — Opening night is back on for the McHenry Outdoor Theater. The owner of the McHenry theater posted an update on Facebook Sunday, saying they have gotten the green light to begin their season this upcoming Friday and Saturday – but with safety measures. Capacity will be cut in half, and movie-goers will have […] → Read More

Six Flags Great America donates supplies to local healthcare workers

Six Flags Great America donates supplies to local healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

No Coaster Con 2020: Theme parks talk new additions for summer

Marcus Leshock visits the American Coaster Enthusiasts No Coaster Con to hear about all of the new additions coming to theme parks in 2020. → Read More

Kings Island shares new ORION roller coaster updates and construction photos

It's one of the most talked about new theme park attractions coming in 2020. We're talking about Orion - the new roller coaster coming to Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. It'll feature a 300 foot drop with eight hills and all kinds of interesting elements. Here's some video if you haven't seen it yet: → Read More

Chicago bar installs over 70 Big Mouth Billy Bass to sing popular songs in unison

CHICAGO — Remember the Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish that was so popular back in the 90s? Well, a bar in Chicago now has more than 70 of them hanging on a wall singing popular songs in unison. → Read More

Chicago-area man creates his own Batmobile from scratch

CHICAGO — If you remember the Tim Burton movies — with Michael Keaton as Batman — you remember how cool that Batmobile was. Well, one Chicago-area man created the closest thing to the iconic car. Brian Hendler created what he described as the "Big Black Car" from a GM body, which he cut and built a frame underneath. → Read More

Chicago’s Pilsen makes top 10 list of world’s coolest neighborhoods

CHICAGO — Looking for somewhere new to explore? Chicagoans may not have to go very far. CNN Travel named Pilsen one of the world's top 10 coolest neighborhoods. With its thriving street art community and up-and-coming gallery scene, the neighborhood has become a major art hub in Chicago. → Read More

Kennywood’s Steel Curtain roller coaster takes you upside down 9 times

Today is the official kickoff of the NFL season. What better way to celebrate than a ride on the first roller coaster themed after a National Football League franchise? I’m talking about STEEL CURTAIN, the new roller coaster at Kennywood Park just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If the yellow and black didn’t tip you off, the ride is themed after the region’s beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. → Read More

World’s tallest water coaster coming to Six Flags Great America in 2020

It's official - Six Flags Great America is adding another record breaking attraction. Tsunami Surge will be the world's tallest water coaster. It will stand 86 feet tall and hit a top speed of 28mph. The ride will feature five drops and travel over 950 feet with multiple tunnels. Those tunnels will also feature what they call AquaLucent lighting effects. → Read More

Kings Island announces new giga coaster Orion featuring 300 foot drop

The wait is over! Ohio's Kings Island theme park has unveiled their new roller coaster Orion featuring a 300 foot drop. Check out the video. → Read More