Dionne joins Val, Ryan to talk Black Friday deals, new 2022 movies, ‘The Crown’ Season 5 and Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions game

CHICAGO (WLS) — This week during Windy City Weekend, Dionne Miller left the sports office for a bit to join Val and Ryan for Host Chat!

If you had a time machine, which decade of their life would you return to as well? A poll polled seniors to see what their response would be.

Plus, there’s finally something for that person who walks too slowly on the sidewalk. A tech startup has developed shoes that can help you walk 250% faster!

And, Ryan and Dionne get you ready for your favorite Chicago sports teams every weekend! You can catch their new sports show, “Overtime with Ryan & Dionne” on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 4:30 a.m. here or stream it on abc7chicago.comon Roku and FireTV or wherever you stream ABC7.


We’re bringing Black Friday early to Windy City Weekend! Our friends at Couponology have some amazingly low offers you don’t want to miss!

Street 21 is here to get you ready for the holiday season with all their latest fashionable clothes. You can shop for items ranging from their cozy and comfy sweaters and flannels to chic outfits that are sure to make a statement. You can get 15% off sitewide using code “WINDYCITY”.

Shutter helps families and friends stay connected with personalized photo books, wall decor, home decor, gifts, greeting cards and more. You can get 40% off sitewide using code “HOLIDAY40”.

Redbubble lets you buy millions of artworks from independent artists around the world. You can have artwork printed on anything from clothing and apparel to home decor and accessories. You can get 20% off sitewide using code “WindyCity-Redbubble22”.

PROUDLY was co-founded by Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade with the goal of uplifting, inspiring and empowering communities of color by celebrating skin with more melanin. Their products are made with eco-friendly, hypoallergenic ingredients with sustainable packaging. You can get 20% off sitewide using code “WINDYCITY”.

Freshly is a meal delivery service, offering healthy meals fully prepared by a chef and ready to eat in 3 minutes or less. Each week, you can choose from over 50 menu items, including Asian-style chicken and noodles or carved turkey and mash (which is perfect for Thanksgiving!). You can even filter those choices with dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb, plant-based, nut-free, and more! You can get $140 off your first five boxes using code “WINDYCITY28AFF”. https://www.freshly.com/.

Q Veterans

Twelve Months of Dad’s Eye Candy Awaits Veterans Q BBQ Sauce Shoppers & Rubs 2023 “BBQ Boy Toys”. The Chicago-area veteran-owned company released its fifth calendar since 2017 at a party at the Parkside Pub in Huntley.

“Veterans are pretty crazy,” said Steve Lulofs, president of Veterans Q. “We might as well put on our underwear and do boudoir-style calendars and hopefully go viral.”

Several models, fully clothed but wearing sashes indicating their month, signed autographs and took photos with calendar shoppers. Lulofs says the calendar is a fun way to promote the good that Veterans Q does with its profits.

“Our mission statement is ‘to honor and support veterans through a barbecue,'” said Lulofs, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. Veterans Q donates 50% of his profits to veterans organizations, but in his first four years he donated 100%.

“It’s hard to sustain a business when you give it your all, so this year we’re back to 50% of our profit,” Lulofs said.

Veterans Q supports several organizations that give much of their funding to veterans themselves, including Honor Flight Chicago and Operation Warrior Wishes. A non-profit organization, Veterans’ Path to Hope, provides food, counseling, employment assistance, and other services to veterans in the Chicago area.

“We couldn’t do what we do without partnerships,” said Laura Franz, executive director of Veterans Path To Hope. “Veterans Q is part of a continuum of care that helps veterans in need.”

Lulofs says his barbecue sauces, seasonings and “Barbecue Boy Toys” calendar all exist to help support fellow vets and it’s not about making money.

“I’ve had enough already and don’t need much,” Lulofs said. “Why not go ahead and give back?”

For more information on Veterans Q, click here.

Spend or save?

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” – SPEND

Marvel’s highly anticipated Black Panther sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” sees Wakanda shield itself from outside threats following the death of King T’Challa.

“Vive” – ​​SPEND

“Spirited” is a musical adaptation of the classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol. It stars Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds.

“The Crown: Season 5” – SPEND

Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ enters its fifth season, set in the 90s and explores the burning of Windsor Castle, Diana and Charles’ divorce and Diana’s explosive BBC interview.

“The English” – SPEND

“The English” is a Western drama starring Emily Blunt who plays an Englishwoman seeking revenge on a man she believes killed her son.

Ultra-accurate prediction

Dolphins are among the most intelligent mammals, but even they couldn’t have predicted the loss of a bear last week. Will Ryan’s ‘ultra-accurate prediction’ come true this week against the Lions?

It’s been a long season so far, but as they say, “slow and steady wins the race”. Ryan went to Tin Lizzie’s in Chicago to see if their famous turtle races could be the bear’s lucky charm.

Tune in every Friday for a new prediction and make your own list to see if you can break Ryan’s record this season!

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