ABC 7’S 190 NORTH Remembers Radio Icon Doug Banks

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Radio and television icon Doug Banks had his own syndicated radio show and was a contributor to ABC7's 190 North before he died April 11, 2016.

ABC 7’s 190 NORTH, with host Janet Davies, showcases some of the latest and greatest experiences in Chicago’s lifestyle and entertainment scene. This half-hour special airs Sunday, June 26 at 11:00 PM on ABC 7 Chicago. Mark Nilsson and Ji Suk Yi are contributors.

The 190 NORTH team, as well as many Chicagoans, will always recall the charismatic radio legend Doug Banks, with fondness. For more than 10 years, Doug called ABC 7 his TV home as a contributor on 190 North. “We lost our dear friend and colleague this spring but we shared an incredible ride together. Whether interviewing a celebrity or exploring a Chicago neighborhood, he always made us laugh and we will never stop missing him,” said Janet Davies, host, 190 NORTH. Some of Doug’s greatest 190 moments are remembered and featured on this edition.

Then, Janet Davies showcases another ‘world premiere’ Broadway In Chicago musical that’s a sure bet to entertain the entire family. It centers around one of the most beloved characters in animated television, the one and only, SpongeBob SquarePants! Davies gives a sneak peek at ‘The SpongeBob Musical’ that started previews at the Oriental Theatre on June 7.

It began as a swanky all-male ‘social club’ at the turn-of-the-century but a painstaking renovation has transformed this old beauty into a splendid and hip venue. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is now a bustling urban hang-out for eating out and enjoying Chicago nightlife scene. There are four distinct restaurants to sample, Shake Shack, where you can grab a burger, the Game Room near the lobby offering casual bar food, the James Beard Award-winner for design, the Cherry Circle and the beach house themed eatery that features family-style dining in concert with sweeping views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan, Cindy’s.
Next, are you up for a food adventure? A Japanese specialty with traditional Mexican street food? Chicago is at the forefront of mixing, matching and yes, even mashing up different food genres making restaurants like Lincoln Park’s Sushi Burrito and Q-Tine in Logan Square all the rage.

If someone tells you to take a hike, check out the fantastic 2.7 mile 606 trail! The elevated fitness trail gives bikers, walkers and runners a remarkable view of several Chicago neighborhoods while they exercise. The 606 trail, transformed from the Bloomingdale train line to the tune of more than $100 million, is named after the 606 zip code all Chicagoans share. This edition of 190 North gives you a tour of some of the great vistas and neighborhoods along the route.

Holly Grisham and Rubye Wilson are the producers of 190 NORTH.

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