The Big 40: Windy City Live's Girl Val Celebrates

Val and one of her guest.

Val and one of her guest.

by Dawgelene “Dr Dawj” Sangster– Turning 40 can be an emotional roller coaster ride for many women. We just don’t want to move from one age and body phase to the next, in my opinion. I was fortunate enough to attend the 40th birthday celebration for one of Chicago’s favorite celebrity/media girls, Valerie (Val) Warner. Val is the beautiful and spirited co-host of the awesome Windy City Live show, that airs daily on ABC Channel 7. The party was held at the very swank Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, with amazing city views, an open rooftop with fire pit and elegant setting.


Guests included many of Chicago’s media guys and gals like the beautiful legends Merri Dee and Muriel Clair, along with Candace Jordan, Robin Baumgarten, Ana Belaval, Billy Dec, Ryan Chiaverini, Dean Richards, Art Sims, Tony Francisco, and executives from local stations WGN, Tribune company and ABC. Other socialites peeked in and out like Kevin Ross, Jacinta Fisher, Tenille Brooks, Jada Russell and Reginald Cotton. Val made a grand entrance and looked stunning in a black jumpsuit with the back out, tiny stilettos and a cute little clutch purse. She took time going around to each guest to take pictures, greet them and was an amazing person. I don’t think I could eat enough of the tiny bag of Garrett’s popcorn from the popcorn buffet, or the delicious veggie egg rolls with sweet dipping sauce.

The highlight of the night for me was DJ Vince Adams spinning a steppers song, with Val teaching Candace Jordan to step. It was priceless. Be sure to visit the Windy City Live Facebook page and wish Val a Happy 40th Birthday.


Dawgelene “Dr Dawj” Sangster is a reinvented powerful voice for thinking, living and inspiring. She is a lifestyle coaching strategist, philanthropist, photo journalist and lover of life and seeing the best in people. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook


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