Chicago Bears players stepped off the field and onto the philanthropic scene this holiday season: DJ Williams took a mother and her children shopping for gifts Dec. 17, and Major Wright (above) surprised kids and families at Comer Children’s Hospital with a visit Dec. 20.
Though James Van Der Beek hit it big in the late ‘90s as the angsty Dawson Leery on “Dawson’s Creek,” he couldn’t be happier to have moved on from the high-school drama. “I don’t have to do any more scenes in front of a locker,” jokes Van Der Beek, 36. “It’s complicated, because you have to do the combination, undo the lock, take books out and close the locker while you’re acting — it’s a technical nightmare.”
When wine and spirits writer Lauren Viera signed up for an online dating site in 2008, she didn’t expect to find anyone who met her unique list of requirements, which included “must love hardwood floors” and “knows that spelling always counts.” That is, until she connected with Chicago Park District Special Projects Manager Jason Tinkey.