ABC 7 Chicago WLS

ABC 7 Chicago WLS


ABC 7 Chicago WLS

Chicago, Illinois
United States
  • ABC 7 Chicago (general)
  • ABC 7 Eyewitness News (newscasts)
  • People Make the Difference (general)
  • Chicago’s #1 News (news, primary)
  • Your News. Your Way. (news, secondary)
Channels Digital: 44 (UHF)
(shared with WXFT-DT; to move to 22 (UHF))
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
  • .1: 720p 16:9 WLS-DT
  • .2: 480i 16:9 LivWell
Translators 7 (VHF) Chicago (application)
  • .1: ABC (O&O)
  • .2: Live Well Network
Owner Disney/ABC
(WLS Television, Inc.)
First air date September 17, 1948 (69 years ago) (1948-09-17)
Call letters’ meaning World’s Largest Store
(Derived from former sister station WLS (AM))
Sister station(s) WMVP
Former callsigns
  • WENR-TV (1948–1953)
  • WBKB-TV (1953–1968)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 7 (VHF, 1948–2009)
  • Digital:
    52 (UHF, 1996–2009)
  • 7 (VHF, June–October 2009)
  • 7 (VHF, 2009–2013)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
700 kW (CP)
Height 518 m (1,699 ft)
Facility ID 73226
Transmitter coordinates 41°52′44″N 87°38′8″W / 41.87889°N 87.63556°W / 41.87889; -87.63556Coordinates: 41°52′44″N 87°38′8″W / 41.87889°N 87.63556°W / 41.87889; -87.63556
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile


Detailed Antenna Reception Information For ABC 7 Chicago WLS


State Illinois
Country USA
Virtual Channel 7
RF Channel 44
Effective Radiated Power (ERP) 3.200000047683716 kW
Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT) 515m
Latitude 41.87889862060547
Longitude -87.63610076904297
Radiation Center-above Mean Sea Level (RCAMSL) 697m
Callsign WLS-TV
MHZ 518
Network Affiliation ABC
Contact Street 1 190 N. State St
Contact City Chicago
Contact State IL
Contact Zip 60601
Contact Phone 312-750-7777
Additional Data FCC Station Information


ABC 7 is a TV station in Chicago, IL. It’s a local news and entertainment station that broadcasts local news, weather, traffic, sports, and general entertainment. In addition to being known as ABC 7 Chicago WLS, it’s also called simply by its FCC call sign WLS. You can watch the station online via the ABC 7 live stream and its collection of videos, updated regularly.

Name: ABC 7 Chicago WLS
Call Sign: WLS
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genre: Local News, Entertainment
Website: ABC 7 Homepage

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ABC 7 is owned by The Walt Disney Company. It is an affiliate of the network ABC network. As an affiliate, Chicago WLS tends to focus its original news coverage on local issues during the traditional morning, mid-day, evening and late-night news slots. To fill in the rest of its broadcasting schedule, the station airs national programs provided by ABC.

Contact the Station

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By mail: 190 N State St Chicago, IL 60601-3379. Phone: 312-750-7777. Fax: 312-899-8019. Email: [email protected]