In The Spirit Of Giving

Chance The Rapper Becomes A Weatherman To Support News Station's Holiday Toy Drive

The weekend forecast is looking cool.

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While Chance the Rapper has already shown us that he doesn't need a particular time of year to be in a giving mood, the Grammy award winner continued his charitable streak this week. After kicking up the holiday season a notch by donating 300 pairs of Jordan sneakers to Chicago high school students, Chance the Rapper stopped by a local TV station to help out with its holiday toy drive and try out another potential career path.  


During his appearance on WGN 9's Morning News show's annual five-hour holiday fundraiser, the Coloring Book artist talked about his packed year and his nonprofit work with Chicago Public Schools before — armed with a few words of wisdom from WGN 9 weatherman Paul Konrad — Chance stepped in front of the green screen to deliver Friday morning's weekend forecast. 

"As you see up here in Kenosha, it's 19 degrees. Nineteen at Waukegan as well. Similar 19 at O'Hare ... 19 at Midway ... a lot of 19s going on," he said during his forecast before offering some fun facts about snowflakes and putting on an "invisibility cloak."

Viewers took to social media afterward to express their love at discovering another one of the "No Problem" singer's many talents.

Before leaving the station, Chance talked with Laleeh, a student who was in the studio as a "Friday Forecaster," and, of course, had some fun in the studio's hallways.

In its 15th year, WGN 9's toy drive collected a record 37,000 toys for needy kids in the Chicago area, with all of this year's toys going to Chance's youth empowerment charity SocialWorks. The rapper, who is a native of the city's West Chatham neighborhood, has used his platform over the years to fight for more resources for the Chicago public school system, including donating $1 million of his own money for arts and enrichment programming.

As for Chance's future as a weatherman? "You're hired," WGN Morning News tweeted.


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