"Wheel" spinning back to Chicago

Wheel of Fortune, syndication’s No. 1 show, is coming back to the Windy City to celebrate its 25th anniversary in nighttime.

The long-running game show, hosted by South Lawndale/Little Village native and Columbia College alum Pat Sajak and letter-turner (or toucher)Vanna White, will be taping at Navy Pier in March of 2008 for three weeks’ worths of shows that will air during next May’s sweeps.

This the third time Wheel has taped in Chicago. The other times were in 1991 and 2002.

The CBS-distributed program, which airs on ABC-owned WLS-TV here, is Chicago’s most popular syndicated program by far. Wheel often outdraws most prime-time programming on the networks locally, including all programs on The CW and My Network TV. Wheel has won the 6:30 prime access slot in Chicago for 23 years and is instrumental in WLS-TV’s dominance in local ratings over the last two decades.

For more information about auditions and tickets to the Chicago tapings, click here.

Wheel of Fortune, which debuted in 1975 in daytime on NBC, was created by the late Merv Griffin.