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ABC 7 Chicago

ABC 7 Chicago

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The ABC 7 app lets you stream live newscasts, breaking news, weather and more.

4.3 Ratings 24K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads

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    1. Stay in the know! ABC7 brings you the latest local, weather and national top stories and breaking news for your location
    2. Stay safe on the roads! Get the latest weather and traffic alerts in real-time sent straight to you by the app
    3. Watch breaking news stories, exclusive video clips, and live video streams anytime, anywhere

    Reviewed by Kaylin on April 5, 2019

  • May 28, 2021

    By Sherri Cherry
    I moved out of Chicago a few years ago but, I visit often. The ABC 7 CHICAGO news app helps me to stay abreast of the goings on & is very informative!
  • Great app, seamless interface, except... May 17, 2019

    By grafixPenguin
    I've been getting nearly all of my news from this app, the stories are easily accessible and the navigation is seamless. I still give the app a 5 star rating, however, I wanted to point out that the app with suddenly crash, usually after reading a few stories. Further, the top always shows flooding warnings, but even though my location is set in the settings, and I don't reside near flood prone areas, it still shows up. Overall though, I've been very happy with its performance.
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By Heather Lyons
    ABC 7 News App is very good Excellent I Love it A lot.
  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Patricia Mason
    There's a lot of technical problems. The news not airing when it's suppose to. They just updated again this morning and again no news !!! This is getting ridiculous
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By William Hartley
    I always watch news everyday at all times
  • Review of app Dec 29, 2017

    By catn75
    I understand change is needed but rather go back to the old version of the app. The new app does not allow a full view of all the news and have to click through each story. The old app allowed one to scroll through quickly with features story on top. Sorry but since the change, I don’t see myself using your app much longer. Just being honest.
  • May 22, 2021

    By Richard Stoltz
    Not only do I only watch abc7 on TV I also wanted it on my phone
  • Too many ads Nov 29, 2018

    By Ladan and Shawn
    I have been a loyal viewer of ABC7 Chicago News for over 30 years. This is an exceptional app. The new layout and design is phenomenal. However, I would give five stars if there was an option to bypass viewing advertisements. If not completely, then perhaps after the first five seconds. EVERY TIME you access a video associated with a news article, you have to view a 30-second ad. And it’s usually the SAME advertisement! If I view 10 videos, I am forced to view the SAME advertisement 10 times—that’s five minutes! It’s a bit much. Please fix this.
  • May 29, 2021

    By La Kwan Johnson
    Doesn't always populate...frustrating!
  • May 28, 2021

    By Sherri Cherry
    I moved out of Chicago a few years ago but, I visit often. The ABC 7 CHICAGO news app helps me to stay abreast of the goings on & is very informative!
  • Great app, seamless interface, except... May 17, 2019

    By grafixPenguin
    I've been getting nearly all of my news from this app, the stories are easily accessible and the navigation is seamless. I still give the app a 5 star rating, however, I wanted to point out that the app with suddenly crash, usually after reading a few stories. Further, the top always shows flooding warnings, but even though my location is set in the settings, and I don't reside near flood prone areas, it still shows up. Overall though, I've been very happy with its performance.
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By Heather Lyons
    ABC 7 News App is very good Excellent I Love it A lot.
  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Patricia Mason
    There's a lot of technical problems. The news not airing when it's suppose to. They just updated again this morning and again no news !!! This is getting ridiculous
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By William Hartley
    I always watch news everyday at all times
  • Review of app Dec 29, 2017

    By catn75
    I understand change is needed but rather go back to the old version of the app. The new app does not allow a full view of all the news and have to click through each story. The old app allowed one to scroll through quickly with features story on top. Sorry but since the change, I don’t see myself using your app much longer. Just being honest.
  • May 22, 2021

    By Richard Stoltz
    Not only do I only watch abc7 on TV I also wanted it on my phone
  • Too many ads Nov 29, 2018

    By Ladan and Shawn
    I have been a loyal viewer of ABC7 Chicago News for over 30 years. This is an exceptional app. The new layout and design is phenomenal. However, I would give five stars if there was an option to bypass viewing advertisements. If not completely, then perhaps after the first five seconds. EVERY TIME you access a video associated with a news article, you have to view a 30-second ad. And it’s usually the SAME advertisement! If I view 10 videos, I am forced to view the SAME advertisement 10 times—that’s five minutes! It’s a bit much. Please fix this.
  • May 29, 2021

    By La Kwan Johnson
    Doesn't always populate...frustrating!
  • Mar 27, 2021

    By Edward Robitson
    Wow tech savy news papers I'm old school teach our elderly parents with patience how to use this stuff off tv days of old now
  • Apr 29, 2021

    By Kara Hocking
    The headline alerts I do get half of them won't open and the ones that do open after a minute stop responding and I have to close the app.
  • Ads cause the app to crash Feb 23, 2019

    By Bernijams
    It would be better if ads weren’t crammed into every nanosecond of reports. A weather video won’t play until the ad plays and sometimes ad audio plays over the video. Then the video is cut short for another ad or the entire app crashes as soon as the ad starts. Suggestion: get rid of the ads or fix them so you can skip them like in other video apps it’s not necessary to play a 2 minute ad. Most you tube ads are 5-10 seconds long or are a banner that can be closed once seen. ABC Get with the program and dump long ads. Also Tracy Butlers morning forecast is Useless... ads run longer than her nanosecond weather report. I can look out the window and get more info on the weather. This app is a waste of time for weather or any reports unless you like to watch ads.
  • Malware? One-option pop-ups. Aug 15, 2020

    By Bob-O-B0B
    Started getting pop-up message boxes (blue background) offering to install something or do something- the messages were very vague. I do not recall what they were, I am sorry to say. There was NO "Cancel" or "No" button option, only "Accept" or "Yes". It was not possible to get rid of them or go back either; I had to quit the app each time. After three of these appeared in one day, I uninstalled the app. Was I looking at a trojan or something? Who knows, especially now that App store integrity has been breached, which is more reason to never, ever click on pop-ups offering no option but "yes" anyway. As for ABC's news, as presented through this app, the writing was often terrible, full of half-sentences with words missing or in a weird order. Contradictory statements were common. All the proofreaders seem to be on a permanent break.
  • Loud Ads Ignore Volume Pref, Crashes a Lot Apr 26, 2019

    By CJQu
    Click a headline to read an article. And one of two things happen. Video auto plays. No issue there. But since April’s update, an ad will play at LOUD volume despite my phone’s volume on/off AND despite my pref in the app to play the news video with volume or not. I prefer to READ the articles, and most often as an activity while others are around which I don’t want to disturb. The sudden blast of an ad is startling to me and anyone nearby. It’s sorta nice to see the news video play as I read albeit muted. If I want volume, I’ll replay it unmuted. But for an ad to ignore volume setting within app and with phone silenced is enough for to stop using the app if not fixed soon. And, the app crashes a lot. As in 2-3 times before I get to end of an article. Not every article but prob half the ones I click into in one sitting. Again, that plus the ad volume is so frustrating I really don’t want to bother. Shame because this is the best app for local news here both in coverage and in user friendly interface (until last update).
  • Definitely NOT an upgrade Jan 8, 2018

    By Alex & Kylie's Mom
    I stream the morning telecast each weekday morning - at least I was able to until the upgrade to the new lay out/format. Never had a problem with internet connection. Now, I can’t live stream. Says I have to internet connection. Sorry, but I do. Same place as I used to stream this with no changes to my internet service. Also, everything is harder to find. I thought the previous layout worked very well. No problems with change here - change is good as long as we can still get the information we want and need. I would send a picture to prove I have internet connection, but I can’t seem to paste a picture here.
  • Horrible update Jan 10, 2018

    By The boys 97
    This is a horrible update! Like other viewers it keeps telling me I need an internet connection, so there is nothing there. I know it’s the app because all my other apps connect. When I can see things, it’s not user friendly, hard to find stories. Also, I stream the news, and can’t always find it, or it won’t work. I finally really figured out the last update and don’t know why such a drastic change had to occur. If a better update doesn’t become available soon I will have to find an app that can actually show me news, which I hate because abc7chicago is my favorite station to watch, especially in the morning.
  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Mark Worm
    This sucks the adds work fine when the news story or weather starts it runs for 4 seconds and dream freezes.tried deliting and reloading same problem.
  • Feb 22, 2021

    By Gale Meade
    I expected news. But got none. No connectivity. Nothing is playing through.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Veronica Suarez
    Not live news, just small videos.
  • It freezes and it just kept on crashing 😡 Feb 5, 2020

    By beatle
    I love and used this app for this very long time I am a Abc7 need fans in Chicago I lived in Indiana but now is getting so frustrating now because when I want to see the article and watch the news everyday to see what going around me I am depending on this app to keep the updates now it get so out of hand it keeps crashing and it freezes when I tried to watch the video too also it so many ignoring ads it got so frustrating I had too ending up watch it on the website on my desktop please please please fix this problems 😩

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  • img Expert
    1. Stay in the know! ABC7 brings you the latest local, weather and national top stories and breaking news for your location
    2. Stay safe on the roads! Get the latest weather and traffic alerts in real-time sent straight to you by the app
    3. Watch breaking news stories, exclusive video clips, and live video streams anytime, anywhere

    Reviewed by Kaylin on April 5, 2019

  • May 28, 2021

    By Sherri Cherry
    I moved out of Chicago a few years ago but, I visit often. The ABC 7 CHICAGO news app helps me to stay abreast of the goings on & is very informative!
  • Great app, seamless interface, except... May 17, 2019

    By grafixPenguin
    I've been getting nearly all of my news from this app, the stories are easily accessible and the navigation is seamless. I still give the app a 5 star rating, however, I wanted to point out that the app with suddenly crash, usually after reading a few stories. Further, the top always shows flooding warnings, but even though my location is set in the settings, and I don't reside near flood prone areas, it still shows up. Overall though, I've been very happy with its performance.
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By Heather Lyons
    ABC 7 News App is very good Excellent I Love it A lot.
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By William Hartley
    I always watch news everyday at all times
  • Review of app Dec 29, 2017

    By catn75
    I understand change is needed but rather go back to the old version of the app. The new app does not allow a full view of all the news and have to click through each story. The old app allowed one to scroll through quickly with features story on top. Sorry but since the change, I don’t see myself using your app much longer. Just being honest.
  • May 22, 2021

    By Richard Stoltz
    Not only do I only watch abc7 on TV I also wanted it on my phone
  • Mar 27, 2021

    By Edward Robitson
    Wow tech savy news papers I'm old school teach our elderly parents with patience how to use this stuff off tv days of old now
  • Please stop the auto scroll!! Feb 19, 2019

    By PeteyRak
    This app automatically scrolls down to a video or ad that uploads to the story (it appears that way anyway) while you begin reading the story...it’s so annoying that if it doesn’t get fixed, I’m deleting the app. I have had the app for years and love the user friendly design but since this began a few months ago, I can’t take it! Thx!
  • Really good! May 31, 2018

    By MyMrKasey
    The only complaint I have is the weather portion, the video of the meteorologists are fine, then part where it shows the weather needs some improvement, way to often it has been a bit off. I sometimes need to know what the weather in a certain place will be. If it says it’s warm and sunny, I don’t want to see cool and raining.
  • Channel 7...WOWZA! WOWZA! WOWZA! Dec 29, 2018

    By Jazzie JJ
    I have watched Channel 7 news waaaaaay before Roz Varon got there. 😀I know this for sure because I went to (Columbia College) with Roz. Lol. In fact, we had a lot of classes together.😄 over the years, channel 7 has always been my number one choice of news because the reporters have personality, empathy, and knowledge! Keep up the great job you guys continuously do.
  • Too many ads Nov 29, 2018

    By Ladan and Shawn
    I have been a loyal viewer of ABC7 Chicago News for over 30 years. This is an exceptional app. The new layout and design is phenomenal. However, I would give five stars if there was an option to bypass viewing advertisements. If not completely, then perhaps after the first five seconds. EVERY TIME you access a video associated with a news article, you have to view a 30-second ad. And it’s usually the SAME advertisement! If I view 10 videos, I am forced to view the SAME advertisement 10 times—that’s five minutes! It’s a bit much. Please fix this.
  • Dec 15, 2020

    By Philip Inc
    Although the app works well as a general rule, it has the ANNOYING habit of JUMPING AHEAD during a live feed!!!!!! Thx reporter can be right in the middle of a statement, then the video will SUDDENLY JUMP AHEAD, sometimes right to the end of the feed!!!! Many times I've had to keep TAKING IT BACK, AND TAKING IT BACK, AND TAKING IT BACK to the point before the jump just to get the full statement!!!! I mean, I ask you, WHAT GOOD is a live feed if playback isn't CONTINUOUS! from THE BEGINNING?!
  • It's a good quick source of news Aug 15, 2017

    By #LatteLover
    Although I wish I could get to full articles more easily from the alerts, I love everything else about this app and the news information. The alerts are quick and timely even when I am traveling in and out of the country. The news feed is a good mix of local, national, and worldly news too. Keep up the good work ABC7CHICAGO!
  • Apr 28, 2020

    By Lilia Hodges
    Having video, along with the written article, enables me to get the background of a story; the side notes. They give both sides of an issue; not just the popular point of view. On the technical side, this app had a few snags that have been smoothed out. I haven't completely explored the app, so this rating has a chance to increase!
  • It has developed into one of the best... Nov 15, 2020

    By MikeBinDG
    I don’t watch much tv any more. iPad mostly. My fave restaurant always had the afternoon game show/news block from Channel 7 on and I have become a 7 fan. Also having had a career in tv - I am impressed with the many news crews 7 can field on the street. I think that this app does a great job of synopsizing the leading stories down.
  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Patricia Mason
    There's a lot of technical problems. The news not airing when it's suppose to. They just updated again this morning and again no news !!! This is getting ridiculous
  • May 29, 2021

    By La Kwan Johnson
    Doesn't always populate...frustrating!
  • Jan 17, 2020

    By Katy McK
    I primarily use this app to stay updated on the weather. The daily forecasts are pretty accurate, and the videos of the weather broadcasts are definitely helpful. I have experienced a couple glitches with the app. The hour by hour temperature forecast is often incorrect, and it seems to be displaying the "real feel" temperature instead of the actual temperature. The other problem I frequently experience is the live Doppler radar images of precipitation not appearing on the maps at all.
  • Ads cause the app to crash Feb 23, 2019

    By Bernijams
    It would be better if ads weren’t crammed into every nanosecond of reports. A weather video won’t play until the ad plays and sometimes ad audio plays over the video. Then the video is cut short for another ad or the entire app crashes as soon as the ad starts. Suggestion: get rid of the ads or fix them so you can skip them like in other video apps it’s not necessary to play a 2 minute ad. Most you tube ads are 5-10 seconds long or are a banner that can be closed once seen. ABC Get with the program and dump long ads. Also Tracy Butlers morning forecast is Useless... ads run longer than her nanosecond weather report. I can look out the window and get more info on the weather. This app is a waste of time for weather or any reports unless you like to watch ads.
  • Loud Ads Ignore Volume Pref, Crashes a Lot Apr 26, 2019

    By CJQu
    Click a headline to read an article. And one of two things happen. Video auto plays. No issue there. But since April’s update, an ad will play at LOUD volume despite my phone’s volume on/off AND despite my pref in the app to play the news video with volume or not. I prefer to READ the articles, and most often as an activity while others are around which I don’t want to disturb. The sudden blast of an ad is startling to me and anyone nearby. It’s sorta nice to see the news video play as I read albeit muted. If I want volume, I’ll replay it unmuted. But for an ad to ignore volume setting within app and with phone silenced is enough for to stop using the app if not fixed soon. And, the app crashes a lot. As in 2-3 times before I get to end of an article. Not every article but prob half the ones I click into in one sitting. Again, that plus the ad volume is so frustrating I really don’t want to bother. Shame because this is the best app for local news here both in coverage and in user friendly interface (until last update).
  • Mar 12, 2021

    By Kathy Goonan
    I hate having to sign in multiple times a day on my phone.
  • Bad alerts full of unlabeled ads Nov 29, 2017

    By katyknock
    If you just want the headline alerts, ok. But so often if you don't click on them within 5 minutes the story is no longer there or you scroll endlessly looking for the story. But you can be sure that the bought stories that CNN huffington post and the others have are all at the top and easy to find. What good is this "local" news Furthermore why are items god enough to send headline alerts about but can’t be found on the site. This is a crummy - to give it a good name- and poorly executed app!!
  • Jan 26, 2021

    By Michael Greenwood
    The videos are not matching what the story is about!
  • Difficult to navigate and annoying Jan 3, 2018

    By artchick94
    The latest update has provided and app that is more difficult to navigate to get to the stories and topics that you would want to read first. I liked being able to just open up the navigation menu and select the topic I want to read. Now, even with the customizable news, you have to scroll through each individual story to find something to read. It’s annoying now. Bring back the navigation menu.
  • The best turned almost into the worst! Aug 5, 2019

    By KayElleEm🎀
    I really liked this app at first because this used to be the next best thing when I would miss the live broadcasting. Now I just mainly use it for the weather because the app keeps randomly closing while I’m reading. This used to happen only every blue moon and now it’s almost all the time. This makes me want to uninstall the app and just view the news via Safari. The app is much easier to use but I guess that’s what I will have to do.
  • Apr 29, 2021

    By Kara Hocking
    The headline alerts I do get half of them won't open and the ones that do open after a minute stop responding and I have to close the app.
  • Malware? One-option pop-ups. Aug 15, 2020

    By Bob-O-B0B
    Started getting pop-up message boxes (blue background) offering to install something or do something- the messages were very vague. I do not recall what they were, I am sorry to say. There was NO "Cancel" or "No" button option, only "Accept" or "Yes". It was not possible to get rid of them or go back either; I had to quit the app each time. After three of these appeared in one day, I uninstalled the app. Was I looking at a trojan or something? Who knows, especially now that App store integrity has been breached, which is more reason to never, ever click on pop-ups offering no option but "yes" anyway. As for ABC's news, as presented through this app, the writing was often terrible, full of half-sentences with words missing or in a weird order. Contradictory statements were common. All the proofreaders seem to be on a permanent break.
  • Definitely NOT an upgrade Jan 8, 2018

    By Alex & Kylie's Mom
    I stream the morning telecast each weekday morning - at least I was able to until the upgrade to the new lay out/format. Never had a problem with internet connection. Now, I can’t live stream. Says I have to internet connection. Sorry, but I do. Same place as I used to stream this with no changes to my internet service. Also, everything is harder to find. I thought the previous layout worked very well. No problems with change here - change is good as long as we can still get the information we want and need. I would send a picture to prove I have internet connection, but I can’t seem to paste a picture here.
  • Horrible update Jan 10, 2018

    By The boys 97
    This is a horrible update! Like other viewers it keeps telling me I need an internet connection, so there is nothing there. I know it’s the app because all my other apps connect. When I can see things, it’s not user friendly, hard to find stories. Also, I stream the news, and can’t always find it, or it won’t work. I finally really figured out the last update and don’t know why such a drastic change had to occur. If a better update doesn’t become available soon I will have to find an app that can actually show me news, which I hate because abc7chicago is my favorite station to watch, especially in the morning.
  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Mark Worm
    This sucks the adds work fine when the news story or weather starts it runs for 4 seconds and dream freezes.tried deliting and reloading same problem.
  • Feb 22, 2021

    By Gale Meade
    I expected news. But got none. No connectivity. Nothing is playing through.
  • Apr 22, 2021

    By Veronica Suarez
    Not live news, just small videos.
  • It freezes and it just kept on crashing 😡 Feb 5, 2020

    By beatle
    I love and used this app for this very long time I am a Abc7 need fans in Chicago I lived in Indiana but now is getting so frustrating now because when I want to see the article and watch the news everyday to see what going around me I am depending on this app to keep the updates now it get so out of hand it keeps crashing and it freezes when I tried to watch the video too also it so many ignoring ads it got so frustrating I had too ending up watch it on the website on my desktop please please please fix this problems 😩
  • Automatic video playback is horrible Apr 18, 2019

    By DrBap
    I have always been an ABC 7 fan and therefore relied on the app to keep up with the news. I’ve recently become increasingly annoyed with the relatively new feature that causes the video to a story to play automatically when a story is opened. Quite often I am not in a position, nor do I want, to hear the story when the words are right there for me to read. On top of that, it’s nearly impossible to mute the video quickly. I’m now finding myself using other news apps without that feature. Please change it back!
  • Sep 12, 2019

    By Erika Shannon
    This app is ridiculous. Constantly showing me a weather alert from JANUARY OF 2018. Makes no sense. Images don't load half the time. I would like to see what's happening not just read it. Oh, and if I leave the app to do something else & come back to it, nothing at all will load back up. Just shows that it's "thinking" until I restart it. Complete garbage.

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