Oprah Winfrey's New Wellness Tour Isn't Stopping in Chicago

Oprah Winfrey is hitting the road next year - but she's not stopping in the city where she became a superstar. 

The former talk-show host and OWN television network chief on Wednesday announced a new arena tour promoting a healthier lifestyle next year. 

The "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus" tour will begin Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is working in conjunction with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) to offer a full-day of wellness conversations during the nine-city tour.

The tour will conclude in Denver on March 7. She will also make stops in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Atlanta; Dallas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Brooklyn, New York; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

One city missing from that tour? Chicago. It's Winfrey's first national tour in five years, though she's been to Canada and Australia more recently, but the mogul won't be stopping in the city where she hosted her eponymous talk show from 1986 to 2011. 

After relocating to California, Winfrey sold her last piece of real estate in the Chicago area - a home in suburban Elmwood Park - in October 2018.

But that doesn't mean she doesn't keep up with the goings-on in Chicago. She invited the newly-inaugurated Mayor Lori Lightfoot to dinner at her home in June, posting a photo of her and Chicago's first black female mayor on Instagram with the hashtag #sweethomechicago. 

But Chicago fans of Winfrey will have to travel to see her new tour, which she said will feature one-on-one interviews with celebrity guests (to be announced at a later date) and will empower audiences to tap into their potential. 

"What I know for sure is we can all come together to support a stronger, healthier, more abundant life -- focused on what makes us feel energized, connected and empowered," Winfrey said in a statement.

"As I travel the country, my hope for this experience is to motivate others to let 2020 be the year of transformation and triumph -- beginning first and foremost with what makes us well. This is the year to move forward, let's make it happen in 2020."

Winfrey has held other successful speaking tours, including "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" in 2014. "Oprah's Lifeclass" was a show.

During this tour, Winfrey will talk about her wellness journey with attendees and help develop their 2020 action plan. She will also share the latest in wellness research and interactive workbook exercises.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for (WW) to do what we do best: bring communities of people together with a shared goal of health and wellness," said Mindy Grossman, president and CEO of WW.

Over $1 million from tour proceeds will benefit WW Good, a philanthropic area of the organization to help bring fresh and healthy food to underserved communities.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com. Some tickets will be available to WW members between Sept. 9-12.

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