The 2017 Chicago Beach Season officially begins Friday, May 26  and runs through Monday, September, 4th.  With 26 miles of sandy lakefront – 27 beaches, in total – there’s a special spot out there just waiting for blankets, beach balls, and you and your loved ones.

Here's a listing of Chicago Area Beaches: 

12th Street Beach

57th Street Beach

Calumet Beach

Fargo Beach

Foster Beach

Hartigan Beach

Helen Doria Beach

Howard Beach

Humboldt Beach

Fargo Beach

Juneway Beach

Lane Beach

Leone Beach

Loyala Beach

Margaret T Burroughs Beach

Montrose Beach

North Avenue Beach

North Shore Beach

Oak Street Beach

Oakwood Beach

Ohio Street Beach

Osterman Beach

Rainbow Beach

Rogers Beach

South Shore Beach

Tobey Beach

And as always, theres a full lineup of great activities to enjoy on Chicagos lakefront including Wednesday and Saturday night fireworks presentation from  Navy Pier or bring the family out to The 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Showin August, 19-20 at North Avenue Beach. 

photo courtesy of Destination 360.


The Adler Planetarium invites all Chicagoans and visitors to its giant block party, Chicago’s Eclipse Fest, Monday, August 21 from 9:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. 

In celebration of the first time the city has been this close to total solar eclipse in over 90 years, 

guests will enjoy free admission to the Eclipse Fest and the Planetarium that day.  All attendees will also receive solar viewing glasses so that they are #EquippedtoEclipse to safely view this historic solar event. 

There will be several educational activities and presentations about what people will be witnessing in the sky. Throughout the day, they will also experience live entertainment, hands-on science for all ages, outdoor obstacle courses and activities, programming from partners across the city, local food trucks, and more!

The total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the United States for the first time since 1979.  In Chicago, at 11:54 am. CST, the Moon will start to block our view of the Sun, covering up to 87 percent of it by 1:19 pm.

 Scheduled events on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 9:30 am to 6 pm include:
  • A “Mad Science” show live on stage – beginning at 10:30 am
  • “Ask an Astronomer!” FAQ sessions –times throughout the day
  • A visit from the Chicago Cubs mascot, Clark – 11 am
  • Observing 101: An eclipse viewing demonstration – 11:15 am
  • Live coverage from NASA from cities experiencing the eclipse in totality-11:45 on the mainstage
  • The Moon begins to block the Sun – 11:54 am
  • Guests see the peak of Chicago eclipse when the Moon covers 87 percent of the Sun1:19 pm
  • Eclipse trivia at the main stage – 12:30 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:30 pm
  • Fun in the Sun: A solar oven building demonstration by Kyle Sater – 4:15 pm
  • Closing announcements by Nick Lake, Presentation Leader – 5:45 pm

All day events include:

  • Entertainment by Jim & the Povolos, DJ Lani Love and DJ Chess Hubbard
  • Design challenges including solar car races, making solar ovens & creating pinhole projectors
  • Solar science demonstrations including UV beads, a sundial station, and Sun prints
  • Fun for our littlest guests including bubbles, sensory activities, and light and shadow activities
  • Carnival fun including giant Jenga®, a jumbo bounce house, gladiator obstacle course, giant parachute, jumbo ladder toss, bean bag toss, and a sandbag game
  • Telescope viewing, a selfie station, rocket fun and more!

The Adler PlanetariumAmericas First Planetariumis more than a museum; it is a laboratory, a classroom, and a community exploring the Universe together.  Adler Planetarium is located at 1300 South Lake Shore Drive. For more information on the Adler’s eclipse-day plans, visit our Solar Eclipse page: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/events/total-solar-eclipse-2017-08-21/


Wizard World Chicago makes its 20th trip to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center beginning this Thursday, August 24-Sunday, August 27 in Rosemont, Illinois.

To celebrate, Wizard World is bringing Doctor Who fan favorite, The 10th Doctor, Actor David Tennant ("Jessica Jones", "Ducktales", "Broadchurch").

Joining David during his first appearance  in in The Windy City will be: Catherine Tate (The Office), Alex Kingston (“E.R."),  Jenna Coleman (Masterpiece: Victoria) and John Barrowman (“Arrow” "Torchwood").

Also scheduled to appear include: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War tandem of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Henstridge (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), John Cusack (Say Anything…), Legendary Rock N' Roll Icon, Kiss frontman, Gene Simmonsthe “Stranger Things” tandem of Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” team of Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon, and many many more!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more.  

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. For additional program information or to purchase tickets go to https://wizardworldchicago.frontgatetickets.com/  Use code: theultimatetv for ticket discount 


The Nights in The Parks: Shakespeare in the Parks series begins its annual citywide tour to 18 neighborhood parks Wednesday, July 26th and runs thru Sunday, August 27th!  

The Shakespeare in the Parks tour of the classic love story "Romeo and Juliet" is adapted and directed by Marti Lyons.  This 75-minute abridged production, brings the most tragic, beautiful love story in Shakespeare's canon to life.

Shakespeare in the Parks kicks off as one of the inaugural events of the new performance lawns at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier with three performances: 

July 26, 7:00pm  – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier
July 27, 7:00pm  – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier
July 28, 7:00pm  – Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier

July 30, 4:00pm – Ellis Park
August 02, 6:30pm – Gage Park
August 03, 6:30pm – Kelvyn Park
August 04, 6:30pm – Eckhart Park
August 05, 6:30pm – Welles Park
August 06 at 4:00pm – Welles Park
August 08 at 6:30pm – Columbus Park
August 09, 6:30pm – Tuley Park

August 10 at 6:30pm – Humboldt Park
August 11, 6:30pm – Humboldt Park
August 12, 6:30pm – Frank J. Wilson Park
August 13, 4:00pm – Frank J. Wilson Park
August 16 at 6:30pm – Garfield Park
August 17, 6:30pm – Dvorak Park
August 18 at 6:30pm – Ridge Park
August 19, 6:30pm – Ridge Park

August 20, 4pm – Steelworkers Park(E. 87th St. @Lake Michigan)
August 23, 6:30pm – Hamilton Park
August 24 at 6:30pm – Piotrowski Park
August 25 at 6:30pm - Loyola Park
August 26 at 6:30pm – Loyola Park
August 27 at 4:00pm – Ping Tom Memorial Park

The Nights Out in The Parks Presents Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet performances are FREE to the public in neighborhood parks around Chicago! For program information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/parks


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chicago's Picasso – a restaging event of the 1967 unveiling at Daley Plaza on Tuesday, August 8, at noon. 

Originally met with mixed reviews by the public, the Picasso has become a Chicago icon attracting visitors from around the world. 

The Chicago Picasso is considered to be artist Pablo Picasso’s first large-scale civic sculpture in America. The world-renowned sculpture stands 50 feet tall on a base of granite and is constructed of the same Cor-Ten steel as the building behind it. In the 1960s, at the request of William Hartmann, Senior Partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Picasso designed the monumental artwork to relate to the Civic Center on what is known today as Daley Plaza.

While the Picasso attracted mixed reviews when it was unveiled on August 15, 1967, it has since become an enduring influence on Chicago’s public art. It has been featured in popular films like The Blues Brothers, The Fugitive, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now a beloved symbol of Chicago, the Picasso is central to hundreds of events in Daley Plaza, including creative arts performances and farmers markets.

A free-admission film and lecture series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s Picasso at the Chicago Cultural Center.  The Public Art Film Series on August 12 and 13 at 2pm and August 14 and 15 at 6:30pm will feature films providing a time capsule to when public art, murals and sculpture were just beginning to take form in Chicago. For more information on Picasso 50th Anniversary events, visit cityofchicago.org 


The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns to Millennium Park, Tuesdays, June 13 through September 5, at 6:30pm. This years line-up kicks off with the 1980 Chicago classic The Blues Brothers, the second place finisher in last years audience choice vote. 

Guests may take a seat at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or lounge on the Great Lawn as crowd-pleasing movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. 

The Full Summer Film Series Schedule:

The Blues Brothers:  June 13  (1980, rated R, 132 minutes)

Caddyshack:  June 20  (1980, rated R, 98 minutes)

Julie and Julia:  June 27 (2009, rated PG-13, 123 minutes)

El Norte – July 11 

(1983, rated R 141 minutes)Screened in Spanish W/English subtitles

La La Land:  July 18 (2016, rated PG-13, 128 minutes)

Network:  July 25 (1976, rated R, 121 minutes)

Bend it Like Beckham:  August 1 (2002, rated PG-13, 112 minutes)



August 8 

*Ghost (1990, rated PG-13, 127 minutes)

*The Shining (1980, rated R, 144 minutes)

Hidden Figures – August 15 (2016, rated PG, 127 minutes)

Five Heartbeats – August 22 (1991, rated R, 122 minutes)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 80th Anniversary Screening

Thursday, August 24 at 11am (1937, rated G, 83 minutes)

The Princess Bride – August 29 (1987, rated PG, 98 minutes)

Wayne’s World – September 5 (1992, rated PG-13, 95 minutes)


The FREE admission Summer Film Series. All films will be screened with English subtitles or captioning.


The City of Chicago’s 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show takes place this August 19 and 20 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am to 3pm daily. 

Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity-defying flying, commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface to a perfect beach landing on North Avenue Beach.

The popular lakefront event features a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago.

Returning acts confirmed for 2017 include:

F-35 Heritage Flight, F-16, A-10, F-22, AV-8B Harrier, U.S Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, C-130, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Aerostars, American Airlines, Bill Stein Airshows, Chicago Fire Department Helicopter Air/Sea Rescue, Firebirds Delta Team, Matt Chapman Airshows, Warbird Heritage Museum P-51 Mustang, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, Susan Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70, Warbird Heritage Museum Foundation: A-4 Skyhawk Jet Tac Demo and show announcer Herb Hunter, the “Voice of the Air and Water Show” for the last 30 years.

For more information on Chicago Air and Water Show, go to chicagoairandwatershow.us


In an effort to spread dancing throughout the city, SummerDance Chicago is the city’s premier dance festival, bringing communities together in a unique, urban dance space all summer long.

Chicagoans can take part in dancing and live music every Friday-Sunday, June 23-September 10, in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park and on Thursdays and Saturdays, July 13-September 14 in neighborhood parks throughout the city.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) invites dancers of all levels to flock to Millennium Park for the SummerDance Celebration on Saturday, August 26.

The festival will feature a full day of dance competitions, social dancing, lessons and performances by local dance companies throughout the park from noon until 9:30pm. Admission is free. For a complete schedule, visit chicagosummerdance.org.

My all-time favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, of MST3K fame) take the TARDIS back to 1983 to give the full RiffTrax treatment to this well-loved feature-length episode with RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors” in cinemas nationwide,  Thursday, August 17 and Thursday, August 24, 2017

Someone is taking the Doctor's past selves out of time and space, placing them in a vast wilderness - a battle arena with a sinister tower at its center.

As the various incarnations of the Doctor join forces, they learn they are in the Death Zone on their home world of Gallifrey, where they must fight Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti, and a devious Time Lord traitor who is using the Doctor and his companions to discover the ancient secrets of Rassilon, the first and most powerful ruler of Gallifrey.

Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headlining performers for the 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

A favorite Labor Day weekend tradition over August 31–September 3 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center, the festival showcases four stages of free live performances by Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside the greatest jazz artists from around the world.

Festival highlights include centennial celebrations of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald in Millennium Park at the Jay Priztker Pavilion along with headliners: Donny McCaslin Group, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom, Dr. Michael White Quartet, the Rebirth Brass Band and many more.

Admission to Chicago Jazz Festival is FREE. For the latest information on the Chicago Jazz Festival, visit chicagojazzfestival.us


The world comes together at the 18th Annual World Music Festival Chicago, September 9–25, 2016, at a variety of venues across the city. Celebrating the diverse music from nations across the globe, this FREE festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.

Highlights of the 2016 festival include the all night Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music, a weekend collaboration with Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park, a concert in Millennium Park and the The 606 Walk + Peace Picnic.

The full schedule with locations and times of each performance is included below. For more information and festival updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org


WTTW will present the music and conversation series, THE EXPERIENCE WITH DEDRY JONES, 
a co-production of WTTW Chicago and The Music Experience, beginning Thursday, July 13 10pm, with rebroadcasts the following Sundays at 12:00 am. 

The programs, recorded in WTTW’s Grainger Studio over the past year, will also air on WTTW Prime 11.2/Comcast 370/RCN 37 on the following Saturdays at 11:00 pm. 

THE EXPERIENCE WITH DEDRY JONES has been a live stage show in Chicago for 15 years; this marks the series’s television premiere.  Each one-hour episode hosed by Dedry Jones, takes audiences on a unique and compelling journey through the artist's life, through their own words, experience, and song. 

PBS Presents THE EXPERIECE with Dedry Jones
2017 Summer Performance Schedule Featuring:

Brian Culbertson

Dedry Jones talks with Brian Culbertson, an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer who crosses the genres of contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Jul 13 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Jul 14 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Jul 15 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jul 16 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 17 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD


Dedry Jones talks with AVERY*Sunshine, known for her invigorating and combustible live performances, compelling and revealingly honest songwriting, and impeccable voice. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Jul 20 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Jul 21 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Jul 22 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jul 23 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 24 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD

Will Downing

Dedry Jones talks with Grammy-nominated Will Downing, one of the most distinctive, loved and instantly recognizable voices in R&B. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Jul 27 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Fri, Jul 28 at 4:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sat, Jul 29 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Jul 30 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Jul 31 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD

Roberto Fonseca

Dedry Jones talks with Roberto Fonseca, the dynamic Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban jazz pianist, composer, and producer. The studio audience in WTTW's intimate Grainger Studio also enjoys a live performance by the artist with a full band.

Thu, Aug 3 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD

Sat, Aug 5 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Sun, Aug 6 at 4:00 am on WTTW Prime

Mon, Aug 7 at 12:00 am on WTTW HD 

Captured live before a studio audience in the same beautiful and intimate venue as WTTW’s national music series SOUNDSTAGE, audiences will enjoy a personal conversation with a world class musician, interspersed with a live music performance backed by a full band.  Don't miss The Experience with Dedry Jonesbeginning Thursday, July 13 10pm, with rebroadcasts the following Sundays at 12:00 am. 


Every year, July 11 marks the day that 7-Eleven observes its birthday!  Visit you local 7-Eleven on Tuesday, July 11, from 11:00am – 7:00pm, and snag a free small Slurpee!    

That's right, participating U.S. stores will give away an estimated 9 million free small Slurpee® drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, Tuesday, July 11 (7/11), while supplies last.

...And that's not all. Come back for Slurpee Week, where you can get 11 FREE Slurpee drinks! Buy 7 between July 12 - July 18, get 11 FREE. Yes, Slurpee Week continues the summer celebration, when Slurpee-lovers who purchase seven Slurpee drinks July 12-18 and scan the 7‑Eleven mobile app will receive 11 Slurpee drinks FREE. 

New this year, Slurpee cup icons will appear in the app, showing customers’ progress toward the 11-free goal. Slurpee purchases also will count toward the ongoing Buy 6-Get 7th Free 7Rewards offer.  And don't forget to post photos of your freebie with #7elevenday




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