Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations help the city spring into summer with the official season-changing signal – turning on the Buckingham Fountain.

The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the largest in the world, is located at Columbus Drive (301 East) and Congress Parkway (500 South) in Grant Park and runs from 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from early May through mid-October, depending on weather.  Display times are subject to change during special events in Grant Park.

While in operation, the Fountain produces a major water display for 20 minutes every hour.   During the major display, a center jet shoots water to a height of 150 feet into the air. Major displays begin daily at 9:00 a.m. and continue thereafter, every hour on the hour. Beginning at dusk, a spectacular light and music display accompanies the major display, beginning every hour on the hour for 20 minutes. Each evening, the final major display begins at 10:35 p.m.

So, don't miss the fun at Buckingham Fountain when Summer is Officially switched ON!


The UltimateTV 2018 Summer Event Calander:

5/30-9/1     Navy Pier Fireworks Summer Series

6/1-8/30     Milliennium Park Music Series

6/1-8/30     Milliennium Park Movies

6/13-8/18   Grant Park Music Fest

6/1-8/30     Movies in The Park

6/1-8/30     Circus in The Park

6/1-8/30     Music in The Park

6/1-8/30     Shakespeare in The Park


Summer is officially underway and Chicago's favorite food fest, The 38th Annual Taste of Chicago kicks off  Taste of Chicago will run from July 11–15 in Grant Park.

The festival will present a diverse mix of chart-topping national and international acts at the Petrillo Music Shell, including Brandi Carlile, Juanes, yasiin bey & Talib Kweli are Black Star, The Flaming Lips and George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic. The Bud Light Stage will feature five days of free programming with top local talent. Taste of Chicago will run from July 11–15 in Grant Park.

Tickets for the seating area can be purchased at 10am at tasteofchicago.us. For all Petrillo concerts, general seating tickets are $18 and premium seating tickets are $50. Admission to Taste of Chicago and lawn seating is free. 

Food samples will be served Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5pm. 

The popular Bud Light Stage at the Taste of Chicago will offer five days of performances by Chicago’s best up-and-coming and more established artists, July 11–15 in Grant Park. The entertainment stage, located at the south end of Taste of Chicago at Columbus and Balbo Streets, is open from noon to 8pm on Wednesday through Friday and 11am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. The full schedule can be found at tasteofchicago.us. All Bud Light Stage performances are free.

Bud Light Stage - Schedule of Performances

(subject to change)

Wednesday, July 11

Noon–1pm               Raii and Whitney (R&B)

1:20–2:20pm            You Are Here (Rock)

2:40–3:40pm            NDPNDNT (Hip Hop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

4–5pm                       Kiara Lanier (Alt/R&B)

5:20–6:20pm            Archie Powell & The Exports (Rock)

6:20–7:20pm            DJ Mike P

Thursday, July 12

Noon–1pm               Co-still (Hip Hop)

1:20–2:20pm            Lester Rey (Contemporary Latin)

2:40–3:40pm            Aniba Hotep & the Sol Collective (Soul/R&B)

4–5pm                       Dave Weld (Blues)

5:20–6:20pm            Marina City (Rock)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

6:20–7:30pm            DJ Mike P

Friday, July 13

Noon–1pm               Black Bear Combo (Balkan Brass Band)

1:20–2:20pm            Friday Pilots Club (Rock)

2:40–3:40pm            Beats y Bateria (Global Electronic)

4–5pm                       Matt Muse (Hip Hop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

5:20–6:20pm            MASN (Pop/R&B)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

6:20–7:30pm            DJ Mike P

Saturday, July 14

11–11:40am             DJ Mike P

Noon–1pm               CASE (Pop)

1:20–2:20pm            Kingfatz (Hip Hop)

2:40–3:40pm            Fee Lion (Electro/Pop)

4–5pm                       Emann & Jojo (Hip Hop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

5:20–6:20pm            Bianca Shaw (R&B/Hip Hop)

6:20–7:30pm            DJ Mike P

Sunday, July 15

11–11:40am             DJ Mike P

Noon–1pm               Young DRA (Hip Hop)

1:20–2:20pm            The Claudettes (Indie Blues)

2:40–3:40pm            Adam Ness (Alt R&B)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

4–5pm                       Emily Blue (Pop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

5:20–6:20pm            Sa’Rayah (Soul/R&B)

6:20–7:30pm            DJ Mike P

The 37th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 5–9 in Grant Park with hours 11am–9pm, Wednesday–Friday, and 10am–9pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE admission festival, visit tasteofchicago.us


Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic year-round destination, has teamed up with Chicago International Film Festival and Broadway in Chicago to present the 2nd Annual Water Flicks, a free, 10-week movie series offered at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park, against the backdrop of serene Lake Michigan at sunset.

Every Monday from June 18 through August 20, the Pier will show a different music-themed movie, starting at 7 p.m. As part of this year’s “sing-along summer” theme, guests are encouraged to belt out and bust a move to the famous tunes featured within the flicks. Free popcorn will be available to guests on a first-come-first-served basis, courtesy of Navy Pier IMAX at AMC.

2018 Navy Pier Water Flicks Film Schedule: 

June 18 

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
June 25 
Get on Up
July 2 
July 9 
Pitch Perfect
July 16 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
July 23 
July 30 
Viva Las Vegas 
*Special performance by Heartbreak Hotel prior to film
August 6 
August 13 
The Wedding Singer
August 20 

Water Flicks is part of the Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and glob. For more information, visit www.navypier.org Credit: James Richards IV Photography / Navy Pier


Celebrate the birth of our country at one of various Illinois Fireworks Shows. They will take place July 1-7 at various locations in Illinois.  For additional locations and times go to www.illinoisfireworks.com 

Firework Displays are scheduled at the following locations: 

7/3-4 North Chicago - Naval Station Great Lakes

7/4 Chicago - Navy Pier

7/4 Evanston - Clark Street Beach

7/4 Glenview - Gallery Park

7/4 Highland Park – Wolters Field

7/4 Itasca – Hamilton Lakes

7/4 Lake Forest – Deerpath Park

7/4 Naperville – Ribfest Event Celebration

7/4 Skokie – Niles West High School

7/4 Hoffman Estates – Sears Center

7/4 Oak Park – River Forest High School Football Stadium

7/4 Rosemont - MB Financial Park(Rockin’ in The Park Concert)

7/4 Chatham – Chatham Community Park

7/4 Oak Lawn – Richards High School

7/4 Country Club Hills – 4200 West 183rd Street

7/4 Thornton – Hubbard Park

7/4 Orland Park – Centennial Park

7/4 Tinley Park – McCarthy Park

7/4 Lansing – Lan-Oak Park


Regal, a leading motion picture exhibitor operating one of the largest theatre circuits in the United States, announces the return of its family-favorite program, the Summer Movie Express. 

This kid-friendly film festival is a nonstop adventure, and the perfect getaway for movie lovers. The Summer Movie Express features $1 family movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., with a portion of proceeds benefiting charity.

Since 1991, Regal has hosted special summertime entertainment for families to enjoy and to foster a love of moviegoing in each new generation. This year’s Summer Movie Express program will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at participating theatres and feature a fantastic lineup of ‘G’ and ‘PG’ movies including, but not limited to: 

Week 1: June 26-27 

Despicable Me 2/ How to Train Your Dragon 2

Week 2: July 3-4 

The Lego Move/ Alvin and the Chipmunks

Week 3: July 10-11 

Sing/ The Peanuts Movie

Week 4: July 17-18 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie/ Ferdinand

Week 5: July 24-25 

The Secret life of Pets/ Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquell

Week 6: July 31-Aug 1 

The LEGO Batman Movie/ Trolls

Week 7: August 7-8 

 Minions/ The Boss Baby

Week 8: August 14-15 

Paddington 2/ Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Week 9: August 21-22 

Despicable Me 3/ Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Week 10: August 28-29 

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax/ Kung Fu Panda 3

For additional event information, visit https://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express


SummerDance RETURNS!  Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 48 different live bands + DJs and get into step with dance lessons beforehand.

Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman.  Enjoy Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music.

Most SummerDance events start with an introductory, one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing. See schedule for specifics. Refreshments Food and beverages are available for purchase. Please note that outside alcohol is strictly prohibited at SummerDance events. 

Rain Policy SummerDance events take place rain or shine. In the event of extremely inclement weather, performances and dance lessons may be canceled. Updates will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.  All FREE!

Thursday, June 28

Swing Brasileiro (Samba)

Passistas Samba Dance Group (Samba, Axe, Samba-reggae)

Friday, June 29

Joel Paterson and The Modern Sounds(30's and 40's Swing Music)

Saturday, June 30 - SALSA / Son Veteranos (Salsa)

Sunday, July 1

ARGENTINE TANGO / Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentine Tango)

Thursday, July 5

DABKE / Ahmed Hamad (Palestinian Traditional Dances

Friday, July 6

HOUSE (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) / DJ Jesse de la Peña

Saturday, July 7

SWING / The Fat Babies (‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Swing) / Margot Toppen and Riley Wimes, Jr. (Jitterbug)

Sunday, July 8

ARGENTINE TANGO / Mariano Barreriro Tango Duo (Argentine Tango) / Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)

Visit the website for more information:



"Museums for All" program has facilitated more than 514,000 museum visits for low-income community members since its inception in 2014.

There are currently 190 museums participating in this initiative to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly, develop new interests and skills, enrich social connections and build lifelong museum habits. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 37 states and the District of Columbia. California and Illinois have the most museums active with the effort.

As part of this initiative, museums offer individual admission fees ranging from free to $3 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a valid form of photo ID.(these admission rates offered during all normal operating hours)

Illinois Museums Participating in the Museums for All Program:

Adler Planetarium 
(Chicago, IL)

Art Institute of Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
(Aurora, IL)

Cantigny Park
(Wheaton, IL)

Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Chicago Botanic Garden
(Glencoe, IL)

Chicago Children's Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Chicago History Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Children's Museum in Oak Lawn
(Oak Lawn, IL)

DuSable Museum of African American History
(Chicago, IL)

The Field Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Lincoln Park Zoo
(Chicago, IL)

Morton Arboretum
(Lisle, IL)

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

Naper Settlement
(Naperville, IL)

National Museum of Mexican Art
(Chicago, IL)

National Museum of Puerto Rican Art and Culture
(Chicago, IL)

National Veterans Art Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Shedd Aquarium
(Chicago, IL)

Wonder Works Children's Museum
(Oak Park, IL)

For additional museum locations, visit  http://childrensmuseums.org/participating-museums


Hollywood stars return to Chicago skies this summer, as Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for the eighteenth season. 

Featuring everything from classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood and retro childhood favorites, to the best family-friendly box office favorites from recent years. 

All Movies in The Park screenings begin at dust. Estimate 8:30p.m. from June – July 15; 8:15p.m. from July 15 - August 15 and 8:00p.m. after August 15. The following is a partial listing of movies scheduled in June:


Carver Park - Black Panther

Harold Washington Playlot Park - A Raisin in the Sun

Bartelme, Mary Park - Beauty and The Beast Sing-Along


Horner Park - Wonder

Lake Shore Park - Bread and Tulips

Lincoln Park - Trolls


Foster Park - The Boss Baby

Piotrowski Park – Help Me Make it Through the Night

White (Willye B.) Park – Hidden Figures


Euclid Park – Wonder Woman

Gill Park – Despicable Me 3

Wentworth Park - The Boss Baby

6/14 McKierman Park – Ghostbusters(1984)

6/14 Wicker Park – The Color Purple

6/15 Bell Park – Wonder

6/15 Brooks Park – Back to The Future

6/15 Homan Square Park – Wonder Woman

6/15 Vittum Park – Justice League

6/16 DuSable Musem of African American History – Marshall

6/16 Pulaski Park – Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2

6/16 Winnemac Park – Wonder Woman

6/16 Churchill Field Park – Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle

6/16 Jonquil Park - Paddington 2

Visit the website https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/movies-parks for updated info.


The Summer Meals Program  provides free meals over the summer to kids 18 & under.  

At meal sites. kids can receive a healthy meal in a safe place to eat and build friendships. Many sites also offer educational activities and games. This equals Food, Friends, and Fun!

There are open sites and closed sites for free meals. Open sites are meal sites where anyone age 18 and under can get a free meal. There is no fee, no sign-up, and no proof of identity or legal status required. You just walk in and grab a meal! 

Closed sites are meal sites that require sign-up and sometimes require a small fee to participate throughout the summer. These can include summer camps or other programming that you have to register for.

Why do we need the Summer Meals Program? Summer can be the hungriest time of the year for kids and the most expensive time for parents. Kids and parents who rely on free or reduced – price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) no longer have access to these meals when school is out for the summer. For more information or locate a site near you, CALL (800) 359-2163


Get ready for the 2018 Millennium Park Summer Film Series happening Tuesdays, June 5 through August 21, at 6:30pm. New this year, each screening in the series will be programmed in collaboration with a local independent film festival providing a season-long sampling of the themes, ethnicities and genres seen in the more than 50 film festivals presented annually in Chicago.

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.  Additionally, each film presentation will begin with a screening of a “ChicagoMade Short” – a locally-produced short film.

Movies Scheduled Include:


Mad Max: Fury Road

Kinky Boots

Groundhog Day

High Fidelity

Iron Giant

Man on Wire

International Media Mixer

Get Out

Wall-E and Crash(Double Feature)

School of Rock


Slumdog Millionaire


The spooky otherworldly TV series Supernatural, will be celebrated at Creation Entertainment’s Supernatural Official Convention July 13, 14, 15 at Hyatt Regency O’Hare on Rosemont.


Now in its 13th season, this hit CW Network series follows the Winchester Brothers as they travel the USA in search of demons and other figures of the paranormal while cruising in their 1967 vintage Impala.  The interplay between the two lead characters has captured a loyal fan base most likely aided by the heartthrob status of actors Ackles and Padalecki. 


Celebrity guests from Supernatural scheduled to appear will include:  

Misha Collins (Castiel), Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester), Ruth Connell (Rowena), Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Jody Mills), Briana Buckmaster (Sheriff Donna Hanscum) Lisa Berry (Billie), and Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer); Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) and Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester); as well as Alexander Calvert (Jack), Ruth Connell (Rowena) and Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer) and many many more!


Hosting all three days of the convention will be Supernatural’s Richard Speight, Jr. (Trickster/Gabriel) along with his cohost Rob Benedict (Chick Shurley/Caver).


In addition to celebrity appearances, the non-stop auditorium show will include behind the scenes presentations, costume and trivia contests and more. For additional program information, visit visit our website at www.creationent.com.


BBC Studios-Americas, Fathom Events present the never-before-seen, 90-minute director’s cut of the hugely popular Doctor Who adventure, “Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks,”

This special one-night event takes place Monday, June 11 at 7p.m. local time in more than 750 select movie theaters nationwide!

An exclusive interview with the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker will follow this special version and the complete season 12 of Doctor Who will be released on Blu-ray, June 19, featuring fan favorite Doctor Tom Baker.

SYNOPSIS: The Fourth Doctor and his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan are transported thousands of years into the past to the ancient planet Skaro where they are given a mission from the Time Lords to prevent the evil scientist Davros from introducing to the universe the most destructive race of killing machines ever created, the Daleks!


Register to win a pair to tickets from The UltimateTV at https://genesis4.eventbrite.com  No Purchase Necessary. Contest ends on or before June 10, 2018

or purchase tickets for “Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks” at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).


Chicago Dance Month kicks into full gear beginning this April! This annual month-long celebration highlights the legacy, breadth, and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community by promoting a wealth of dance performances, educational opportunities, and other events, in partnership with dance companies and arts organizations across the city.


See Chicago Dance will present FREE special events, including (participating artists to be finalized soon):

Chicago Dance Month Kickoff Celebration, Tuesday, March 27, time TBD, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street: featuring an afternoon performance in Preston Bradley Hall followed by a reception

Mid-Month Pop-up Performances, April 10, 4:30–6 p.m., Block 37, 108 N. State Street: site-specific performances in the Pedway and throughout Block 37

Chicago Dance Month Celebration and Scavenger HuntApril 30, 4:30–6 p.m.: a progressive event that starts on the steps of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, and continues down Michigan Avenue, with site-specific performances along the way, and concluding with a reception at a TBD location along the Riverwalk

Open Studio Fridays, March 23–May 11, 4:30–6 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, 78 E. Washington Street: a variety of Chicago dance companies will offer performances and other activities every Friday during Chicago Dance Month
Please check back for updates on events and promotions as we get closer to Chicago Dance Month 2018!  From Ballet to Butoh, and all styles in between, Chicago Dance Month offers something for everyone. Go See Dance!  
Dance Styles
Tap / Rhythm
Musical Theater
Modern / Contemporary
Circus Arts
Ballroom / Social Dance
Culturally Specific Dance
Hip Hop
Aerial Dance


The UltimateTV, Legion M, Electric Entertainment invite you and your friends to a special screening of the highly anticipated psychological thriller, Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant!

Synopsis: A valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers. Things go smoothly until he robs the wrong customer (David Tennant), and discovers a woman being held captive in his home.

Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman there and makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate.

Now, the valet must endure the wrath of the kidnapper who seeks revenge on him, all while desperately trying to find and rescue the captive woman he left behind.

Join The UltimateTV host Rachell Montgomery for the Bad Samaritan Chicago Legion M Meet-up at Showplace Icon Roosevelt Collection, 1011 East Delano Court East, Sunday May 6 and pick up a Limited-Edition Bad Samaritan movie poster and swag bag(while supplies last) with special appearance by Chicago's very own Bad Samaritan valet, Carlito Olivero!

RSVP https://legionm.com/bad-samaritan-meetups#join-a-meetup/meetup-details/5ad64d42c3b6c2549406f80a/ 

Promotion courtesy of Legion M, Electric Entertainment and The UltimateTV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!


Macy’s Flower Show, as annual floral spectacular will bloom in unison at three flagship locations including Herald Square in New York City, State Street in Chicago,and in San Francisco beginning Sunday, March 25 through Sunday, April 8. 

Once Upon a Springtime will transform the iconic stores into enchanted gardens where the beauty and renewal of the spring season meets the whimsy of a fairytale journey. 

This year's themed celebration will bring to floral life an original twist on classic fairytales, creating a world of personified flora and fauna, princesses, evil queens, fairy godmothers, and noble knights that lead spectators on a wondrous journey.


In addition to the magnificent landscaped gardens, Flower Show spectators can enjoy a host of special in-store events including floral, food, and fashion demonstrations, celebrity appearances, and more during the two weeks the show is in full bloom.


Macy’s Flower Show opens the first chapter of spring with Once Upon a Springtime, now thru April 8 and is FREE to the public. Visit macys.com/flowershow for more information.


The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games.  

From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to Panels, Autograph Sessions and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators and Celebrities and delivers a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago.

Mark Sheppard – Supernatural, Doctor Who

Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley - This is Us

Charlie Cox – DareDevil

Gina Torres – Suits, Firefly


CM Punk – WWE

Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh - Legends of Tomorrow and many more!

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2018 will be held Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8 in the South Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. For additional program information or to purchase tickets, visit www.c2e2.com 


Chicago's favorite Heroes and Villians Fan Fest and Walker Stalker Con returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 8!  Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Walker Stalker celebrities or head across our newly expanded venue to meet cast members from Arrow, Gotham, and more at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest! One ticket gives you complete access to BOTH shows! 

Celebrities Appearing at Heroes and Villains include:

Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards from Arrow 

John Barrowman from Doctor Who/Arrow

Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazou and Drew Powell from Gotham

Mike Colter from Marvel's Luke Cage

Cress Williams and James Remar from CW Black Lightning

and lots more!

For event times and dates or to purchase tickets, visit www.heroesfanfest.com/chicago


Chicago's favorite Heroes and Villians Fan Fest and Walker Stalker Con return to The Windy City April 7-8 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il.

Spend the entire weekend with your favorite Walker Stalker celebrities or head across our newly expanded venue to meet cast members from Arrow, Gotham, and more at Heroes and Villains Fan Fest! One ticket gives you complete access to BOTH shows! 

Participating Cast Members for Walker Stalker 2018 Include:

Norman Reedus, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Steven Ogg, Alanna Masterson, Katelyn Nacon, Seth Gilliam, Christian Serratos and many, many more!

For additional information, event times and dates, visit www.walkerstalkercon.com


The Chicago Flower and Garden Show comes to Navy Pier, March 14-18, 2018 For show times and dates or to purchase tickets, visit www.chicagoflower.com


Nearly 300 lucky Chicago Public Schools students will spend their President’s Day attending a free screenings of the Marvel box office sensation Black Panther at Chicago's Studio Movie Grill.

The screenings are a collaborative effort between nonprofit Creative Cypher, a Chicago-based collective of artists and entertainment professionals who work to promote diversity in the film industry, the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA) and several local youth organizations. 


Tai Davis

Chicago-born Actress featured in “The Chi”

Charles Andrew Gardner

Actor and President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago

Craig Harris

Emmy award-winning writer and actor

Jonathan Kirkland

vocalist and actor currently featured in “Hamilton”

David Leonard

Location manager/ scout

Natasha Parker

Location manager/ scout

Directors Guild of America

Chris Walker

Comic illustrator and former colorist for Marvel Comics

Mark Willis

Professional stunt performer currently featured in “Black Panther”

After the film, students will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of African American entertainment professionals about different career paths in film and related industries. 

Twenty youth-focused nonprofits were selected to receive tickets, including Donda’s House, Common Ground Foundation, Free Spirit Media, True Star Foundation and more. Students receiving complimentary tickets were selected based upon their commitment to being both high-achieving scholars and model citizens in their communities.

For more information on upcoming Black Panther events, visit www.studiomoviegrill.com


Your family will enjoy Monster Jam® 2018 Friday, March 2 though Monday, March 5 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.  Monster Jam is the perfect sports and entertainment brand mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action packed live show. 

Over 4 million fans fill the world’s premier stadiums and arenas to see the live spectacle with more than 350 performances each year, and with its rapid international expansion, Monster Jam continues to win over more fans in new countries around the world. 

Monster Jam 2018 features the following performers: 

El Toro Loco 
driven by Kayla Blood
Grave Digger 
driven by Tyler Menninga
driven by Colton Eichelberger
driven by Trent Montgomery
Monster Mutt Rottweiler 
driven by Jack Brown
driven by Myranda Cozad
Soldier Fortune Black Ops 
driven by Tony Ochs 
driven by Bari Musawwir

For decades, Monster Jam has been one of the biggest and most successful touring family shows in the world, and it is still showing yearly growth in all areas! For show times and dates or to purchase tickets, visit monsterjam.com


David Tennant, who starred as the "Tenth Doctor" on the long-running series "Doctor Who," will appear at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, Sunday, March 5 in Cleveland Ohio! 

For "Whovians," it will be a rare opportunity to meet the British star, who has also made an impact on audiences in the acclaimed current TV series "Broadchurch" and the Netflix series "Jessica Jones").

Tennant's principal run as the Tenth Doctor began in 2005 and continued through 2009, with a reprisal in the landmark 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" in 2013. Since his early work on local Scottish television through roles in some of the most beloved fantasy and sci-fi franchises of all time, Tennant has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of wit, warmth and humanity.

Tennant joins Doctor Who fan favorites Billie Piper and John Barrowman, Gotham" duo of David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee, NIchelle Nichols from the Legendary television show, Star Trek and 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 Cleveland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more information, visit http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon/cleveland


Back for a third season, Adler Planetarium's REEL SCIENCE Film Series combines cinematic Sci-Fi favorites with science conversations about the film—providing a unique opportunity to explore real, cutting-edge science through the lens of pop-culture, film and storytelling.  

Designed to appeal to moviegoers, science enthusiasts and families alike, don’t miss a chance to see your favorite film on the big screen and engage with experts ranging in fields like astronomy, geology, linguistics and more! So bring your crew (and burning questions) and come geek out with us at REEL Science!

Adler's REEL Science Film Series begins October 6, 2017 through March 8, 2018.  Each event opens at 5:30pm in the S.C. Johnson Star Theater and includes fun, pre-movie trivia and videos, a screening of the film, followed by a post-show, “Reel Science” Q&A with Adler scientists and special guests. 


Friday, October 6, 2017

The Martian (PG-13)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2001 A Space Odyssey (G)

Friday, January 12, 2018: 

Arrival (PG-13)

Friday, February 9, 2018: 


Thursday, March 8, 2018: 

Demolition Man (R)

The UltimateTV would like to congratulations to Leona Brown, winner of Adler's Reel Science Ticket Giveaway for WALL-E!  Details coming soon for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Adler Planetarium's final REEL SCIENCE Film Feature, DEMOLITION MAN starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock, Thursday, March 8!  For event information, visit http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/whats-here/reel-science/ 


The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. The 110th edition of The Chicago Auto Show will be held at Chicago's McCormick Place in Chicago.

In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.  Exhibitions this year include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. 

The 2018 public show is Saturday, February 10-Monday, February 19 and will host special themed days for you to enjoy including: 

Women’s Day

Tuesday, February 13

Chicago Auto Show Food Drive

Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, February 16

Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day

Friday, February 16

Family Day

Monday, February 19:

For program information, show times and dates, events and discount tickets specials, visit the website: ChicagoAutoShow.com 


As a thank you to fans who made the critically acclaimed movie, "Get Out" successful, 

Universal Pictures and Film Director Jordan Peele have teamed up to offer movie goers a free showing film on President's Day, February 19.

That's right, a Free screening of Get Out will be held nationwide at 55 different AMC theaters at 7:00p.m., including in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.  In the Chicago area, the movie will be shown in the following theaters:

AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) 

AMC Crestwood 18 (13221 Rivercrest Drive, Crestwood) 

AMC Streets of Woodfield 20 (601 N. Martingale Rd, Schaumburg)

To locate a participating AMC theater near you, visti getoutoneyearlater.com. You must show up at the theater Monday morning with a valid ID to retrieve your ticket. Be sure to get there early: Tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Good Luck!


Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time in Chicago as Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!  Performances begin January 24-28 and February 7-11 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., with an interim engagement at Chicago’s United Center, Jan. 31 - Feb. 4. 

Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will bring Chicago-area audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.

Dare To Dream takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage. 

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless and through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella ignite passions to believe. Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.

The UltimateTV would like to send you and your family to the opening night performance of Disney On Ice Presents Dare To Dream, 7:00P.M., Wednesday, January 24 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.  Register for your chance to win a Family 4-Pak of tickets at http://utvdare2dream2.eventbrite.com  For additional program information or to purchase tickets, visit DisneyOnIce.com


The 2018 Travel and Adventure Show returns to Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Saturday, February 10th through Sunday, February 11. 

There's so much to do at America's Favorite Travel Show like exploring endless vacation options, discovering over 250+ destinations from around the globe and planning your trip face-to-face with thousands of travel experts.

Meet your favorite travel celebrities including Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, and Pauline Frommer, attend dozens of educational seminars on the Savvy Traveler and Destination Theaters, awaken your senses with live cooking demonstrations on the Taste of Travel Theater and immerse yourself in faraway cultures with song and dance on the Global Beats Stage.

Enjoy fun for the whole family including camel riding, SCUBA lessons in the dive pool, plus, save big with exclusive show-only specials and trip giveaways, The best part? All of this is included with your ticket. Make the first stop on your next trip the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show. For more information, visit https://travelshows.com/shows/chicago/


Celebrate the transformative power of music at The 13th Annual Presentation of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, Saturday, January 13 - Sunday, January 14 at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago.  

This event will take place over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend and is inspired by Dr. King’s message of “Beloved Community.” Too Hot brings Chicagoans together to witness “a contagiously joyous jazz, gospel, and blues treatment of George Frideric Handel’s famous 18th-century oratorio” (Chicago Reader). 

The show features acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; legendary Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles; a choir of over 100 members led by Bill Fraher, director of concert choirs at Old St. Patrick's Church; a chamber orchestra conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton, the assistant music director at Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, MI; and a world-class jazz band featuring electric bass, electric guitar, string bass, and more. 

For additional information on this event, visit www.auditoriumtheater.org


Doctor Who fans are getting a special gift this Christmas from Fathom Events with BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. 

The epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who is coming to U.S. movie theaters for one night, Wednesday, December 27, 7p.m. local time, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and 

David Bradley (Game of Thrones). 

The event will also introduce The Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), who is the first woman to assume the role. 

The cinematic event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes to the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer. 

The UltimateTV would like to send you and a friend to see Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time starring Peter Capaldi at AMC River East Theaters.  Register to win a pair of general admission tickets at https://utvcapaldi.eventbrite.com No purchase necessary to win. You must be a legal US Citizen, 18 years old or older to enter. Winners will be selected on or before Wednesday, December 22, 2017. 

For a complete list of theater locations or to purchase tickets for Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time, visit www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box office(theaters and participants are subject to change).

Good Luck from your friends at Fathom Events, BBC Worldwide and The UltimateTV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!


Happy Holidays From The UltimateTV!!


The UltimateTV invites you and your family to The 15th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair, the largest non-hobby toy and game fair in North America at Chicago's Navy Pier Saturday, November 18 - Sunday, November 19!   

Preview, play with and test the hottest toys and games from around the world your family, friends and other attendees like Legos playsets, Build or Boom, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, Rummikub Twist, Fish Food, all new Doggie Doo, Greedy Granny, Ultra Dash, Marbleocity, Automoblox, Magformers, Tileblox, Clicformers, Ice Cool, King Frog, Reef Route, Woo-Hoo, Flower Fairies, Peter Rabbit Secret Garden, 8-Bit Art Mario and so much more! 

Enjoy the Awesome Events scheduled at the 2017 Chicago Toy and Game Fair Including:

U.S. National Rummikub Championship

Giant Soggy Doggy! (and we mean GIANT)

Meet Princess-Etch-A-Sketch

Ride the PlayMonster Super Swing

LIVE Unboxing: Check out live unboxings from our Play Influencer team!

            Ultra Dash Game Race

Automoblox Play Area and Race Track

Interactive Exhibits

Test out Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves

Photo Ops: Snap a photo with some of your favorite characters from Star Wars!

Meet Toy & Game Inventors from Around the World

Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays

Meet the winners of Young Inventor Challenge

Chicago's Largest Brush-a-Thon

Yo-Yo Championship - Contestants from Coast to Coast

Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show

Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows and Contests

Join The UltimateTV at The 15th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Nov. 18-19 at Navy Pier and **Receive a 50% off Discount from The UltimateTV by using the code: ChiTAGPLAY at https://2017chitagfairtickets.eventbrite.com


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 The Windy City will be Catherine Tate (The Office), Alex Kingston (“E.R."), Jenna Coleman (Masterpiece: Victoria) and John Barrowman (“Arrow").

Also scheduled to appear at the largest pop culture comic con include: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War tandem, 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 Simmons, the “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 announced Friday morning that actor David Tennant will no longer make a Chicago appearance due to a family emergency. 

"A member of David Tennant's family has been struck with an illness, which has forced cancellation of his plans for this weekend. We're sending all the best to David and his family as they work through this time," Wizard World said in a Twitter post.

Tennant is known for his roles in "Doctor Who," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and recent ABC (Disney XD) reboot "DuckTales." The actor went to social media Friday to share his apologies to fans this weekend saying, "I am absolutely gutted that I'm not gonna be with you this weekend. I am so disappointed, I was so looking forward to coming to Chicago and meeting you lovely people. I'm so so sorry."

Wizard Word will be offering refunds for all VIP gusts (dual and single) along with single and dual/group photo ops and autographs. VIPs will still get their swag bag get into the show this year.  In addition, Wizard World is giving those who had been given a refund to see Tennant will be given free weekend admission to Chicago 2018 (August 23-26) as well as any and every 2017 show that they want to attend.

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.  For more information, visit the website https://wizardworld.com


WTTW will present the music and conversation series THE EXPERIENCE WITH DEDRY JONES℠, a live stage show held in The Windy City for 15 years; this marks the series’s television premiere.

The Experience has always been, at heart, a celebration of music. 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. Each episode takes audiences on a unique and compelling journey through the artist's life, through their own words, experience, and song. 

Each one-hour program is hosted by Dedry Jones, who has interviewed numerous top music artists across the genres, including Natalie Cole, Maxwell, Earth Wind and Fire, Ledisi, Chaka Khan (who stated it was the best interview of her 25-year career), and many others. 

“When I started THE EXPERIENCE, I always envisioned it being televised,” says Dedry. “I am beyond excited that WTTW has made that happen. What a great opportunity to fulfill and share my dream of celebrating real music with people across the globe who truly love good music.”

Performers Appearing on The Experience Include:

Brian Culbertson 
Will Downing 
Roberto Fonseca 

For program information or schedule for upcoming episodes, visit wttw.com/national.