Photo by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross

Comic Relief USA, the nonprofit behind Red Nose Day in America, is honored to be a part of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. This incredible event will bring people across the country together to help those affected by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Hand in Hand will be live across all broadcast TV and many cable networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, FOX, Bravo, MTV, and more, and on social media like Twitter and YouTube. 

The special will feature some of the nation’s biggest stars, including:

Trace Adkins, Anthony Anderson, Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Dierks Bentley, Wayne Brady, Connie Britton, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, David Copperfield, Billy Crystal, Lee Daniels, Robert De Niro, 

Leonardo DiCaprioDrake, Hilary Duff, Jeff Dunham, Jimmy Fallon, Rascal Flatts, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Selena Gomez, Amy Grant, Josh Groban, Tom Hanks, 

Taraji P. Henson, Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Kate Hudson, Dwayne Johnson, 

Joe Jonas, Catherine Zeta -Jones, Tori Kelly, Nicole Kidman, Gayle King, Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, Kings of Leon, Jared Leto, Eva Longoria, Matthew McConaughey, 

Tim McGraw, Nicki Minaj, Tracy Morgan, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Paisley, 

Tyler Perry, Dennis Quaid, Questlove, Julia Roberts, Robin Roberts, Craig Robinson, 

Ray Romano, Kelly Rowland, Darius Rucker, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, 

Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, Maria Shriver, Michael W. Smith, Will Smith, David Spade, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan, Barbra Streisand, Wanda Sykes, T.I., 

Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, Wilmer Valderrama, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Marlon Wayans, Bruce Willis, Chandra Wilson, Charlie Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Cece Winans, Rita Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

and Many, Many More To Be Announced! 

Comic Relief USA is managing your generous donations, making sure they reach those hit hardest by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Visit http://handinhand2017.com/ for more information on how you can help those in need. 

We hope you’ll join us in making the biggest impact possible for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Phone lines and text messaging will be open at the beginning of the show.



2017 the Year of Public Art, or  YOPA is an opportunity to highlight the rich history of public art in Chicago, the many great artists living and working in the city, and the hundreds of works of art that grace our streets, parks, and plazas. 

Thanks to a designation of funding from the Mayor and the continued efforts of partners like the Chicago Park District, YOPA will also mean the creation of dozens of new works of art and hundreds of exciting events across the city. 

YOPA’s 50×50 initiative will place new public art in all 50 wards of the city in honor of the 50 year anniversary of two influential pieces of Chicago public art: the Picasso on Daley Plaza and the “Wall of Respect” which once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue.

Other highlights from 2016 include: the installation of Yoko Ono’s first permanent work of public art in the United States, “Sky Landing” on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island; “Urban Buddha: Be the Flower, Not the Bee” in Grant Park by Tashi Norbu, who was trained in the offices of the Dalai Lama; the lighting of a new project from Luftwerk on the 606; and so much more!

For information on The 2017 Year of Public Arts, go to https://www.cityofchicago.org/


Celebrate The Picasso's 50th Anniversary with a restaging event of the 1967 unveiling at Daley Plaza.

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.

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. For more information on Picasso 50th Anniversary events, visit cityofchicago.org 


Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine.  On Saturday, September 23rd, participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Chicago Museums participating in Museum Day LIVE! Include:  


Adler Planetarium

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Busy Beaver Button Museum

Chicago History Museum

DuSable Museum of African American History

Glessner House Museum

International Museum of Surgical Science

The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

National Hellenic Museum

Smart Museum of Art The Peggy and Notebaert Nature Museum 

To learn more about Museum Day Live, participating museums nationwide and ticket information, visit the website, www.smithsonianmag.com


Garrett Popcorn is celebrating its 68th anniversary by selling 68-cent bags of Garrett Mix Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout September.

Stop by participating Garrett Popcorn stores Wednesday, September 6, 13, 20 and 27 to score a super-cheap bag of their signature Garrett Mix, which blends the CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn flavors into one addictive mixture.

Other specials deals include: during the week of Sept. 18, a 1-gallon tin of Garrett Mix only costs $19.49, and with each purchase, customers get a scratch card. Prizes include (of course) free popcorn, including a very limited number of "free popcorn for a year" promotions. For additional information and store locations visit www.garrettpopcorn.com  


The world comes together at the 18th Annual World Music Festival Chicago, September 9–25th at a variety of venues across the city. Celebrating the diverse music from nations across the globe, this FREE festival 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.

Also, the first weekend of the festival, Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park (601 S. Michigan) closes with a world music lineup that includes two days of Salsa music with Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra and OLA FRESCA as well as a Bhangra Blowout with DJ and live Dohl presented by Kalapriya.

In the second weekend of the festival, “Mr. Golden Voice of Africa” Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band performs Saturday, September 17, at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.). The afternoon of music will begin at 3pm with a performance by Herencia de Timbiquí, a fusion of traditional Afro music of Colombia’s Pacific coast and contemporary urban music.

Then Sunday, September 18, The 606 Walk + Peace Picnic is a day of family-friendly activities including instrument making, peace procession, music and more. The Global Peace Picnic from 2 to 6pm at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.) features concerts by Rocky Dawuni, Herencia de Timbiquí, and Rajab Suleiman & Kithara.

For more information and festival updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org 


EXPO CHICAGO 2017, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, will take place Wednesday, September 13 - Sunday, September 17 at Chicago's Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, hosting more than 135 leading International exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. 

Beginning September 16-January 7, 2018, EXPO CHICAGO and the Chicago Architecture Biennial will align, establishing the city as a preeminent destination for global contemporary art and architecture, intersecting across a wide variety of programs including panels, international residencies, exhibitions and citywide events. 

In addition, EXPO CHICAGO partners with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for its first U.S. off-site exhibition with the Institut français to kick off EXPO ART WEEK (public opening Tuesday, September 12) at The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

For more information about EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier and EXPO ART WEEKvisit expochicago.com 


Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. 

Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. 

Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. 

Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. 

High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Believing is just the beginning when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at The Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Sept. 28-Oct. 1st. Get your tickets NOW!


Midnight Circus in the Parks returns to Chicago Neighborhood Parks beginning Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, October 15th with an all New Show! New Acts! New Performers! 

And of course some of your favorites returning for another amazing tour in 2017.

Midnight Circus’s belief in live performance and its power to engage & inspire, entertain & educate, embolden & empower the audience, the community, and the world is on full display when the little tent goes up, the music flows out and the acrobats take the ring.

Midnight Circus In The Parks, creating community, raising funds and rebuilding parks…one circus at a time!

Here’s the 2017 Midnight Circus in the Parks Performance Schedule:

Gately Park 

August 26-27

Hamilton Park

September 2-3


McKinley Park

September 9-10 

Wicker Park  

September 15-17

Lake Shore Park 

September 23-24


Kosciuszko Park  

  September 30-October 1

Oriole Park 

October 7-8

Welles Park  

October 13-15


The witching hour is near and the Chicago Cultural Center is the place to be for Halloween fun at Happy Hauntings this October!  New this year, Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade. 

This family-friendly spectacle will begin as dusk arrives and will include live music, unique floats, fanciful giant puppets and more. Join us for an evening of entertainment in one of the most important cultural districts in the nation!

The City of Chicagos annual Halloween celebration will move from Daley Plaza to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) for four days of ghost tours, arts and crafts, costume contests, Midnight Circus performances, movies and much more.

The FREE admission Happy Hauntings begins Thursday, October 23, 4–7pm and continues Friday, October 24, through Sunday, October 26, 11am–7pm. For a complete schedule of events, visit chicagoween.us.

Prepare yourself to be amazed! The “spooktacular” acrobats of Chicago’s one and only Midnight Circus are up to their haunted hijinks for the 17th straight year in a new venue! Come watch the heart-stopping feats of otherworldly acrobatics and wickedly wonderful theatrics against the backdrop of the gorgeously-ghostly Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South.

Kids won’t want to miss The Annual Monster Bash. Highlights includes Midnight Circus performances, trick-or-treating (while supplies last), a dance party and of course the Monster Bash Costume Contest in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North.

For more information, visit chicagoween.us or chicagoculturalcenter.org 


Explore your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions at CHICAGO'S ULTIMATE WOMEN'S EXPO, October 21-22 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.  

Relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find, connect with inspiring speakers re-ignite your inner you.  

Chicago Keynote Speakers Include: 

Actress Valerie Bertinelli, Kenya Moore from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", EXTRA Television Host, Mario Lopez, Rap Legend MC LYTE, Celebrity Financial Coach, Dr. Lynn Richardson and The Real Talk Show Co-Host, Comedian Loni Love!

Hundreds of Shopping Pavilions, perfect for unique holiday gift Ideas for every member of your family - and that all important "You".  Indulge yourself with the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy. 

The Ultimate Chicago Women’s Expo will be held at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Saturday, October 21 from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00am-5:00pm in Rosemont, Illinois. For programming and ticket information, visit www.chicagowomensexpo.com


Riot Fest 2017 will be held September 15-17 in Douglas Park. Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival specializing in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. 

Carnival Rides, amazing food vendors, sideshow performers, and more add to the atmosphere of this independent music fest.

Bands scheduled to perform at this years RIOT FEST include:


Nine Inch Nails, New Order, A Day To Remember, Dirty Heads, Vic Mensa, Ministry, Death From Above, Action Bronson, X, Mayday Parade (Performing A Lesson In Romantics), The Cribs, LIARS Buzzcocks, The Story So Far, State Champs, Four Year Strong, INVSN, Chon, The Hotelier, Saul Williams, Nothing More, Radar State, Tobacco, Seaway, Like Pacific, Sleep On It, Grayscale, Skating Polly, Warm Brew, HDBeenDope, and featuring Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue


Queens of the Stone Age, Wu-Tang Clan (Performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)), Mike D (DJ Set), At The Drive In, Danzig (Performing Danzig III), Gogol Bordello, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Fidlar, Bad Brains, Peaches, The Lawrence Arms (Performing Oh, Calcutta!), Bayside (Performing The Walking Wounded), Dead Cross, Streetlight Manifesto, GBH, Shabazz Palaces, Fishbone, (Performing Truth & Soul), Knuckle Puck, Black Pistol Fire, Slaves (UK), RVIVR, Lucky Chops, The Smith Street Band, Potty Mouth, The Regrettes, Cold Beat, Gin Rummy, La Armada, Turnspit
and featuring Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue


Jawbreaker, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., TV on the Radio, Dinosaur Jr. (Performing Youre Living All Over Me), Pennywise, Built to Spill (Performing Keep It Like A Secret), The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Performing Lets Face It), The Orwells, Best Coast, Capn Jazz, Minus The Bear, Say Anything, The Menzingers, GWAR, Real Friends, Hot Water Music, Andrew W.K., Beach Slang, that dog. (Performing Retreat From the Sun), Mad Caddies, The Flatliners, Dessa, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Engine 88, Versus, Downtown Boys, Culture Abuse, Kitten Forever, Upset, and featuring HellzapoppinCircus Sideshow Revue

For additional programming information or purchase tickets, visit http://riotfest.org/


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 complete Chicago SummerDance Schedule for September is below.  The band/DJ is listed first with the dance studio/instructor(s) listed underneath.

(schedule is subject to change)

Friday, September 1, 2017 (6-9pm) - House
Dwayne “Diz” Washington

Saturday, September 2, 2017 (6-9:30pm) - Argentine Tango
Redwood Tango Trio (Argentine Tango)
  • Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)

Sunday, September 3, 2017 (4-7pm) - Contra + Square Dance
  • Volo Bogtrotters (Country and Square Dance)

    • Paul Tyler (Caller)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 (6-9pm) - Swing
  • The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio - West Loop (Jitterbug)

Part of Chicago SummerDance in the Parks, Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St.

Friday, September 8, 2017 (6-9pm) - Afrobeat
  • Underground System (Afrobeat)
  • Kimosha P. Murphy (Dances from the African Diaspora)

Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Saturday, September 9, 2017 (6-9:30pm) - Argentine Tango
Duo Scofano-Minetti (Argentine Tango)
  • American Tango Institute (Argentine Tango)

Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Sunday, September 10, 2017 (4-7pm) - Cajun
  • Feufollet (Cajun)
  • Louis Stallone + Monica Vachlon (Cajun Two-Step + Waltz)

Part of World Music Festival Chicago

Thursday, Spetember 14, 2017 (6-9pm) - Bhangra

Kalapriya presents Bhangra Blowout with DJ + Live Dhol

  • Kalapriya (Bhangra)

Part of World Music Festival Chicago + Chicago SummerDance in the Parks

Willye B. White Park, 1610 Howard St.

Chicago Summer Dance will be held in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 South Michigan Avenue. Admission for Summer Dance is FREE and will take place rain or shine. In the event of extremely inclement weather, performances and dance lessons may be canceled. Updates will be announced via Facebook and Twitter. For a complete schedule, visit chicagosummerdance.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:

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



*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 in Millennium Park  All films will be screened with English subtitles or captioning.


The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival kicks off Labor Day weekend August 31–September 3 in Millennium Park. 


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 2017 Chicago Beach Season ends 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  For more information visit cityofchicago.com 

photo courtesy of Destination 360.


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


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


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/


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


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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