Buckingham Fountain comes to life when the Chicago Park District and ComEd "Switch On Summer" to celebrate the Buckingham Fountain’s 91st birthday on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Now in its fourth year, the annual event will feature more than a dozen of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations to help the city spring into summer with the official season-changing signal – turning on the Buckingham Fountain.
The festivities will include free giveaways, family-friendly activities including face painters, music, lots of inflatable games including Connect 3 Basketball, 8-foot-tall Giant Kick Darts, Human Foosball Field and a 25-foot Giant Foot Pool Table plus live entertainment from Sixteen Candles.
All the fun starts at 2 p.m., the iconic Buckingham Fountain officially switches on.
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
The UltimateTV, Legion M, Electric Entertainment invite you and your friends to a special screening of Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant(Doctor Who/Jessica Jones) and Robert Sheehan(Misfits), Sunday, May 6 at Showplace Icon Roosevelt Collection, 1011 East Delano Court East in Chicago!
Tickets now on sale at Showplace Icon or on-line at
RSVP for this is a special free screening and receive a limited edition Bad Samaritan Swag Bag.
and receive a limited edition Bad Samaritan Swag Bag.
Americas and Fathom Events are partnering to present the never-before-seen, 90-minute director’s cut of the hugely popular classic Doctor Who adventure, “Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks,” for a special one-night event on 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 comes to Blu-ray on June 19, featuring fan favorite Doctor Tom Baker.
Tickets for “Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks” can be purchased 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).
Credit: Cindy Boyc
Navy Pier's bringing a splash of color and beam of light in the form of art to the Pier’s Polk Bros Park. Prismatica is a dynamic art experience comprised of 25 six-foot pivoting prisms – resembling giant kaleidoscopes – that transform the space into a field of bold colors and bright lights. The prisms reflect every color in the visible spectrum and transmit blissful sounds upon interaction, allowing for infinite interplay with this unique art installation.
The FREE temporary public art installation installation will be on display and open to public interaction every day during standard Navy Pier operating hours beginning Friday, February 16-Sunday, April 15.
Prismatica is part of Navy 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 globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org.
Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. 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 are offered during all normal operating hours.
Illinois Museum For All Locations Include:
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. For more information on Museums For All, visit http://childrensmuseums.org/participating-museums
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.
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.
SCHEDULED PANEL GUESTS INCLUDE:
Chicago-born Actress featured in “The Chi”
Charles Andrew Gardner
Actor and President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago
Emmy award-winning writer and actor
vocalist and actor currently featured in “Hamilton”
Location manager/ scout
Location manager/ scout
Directors Guild of America
Comic illustrator and former colorist for Marvel Comics
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
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.
2017-2018 ADLER REEL SCIENCE FILM SERIES:
Friday, October 6, 2017
The Martian (PG-13)
Thursday, November 2, 2017
2001 A Space Odyssey (G)
Friday, January 12, 2018:
Friday, February 9, 2018:
WALL-E (CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER)
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:
Tuesday, February 13
Chicago Auto Show Food Drive
Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, February 16
Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day
Friday, February 16
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.
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/
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 offices (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)
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
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: