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Join The UltimateTV as we kick off Black Music Month at the exclusive screening of PRINCE: SIGN O' THE TIMES at The Music Box Theater!

Music legend Prince and his band perform 13 numbers, most of them from his double album, "Sign ‘o' the Times." This is high-energy stuff: neon signs flash above the stage, suggesting the honky-tonk district of a big city, and between numbers there are vignettes of street life. 


Sheila E, Boni Boyer and Cat provide rhythmic, vocal and physical pyrotechnics while Sheena Easton appears in a film within a film, her rock video "U Got the Look." In constant motion, never far from center stage, is Prince, Minnesota's charismatic virtuoso, giving the performance of a lifetime. 


Showtimes at The Music Box for Prince Sign O' The Times are: Friday, June 3rd at 11:59PM, Saturday, June 4th at  11:59PM and Tuesday, June 14th at  7:15PM at The Music Box Theater.

THE QUEEN HAS ARRIVED!

The Queen's Ball: 

A Bridgerton Experience! 


Your presence is requested at the most exclusive ball of the season! Now is your chance to secure your invitation to an immersive experience transporting you straight to the Regency era. Prepare to mingle with other members of the Ton as you sip on cocktails and partake in an evening of music and dance.


Rumor has it that Her Majesty Queen Charlotte is looking for the diamond of the season, but will you be the one to win her favor?


WHEN: 

Beginning April 20, 2022 through the Summer


HOURS:
  • Tuesdays–Thursdays: 6:30pm & 9:00pm CT
  • Fridays: 4:30pm, 7:00pm & 9:30pm CT
  • Saturdays–Sundays: 3:00pm, 5:30pm & 8:00pm CT

WHERE: 

5336 S State Street in Chicago

The courts of the XS Tennis and Education Foundation, transformed into a beautiful regency era ballroom.


TICKETS:

On sale now at https://bridgertonexperience.com/chicago/ 



Guests will be transported to England's Regency-era London for a live performance by a string quartet playing Bridgerton's memorable soundtrack. Alongside the music, attendees will interact with high society aristocratic characters to prove they are deserving of Her Majesty, the Queen's attention.


The experience features immersive rooms, including a visit to Madame Delacroix's modiste to admire the Ton’s most brilliant fashion trends, a stop at an underground Regency-era Painting Studio to strike their most regal pose, and a highly-anticipated visit with the Queen to try and win Her Majesty's favor. Throughout the evening, dancers will perform alongside a string quartet playing music inspired by the series, including the classical covers of contemporary songs.


“Shondaland effortlessly transported Bridgerton viewers into a reimagined Regency-era London, capturing hearts around the globe as fans connected with every aspect of the series from its delightful characters and the superb actors who brought them to life, to the costume design and art and set direction to the soundtrack. We’ve partnered with Fever on The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience to create a similarly unique fan experience designed to immerse attendees in the lavish world of Bridgerton and bring this world to them wherever they are.” – Greg Lombardo, Head of Experiences, Netflix.

STRANGER THINGS ARE HAPPINING!

Netflix has launched an official Stranger Things Store in Chicago. The pop-up shop, located at Oakbrook Center (75 Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook) and will immerse fans in a world of supernatural mystery, enduring friendships, and 80s nostalgia in a one-of-a-kind celebration of the Stranger Things universe.


For a limited time only, the store will provide a unique retail experience in a space packed with exclusive merchandise and interactive photo moments. Fans have options to explore Stranger Things’ most iconic locations, get up close to a Demogorgon, take photos inside Joyce’s House, shop at the Starcourt Mall, avoid the Rift in the lab, play games at the Palace Arcade and take home exclusive merchandise only available at the pop-up.


Details: Following the runaway success of the first official Stranger Things Stores that brought the Upside Down to New York City and L.A. in 2021, Chicagoans now have the chance to immerse themselves into the Stranger Things universe and take home exclusive custom merchandise This groundbreaking retail experience takes fans of the global hit series inside some of its most memorable settings, filled with photo moments and fun easter eggs from the series.


Custom pieces such as ‘Elegorgon,’ a collaboration between Netflix and iam8bit in the form of a vinyl masterpiece by Ecuadorian artist Chogrin that asks, “What would a half Eggo-eatin’ tween, half teethy demogorgon look like?" will be available to purchase. Sitting alongside them will be exclusive General Mills Stranger Things Cereal, packaged in replicas of 80s cereal boxes but set in the world of Stranger Things, the back of every box will have a pull-out panel with interactive elements. A wide variety of collectible Bandai Stranger Things Hawkins Action Figures including 16” Demogorgon Figures with interchangeable heads, will also be on sale, as will an assortment of specialized merch exclusive to the store featuring Palace Arcade, Hawkins High and more.


Stranger Things fans will also enjoy customizable apparel stations, where they can personalize their own creations. Guests will be able to interact with friends and foes from Hawkins. Get up close to a Demogorgon, hang out with Scoops Ahoy employees, and much more.


The new store opens ahead of the highly anticipated season 4 of Stranger Things. Volume 1 premieres on May 27 followed by Volume 2 on July 1, available on Netflix.


NOTE:  Tickets are complimentary but limited. While walk-ins are welcome, guaranteed entry is preferred and available by reserving tickets at strangerthings-store.com. Follow @Stranger.Things.Store on Instagram to be kept up to date with exclusive news and surprises.

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW AREA RETURNS!

Focus Features, Universal Pictures International and Carnival Films announce that global release dates will shift to late spring for the highly anticipated film sequel DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The film, previously dated for a March 18, 2022, will now launch in theaters exclusively in the UK on April 29, 2022 and in the US on May 20, 2022. 

 

From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.

 

The original principal cast have returned for the second film along with new additions Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West. The screenplay is written by Downton creator and Academy-Award® winner Julian Fellowes, with Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge producingwith Fellowes. BAFTA and Emmy nominated Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is directing.


Focus Features, Universal Pictures International and Carnival Films announce that global release dates will shift to late spring for the highly anticipated film sequel DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. will launch in theaters exclusively in the US on May 20, 2022 and in the UK on April 29, 2022

ESSENCE FESTIVAL OF CULTURE


Presented by Coca Cola, Essence announces The Road to ESSENCE Festival of Culture tour coming to a city near you!  Los Angeles (June 4), Washington D.C. (June 11) and Chicago (June 18) will welcome this FREE, in-person, three-city tour, designed to spotlight and introduce a taste of ESSENCE Festival of Culture through programming that highlights key Festival experiences with conversations, musical performances and more. 


Each city stop will serve as the experience’s secret sauce as we celebrate the cultural roots that make that city unique. The Road to ESSENCE Festival of Culture tour comes to Chicago, Saturday, June 18 at Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Drive from Noon-4pm. To attend, register for free at https://form.jotform.com/221355334221141


Road to ESSENCE Festival of Culture’s attendees can look forward to thought-provoking panels covering topics including: Community Building; The Impact of Social Media on our Mental Health; The Power of Sisterhood; and MORE!  


Guests will also enjoy special musical performances from today’s top performers, fun sponsored activations, curated events from Essence’s key franchises and giveaways.


Admission is FREE, but guests must register at: www.essence.com/roadtofestival to secure their attendance.

MUSEUMS FOR EVERYONE ALL YEAR LONG!


And Now...here's the 2022 schedule for FREE Museum Days in Chicago!  Check the selected museum websites for admission and updated programming schedule


Field Museum – Free Days for Illinois Residents: January 12, 19  26, February 2, 9, 15, 23.  Free Entry Year-round for active military and Illinois teachers


Art Institute of Chicago - Free admission January 3-March 17(Weekdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday)  Free Entry Year-round for Active Military, Link and WIC cardholders, Illinois teachers, children under 14 and Chicago teens under 18.


Brookfield Zoo – Free Admission Year-round for active, reserve and retired military personnel.


Chicago Botanic Garden - Free admission daily, however, you need to preregister for timed entry online.


Chicago Children’s Museum - Free Admission Year-round for active and retired military personnel, EBT or WIC cardholders 


Chicago History Museum - Free Admission Year-round fir Active Military, Police, Firefighters, Illinois educators and children 18 and younger.


Lincoln Park Zoo – Free daily admission, online reservations required.


Museum of Contemporary Art - Free admission for military personnel and veterans, members of police, fire departments and children under 12.


Museum of Science and Industry - Free Days for Illinois Residents: January 9-12, February 1-2, 7-9, 11, 13-14, 16, March 2, 4, 9, 16-18, June 1, 14, September 6-7, 12-15, 19-20, 26-27, October 4-5, 10-11, 17-18, November 2, 8. Free Admission Year-round for Active Military, Link and WIC cardholders, Illinois teachers Police Officers, Firefighters, POWs, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan teachers 


 Adler Planetarium: N/A


Chicago Botanic Garden: N/A


Chicago Cultural Center: N/A


DuSable Museum of African American History: Free Admission on Wednesday. Free Entry for Active Military and Illinois educators.


Shedd Aquarium: 

Free days January 13-17, February 7-11, 14-18  Free Admission Year-round for active military, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan teachers,  Police officers Firefighters 

Free Museum Days Are Here!


There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than by wandering through a new museum exhibit or art gallery. Here are the upcoming free museum days this month (and make sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time):


You can also check out one of the city’s always-free museums, like the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Hyde Park Art Center. And check out free museum days throughout the year.

WELCOME