After a long boring winter and rainy spring, Summer has finally arrived and that means The UltimateTV Movie Season has officially begun…WhooHoo!
Although the official kickoff to The UltimateTV Summer Movie Series was in May, we’ll be cruising across Chicago and Northwest Indiana, attending a variety of events and movie screenings today thru Labor Day!
So look for The UltimateTV crew at your favorite event this Summer or at the next Advanced Screening of your favorite movie and don’t forget to check out our social media pages for FREE tickets and other cool prizes!
Upcoming Movie Releases Include:
5/31 Godzilla: King of the Monsters
5/31 Good Omens (HBO Only)
5/31 Always Be My Maybe
6/12 Rolling Thunder: Bob Dylan Documentary
6/12 The Last Black Man in San Francisco
6/12 Murder Mystery (Netflix Only)
6/14 Men In Black: International - Sony Pictures Starring
6/14 Shaft - Warner Bros. Pictures
6/12 Beats (Netflix Only)
6/21 Toy Story 4 – Walt Disney Studios
6/21 Child’s Play – MGM Pictures
6/21 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Magnolia Pictures
6/28 Yesterday – Universal Pictures
6/28 Killers Anonymous
6/28 Annabelle Comes Home
7/2 Spider-Man: Far From Home
7/12 Point Blank(Netflix)
7/19: The Lion King
7/19:The Art of Self-Defense
7/25 The Muppet Movie
7/31 Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story
8/2 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
8/9 Dora and the Lost City of Gold
8/9: The Kitchen
8/14: The Angry Birds Movie 2
8/16: Good Boys
8/23: Ready or Not
8/23: Angel Has Fallen
8/23: My Spy
8/30: Playmobil: The Movie
Good Omens, the hour-long limited comedy series based on Neil Gaiman’s (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett’s (Colour of Magic) acclaimed novel, airing now on Amazon Prime Video stars British favorites, David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
Neil Gaiman, who serves as Showrunner and writer said: “Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an eleven-year old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse.
It became many people's favourite book. Three decades later, it's going to make it to the screen. I can't think of anyone we'd rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”
Synopsis: Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, and tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming war. And… someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
Good Omens, the highly anticipated six-part series is available now on Amazon Prime Video. See is today!
It’s been nearly ten years since David Tennant left Doctor Who in his heart-breaking finale "The End of Time”.
To commemorate the occasion, BBC Studios, Fathom Events and The UltimateTV invite you to relive the agony and ecstasy of this absolutely thrilling story on the big screen.
See the full two-part “The End of Time including appearances by fan favourites Billie Piper, Catherine Tate, John Simm, Elisabeth Sladen, John Barrowman, and many more!
Synopsis: In “The End of Time,” the Doctor’s psychotic nemesis the Master (Simm) has been reborn. Reunited with his friend Wilfred Mott (Bernard Cribbins), the Doctor desperately tries to locate the Master only to find that an even greater danger is approaching. As a terrible shadow falls across the entire universe, an ancient trap closes around the Earth. With the sound of drums growing louder, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and a deadly prophecy looms: “He will knock four times.”
The evening will also feature a brand new interview with David Tennant in which he reflects on his time in Doctor Who and all that has come since. You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime special cinema event!
Join The UltimateTV is this energy packed finale of the 10th Doctor at Tuesday, August 6 at AMC River East Theaters in Chicago! Keep up with our social media pages for contest information.
The UltimateTV and our good friends at Wizard World invite you to meet Aquaman Jason Momoa, Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin and Drew Powell from "Gotham", Cary Elwes and Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride), Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”), Daniel Cudmore (X-Men), and George Wendt (“Cheers”), at the 22nd annual Wizard World Chicago, August 22-25 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Other stars scheduled to appear include Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Smallville”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk,” “The King of Queens”), Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”) and Lisa Marie Varon (professional wrestler) and manymany more!
Wizard World Chicago will also feature non-stop live entertainment hosted by Kato Kaelin, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Fans of all ages celebrate the best in movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, science fiction, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests, and more.
Between celebrity photo and autograph sessions, a fully decked out artists alley and exhibitors floor, anime, video games and workshops, Wizard World Chicago has something for everyone. The show will also feature the annual Wizard World Cosplay Contest for the chance to win major prizes.
For more information on the upcoming convention, or to purchase tickets, visit wizardworld.com/Chicago.
Mark your calendar for Water Flicks at Navy Pier, presented in partnership with the Chicago International Film Festival!
Now in its third year, this free outdoor movies series has become a favorite summer activity for Chicago locals and visitors alike.
Don’t miss your chance to join us in 2019 for Super Hero Summer, featuring 8 marvelous weeks of high-octane fun!
Navy Pier Presents Water Flicks 2019:
The Lego Batman Movie
The Incredibles 2
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
Water Flicks will be held at Chicago Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand every Monday. For additional programming information, visit www.navypier.org
Join The UltimateTV at Chicago Summer Dance Series 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 across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE!
6/26 Contra and Square Dance
*Golden Horse Ranch Band (Contra & Square Dance)
*Annie Coleman (Square & Contra Dancing, Line Dancing, Polka, Waltz)
*The Flat Cats (Jump Blues, Swing)
*May I Have This Dance (Swing, Jitterbug)
*Excursions: DJ Cordell Johnson and James “JV” Vincent(House DJ Set)
*Andres Meneses From Latin Street Dance (Salsa)
6/30 Folk Dances and Music from India
*Ishti presents Pulse of India
*Ishti Dance(Bhangra, Raas-Garba, Kalbelia, Ghoomar, Sambalpuri)
Wednesday, July 3, 6–9pm – Salsa, Cha-Cha & Merengue
Latin Rhythms (Salsa, Cha-cha)
Thursday, July 4, 6–9:30pm – Zydeco
Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience (Zydeco)
Buddy Bates and Susan Kaufman (Zydeco Two-step)
Friday, July 5, 6–9:30pm – Salsa
Afinca'o (Salsa, Mambo)
Mixed Motion Art Dance Academy (Salsa)
Saturday, July 6, 6–9:30pm – Cumbia
Son Monarcas (Cumbia, Son)
Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)
Sunday, July 7, 4–7pm – Eastern European Folk Dancing
Dardania (Albanian Folk Music)
Altin Naska (Balkan & Eastern European Folk Dances)
Wednesday, July 10, 5:30–8:30pm – Steppin'
DJ Calvin (Chicago Steppin')
Majestic Gents (Chicago Steppin')
Thursday, July 11, 5:30–8:30pm – Motown & R&B
Lynne Jordan & The Shivers (Motown & R&B)
Dawud and Lura Shareef (Chicago Bop)
Friday, July 12, 5:30–8:30pm – Salsa
Willito Otero y su Orquesta (Salsa)
Dance Academy of Salsa (Salsa)
Saturday, July 13, 5:30–8:30pm – House
DJ Chip E. (House DJ set)
Thursday, July 18, 6–9:30pm – Swing
Arthur Murray Dance Center (Foxtrot, Rhumba)
Wednesday, July 24, 6–9pm – Steppin'
DJ Eric "ET" Taylor (Chicago Steppin')
Black Diamond Elite Steppers (Chicago Steppin')
Thursday, July 25, 6–9:30pm – Cumbia
(((Sonorama))) DJ Collective (Cumbia)
Latin Rhythms (Cumbia)
Friday, July 26, 6–9pm – House
DJ Duane Powell (House DJ set)
Saturday, July 27, 2–5pm
Saturday, July 27, 6–9:30pm – Argentine Tango
Tango 21 presents: An Evening of Tango Dance and Theatre
Tango 21 (Tango)
Sunday, July 28, 4–7pm – Bachata
Reverie DJs Papi & Just Jacob (Bachata DJ set)
Jonathan Rivera from Latin Street (Bachata)
Wednesday, July 31, 6–9pm – Salsa
DJ El Caobo Internacional (Salsa DJ set)
Denita Inez & Desueño Dance (Salsa)
The Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, celebrating 13 years of the trolley in Bronzeville kicks off this Friday, June 21st and runs thru Friday, September 20th.
Join Chicagoans and tourists who come to Bronzeville to enjoy fine art, fun, food, live entertainment and great networking.
The mission is to provide artistic offerings of Bronzeville’s fine art galleries as well as expose patrons to the rich culture and history of the community.
This event is open to the public and has free admission! Explore 5 art galleries and the art studios in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood on the tour. R.S.V.P now for Friday, June 21tst from 6pm-9pm. Bronzeville art galleries will have fine art on exhibit and for purchase, with live entertainment, food, & drinks.
The Music Box presents
TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM, an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.
Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.
In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film.
Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall.
For show information, visit https://themusicboxtheatre.com/films
Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable story has inspired millions of Americans. Now, you can see it through his eyes in this 360-degree immersive exhibition inspired by the revolutionary musical.
HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION features an audio tour narrated by the musical’s author, Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with Phillipa Soo and Christopher Jackson, who played Eliza Schuyler and George Washington in the original Broadway production of Hamilton.
Hamilton: The Exhibition is designed to take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America.
With a dynamic and interactive mix of lighting, sound, multimedia, music and historical artifacts, you will experience how it felt to write the way Hamilton wrote, fight the way Hamilton fought, and live the way Hamilton lived.
Hamilton: The Exhibition at Northerly Island Museum Campus, 1535 South Linn White Drive Northerly Island, Now thru September 8. For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit https://hamiltonexhibition.com/
The following movies will be featured in the auditorium and Admission is FREE!
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER VERSE
For additional program information, visit https://www.chipublib.org/locations/81/
courtesy of Ravania Festival
The 2019 Ravania Music Festival Schedule is finally out and to our delight, Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson will make her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, headlining the Ravinia Women’s Board annual Gala Benefit Evening Sunday, July 14.
Hudson, who captured the world’s attention with her first appearance on American Idol; won an Academy Award for her first movie, Dreamgirls; and nabbed a Grammy for her first Broadway show, The Color Purple; will achieve another first at Ravinia Festival this summer.
Many more of your favorite performers are scheduled to appear at Ravania including:
American Idol Host, The Legendary Singer, Lionel Richie performs June 11,
Rick Springfield and Richard Marx take stage 6/15 and on 6/16 and The Ko-Thi Dance Company graces the Ravania stage.
On 6/21, enjoy the musical talents of the beloved, Tony Bennett
Little Big Town
Counting Crows and on 6/30 it's Sugarland!
Kickoff Independence Day Weekend with The Steve Miller Band
7/1 Rapper T.I. makes his first appearance at Ravania.
On 7/6, Michael McDonald and
Chi-Town's Home Favorite Chaka Khan perform and 7/9 the ladies fave, Maxwell!
Weird Al Yankovic
Sweet Honey in The Rock
Ringo Star and The Beach Boys
*Soprano Angle Blue
Queen Latifan and Common
Mary J Blige
For additional programming information, visit ravania.org
The Summer Food Service Program is designed to ensure children receive nutritious meals over summer break.
At CPS, all summer meal programs provide free meals inside the school to students attending summer programs as well as all children ages 1 -18 years old in the community (children do not have to be CPS students).
Free breakfast and lunch are available while summer programs occur. Program duration and meal time varies per meal site.
To verify times and locations of CPS programs or to find a site near you, call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800)359-2163 or text FOODIL to 877877.
And now...the schedule for FREE Museum Days in Chicago! Check the selected museum websites for admission and updated programming schedule.
April 2-4, 9-11; June 3-5, 10-13; September 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; October 7-9, 14-16; November 8, 11; December 2-3, 7, 12-13
Art Institute of Chicago:
Free admission every Thursday evening from 5pm-8pm
Chicago Botanic Garden:
Free admission every Tuesday
Chicago Children’s Museum:
Free First Sunday
Chicago Cultural Center:
Free admission everyday
Chicago History Museum:
Free admission every Tuesday from 12:30pm-9pm
DuSable Museum of African Art: Free admission every Tuesday
Field Museum: June 20-22
Lincoln Park Zoo: Free admission everyday
June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19; September 4-30; October 3, 10
Museum of Contemporary Art:
Free admission every Tuesday
Museum of Science and Industry:
January 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31;
February 4-7, 11-14, 19-2, 25-28
National Museum of Mexican Art:
Free Admission everyday
Here's the updated schedule for Movies in the Parks:
Romeo + Juliet (Thursday, June 27 at 8:30pm, Wicker Park)
Black Panther (Thursday, June 27 at 8:30pm, Austin Town Hall Park)
Mary Poppins Returns (Thursday, June 27 at 8:30pm, Gross Park)
Bumble Bee (Friday, June 28 at 8:15pm, Owens Park)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Friday, June 28 at 8:30pm, Wentworth Park)
That Thing You Do! (Friday, June 28 at 8:30pm, Lincoln Park)
Dirty Dancing (Friday, June 28 at 8:30pm, Portage Park)
Smallfoot (Saturday, June 29 at 8:30pm, Grand Crossing Park)
Dunkirk (Sunday, June 30 at 8:30pm, Chicago Women's Park and Gardens)
The LEGO Movie 2 (Sunday, June 30 at 8:30pm, Holstein Park)
Grease (Monday, July 1 at 8:30pm, Burnham Park)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Monday, July 1 at 8:30pm, Calumet Park)
Bumble Bee (Tuesday, July 2 at 8:30pm, Kells Park)
Jaws (Tuesday, July 2 at 8:30pm, Ridge Park)
Leap! (Tuesday, July 2 at 8:30pm, Washington Park)
Aquaman (Friday, July 5 at 8:30pm, Augusta Park)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (Friday, July 5 at 8:30pm, Indian Boundary Park)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (Friday, July 5 at 8:30pm, Kelly Park)
Coco (Saturday, July 6 at 8:30pm, O'Hallaren Park)
For additional show times and locations, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com
Navy Pier 2019 Summer Program is jammed packed with a variety of Chicago's popular music, dance, fitness, theater programs and festivals.
Returning to the Chicago sky every Wednesday and Saturday evening is Navy Pier's Summer Fireworks Series!
The Aon Summer Fireworks are perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan and occur Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the Summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The AON Summer Fireworks Schedule is posted below. (NOTE: Scheduled times listed subject to change due to weather)
5/25 Saturday - 10:15pm
5/29 Wednesday - 9:30pm
6/1 Saturday - 10:15pm
6/5 Wednesday - 9:30pm
6/8 Saturday - 10:15pm
6/12 Wednesday - 9:30pm
6/15 Saturday - 10:15pm
6/19 Wednesday - 9:30pm
6/22 Saturday - 10:15pm
6/26 Wednesday - 9:30pm
6/29 Saturday - 10:15pm
7/3 Wednesday - 9:30pm
7/4 Thursday – TBA
7/6 Saturday - 10:15pm
7/10 Wednesday - 9:30pm
7/13 Saturday - 10:15pm
7/17 Wednesday - 9:30pm
7/20 Saturday - 10:15pm
7/24 Wednesday - 9:30pm
7/27 Saturday - 10:15pm
7/31 Wednesday - 9:30pm
8/3 Saturday - 10:15pm
8/7 Wednesday - 9:30pm
8/10 Saturday - 10:15pm
8/14 Wednesday - 9:30pm
8/17 Saturday - 10:15pm
8/21 Wednesday, 9:30pm
8/24 Saturday - 10:15pm
8/28 Wednesday, 9:30pm
8/31 Saturday, 10:15pm
12/31 Tuesday, MIDNIGHT
For more information, visit www.navypier.org
The City of Chicago will welcome the ambassadors of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, to the 61st Annual Chicago Air and Water Show August 17-18 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am to 3pm daily.
Chicago will be the RAF Red Arrows’ first stop in the United States on their 2019 tour of North America. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners also include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.
The RAF Red Arrows are renowned as one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, having performed almost 5,000 times in 57 countries since 1965. Flying nine BAE Systems Hawk fast-jets, the team showcases the excellence of the Royal Air Force and demonstrates the global reach and capability of the Service, together with representing the best of British at home and overseas.
The show will feature a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago. Acts confirmed for 2019 include: 4 Force, American Airlines, Bill Stein Aerosport, C-130, Chicago Fire Department Air/Sea Rescue, Chicago Police Department Helicopter, Firebirds Delta Team, Matt Chapman Air Shows, Rob Holland, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle (NEW two-plane demo), Susan Dacy, Warbird Heritage Foundation P-51 Mustang, U.S.A.F. A-10, U.S.A.F. KC-135, U.S.A.F. C-130, U.S.A.F. T-38, U. S. Navy F-18, U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demo and show announcer Herb Hunter, the “Voice of the Chicago Air and Water Show” for the last 32 years.
For more information, visit chicagoairandwatershow.us
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated animated classic THE SWAN Princess, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release a magical new story, THE SWAN PRINCESS: KINGDOM OF MUSIC on DVD and Digital August 6.
The Music Box pays tribute to the groundbreaking director with a trio of his most powerful, personal films beginning June 25-July 9th.
Join The UltimateTV at the following iconic movies:
6/25, 28-29 Boyz N The Hood
The granddaddy of 90s hood dramas charts the diverging fates of three friends—including rapper Ice Cube, making a big impression in his first film—coming of age in the urban warzone of South Central LA.
John Singleton became the first black filmmaker ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his still-potent debut, a landmark look at the devastation of gang violence and the young men caught in its cycle. - BAM
7/5-6 Poetic Justice
John Singleton's follow-up to Boyz n the Hood casts two of the biggest music superstars of the 90s—Janet Jackson (sporting now-iconic box braids) and Tupac Shakur (displaying his softer side)—and builds a free-flowing road movie romance around their undeniable chemistry. Peppered with the poetry of Maya Angelou, POETIC JUSTICE is a sensitive, hopeful depiction of black struggle, joy, and creativity. - BAM
At its heart, ROSEWOOD is a love story, between two of its main characters (Ving Rhames' Mann and Elise Neal's Beulah), but also a love story about people who didn't have much, fighting to keep what they gained.
ROSEWOOD is a spectacular film that — like many of Singleton's efforts — defines the level of emotional intensity early, and then maintains that level the entire time. Also, like many of Singleton's efforts, it doesn't offer a solution for the whirlwind of peril or violence, just the reality of its aftermath. - Hanif Abdurraqib
For show times and dates, visit musicboxtheatre.com/events
Join The UltimateTV at the Netflix Advanced Screening of Family Reunion starring Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Richard Roundtree, Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright and Jordyn Raya James.
The series, created by Meg DeLoatch tells the story of the McKellan family who moves from Seattle to Georgia to be closer to extended family, the transition is like being a catfish out of water. From three-hour church services and huge humidity hair to M’Dear’s home cooking and family bonding, the everyday ups and downs of Family Reunion are real, memorable, toe tapping, heart stopping, laugh out loud authentic moments.
Family Reunion premieres on Netflix on July 10, 2019. For additional program information, visit https://www.netflix.com/title/80234451
The 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade starts 12Noon, Sunday, June 30th
in Boystown(Montrose Ave and Broadway) in Uptown neighborhood.
The Honorary Grand Marshal will be Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, the first African-American and the only black, openly lesbian mayor in the nation!
The theme of the 2019 Chicago Pride parade is “Stonewall
50: Millions of Moment of Pride” commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots, between The New York City police and gay activists at The Stonewall Inn. These confrontations are recognized as the birth of the Gay Rights movement.
On Friday, June 28-Thursday, July 4, The Music Box Theater presents The 30th Anniversary of Spike Lee’s "Do The Right Thing" starring Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Danny Aiello John Turturro, Rosie Perez, Samuel L. Jackson.
Punctuated by the anthemic refrain of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," DO THE RIGHT THING is a landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen.
Synopsis: Set on one block of Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy Do or Die neighborhood, at the height of summer, Spike Lee's 1989 masterpiece confirmed him as a writer and filmmaker of peerless vision and passionate engagement. Over the course of a single day, the easygoing interactions of a cast of unforgettable characters—Da Mayor, Mother Sister, Mister Señor Love Daddy, Tina, Sweet Dick Willie, Buggin Out, Radio Raheem, Sal, Pino, Vito and Lee's Mookie among them—give way to heated confrontations as tensions rise along racial fault lines, ultimately exploding into violence.
“I have been given only a few filmgoing experiences in my life to equal the first time I saw DO THE RIGHT THING. Most movies remain up there on the screen. Only a few penetrate your soul.” -- Roger Ebert
For additional information, visit musicbox.org
The 4th Annual Navy Pier Pride Celebration, in honor of the LGBTQ+ community takes place Saturday, June 29th! Bring your family down to the pier for a FREE full-day event, from noon to 11 p.m.
On the Pier’s South Dock, create a rainbow bracelet as a symbol of Pride from noon to 2 p.m., Reading gets revamped from 1 to 2 p.m. during Story Time with Drag Queens and a variety of performers will create an energetic musical atmosphere starting at 2 p.m. through 11 p.m. at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
All guests are welcome to join and follow the festive music processional led by the Lakeside Pride Marching Band down the South Dock from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and revel in the musical stylings from the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus at the Family Pavilion from 3 to 4 pm.
Enjoy an energetic live performance with reigning queer Chicago female DJ All the Way Kay at the Wave Wall Platform from 4 to 6 p.m. Coinciding that evening will be the signature Aon Summer Fireworks lighting up the Chicago sky for a 10-minute vibrant display at 10:15 p.m. as a breathtaking closing to the celebration.
Navy Pier Pride is part of the Pier’s free summer programming is a part of the non-profit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. For more information, visit www.navypier.org
The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago will present a diverse mix of chart-topping national and international acts at the Petrillo Music Shell, including Courtney Barnett, Bomba Estéreo, Cultura Profética, De La Soul, The Strumbellas, lovelytheband and India.Arie, with opening performances by Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett, Joywave, Meshell Ndegeocello and Bilal.
The Goose Island Stage will feature five days of free programming with top local talent.
Taste of Chicago will also feature arts and theatre performances, SummerDance, HUSHconcerts and more July 10–14 in Grant Park. Admission to Taste of Chicago and lawn seating is free. Concerts start at 5:30pm on Wednesday through Friday and at 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. For a complete schedule, visit tasteofchicago.us.
The second-annual Chi-Soul Fest (the Chicago Soul Music Festival,is an inter-generational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.
Chicago’s rich history of soul was showcased on the famous record row in 1960s and 70s on South Michigan Avenue. During this time, labels such as Vee-Jay, Chess Records, Curtom, to name a few, featured classic recordings from artists such as The Dells, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Herbie Hancock, Earth Wind and Fire and many more. Although record row is gone, the legacy of soul still echoes in Chicago’s current musical landscape.
Chi-Soul Fest presents a free lineup of Chicago soul music reflecting its past, present and future. Free and open to the public!
Friday, June 21
5:30pm-6:30pm & 7pm-8pm | Honey & The 45s
9pm-10pm & 10:30pm-11:30pm | Neal Francis
6:30pm-8:30pm | Chi-Soul Sisters Concert hosted by Marqueal Jordan featuring Terisa Griffin, Carol Riddick, Joyce Hurley, Mys Michelle and Simone Green.
10am-10pm | Ayana Contreras pop-up “Energy Never Dies”
Saturday, June 22
2pm-3:30pm | Alysha Monique
4:15pm-5pm and 5:30pm-6:15pm | Aniba Hotep & The Sol Collective
7pm-8:15pm | Manny Torres
9pm-10:10pm & 10:25pm-11:30pm Bumpus
2:30pm-5:30pm | Vocalo Showcase ft. Loona Dae, Nate Barksdale, Marcus Atom, Oliv Blu and Rahkii
6:30pm-8:30pm | Chi-Brations Showcase with Sam Trump ft. Krystal Metcalfe, Rhea, The Second, Erthe St. James, Jack Red, Astro Samurai
10:00am- 10:00pm | Ayana Contreras pop-up “Energy Never Dies” with panel discussions
Polk Bros Park
1:00pm-6:00pm | Silver Room Block Party preview by The Silver Room
Since 2017, Cinepocalypse has terrorized Chicago audiences at the historic Music Box Theatre with an annual slate of premiere films, guests, and bloodcurdling entertainment.
Named a top genre festival in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, our 2019 festivities presented by ALTER features jury president Joel Schumacher, the world premiere of Glenn Danzig’s feature film debut VEROTIKA, award recipient Michael Ironside, Joe Bob Briggs, GWAR retrospective, a Child’s Play Speakeasy, along with many more world premieres, regional premieres, special guests, and repertory (both 35mm and 70mm) screenings!
Cineocalypse June 13 through 20 at Music Box Theater! The UltimateTV favorites include
Flatliners starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Julia Roberts. Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.
GWAR VS. Rock “N” Roll Nightmare starring Jon Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Frank Dietz. We’ll be enslaving BälSäc and Sleazy P. long enough to participate in a career-spanning, moderated conversation and Q&A, as well as welcome them both onstage to live-riff and utterly destroy John Fasano’s 1987 Canadian cult classic ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE, starring (and written by) fellow rock god Thor!
Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside. Cinepocalypse will present its annual Achievement Award to the esteemed Canadian actor Michael Ironside, who has been a staple in the world of genre cinema for the past three decades. Ironside will accept his award and take part in an audience Q&A following this special 70mm screening of TOTAL RECALL.
35th Anniversary screening of Hot Dog…The Movie starring David Naughton, Patrick Houser, Tracy Smith and Shannon Tweed
Other favorites of The UltimateTV staff include "Mope" starring David Arquette, Nathan Stewart,--Jarrett, Kelly Sry and Brian Huskey, Annabelle Comes Home starring Vera Famiga, McKenna Grace and Patrick Wilson, Tammy and The T-Rex starring Denise Richards, Theo Forsett and Paul Walker and of course my personal favorite, 25th Anniversary screening of Airheads starring Brendan Fraser, Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi.
For additional show information, visit musicboxtheater.com
Join The UltimateTV host Rachell Montgomery at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo(C2E2) March 20-22 at Chiacgo's McCormick Place.
C2E2, the largest pop culture and comic convention in the Midwest, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary and The UltimateTV will be giving away passes to the 3-Day event!
For a chance to win, submit a photo or video of you at C2E2 to The UltimateTV Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by Midnight, Thursday, March 21, 2019. No purchase necessary. Selected winners will be contacted by event coordinator.
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. Celebrity Guests scheduled to attend C2E2, March 22-24 at McCormick Place include:
David Tennant - Doctor Who
John Barrowman - Doctor Who/Arrow
Colin Donnell - Arrow
Ralph Macchio - The Karate Kid
Maurice La Marche and Rob Paulsen - PInkey and The Brain
Alicia Silverstone – Clueless
Donald Faison - Scrubs/ Clueless
Brekin Meyer - Clueless
Clark Gregg and Ming Na Wen - Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Amy Jo Johnson – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
John Francis Daley and Martin Starr – Freaks and Geeks
and many, many more!!
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 201 will be held 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
Actor David Tennant makes his first Chicago appearance at C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24 at McCormick Place.
Meet fan favorite, David Tennant, the 10th Doctor from the longest running Sci-Fi program in television history, Doctor Who. Plus, you and you friends can take photos with David or snag his autograph.
Come one, come all to the only comic, cosplay and pop culture convention in the heart of downtown Chicago!
If you’ve always dreamed of attending the biggest geek party in the Midwest, C2E2 is your place to get wild and cut loose with fellow Chicago nerds.
The most epic memories and awesome lasting friendships are forged at Chicago’s home of pop culture…C2E2! Join The UltimateTV all weekend at C2E2 for prizes and fun-filled event!
BBC Studios and Fathom Events are giving audiences the chance to see Doctor Who: Logopolis" starring The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker in his 100-minute final adventure featuring the first appearance of Janet Fielding as companion Teegan, Anthony Ainley as the Doctor's archenemy The Master, and the regeneration of Fourth Doctor Tom Baker into Fifth Doctor Peter Davison!
Fans won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind screening that will also feature a brand new interview with Tom Baker and “Logopolis” companions Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton. Following the cinema event, Tom Baker’s complete final season on Doctor Who comes to Blu-ray on March 19.
The UltimateTV and Fathom Events would like you to see DOCTOR WHO: LOGOPOLIS. To win a pair of tickets for this special Doctor Who event, visit The UltimateTV social media sites for contest instruction. Good luck and we'll see you at The Show!
The 111th Chicago Auto Show returns Saturday, February 9 thru Monday, February 18th at Chicago's McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive.
Show organizers are ramping up for another robust show, promising visitors access to nearly 1,000 of the newest cars, trucks and SUVs; demonstrations of the industry's latest technology; interactive exhibits; family-friendly activities; special appearances from celebrities and sports icons; and much more.
In addition to the latest production, concept and exotic vehicles, the show is packed with opportunities for attendees to get behind the wheel through multiple indoor and outdoor ride-and-drive experiences.
"The Chicago Auto Show not only boasts more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space treating guests to the industry's latest and greatest glistening automobiles, but it also offers attendees indoor test tracks, where they can ride along with products specialists, and outdoor street driving opportunities that demonstrate vehicle capabilities and handling as well as the latest technology and safety features," said Chicago Auto Show Chairman Ray Scarpelli Jr.
The Chicago Auto Show is the destination in February where people come to shop for their next vehicle, have a great time with friends and family, and shake off those blues in the dead of winter."
Special-themed days at Chicago Auto Show 2019 include:
Women's Day on Feb. 13
Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day on Feb. 15
Family Day on Feb. 18
A Safe Haven Chicago Auto Show Food Drive Feb. 13-15.
For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com
Anyone looking to find, plan and book their next vacation will find thousands of options to explore, destination experts to help them get there and tens of thousands of dollars in savings at the 14th annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.
Taking place February 10-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont) travel enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with well-known travel experts from around the world who are on-hand to help attendees dream, personalize and book their next trip. Also included in the price of admission is access to dozens of inspirational, educational and culturally focused sessions on five stages located right on the show floor, along with hands-on activities for the whole family.
The new Wellness Travel Experience pavilion will highlight health-focused travel suppliers, products, and services showcasing the latest trends and news in this growing travel segment. The program will also include educational stage presentations on both days of each show hosted by wellness travel expert Anne Dimon.
Another highlight of the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is the opportunity to meet and gain inspiration from the world’s top travel experts and celebrities as they present seminars and answer questions over the two-day event. Speaking on the Travel Theater are:
At the Savvy Traveler Theater, visitors will interact with travel experts on subjects ranging from packing and travel technology, to maximizing credit card reward points and travel safety tips and plan in an unpredictable world.
At the Destination Theater, travelers will receive destination-specific information from local experts containing information on when to go, how to get there, what to see and local, off-the-beaten-path attractions from destinations such as Australia, Maui and Canada.
The Taste of Travel Theater highlights top chefs who present live cooking demonstrations right on the show floor. Featuring cuisines from around the world, guests will have the opportunity to taste samples and get a full cultural experience in a stadium-seating styled theater.
At the Global Beats Stage, attendees can feel the beat and experience the rhythm of cultural dances and musical performances during more than 20 presentations throughout the weekend.
Attending the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is an adventure in-and-of-itself and presents hands-on activities suitable for the whole family. Guests can get their picture taken in their favorite destination, scuba dive in a dive pool and ride a live camel, all under one roof. For event information, visit www.TravelShows.com/shows/chicago
It is widely known in the Doctor Who universe that Chicago is The Midwest Home of Doctor Who and every year, hundreds of Whovians attend The Largest Doctor Who onvention in the Midwest, Chicago Tardis!
For those of you not familiar with this popular local Doctor Who convention, Chicago TARDIS, brings together fans (Thanksgiving weekend) to celebrate the longest-running science fiction program in the world!
The convention started in 2000, has grown tremendously every year, with attendance exploding as Doctor Who's popularity in the United States has blossomed. This year invited celebrity guests Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Nicholas Briggs, Frazier Hines and Wendy Padbury and many more!
Plus, there's so much to enjoy at Chicago TARDIS...take a photo or get that cherished autograph from your favorite Doctor Who cast member, enjoy Classic Doctor Who episodes in the video rooms, participated in The Live Charity Auction, laugh out loud during the Mysterious Theater 337 or just have a good time at the annual, Don’t Blink Dance Party, Chicago Tardis Masquerade!
ATTENTION: Doctor Who Actress Jenna Coleman has cancelled her appearance at Chicago TARDIS due to last minute filming reshoots. Refunds for all Jenna Coleman autograph or photograph sessions will begin going out immediately. Please keep an eye on your inbox for an email coming from Eventbrite that informs you of the refund. As always, we do encourage you to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
Despite this sad news, we are excited to welcome Actress Ingrid Oliver and Catrin Stewart to our 2018 line up. Catrin will be joining us for all three days, and Ingrid will be joining us Saturday only! So come meet the remaining guests who will be joining us, our awesome new programming we have planned for this year, and the reunion of our Whovian family during this time
Chicago TARDIS will be held Friday, November 23-Sunday, November 25 at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel, 25 minutes outside the City of Chicago across the street from the Yorktown Shopping Center. Free parking available.
The UltimateTV will be at Chicago Tardis all weekend and we look forward to seeing all of you.... Alonsy!!
Too big to contain to once a year, Monster Jam® Triple Threat returns to Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, Nov. 2-4, marking the first time the wildly popular Monster Jam tour will make a Chicagoland pit-stop in November.
Join The UltimateTV at Chicago's Navy Pier for ACE Comic Con Midwest, Friday, October 12th through Sunday, October 14th!
Meet your favorite celebrities including Chris Evans (Captain America), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and many more for an incredible fan experience!
The event will also feature WWE Superstars, 60+ top comic creators, 100+ curated vendors & exhibitors, and live panel programming with all the celebrities and other industry professionals throughout the weekend.
The event will also feature world-renowned comic writers & artists, hand-picked vendors & exhibitors, and 30 hours of live panel programming across multiple stages throughout the weekend, all enjoyable with a General Admission ticket. Guests can also enjoy free activations from Microsoft, Mad Monster, T-Mobile, Sleeping Giant, and more.
ACE Universe has created the most immersive, robust experience for its audience. Stay tuned as ACE Universe will announce additional guests, future dates, cities, and ticket information at www.acecomiccon.com
Wizard World returns to Chicago, August 23-26 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Guests this year include "The Winter Soldier" Sebastian Stan, Michael Rooker, Bautista and Pom Klementieff from "Guardians of the Galaxy", "Outlander" reunion with Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton, Graham McTavish, and Diana Gabaldon; fan favorites like Ian Somerhalder, Nichelle Nichols, James Marsters, Michael Rosenbaum or Charisma Carpenter and many more!
To win a pair of passes to WIZARD WORLD Chicago, tweet your favorite superhero to [email protected] for your chance to win-- And for anyone too impatient for us to pick a winner, enjoy 20% off your ticket with the code
ULTIMATE20 at https://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago
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.
Promotion courtesy of Legion M, Electric Entertainment and The UltimateTV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!