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THE ULTIMATE THINGS T.T.D.: THINGS TO DO

The UltimateTV Winter Event Calender:


Free Museum Day

Jazzin at the Shedd

Adler After Dark

Christkindlmarket

Christmas Around The World

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Days of the Dead

Thanksgiving Parade

Chicago Tardis

Christmas Lights Lincoln Park Zoo

Christmas Caroling Millennium Park

HOLIDAY FUN AT WINTER WONDERFEST


The 18th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, the Midwest's popular winter tradition, is set to return with 170,000 square feet of holiday-themed fun starting Friday, Nov.30 - Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. 

At Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, you and your family will be greeted by festive decor and a glittering forest of nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments hung on a mile of wire. Under the shimmering white lights and across the wintery blue carpet that blankets Navy Pier's Festival Hall lies dozens of activities and attractions - from the ever-popular indoor ice skating rink, to the Polar Extreme Obstacle Course.


Those with an appetite for adventure are invited to soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger or scale the Polar Ice Peaks Climbing Walls. Young guests may enjoy a ride around Winter WonderTown on the Arctic Express Train or decorating cookies at the Cookie Cottage, a timeless holiday bonding activity. Of course, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for festive family photo opportunities and last-minute holiday gift requests!

This year, guests can also expect visions of "Sugar Plums" dancing over their heads as the talented aerialists of Aerial Ataraxia dazzle and delight guests with special performances while suspended in air. 


In addition to access to Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest, every ticket purchase will once again include a complimentary pass to ride the iconic, 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel - an $18 value. 

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens at 10 a.m. everyday. Closing hours vary based on the day. Join The UltimateTv at the 18th Annual Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.navypier.org.

Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL RETURN

The highly anticipated return of the irreverent holiday tradition Q Brothers Christmas Carol  to The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, Nov. 20–Dec. 30, 2018.


Brighten your festivities with some cheeky spirit and a whole lot of heart—complete with visits from a Jamaican Jacob Marley and that youngest of Cratchits, Lil’ Tim. The Q Brothers are joined by a live DJ as the ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present, and Future lead Scrooge on a journey of rhythm, rhyme, and redemption.


Created by hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, and Pos) and developed with Creative Producer Rick Boynton, this wildly popular reinterpretation of the perennial favorite by Charles Dickens is underscored with beats spun live at the turntables, mashing up styles from reggae and dancehall music, to dubstep and epic rock ballads. As a special treat, Actor John Hoogenakker, now featured in Amazon’s runaway hit series, Jack Ryan, makes a special appearance as the miserly crank Scrooge in a limited engagement through Dec. 9. 


Now in its fifth year, the production enjoys a fervent fan following, and has garnered Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Ensemble. For more information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/qchristmas 

JINGLE ALL THE WAY: CTA HOLIDAY TRAIN

The Allstate CTA Holiday Train is a holiday tradition unique to Chicago, which, due to popular demand, is now accompanied by the Elves’ Workshop Train!!


Just as dazzling and decked out as the Holiday Train, the Elves’ Workshop Train is a six-car train of magic and memories!


It follows the Holiday Train on Saturdays, which are the busiest days, to help ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience this one-of-kind, tradition.


The popular Allstate CTA Holiday Train, a dazzlingly decorated six-car train that includes Santa and his reindeer, along with some *new* twists this year: a red interior floor, colorful LED signage displays and more overall lights than ever before!


The Allstate CTA Holiday Train begins service on Friday, Nov. 23.  On Saturdays, families also can board the Allstate CTA Elves’ Workshop Train. Complementing these two festive trains is the Allstate CTA Holiday Bus, which travels throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods beginning Tuesday, Nov.27. The Allstate CTA Holiday Bus will operate on various routes. 


Santa’s elves will staff the Allstate CTA Holiday Fleet, greeting passengers with smiles and candy canes. The Holiday Train also features the not-to-miss, fan favorite of them all: an open, flatbed car carrying Santa and his sleigh. The Allstate CTA Holiday Train runs on all eight CTA rail lines, while the Allstate CTA Holiday Bus will run on 16 bus routes throughout the city.


The Allstate CTA Holiday Train, Allstate CTA Elves’ Workshop Train and Allstate CTA Holiday Bus will make all stops along their scheduled routes. Normal CTA fares apply. Full schedules and more information is available on the CTA website:

transitchicago.com/holiday

OPERATION SANTA TAKES FLIGHT!

The Annual Operation Santa program will kick off on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Cardiss Collins Postal facility at 433 W. Harrison St. 


Chicago’s “Operation Santa” program is one of the largest in the country. 


Every year thousands of people come in person to the Main Post Office in Chicago to adopt letters.


Operation Santa is an annual letter-writing program through which members of the public respond to children’s letters addressed to Santa Claus, the North Pole and other seasonal characters. Chief Elf, Janice Hall suggests to start sending Santa Letters soon and would like letters received no later than December 1st.  “The sooner we have letters, the greater chance for them to be adopted to assist a family in need.”


Santa letters can be sent to:

Operation Santa

USPS

433 W. Harrison St.

Chicago IL 60699


Individuals interested in adopting letters, go to the Post Office, select the letter(s) and sign the form. When the individual is ready to mail selected items for the child, they return with the letter and gift they are mailing and the letter to the Postal Service employee. The individual will pay for postage, and a mailing label will be printed and the postage will be applied to the package. 

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD AT MSI

Your family will get into the holiday spirit at the Museum of Science and Industry's 76th Annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit beginning November 15-January 6, 2019. 


Explore over 50 trees and displays decorated by local volunteers that represent Chicago’s diverse communities and the traditions they celebrate. Each tree and display, decorated with hand-crafted ornaments that honor holiday customs from around the world, encircle a 45-foot-tall Grand Tree wrapped in 30,000 twinkling lights.


"Snow" also falls indoors in the Museum’s Rotunda every 30 minutes. Enjoy lively performances from all corners of the globe as more than 50 groups perform in the Museum’s Main Auditorium inside the West Pavilion.


MSI is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit msichicago.org

HOLIDAY CAROLING AT MILLENNIUM PARK

Bundle up the kids and come down to Chicago's Millennium Park to belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song!


Caroling at Cloud Gate will take place 6pm in Millennium Park beginning Fridays, Nov.23 and 30, Dec. 7 and 14 and Wednesday Dec. 14.


2018 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, Nov. 23:   

The Old Town School Community Choir

Friday, Nov. 30:   

Janet Sutton and The Voices of ACME

Friday, Dec. 7:   

Chicago Chamber Choir

Wednesday, Dec. 12:   

The Kings Singers, Apollo Chorus of Chicago and ChiArts:  The Chicago High School for the Arts 

Friday, December 14:  

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus


SESAME STREET LIVE IN CHICAGO

Everyone’s invited on an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic.  Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage.


During the Sesame Street Live! pre-show, meet and take photos with Elmo and two of his furry friends (characters are subject to availability). With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy. 


Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic cones to The Chicago Theater, Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.  For showtimes and ticket information, contact The Chicago Theatre box office or visit www.msg.com/chicagotheatre 

CHICAGO TARDIS: MIDWEST WHO FEST

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!!

16TH ANNUAL CHICAGO TOY AND GAME FAIR

Join The UltimateTV at The 16th Annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair(ChiTag)Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at Chicago's Navy Pier!


The Chicago Toy & Game Fair - North America's largest non-hobby toy & game fair open to the public - has events, exhibitors and activations for all ages!  But that’s not all! Take a look at what else is happening this year!   

       

  • Take a test ride on Razor’s new Drift Rider
  • Race your own Automoblox car designs on the race track at PlayMonster’s booth
  • Young inventors ages 6-18 vie for tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money in the Young Inventor Challenge
  • Watch Princess Etch bring your favorite characters to life on her Etch-a-Sketch
  • Meet Greedy Granny at the Goliath booth
  • NEW! Participate in the Stratego National Championship on Sunday, Nov. 18
  • WTTW’s The Big Idea Tour’s Traveling Lab takes the stage Saturday, Nov. 17
  • Adults can stop by the Beer Garden for pints of cold suds and play some of the industry’s best games for grown ups.
  • Bring your littles to the Baby and Toddler PlaySpace
  • Special needs families can come early both days for the Sensory Power Hour
  • Scouts can earn a special Gravi-Trax patch at the Ravensburger booth
  • Plus, take advantage of discounts on the hottest holiday toys!


The UltimateTV would like to see you and your family this weekend at The Chicago Toy and Game Fair.  Purchase your tickets today and use code CHITAG3 for $3 off ticket discount.

For additional program information, visit www.ChiTAG.com.

MAG MILE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival returns Friday, Nov.16 at 4pm and then again Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11am.  


Free, family fun culminates in the grand Tree-Lighting Parade down North Michigan Avenue with grand marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse


Schedule of Events for Magnificent Mile Lights Festival include:


Friday Nov. 16:  4pm-8pmLights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue) opens the evening before the parade with more than a dozen family-friendly activities plus live music and a visit with Santa Claus! 

Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities and sample treats from Garrett Popcorn, Frango, The Ellis’s Cheesecake Co. and more! 

 

Saturday Nov. 17:  11am-4pm – Explore an interactive wonderland of holiday-themed activities at Lights Festival Lane in Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue  Santa Claus is always ready to greet guests plus live music and dozen family-friendly activities.


Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. Millennium Park is open daily from 6am-11pm. Free Admission.

MUSEUMS FOR ALL: EVERYONE ALL THE TIME

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


Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 37 states and the District of Columbia.


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.


Illinois Museums Participating in the Museums for All Program:


Adler Planetarium 
(Chicago, IL)

Art Institute of Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
(Aurora, IL)

Cantigny Park
(Wheaton, IL)

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

Chicago Botanic Garden
(Glencoe, IL)

Chicago Children's Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Chicago History Museum
(Chicago, IL)

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

DuSable Museum of African American History
(Chicago, IL)

The Field Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Lincoln Park Zoo
(Chicago, IL)

Morton Arboretum
(Lisle, IL)

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
(Chicago, IL)

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

Naper Settlement
(Naperville, IL)

National Museum of Mexican Art
(Chicago, IL)

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

National Veterans Art Museum
(Chicago, IL)

Shedd Aquarium
(Chicago, IL)

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

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

25 YEARS OF SOUL: UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS

UniverSoul Circus, North America’s top-ranked venue for music, laughter and unrivalled performance artistry proudly celebrates 25 high-flying years!!


The "We are ONE 25th Anniversary Tour” runs Oct.3-Nov.4 in Chicago's Washington Park(51st and Cottage Grove)and .


UniverSoul Circus has forever transformed the world’s urban entertainment landscape with a powerful combination of music, laughter and extreme thrills.


The UltimateTV would like to send you to the 25th Anniversary Performance of UniverSoul Circus, Oct. 6th @ NOON.  To win a family four pack, follow and share The UltimateTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. No purchase necessary to win.


UniverSoul Circus will have performances on select weekday mornings, evenings and weekends. For show time and dates, visit universoulcircus.com

MONSTER JAM TRIPLE THREAT IS COMING!

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. 

 
Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam, Chicago-area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Vying to be the Chicago-area champion will be:

Grave Digger® – Brandon Vinson
Max D® – Jared Eichelberger
El Toro Loco® – Armando Castro
ZombieSM – Ami Houde
Pirate’s Curse – Camden Murphy
Wonder Woman – Collete Davis
Megalodon – driver-athlete to be announced
Monster Mutt® Rottweiler – Jack Brown
 
Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.
 
Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, new this season across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.
 
The UltimateTV would like to send you and your family to Monster Jam Triple Threat at Rosemont's Allstate Arena, Friday, November 2!  Register to win at family four-pack  to the Friday evening competition go to https://utvmonsterjam.eventbrite.com

No purchase necessary Must be 18+ to enter!  To purchase tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or at the Allstate Arena box office.  Good Luck from The UltimateTV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN CHICAGO

Chicago loves Halloween so all you ghouls and gals get ready to party all over the city during October!


10/20  Arts in The Dark: State Street  October takes on an element of the surreal as dusk falls upon Chicago. Arts in the Dark brings together artists from around the city for a procession filled with spectacle, puppetry, legions of masked entities, luminous lanterns, and mesmerizing performances.


This year’s parade, which takes place on October 20, will be led by eight “Illuminaries” recognized as influencers in their respective fields.World-renowned institutions, including the likes of the Art Institute of Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre Company, get involved each year. 

 

10/28 Day of The Dead – Xicago:National Museum of Mexican Art

Light, projection and visual displays will transform the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exterior and the surrounding area for this annual Day of the Dead celebration in Pilsen. What's more, in Harrison Park, visitors will create their own ofrendas (Day of the Dead altars), transforming the soccer field into a festive community gathering place, just like those you would see in Mexico on Día de los Muertos. Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread), altar demonstrations, live musical performances, face painting, and art activities will round out the evening.

 

13TH FLOOR - HOUSE OF TORMENT AWAITS!

The world-famous haunted house brand, 13th Floor, and the nationally celebrated haunted house, House of Torment return to The Windy City this fall with two new shows at each location.


13th Floor Chicago returns Sept. 21st with the new show, The Possession and Dead-End District: The Cell and The House of Torment Chicago will come back on Sept. 28 with Dead By Dawn and The Shadowrealm: Slenderman.

 

In 13th Floor Chicago’s new show The Possession, restless spirits lurk in the shadows threatening to possess their visitors. Crippling fear overcomes their unexpected victims as they come face-to-face with some of the most demented creatures known to man.

 

In the second show at 13th Floor Chicago, Dead-End District: The Cell, the L.O.S.T. Facility has worked within the shadows, keeping the world safe from monsters, demons, and supernatural beings. The most terrifying and dangerous of these abominations are housed deep within Vault 13, a state-of-the-art, maximum-security containment facility.

 

At Dead By Dawn in House of Torment Chicago, the PL4-GU3 Virus has found its way to the Town of Perdition. The few who have survived have barricaded themselves inside their stores, homes or anywhere with four walls to feel safe.

 

In House of Torment Chicago’s The Shadowrealm: Slenderman, from the Realm of Terror spawns something unnatural – that figure in the corner, that shadow in the room; the thing that's always slightly out of focus. Strange occurrences have been seen throughout the halls of Templeton High School. Is it the Slenderman? Has he come to Templeton? And if so, why?   

 

The 13th Floor Chicago is located 1940 George Street in Melrose Park and runs September 21, 22, 28-30; October 4-7, 10-14, 16-21, and 23-31; November 2 and 3.


The House of Torment Chicago is located 8240 North Austin Avenue in Morton Grove and runs September 28 and 29; October 5-7, 10-14, 16-21, 23-31; November 2 and 3.  Both haunted houses recommended for ages 12 and up. Free parking available at both locations


For additional event information, visit http://www.13thfloorchicago.com/ or http://www.houseoftormentchicago.com  

ACE COMIC CON MIDWEST ON THE WAY!

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

20TH ANNIVERSARY WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO

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!


ATTENTION: 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

ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: R.I.P. DEDRY JONES


NEWSFLASH:

The UltimateTV is sad to announce the passing of our very good friend,

music mentor and inspiration, Dedry Jones. 

Jones, owner of The Music Experience record store and host of the new WTTW live stage show, The Music Experience with Dedry Jones was recently found unresponsive in his South Side home. He was was 64 years old. 


The “Final Experience” will be held

August 8th at DuSable Museum

740 East 56th Place in Chicago, Illinois

6:00P.M.  Pre-Memorial Repass

7:00P.M. Memorial Celebration


WTTW has not released information regarding the scheduled 2nd season of The Experience but we hope it will see the light of day as Dedry had planned.




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


The Experience has always been, at heart, a celebration of music. Captured live before a studio audience in the same beautiful and intimate venue as WTTW’s national music series SOUNDSTAGE, audiences will enjoy a personal conversation with a world class musician, interspersed with a live music performance backed by a full band. Each episode takes audiences on a unique and compelling journey through the artist's life, through their own words, experience, and song. 


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


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

Performers appearing on "The Experience" include:

Brian Culbertson 
AVERY*Sunshine
Will Downing 
Roberto Fonseca 

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

CHICAGO COMIC CON: 10TH ANNIVERSARY!

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 & more.


Fans of “The X-Files” are in for a special treat as Gillian Anderson, who starred as “Dana Scully” and David Duchovny, who portrayed “Fox Mulder” in the iconic science fiction series, will appear at the 20th Anniversary Wizard World Comic Con Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Anderson will greet fans Saturday and Sunday, sign autographs, pose for dual and solo photo ops and conduct an interactive fan Q&A panel during the show.


Anderson and Duchovny are part of an all-star lineup at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago which includes Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), the cast of “Outlander” (Sam Heughan, Catriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton), Guardians of the Galaxy Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff and fan favorite, Michael Rooker, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura/Star Trek) plus the "Boy Meets World" foursome Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle and Rider Strong and many,many more. 


Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.


The 2018 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will take place Thursday, August 23 - Sunday, August 26. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult. For more information, visit www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.

DAVID TENNANT STARS IN BAD SAMARITAN

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


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


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


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



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


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


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

FATHOM EVENTS PRESENTS...DOCTOR WHO 

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


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


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


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

version. 


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


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

C2E2: COMICS, COSPLAY AND SO MUCH MORE 


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

Svengoolie

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 FAN FEST: HEROES AND VILLIANS!

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 FAN FEST: WALKER STALKER CON

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

2018 CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

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

BLACK PANTHER REIGNS IN THE COMMUNITY

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:

Tai Davis

Chicago-born Actress featured in “The Chi”

Charles Andrew Gardner

Actor and President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago

Craig Harris

Emmy award-winning writer and actor

Jonathan Kirkland

vocalist and actor currently featured in “Hamilton”

David Leonard

Location manager/ scout

Natasha Parker

Location manager/ scout

Directors Guild of America

Chris Walker

Comic illustrator and former colorist for Marvel Comics

Mark Willis

Professional stunt performer currently featured in “Black Panther”


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


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


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

WIZARD WORLD PRESENTS DAVID TENNANT

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

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

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

Tennant joins Doctor Who fan favorites Billie Piper and John Barrowman, Gotham" duo of David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee, NIchelle Nichols from the Legendary television show, Star Trek and many more!  

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. 

Wizard World Cleveland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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

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


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


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


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: 

Arrival (PG-13)


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/ 

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW ROARS INTO TOWN!

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


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


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


Women’s Day

Tuesday, February 13

Chicago Auto Show Food Drive

Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, February 16

Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day

Friday, February 16

Family Day

Monday, February 19:


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

GET OUT: CELEBRATE PRESIDENT'S DAY 


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 ON ICE PRESENTS DARE TO DREAM 











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

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


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


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


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

THE NEXT ADVENTURE IS WAITING FOR YOU!

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/

REGENERATION WHO: TWICE UPON A TIME

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


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

David Bradley (Game of Thrones). 


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


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


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


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


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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE ULTIMATE-TV 

Happy Holidays From The UltimateTV!!

YOU'LL LOVE CHICAGO'S TOY & GAME FAIR!


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


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


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

U.S. National Rummikub Championship

Giant Soggy Doggy! (and we mean GIANT)

Meet Princess-Etch-A-Sketch

Ride the PlayMonster Super Swing

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

            Ultra Dash Game Race

Automoblox Play Area and Race Track

Interactive Exhibits

Test out Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves

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

Meet Toy & Game Inventors from Around the World

Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays

Meet the winners of Young Inventor Challenge

Chicago's Largest Brush-a-Thon

Yo-Yo Championship - Contestants from Coast to Coast

Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show

Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows and Contests


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

WIZARD WORLD: DAVID TENNANT CANCELS

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!


UPDATE:

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

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