The UltimateTV Celebrates Black History Month at Navy Pier!

In the month of February, Navy Pier is honored to celebrate in Black History Month with a new Black Makers Market, live art studio and staff highlights.

Throughout February, Black Makers Market will take place at the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm.  
Dozens of local African American artisans, designers and entrepreneurs will take over the space to put their products on display. 

In addition to the Black Makers Market, Navy Pier will have a new Black Live Artist Studio starting Wednesday, February 1 in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. The studio will be highlighting two artists weekly throughout the month of February. 

The artists will perform their artwork live and open dialogue about Black artwork with guests who walk by. Hours for live art will vary Monday – Friday. The live art will take place from 12pm – 6pm every Saturday and Sunday in the month of February.

Live Artists:
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Tuan Jones Studio and wadecreate
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: wadecreate and HEM Healing Every Mind
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Fearlessly Hue LLC Goldies, NFT Art
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Fearlessly Hue LLC Goldies, NFT Art & Project Contacts

Note: All artists and dates are subject to change.  Good times await at Chicago's Navy Pier!


The UltimateTV invites you and your family to Disney on Ice Presents Frozen and Encanto! at the Allstate Arena, January 19th-22nd!

Then the fun-filled performances move to Chicago's United Center beginning Thursday, January 26th - Sunday, January 29th and returns to Rosemont's Allstate Arena Thursday, February 2nd - Sunday, February 5th.

Disney On Ice will bring the stories of “Frozen” and “Encanto” to life like never before as audiences will experience world-class ice skating and aerial acrobatics, and see beloved characters including Anna, Elsa, Mirabel, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy, and many more, all while singing along to their favorite Disney songs.

Narrating the captivating story of Frozen is Olaf, the lovable snowman who likes warm hugs and all things summer. Astounding ice-skating transports families to Arendelle to be a part of Anna’s adventure to find Elsa, whose icy powers unleashed an eternal winter. Kristoff and Sven take fans along as they encounter wintry conditions in a race to bring back summer.

After a very Frozen adventure, audiences will journey to a vibrant town in the mountains of Colombia where they will meet the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a magical casita in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

Mirabel tells the tale of her amazing family and her journey to save the casita, her enchanted family home, alongside her sisters: Isabela, whose perfection radiates with her ability to make plants grow and flowers bloom with every step, and Luisa, with the gift of super strength that she uses to help her village move buildings and reroute rivers.

For the first time live, fans can witness Tia Pepa, who can control the weather with her emotions; her husband Felix; their daughter Dolores, with her gift to hear; and Bruno, the mysterious and misunderstood Madrigal family member whose visions foretold the future.

In the end, audiences will learn that everyone has their own gifts, magical or not, and being true to yourself and loving those around you is what makes you special. YOU are the magic!

The 2023 Edition of Disney On Ice presents Frozen & Encanto tour runs nationwide now thru May 7, 2023. Don't miss the show; Get your tickets Today!

The UltimateTV Screening Series: Of An Age

The UltimateTV and our friends at Focus Features invite you to the Chicago Screening of the new movie, OF AN AGE starring Elias Anton, Thom Green, Hattie Hook.  

The Chicago screening of the new movie, Of An Age will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 15th at the AMC NEW CITY Theaters.

Story: OF AN AGE is set in the summer of 1999 as a 17-year-old Serbian born, Australian amateur ballroom dancer experiences an unexpected and intense 24-hour romance with a friend’s older brother.

To redeem FREE TICKETS to this event click the link below:
No purchase necessary. First come, First serve. No seats will be held.

Chicago Black History Month Activities

Celebrate Black History Month with The UltimateTV!  There's so much to do and see during the month of February for Black History Month. Here's just a few events to consider:

Experience the immersive virtual reality exhibit "The March" at The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center that takes you back in time to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Make sure to explore the museum’s other exhibitions, like Freedom: Origin and Journey and Un(Re)Solved, about cases re-examined under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act.  

Also, at DuSable, enjoy Steppin Through History: Honoring Sam Chatman and Don Vic: Discover the history of Chicago Steppin’ culture at the DuSable Black History Museum with a free discussion and a step performance to follow on Feb 2.

Remembering Dr. King exhibit at The Chicago History Museum showcases the visual history of Dr. King’s legacy, with an emphasis on his time in Chicago during the 1960s.

Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice exhibit at the American Writers Museum honors the significant contributions of Black writers to American letters explores racial injustice through the work of Black writers from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. The online exhibit, Frederick Douglass: Agitator is also on view. Also, check out the Frederick Douglass Tours: Learn about the impact of Frederick Douglass and other influential Black writers, while getting an overview of the American Writers Museum.

Don’t miss the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at the Museum of Science & Industry. This exhibit is one of the longest-running displays of African American artists.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum Salutes Black History Month with The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibit which traverses the sites, historic footage, images, and artifacts connected to the Green Book, a guide that helped African Americans travel safely across the country for 30 years.

The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit, Martine Syms: She Mad Season One opens through Feb. 12, presents five video artworks that examine the way Black experiences are presented on TV, in film, and online.

Finally, The Southside Community Art Center showcases artworks in the exhibit, The Promised Land which explore the Great Migration and how migrations of the African Diaspora continue to be influenced by the historic movement.

Black in STEM: This seminar series at the Field Museum will feature prominent educators and science professionals who will speak about their career path and the importance of BIPOC representation in the sciences.

Music is highly celebrated during Black History Month. 

A Jazz Celebration of Black History Month at The South Side Jazz Coalition performs a free concert of jazz classics by the SSJC All-Stars on Feb 14.

Mavis Staples with special guest Celisse: Chicago musical legend and Civil Rights icon Mavis Staples presents a range of Black musical history from gospel to soul and R&B at the Chicago Symphony Center on Feb. 4.

...and The UltimateTV favorite is Afrofuturism Stage: Chicago: Don’t miss this live dance concert including interactive art, photography, and DJs at The Promontory in Hyde Park on Feb. 26.

Check this site for more Black History Events during the month of February!

UltimateTV Screening: KNOCK AT THE CABIN

The UltimateTV and our friends at Universal Pictures invite you to see the latest release from M. Night Shyamalan: 


This advanced screening will be held 7:00pm, Tuesday, January 31st at Kerasotes Showplace ICON in Chicago.


While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

From visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Knock at the Cabin stars Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Rupert Grint, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, and Abby Quinn.  

To win a Free Pair of tickets to the advanced screening of Knock at the Cabin, go to the following link:


Good Luck from The UltimateTV Chicago's Entertainment Source!


Navy Pier has announced its FREE Winter Programming, featuring a diverse lineup of arts, entertainment, and family events. We will have holographic experiences, larger-than-life art installations, cultural celebrations for free.  January through March offers a compelling array of climate-controlled diversions for Chicagoans and out-of-town visitors.  Many Pier-produced events are open free to the public. 

Winter 2023 highlights include:
Verse Immersive (through Feb. 6) A state-of-the-art augmented reality theatrical experience taking guests on immersive journeys through breathtaking holographic landscapes and encounters with mythical creatures in 30- to 60-minute, multi-act narratives. For additional information and tickets, click here

International Puppet Festival (Jan. 21) – Free event welcoming three nationally acclaimed puppeteers to share their artistry in performances at Noon and 2 p.m. in the Culture Corner at Navy Pier’s Food Experience.

Family Days with Chicago Children’s Museum (starts Jan. 26) – Free, fun-filled programming, activities, and workshops for children ages 1 through 10, stationed throughout the Pier on the last Thursdays of the month, January through May.

Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (opens Jan. 27) – A wildly imaginative and exhilarating musical adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel, running through Feb. 19, as part of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s WorldStage Series. For additional information and tickets, click here.

Global Connections: Lunar New Year (Jan. 28); International Carnivale (Feb. 25); Holi (March 4) – Three-part series of cultural and ethnic celebrations from around the world, presented by ComEd. Free programming will take place in the Aon Grand Ballroom from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Solstice (opens March 4) A monumental interactive art installation inspired by solar and planetary movements that invite visitors to take control of the environment around them. Solstice will be on display on Navy Pier’s South Dock and open free to the public through April 16.

Plan your visit to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall and make Light Up the Lake your new holiday tradition.



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

Adler PlanetriumFree admission for Illinois residents every Wednesday from 4pm- 10pm.

Field Museum - Free admission from January 1-10, 16-18, 24-25, 31; February 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20; March 7, 3/14.  Free Entry Year-round for active military and Illinois teachers. 

Art Institute of Chicago - Free admission Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Now through March 1. Free entry year-round for Active Military, Link and WIC cardholders, Illinois teachers, children under 14 and Chicago teens under 18.

Brookfield ZooFree Admission year-round for active, reserve and retired military personnel.

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

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

Chicago History Museum - Free Admission January 16-20, 24, 26-27, 31; February 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24. Free year-round for Active Military, Police, Firefighters, Illinois educators and children 18 and younger.

Lincoln Park Zoo Free daily admission, year-round.  Online reservations required.

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

Museum of Contemporary PhotographyFree admission every day year round.

Museum of Science and Industry - Free admission January 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31; February 1-2, 6-9, 13-14, 16, 21; March 1, 3/6, 3/14; April 18, 4/22.  Free admission for Illinois residents: Free Admission for active military, Link and WIC cardholders, police officers, firefighters, POWs and Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin teachers.

Chicago Botanic Garden: N/A

Chicago Cultural Center: Free daily admission year-round.

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

Shedd Aquarium Free admission January 12-16; February 7-9, 14-16, 21-23.  Free for active military, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan teachers, police officers and firefighters.


Throughout 2022, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present many free programs, including a range of social dances and live music held downtown and in neighborhoods across the city, and more. 

Art on theMART will celebrate the Year of Chicago Dance with four new projections as part of its summer and fall presentations, highlighting choreographers, dancers, and visual artists. Elevate features performances and workshops by Chicago-based dancemakers at venues across the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, and Big Marsh Park.


The Chicago Auto Show is back and better than ever!  This year, the show will reopen in the north exhibit hall of McCormick Place, expanding once again to a two-hall show and reenlisting brands that missed during the pandemic. 

The 2023 Chicago Auto Show will take place Saturday, February 11th - Monday, February 20th offering outdoor ride-and-drives as well as a handful of brand-new indoor test tracks including a 100,000 sq.-ft. destination featuring EV test drives and education, called Chicago Drives Electric. 

Additionally, the 2023 show will bring back fan-favorite events that took a backseat during the pandemic including Chicago Friday Night Flights, a local craft beer sampling event, and the Toyota Miles Per Hour run, where runners can experience the auto show via a 2.4-mile loop inside McCormick Place before the event doors open to the general public.  

Building on the success of the CATA’s fall EV test drive program under the same name, the Chicago Drives Electric indoor track and educational hub is expected to be a highlight of the 2023 show. The new area will feature a one-stop-shop for interested parties to experience and learn about all aspects of EV mobility. 

Tickets to the 2023 Chicago Auto Show are currently on sale at The 2023 show runs Feb. 11-20 at McCormick Place and is open to the public 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, except for the final day, Presidents Day, when the show closes at 8 p.m.



C2E2 stands for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. It’s the largest pop culture convention in the Midwest. C2E2 espouses that all nerds need a place to call home. Whether you’re a fan of comic books, cosplay, video games, anime, TV shows, movies, books, wrestling, comedy, or anything else – C2E2 is your home for good and geeky times.

C2E2 will take place March 31-April 2, 2023 in the South Building at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. This year, meet your favorite celebrities including the cast of Smallville Tom Welling, Kristin Kruek, Michael Rosenbaum, and Erica Durance; Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast members Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters, and cast members from Boy Meets World William Daniels, Bonnie Bartlett, Trina McGee, Danielle Fishel and Rider Strong.

Meet The UltimateTV crew at C2C2 March 31st - April 2nd this year for fun and foolishness!


The UltimateTV invites you and your friends to The 18th Annual Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The Chicago Travel and Adventure Show is a perfect way to explore new destinations and start planning future travels. Attendees will find travel deals and celebrity programming from top destination and travel suppliers from around the world.

At the Travel Theater, top travel celebrities will share information about the travel landscape and 2023 trends, what the latest travel updates are, how to travel like a local and how to save. There are upwards of two dozen different speakers, a few highlights include:

  • Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter, Producer and CBS News Travel Editor - Saturday, 1:45-2:45pm 
  • Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer's Guides & Publisher of - Saturday, 10:30-11:30am and Sunday, 2-3pm
  • Brian Kelly, The Points Guy - Saturday, 12:15-1:15pm
  • Samantha Brown, Emmy Award-Winning Host of PBS' Samantha Brown's Places I Love - Sunday, 11:45am-12:45pm

On the Destination Theater, attendees will experience in-depth 30-minute workshops featuring the top locations from around the world and the experts who represent them. Information to include where to go, how to get there, what to do and what one can do there now.

The Savvy Traveler Theater features travel tips, tricks and actionable advice, attendees will learn how to travel like a pro straight from the experts. Topics include packing tips from expert Angel Castellanos, an inside scoop on today’s travel landscape from travel concierge Sarah Dandashy, budget travel hacks with Russell Hannon and more.

The UltimateTV has limited FREE tickets to the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show. Leave a comment on our Instagram page ( and you could win a FREE pair of tickets to the show! No purchase necessary. Winners will be contacted via e-mail on or before Sunday, January 15th, 2023.  Good Luck!

The UltimateTV Screening Series: PLANE

Kick off The New Year with The UltimateTV Screening Serirs!  Join your host Rachell Montgomery at the Chicago Screenng of PLANE starring Gerard Butler, Mike Colter.

In the white-knuckle action movie PLANE, pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island - only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning. 

When most of the passengers are taken hostage by dangerous rebels, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter), an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI. In order to rescue the passengers, Torrance will need Gaspare’s help, and will learn there’s more to Gaspare than meets the eye.

This advanced screening will take place, Wednesday, January 11th 7:00pm at Regal City North, 2600 N. Western in Chicago. Limited FREE tickets available at Movie Landing ( NOTE: First come, First Serves No seats will be held for this screening


Chicago BLACK Restaurant Week, founded in September 2015 by Lauran Smith (native Memphian, Chi-Town resident) was designed as a way to celebrate food/beverage/dessert businesses in the African American community. 

In honor of Dr. Carter G Woodson - Creator of Negro History Week - Chicago BLACK Restaurant Week has always fallen during the second week in February, which was when Negro History Week was created in 1926. 

CBRW is the only Black Restaurant Week in Chicago, and we are proud to have partnered with large corporations, received multiple recognitions for our service to the community, and all out of the desire to see black businesses flourish and maintain longevity by garnering the support of the community! 

Thank you for your support over the years...we ain't goin' nowhere!  Remember, The Chicago BLACK Restaurant Week will be held February 12-26, 2023.

While everyone should know at this point that rock & roll came from the souls of black folks, it should be recognized that, even after the genre’s birth and initial boom, there have been black voices helping to push it forward. 
For too many music fans, the history of blacks in rock music is only limited to Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Prince. The following artists have helped shape rock and roll. Who's your favorite?

BAD BRAINS, BLACK, CHUCK BERRY, DEATH, FUNKADELIC, GREATEST, JIMI HENDRIX, LENNY KRAVITZ, LITTLE RICHARD, LIVING COLOUR, MUSIC, PRINCE, ROCK, SLASH, Fishbone, Death, Betty Davis, Ben Harper, George Clinton, Mother Thorpe, Prince, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tina Turner, Sly Stone,