2017 the Year of Public Art, or YOPA is an opportunity to highlight the rich history of public art in Chicago, the many great artists living and working in the city, and the hundreds of works of art that grace our streets, parks, and plazas.  

YOPA’s 50×50 initiative will place new public art in all 50 wards of the city in honor of the 50 year anniversary of two influential pieces of Chicago public art: the Picasso on Daley Plaza and the “Wall of Respect” which once stood at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue.

Other highlights from 2016 include: the installation of Yoko Ono’s first permanent work of public art in the United States, “Sky Landing” on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island; “Urban Buddha: Be the Flower, Not the Bee” in Grant Park by Tashi Norbu, who was trained in the offices of the Dalai Lama; the lighting of a new project from Luftwerk on the 606; and so much more!

For information on The 2017 Year of Public Arts, go to https://www.cityofchicago.org/


The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will honor Actress, Alfre Woodard with a Career Achievement Award as part of the 21st edition of the Festival’s Black Perspectives Program.

The award will be presented on Saturday, October 21 at AMC River East 21 Theaters.  

The “Tribute to Alfre Woodard” will feature an onstage discussion with the actress, showcasing clips highlighting her decades-spanning career.  From her Oscar-nominated breakout performance in 1983’s Cross Creek to her stunning turn as Mistress Shaw in 12 Years a Slave, Woodard has endowed each of her characters with a complexity and strength that have continued to resonate with audiences. 

The 2017 Black Perspectives Program will present 13 compelling programs, including feature films, documentaries, short films, a film industry panel and a master class with Oscar-nominated director Sam Pollard.  

Featured films and events included in the 2017 Black Perspectives Program include:

Black Cop -- Dir. Cory Bowles, Canada

Can’t Turn Back: Edith + Eddie and ‘63 Boycott

Chateau (La Vie de Château) -- Dirs. Modi Barry and Cédric Ido, France

Félicité -- Dir. Alain Gomis, France/Belgium/Senegal

For Ahkeem -- Dirs. Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, U.S.

Mudbound -- Dir. Dee Rees, U.S.

The Rape of Recy Taylor -- Dir. Nancy Buirski. U.S.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me -- Dir. Sam Pollard, U.S.

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart -- Dir. Tracy Heather Strain, U.S.

The Work -- Dirs. Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous, U.S.

Shorts 7 – Another Country: Black Perspectives

Industry Days Panel:
The Moonlight Effect: The Expanding of Black Cinema – Or Not? 
 Friday, October 20, 4 – 5 p.m.

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will be held October 12-26. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com


Midnight Circus in the Parks returns to Chicago neighborhood parks, August 26th- October 15th with an all New Show! New Acts!

Midnight Circus’s belief in live performance and its power to engage & inspire, entertain & educate, embolden & empower the audience, the community, and the world is on full display when the little tent goes up, the music flows out and the acrobats take the ring.

Midnight Circus In The Parks, creating community, raising funds and rebuilding parks…one circus at a time!  


Gately Park - August 26-27

Hamilton Park - September 2-3


McKinley Park - September 9-10 

Wicker Park - September 15-17

Lake Shore Park - September 23-24


Kosciuszko Park - September 30-October 1

Oriole Park - October 7-8

Welles Park - October 13-15


The REEL Science Film Series returns to Adler Planetarium, Friday, October 6 -Thursday March 8, 2018.  Back for a third season, the popular series combines cinematic favorites with science conversations about the film—providing a unique opportunity to decipher fact versus Hollywood’s creative liberties. 

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. 

Scheduled Films for 2017 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: 


Thursday, March 8, 2018: 

Demolition Man (R)

For additional information on Adler Planetarium's REEL Film Series or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/whats-here/reel-science/


Chicago Ideas Week is a seven-day festival beginning October 16-22 featuring over 200 global thought leaders and innovators speaking on a variety of topics ranging from leadership and life’s lessons, to science and technology, to the most pressing issues of the day and the most creative insights in entertainment. 

We offer more than 150 engaging programs each Chicago Ideas Week to stimulate, inspire and enlighten participants while providing the opportunity for attendees to think, dream and connect. 

Over the last five years, Chicago Ideas Week has showcased a diverse lineup featuring some of the most important minds of our time. Past speakers include President Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, Lupe Fiasco, Deepak Chopra, Reverend Al Sharpton, George Lucas, Hillary Clinton, Sean Combs, Donna Karan and many, many more.

In addition to 90-minute Talks and hour-long Conversations, we partner with the best people and places in Chicago to offer hands-on Labs where attendees can learn anything from baking the perfect pie to creating actual graffiti art. For more information, visit: 



Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic!   

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! 

In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Your family will love Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at The Rosemont Theater, Friday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.disneylive.com


Explore your own personal style, renew your soul and uncover your passions at CHICAGO'S ULTIMATE WOMEN'S EXPO, October 21-22 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.  

Relax and rejuvenate, explore a new interest, purchase a great find, connect with inspiring speakers re-ignite your inner you.  

Chicago Keynote Speakers Include: 

Actress Valerie Bertinelli, Kenya Moore from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta", EXTRA Television Host, Mario Lopez, Rap Legend MC LYTE, Celebrity Financial Coach, Dr. Lynn Richardson and The Real Talk Show Co-Host, Comedian Loni Love!

Hundreds of Shopping Pavilions, perfect for unique holiday gift Ideas for every member of your family - and that all important "You".  Indulge yourself with the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and travel. Spend a relaxing day being pampered with spa treatments, massages and retail therapy. 

The Ultimate Chicago Women’s Expo will be held at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Saturday, October 21 from 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00am-5:00pm in Rosemont, Illinois. For programming and ticket information, visit www.chicagowomensexpo.com


2017 HALLOWEEN IN THE PARKS SERIES has a ton of events every gouls and guys will love this year.   From kid-friendly events like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to haunted indoor movies and haunted houses, along with fall festivals and the annual Pumpkins 5K Run & Kids Spooky Sprint, there is something for everyone in the parks.


Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island: 

10/6   The Birds

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island: 

Friday, 10/13  Hocus Pocus

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island: 

Friday, 10/13  Friday the 13th

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island: 

Friday, 10/20  The Shining   

Haunted Indoor Movie at Margate:       

Thursday, 10/26  Beauty and The Beast

Haunted Indoor Movie at Margate:       

Friday, 10/27  Monster’s Inc. 

Campfire Horrors at Northerly Island:  

Friday, 10/27  Nosferatu

For more information, visit htttp://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/halloween/


The Chicago Cultural Center is the place to be for Halloween fun at Happy Hauntings this October!  New this year, Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade. 

This family-friendly spectacle will begin as dusk arrives and will include live music, unique floats, fanciful giant puppets and more. Join us for an evening of entertainment in one of the most important cultural districts in the nation!

The City of Chicagos annual Halloween celebration will move from Daley Plaza to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) for four days of ghost tours, arts and crafts, costume contests, Midnight Circus performances, movies and much more.

Prepare yourself to be amazed! The “spooktacular” acrobats of Chicago’s one and only Midnight Circus are up to their haunted hijinks for the 17th straight year in a new venue! Come watch the heart-stopping feats of otherworldly acrobatics and wickedly wonderful theatrics against the backdrop of the gorgeously-ghostly Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South.

Kids won’t want to miss The Annual Monster Bash. Highlights includes Midnight Circus performances, trick-or-treating (while supplies last), a dance party and of course the Monster Bash Costume Contest in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North.

For more information, visit chicagoculturalcenter.org 


Arts in the Dark unites the city’s diverse creative community in a magical nighttime parade.  

The event starts Saturday, Oct. 21 on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe Streets.  This family-friendly spectacle will begin as dusk arrives and will include live music, unique floats, fanciful giant puppets and more. 


Schedule of Events:  4-5:45pm - Pre-Parade Activities

The Chicago Blackhawks will host a pre-parade celebration - feature the Blackhawks street team, music and a Blackhawks inspired mural featuring Halloween elements to commemorate the artist’s holiday in conjunction with hockey. The mural will be displayed for party-goers to take photos with and post to social media for the chance to win Blackhawks prizes. Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park


6-8pm - Parade

Arts in the Dark - Halloween Parade of Artists draws together Chicago’s vast creative community, from world-renowned cultural institutions to aspiring artists in every field. On Columbus Dr. moving north from Balbo Ave. to Monroe St.


Post-Parade Activities:  7:30-9pm

House Music Dance Party with DJ Roy Davis Jr and the Fivestarboogie Dancers at Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean"), Millennium Park


8-10pm   Family-Friendly Halloween Movie and Candy Giveaway 

For additional information on Arts in the Dark, visit https://cityofchicago.org


Navy Pier has all the fun and fright your friends and family are looking for this year!

The festivities kick off with Fright Flicks, a special Halloween-themed film series. 

On Saturday, October 21, guests are invited to catch free viewings of "Monster’s, Inc." at 3 p.m. and "Ghostbusters" (2016) at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park.  Then on Saturday, October 28 see "Monster House" at 3 p.m. and "Beetlejuice" at 5:30 p.m.

A limited amount of Halloween goody bags will be distributed to moviegoers on a first-come, first-served basis, while supply lasts. Guests may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the free, family-friendly movie events.

After the movie on October 28, catch a special Halloween Fireworks Show presented by Miller Lite at 9:30 p.m.

Navy Pier is also set to host a string of music performances leading up to Halloween as part of Sequence Ch!cago, a free dynamic performance series that celebrates local artists, musicians and cultural organizations.  On October 21, guests can enjoy the sounds of Bomba Con Buya, ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, and Ida y Vuelta from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Food Experience, located between Lalo’s and Brown Sugar Bakery. Several local artisans, such as Mosaico Arte Chicago, oOrn, Ivan Vasquez, and Susan Volk will also be on hand to enhance the cultural experience.

On October 28, the Pier will present "Sounds from Beyond: The Undead Strings," a Halloween-themed performance by Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago. Outfitted in zombie costumes, the group will take the Lake Stage at 4:30 p.m. to offer guests a chilling performance in between the Fright Flicks films.  All Sequence Ch!cago music programs are free and open to the public.

Due to current construction in the Family Pavilion, Navy Pier will not host its annual Halloween costume contest or Pier-wide trick-or-treating this year. However, there are still plenty of haunted happenings for guests of all ages to enjoy, from Navy Pier’s new Halloween programming to the many activities and specials offered at select establishments across the Pier. For more information or a full listing of the haunted happenings at Navy Pier, visit navypier.com/halloween.


Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Il.  Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. 

Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. 

Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. 

High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Believing is just the beginning when Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big at The Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Sept. 28-Oct. 1st.


Riot Fest 2017 will be held September 15-17 in Douglas Park. Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival specializing in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. 

Carnival Rides, amazing food vendors, sideshow performers, and more add to the atmosphere of this independent music fest.

Bands scheduled to perform at this years RIOT FEST include:


Nine Inch Nails, New Order, A Day To Remember, Dirty Heads, Vic Mensa, Ministry, Death From Above, Action Bronson, X, Mayday Parade (Performing A Lesson In Romantics), The Cribs, LIARS Buzzcocks, The Story So Far, State Champs, Four Year Strong, INVSN, Chon, The Hotelier, Saul Williams, Nothing More, Radar State, Tobacco, Seaway, Like Pacific, Sleep On It, Grayscale, Skating Polly, Warm Brew, HDBeenDope, and featuring Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue


Queens of the Stone Age, Wu-Tang Clan (Performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)), Mike D (DJ Set), At The Drive In, Danzig (Performing Danzig III), Gogol Bordello, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Fidlar, Bad Brains, Peaches, The Lawrence Arms (Performing Oh, Calcutta!), Bayside (Performing The Walking Wounded), Dead Cross, Streetlight Manifesto, GBH, Shabazz Palaces, Fishbone, (Performing Truth & Soul), Knuckle Puck, Black Pistol Fire, Slaves (UK), RVIVR, Lucky Chops, The Smith Street Band, Potty Mouth, The Regrettes, Cold Beat, Gin Rummy, La Armada, Turnspit
and featuring Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue


Jawbreaker, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., TV on the Radio, Dinosaur Jr. (Performing Youre Living All Over Me), Pennywise, Built to Spill (Performing Keep It Like A Secret), The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Performing Lets Face It), The Orwells, Best Coast, Capn Jazz, Minus The Bear, Say Anything, The Menzingers, GWAR, Real Friends, Hot Water Music, Andrew W.K., Beach Slang, that dog. (Performing Retreat From the Sun), Mad Caddies, The Flatliners, Dessa, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Engine 88, Versus, Downtown Boys, Culture Abuse, Kitten Forever, Upset, and featuring HellzapoppinCircus Sideshow Revue

For additional programming information or purchase tickets, visit http://riotfest.org/


The Nights in The Parks: Shakespeare in the Parks series begins its annual citywide tour to 18 neighborhood parks Wednesday, July 26th and runs thru Sunday, August 27th!  

The Shakespeare in the Parks tour of the classic love story "Romeo and Juliet" is adapted and directed by Marti Lyons.  This 75-minute abridged production, brings the most tragic, beautiful love story in Shakespeare's canon to life.

Shakespeare in the Parks kicks off as one of the inaugural events of the new performance lawns at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier with three performances: 

July 26-28, 7:00pm
Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier
July 30, 4:00pm
Ellis Park

August 02, 6:30pm
Gage Park
August 03, 6:30pm
Kelvyn Park
August 04, 6:30pm
Eckhart Park
August 05-6, 6:30pm
Welles Park
August 08 at 6:30pm
Columbus Park
August 09, 6:30pm
Tuley Park
August 10-11 at 6:30pm
 Humboldt Park

August 12-13, 6:30pm
Frank J. Wilson Park
August 16 at 6:30pm 
Garfield Park
August 17, 6:30pm
Dvorak Park
August 18-19 at 6:30pm
Ridge Park
August 20, 4pm 
Steelworkers Park (E. 87th St. @Lake Michigan)

August 23, 6:30pm
Hamilton Park
August 24 at 6:30pm
Piotrowski Park
August 25-26 at 6:30pm
Loyola Park
August 27 at 4:00pm
Ping Tom Memorial Park

The Nights Out in The Parks- Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet performances are FREE to the public in neighborhood parks around Chicago!  For program information, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/parks


Wizard World Chicago makes its 20th trip to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center beginning this Thursday, August 24-Sunday, August 27 in Rosemont, Illinois.

To celebrate, Wizard World is bringing Doctor Who fan favorite, The 10th Doctor, Actor David Tennant ("Jessica Jones", "Ducktales", "Broadchurch").

Joining David during his first appearance in The Windy City will be Catherine Tate (The Office), Alex Kingston (“E.R."), Jenna Coleman (Masterpiece: Victoria) and John Barrowman (“Arrow").

Also scheduled to appear at the largest pop culture comic con include: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War tandem, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Henstridge (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), John Cusack (Say Anything…), Legendary Rock N' Roll Icon, Kiss frontman, Gene Simmons, the “Stranger Things” tandem of Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” team of Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon, and many many more!


Wizard World announced Friday morning that actor David Tennant will no longer make a Chicago appearance due to a family emergency. 

"A member of David Tennant's family has been struck with an illness, which has forced cancellation of his plans for this weekend. We're sending all the best to David and his family as they work through this time," Wizard World said in a Twitter post.

Tennant is known for his roles in "Doctor Who," Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and recent ABC (Disney XD) reboot "DuckTales." The actor went to social media Friday to share his apologies to fans this weekend saying, "I am absolutely gutted that I'm not gonna be with you this weekend. I am so disappointed, I was so looking forward to coming to Chicago and meeting you lovely people. I'm so so sorry."

Wizard Word will be offering refunds for all VIP gusts (dual and single) along with single and dual/group photo ops and autographs. VIPs will still get their swag bag get into the show this year.  In addition, Wizard World is giving those who had been given a refund to see Tennant will be given free weekend admission to Chicago 2018 (August 23-26) as well as any and every 2017 show that they want to attend.

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




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