To honor the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and observe Black History Month, and as part of its commitment to celebrate the diversity of America all year long, PBS offers documentaries and specials that explore the richness and complexity of the African American experience through on-air content on PBS member stations and online through the PBS Black Culture Connection.
PBS will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and recognize the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination with programs that celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, including the Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro” from INDEPENDENT LENS (Monday, January 15). The film examines the lives and successive assassinations of three of James Baldwin’s close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Other programs airing around Dr. King’s birthday and in honor of Black History Month include AMERICAN MASTERS “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” which explores the life of the playwright and activist who wrote A Raisin in the Sun (Friday, January 19), INDEPENDENT LENS “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” an examination of the role of historically black colleges and universities (Monday, February 19), INDEPENDENT LENS “Winnie,” a profile of the wife of Nelson Mandela (Monday, February 5), and an encore broadcast of AMERICAN MASTERS “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” a biography of the activist, poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Friday, February 16).
Programs airing in commemoration of Dr. King and timed to Black History Month include:
GREAT PERFORMANCES “Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop” - Friday, February 2, 9-10 p.m. ET
AMERICAN CREED - Tuesday, February 27, 9-10 p.m. ET
In April, PBS presents encore broadcasts of Henry Louis Gates’ BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE (April 3-4) AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Roads to Memphis”
(April 4) For additional program information, dates and show times, visit www.pbs.org
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:
Chicago-born Actress featured in “The Chi”
Charles Andrew Gardner
Actor and President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago
Emmy award-winning writer and actor
vocalist and actor currently featured in “Hamilton”
Location manager/ scout
Location manager/ scout
Directors Guild of America
Comic illustrator and former colorist for Marvel Comics
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.
The Creative Cypher Black Panther Screening will be held February 19 at Studio Movie Grill, 210 W. 87th Street. For additional event information, visit
Chicago's First Family of Soul, The Staple Singers is celebrated during Black History Month beginning Thursday, February 22-Wednesday, February 28 at Columbia College, 618 South Michigan Avenue.
The Staple Singers The Civil Rights Movement: A Fashion Window Display. You'll love the exhibition featuring garments selected from Columbia College Chicago’s Fashion Studies Collection, which focuses on clothing styles from the civil rights era, along with materials from the archives of the Center for Black Music Research, which illustrate the vital role the Chicago-based Staple Singers played in the civil rights movement.
The Staple Singers gained fame in the 1950s with their stark country gospel sound. The Chicago based family act consisted of father Roebuck "Pops" Staples, son Pervis and daughters Cleotha and Mavis; daughter Yvonne later joined the group and replaced Pervis when he was drafted into the army.
During the 1960s, the Staple Singers often toured with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., singing at the protest rallies. Freedom songs written by the Staple Singers, including “Freedom's Highway,” “Why Am I Treated So Bad?” and “Step Aside,” are part of the soundtrack of the civil rights movement.
The Millennium Park Campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago. Skate at the iconic McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park, Chicago’s town square and the #1 attraction in the Midwest.
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink will operate under the following hours:
The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park on Michigan Ave. between Washington and Madison Street. Skating is FREE and open to the public, For complete details of events and activities, visit millenniumpark.orgorg
The 90th Academy Awards® hosted Late Night talk show host, comedian Jimmy Kimmel will be held March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California at 5:00 p.m. PST via global live stream on Oscar.com
The 2018 Academy Awards Nominees Include:
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart
For the full list of 2018 Academy Award Nominees, visit www.Oscars.com
Navy Pier invites you to participate in traditional ethnic celebrations from around the world as part of its inaugural series, Global Connections presented by ComEd.
This free, three-part series pays tribute to the world-wide cultural celebrations of Carnivale, Chinese New Year and Holi – all brought to life in the Pier’s historic Aon Grand Ballroom through art, dance, food and music!
International Carnivale Celebration
Saturday, February 10 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom
Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 24 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom
Sunday, March 4 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aon Grand Ballroom
Global Connections is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe.
For more information on this and other special offerings at the Pier, visit www.navypier.org.
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:
Friday, February 9, 2018:
WALL-E (CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER)
Thursday, March 8, 2018:
Demolition Man (R)
Congratulations to Leona Brown, winner of The UltimateTV Reel Science Ticket Giveaway!! WALL-E! Details coming soon on your chance to tickets to this fun-filled family event! For more program information or to purchase tickets, visit
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
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.
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2018 will be held in the South Building at McCormick Place located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8.
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!
Attending Heroes and Villains Cast Members Include:
John Barrowman, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Katie Cassidy, John Segarra, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz
Drew Powell and lots more!
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
Museums for All has facilitated more than 514,000 museum visits for low-income community members since its inception in 2014. There are currently 190 museums participating in this initiative to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly, develop new interests and skills, enrich social connections and build lifelong museum habits.
Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. 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. These admission rates are offered during all normal operating hours.
A wide range of institutions are participating in Museums for All, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 37 states and the District of Columbia. California and Illinois have the most museums active with the effort.
Participating Illinois Museum For All Locations Include:
Navy Pier and Chicago Children’s Museum have teamed up to bring spunky-fresh rhythm and tunes to young children via Stroller Grooves, an eight-week, free live music series offered every Tuesday in February and March from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.
The inaugural series will showcase premier local talent who specialize in music arrangements for younger audiences, ideal for toddlers and young children.
Stroller Grooves is set to debut an exceptional lineup of programs and performances designed with young guests in mind. These eclectic sets will showcase a variety of music stylings and genres that all participants will be able to enjoy.
Stroller Grooves performers include Little Miss Ann—mom, former Chicago Public School teacher and award-winning kids’ musician; Q Brothers, famous for their “add-rap-tions” or remixes of original music spun by a live deejay; among other noteworthy talented acts.
Stroller Grooves: Navy Pier Crystal Gardens
2/27 - Animal Farm
3/6 - Future Hits
3/13 – Q Brothers
3/20 – Little Miss AnnFuture Hits
3/27 – Muntu Dance Theatre
This dynamic series is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and culture programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities and guests across the city and globe. For more information on more free programs at Navy Pier, please visit www.navypier.org
The Randolph Street Market Festival, home of the world famous Chicago Antique Market, is an internationally recognized European-style indoor and outdoor shopping extravaganza in Chicago’s historic West Loop.
The Market, aptly dubbed “the Barneys of vintage” is a huge celebration of fashion, home design, antiques, artwork, music, food and great people watching! Over 125 vendors sell during the months of January-April and October-December. The summer season, May-September, boasts 300+ vendors inside of the Plumbers Hall Union building.
The three floors and the whole attached parking lot is busting at the seams with fabulous vintage and handmade, furniture, art, architectural pieces, indie designer, food, market bars, live bands each day, kids activities and the list goes on. Randolph Street Market is a place you go to find unique items to personalize your home and living space, your style, your tastes and senses.
Don’t miss the following new and exciting elements for
The 15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORY YEAR: 2018 MAY-SEPTEMBER MARKETS:
January 27th + 28th
February 24th + 25th
March 24th + 25th
April 28th + 29th
Saturday: 10am-5pm -Sunday: 10am to 5pm at Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington in Chicago. For more information, visit www.randolphstreetmarket.com
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:
Tuesday, February 13
Chicago Auto Show Food Drive
Wednesday, February 14 - Friday, February 16
Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day
Friday, February 16
Monday, February 19:
For program information, show times and dates, events and discount tickets specials, visit the website: ChicagoAutoShow.com
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’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.
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 Grammy Awards celebrates 60 years of musical artistry and the hits just keep on coming! The 24th Grammy Nominees Album features a collection of top-charting hits from many of this year's illustrious GRAMMY-nominated artists.
The 2018 GRAMMY Nominees album features 21 hits from the world's top recording artists and emerging talent, including Album Of The Year nominees Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, and Bruno Mars; and Song Of The Year nominees Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, and Julia Michaels, among others.
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/
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 offices (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 UltimateTV!!
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)
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
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 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
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: