The City of Chicago kicks off the holiday season at the Millennium Park Campus with the 104th Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting.  The free show will feature performances by cast members of Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, recording artists, Temecula Road and the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir. 

The 2017 City of Chicago Christmas Tree was donated by Darlene Dorfler of Grayslake, Illinois. The 62-foot Norway Spruce was selected out of 71 submissions received by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The Tree will shine in Chicago’s iconic Millennium Park (Washington St. and Michigan Ave.) now thru January 6, 2018.

The Millennium Park Campus is the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago. See the lighting of the city’s sparkling Christmas tree, skate at the iconic McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and join in caroling at Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) or the Do-It-Yourself Messiah at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance—all in Millennium Park, Chicago’s town square and the #1 attraction in the Midwest. 

There’s more skating and family fun just across the BP Bridge at the ice ribbon in Maggie Daley Park. The Wreathing of the Lions has been a tradition at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 25 years; watch as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum steps (where they’re up all season), then head inside for art-making activities. 

And you won’t want to miss the Dance-Along Nutcracker® at the Chicago Cultural Center—with dance lessons and live music for children of all ages and abilities under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.

For complete details on these and other events and activities, visit millenniumpark.org


Take a peek into Swissôtel Chicago’s Santa Suite! Starting on November 30, the 41st floor, 5 room Presidential Suite will be transformed into a stunningly whimsical display, only suitable for a visit from Mr. Clause...and Mr. Clause, of course!

This over-the-top space is decorated in the spirit and magic of the season, complete with twelve Christmas trees, a table set for Santa and his special guests along with snacks and giveaways to spread good cheer.

In the spirit of the holidays, visiting the Santa Suite is FREE for both Swissôtel guests and the public, but is available for private group visits and holiday receptions for up to 100 people.

The Swissôtel Chicago’s Santa Suite will be open starting December 1st through 25th Weekdays 4pm until 8pm and Weekends 11am until 8pm . The kids can visit Santa Saturdays 11am until 4pm


Lola + The Boys—Dec 2nd: 11am until 4pm

Windy City Bebe—Dec 17th: 11am until 4pm


Maggie Daley ParkDec 17th: 10am until 12pm

For additional information and program schedule, visit swissotel.com/chicago-santasuite


Back by popular demand, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the highly anticipated return of the cheeky holiday classic Q Brothers Christmas Carol, from hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers Collective!

After three wildly successful runs to sold-out houses, the raucous and irreverent musical event now takes the stage of the Theater’s innovative third venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare, November 21–December 31, 2017.

This feisty reinterpretation of the perennial holiday 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.

The Q Brothers Christmas Carol is written and performed by the Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax, and Pos) and features an irresistible score and a lot of heart and garnered Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Ensemble. 

For more information or program schedule, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/QChristmas


Celebrate the transformative power of music at The 13th Annual Presentation of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, Saturday, January 13 - Sunday, January 14 at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago.  

This event will take place over Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend and is inspired by Dr. King’s message of “Beloved Community.” Too Hot brings Chicagoans together to witness “a contagiously joyous jazz, gospel, and blues treatment of George Frideric Handel’s famous 18th-century oratorio” (Chicago Reader). 

The show features acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; legendary Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles; a choir of over 100 members led by Bill Fraher, director of concert choirs at Old St. Patrick's Church; a chamber orchestra conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton, the assistant music director at Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, MI; and a world-class jazz band featuring electric bass, electric guitar, string bass, and more. 

For additional information on this event, visit www.auditoriumtheater.org


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!


David Tennant, who starred as the "Tenth Doctor" on the long-running series "Doctor Who," will appear at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans on Friday and Saturday, January 5-6, 2018, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. 

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 Stan Lee (Marvel Chairman Emeritus), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), Ian Somerholder ("The Vampire Diaries," "Lost"), the "Firefly" twosome of Summer Glau ("Arrow") and Sean Maher ("The Playboy Club"), "The Walking Dead" tandem of Lennie James (Snatch) and Austin Amelio (Everybody Wants Some!!) the "Gotham" duo of David Mazouz and Robin Lord Taylor, Henry Winkler ("Happy Days," The Waterboy) and many more! 

Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and 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 Comic Con New Orleans 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/neworleans


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/


Not sure where to take your family and friends during the holiday season?  Why not plan a day at one of Chicago's fine museums!

During the winter months selected museum have FREE admission. Check with each museum for selected dates and times.

Adler Planetarium:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: June 5-9

Art Institute of Chicago:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: Every Thursday from 5pm-8pm

Brookfield Zoo:  

Free general admission for Illinois residents: November 12, 19; December 3, 24

Shedd Aquarium:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: November 6-7, 13-14, 20-21    


Chicago History Museum:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: Every Tuesday from 12:30pm-7:30pm

Chicago Childrens Museum/Navy Pier:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: Every Thursday from 5pm-8pm 

Chicago Botanic Garden:

Admission is free. (No pets allowed, except for service animals.)

Lincoln Park Zoo:

Free admission daily.

Museum of Contemporary Art:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: Every Thursday from 5pm-8pm 

DuSable Museum of African-American Art:

Free general admission for Illinois residents: Every Tuesday


Celebrate The Holidays In Chicago!




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 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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