The new Centennial Wheel opened to the public May 27th, serving as the kick-off to the Pier’s 100th year celebration and marking the completion of the first phase of the Pier’s redevelopment.
The nearly 200-foot wheel will be 50 feet taller than its predecessor, accommodate up to 180 more passengers per ride, and will feature temperature controlled gondolas that enable it to be operational 365 days year and provide the latest in amusement technology.
Nightly, guests will experience the magic of the Ferris wheel as it lights up Chicago’s skyline.
Show times will vary and will be coordinated with Navy Pier’s Aon Summer Fireworks on Wednesdays at 9:30pm and 10:15pm, Saturdays evenings and other fireworks shows that are held, including on July 15th to commemorate the Pier’s 100th birthday.
Navy Pier will offer free rides on June 14 and 28 and August 9 and 23, 10 a.m. to noon, as well as special seasonal discounted rates for Illinois residents between November 1 and March 31.
Visit the Navy Pier website at www.navypier.com for weekly event schedule.
The 16th Annual Movies in the Parks series features more than 250 outdoor screenings of current and classic movies in parks across the city. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting.
The following movies featured in the 2016 Movies in The Parks series include:
Tuesday, June 21: Ferris Bueller's Day Off So bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a Movie in The Parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. For park locations and dates, visit the Chicago Park District website.
Tuesday, June 28: Soul Food
Tuesday, July 5: A League of Their Own
Tuesday, July 12: Thelma & Louise
Tuesday, July 19: Moonstruck & Silence of the Lambs
(Full Moon Double Feature)
Tuesday, July 26: Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, August 2: West Side Story
Tuesday, August 9: Grease
Tuesday, August 16: Finding Nemo
Tuesday, August 23: PURPLE RAIN Starring Prince!
Tuesday, August 30: (Audience Choice)Favorite Chicago Film
So bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a Movie in The Parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. For park locations and dates, visit the Chicago Park District website.
Beginning, Thursday, August 5 through Thursday, September 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, celebrating the best in contemporary independent filmmaking exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.
The big 22 calls for a double-whammy opening, and we’ve got ‘em for you! Join Master of Ceremonies, LeeAnn Trotter of NBC 5 Chicago, Friday, August 5, for the opening night celebration, a homecoming event honoring Black Harvest filmmakers past and present . This event will be immediately followed by a celebratory 9:30 pm screening of PURPLE RAIN starring Prince!
On September 1, our closing night lineup features Directors Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg with their provocative documentary AGENTS OF CHANGE, on the transformative effects of black student activism in the Sixties and Seventies. For screening and ticket information, go to the website at http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest
Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 43 different live bands and get into step with dance lessons beforehand.
Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music...All FREE!
The Chicago SummerDance Series will be held every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan. Admission is FREE! Below is the ChicagoDance schedule. The band/DJ is listed first with the dance studio/instructor(s) listed underneath:
Friday, July 15, 2016 - Baskeda and West African Dance
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Baskeda)
Idy Ciss (Traditional West African Dances)
Saturday, July 16 2016 - Mambo and Cha-Cha
Angel Melendez and The 911 Mambo Orchestra (Big Band Mambo)
Mixed Motion Art (Mambo, Cha-Cha)
Sunday, July 17, 2016 – Zydeco
Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys (Zydeco)
Buddy Bates and Monica Vachlon (Zydeco)
Friday, July 22, 2016 - Swing
DJ Mellow Khris (Steppin')
Majestic Gents (Steppin')
Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Swing
Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds ('30s and '40s Swing)
Big City Swing (East Coast Swing)
Sunday, July 24, 2016 – Bollywood
DJ Krush (Bollywood)
Bollywood Groove (Bollywood)
Friday, August 5: HouseWired Fridays - Mickey Oliver
Saturday, August 6: Swing
Sons of Susan (Jazz, Blues, Swing, Western Swing and Hokum)
Dance Center Chicago (East Coast Swing)
Sunday, August 7, 2015 - Ballroom and Big Band
Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra (Ballroom and Big Band)
Kasper Dance Studio (Fox-Trot)
Friday, August 12, 2016 – Salsa
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Soukous and Rumba, Cuban Son and Salsa) Arthur Murray Dance Center (Salsa)
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - Steppin'
DJ Calvin (Steppin')
Dawud and Lura Shareef (Steppin')
Sunday, August 14, 2016 – Country
The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country) Jeffrey Cannon and Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz)
Friday, August 19, 2016 - Tamburitza Music and Dance
KGB Band (Tamburitza Music)
Ethnic Dance Chicago (Southern and Central European Folk Dances)
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - A Purple Party: Tribute to Prince (6-9pm)
Sunday, August 21, 2016 - Tango and Milonga
Maldito Tango Duo (Argentine Tango)
Tango 21 (Argentine Tango)
Friday, August 26, 2016 – Salsa
Nabori with Yoko (Salsa) Latin Rhythms - Academy of Dance and Performance (Salsa)
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - Mexican Son
Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Regional Mexican Folk Dance Music)
Lorena Iniguez (Veracruz Folk Dancing and Mexican Polkas)
Sunday, August 28, 2016 – Ballroom
Teddy Lee Orchestra (Ballroom)
Fred Astaire Dance Studio - West Loop (Waltz, Rumba)
Wizard World Comic Con returns to The Windy City, Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
The wildly popular annual convention brings together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.
There'll be a truck load of celebritiy guests attending Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2016 including: Star Wars fan favorite, Carrie Fisher, Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future); David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) and Norman Reedus from “The Walking Dead”.
Celebrities also attending Wizard World Chicago Comic Con include John Barrowman from Arrow/Torchwood/Doctor Who) Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson Elodie Yung and Elden Henson from Daredevil", WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Seth Rollins™, Dean Ambrose™, Sasha Banks™, The Bella Twins™ and Becky Lynch™ !
ATTENTION: Horror fans across the Midwest will again be treated to the best in genre film as Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival returns to Chicago! The 4-Day film festival will once again be held in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago, August 18-21, all under the guidance of the inimitable, one-of-a-kind host, Bruce Campbell!
The 3rd annual festivities will feature dozens of films including the U.S. and World Premieres of both features and shorts, special anniversary screenings, 35mm repertory screenings, and a variety of special guests. "You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” said Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
The fest will open with the critically acclaimed nail-biter Don’t Breathe and close with the chilling Siren. Among many other events and screenings, the festival will feature Bruce Campbell’s Last Fan Standing game show, and actress Barbara Crampton as the “Guest of Honor,” who will host a 30th anniversary screening of From Beyond along with her new film, Beyond the Gates.
Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, The Midwest’s Largest Pop Culture Convention will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21. For tickets and programming information, visit the website at http://wizardworld.com
This Spring, PBS brings the brilliant detective thriller, LUTHER to Chicago! Luther, starring Golden Globe winner, Idris Elba (The Wire) is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop.
Credit: Courtesy of Kerry Brown/ © BBC 2010
For Luther, his profession is a vocation rather than a job. He serves his own idea of a moral order as much as rules and codes of criminal law. Throughout the series we see Luther face a succession of psychological duels between hunter and hunted, predator and prey.
We encounter his capacity for violence as well as his kindness; his sudden vulnerability and dizzying, visionary mind; why his wife left him for another man, and why has colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe.
However as the intensity of his convictions combine with the violence of his passions, they provoke the question of whether Luther is a force for good or a man hell bent on self-destruction.
Luther's confidante is his arch-enemy Alice, a beautiful multiple-murderess who evades his grasp early on, and with whom he becomes As the stakes get ever higher and more personal, Luther's lonely path pulls him towards the very edge of temptation. Will his personal demons prove to be as dangerous as any of the criminals he pursue?
Don't miss the exciting detective series, LUTHER, on the following dates/times:
Luther must confront his demons when a killer embarks on a crusade to punish past offenders.
Sat, Jul 23 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD
Sun, Jul 24 at 10:00 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, Jul 25 at 3:33 am on WTTW Prime
Mon, Jul 25 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD
Accused of crimes he didn't commit, Luther must work quickly to clear his name and stop a killer.
Sat, Jul 30 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD
Sun, Jul 31 at 10:00 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, Aug 1 at 3:30 am on WTTW Prime
Mon, Aug 1 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD
DCI John Luther returns to work and investigates the murder of the parents of a child genius.
Sat, Aug 6 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD
Sun, Aug 7 at 10:00 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, Aug 8 at 3:00 am on WTTW Prime
Luther must out maneuver a trained sniper on a mission to kill police officers.
Sat, Aug 6 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD
Sun, Aug 7 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, Aug 8 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD
When a young mother is abducted, Luther suspects a collector and writer of the occult is at fault.
Sat, Aug 13 at 10:00 pm on WTTW HD
Sun, Aug 14 at 10:00 pm on WTTW Prime
Mon, Aug 15 at 3:30 am on WTTW Prime
Mon, Aug 15 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD
It's Summertime in The Windy City and visitors from around the world flock to Chicago's Grant Park for the world's largest food festival, The Taste of Chicago!
The Taste of Chicago brings out "The Foodie" in everyone! 2016 marks the 36th year of "The Taste" and 69 eateries will be participating in the annual "Food Fanaza" in addition to 20 new vendors and 11 new pop-up participants!
photos courtesy of Illinois Office of Tourism
There'll be a wonderful variety of culinary talent will be attending "The Taste" including Chef Kevin Hickey, Chef Patrick Sheerin, Chef Chris Macchia, Chef Abraham Conlon and FOX-TV's Masterchef Jr. Celebrity Judge, Chef Graham Elliot and Chicago's very own, Season 4 Masterchef Champion, Addison!
Musical performers set to appear in The Taste of Chicago's Petrillo Music Concert Series include Grammy Award Winners, The Roots and Chicago artists, Chance The Rapper and Donnie Trumpet, Wednesday, July 6 and The multi-talented South Africa quartet, The Kongos and Elle King perform Thursday, July 7. On Friday, July 8, it's The Decemberists and Shakey Graves, Billy Idol and Sons of Silent Age rock "The Cradle of Love" Saturday, July 9 and finally on Sunday, July 10! The Legendary Isley Brothers featuring Ronald "Mr. Biggs", Ernie Isley and Prince protege', Sheila E. bring down the house!
Don't miss The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago, the nation's premier outdoor food fest, July 6-10! We'll see you there!
Legendary Superstar Performer, Prince Roger Nelson died early Friday, April 21st at age 57 at his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis.
According to a press release sent from the Carver County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrived at Paisley Park at 9:43 a.m. and found Prince unresponsive in the elevator. After CPR attempts were unsuccessful, Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, and Carver County with assistance from Hennepin County Sheriffs and the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office are investigating.
Billboard Magazine recently said of The Artist, "Prince's legacy as a musician, a singer, a style icon and an endlessly creative mind is nearly unparalleled, and his influence stretches from pop to R&B to funk to hip-hop and everywhere in between. Purple Rain was the first of four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200; an additional 12 LPs peaked in the top 10 in four different decades.
The first single from his self-titled LP, "I Wanna Be Your Lover," topped the Billboard R&B chart and he would go on to land 19 top 10 hits on the Hot 100, including No. 1s "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss," "Batdance" and "Cream."
Prince is survived by his sister Tyka Nelson, half brothers, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker, five step-brothers and sisters, a host of loved ones and friends and fans worldwide.
While the official cause of death has yet to be determined, let us all celebrate the life of a phenomenal talent and spirit of that was Prince Roger Nelson.
IT IS RETURNING! That's right, the wildly popular zombie and horror themed fan fest, Walker Stalker Con will be held for the third year in Chicago on Memorial Day Weekend!
You and your favorite Zombie loving friends can meet the cast members from AMC's hit television series, The Walking Dead, Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois! Celebrities scheduled to appear include: Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Emily Kinney, Alana Masterson, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serrotos, Seth Gilliam, Chad L. Coleman, Ross Marquand, Iron E. Singleton. Other cast members scheduled include Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Austin Nichols, Alexandra Breckenridge, Andrew J. West, Tyler James Williams, Austin Amelio, Daniel Bonjour, Michael Traynor, Katelyn Nacon, Austin Abrams, Cory Brill, Alicia Witt, Kyla Kenedy, Kenric Green, Jason Douglas, Melissa Hutchinson and Author of The Walking Dead, Jay Bonansinga! In addition, meet the cast of Dead 7 Joey Fatone, Nick Carter and AJ McLean from The Backstreet Boys, Actor Robin Lord Taylor from the hit TVshow Gotham, and stars from Fear The Walking Dead, Face Off, Breaking Bad, andy many many more! Walker Stalker is a convention created for fans, by fans. The goal is to have each guest walk away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and that they’ve become part of a greater community of zombie lovers. The Ultimate-TV would like to send you and a friend to Walker Stalker con, Saturday, May 28th or Sunday, May 29th at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Complete the contest registration form today at https//utvwalkerstalker2.eventbrite.com
Celebrities scheduled to appear include: Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Emily Kinney, Alana Masterson, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serrotos, Seth Gilliam, Chad L. Coleman, Ross Marquand, Iron E. Singleton.
Other cast members scheduled include Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Austin Nichols, Alexandra Breckenridge, Andrew J. West, Tyler James Williams, Austin Amelio, Daniel Bonjour, Michael Traynor, Katelyn Nacon, Austin Abrams, Cory Brill, Alicia Witt, Kyla Kenedy, Kenric Green, Jason Douglas, Melissa Hutchinson and Author of The Walking Dead, Jay Bonansinga! In addition, meet the cast of Dead 7 Joey Fatone, Nick Carter and AJ McLean from The Backstreet Boys, Actor Robin Lord Taylor from the hit TVshow Gotham, and stars from Fear The Walking Dead, Face Off, Breaking Bad, andy many many more! Walker Stalker is a convention created for fans, by fans. The goal is to have each guest walk away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and that they’ve become part of a greater community of zombie lovers. The Ultimate-TV would like to send you and a friend to Walker Stalker con, Saturday, May 28th or Sunday, May 29th at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Complete the contest registration form today at https//utvwalkerstalker2.eventbrite.com
In addition, meet the cast of Dead 7 Joey Fatone, Nick Carter and AJ McLean from The Backstreet Boys, Actor Robin Lord Taylor from the hit TVshow Gotham, and stars from Fear The Walking Dead, Face Off, Breaking Bad, andy many many more! Walker Stalker is a convention created for fans, by fans. The goal is to have each guest walk away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and that they’ve become part of a greater community of zombie lovers. The Ultimate-TV would like to send you and a friend to Walker Stalker con, Saturday, May 28th or Sunday, May 29th at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Complete the contest registration form today at https//utvwalkerstalker2.eventbrite.com
As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brings together the city’s resident world-class institutions across disciplines, and welcomes leading artists from around the globe to celebrate, interpret and reimagine Shakespeare’s work.
Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this yearlong international arts festival will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors in events spanning theater, opera, music, dance, cuisine, exhibitions, workshops and discussion series.
In addition to Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Shakespeare-inspired presentations at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Supernatural Shakespeare exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago—Joffrey Ballet has announced Romeo and Juliet as part of its fall season. Yo-Yo Ma joins musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes.
In addition to Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Shakespeare-inspired presentations at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Supernatural Shakespeare exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago—Joffrey Ballet has announced Romeo and Juliet as part of its fall season.
Yo-Yo Ma joins musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform A Distant Mirror, exploring the musical worlds inspired by Shakespeare and Cervantes.
Since its world premiere as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare’s Globe, the production has captivated audiences around the world, and garnering tremendous acclaim and multiple honors—including Edinburgh’s Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best New Musical Theatre Show and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.
Anticipated to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive celebration of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy, Shakespeare 400 Chicago is making “no small plans.”The full line-up of Shakespeare 400 Chicago productions, events and programs can be found at www.shakespeare400chicago.com.
In the continued spirit of raising money to help lift children out of poverty, NBC is once again set to celebrate Red Nose Day with a two-hour television event, Thursday, May 26, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET.
Top comedy and musical performances from A-list celebrities and artists around the world will once again raise money to help lift children out of poverty. Celebrities participating in Red Nose Day 2016 include: Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Devine, Seth Rogen, Kristen Bell, Zac Efron, Emma Watson, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Key & Peele, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and many more.
Money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Charities benefitting from Red Nose Day 2016 include: The Global Fund; Feeding America; Children's Health Fund; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; The Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Save the Children and others.
Red Nose Day which originated in The U.K, has been enormously popular event for the past 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe.
With superstar presenters and comedians, original sketch comedy, hilarious film parodies, one-off sitcom reunions and amazing musical performances, Red Nose Day has been one of the BBC's highest-rated shows and helped raised more than $1 billion in donations so far for organizations addressing poverty!
Don't miss The 2nd Annual Red Nose Day Special ,Thursday, May 26th!
photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
As we bid a fond farewell to the hugely successful British television series, Downton Abbey, Chicago celebrates the sixth and final season of the beloved period drama at the delightful new exhibit Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, now thru May 29th at The Driehaus Museum, Chicago’s own American Palace!
©Carnival Films /Masterpiece. Costume courtesy of Cosprop.
The exhibit features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television award-winning series Downton Abbey and offers an immersive new perspective on the show’s most memorable characters, both upstairs and down, while chronicling the great changes taking place in Britain during the tumultuous early 20th century. We then follow them through events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and a new way of life.
The costumes are presented in an immersive context, surrounded by the lavish interiors of the Driehaus Museum—once the drawing rooms, living rooms, libraries, and bedrooms of the affluent Nickerson and Fisher families of Chicago. Downton Abbey introduces us to the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who inhabit the fictional country estate of Downton Abbey in 1912, just after the sinking of Titanic. We then follow them through events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and a new way of life. We then follow them through events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and a new way of life.
Downton Abbey introduces us to the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who inhabit the fictional country estate of Downton Abbey in 1912, just after the sinking of Titanic. We then follow them through events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and a new way of life. We then follow them through events that uprooted British society on the eve of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Jazz Age, and a new way of life.
Lord and Lady Grantham; their daughters Mary, Edith, and Sibyl; the retinue of servants in their employ; and suitors, relatives, and neighbors represent the full spectrum of life during this period as they struggle to adapt to a rapidly transforming world. Much of their time and attention are taken up with their wardrobe, and their clothing reflects the changing times.
From country tweeds to footmen’s livery, lavish evening attire, and daring Bohemian fashions, the fashions of Downton Abbey illuminate a world torn between tradition and progress.
Due to the overwhelming response and popularity of the exhibition, which has attracted guests beyond fans of the show Downton Abbey®, the Driehaus Museum is pleased to be able to extend Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times thru May 29th, Memorial Day weekend. For more information, visit the website at DriehausMuseum.org
2016 Marks The 30th Anniversary of
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF!
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, Paramount Pictures and your friends at The Ultimate-TV would like to send you and a friend to the 30th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING OF FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF!
This special nationwide cinematic presentation will be held Wednesday, May 18th and hosted by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. The 1986 cult classic also includes special interviews with the cast and John Hughes about casting Matthew Broderick in the iconic role of Ferris Bueller.
plus, qualify to win FANTASTIC Ferris Bueller Prizes, courtesy of our friends at VARSITY STOP OUTFITTERS in Navy Pier!
Good luck from your friends at Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, Paramount Pictures, Varsity Stop Outfitters, and The Ultimate-TV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!
To celebrate the legendary John Hughes Film, Chicago will host FERRIS FEST, a two-day salute, Friday, May 20th - Sunday, May 22nd in various citywide locations!
Noted Chicago film critic Richard Roeper will host a special screening of FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF at The John and Nancy Hughes Theater located in Lake Forest, Illinois with stars from the film for a special 30th anniversary Q&A, Saturday, May 21st.
Special celebrity guests scheduled to attend include: Actress Edie McClurg (Grace), Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward (Katie and Tom Bueller), Jonathan Schmock(Maitre’d of Chez Quis), and Larry "Flash" Jenkins as the Garage Attendant.
Additional events planned to celebrate Ferris Bueller's 30th Anniversary include "The Shermer High School 1986 Spring Dance”, Friday, May 20th from 6-10pm at the Athletico Center, right in the center of FERRIS BUELLER writer/director John Hughes’ hometown!
Your host for the evening will be legendary KROC and Sirius Radio XM DJ Richard Blade, who’ll be spinning all 80’s tunes including those heard on the soundtrack of FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF and many other John Hughes 80’s teen movies. Richard will also be throwing some fun contests out to the crowd with prizes!
Artist/designers Sarah Keenlyside and Joe Clement's incredibly precise re-creation of Ferris Bueller’s room will be on display beginning May 20th at The Virgin Hotel in Chicago for all attendees to step inside for an immersive 360-degree experience!
photos courtesy of Sarah Keenlyside
Visit locations seen in the movie including Sears Tower, The Art Museum of Chicago, The Home of The Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field. Plus, you and your friends can participate in the LIVE re-creation of the film's 'Twist and Shout' parade sequence, with many surprises!
For more information on Ferris Fest, go to http://www.ferrisfest.com/
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to present The 2nd Annual Lake FX Summit + Expo, the largest FREE convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs, Friday, May 13– Sunday, May 15 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
This year’s Lake FX is themed “I’m in!” and asks attendees to immerse themselves in conversations, demonstrations and networking opportunities.
More than 100 talks, panels and workshops – on topics ranging from marketing and engagement strategies to legal, financial and space issues – will be presented by industry experts for those working in the culinary, fashion, film and media, music, performing arts, technology and design and visual arts fields, with select programs identified for emerging artists and creatives.
Following 2015’s inaugural event, which drew 10,000 attendees, this year’s event will feature nationally-renowned speakers, including:
Charles Adler (tech entrepreneur/designer); Nick Cave (sculptor/dancer/performance artist); Graham Elliot (chef/restaurateur/television personality); Rodney Jerkins (producer/composer /musician); Ramsey Lewis (composer/pianist/radio personality); Maria Pinto (fashion designer/artist/entrepreneur); Tanya Saracho (playwright/television writer); Regina Taylor (television and film actress/playwright)—and many others.
“The Lake FX Summit + Expo will offer resources and networking for creatives across the region as well as provide a platform to showcase those living and working here,” said DCASE Commissioner Michelle T. Boone. “Chicago’s creative community is one of this city’s greatest assets. We are always looking for new opportunities to support their efforts and industries – and to leverage their expertise.”
The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) will be the Lake FX hub, with additional events taking place at the nearby Gene Siskel Film Center and the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
This April, the NFL welcomes the newest members to the NFL family when the NFL Draft returns to Chicago from Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30.
Several components of the Draft will be housed in the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University while a three-day football festival for fans of all ages, Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero, will expand outside to Grant Park and Congress Plaza for a 900,000 square foot celebration of the Draft.
No tickets are required for Draft Town; however, a limited number of tickets will be available to fans to go inside both the Auditorium Theatre and Selection Square Driven by Hyundai, within Draft Town, for each day of the Draft.
Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero invites families and fans of all ages to enjoy a FREE admission, three-day football festival in Chicago’s Grant Park full of fun football activities, participatory games, youth football clinics, merchandise from NFL Shop, free autograph sessions from NFL players and more.
The sprawling family friendly celebration offers free admission to all fans – no ticket required! Chi-Town is Draft Town.
Grant Park & Congress Plaza
Hours of Operation:
Thursday, April 28: 12pm – 10pm
Friday, April 29: 12pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 30: 10am – 6pm
Navy Pier is proud to host The 6th Annual Neighborhoods of the World, a free nine-week series that celebrates the rich tapestry of Chicago’s diverse communities and the many unique cultures of our city through collaborations with community arts organizations, consulates and museums.
Every Sunday starting Feb. 21 through April 17, the series will spotlight a different country and commemorate its culture and heritage with a brilliant showcase of lively folk music, traditional dance, native costumes, authentic cuisine, creative crafts and much more.
Sunday, February 21: Celebrate Chinese New Year
Sunday, February 28: Celebrate Africa
Sunday, March 6: Celebrate Italy
Sunday, March 13: Celebrate Lithuania
Sunday, March 20: Philippines Celebration
Sunday, March 27: Greek Celebration
Sunday, April 3: Celebrate Mexico
Sunday, April 10: Celebrate Poland
Sunday, April 17: Celebrate Amazing India
Held in the beautiful botanical setting of Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens from noon to 4:00pm, Neighborhoods of the World presents Chicagoans with a unique opportunity to learn and experience different countries and cultures, all for free, and without ever leaving their backyard!
The Ultimate-TV is back in the saddle again and ready to follow The Tardis to St. Louis and Madison for THE ULTIMATE WIZARD WORLD GIRL TOUR!
Join The Ultimate-TV host Rachell Montgomery and Doctor Who fans from around the country as they meet and greet The Two Doctors "Chinny" and " Sandshoes", that's right The Beloved 10th Doctor David Tennant and The Charming 11th Doctor, Matt Smith!
On April 1-3, The ‘Tenth Doctor’ will appear with his beloved companion, 'Rose Tyler’ at Wizard World St. Louis! That's right Whovians, David Tennant, who starred as the “Tenth Doctor” on the long-running series “Doctor Who,” and Billie Piper, who was his love “Rose Tyler,” will make a rare public signing and photo op appearance at Wizard World St. Louis!!
Then on April 8-10 at Wizard World Madison, The '11th Doctor' Matt Smith will be joined by ‘The Tenth Doctor’ David Tennant and their beloved wife "River Song' played wonderfully by British Actress, Alex Kingston(Arrow, ER)
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World 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. Finally on Saturday, April 16th, for the first time, Actors David Tennant and Matt Smith, The 10th and 11th Doctors in the long-running science fiction series “Doctor Who,” will appear together at Wizard World NYC – The Doctors in the PlayStation Theater in Manhattan from 10:00am - 7:00pm! For program information or tickets, visit the website at http://wizd.me/NYCPR
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World 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.
Wizard World 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.
Finally on Saturday, April 16th, for the first time, Actors David Tennant and Matt Smith, The 10th and 11th Doctors in the long-running science fiction series “Doctor Who,” will appear together at Wizard World NYC – The Doctors in the PlayStation Theater in Manhattan from 10:00am - 7:00pm! For program information or tickets, visit the website at http://wizd.me/NYCPR
Time is running out so don't miss THE ULTIMATE WIZARD WORLD DOCTOR WHO TOUR featuring David Tennant, Billie Piper, Matt Smith and Alex Kingston. See you there!
The 8th annual Chicago International Movies & Music Festival will take place April 13-17 at various locations across Chicago. The five-day, 200-plus multimedia event features film premieres, live concerts, live scored films and a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference.
CIMMfest serves a growing, diverse community of artists, industry and fans, in order to reveal the transformative power of music to foster creativity and communication, educate, enlighten, and entertain.
2016 CIMMfest film highlights include the Chicago Premiere of The Smart Studios Story (Official Film of Record Store Day 2016), a feature-length documentary about Madison, Wisconsin’s legendary recording facility; and the World Premiere of Blackhearts, which tracks the global reach of Norway’s infamous black metal scene.
Notable concert events include performances by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Taj Mahal; the Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble; hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa; and Gingger Shankar.
In addition to 100+ films, live bands and DJs, CIMMfest presents a series of panels and workshops as part of its fourth annual CIMMcon, a dynamic professional and entrepreneurial industry conference.
This year’s conference will be presented in conjunction with music industry incubator 2112, Chicago’s film incubator Stage 18 and hosted by punk rock legend and media entrepreneur Martin Atkins, currently chair of the Music Business Program of SAE and author of Tour:Smart.
For ticket & show information, visit the CIMM fest website http://cimmfest.org/
Macy’s Flower Show will also showcase two weeks of in-store special events with music, fashion, cooking and DIY demonstrations that will delight floral fans while celebrating the rejuvenating power of spring.
C2E2 - Chicago's Entertainment Expo and Comic Con returns to Chicago's McCormick Place March 18-20! 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 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 fandom in downtown Chicago.
photos courtesy of ReedPop
C2E2 also hosts the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay, marking the final stop of ReedPOP’s 2016 global cosplay competition circuit, the largest and most prestigious cosplay competition in the world.
Join The Ultimate-TV and your favorite celebrities including Actor Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell from Battlestar Galactica, Actor John Cusack(High Fidelity), John Ratzenberger(Toy Story, Cheers)Chloe Bennet and J. August Richards from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Chyler Leigh and Melissa Benoist from Supergirl, Mary McDonnell, Rose McGowan and many, many more!
We'll see you and your friends this weekend at C2E2 - Chicago's Entertainment Expo and Comic Con Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20th at Chicago's McCormick Place. See you there!
Celebrate the return of Spring at Chicago's Annual Flower and Garden Show, March 12-20 at Navy Pier! The nine-day event will feature 20+ life-sized gardens that you can walk through, daily seminars, DIY workshops and a bustling marketplace.
Perfect for families, gardening veterans and newbies, the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show will be an event filled with hands-on experiences and non-stop fun.
Enjoy daily seminars, “Gardening Live” and “How-To Garden” feature live demonstrations and present how-to tips. The “Kids Activity Garden” also will present ongoing learning opportunities for youngsters throughout the show run.
Watch as some of the best bakers in the Windy City go head-to-head to decorate the most beautiful, mouth-watering confections for your enjoyment during the Annual Cake Decorating Competition, Sunday, March 20 starting at 10am.
So join The Ultimate-TV at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, Saturday, March 12-Sunday, March 20 !
Immerse yourself in the world of Superheroes & Villains, March 12th and 13th at Heroes and Villians Fan Fest in Rosemont!
Experience of a lifetime of fun at Chicago's Heroes & Villains Fan Fest. You'll have an opportunity to personally meet your favorite celebrities from the CW hit television series, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, FOX-TV's Gotham, ABC's Once Upon a Time, Heroes Reborn and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Attend exclusive panels featuring your favorite cast members, participate in celebrity photo ops, and events and so much more! Celebrities scheduled to appear at Heroes & Villians Fan Fest 2016 include:
Stephen Amell - Green Arrow and Robbie Amell - The Flash
David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy, Neal McDonough - Green Arrow
Other celebrities attending Heroes and Villains, Actress Willa Holland, Echo Kellum, Katrina Law, Danielle Panabaker, Colin Donnell, Charlotte Ross, Brian Tee, Erin Richards and many more!
So join The Ultimate-TV host Rachell Montgomery at Heroes and Villians Fan Fest, in Donald E. Stephens Convention Center!, March 12-13!
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 characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob!
See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy's toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns.
Join The UltimateTV at Disney LIVE! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic, 7pm, opening night, Friday, March 11 at The Rosemont Theater in Rosemont, IL. To win a family four-pack, complete the registration form at http://utvdisneylive.eventbrite.com *No purchase necessary. Must be a legal US resident, 18 years old or older to enter. Contest ends March 9, 2016.
See Disney LIVE! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic courtesy of your friends at Disney, Feld Entertainment, MotionPR and The Ultimate-TV, Chicago's Entertainment Source!
American Masters, THIRTEEN’s award-winning biography series, celebrates our arts and culture. Launched in 1986, the series has set the standard for documentary film profiles, accruing widespread critical acclaim. Awards include 70 Emmy nominations and 28 awards.
Friday, February 12 at 9pm in honor of Black History Month
American Masters: B.B. King: The Life of Riley
The 30th anniversary season of American Masters continues with new documentaries about fellow music legends Carole King, Fats Domino, Loretta Lynn, Janis Joplin and The Highwaymen!
B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker “King of the Blues.”
Explore B.B. King's challenging life and career through candid interviews with the "King of the Blues" filmed shortly before his death and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr, and more.
In honor of Black History Month and Fats Domino's birthday
American Masters Presents Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll
Fats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley.
With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll.
In celebration of Fats Domino’s 88th birthday, THIRTEEN’s American Masters presents, Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, February 26 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS.
The one-hour documentary traces how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing. Actor Clarke Peters narrates.
North America’s largest auto show, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show spans more than 1 million square feet of floor space of the McCormick Place complex and displays multiple world and North American introductions and a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars.
In all, hundreds of different vehicles will be on display, plus hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars. The Chicago Auto Show also features several indoor test tracks and outdoor ride-and-drive opportunities. More info at http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/.
From Feb. 17 - Feb. 19, receive a $5 general admission discount when you bring three cans of food to the Chicago Auto Show. What a great bargain!! All food donations will be given to A Safe Haven Community Food Pantry.
A Safe Haven helps Chicagoans experiencing homelessness become self-sufficient through phased housing, healthy lifestyles, and employment. Learn more at www.ASafeHaven.org.
The 2016 Chicago Auto Show will be held at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive beginning Saturday, Feb. 13 – Saturday, Feb. 20: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Music and acting sensation LL COOL J hosted the 58th GRAMMY Awards® February 15, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This was the fifth time the hip-hop legend has graced the GRAMMYs stage by serving as master of ceremonies. The "Hey Lover" singer's incredible artistry have earned him two GRAMMY Awards of his own, making him the perfect man for the job.
The 22nd installment of the best-selling series features 21 GRAMMY-nominated artists and hit songs from the world’s biggest superstars and hottest emerging talent, including Album Of The Year nominees Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift, and The Weeknd, as well as Best New Artist nominees Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, and Meghan Trainor.
Each 2016 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique code for a chance to play the GRAMMY Ticket Game where you could win a trip for two to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® in 2017 or a second-place prize of an official GRAMMY Awards T-shirt.* A portion of the proceeds from album sales will benefit the year-round efforts of the GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares Foundation®
The celebration of the century comes alive as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic skates into Chicago and Rosemont, bringing along your favorite Disney characters from across the decades.
Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.
From Mickey and Goofy to Cinderella and Elsa, the whole gang is assembling for one spectacular production. So make plans to take your family and all their friends to Disney's 100 Years of Magic beginning Wednesday, January 20th - 24th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont or at Chicago’s United Center, January 27 - February 7th . For program and free parking information, visit DisneyOnIce.com
The widely popular Monster Jam tour is returning to the Allstate Arena, February 12th - 15th with the tantalizing points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam fans have been asking to see – more action!
Experience the energy and excitement with this exclusive showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action.
Fans will once again be treated to competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arena during combative head-to-head racing action.
Headlining the tour this year are eight more of Monster Jam’s fiercest athletes, which will represent each Monster Jam race team of Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATV’s, competing against one another to earn valuable points during each new event discipline.
Monster Jam Teams:
Grave Digger®: Cole Venard
Max-D®: Jared Eichelberger
ZombieSM: Bari Musawwir
Monster Mutt® Dalmatian: Cynthia Gauthier
El Toro Loco®: Mark List
Scooby-DooTM: Brianna Mahon
Monster Mutt® Rottweiler: Daron Basl
New Earth AuthoritySM: Aaron Basl
These athletes will be competing for a bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals®held at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on March 17-19. Monster Jam will be held February 12-15 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Tickets available now. We'll see you there!
Travel lovers from The Midwest will be attending the 12th Annual Travel & Adventure Shows at Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center this weekend.
The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is the one stop shop for travel inspiration, expert information and fun, cultural interaction. It’s where you’ll discover thousands of authentic travel experiences and speak directly to the travel experts who can get you there, give you the inside scoop, and save you money on exclusive travel deals.
You never know who you are going to meet at CTA. Come face to face with some of your favorite celebrity traveler speakers including Rick Steves, host of Europe Through the Back Door and Rick Steves Europe, Colleen Kelly, host of National Public Television Series, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly, Emmy Award-Winning, Investigative Reporter and CBS News Travel Editor, Peter Greenburg, The Ultimate-TV favorite travel buddies, Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson from Grannies on Safari Pat plus many, many more!
Wake up your senses at the Taste of Travel Theater! Nothing connects a traveler more to a destination than food. At the Taste of Travel Theater, you’ll transport your taste buds and discover the unique cultural flavors of local, regional, and Feel the rhythms of distant lands on the Global Beats Stage.
The world come alive on the Global Beats Stage where you’ll see culturally diverse dance and music performances representing destinations from around the world.
You’ll even learn a little about the artistic and cultural significance of each performance – and have the opportunity to get up there and learn a new dance step or two! This stage is not to be missed…So don't miss the 12th Annual Travel & Adventure Shows at Chicago's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. You'll love it!!
Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are thrilled to bring Sherlock: The Abominable Bride to the big screen for a special two-night event Tuesday, January 5th and again Wednesday, January 6th.
Enjoy a special cinema presentation of Sherlock featuring exclusive extras including a guided set tour of 221B Baker Street hosted by Co-Writer Steven Moffat and a “making of” short feature starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and the makers of Sherlock!
Academy Awards® nominee, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Emmy Award® winner, Martin Freeman, debut on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this feature length special set in London 1895. Co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss this special episode also features series regulars Amanda Abbington, Rupert Graves and Una Stubbs.
Don’t miss out on seeing the biggest detective on the BIGGEST screen, in cinemas this January! Sherlock is produced by Hartswood Films for BBC One and co-produced by Masterpiece.
At Chicago's Navy Pier, families from near and far will flock to Navy Pier and bask in seasonal bliss without bundling up. The PNC Bank Winter WonderFest returns with more than 24 rides and attractions and 170,000 square feet of entertainment for all ages.
New attractions this year include the Polar Extreme, a double-sided inflatable slide and obstacle course, interactive Arctic Peaks Climbing Walls and an expanded, more challenging Winter Rules mini golf course sure to offer an additional layer of friendly competition and frozen holiday fun.
This year, visitors to the PNC Bank Winter WonderFest will be greeted by an exciting and reimagined new décor as well as a glittering forest of nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments hung on a mile of wire.
From there, guests can glide across the always popular Blackhawks ice skating rink, soar across the 40-foot Cliff Hanger or take in the view from the top of the towering 50-foot-high indoor Ferris wheel.
The PNC Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier runs now through January 10th. For more details at Navy Pier, visit www.navypier.com.
Chicago will ring in 2016 like never before with Chi-Town Rising, an epic New Year’s Eve celebration designed to put Chicago at the top of the list of winter holiday destinations, and showcase the city as a world-class venue for celebrating New Year’s Eve.
To ring in the New Year, a midnight countdown featuring a giant Chicago star will ascend 36 stories up the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, and an unprecedented fireworks show will provide a dazzling climax for the evening’s entertainment.
NBC 5 Chicago will showcase this mega-event live with highlights from the crowds, musical stages, celebrities, fireworks display, and countdown spectacle. Chi-Town Rising will be hosted by Mario Lopez with Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Courtney Lopez, and Marley Kayden as co-hosts. Penelope Menchaca and Maria Elena Ponticiello will be the host talent for Telemundo Chicago with Maricela Vazquez and Lily Fragoso as co-hosts.
In addition to NBC 5 Chicago, Chi-Town Rising will air on over 40 NBC affiliates in the central United States and nationally on COZI TV and in Spanish on TeleXitos. The Chi-Town Rising Countdown stage will go live at 7:00 p.m. with multiple artists taking the stage in the run-up to the television broadcast on NBC 5.
Have a little family fun before "The Big Star" rise at the Family Countdown Celebration at Chicago's Cultural Mile from 3-6pm at Wrigley Square in Millennium Park. This event will be family-friendly fun activities, musical entertainment, cultural exhibits, and treats for the kids, creating an ideal opportunity to enjoy all the excitement of New Year’s Eve in a family-friendly environment. The celebration will culminate in a very special “Kids Countdown Spectacular” just before 6:00 p.m. The Family Countdown Celebration is complimentary for all families wishing to participate in Chi-Town Rising.
As Midnight approaches, and a giant Chicago star rises skyward up the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, the stage will feature the musical talents of alt-rock musical artists AMERICAN AUTHORS and the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, the legendary rock band CHICAGO.
For more information about Chi-Town Rising, visit www.ChiTownRising.com
PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION returns to FOX on Thursday, December 31 live from Miami, Florida.
On the second annual PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION, Mr. Worldwide will throw another live event full of Miami flair, featuring appearances and performances by Pitbull himself, the year’s best artists and special guests ring in the new year.
Film and television star Terry Crews and Daytime Talk Show host, Wendy Williams join Pitbull to co-hosts this special event.
In addition to Pitbull performing his chart-topping hits, the celebration will feature EMPIRE’s Timbaland and Yazz – sharing the stage for the first time on television – as well as Jussie Smollett, performing songs from the Golden Globe- and Grammy Award-nominated series. The LIVE event also will feature performances by Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Prince Royce, Austin Mahone, R. City, Pia Mia and the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire.
Shot live from Miami’s Bayfront Park, the show kicks off on New Year’s Eve between 8PM-10PM ET live (MT/PT tape-delayed). Then, following local news, PITBULL’S NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION returns from 11PM-12:30 AM ET live (CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) for the final countdown to the New Year.
Experience the Museum of Science and Industry's beloved annual holiday tradition, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light, now in its 74th year.
The 45-foot Grand Tree holds court in the Rotunda, decked out with more than 30,000 twinkling colorful lights and hundreds of ornaments and bright, vibrant trimmings. Surrounding it, more than 50 dazzling trees and displays are beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities, offering insight into their diverse cultures and holiday traditions.
This celebration runs through January 3, 2016 and is included in Museum Entry, along with all performances. An additional ticket is required for Robot Revolution, also open through January 3. The Museum of Science and Industry's 74th Annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light open now through January 3rd.
Back by popular demand, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents the highly anticipated return of the cheeky holiday classic - A Q BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL, developed by hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers and CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton.
This feisty reinterpretation of the perennial holiday favorite by Charles Dickens enjoyed wildly successful runs in 2013 and 2014 to rave reviews and packed houses, garnering Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Ensemble.
This tour de rap wrestles the cherished tale from its classic roots with irreverence, an irresistible score and a lot of heart. The story is underscored with beats spun live at the turntables by DJ Super Nova, mashing up everything from reggae and dancehall music, to dubstep and epic rock ballads.
Audiences will encounter the story's signature characters in unexpected forms - from a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge with a penchant for penny-pinching to a Rastafarian Jacob Marley and a rapping Lil' Tim, the tiniest Cratchit with a slew of maladies. The time-traveling Ghosts take Scrooge on a voyage through the hip-hop ages docu, menting the evolving musical form.
A Q BROTHERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL is playing at the Shakespeare Theater at Chicago's beautiful Navy Pier! For ticket and show information, visit the website https://www.chicagoshakes.com/
Fathom Events and BBC Worldwide are excited to ring in this holiday season with a very special two-night presentation of the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special: The Husbands of River Song, Monday, December 28 and Tuesday, December 29th, in which River Song (Alex Kingston, ER/ARROW) makes her triumphant Return to Doctor Who.
The Doctor is back on the big screen this holiday season for a special two-night event featuring an exclusive interview with Alex Kingston and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the special featuring Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and more.
SYNOPSIS: It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy.
King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is in. All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.
Celebrate the holidays with Rachell Montgomery, host of The Ultimate-TV and you could win fantastic prizes and holiday gift cards from our good friends at FYE!
We'll see you at The Ultimate Doctor Who Screening Series 6:30pm, Monday, December 28th at Marcus Orland Park Theaters. For ticket information, visit Fathom Events website at http://www.fathomevents.com/event/doctor-who-christmas-special-2015