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EXPERIENCE THE STONES EXHIBITIONISM!

The Legendary Rock and Roll Band, The Rolling Stones will unveil their first ever major exhibition, Exhibitionism, April 15 - July 30 at Navy Pier in Chicago for a four-month engagement!


 

Exhibitionism tells the story of The Rolling Stones, the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in history and allows visitors to experience first- hand their incredible journey from early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world.


This highly immersive and interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career featuring over 500 rare and original items from their archive.


You'll see their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminate in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.


For additional show information or to purchase tickets, visit the website http://stonesexhibitionism.com/

Thousands of free financial education classes and seminars for consumers will be held throughout the U.S. during Money Smart Week, April 22-29. 


Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  Classes are open to people of all ages at businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, community organizations and government agencies throughout the country.


Money Smart Week is the only national educational program for people at all stages of life and covers a wide variety of money-management topics including saving for college, buying a house, using credit wisely, managing student debt and financing retirement. 


The educational events will be carried out by local and regional partnering organizations and covers all facets of personal finances.  Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels. For more information about Money Smart Week events, visit the website: www.moneysmartweek.org

CHICAGO LOVES LUTHER STAR, IDRIS ELBA!

Luther (starring Idris Elba (The Wire), is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop.

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 his colleagues are frequently left open-mouthed in awe.

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 pursues?

LUTHER: Upcoming Episode:

Season 1, Episode 1

DCI John Luther returns to work and investigates the murder of the parents of a child genius.

Sat, Apr 1 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 3 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD


Season 1, Episode 2

Luther must out manoeuvre a trained sniper on a mission to kill police officers.

Sat, Apr 8 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 10 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD


Episode #103

When a young mother is abducted, Luther suspects a collector and writer of the occult is at fault.

Sat, Apr 15 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 17 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD


Season 1, Episode 4

Luther must put his personal life aside when a serial killer goes on the rampage.

Sat, Apr 22 at 11:30 pm on WTTW HD

Mon, Apr 24 at 4:00 am on WTTW HD


Season 1, Episode 5

When an art dealer's wife is taken hostage at gunpoint, Luther leads a tense investigation.

Sat, Apr 29 at 11:00 pm on WTTW HD

HAMILTON: STILL IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN!


Great Performances Presents Hamilton's America, the PBS documentary film series which brings history to life through the lens of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.


Hamilton's fan club is vocal and growing, thanks to Tony®, Grammy®, and Emmy®-winning composer and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda's revolutionary musical.

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Hamilton's America delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda's process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton's epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.

Further fleshing out the story is newly shot footage of the New York production with its original cast, trips to historic locations and a surprising range of interviews with prominent personalities, experts, politicians, and musicians including President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hank Paulson, Secretary Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas and Stephen Sondheim.

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The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr.  But the full story of this political genius, a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become one of the nation's most vital architects has largely been forgotten by history until now.

Hamilton's America shows just how timeless the hot-button issues of today's America are: immigration, States rights, debt, income inequality, and race relations. These were the same fights that defined Hamilton's time, and they are the driving force of Miranda's historic work.

You're sure to enjoy Great Performances Present Hamilton's America, Monday March 6 on WTTW Chicago. For additional dates and times, visit the website at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/hamiltons-america/

A SUMMER TURN ON: BUCKINHAM FOUNTAIN


ComEd and the Chicago Park District will be celebrating Buckingham Fountain’s 90th birthday,  Saturday, May 6 with the annual Switch on Summer event where the iconic fountain is turned on for the season.


Now in its third year, the annual event will feature more than a dozen of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations, including the Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, to help the city spring into summer with the official season-changing signal – turning on the Buckingham Fountain.


The festivities will include free giveaways, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment from American English.  The fountain will be switched on at 6:00 p.m. The festivities will include free giveaways, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment from American English.  


The Switch on Summer Event begins Saturday, May 6th from 4pm-7pm at Buckingham Fountain located at 337 E. Randolph Street and is open daily from 6:00 AM-11:00 PM

RED NOSE DAY: REWARDING DAY IN THE USA!

NBC is once again set to celebrate Red Nose Day with a two-hour television event.  In the continued spirit of raising money to help lift children out of poverty, 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 2017 include: Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Devine, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Key & Peele, Ludacris, Jack Black, Paul Rudd 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 2017 include: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Save the Children and The Global Fund.

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 America's 2nd Annual Red Nose Day, Thursday, May 25th!

CHICAGO'S FAVORITE CON RETURNS: C2E2

C2E2 - Chicago's Entertainment Expo and Comic Con returns to Chicago's McCormick Place, April 21-23!  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.

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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 The Legendary Marvel Comics Creator, Stan Lee, Power Ranger stars, David Yost and Jason David Frank, Marvel's Luke Cage star, Michael Colter, Evanna Lynch from Harry Potter films and many, many more!


We'll see you and your friends this weekend at C2E2 - Chicago's Entertainment Expo and Comic Con at Chicago's McCormick Place.  See you there!

CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW ARRIVES

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show ushers in spring’s arrival in the Midwest beginning Saturday, March 18th-Sunday, March 26th.  The show inspires, educates and motivates gardeners and non-gardeners with practical tips and creative ideas.  Featuring 24 diverse display gardens plus large-scale containers, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show offers nearly 30 points of gardening interest.

There’s something for everyone and every lifestyle, from balconies, patios and small-space designs to vegetable gardens, water features, container gardens and “in-ground” planting beds. Visuals are jaw-dropping water features (including a rain chain “fence!”), elevated train track, bungalow and house facades, and more.

There’s ongoing chef demonstrations, gardening how-tos, insect and butterfly interaction, live animals, kids’ activities and potting parties – providing countless options for varied story leads, including business, birds, science and life-safety. 

Plus, you can participate in the all-new Get Growing Series, stage performances, interactive Tablescape How-Tos and classroom-style Seminar Series presentations and Meet Do-It-Yourself TV Network star, Ahmed Hassan

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show begins March 18-26 at Navy Pier. For show information, visit the website at www.chicagoflower.com.

MAKE WAY FOR THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW!

The 22nd Annual Chicago Auto Show roars into McCormick Place, Saturday, Feb. 11- President's Day, Monday, Feb. 20th.


The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show on the continent, spanning more than 1 million square feet of production, concept, and exotic vehicle exhibit space. 


Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization.  The association has produced the world famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935.  As in previous years, the Chicago Auto Show will host an array of special events throughout the show, including:


Women’s Day: Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Women are admitted for $7.

Chicago Auto Show Food Drive: Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 15-17.

Attendees bringing (3) cans of food will receive a $7 adult admission coupon.

All food will be donated to A Safe Haven Foundation.

Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day: Friday, Feb. 17.

Manufacturers develop and host Hispanic celebration events during the show.

Family Day(President's Day): Monday, Feb. 20.

The Chicago Auto Show will host family-friendly events on Presidents Day.


You'll love the latest automobiles, concept cars and trucks at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily from Feb. 11-20, with the exception of Monday, Feb. 20, when the doors close at 8:00 p.m.  For additional programming and show information, visit the website http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/  

MONSTER JAM IS A SERIOUS TRIPLE THREAT!

The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series celebrates 25 years of family entertainment during 2017 and brings the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience on the planet to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Feb. 17th-20th, for six action-packed shows.

Chicago-area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. 

The premier athletes appearing at Monster Jam include: 
19-year-old Krysten Anderson, daughter of Monster Jam Legend Dennis Anderson in the truck her father created in Grave Digger
Armando Castro driving crowd-favorite El Toro Loco; 
20-year-old Camden Murphy from Itasca, Ill., driving Pirate’s Curse; 
Justin Sipes driving Megalodon; Bernard Light driving Alien Invasion; 
Ami Houde driving the Monster Jam truck, Zombie; 
JR Seasock driving the popular Monster Mutt Rottweiler, 
and Matt Cody driving Blue Thunder. 
(Trucks and drivers are subject to change.)

Don't miss The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series!  For show information or purchase tickets at www.monsterjam.com

THE CHICAGO TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE SHOW


The 12th Annual Chicago Travel and Adventure Show  returns to the Donald E. Stephen's Convention Center, Saturday, January 21st thru Sunday, January 22nd.  Travel enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with travel experts from around the world who are on hand to help attendees dream, personalize and book their next trip.


Meet dozens of inspirational, educational and culturally focused sessions on five stages located right on the show floor, along with hands-on activities fit for the whole family.

Gain inspiration from the world’s top travel experts and celebrities as they present seminars and answer questions over the two-day event. Celebrity Travel hosts participating in the show include: CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Travel Channel Host Samantha Brown, Johnny Jet Editor in Chief of Johnny Jet.com and Rick Steves’ Europe, CEO Rick Steves!


Attending the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show is an adventure in and of itself and presents hands-on activities suitable for the whole family. Guests can get their picture taken in their favorite destination at the Green Screen, climb a rock wall and ride a live camel, all under one roof. 


We'll see you at The 2017 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, January 21-22 at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center. For tickets and event information, visit www.TravelShows.com/shows/chicago

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD!

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The Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits give families a one-of-a-kind experience filled with cultural celebrations, LEGO® activities, live performances—and Santa Claus.

At the center of the Museum’s Rotunda stands the 45-foot-tall, floor-to-dome Grand Tree, adorned with more than 30,000 twinkling lights.  Surrounding the Grand Tree, guests can enjoy more than 50 beautifully decorated trees and displays, showcasing rich holiday traditions and customs.

Each tree represents a different country or culture, decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s diverse communities.  New this year and in celebration of MSI’s current temporary exhibit Brick by Brick, LEGO-inspired activities and décor will be sprinkled throughout the Museum. 

Special LEGO ornaments built by members of Chicago organizations and public figures will be on display including: LEGO builders and enthusiasts from the Chicago Area LEGO Users Group; Sports teams including the Chicago blackhawks, Chicago Sky, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Red Stars.

 

Bring your family and friends to Christmas Around The World /Holiday of Lights exhibit now thru Jan. 8th at The Museum of Science and Industry!

OPERATION SANTA: THE SPIRIT OF GIVING

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The United States Postal Service is celebrating the 104th anniversary of THE OPERATION SANTA PROGRAM!  Postal employees, volunteers and organizations around the country remain committed to making children’s Christmas wishes come true. 

What is Operation Santa?

Each year, in select Post Offices, the general public is invited to “adopt” Santa letters.  In all locations where the public may adopt letters written to Santa, strict privacy guidelines are in place. Any member of the public choosing to adopt a letter may simply respond in writing or if they choose grant the wish, a decision that is left to the individual.

Children of all ages send letters to “Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska” every year. Unless these letters contain a complete Alaska address, the letters will remain in the area they were mailed. Where available, these letters are routed to the nearest post office that coordinates responses, often in postal administrative sites like District Offices. 

Operation Santa Project is located in Chicago's Main Post Office, 433 West Harrison Street

The program also takes place in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Orlando, Boston, Newark, New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia.

For more information on Operation Santa, visit United States Postal Service website at www.usps.com 

SHAKESPEARE'S 400TH ANNIVERSARY!

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.

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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.

thumbnailThe Q Brothers return with their award-winning Othello: The Remix after international tours to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, the United Arab Emirates and beyond. 

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.

PLAY ALL DAY AT THE TOY & GAME FAIR!

 

There are a lot of cool things for you and your family to do at The 2016 Chicago Toy and Game Fair at Navy Pier. 

First, take a walk inside the World's Largest PomPomWow!  Test drive vehicles from RazorPeg Perego and RadioFlyer Mini Tesla and see The Yo-Yo Championship with contestants from Coast to Coast.

Parents will have the opportunity to shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays, Meet and Greet Toy Inventors and say to upcoming inventors and try their products out. 

Your kids will love Ben’s Giant Bubble Show, The Annual Star Wars Lunch featuring your favorite Star Wars characters, Interactive Exhibits, Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows, Contests, Laser Tag, Crafts, Characters, GameTruck, Knockerball,  and much more!  

The Ultimate-TV would like to invite you and your family to The 2016 Chicago Toy and Game Fair at Navy Pier!

CHICAGO HUMANITIES FESTIVAL RETURNS!

The 27th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival will feature more than 100 events by prominent artists, authors, historians, scientists, and cultural commentators beginning Saturday, October 29 and Saturday November 12. 

For the curious at heart, Chicago Humanities Festival ?s vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world?s most brilliant minds.  

The line-up of confirmed presenters including Legendary Activist, Gloria Steinem, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Star of the Broadway smash-hit "Hamilton" Lin-Manuel Miranda and Entertainer/Magician Penn Jillette.

Also scheduled to attend, Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd, TV personality/Writer, Dan Savage, Senator Barbara Boxer, New York Times Best Selling Author, Mary Roach, Senator Richard Lugar, and many more!

For tickets and programming information for the Chicago Humanities Festival, visit the website at http://chicagohumanities.org/

CENTENNIAL WHEEL AT NAVY PIER TURNS 100!

To celebrate the 100 Anniversary of Chicago's Navy Pier, the brand new Centennial Wheel was unveiled.  The nearly 200-foot wheel is 50 feet taller than its predecessor, accommodate up to 180 more passengers per ride, and 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.

Upcoming times for Navy Pier's Firework Presentation have been scheduled for  Halloween Fireworks, Saturday, October 29, and Chicago's New Years Eve Fireworks Presentation, Midnight, Saturday, December 31. 

In addition, Navy Pier will offer special seasonal discounted rates for Illinois residents between November 1 and March 31, 2017.

For more information on upcoming events at Navy Pier visit the website at www.navypier.com

CHICAGO LOVES INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST

The excitement is building for The 52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival​ and the complete film and event  lineup, including the International Feature Competition, Documentary Competition and Special Presentations has been announced as well as the festival selections that comprise each of the Festival’s thematic programs ­Black Perspectives, OutLook, Cinema of the Americas and City&State.  

Alongside the best and brightest in new independent filmmaking, the Festival is proud to feature first Chicago screenings of some of the Fall’s most anticipated theatrical releases. 

 

These Special Presentations include​ Lion, directed by Garth Davis and stars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and Dev Patel in the story of a young man who sets out to find his family ­ with the help of Google Earth ­ twenty­five years after being adopted; Jim Jarmuschs Paterson, starring Adam Driver as a bus driver with artistic dreams and a quiet life in Paterson, New Jersey​; and  Julie Dash’s newly restored Daughters of the Dust, the groundbreaking story of tradition, legacy and culture in one African American family at the turn of the century.  The film screens as part of the 20th anniversary of Black Perspectives; Julie Dash is scheduled to attend the Festival.

 

The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, October 13-27th. Visit the website at ​www.chicagofilmfestival.com for program schedule and ticket information.
UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS ROCKS THE PARKS!!

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Unexpected. Unbelievable. Unforgettable, that’s UniverSoul Circus playing now thru Sunday, October 30th in Chicago's Washington Park.  A big top spectacle of global proportions, the 2016 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances.

UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers.

Image result for universoul circus in chicago Only under the UniverSoul Circus one ring big top will you be lucky enough to witness the Comedy Dog Act from Chile, Aerial Duet from Colombia, Pagoda Bowl Acrobats from China, Caribbean Dynasty from Trinidad and Tobago, Russian Bar from Cuba, Contortionists from Ethiopiaplus The Airborne Motorcycles, Magical Tigers and Disco Dancing Elephants from the United States.  

UniverSoul’s circus was founded in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.  Now in its 19th year, the circus will perform over 500 shows in 28 major markets. 

So don't miss The UniverSoul Circus, playing now thru Sunday, October 30th in Chicago's Washington Park.  For ticket information  or show schedule, dates and times, visit the website at https://universoulcircus.com

MIDNIGHT CIRCUS IN THE PARKS RETURNS!!

 

The internationally-renowned Midnight Circus in the Parks tour is back in Chicago for a celebratory 10th anniversary season!!   As part of the Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” initiative, the circus performances plays at select parks across the city every weekend beginning Aug. 27 until mid-October. 

In honor of the 10th anniversary, the Midnight Circus in the Parks show will involve an all-new storyline and new award-winning artists to join its wildly eclectic cast of favorite characters.

The troupe features a wide-ranging ensemble of acrobats, aerialists, eccentrics, one rescued dog and even a couple amazingly talented kids who don’t have to run away to join the circus...their parents own it!

With new acts and returning favorites, including Jeff’s wife and two children, the Midnight Circus in the Parks city-wide tour has quickly become a Chicago family tradition.  Each 90 minute-show takes place under an intimate, little big top tent where there is no such thing as a bad seat and kids can get within an arm’s length of the action.  

For its 2016 run, The Midnight Circus in the Parks tour will be performing in the following eight Chicago parks locations:    

Independence Park - Oct. 1-2
Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm & 5pm
3945 N Springfield Ave.

Hamlin Park - Oct. 8-9 
Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm & 5pm
3035 N Hoyne Ave.

Welles Park - Oct. 14, 15, 16
Friday @ 7pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm & 5pm
2333 W Sunnyside Ave.

AAHH! FEST COMES HOME TO CHICAGO!

 

AAHH! FEST by COMMON, one of the biggest hip-hop and R&B festivals in Chicago, is returning to The Windy City September 24th - 25th.!

Created by Academy Award-winning artist, actor, and philanthropist COMMON, along with philanthropic foundations the Common Ground Foundation and Donda’s House, AAHH! FEST 2016 will feature an all-star line-up of hip-hop and R&B artistsThe AAHH! Fest is more than a music festival, it's Commons' very personal commitment to his hometown, Chicago...a commitment to bring jobs, education and inspiration to the city that gave him the strong roots he's used to sustain an entertainment career for more than 20 years! 

"͞I'm excited to bring this expression of love back to Chicago. Music brings us together and allows us to celebrate all that is great about our City, the people, and culture," says COMMON. 

The two-day festival will be held in the West Loop’s Union Park and will include a Community Showcase featuring local Chicago-area talent as well as a can’t-miss, star-studded Main Stage performance day. Artists include, J. Cole, COMMON featuring Bilal, the Roots, Jeremih, Sir the Baptist, the Internet, Vic Mensa, Taylor Bennett, Tink and more and hosted by Deon Cole.  

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Beginning on Saturday, September 24, the festival will launch with the Community Showcase, curated by Donda’s House.  Open to all ages, AAHH! FEST’s Community Showcase will have activities for the entire family including health screenings, entertainment, fun interactive games and more.  On Sunday, September 25, the festival continues with the mind-blowing Main Stage performances. So let's come together to support our youth and community at Common's AAHH! Fest in Chicago's Union Park.  For show information, visit the AAHH! Fest website at http://www.aahhfest.com/

NICKELODEON WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY!

 

The highly anticipated, Nickelodeon’s 13th Annual Worldwide Day of Play gets underway, Saturday, September 17, when the network will suspend programming from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET/PT) and host grassroots activities with its partners across the U.S. to celebrate play.

Nickelodeon's "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" campaign, which began May 20th and ended its nationwide tour at the Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center in Chicago.

Nickelodeon teamed up with Dwyane Wade's, Wade's World Foundation to host an event encouraging kids to get up and get active.  The slime-filled day included Nick-themed games and fitness-themed activities, include a Super Slime obstacle course, Nickelodeon bowling, a slime booth, costumed characters and much more. 

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For more information on Nickelodeon’s 13th Annual Worldwide Day of Play, visit the website at http://www.nick.com/worldwide-day-of-play/

CHICAGO CELEBRATES WORLD MUSIC!

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The world comes together at The 18th Annual World Music Festival at a variety of venues across the city, Friday, September 9–Saturday, September 25.  The World Music Fest celebrates the diverse music from nations across the globe and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.

Highlights of the 2016 festival include the Ragamala: A Celebration of Indian Classical Music (an all-night traditional Indian classical concert featuring more than 10 musical groups and artists). 

Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park celebrates World Music Fest by closing its season with Salsa music from Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra and OLA FRESCA as well as a Bhangra Blowout with DJ and live Dohl) and a concert in Millennium Park, ending with The 606 Walk + Peace Picnica day of family-friendly activities including instrument making, peace procession, music concerts by Rocky Dawuni, Herencia de Timbiquí, and Rajab Suleiman & Kithara and more.

For more info on World Music Festival, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org

DARE TO DREAM AT DISNEY ON ICE!

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney's most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment's newest ice spectacular, Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream.

Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.

The UltimateTV and Disney on Ice would like to congratulate RaBecca Thomas, winner of a family 4-pack of tickets to the opening night performance of Disney on Ice Dare to Dream at Chicago's United Center. 

The UltimateTV would like to experience the beauty, sparkle and spirit of Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream.  For show information or to purchase tickets, visit the website at www.ticketmaster.com

The magic awaits at Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream!

CHICAGO'S BLACK HARVEST FILM CONTINUES!

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.  

Encounters with filmmakers are the festival’s pride and joy, and this year we present more filmmaker appearances than ever, with more than forty scheduled as we go to press.

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 for the opening night celebration, a homecoming event honoring Black Harvest filmmakers past and present.  This event will be immediately followed by a celebratory 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, visit the website at  http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest

FLY AWAY AT THE AIR AND WATER SHOW!

 

The 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show will take place Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street from 10am to 3pm daily with North Avenue Beach serving as show center.

The popular lakefront event features a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago.  

Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the Chicago Air & Water Show is proud to present these 2016 headliners:

 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.

New this year, the U. S. Air Force F-35 and many, many more participants will take part in the show for the first time.

 

Retired Chicago Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman will open Saturday's show by tandem jumping with the U.S.  Army Golden Knights to commemorate the USO’s 75th Anniversary – 75 years of caring for the needs of America’s service members and families. He will touch down in front of the Boat House at North Avenue Beach at 10am.

For more information about the 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, please visit chicagoairandwatershow.us.

CHICAGO COMIC CON TAKES OVER THE CITY!

The wildly popular Wizard World Chicago Comic Con returns to The Windy City, Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21!  The 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 Chicago Comic Con include John Barrowman from Arrow/Torchwood/Doctor Who, The cast of  Daredevil" Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson Elodie Yung and Elden Henson, WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Seth Rollins?, Dean Ambrose?, Sasha Banks?, The Bella Twins? and Becky Lynch? and many, many more!

http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago/wwechicago16.html

ATTENTION MIDWEST HORROW FANS: Back by popular demand, the  Bruce Campbell?s Horror Film Festival returns to Chicago, August 18-21.  The 4-Day film festival will once again be held in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago, 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 

BACK TO SCHOOL...WHAT'S NEW?

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The 87th Annual Bud Billiken Back To School Parade kicks off this weekend in Bronzeville. An estimated crowd of 1 million people are expected attend this annual fun-filled family event which begins on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and ending up at Washington Park.

The Bud Billiken Day Parade is the largest African-American parade in the U.S. and was founded in 1929 by Chicago Defender Newpaper. The goal of the event is to get students excited to go back to school and "provide underprivileged youth with the chance to be in the limelight," according to the parade's website.

If you cannot attend Bud Billiken, here are a few events your family might enjoy: 

Back To School Picnic Moore Park 8/26

Back To School Bash - Sumner Park 8/27

Back To School Celebration - Gale Park 8/27

Back To School Extravaganza at Sheridan Park 9/1

Back To School Celebration - Hamilton Park 9/3

A GENERATION MOURNS: PRINCE 1958-2016

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.

UPDATE:  Autopsy reports confirm Prince officially died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. 

According to a one-page report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, Prince administered the drug himself on an unknown date. The office said the death investigation is complete, and it had no further comment.

Confirmation that Prince died of an opioid overdose was first reported by The Associated Press. The autopsy report confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. 

Prince, 57, died less than a week after his plane made an emergency stop in Moline, Illinois, for medical treatment as he was returning from an Atlanta concert.

It was not immediately clear whether Prince had a prescription for the drug and, if not, how he obtained it.  Sources say the singer suffered from intense knee and hip pain from many years of stage performance.

 

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK:TWELFTH NIGHT

Twelfth Night

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks’s mobile theater hits 19 parks this summer with an abridgement of the mistaken-identity comedy, adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly.

At each Shakespeare in the Parks tour location, a specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages.

This year's Shakespeare in the Parks series returns with a free 75–minute abridged production of Twelfth Night, which tells the tale of a young girl named Viola, who is separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck.

Resilient, she adopts a male disguise and enters into the service of Duke Orsino–only to find herself in the middle of a triangle of unrequited love. Sounds like a special treat that's hard to beat!

Since the inception of the Chicago Shakespeare in The Parks program five years ago, more than 80,000 Chicagoans have experienced free Shakespeare in their communities.  Take your family to see Twelfth Night at the following locations:

Marquette Park
Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
6743 S. Kedzie Ave.


Piotrowski Park
Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.
4247 W. 31st St.


Dvorak Park
Friday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
1119 W. Cullerton Ave.

Welles Park

Saturday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7, 4:00 p.m.
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.


Columbus Park
Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
500 S. Central Ave.

Hamilton Park
Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.
513 W. 72nd St.

Humboldt Park
Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
1301 N. Sacramento Ave.

Eckhart Park
Saturday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.

1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Ping Tom Memorial Park
Sunday, August 14, 4:00 p.m. 

1700 S. Wentworth

SPRING INTO FASHION: DOWNTON ABBEY

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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.

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 weekendFor information, go to http://www.driehausmuseum.org/

CELEBRATE FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF!

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! 

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Paramount Pictures)

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. 

*Register to win a pair of tickets to Fathom Events Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 7pm at Showplace Icon Theaters on Roosevelt , Wednesday, May 18th at https://utvferrisfest.eventbrite.com 

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!  

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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/

CHICAGO'S LAKE FX SUMMIT AND EXPO RETURNS!

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. 

For more information, please visit lakefxchicago.us or visit choosechicago.com to plan your trip to Chicago for the Lake FX Summit + Expo,

2ND ANNUAL NFL DRAFT DAY 2016

 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.

2016 NFL Draft in Chicago | Selection Square

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.

2016 NFL Draft in Chicago | Draft Town

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.

Location:
Grant Park & Congress Plaza

Hours of Operation:

Thursday, April 28: 12pm – 10pm

Friday, April 29: 12pm – 10pm

Saturday, April 30: 10am – 6pm

NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WORLDS AT NAVY PIER!

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 WIZARD WORLD DOCTOR TOUR!

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 

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! 

CHICAGO'S MOVIES AND MUSIC FEST TAKEOVER!

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 BEAUTIFIES CHICAGO

For 70 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted hundreds of thousands of floral aficionados with extravagant presentations of gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees.

Celebrate Spring at 70th Annual Macy’s Flower Show, Sunday, March 20 -Sunday, April 3.  America the Beautiful, this year’s floral extravaganza, will take visitors on a road trip through America’s vast and varied landscapes, from the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard to the bright hues of the Southeast’s tropical blooms, and from the cactus-filled deserts of the Southwest to the stunning Pacific Northwest coastline.

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.

 Visitors can enjoy guided tours, live music, children’s activities, and festive shopping parties, featuring the vibrant colors of the incredible exhibits.

Macy’s Flower Show is uniquely staged at five flagship locations nationwide—Herald Square in New York City, Center City in Philadelphia, State Street in Chicago, Downtown Minneapolis, and Union Square in San Francisco.
CHICAGO'S ENTERTAINMENT COMIC CON RETURNS! 
SPRING COMES ALIVE IN CHICAGO'S NAVY PIER!

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.

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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.

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So join The Ultimate-TV at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, Saturday, March 12-Sunday, March 20 !

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