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First Wave Lineups revealed for RIOT FEST 2016!

I've said this many times, but allow me to say this again... when it comes to music festivals, there is currently only one that maintains my loyalty: Chicago's RIOT FEST. While there's many festival offerings here in Illinois and beyond, RIOT FEST is the one that folks should be paying attention to - a festival that's grown from a days-long event scattered through multiple venues in Chicago, into the three-day behemoth known as the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL. But there's also Denver, too - with the RIOT FEST & RODEO, and for 2016 the first wave of announcements is absolutely stellar... and this is just the first wave! Check out the announcements below, along with some official "Rock Father Picks" on what I'll most be looking forward to seeing this year...

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Welcoming Spring with the Arrival of The Easter Bunny...

Brought to you by Woodfield Mall - A Simon Mall

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago during the 1980s, there were certain malls that became legendary. Shopping in those pre-internet days was a different type of thing, but visiting those malls wasn't just about shopping... it was about family, and a lot of memories were made within the halls of fashion, toys and commerce during special trips. While the Circus World/K-B Toys, Marshall Field's, and Sam Goody stores of my youth have been swapped for the LEGO Store, Macy's and F.Y.E., one of those legendary malls is bigger and stronger-than-ever, the mighty Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois - just minutes west of Chicago.  With the official arrival of Spring comes the arrival of The Easter Bunny, and his presence at Woodfield Mall makes for another of those special trips that families will remember forever. 

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Flash Giveaway - Win a Divergent Series: Allegiant 4DX Prize Pack!

A Special Promotion from 4DX and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine open to residents of Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and the Los Angeles areas only.

If you have't seen a movie in 4DX yet, you're in for quite an experience when you finally do... an experience currently available at just two locations in the United States, and by the end of this week, a third. Located directly between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Marcus Gurnee Cinema at Gurnee Mills welcomes moviegoers into a fully-immersive experience, one also enjoyed on the West Coast at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live, and soon on the East Coast at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 (open March 25). Showing this week in 4DX is THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT, and the folks at 4DX have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER once again for a special prize pack giveaway... but this one is a little bit different! With just two days left to catch the film in 4DX prior to it being swept away by BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, we're giving readers a chance to win a pack that includes 1 Allegiant shirt, 1 Allegiant lunchbox, 1 Allegiant tattoo sticker and a pair of 4DX vouchers good for a future 4DX film. Click here to visit my Facebook page, where entering is as simple as liking and leaving a comment*.

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Chicagoland: Woodfield Mall Hosts Simon Kidgits Club’s Easter Eggstravaganza

For my friends in the Chicagoland area, one of the suburbs' most popular malls is bursting with Springtime cheer this weekend...

Families are invited to hop down to the Simon Kidgits Club’s Easter Eggstravaganza at Woodfield Mall. Kids are sure to have an ‘egg’cellent time celebrating the arrival of spring during this free event, which will feature festive activities, interactive games, giveaways and more, all taking place from 12-2pm on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

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Illinois/Wisconsin Friends: Win a ZOOTOPIA 4DX Prize Pack!

I'm telling you something right now: Disney's ZOOTOPIA is about to be HUGE. Over the past few months, I've been fairly ZOOTOPIA-immersed (they made me an official resident), having once again paid a visit to Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank where I met with Directors Byron Howard (BOLT, TANGLED) and Rich Moore (WRECK-IT RALPH), along with Producer Clark Spencer (WINNIE THE POOH) and much of the key creative team for an inside look at the studio's 55th feature-length animated film. Last week, my wife and I also treated The Rock Daughters to an early screening of the film, and in the days that followed, something remarkable happened... they declared it "Better than FROZEN," with our oldest deeming it her "favorite film so-far," and already noting that when she does her back-to-school chalkboard in the Fall, ZOOTOPIA will replace FROZEN as her film of choice. The kids have spoken, and that's all I need. While ZOOTOPIA by itself is a very special film (and one I will review in detail later), in Chicago's far North Suburbs, just minutes from Rock Father HQ is a very special place to see it - the Marcus Gurnee Cinema at Gurnee Mills. This theatre is home to one of just two 4DX theaters in the United States (the other is in L.A.), and to celebrate a one-week special engagement of ZOOTOPIA 4DX, the folks at CJ 4DX have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine for a very special Prize Pack Giveaway. The trick is, this one is limited to readers in Illinois and Wisconsin... folks within the region of the Marcus Gurnee Cinema and their 4DX screen! Learn about 4DX and enter to win below!

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