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Easter Brunch April 5th

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It always amazes me when people show up for Brunch in Chicago, WITHOUT a reservation.  I hate to wait! And sometimes a restaurant is totally full  with no tables in sight.

EASTER is in 1 week!   Don’t be left outside without  a table!

Taverna 750 is giving away free carrot cake to all brunch goers making it 3 Course, 2 Martinis + Mimosas for $27!

See you there!

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Steve Grand at Downtown Bar March 28th

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“All-American Boy” my first, full-length debut album is here!
Celebrate with myself and other fellow #Grandfam in Chicago,

Saturday, March 28                   7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

At   440 North State St.   DOWNTOWN  BAR

FREE EVENT
Come to enjoy
The New Album, live performance, merch for sale, friends, drinks, and more!

Red Dress Party Chicago 2015

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It’s almost here!  The return of Chicago’s  RED DRESS PARTY fundraiser!

Special promo – if you don’t have tickets yet, Buy one General Admission ticket and GET ONE FREE!

Don’t wait!  Offer ends  March 31st! BUY NOW ONLINE  and they will send you an extra free ticket!

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen in Chicago

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Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted,
uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation!

GET A SNEAK PEAK NOW


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SATURDAY
MAY 16
The Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL
1-800-745-3000
Get Tickets

Regular seats available
VIP Packages available

WARHOL Wonka Ball April 10

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Come claim your 15 minutes of fame at About Face Theatre’s annual gala WONKA BALL:

WARHOL, where guests are invited to step into Warhol’s infamous factory for one night only. This year’s highly-anticipated soiree takes place Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 pm (VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm) at Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago.

WONKA BALL:

WARHOL will celebrate the pop art icon and his cadre of superstars, celebrities and subjects. Guests are invited to experience live, Warhol-inspired art-making by Matthew Lew, JoJo Baby and Edgewater Workbench, short experimental films by Warhol and contemporary Chicago filmmakers, a punch-out prize wall, a photo booth and more. Guests will also enjoy fantastic food with catering by Wolfgang Puck, delicious drinks and stellar silent and live auctions, including a three-night stay in Key West.

Join Chicago’s celebrated center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally arts (LGBTQIA) as it celebrates its 19th year on this unforgettable evening. Tickets are currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.
VIP Cocktail Reception

Join About Face for an exclusive VIP Cocktail Reception beginning at 7 pm, guests will enjoy early access to the venue, specialty cocktails, an exclusive raffle with complimentary raffle tickets, culinary treats, live entertainment and a VIP gift bag. The reception will be hosted by the evening’s honorary co-chairs and members of the AFT Board of Directors.

 

WONKA BALL: WARHOL Honorary Co-Chairs include AFT Artistic Associate Precious DavisJohn Dalton and Kristen Kaza.

 

Proceeds from WONKA BALL: WARHOL will support About Face Theatre’s award-winning mainstage programming, new play development series and nationally-recognized educational program. Since 1995, About Face has created exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays that advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity and have entertained and challenged audiences in Chicago, across the country and around the world. Support from Wonka Ball enables About Face to thrive as Chicago’s celebrated center for LGBTQIA arts; an inclusive home where diverse artists, youth, audiences and community partners come together for artistic exchange and cultural dialogue.

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: WONKA BALL: WARHOL

Date: Friday, April 10 from 8 pm – 11 pm;  VIP Cocktail Party at 7 pm

Location: Moonlight Studios, 1446 W. Kinzie St. in Chicago

Tickets: General admission: $150 (Early Bird Special $125 through March 13, 2015). VIP Cocktail Reception: $200 (Early Bird Special $175 through March 13, 2015). Additional sponsorship packages are available. Tickets currently available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or by calling (773) 784-8565.

 

THE SPONSORS

Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering. Liquor: AbsolutAngels EnvyGoose Island and Sidetrack. Event furniture: Cort. Photo booth: Red Weddings. Restaurant Partners: Wow BaoGarrett PopcornHamburger Mary’sCabot CheeseInsomnia CookiesYo Soy!, Swirlz Cupcakes, Mariano’sRique’s ChicagomEATDS Tequila and Do-Rite Donuts. Key West vacation: Historic Key West Inns.

 

About Face Theatre creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.

Oprah’s Yard Sale Auction

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I want this table!

Oprah may have had a difficult time in trying to ditch her spacious 56th floor Water Tower Place unit, but the media mogul is now unloading the contents of the 9,600 square foot pad to raise funds for her education foundation; South African girls school.

Oprah will be auctioning off 571 lots in a big one day event on April 25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers  announced the sale, which will be conducted at its Chicago salesroom.

“People love Oprah,” Hindman said. “There’s something for everyone. There’s things that are $100 and things up to $100,000.”

Slowly but surely, Oprah has been cutting ties with Chicago over the last few years, selling two other units along Lake Shore Drive, a farm in Indiana and her Harpo Studios campus in the West Loop.

Oprah also recently announced that she plans on shutting down Harpo’s Chicago operations for good.

If you plan on attending Oprah’s ginormous garage sale, be sure to bring a pile of cash as many of the items being sold are valuable antiques and artwork.

GLAAD Hatter Brunch April 4th

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Tickets are going fast!  Don’t  be left out!

 2015 GLAAD Hatter Brunch Benefit!

GLAAD Hatter, presented by Ketel One Vodka and MillerCoors, is a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality.

At GLAAD it’s personal and we want your hat to be a personal expression of yourself while enjoying a sumptuous brunch with specialty brunch cocktails.

Whether impressive or understated, bridal or funeral, edible, perishable, sporty, floral, or with live birds in a cage — whatever hat you wear, you’ll fit right in. Prizes will be given away for “Best Hat” as well as “People’s Choice” for favorite hat. Enter to win raffle prizes from great companies throughout the Chicago area.

Tickets: http://www.glaad.org/events/glaadhatter

 

Saturday, April 4, 2015         11:00am2:00pm
Pasteur         5525 N. Broadway Ave.       Chicago , IL

 

Easter Brunch April 5th Boystown

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Easter Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

 

Midday Meal with Mimosas and Madam X
Sunday, April 5          11 a.m.-4 p.m.          $39.95 per person

Enjoy a celebratory Easter brunch at Kit Kat, complete with mimosas and build-your-own cocktails. On Sunday, April 5, the Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club will offer a four course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s menu, outlined below, includes mimosas, sangria or bloody martinis for $39.95 per person. The fierce and fabulous Diva Madam X will entertain brunch guests with live performances all day.

Kit Kat’s menu of martinis will be half-price ($7 each) including such seasonal selections as “In Bloom” (Pinnacle raspberry vodka, Pama liqueur, elder flower liqueur, champagne), “Strawberry Shortcake” (Pinnacle whipped vodka, strawberry liqueur, strawberry puree, splash of vanilla, pineapple juice and cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream) and “Cabana Boy” (Cruzan coconut rum, vodka, Midori, banana liqueur, orange and pineapple juice).

For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Easter Menu

First Course

House made cheddar biscuits served with whipped honey butter


Second Course

choice of:

Kit Kat Salad – romaine, spinach, sliced apples, candied almonds, apple cider vinaigrette
Southwest Salad – romaine, avocado, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar, roasted pumpkin seeds, tortilla strips, buttermilk ranch


Third Course 

choice of:
Croque Monsieur – ham, gruyere, mustard aioli
Crab Cake Benedict – lemon bearnaise, bacon crumble, roasted potatoes
Macho Man- two eggs any style, bacon, sausage, biscuit and sausage gravy, roasted potatoes
Kit Kat Burger – smoked bacon, gruyere cheese, French mustard, over easy egg, Parmesan truffle fries
Ravioli – ricotta, spinach, asparagus, shallots, mushrooms, peas, Parmesan creme sauce
Chicken and Waffles – cayenne maple and roasted red fingerling potatoes

Dessert
choice of:

Kit Kat’s Carrot Cake

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

Chicago LGBT Wedding Expo March 7th

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Matinee Las Vegas Memorial Weekend

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We know Memorial Weekend in Chicago is all about the GRABBY  Awards  and  IML….but,  Las Vegas is drawing in more and more Midwest guys  to  the  Matinee Las Vegas Festival!

The Biggest Gay Dance Festival of the Summer returns for  a 5th Anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend: May 22-25, 2015. Plus, Barcelona’s Biggest Party makes its U.S. debut for our Saturday Night Main Event at America’s Newest Waterpark: Cowabunga Bay!

Reserve your passes NOW and save 25%!  A LIMITED  NUMBER OF THESE DISCOUNT TICKETS  ARE LEFT!! DON’T  WAIT!

Lots of Chicago boys will be there!

Use  KOBY GRANT at checkout and get a discounted fitness package in preparation for the sexiest party in Vegas!

Wonka Ball 2015 WARHOL

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In 1968, Andy Warhol proclaimed:
In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.In 2015, About Face Theatre proclaims:
It is the future and everyone can be Andy Warhol
It’s everything you love about Chicago’s gayest gala...Warholified!
For one night only, Moonlight Studios will be transformed into today’s version of Warhol’s Factory.  Immerse yourself in a world of 21st century pop art, cinema and camp while enjoying music, dancing, delicious drinks and fantastic food. And get ready for an amazing, art-filled silent and live auction that will blow your mind!
Early Bird tickets are available through     March 13th ONLY!
Just 2 weeks left! What are you waiting for, sugar?
Take a walk on the wild side…

Friday, April 10th @ Moonlight StudiosVIP Superstar Lounge @ 7pm
General Admission @ 8pm
 

Late Night Deals at Taverna 750

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Friday and Saturday Weekend Late Night Specials  @   Taverna 750!

Bar Bite and Beer for $10 & Martini and Pizza for $15 from 10pm- 1am!!!!

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Gay Pride Puerto Vallarta DEALS

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• Hotels, condos, tour operators and airlines have joined forces to be part of the largest LGBT event in the region.

• Vallarta Pride is proud to have the unconditional support of local, national and international businesses to carry out a world class event.

CHICAGO!  get  away this May and SAVE!

The third gay pride festival “Vallarta Pride” will take place from May 17 to 25, 2015. This festival in honor of the LGBT community living and visiting our vibrant tourist destinationis being supported by several local, national and international businesses under the theme of “Unity”.

It is now easier than ever to come enjoy and live the Vallarta Pride experience with the special promotions and travel packages that hotels, condos, tour operators and airlines are offering this year.

The Blue Chairs Hotel, Hotel Emperador, Hotel Catedral, Hotel Mercurio, Puerto de Luna, Rivera del Río and Villa Mercedes are all offering the 4th night free by booking 3. This promotion will run throughout Vallarta Pride. The condos Andales on the Bay, Condo Carmen Alicia and Piñata Gay Guest House will also join this initiative offering the same deal.

Other accommodation deals include Casa Cupula and OlasAltas Suites (book 4 nights and get the 5th night free), Puerto Vallarta Beach Club (4th night free by booking 3 via http://www.equalitydestinations.com/ using the code EQDPV) and Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Rentals (Get 70% off resort prices when you book a week through http://www.sellmytimesharenow.com/).

The Airlines that have joined the Vallarta Pride travel deals and will offer a discount of up to 10% are Aeroméxico (code B542D12A, valid only in national flights and form May 20 to 25, 2015), Alaska Airlines (code EC8368 and valid till May 29, 2015) and Delta Airlines (code NMKSE and valid form May 9to June 2, 2015).

As nightlife entertainment cannot be missed during your Puerto Vallarta visit, Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping is offering 10% discount when booking using the code Vallarta Pride. GayPV is also offering two complete travel packages:

• Exclusive Travel Package for Pride*
Airfares, Hotels, Events and Excursions (Including Andrew Christian Events)

• VIP Travel Package*
Andrew Christian event tickets, “Wet & Wild” Gay Cruise, fashion show and 5-night hotel accommodation.
*Exclusive deals only available on: http://gaypv.mx/deals/pride2015/.

For more information on these deals and promotions, visit here

and the official Facebook Page

Frost fest Brisk brews – Saturday Feb. 28th

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3 hours,  20  beers   for  $40!   BUY TICKETS

GLAAD Hatter Brunch Chicago April 4th 2015

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IT’S BACK!  The festive and fun 2015 GLAAD Hatter Brunch Benefit!

GLAAD Hatter, presented by Ketel One Vodka and MillerCoors, is a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality.

At GLAAD it’s personal and we want your hat to be a personal expression of yourself while enjoying a sumptuous brunch with specialty brunch cocktails.

Whether impressive or understated, bridal or funeral, edible, perishable, sporty, floral, or with live birds in a cage — whatever hat you wear, you’ll fit right in. Prizes will be given away for “Best Hat” as well as “People’s Choice” for favorite hat. Enter to win raffle prizes from great companies throughout the Chicago area.

Tickets:

$150 for Two Tickets     or    $85 Individual Ticket  Purchase Tickets

A significant portion of your ticket supports GLAAD. GLAAD rewrites the script on LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialog that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.  GLAAD.org

Saturday, April 4, 2015       11:00am2:00pm
Pasteur        5525 N. Broadway Ave. Chicago , IL

GLASS PROTEGE in Chicago!

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EVERYONE IS TALKING about Glass Protege!

During Previews the show was given  TWO    5 STAR   Reviews!

Hollywood, 1949 — a Golden Age of cinema, yes, but also a time when stifling restraints kept actors under oppressive control. An era when movies were king and their stars were pawns. The Glass Protege tells the story of Patrick Glass, a naive young actor who embarks on a scandalous gay love affair and is shocked to discover the true power the studio system has over his career and his life. This powerful drama exposes the underbelly of the Hollywood machine, picking up on the story 40 years later to shed light on previously murky truths as the consequences of Glass’ “unacceptable” romance are explored. Giant Cherry Productions invites you to step back into a time of glitz, glamour, passion and exploitation when The Glass Protege takes to the stage of Theater Wit.

Through March 29th!

Theater Wit
1229 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60640

773-975-8150

Written by Dylan Costello.
Directed by John Nasca.
Produced by Giant Cherry Productions in association with Glitterati Productions
CAST

Chazie Bly as Patrick
Baird Brutscher as Jackson
Chris Carpenter as Lloyd
Tom Chiola as Pat
Tracey Green as Ava
Chasen Hunter as George
Michelle McKenzie-Voigt as Nella
Britt-Marie Sivertsen as Candice

Don’t Tell Mama February 24th

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“Don’t Tell Mama” Opens Tuesday Night, FEBRUARY 24th!!!

Reserved Tickets Almost Sold Out, Get Your Tickets Today!!

Join Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus this Tuesday night, February 24th, at Laugh Factory for the opening of “Don’t Tell Mama”. The show features 30 CGMC cast members bringing to you the hit music of Kander & Ebb—from Cabaret to Chicago, and more.

Tickets still available online. Door sales will be available, but prices go up $5 per section. So grab yours today. 

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Chicago House THE TEASE Feb 28th

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Nadine DuBois is a commanding addition to this year’s production of The Tease. Renowned for her masterful ability to transform shows into a “more cohesive and pure slice of burlesque,” DuBois will provide a “glamorous framework for The Tease‘s incredible cast of artists.”

Hailing from Minneapolis, DuBois laces a glimmer of sexuality into her Minnesota-nice demeanor. She brings experience performing throughout the Twin Cities in large theatrical productions such as Grown and Sexy PRIDE, which every year features a special guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and in big-stage shows that have toured across New Zealand and Australia with Chicago burlesque artists Jett Adore, Bazuka Joe and Ray Gunn. DuBois has also made appearances in venues such as Chicago’s Subterranean and Music Box Theatre.

For DuBois, burlesque is truly an innocent, fun and freeing experience. “When I’m on stage, it’s the most present I ever am.”

This love affair started one hot summer night in Minneapolis when DuBois walked past an unnamed bar. Inside, she saw mystic artists who looked like they truly belonged. Trained as a singer, DuBois sought the perfect platform from which to share her talent, but she had yet to find the right fit. On this warm night in 2003, Nadine DuBois fell in love.

From there grew the persona that DuBois describes as “comedic in a real way.” Opening shows with the question, Have you ever been to a burlesque show before?, DuBois channels the audience’s nervous energy into her comedy. She responds suggestively to those new to the art form, eager to pop the cherries of burlesque virgins around the world.

This month, DuBois will host The Tease. Tying together performances by aerialists, dancers, jugglers and contortionists, DuBois will provide the scaffolding for The Tease’s portrayal of the turmoil of love. As a fierce ally to the communities Chicago House serves, Nadine DuBois intends for her performance to “highlight and encourage the powerful compassion and immense resources that Chicago House provides for its clients.”

  Two shows  7:30  and  10:30!!!  Saturday  Feb. 28th!

Buy tickets to this year’s production of The Tease on our website or by calling 773.248.5200 x 304.

Bell’s Hopslam Ale 2015 @ Replay

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We’ve been hiding a keg of Bell’s Hopslam Ale here at Replay, which we are tapping this Saturday, February 21, at 2pm.

Since this beer is a hot commodity, here’s how it’s going to work:

1) We’ll be issuing tickets at the door that will allow you to purchase one glass of Hopslam.

2) The first 50 VIP members to arrive will get one color of ticket that guarantees them first dibs to buy a glass. You must present your VIP card to get this ticket, so don’t forget it!

3) Any VIP member showing up after the first 50 as well as anyone without a VIP card will receive a different color of ticket.

4) Once all the VIP member tickets have had a chance to get their beer, we’ll do one last call for those tickets after about 20 min before we move on to the second color of tickets. Those will be served in numerical order of the tickets until we run out.

Doors open at noon, so get to Replay early or you may have to wait until next year to taste Bell’s Hopslam Ale!

REPLAY     3439 N Halsted | Chicago | IL | 60657

Frost Fest Week in Boystown

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This February, Boystown embraces the brisk weather for a first of its kind Frost Fest, a week long schedule of events celebrating all things cool in the neighborhood.

 

Soup Walk
Sunday, February 22nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Visit participating shops and sample soups from your favorite restaurants.
Taste of Northalsted
Monday, February 23rd – Thursday, February 26th
Visit northalsted.com to print your $10 OFF Coupon.
Warm-Up Wednesday
Wednesday, February 25th, 6:00 PM
Enjoy warm and spirited drinks at the bars along the Northalsted strip
Brisk Brews – Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, February 28th
Pick between two 3 hour tasting sessions beginning at 1:00 PM or 6:00 PM.
Sample over 20 local craft brews in our heated outdoor tent.
Buy your tickets at www.northalsted.com.

A night in D.W. Alexander – Toronto

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Toronto, Ontario is a popular destination for many art and music lovers. It has high air and water standards, making it one of the cleanest cities to live in. Families all over the world go far from home to move in there. Night life is one of the aspects of T.O. that not many people are mentioning. With Chicago in vicinity, this area presents a vibrant and colorful scene. Celebrities all over the world like to visit Toronto International Film Festival, Opera House and numerous bars and lounges that this city has to offer. There are certain establishments that stand out from the rest with their offer and atmosphere. D.W. Alexander bar club is one of the most popular lounges in this city that made its name by serving excellent cocktails.

On the very entrance, you will be assisted by the pleasant and helpful staff. The interior is really classy and it mixes black and brown nuances. Together with dimmed lights, it creates a mysterious atmosphere. The space is really clean and tidy; it seems that the management is very needy when it comes to hygiene standards. This isn’t surprising given the Canadian mentality and discipline. The bar is really something. It is very well placed and it is inseparable from its design. There are enough chairs for partying, but not enough to feel that you are in a crowd. You won’t have to hit people with your elbows just to secure a little bit more space for yourself.

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The menu consists of snacks, such as nuts or olives, and dishes like fish and cheese. This is a very good way to satisfy your hunger without overburdening yourself with food. Choice of spirits is good, choice of whiskey even better. Various brands of Scotch, Canadian and Irish whiskey are served here. Number of wine and beer brands is much smaller, although their quality is high-level. However, the most important aspect of this bar and the reason why it became so popular are its cocktails. The baristas in this establishment made an art out of their mixture. The number of cocktails may look small in comparison to some other bars, but the way they are prepared more than makes up for it. Its cocktail menu is split into two: Classic Cocktails and D.W. Originals. The first part represents standard cocktails for this part of the world, with a nice Canadian touch added to them. D.W. Originals are house made from different ingredients that are specific to this club alone, such as D.W. Sage Infused Rum, D.W. Apple and Fennell Infused Rye, D.W. Black Pepper and Coriander Tincture and many more. All of that makes this place unique in its offer and worth visiting twice.

Whenever you are in Toronto, besides museums and other major sights, you should visit one of its restaurants, bar and clubs. Canadians know how to have a good time and they are excellent hosts. If you ever get thirsty while downtown, bear in mind that there is a great place just around the corner for you.

The Welcoming Committee Chicago

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The Welcoming Committee launched in Chicago in October, but it has been active in a few  of the major neighborhoods and cities   DC and  Boston…for several years now.  La  and NY  coming in the Spring.

TWC is a movement of LGBTQ folks that takes over typically straight bars, sports games, special events, and major travel destinations for one-time-only experiences.

BEST GAY, our brand,  took over Six Flags in 2012 and OUT IN THE PARK is now an annual event.  Last fall we took over Key Lime Cove  for 24 hours and it was EPIC! This summer, we’ll be taking over Six Flags Hurricane Harbor  and the Brookfield Zoo  during June!

TWC Chicago has a really cool  wine event planned for March 19th at Adler Planetarium.

LIKE them  and  on get on the list to see whats happening!

 

 

Nick Offerman Megan Mullally Chicago

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For their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour, actor-comedian power couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally plan to dissect their marriage through song, comedy and “heavy ribaldry, light petting and an astonishing final act of completion.” The duo’s 23-date tour stops in Chicago MAY 7th @ Chicago Theatre.

Mullally is best known for her Emmy Award-winning portrayal of prescription-drugged socialite Karen Walker on Will & Grace. Mullally also is a Broadway star, one half of a musical duo Nancy and Beth (with Friday Night Lights‘ Stephanie Hunt), and scene-stealing star of the late greats Party Down and Children’s Hospital (she also portrays Swanson’s sex-vampire ex-wife Tammy).

Tickets  are  $59-$300!

 

Chicago Theatre Week 2015

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Chicago Theatre Week 2015 is a celebration of Chicago’s world-class theatre scene. Presented by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, Chicago Theatre Week is returning for its third year and will take place February 12-22, 2015.

This month, visitors and residents will again have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 productions and sample the extraordinary range of theatrical offerings throughout Chicago.

February 12-22, 2015
$15 and $30 tickets (or less!)

Tickets are now on sale – Browse the participating productions  HERE and try searching by genre, date, or neighborhood.

Remember, with over 250 professional theatre companies in Chicago and great deals at Hot Tix, Chicago Theatre Week is just the start of your theatre adventures! Chicago theatres are a vital part of the neighborhood landscape year-round, offering top-notch musicals, new works, classics, and more — housed in spaces ranging from renowned downtown theatres to the unique, raw, and intimate settings of Chicago’s storefront stages.

Replay and Elixir Expand to Andersonville

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WOW! How cool is this?!

LKH MGMT, the group behind Lakeview’s Hydrate, Elixir, Replay and Halsted’s Bar & Grill, announces the addition of two new Andersonville locations slated to open this summer.

By opening Replay Andersonville and Elixir Lounge Andersonville LKH brings two of its most popular concepts to the burgeoning neighborhood. Replay Andersonville will be located at 5368 N Clark (at Balmoral)  and Elixir Lounge Andersonville will be located at 1507 W Balmoral, right around the block!

“We have had Andersonville in our sights for more than two years and finally secured the perfect locations for both concepts,” said LKH Managing Partner Sean Kotwa. LKH President Mark Liberson agreed, stating, “The Replay and Elixir locations are in a building that just underwent an amazing renovation and we are thrilled to be the first tenants.”

Replay Andersonville opens first and mirrors the Lake View location with popular pinball games, iconic vintage video games and more than 24 craft beers on tap. Unlike the Lake View location, Replay Andersonville will serve food, including weekend brunch, as well as lunch and dinner all week.

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Elixir Lounge Andersonville will feature the extensive list of creative and classic premium cocktails that Elixir Lake View is lauded for. In addition, Elixir Andersonville will serve small plate dining options to complement the craft cocktail program.

Both concepts feature outdoor space, which was a deciding factor in securing the new sites. Kotwa commented, “Chicago’s summers make this city and we are eager to bring something new to this stretch of Balmoral.”

LKH looks forward to being a part of the Andersonville community and participating in Midsommarfest. “Our experience with Northalsted’s Market Days and Pridefest energizes us to be part of a new community and festival,” said Kotwa.

Liberson notes that many of Replay and Elixir’s Lake View patrons have moved into the Andersonville area and was one of the factors for adding the locations. “It’s one of the best neighborhoods in the nation and we understand the demand directly from our customer base. We are elated to bring these concepts to a new area.”
Both are slated to be open in the Summer of 2015.

Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge

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What better place to view the OSCARS??? Dinner, drinks  and big  screens!

87th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat


Watch Hollywood Icons on Screen and on Premise 

Sunday, February 22        5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.Kit Kat will roll out the red carpet on Sunday, February 22, for the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club’s seven HD projection screens will be tuned to Hollywood, from the pre-show arrivals at 6 p.m. to the award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. During the commercial breaks, Diva Dulce Andrews will entertain guests with fabulous female impersonations of pop stars, songstresses and Hollywood icons.

In addition to the regular dinner and cocktail menus, Kit Kat will offer Oscar-themed specials including Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Filet Oscar entree ($28) and half-priced martinis such as The Red Carpet, The Academy and Meryl Streep ($7 each; outlined below).
Who will take home the gold statue? Guess correctly and win! Kit Kat will pass out prediction ballots before the show, and the guest who predicts the most winners will be awarded $100 cash (second place: dinner for two; third place: gift bag with spirits and liqueur courtesy of Beam Suntory).Table reservations are available by calling Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Oscar Night Dinner Special

Filet Oscar
6oz filet mignon topped with crab cake and bearnaise sauce, served with a side of grilled asparagus $28

Oscar Night Martini Specials

$7 each
The Red Carpet
Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, crème de cacao, splash of cream and grenadine with a chocolate dusted rim

The Academy

Effen Cucumber, Midori and fresh lime juice garnished with a cucumber wheel

Meryl Streep 

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Amy Landecker in Chicago for AFC Gala in May

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30 Years of Action: 30th Year Gala Marks AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Milestone Fighting HIV/AIDS

Actress Amy Landecker to be master of ceremonies at AFC’s 30th Year Gala on May 16!

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) commemorates 30 years of action with the HIV/AIDS community during its 30th Year Gala, taking place at the Hilton Chicago on May 16.

 

The event marks a historic milestone for the organization, which has led the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Chicago metropolitan area since the early years of the epidemic. Thirty years later, AFC commemorates the work its community of supporters, advocates, service providers, and community organizations have done to reduce new HIV infections and provide support for the estimated 43,000 people living with HIV and AIDS in Illinois today.

 

Renowned actress Amy Landecker will be master of ceremonies, highlighting AFC’s impact on HIV/AIDS in Chicago, Illinois and across the U.S. Landecker is known for her role in the Academy Award-nominated film A Serious Man and currently stars in Amazon’s Golden Globe winning comedy series Transparent, which chronicles the lives of a Los Angeles family whose patriarch is transgender.

 

Guests at the 30th Year Gala will also enjoy live entertainment from a special performer (to be announced next year), specialty cocktails, dinner, dancing and a raffle.   Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 6 p.m. to Midnight

WHERE:         Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

TICKETS:     $500 per person. $5,000 per table.  For more information and to reserve tickets, call 312-334-0935

Wonka Ball 2015 WARHOL

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In 1968, Andy Warhol proclaimed:
“In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.“

In 2015, About Face Theatre proclaims:
“It is the future and everyone can be Andy Warhol” at…

WONKA BALL: WARHOL

Named as one of Chicago’s top theatre, dance, and music events for the 5th year in a row, WONKA BALL: WARHOL will celebrate the Pop Art icon and his cadre of superstars, celebrities and subjects.

Guests will experience live, Warhol-inspired art-making and performances, plus fantastic food, delicious drinks, music and a stellar silent and live auction for which Wonka Ball itself has become famous.

Get your discounted Early Bird tickets now and support About Face Theatre, Chicago’s premiere center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally arts (LGBTQIA) as we celebrate our 19th year and party like superstars!

Early bird tickets available through March 13th ONLY!

Love is Love EQIL Gala Feb. 14th

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We can hardly believe it – Gala week is here and this is one of your last chances to attend the largest LGBT event of its kind in the Midwest.

It will be a night of celebration and dancing that you won’t want to miss.  We’ll be honoring the TransLife Center of Chicago House, performer Lea DeLaria, and business leader Michael Sacks and GCM Grosvenor.

To kick off the night we have remarkable silent auction items for you to bid on, from travel packages to locales like Las Vegas and Maui to glamorous hotel stays, dining, and entertainment in Chicago. You will be able to bid on flights around the world, Picasso lithographs, or even baskets filled with your favorite cocktail ingredients!

Only standard tables and tickets are left, and they’re going fast – get your tickets today!

Lady Bunny and RuPauls Season 7 Girls

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Meet the new queens of Season 7, enjoy LIVE gag-worthy performances by the ENTIRE cast, catch a special advance screening of the premiere episode before it airs and dance to the beats of DJ Lady Bunny!

Hosted by Shangela and this season’s celebrity judges.

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