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WI and IN Gay Marriage Battle

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Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hours before to ensure they got a seat at the much-anticipated hearing.

While judges often play devil’s advocate during oral arguments, the panel’s often-blistering questions for the defenders of the same-sex marriage bans could be a signal the laws may be in trouble — at least at this step in the legal process.

“It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away,” the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of same sex marriage, Posner said, derives from “a tradition of hate … and savage discrimination” of homosexuals.







Jess Godwin – Godwin Anthology Free Concert Aug. 27

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Join Center on Halsted for an evening of vocal performance from some of Chicago’s most talented singers, songwriters, and performers.

The Godwin Anthology consists of the following acts:

GODWIN has released five EPs. Her singles and voice have been featured on both television and radio and she has been the featured performer for a number of sports franchises, galas, funerals, masses, and weddings throughout the Chicago area and nationally.

JC BROOKS is an actor, musician, and poet whose main pastime is writing love letters to the Chicago arts scene. You can check him out this summer with his post-punk soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound with his new musical project the K.i.D.

DANIEL WADE is a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music sounds like a burst of rock ‘n’ roll sunshine that is both fresh and familiar. He has four EPs and performs with Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons, Treaty of Paris, and Michael Chorvat. He has opened for both Butch Walker and Jack’s Mannequin.

RYAN POWERS and The Secret Weapons nod to the sunshine pop music of the past with their debut album The Goodnight, Goodbye Hour. They have garnered airplay on 93.1 FM WXRT, performed live on WGN Television, and have shared the stage with national acts such as: Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Styx, Diane Birch, and REO Speedwagon. Ryan and the band set out to perform their summertime pop that sings of romance and escapes.

Snow White and 7 Drag Queens @ Hydrayte

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After a sold-out run in the spring, MidTangent is bringing “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens” back to Hydrate Nightclub along with an all new rotating drag revue the “Ever After Show”.
Follow Snow White, the Queens, a dashing prince and an evil Diva through this high-speed, jukebox musical! Featuring Midtangent favorites Katerina Papdatos, Nicholas Reinhart, Debbie Fox, Erin Daly and Aaron Michael Adamkiewicz. Joining them are the fresh talents of Casi Maggio, Taryn Wood, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Specificity Jones, Tequila Mockingbird, Suki Shore, Philip Soulides and Daniel Piechocinski.“Five years ago MidTangent worked with Hydrate nightclub to be the first theater company to produce a play on the small stage of their Boystown bar. “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens” played to sold-out houses for two runs in 2009 and again in 2014. We have since found a happy home at Hydrate and have produced seven shows with them along with many other events and cabarets. With the recent rise in mainstream exposure to the drag culture thanks to TV and steps forward in equality, MidTangent thought 2014 would be the perfect time to revamp the show that started off our great journey at Hydrate. Given the response, we are thrilled that audiences agree! With a new cast, scenes and songs, we promise “Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens” will be a truly fabulous time! It’s a fantastic and different way to entertain your date or a group of friends!”
-Tony Lewis, MidTangent Artistic Director

“Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens”
Written and directed by Tony Lewis
Performances are on the first Friday of every month.
2014 Dates: September 5, October 3, November 7 & December 5
8:00 p.m. Showtime
Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL
Tickets $20, available at the door or at
Must be 21+

George Takei: “TO BE TAKEI” in Chicago

“A unique blend of camp and conviction, To Be Takei deftly showcases George Takei’s eclectic personality and wildly disparate achievements” ~Variety
To Be Takei
is a funny and moving film about how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for marriage equality and civil rights.
See this remarkable documentary about an extraordinary life at Facets Cinematheque.




As Sulu on TV’s Star Trek, he boldly went where no man had gone before, and now, George Takei is on a new mission. Years after becoming one of the first Asian-American actors to appear on primetime television, Takei is the subject of Jennifer Kroot’s documentary, which follows the actor and his husband, Brad, who are the poster couple for marriage equality, as they fight for and promote rights for everyone. As a child forced into Japanese-American internment camps, the actor-turned-activist reveals the ways that racism affected him well into his early acting career, where he played stereotypical Asian stock characters in film and television shows.

But To Be Takei also explores George Takei as the social media icon and after leading the starship Enterprise, he now guides over five million Facebook fans in his rally for equality. Firmly believing homosexuality to be an “orientation” (as opposed to a “lifestyle”) in his civil rights advocacy, Takei graces cyberspace with his quirky humor and abundance of heart, in his signature voice. To Be Takei is a funny and moving film about how a beloved actor has taken advantage of his celebrity to fight for the liberty and love that matters to so many of us. George Takei’s sharp eye, coupled with his wicked sense of humor, continues to challenge the status quo well into the 21st century.

Directed by Jennifer Kroot, U.S.A., 2014, 90 mins.


Fri., Aug. 29 at 7 & 9 pm

Sat., Aug. 30 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm

Sun., Aug. 31 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm

Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 1-4 at 7 & 9 pm

  Tickets are $9 for general admissions.

Gay Bowling Comes to Naperville

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Out Bowling is a LGBTQ and Ally bowling league that seeks to bring together the west suburbs of Chicago through fun times, good music, and sportsmanship.

This is perfect, for anyone 18 years and up, to enjoy a night out without having to go downtown Chicago or shuffle through a busy nightclub. Official code of conduct will be developed soon but this is meant to be a safe place for ALL LGBTQ and allies.

Don’t be afraid to sign up as a single bowler!! Teams are made up of two but we can find you a teammate for the season! How easy is that for meeting people?

Your best friend want to come but doesn’t want to bowl? We have plenty of seating behind all the lanes for everyone to sit in on the fun!

That can’t be very fun you say? Well every Thursday night we have karaoke in our full service bar! While you are bowling for that 300 your friends can be singing away! Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the fun! Karaoke keeps going all night!

Please be sure to join the Facebook group or message if you have any questions regarding sign up or otherwise.

Mr Heatwave Contest at Scarlet Aug 21st

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DRUM ROLL please………………..
Announcing the Mr Heatwave

contest for 2014!

On Thursday August 21st, there will be MR HEATWAVE 2014 contest at Scarlet bar.

3320 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Event is  7-10pm. All Interested contestants can IN BOX ME on Facebook saying they are interested. OR that evening in person between 7-8pm!

Wear your sexiest and hottest look.
It’s not necessarily about the best body.
Be fun and creative. Show your personality!

It’ll be a very simple process.
Maybe a fun question or 2.

Attendees in the club will cast votes for their favorite guy.

Winner gets a $600 package that includes free room for 2 for the Heatwave event, 2 tickets for the Heatwave Recovery Gospel Brunch, a 2 hour professional photo shoot, and 2 tickets to OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags.

Top 2 runners up will get a Swag Bag of goodies.

FREE Pizza from BoJonos Pizza will be served at 9:00 while votes are counted. and Scarlet will offer a special Ketle One + Red Bull Heatwave drink for the evening @ a special price!

Join us at 7pm to enter the competition or cheer on your friend to help them win a prize package worth over a $600!

Hopefuls should come dressed to impress. Audience votes will choose the winner so grab all your friends!


In case you did not know…..

From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA comes a brand new charitable event! The country’s FIRST EVER 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration. HEATWAVE!

Taking place at Key Lime Cove, right across the street from Six Flags in Gurnee, IL. Key Lime has an amazing 65,000 square foot INDOOR water park where it’s always 82 degrees! and a complete hotel resort attached.

The 24 hour event will begin Saturday, November 15th, 2014 . Room/Party Packages $98 Per Person/double occupancy, includes ROOM + PARTY TICKETS! ONLY 400 rooms and at press time, it was a little over half sold out. (You must say HEATWAVE event when calling Reservations 1-877-360-0403).

Five DJ’s and 12 hours of music with 9 hours inside the waterpark! Cazwell, Traver Rains, Trannika Rex, Austin Armacost, hot models and fashions by J Prince Studio – it’s going to be Epic fun! Restaurants, bars, coffee shop, ice cream, spa, massive arcade..everything you need for 24 hours is one complex.

Legendary Chita Rivera in Chicago September 27th

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The cheers for Chita started with the overture. By the time she had risen from the stage floor in New York last year, and stood front-and-center a few minutes later, the roar for her was deafening. Basked in a single spotlight, Chita Rivera owned the August Wilson Theatre  last Fall.

NOW, Moraine Valley Community College Fine & Performing Arts Center is bringing living legend Chita Rivera to Chicagoland!

Chita: A Legendary Celebration, is  a sizzling evening of song and dance!

Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event celebrating the Broadway legend’s 80th birthday! The two-time Tony Award winner recreates signature moments from her legendary career, including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kissof the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie; and The Rink. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, JerryHerman, and Stephen Sondheim are featured with orchestral accompaniment.

Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 27   @  7:30 p.m.    @  Dorothy Menker Theater


Chicago North Halsted Market Days 2014

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I met someone the other day who just moved here to Chicago a couple weeks ago and had never heard of Market Days.


North Halsted Market Days is an annual two-day festival and celebration in Chicago. It is the Midwest’s largest two-day street festival with annual attendance between 200,000 and 300,000 people. It is the second largest festival in Chicago, next to Taste Fest.

Market Days takes place in the Boystown section of Lakeview up and down North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Avenue. The half-mile long event usually is scheduled for the second weekend in August. For 2014, the dates are August 9th and 10th. Market Days first began in 1981 with humble and gay-centric beginnings. Over the years, the overall vibe of the event is still very gay but welcoming and open to all. Halsted Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Saturday morning at 7am until Monday morning at 1am to accommodate the event.

The festival consists of 3 head-liner music stages, 2 local band stages and several areas where guests can dance to DJ’s spinning in the street. Spanning six city blocks, North Halsted Market Days features numerous musical acts throughout the weekend. Many of these artists are top-name headliners, some are local and some are more classic in nature. In the last couple years, Taylor Dayne, Wilson Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, David Cassidy, and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter have all performed at this Chicago festival.

North Halsted Market Days showcases a vast array of different types of food, artwork, unique crafts, clothes, jewelry and just about anything you can think of. There are also tents showcasing local Halsted Street businesses, as well as public service organizations and companies both large and small. Many give away small souvenir items and offer special deals and discounts to attendees.

Most of the businesses along Halsted Street are open during the day with many staying open late each night. The 20+ bars and restaurants on Halsted Street see a significant increase in patronage. If you go to any of the clubs or restaurants after 11pm, be prepared to wait in long lines.

Visitors come from all over the US to celebrate, party and truly experience this unique festival weekend in Boystown. Keep in mind the crowds swell from about 1pm-7pm, making it very difficult to move along the street. There is a suggested donation of $10 each day to attend.



Selecting Wedding Rings with Gregg Helfer Jewelers

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The Helfer family has been importing diamonds and making jewelry for three generations starting with Gregg’s Grandfather David Helfer. David opened his first wholesale office in downtown Chicago in 1933.

With over seven decades of family experience now behind them, Gregg and Michael carry on their family’s belief that all clients deserve one on one service in a pressure free, personalized, professional, and private environment.

Their website provides a great Education section. Where you can learn about the different gemstones, cuts and quality ratings  as well as information about different metals.

If you have an idea, Gregg Helfer Jewelers can work with you on creating a unique custom design.

The Gregg Helfer Ltd.

Policy On Conflict Diamonds

Along with the global diamond industry, Gregg Helfer Ltd. has a zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Through measures such as the Kimberley Process, which tracks diamonds from mine to market, the industry in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and non-governmental organizations, polices diamond exports to prevent the trade of illegal diamonds.

We only purchase diamonds through the largest and most respected suppliers who, like us, proudly adhere to and enforce the standards established by the Kimberley Process. All of our diamonds are warrantied to be conflict free. If one of our suppliers was ever found to be in violation of that process, we would immediately sever that relationship. We will continue to support and promote any process that works to uphold legitimacy in the diamond trade.

Diamonds are mined throughout the world, including major mines in Australia, Africa, Russia and Canada. Diamonds are a major source of good in many African nations, employing and providing healthcare to thousands.

Greg Helfer Ltd Private Jeweler.  312-920-0970

Soul Train at Sidetrack August 20th

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Remember Soul Train?? 


Soul Train was a musical variety television program, which aired in from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul and hip hop artists, although funk, disco , and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.


NOW, you can Take funky trip on the Soul Train with ALCC! Join us on Wednesday, August 20, for  their annual summer bash. They will  be dealin’ some good feelings on the hippest trip in America!

Cocktails, scrumptious fare, sweet tunes, prizes, and an incredible silent auction await you.

All Aboard the SOUL TRAIN!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tickets start at $50.


Chicago Market Days Parties

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We all know about Market Days daytime – but the NIGHT TIME EVENTS NOT TO MISS!!

NVRLND returns to the Metro!  On Friday, August 8th, Neverland kicks off Market Days weekend with massive production, costumes, walking art, one of the biggest DJs in the world, BORIS, and one of the hottest names on the circuit, Dj Cindel.

Our theme: GRAVITY…a deep-space fantasy from Neverland’s little set of crazy minds

Killer Hot Spots: Shea Coulee and Miss Continental 2014 Naysha Lopez

Your Hosts & Walking Art: Anaol Fetale (Boston), Eddie Couture (Chicago), Gia Gunn (Chicago), Joe Roszak (NYC), Kim Chi (Chicago), London Adour (Houston), Maddelynn Hatter (NYC), Porcelain (SF), Rhea Litre (LA), Ryan Work (Miami), The Princess (Nashville), and Trixie Mattel (Milwaukee)

DOOR by Brandon Edwards,   DRUMS by Mo Kabre

All-Star Drag Carnage show hosted by Trannika Rex from 9:30pm-11pm followed by BORIS and CINDEL from 11pm-4am.

Produced by Anthony DiFiore and Martin Luna

$40 hard-copy Neverland tix (no service fee) in  Boystown boutiques XO Studio and Egoist Underwear. Best way to avoid service charges or the $50 door cover.  THE METRO  3730 N. Clark

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Now in its 4th year, the epic Market Days Saturday night dance party returns with an all new production, massive set design, more smoldering hot go-go dancers and world class DJ’s.

Canadian super-star DJ David Picard will be joining forces with our powerhouse Revolution DJ Joe Gauthreaux, who is making his triumphant return to this legendary event.

Circuit Mom Productions is energized and ready to make crowds erupt with excitement with a theme decided by fans through an online vote. A wonder world is being created to transport you to the lush jungles and sexy, volcanic mountaintops like only Circuit MOM can do! A limited number of advance-priced tickets are on sale now at, The House of Blues Chicago box office and CRAM FASHION located 3331 N. Broadway, Chicago.

Ticket prices will increase as the event date draws closer.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
House of Blues Chicago, 329 N Dearborn St

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil Brunch in Saugatuck


Oprah Winfrey’s favorite gay royal, India’s Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, will be traveling to Saugatuck, Michigan on Sunday, August 17th to discuss his new public awareness campaign: “Free Gay India” during a royal brunch and Q & A session.

The event, which takes place at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas, MI), will be hosted by Chicago human rights attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, an accomplished author, playwright, screenwriter, and movie producer who wrote the GLAAD-nominated play “Haram Iran” – based on the true story of the hanging of two Iranian teenagers who were alleged to be gay.
“I have followed Prince Manvendra’s compelling story and the challenges he faced when he chose to come out about his sexual preferences in 2002,” says Deratany. “I’m honored to welcome him to The Kirby,” he adds. “I’m thrilled that he chose our community to discuss the important work he is doing with his Free Gay India campaign.”
The Hindu Prince is the 39th heir to a 650 year old Indian dynasty, and is the only openly gay prince in the world. In 2006, Manvendra received the UNAIDS Civil Society Award from the United Nations, and has appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share his story of struggle and how he ultimately found peace. After India recently re-criminalized homosexual acts, Prince Manvendra launched a global public awareness campaign (Free Gay India) to confront LGBT discrimination in his homeland and around the world.
The royal brunch is $30 per person and takes place on Sunday, August 17th from 11 am to 2 pm at The Kirby (294 W. Center Street in Douglas), a historic mansion that Deratany recently purchased and renovated to create a boutique hotel and wine bar.  Space for the brunch and presenation is limited and reservations are required by emailing Mindy Trafman, General Manager for The Kirby, at



Heatwave Party at Key Lime Cove


HEATWAVE CHICAGO        Passport to Paradise


Saturday, November 15th, 2014  thru Sunday, November 16th, 2014


Imagine 24-Hours of PRIVATE LGBT Paradise at

                                       Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort

From the producers of Six Flags Great America and Six Flags St. Louis’ OUT IN THE PARK, comes this very exciting event. “We’re taking over Key Lime Cove’s Indoor Waterpark Resort, for 24 hours!” says Derrick Sorles of


“A party like this has never been done before where you check-in and never have to leave the property the entire time! And just like our OUT IN THE PARK events at Six Flags, this will be a totally private event and it will benefit a local charity.”


  • 414 Resort-Style Key West Guest Rooms and LUXE Suites
  • (As  of  July  20th,  HALF of the rooms   have been sold!!!)
  • Seven Room/Suite Options Sleeping/Connecting 2 to 12 Or More Guests
  • 12-Hour INDOOR  Water Park Dance Party Admission Included In Your Room Price
  • 5 Amazing DJ Sets and Poolside Dance Party from 3PM – 3AM
  • 45 Minutes Away from Chicago, Across From Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Illinois
  • 65,000 Square Feet of INDOOR Water Park FUN – Always tropically-inspired, 84 degrees and Humid
  • 10,000 Square Foot State-Of-The-Art Gaming Arcade
  • Restaurants, Bars, Confectionery Center, Convenience Store, Souvenirs EVERYTHING A Guest Needs
  • Party Packages As Low As $95 Per Person (includes accommodations and ticket to waterpark dance party!)
  • 21 and over only   BOOK  BEFORE IT’S TOO  LATE!

About Face Presents Methtacular in Chicago

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About Face Theatre,

in association with Justin Brill,

 Launches Its 2014-15 Season with the Chicago Premiere of


Written and Performed by Steven Strafford

Directed by Adam Fitzgerald


August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit

In this Chicago premiere, Strafford shares his brutally honest and often comedic story of survival in the underground world of Chicago’s crystal meth scene. Methtacular! plays August 21 – September 28, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets are available at, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

Methtacular! is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing autobiographical account of his three years as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. Through comedy, songs, and plenty of honest storytelling, Strafford brings audiences on a journey through the chemical highs, devastating lows, and ultimate redemption from his drug addled, sex crazed life.

“After playing to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in New York, Cincinnati and Portland, this unique piece of theatre is finally coming home to Chicago where it was born and bred,” comments AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “Crystal meth addiction has been a serious national problem for years in the gay community, and especially here in the Midwest.  A talented artist and brilliant storyteller, Steven shines a light on addiction that is at once funny and thought provoking, turning his journey down the rabbit hole into a compelling and comedic evening.  Virtuosic and soulbaringly honest, Methtacular! is a play that audiences won’t soon forget,” adds Volkoff.


The production team for Methtacular! Includes David L. Arsenault (scenic design) Sarah Hughey (lighting design) and Paul Perry (sound design).


   Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.

Dates: Previews: Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 pm, Friday, August 22 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 pm

Regular run Wednesday, August 27Sunday, September 28, 2014

Curtain Times:  Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 4 pm

Tickets:  Previews: $20 adults/$10 students & seniors. Regular run: $35 adults/$20 students & seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.


Tony Tripoli Chicago Cabaret Project Friday July 25th



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Before Michael Sam there was Eric Lueshen

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“Well, this is one giant step for Nebraska Athletics. Are you ready?”

It has been 11 years since Eric Lueshen asked his boyfriend this question at Nebraska’s student-athlete formal. At the time, there were no publicized gay athletes in major college football.

This was still the case until February  2014 when Michael Sam came out to the New York Times. Sam will be credited as football’s first openly gay athlete; however, that is not the whole truth.

Lueshen has been openly gay for the last 12 years. As a football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers (2003-06), his teammates knew his sexual orientation and generally accepted him for it.

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Yet it never became news.

He shares his story on YouTube.  Eric reaches out with his heartfelt personal story and a message of hope, love, and acceptance. In the wake of Michael Sam coming out, Eric Lueshen, a former openly gay kicker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2003-2006, was approached to share his story.

He talks about his initial struggles of being accepted at a major collegiate football program over a decade ago, coming out to his Husker teammates, the transformation of homophobic players, a career ending back surgery, and ultimately being accepted and respected for who he is. He ends with a message of hope to everyone that “it gets better” and encourages them to live life on the other side of fear.

Eric lives in Chicago now and you can find him on Facebook  and Twitter.

Chicago House Film Night for TransLife Center Aug. 2nd

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CHICAGO HOUSE has a new and exciting benefit night they are launching! This is going to a very special event!!


The Matrix series. V for Vendetta. Cloud Atlas. For years, Andy and Lana Wachowski, the award-winning directors and producers of these films, have kept their Hollywood secrets hidden from the general public. But on Saturday, Aug. 2, the sibling duo is thrilled to offer an exclusive opportunity to join them at their private, 20,000-square foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater – all to benefit Chicago House’s TransLife Center.

The inaugural event, TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio, will give attendees the chance to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a selection of films at the Wachowskis’ studio at 5645 N Ravenswood Avenue.

Kinowerks Studio is renowned for its “cleverly sustainable design elements and the best of green technology,” and is lined with Wachowski artifacts, trophies and memorabilia from their films.

“We are delighted to host this event supporting the TransLife Center,” Lana Wachowski said, “for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts.”
Lana herself identifies as transgender, and over recent years she’s accepted numerous awards for her work pertaining to trans issues, including the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Visibility Award in 2012.

“Invisibility is indivisible from visibility,” Wachowski said in her HRC acceptance speech. “For the transgender community this is not simply a philosophical conundrum – it can be the difference between life and death.”
VIP guests will have the opportunity for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the studio guided by Lana prior to the start of the event.

All guests will get a comprehensive look into trans* issues with a full selection of short films that address gender-related topics set to play beginning at 7 p.m. The films include I Am A Girl!, I’m Yours, Gender Games, Sisterhood, a trailer for MAJOR!, and an exclusive sneak preview of Black is Blue.

The TransLife Center, Chicago House’s newest initiative, which opened its doors in July 2013, provides comprehensive programming and support to transgender individuals that seek housing, health, legal and employment services.

Support the life changing work of Chicago House’s TransLife Center today, and buy your tickets for TransReelization online at

Best Clothing Store Boutique in Milwaukee

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WELL, I was afraid to write about this place….because my best kept secret would be out of the bag! But it would be selfish of me not to share this gem WITH EVERYONE!

People ask me all the time where I buy my fantastic vintage shirts, and it’s usually here. – Plus they have a lot more than just vintage.

I have shopped at a LOT of vintage clothing stores from east coast to west coast, and LUV UNLIMITED is one THE BEST ever! (2649 S. Kinnickinnic in Milwaukee).

I Love them for their vintage finds but Luv Unlimited sells new, vintage & handmade clothing, accessories and jewelry for men and women.

They also offer new and vintage iron-ons which they professionally press on new American Apparel & Alternative Apparel shirts and sweatshirts. AND they offer hand-dipped and imported incense, records and gifts. ALL AT AFFORDABLE PRICES!

Sage Schwarm and Becky Heck are the owners.We opened in the spring of 2004.” Sage says. “At that time there were no other buy, sell, trade stores in Milwaukee and it drove us crazy, so we figured we’d have to do it ourselves. Now there are several, although many have come and gone.”

The store is very meticulous. Everything is very organized, hung neatly, displayed neatly and the vintage finds are top notch quality at affordable prices. You can tell a lot of thought goes into the store, in every way.


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Sage explains:
“We are different than other businesses like ours in several ways.


1- We buy from the public by appointment only. Most other places you bring in your stuff, and they give you a number and tell you it could be an hour or two or three. Because we buy by appointment we are able to give the customer immediate attention. The average wait is 10 – 20 minutes. To make a selling appointment call 414-744-2540 during business hours. For selling rules check the web site at


2- We create original stuff. Becky is a seamstress and designs all kinds of clothes. She also sells her original paintings, jewelry, duct tape wallets, etc. All of her creations fall under her label HEX DESIGNS.

She concentrates heavily on recycled and upcycled materials in all of her creations. I do a lot of original silk-screened tees, totes, etc.
3- We sell records. We have a nice little section of new and used vinyl. We also sell on Our seller page is at and we deliver worldwide.

–The record section is a good distraction for your partner who hates sitting around while you shop for clothes, and the rest of the store is a good distraction for your partner who hates to wait while you dig for records!

4- We also have incense, jewelry, accessories, and we have the occasional guest DJs spinning while you shop!


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Most of you young readers don’t even remember vinyl!

There were always record collectors who disdained the compact disc, arguing that an LP’s grooves yielded warmth and depth that the CD’s digital code could not match.

But the market largely ignored them. Record labels shuttered their LP pressing plants, except for a few that pressed mostly dance music, since vinyl remained the medium of choice for D. J.s.

As it turned out, that early resistance was not futile, thanks largely to an audience of record collectors, many born after CDs were introduced in the 1980s.

Today WAX is getting more and more popular with music aficionados! Placing the needle to a disc is like turning back time – to a sound that once was.

Luv Unlimited LOVES their vintage vinyl and every week show off their new finds on their Facebook page!


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Every time I wear a piece of clothing from Luv Unlimited I get countless comments – because the pieces I like and choose, are very unique. The owners have a definite eye for style. They are very particular about what they carry – which is why this store is so special. The piece may be 40 years old, but chances are it is in mint condition.



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Sidenote: Sage is a musician as well – for several years he was in Codebreaker ( and currently my project is called The Sounds of Time ( ). Here’s a link to their latest video -



Skin Productions BEACH at HYDRATE July 18th

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Chicago’s #1 underwear party returns to Chicago’s #1 late night dance bar!


Come out to Hydrate on Friday, July 18 for the hottest, most daring party to hit the strip. Skin productions presents BEACH!

You’ve worked hard on your body, you’ve taken it to the beach, now we’re taking the beach to you! Come out wearing your sexiest underwear and prepare to dance the night away to the beats of DJ ROLAND BELMARES!

Party goes till 5am followed by  the official after-hours at STEAMWORKS, where the fun does never end!







It’s not till November – but this WILL SELL OUT MUCH SOONER!


ALCC brings SOUL TRAIN party to Sidetrack for August

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SOUL TRAIN theme!  Love it!

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC) is proud to announce that its annual summer benefit is set for Wednesday, August 20, from 6 to 9pm at Sidetrack in Chicago.

This year’s theme is Soul Train and will feature cocktails by Sidetrack the Video Bar, specialty catering by Food for Thought, entertainment, a grand raffle, and a spectacular silent auction.

The auction will be done via mobile bidding at the event and online for those who are unable to attend. The auction will open online one week prior to the event and close at 8:30pm on August 20. Raffle and silent auction prizes include round-trip tickets to Europe courtesy of Orbitz; Chicago neighborhood entertainment and food packages; professional sports tickets; a Tesla Motors package; and hotel stays from various brands such as Hilton, Kimpton, Swissotel, Caesars Palace, Maui Sunseeker, Millennium, and more.

Tickets, which benefit ALCC’s free legal service programs, are just $50 and can be purchased at or by calling 312-427-8990.


AIDS Legal Council of Chicago uses the power of the law to secure health, dignity, and stability for people impacted by HIV and other life-changing health conditions.

Honey Bees Cause Disturbance at Chicago O’Hares Airport

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I had no idea!

O’Hare Airport was buzzing Sunday and not just with returning Fourth of July travelers.

A swarm of honeybees clustered around a staircase railing outside United Airlines gate B7. As a precaution, United shut down gates B6, B7 and B8 and called in John Hansen, an experienced beekeeper who oversees the 75 beehives at the O’Hare apiary. ( I did not even know O’Hare had such a thing!) In May 2011, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) installed an apiary of 28 beehives at O’Hare International Airport. With over 1 million bees, the apiary at O’Hare is the largest apiary at any airport in the world and the first major on-airport apiary in the U.S.



Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Some Like It Hot” July 15 and 22




Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) presents their second summer cabaret show, “Some Like It Hot!” The show features music selections from Disney. “Some Like It Hot!” under the direction of Larry Todd Cousineau and Patrick Sinozich, will have two performances: July 15 at the Laugh Factory and July 22 at Mayslake Peabody Estate.

Song selections include some of Disney’s most memorable tunes from Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, and Frozen. Tickets are sale for $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP seating, both with a two drink minimum. For tickets and more information, visit


  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014-8:00pm

           Laugh Factory-3175 North Broadway; Chicago, IL 60657

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – 7:30pm

           Mayslake Peabody Estate – 1717 West 31st Street; Oak Brook, IL 60523

About Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) creates musical experiences that entertain and enlighten, inspire change, and build community.  CGMC has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983. For the last three decades, CGMC has entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming. Among CGMC’s performances are traditional choral concerts, musical revues, original commissions, and full-length book musicals. As the largest LGBT performing arts organization in the Midwest, “Chicago’s Most Colorful Chorus” recently expanded into new major venues in downtown Chicago and the suburbs.  CGMC looks forward to increasing its presence in Chicago’s thriving performing arts community while embracing its unique brand that uses music, laughter and a gay aesthetic to open hearts and minds.

Chicagos Borris Powell and Kyle Thomas Partner for Fashion



This summer, a momentous partnership will shake LGBT entertainment and fashion.

Nationally respected fashion designer, Borris Powell, on the cusp of launching a brand new men’s line, has chosen rising star film director/producer, Kyle Thomas, as the face of his anticipated “Freedom” line.

The line, which is slated to launch in Fall 2014, features a distinctly gentlemanly style, which is a core value both artists identify within their brands. “One chooses to be a gentleman. It takes style, sophistication, manners, and confidence to pull that off. And my new line harbors exactly that, with clean lines and quality craftsmanship. I want men to wear my clothes and feel the gentleman within them come alive,” Powell says, of his new line. “We’ve been producing several editorials and we can’t wait to release them.”

Kyle Thomas, who is producing and directing the highly anticipated upcoming show, SEX + LOVE, is honored to partner with Powell. “There’s a huge shift in culture with marriage being granted to LGBT individuals, and Borris and I have had long conversations about how there’s a desire within gay culture to focus less on the raw sexuality of past decades and to now be courted by a gentleman. Being a gentleman is inherently classic. We grew up on Disney films. It doesn’t matter whether you’re straight or gay, being a gentleman is sexy,” Thomas states.

“Borris saw the first cuts of SEX + LOVE and instantly related with the characters, themes, and struggles inherent in the story. The series documents how technology has created a broken road to romance for many of us. In a world with so many different viewpoints on love and sex, and with a cornucopia of options at your fingertips via social media, how does one find what one is looking for?” Thomas says of the series. “SEX + LOVE captures that struggle, that comedy, and that heartbreak.”

With both of their careers reaching new levels of success and many exciting things in development for the coming months and year, the two believe their partnership in film and fashion will be able to touch a wider audience. “It’s about the art and the way that we can make people feel. We want to give people that sense of glamour and romance, whether it be for three hours when she’s in my gown or he’s in my suit,” Powell said. “Or for the brief time to watch an episode,” Thomas added. “We all want that romance and fantasy, and those things exist here and now. You just have to believe in them once again.”


For more information on Borris Powell, visit:
For more information on SEX + LOVE, visit:

 Tickets  for FREEDOM  show  at Block 37


DILF at SoFo Saturday July 5th

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Hot Men. Hot weather.

Summer is  here!

The SoFo Tap brings you DILF, the First Saturday of every month, 9 pm to 3 am. And things are really HEATING UP this Saturday,  JULY 5th! 

There’s only place to be this holiday weekend: DILF. Yankee Dilfy Daddy!

Host/DADDYMASTER Jinx Titanic returns from his vacation on Tatooine to host the hottest DILF yet. Jinx and his boys will all be decked out in full patriotic regalia.  Music, as always, by DJ Moose.

And check this out – to further HEAT things up….HEATWAVE is the new private party from the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS. At this weeks DILF event the Heatwave folks will be handing out free raffle tickets for some Heatwave giveaways like swimsuits and other things. And they will be offering DILF attendees who book a room, 1 free Brunch Ticket with your booking ($30 value).

In case you have never been (really?) It’s is the party to be at in Chicago for MEN over 35 and the men who want them!

DJ Moose providing the rockin’ tunes and the Patio and bar will be hopping.
at The SoFo Tap, 4923 N. Clark Street 773-784-SOFO

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AIDS Run Walk Chicago September 14 2014

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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago raises funds to support life-saving care, prevention and housing services


WHAT:         Ready… Set… Go!Thousands of Chicago-area runners will hit the lakefront path on Sunday, Sept.14 for this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, the city’s largest annual fundraising run/walk for HIV/AIDS. The event kicks off at Arvey Field in Grant Park with 5K and 10K courses winding along the lakeshore. Runners and walkers will be treated to post-race performances by local dance companies as well as entertainment along the route.


Funds raised through the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit programs and services for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and local partner organizations that work with more than 25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicagoland. Since its founding in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has raised more than $4 million to battle the epidemic.


To register, donate or learn more, visitwww.aidsrunwalk.orgor call (312) 334-0946. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


WHEN: September 14, 2014

8:00 a.m. Event registration and packet pick-up

9:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies

9:30 a.m. 5K Walk begins

9:45 a.m. 10K Run begins

9:50 a.m. 5K Run begins

10:00 a.m. Post-race entertainment


COST:         Event registration is $30-$45 in advance; $50 on-site. Registration includes the official t-shirt and other swag. To register as a fundraising individual or as a team, visit or call (312) 334-0946.


WHERE: Arvey Field in Grant Park, 1501 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605

BEST OF Chicago Gay Pride Parade Day

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HYDRATE will open  at 11am SUNDAY   and provide a 17 HOUR DANCE PARTY!

Hydrate Nightclub celebrates PRIDE SUNDAY all day!
Their newly renovated space is the perfect place to catch the parade in all our flat screen TVs while sipping on your favorite cocktails!


Noon-4 p.m.

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

8 p.m.-Midnite
DJ Greg Drescher

Midnite-4 a.m.
DJ Laura B

Plus  Pride Giveaways all day long!  HYDRATE 

3458 N Halsted Street




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There is ALWAYS a party at Scarlet Bar  (3320 N. Halsted) and this weekend, it’s 3 in a row!

7 DJs!

3 Hosts!

RIDIKULOUS FRIDAY   with  Kim Chi and Trannika Rex.

The uber sexy Austin Armacost will be in the house Saturday night – and you know what happens when Austin is dancing and having fun??!!

And  Sunday Pride Day they are delivering 14 hours of music starting at 12:00 noon!





At the other end of the strip are 2 new drinking/dancing spots;  Whiskey Trust and Chloe. Both will open at 10am. (The former SPIN buildings).

There is no cover charge! Special Pride Parade inspired shots will be available for $3 a piece (with flavors like: Mandarin/Cherry/Honey and Berry/Vanilla/Citrus, yum). To start #pride weekend early, check out Chloe’s and Whiskey Trust bartender, Dante LoPresti creating special cocktails, including the “Breath of Fresh-Cher!” here.

Chloe’s DJ and dancing all weekend! Starting at 9pm
Except Sunday, the music and dancing starts at 6pm.

Whiskey Trust (below)  is also open at 10 a.m. this Sunday. 800 W Belmont Ave @ HalstedWhiskey Trust_Interior-1



Before, during or after the parade, our favorite Mexican restaurant EL MARIACHI AND TEQUILA BAR will be celebrating pride all day! 3906 N. Broadway.

Pride Parade Mariachi

Visuwil to Produce 4th of July Event in Madison, WI

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VISUWIL is known for his Creative Concepts and Innovative Events. His Chicago parties are legendary.  Nitro at Circuit was thee Saturday night in Chicago for a number of years. And his  eventaphobia® theme parties transformed clubs with unusual themes, decor and the hottest  go go gods.

Now he is taking  his magic to FIVE NIGHTCLUB in Madison for one hell of a big gay 4th of July event.


EYE POPPING decor with over 100 American flags…major decor & lighting effects.

The hottest eye-candy ALL AMERICAN muscled dancers! wearing designs by Chicago’s own RJP.

Meet & greet with Lady Liberty & weigh your rights with Lady Justice!

FREE grilled hotdogs! mini apple & cherry pies! special 4th of July drinks & slushies! confetti blasters & American theme giveways!

visuwil® presents INDEPENDENTLY GAY celebration of America…celebration of YOU. Featuring Dj Phil DaBeatz & celebrity bartender Greg “Uncle Sam”


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Taverna 750 Unveils New Summer Drinks by Suzy Wong


Taverna 750

Announces New

Celebrity Mixologist

Taverna 750 is  known for their Italian inspired shared plates and martinis, is taking their cocktails to the next level.

Now Taverna 750 will partner with Arnold Myint with inspiration from his alter ego Suzy Wong, to fuse the spirit of cocktails and nightlife with dining.


Taverna 750 is already known for their house made cellos, a traditional Italian liqueur that is used throughout the majority of their cocktails that are exclusive and unique to the restaurant. (FYI, in case you still have not been there – All martinis are served with a sidecar, an extra portion kept on ice, or an extra refill, which makes them fun for sharing for a girls or boys night out or date night).

Arnold Myint is a Nashville native, who is Executive Chef and Owner of three popular restaurants in Nashville; {blvd}, PM, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. His establishments have been recognized locally on numerous occasions as “the best of” and he continues to grow his brand on the national level as reflected in publications such as GQ Magazine,, and as a contestant on the popular Emmy award winning television program Top Chef. Arnold’s mixology approach is mirrored by his colorful life and alter ego, Suzy Wong.

Arnold’s Suzy Wong, is a domestic diva, event hostess, philanthropist, and savvy mixologist who is known as “The Cocktail Queen” and currently produces a web series; “Serve Fabulous” She was Miss Gay Tennessee America 2012 and Miss Gay Mid America 2013. She placed in the top ten, sixth over all contestants, last fall as Miss Gay America St. Louis, MO. Arnold is currently working on a new endeavor and creating his own wine label “SHOW PONY”. He has teamed up with some of the best drag queens throughout the country to market and campaign the new series of wine, which will debut in Chicago at Taverna 750. Drag queens including RAJA, season 3 Winner of RuPauls’s Drag Race, and Chicago’s very own, TRANNIKA REX, who you can see monthly hosting Trannika’s Most Wanted at the popular nightclub, Scarlet. Taverna 750 will use the energy of Arnold’s approach to their drink program to continue to grow the popularity of their nightlife approach to dinner service and their popular weekend Martini Brunch.

Taverna 750 will host a launch party of the new wine SHOW PONY along with Arnold’s newest cocktail creations for the restaurant on July 5th, along with RAJA and Trannika Rex in attendance.


Cucumber Caparinha

Cachaca, Limoncello, Cucumber Juice, Rosemary Syrup, Lemon Juice, Mint Leaves


Raspberry Spritzer

Hennessy, Raspberry Syrup, Orangecello, Chandon Brut


Lavender Martini

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Canteloupe, Brovo Lavender Liqueur, Orangecello, Lemon Juice, Lemon/Lime Soda, Chandon Brut


Mezcal Punch

Monte Alban Mezcal, Bacardi White Rum, 3Olives Vanilla Vodka, Grapefruitcello, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Lemon/Lime Soda, Grapefruit Zest


Pistachio Sour

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Pistachio Liqueur, Amaretto, Apricot Syrup, Orange Peel


Bay Leaf Martini

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Lemon Bay Leaf Syrup, Limoncello, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters, Lemon/Lime Soda


Celery Gin Rocks

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Celery Syrup, Green Chartreuse, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Pink Peppercorn Rim


Sloe Gin Gimlet

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Lemon Bay Leaf Syrup, Fresh Squeezed Lemon, Sloe Gin, Bay Leaf Sugar Rim


Tequila Spice

Maestro Dobel Tequila, Chili Cherry Lime Syrup, Orangecello, Fresh Squeezed Orange, Fresh Squeezed Lime


Cherry Coke

Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey, Cherry Heering, Celloed Cherry Juice, Raspberry Syrup, Ginger Beer, Coke


750 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657


Girls Girls Girls! BackLot Bash Chicago 2014



Where the girls come and play!

Back Lot Bash is an outdoor music and entertainment festival started in 2004 and  one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend events for lesbians in the country!

FOUR DAYS of events Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of everyone in our community.



Grab a weekend pass while they are still available and save!


FREE Hiv Tests at Chicago Walgreens June 27th


As part of its ongoing commitment to fight HIV/AIDS, Walgreens is collaborating with Greater Than AIDS to help offer free HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27.

Free testing provided by health departments and AIDS service organizations will be available to the public with no appointment necessary at 27 Walgreens stores in Chicago. For more information, including a complete list of participating Walgreens locations, visit


What:             Free HIV testing, no appointment necessary

When:             Thursday, June 26, 3-7 p.m.

Friday, June 27, 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:           27 locations in Chicago including:

  • 151 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601 – phone: 312-863-4249
  • 5401 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago, IL 60609 – phone: 773-268-5664
  • 2340 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612 – phone: 312-226-7913
  • 953 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613 – phone: 773-935-6414
  • 1554 E. 55th St., Chicago IL 60615 – phone: 773-667-1177
  • 3405 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 – phone: 312-326-4058
  • 2924 E. 92nd St., Chicago, IL 60617 – phone: 773-721-6603
  • 11 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL 60619 – phone: 773-224-1211
  • 8628 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619 – phone: 773-651-8500
  • 3401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60624 – phone: 773-542-1232
  • 3800 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60624 – phone: 773-826-1817
  • 7410 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626 – phone: 773-743-6784
  • 6330 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 – phone: 773-324-8500
  • 5440 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60640 – phone: 773-596-5022
  • 833 W. 115th St., Chicago, IL 60643 – phone: 773-568-4034
  • 5222 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60644 – phone: 773-287-0380
  • 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 – phone: 773-342-9161
  • 2015 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL 60649 – phone: 773-734-2492
  • 7109 S. Jeffery Blvd., Chicago, IL 60649 – phone: 773-665-8990
  • 912 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-665-8990
  • 2817 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-327-6119
  • 3046 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-325-0413
  • 3201 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-327-3591
  • 3245 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-248-3160
  • 111 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661 – phone: 312-463-9142
  • 522 Torrence Ave., Calumet City, IL 60409 – phone: 708-868-5669
  • 12854 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park, IL 60827 – phone: 708-239-1136

Why:               According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.1 million people nationwide are living with HIV/AIDS.  Yet, one in six do not know they are HIV/AIDS positive.1


Early diagnosis and treatment can improve health, extend life and help to prevent the spread of the disease. In fact, people with HIV who take prescribed medication regularly reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by as much as 96 percent.2


Community pharmacists at Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies are specially trained to provide continued support to meet the unique needs of HIV-positive patients. Walgreens HIV-specially trained pharmacists can help patients better manage their health by encouraging patients to take medications as prescribed and providing tips related to coping with barriers to care.