Steve Grand CD Coming

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CHICAGO’s sexy and talented Steve Grand is gearing up for release his debut album All American Boy March 24 after a very successful Kickstarter last year, Out reports:

Grand is an openly gay singer who’s certainly country-inspired, but does not self-identify as a country artist. “Music is subjective,” Grand says, “The lines of life are blurring. We are seeing that in music as in sexuality and gender identity…There’s nothing different about my music just because I’m gay. I sing about things that I go through, but they are things that we all go through, regardless of sexual orientation.” […]

A full-length album has also allowed Grand to follow an arc or storyline. “Each song needed to function as a plot point on that arc. A lot of things in life follow that trajectory, where there’s a beginning, middle, and end. Relationship do that, growing up does that, life does that.” Every number, Grand adds, ”explores some kind of relationship, whether it be a relationship with a romantic partner, a relationship with a friend, a relationship with the past, a relationship with something destructive, a relationship with a community.”

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Queer Ballroom and Tango at Center on Halsted

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Queer Ballroom and Tango Return
                                                   Inclusive Dance at All Levels
Monday nights this January at Center on Halsted have been buzzing with rhythm and beat. Individuals and couples of all identities have ventured to Center on Halsted to let loose and dance in a welcoming, diverse, and fun space.

(3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613)

“This month we’ve brought accessible Ballroom and Latin dancing to the LGBTQ community here in Chicago and will continue to do so throughout the year,” said Steve Nasshan, instructor and owner of Get on the Floor Dance Company, whom Center on Halsted collaborates with to bring these classes to the building.

“I have seen too many same-sex couples or LGBTQ individuals shy away from traditional dance instruction. Many feel as if others in the class wouldn’t accept them or that instructors would be uncomfortable teaching same gender pairs, for example, how to lead and follow,” said Steve. “Center on Halsted has created a really special space where everyone from beginners to experts can convene and dance with whomever they choose.”

Michael, a student this session, has seen tremendous growth in just a few weeks. “Before coming to the classes, I often felt clumsy and uncomfortable in my movements. Weekly dance at Center on Halsted has boosted both my self-confidence and esteem. I feel in control and elegant in a way I didn’t previously.”

“It’s an exciting time to offer these classes,” remarks Steve. “We’re seeing a lot of couples preparing for first dances at weddings and others who just want to gain confidence on the dance floor. It’s a true mark of how the LGBTQ community is growing.”

Interested in participating? Drop by on Monday evenings to see what all the heat is about, or sign up for the next 6 week session, beginning on February 16th, with a focus on Beginner Level Waltz and East Coast Swing.

All ability levels are welcome.

Reach out to Steve at 773-540-5901 or contact Lynnea Karlic, Director of Community & Cultural Programs at for more information.

Chicago Red Dress Fundraiser

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Lea DeLaria Honored at EQIL Gala

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Illinois native Lea DeLaria, widely known as Boo in “Orange is the New Black,” will be honored with the Equality Illinois Freedom Award at this year’s Gala.

Beyond her role on the hit show, she was the first out comedian to appear on a late-night talk show and is a prominent jazz musician. Be sure you get your tickets to the Gala today to see Lea on the big stage. 

Additionally, Equality Illinois is proud to honor The TransLife Center of Chicago House with the Freedom Award for their work providing critical, life-changing services to transgender Illinoisans. Our 2015 Business Leadership Awardee is Grosvenor Capital Management and CEO Michael Sacks for spearheading business support in the fight for marriage equality. All of our awardees are helping further our movement toward full equality.

As the largest LGBT event of its kind in the Midwest, the Gala draws more than 1,400 participants and is nearly sold out.  We still have a limited number of Premier tickets and Standard tickets and tables available.  Don’t miss out on seeing all of our awardees at the Equality Illinois Gala – get your tickets today!

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A Kid Like Jake – Chicago Premiere

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Why Can’t A Boy

be A Princess?

“[A] smart, fluent drama…Pearle has found an intriguing subject of real currency, and one that stirs our natural sympathy.”
—New York Times.
Relevant and compelling –
begins previews in only 16 days!

The Chicago Premiere of     A KID LIKE JAKE
Written by Daniel Pearle |  Directed by Keira Fromm

FEBRUARY 6th thru MARCH 15th
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 7:30p
Saturday and Sunday Matinees @ 3:00p

Discounted PREVIEW TICKETS are still available, but they won’t be for long! Be among the first to see A KID LIKE JAKE – grab yours today.

Alex and Greg’s intelligent and precocious four year-old son Jake is a leading candidate for enrollment in one of Manhattan’s top kindergarten programs. But when attention turns to his passion for Cinderella and dress-up, Jake’s behavior becomes a lightning rod, calling into question assumptions about gender, class, education and acceptance through the lens of 21st century parenting.


PREVIEWS: Adults $20 | Students + Seniors $10
Adults $35 | Students + Seniors $20

The Greenhouse Theater Center 
2257 N Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

Brad Walsh in Chicago @ Scarlet Bar

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An “all-around Renaissance man” (Vogue Italia), singer/songwriter, producer, and visual artist Brad Walsh is “a chameleon extraordinaire” (


and an influential “modern-day St. Patrick” (Village Voice) whose music is “required listening” (



Brad’s 2011 album Right Now was praised as “an 11-track tour-de-force of body-moving pop music” (Vogue Italia), “a dark yet club-friendly disc that delves into uncharacteristically personal territory” (The Advocate), and “an album of intelligence that inspires new thoughts upon every listen” (

His remixes of songs by Adam Lambert (a #1 Billboard Hot Dance single), Sarah McLachlan, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, and others have achieved over 13 million digital downloads to date.

His music has appeared in shows and commercials on television networks including Bravo, E!, Showtime, MTV, Logo, and CBS; and he composes original runway music as well as DJ sets for fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. Brad is recording a new full-length album for release in early 2015.

Also an accomplished photographer, Brad’s portrait and fashion images have appeared most notably in The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire,, Nylon, Blackbook, Teen Vogue, and Spin; in promotion or advertisement for Victoria’s Secret, TreSemme, Gibson Guitars, Payless, and J Shoes; and on the covers of books from major trade publishers.


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Several of his portraits were purchased by GenArt to travel the country as a gallery tour called “Capture the Night,” and he was a featured artist with portrait sessions on

Brad has served as a judge for fashion events around the country, and he designed a jewelry capsule collection available at retailers in the USA, UK, and Japan.

Brad and Christian Siriano, The Project Runway champ  were  engaged in 2013.


Brad will be at SCARLET  providing the beats on Sunday January 25th  for LIQUID BRUNCH!

3320 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657

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Stain Resistant Ground Breaking Fashion

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It’s 2015 and the game of fashion is changing forever.

Nationally respected fashion designer, Borris Powell, who recently launched a brand new men’s line, has introduced nanotechnology to the fashion world.

“My luxury men’s and women’s lines will be stain resistant in 2015,” the designer says. “This technology is revolutionary and I’m ecstatic to be the spokesperson of it to the luxury fashion industry.”

Powell, who has partnered with ACT, the developer of the technology, drips wine on his jacket and the droplets fall right off. “The treatment of the clothing is nontoxic and environmentally safe. It sprays onto the clothing and with heat application can be ready in thirty minutes. It’s undetectable, resistant to water, oil, and dirt, breathable, and safe. You can’t even tell it’s there. The suit feels exactly the same.” It can be applied to everything and anything in Powell’s line—whether it be one of his Emmy, Oscars, or Grammy’s gowns, or his one-of-a-kind dapper suits. The only fabrics it cannot be applied to are Lycra and Spandex. “What’s worse than having a stain on your favorite blazer or vest? This isn’t a problem anymore. A gentleman always looks his best.”

“2015 is going to be so big,” he chimes in. “This is just the beginning.” The designer is known for his stunning looks and homage to the classic. His men’s line, which premiered in late 2014 and features up-and-coming Film Director Kyle Thomas as the face of the line, focuses on the gentleman. “Technology has changed the way we do everything: communicate, date, and present ourselves to the world. It’s time that technology become a part of our fashion,” Thomas states. Recently, Powell announced his role as the Creative Director of Fashion for the new series SEX + LOVE, with Thomas being the creator of the show. “Fashion is integral to how Millennials present their images to the world. People want that sense of glamour and romance,” Thomas states. Powell grins widely. “The gentleman is back and that’s what my newest campaign integrating nanotechnology shows.”

 Photography by Ronald Leon Hale. Make-up by Kimberly Thomas-Schaffer. Location Odyssey Cruises in downtown Chicago.

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

Andersonville is TOP Neighborhood in Chicago

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ACCORDING  TO  CURBED CHICAGO….If you’re looking to buy a home in Chicago this year, real estate listing and brokerage site Redfin says that Andersonville will be the neighborhood to watch.

According to the site’s latest top ten list of hottest neighborhoods in the country, Andersonville is the hottest in Chicago and the seventh hottest in the country.

The pick marks a departure from the last two years, when Redfin chose the quickly gentrifying Logan Square (2013) and Humboldt Park (2014) neighborhoods. Buyers have led this shift, according to Redfin, opting for value over “hipster havens.”  – Frankly – it’s a bit late.  Prices  have already WENT UP  over the last 10 years!  A  bargain  would be hard to find!

Andersonville is a neighborhood in western Edgewater.  At the time of the 2000 United States Census, the proportion of single-sex couples in Edgewater was 6.6% in the 60660 zip code and 8.0% in the 60640 zip code. This compares with the US national average of 1.1%.

Edgewater is home to the Gerber/Hart Library, the largest gay and lesbian library and archives in the Midwestern United States. Kathy (Osterman) Beach (named after a former alderman but historically referred to as Hollywood Beach, referencing Hollywood Ave. where it is situated) is a hugely popular hangout for a diverse community of beachgoers during the summer months. Chicago’s oldest LGBT synagogue, Congregation Or Chadash, is situated in Edgewater.

Center on Halsted & About Face Theatre

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Center on Halsted & About Face Theatre
                                         STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY
Many in the LGBTQ community are or have at one point experienced loneliness or isolation because of how they identify. As a community-based organization, Center on Halsted tackles this need through providing programs, services, and space for individuals to commune and live powerfully in supportive inclusive environments.

In a new collaboration with About Face Theatre, Center on Halsted is hosting an OUT FRONT Series performance entitled STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY, a narrative, theatrical work in progress about youth, seniors and the gaps in between that explores the intergenerational sense of isolation in the LGBTQ community. The piece, led by About Face Theatre Artistic Associate, Kelli Simpkins, uses a collection of 50 interviews conducted over a five month period with intergenerational members of the Chicago LGBTQIA community and those advocating for youth and seniors.

Bruce is one of the dozens interviewed for the project and weighed in on the problem of loneliness in the LGBTQ community.

“As a psychotherapist and social service professional,” he said, “I hear the lament of loneliness almost as much from today’s LGBTQ young people as I did from my own generation. In spite of all the progress we’ve made toward securing our rights, the truth is that many LGBTQ youth continue to experience rejection, ostracism, harassment and violence that is fueled by homophobia.”

Kyla, another interviewee, believes this piece is poised to be inspirational and an agent for change.

“I want this [project] to turn apathetic people outside of the community into spokespeople for what the new idea of normal really is,” she said. “To be normal is to be true to yourself. [This project has the potential to] strengthen the existing community and provide common ground for youth and elders despite differences.”

Eric, who was also interviewed, agrees and sees conversation as integral to bridging community. In his experience, “life continues on, love always has a way to find you, and community will always back you up in times of strain.”

Center on Halsted and About Face Theatre invite you to join us in community, learn from our collective experiences, and combat loneliness in OUT FRONT: STANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY.\

$10  suggested   donation

January 24th @ 7:00 p.m.
January 25th @3:00 p.m.
Center on Halsted
Reserve your seats today 

Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon

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With (FUE) Follicular Unit Extraction And Surgical Robotic Technology


International lecturer and teacher, Dr. William Yates, M.D., Board Certified Hair Restoration Surgeon, breaks through the old stereotypes of hair loss and hair transplant and brings Chicago’s North Shore the very latest cutting edge technological advancements in the field, offering patients an array of state-of-the-art facial and hair restoration services. He is a world-renowned expert in Follicular Unit Extraction.

He is so passionate and confident the Follicular Unit Extraction technique is superior to traditional methods; he only performs this highly skilled technique for hair transplantation.

Dr. Yates specialized skills make him one of the elite surgeons to educate and train other physicians to perform this specialized technique both locally and internationally.

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What is FUE?

While performed under local anesthesia, the hair or follicular units are individually harvested or punched from the back of the scalp or donor area in the hands of Dr. Yates using whatever instrument is best for his patient to obtain optimal results. He utilizes the most advanced ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System or various manual, hand-held instruments to delicately punch out each individual hair follicle.

The camera system and algorithms in place with the robot or Dr. Yates skilled eyes and hands, choose the most robust hairs to remove for transplantation. With the traditional strip method for hair transplantation, not only do you have to take all hairs (even weak hair), the patient also incurs a painful cut, stitches and scar that they have to live with and conceal the rest of their lives.


Dr. Yates utilizes state of the art biological solutions such as Hypothermosol and ATPv (adenosine triphosphate) to store, protect and ensure optimal survival of these valuable grafts while awaiting transplant into the balding areas of the scalp for both men and women.

The finishing touch is completed by Dr. Yates artistic ability to create a natural hairline and hair density in his patient’s areas of thinning throughout the scalp. He uses micro-incisions to create sites to place each individual follicular unit, which will grow into a natural, undetectable pattern over the next year.

The results - – Phenomenal, Natural, Permanent Hair that patients can style anyway they desire without a scar in the back of the scalp. It’s cutting edge methodology like this that separates Dr. Yates’ concierge practice from the cookie cutter competition, who still rely on the antiquated guesswork with a scalpel from when they started 30 years ago.


“It’s permanent and not many people can do it right,” says Dr. Yates. “This is the investment that lasts.”

If someone is unable to shave the back of his or her scalp for FUE, he also has an answer for this. Dr. Yates is able to creatively trim the hair so that the donor area is completely concealed and you can return to work immediately without any visible signs of a procedure.
Dr. Yates is also very skilled at restoring facial hair such as beards, mustaches, goatees and eyebrows.

He also performs recovery and repair work on patients who have had multiple, visible scars; old-fashioned and undesirable plug procedures; and creative body hair (beard, chest, back hair) harvesting for transplantation for individuals who are “tapped out” of donor hair in the back of their scalp.


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State of the Art

        Non-Surgical Options…


PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)
This therapy has been FDA approved and utilized for over 30 years for advanced wound healing. Now, we are seeing exciting results with PRP for hair growth. A patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration effective for hair growth. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. This process stimulates the body’s own growth factors and stem cells to slow hair loss, reverse miniaturized hair to produce a strong, visible hair again, and if used at the time of a hair transplant, it encourages faster graft growth. This has been very effective for both men and women.

Stromal Vascular Fraction or Stem Cell Therapy with Fat Transfer
Adult stem cells are most concentrated in our bodies in bone marrow and even more so in fat tissue or adipose. Dr. Yates is able to harvest these fat cells and concentrate and purify them in a centrifuge system. He then combines the fat cells with PRP to inject into the scalp to stimulate hair growth and stabilize further hair loss. This process offers even more benefits than just PRP alone by replacing the lost layer of subcutaneous fat in the scalp where the hair follicle thrives.

Scalp Micro-Pigmentation (SMP)
With SMP, pigment is used on the scalp to create the appearance of real hair follicles recreating hairlines, adding the appearance of density to thinning areas and covering unsightly scars. This advanced solution for hair loss replicates real shaven hair follicles on the scalp. The appearance is so realistic that it actually looks like you have hair. We know how the hair should look when pigmented, because that’s all we do everyday – HAIR! If someone has limited donor hair and has been told they were not a good candidate for a hair transplant procedure, they now have a great option! This is perfect for those who wear a very closely cropped hairstyle!

Hair Styling for Thinning Hair

Since hair loss affects so many people and everyone’s self-esteem, Dr. Yates even offers an onsite Licensed Cosmetologist with over 17 years of experience. She studied in Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, New York, Miami and Chicago. She specializes in styling and educating patients to look their best if they suffer with hair loss.


Someone doesn’t have to be bald to feel the confidence shaking reality of hair loss. For many, it can appear as a lack of volume and expanding thinness. Slowly, their scalp becomes more apparent through the diminishing volume of their hair. Dr. Yates can stop that hair loss in its tracks and reduce the appearance of thinning hair for men and women using the most advanced treatments available in the industry.



When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results.

The team at Yates Hair Science Group delivers the best care and quality everyday and are recognized leaders in the field.

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Vernon Hills, IL 60061

50 E Washington, Suite 200,Chicago, IL 60602
PHONE: 312-261-0872 or visit them online at

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Chicago’s VIRGIN Hotel

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Virgin Hotels is a brand of hotels created by the one and only Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, launched in 2010. The current Virgin Hotels company, based in New York, United States, is currently seeking hotel opportunities and is preparing its first hotels.

In October 2011 Virgin Hotels bought the 27-story Old Dearborn Bank Building in the Loop area of Chicago for $14.8 million from Urban Street Group LLC. On January 16, 2015 the first Virgin Hotel opened.

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Virgin offers guests Mobile Check-in, where you can check in the day of your stay from their mobile app. You’ll receive an email titled, “Time for a quickie?” then you will go to the app, enter your details and a barcode will be sent to your email address. When you arrive at the hotel, scan the barcode at the kiosk, confirm a few details, and voila! Your room keys are printed. Not feeling tech-savvy? The check-in desk is always staffed by a real human who can do the check-in honors for you.

See more pics  at Hotel Chatter  and  CURBED / Chicago

McTucky Fried High Tackles LGBT Issues


McTucky Fried High is the brainchild of filmmaker, illustrator and activist, Robert-Carnilius, who was named one of NewCity’s Film 50 and was a 2014 Student Academy Awards® Finalist.

It is also one of twelve projects funded by the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund from Chicago Filmmakers and the Voqal Fund.

Using comedy and a host of diverse characters, McTucky Fried High tackles subjects absent in mainstream cartoons. While foregrounding LGBTQ characters, it focuses on issues teens face. Across five episodes, the web series will explore coming out, extreme diets, being genderqueer, bullying, and sexting.

Each episode will be released bi-weekly starting January 26, 2015 on where people can sign up for the Mctucky Bites newsletter for exclusive content and sneak peek privileges.

McTucky Fried High “All Food is Not Created Equal”


Book of Merman in Chicago

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I love the fact that Chicago is like a mini New York. So many choices for dining, shopping and entertainment.  There must be close to 100  theatre choices, on any given week.

NEW THIS WEEK, Pride Films and Plays launches The Book of Merman, a new musical comedy by Jeff Award-winning playwright Leo Schwartz. The show opens on January 17, 2015  (17th is SOLD OUT) at Mary’s Attic, 5400 North Clark Street.

 When two Mormons ring a doorbell marked E.M. in a small town, they have no idea that a certain Ethel will open the door.

With some dazzling parody music and Schwartz’s original songs, laughter ensues throughout The Book of Merman catapulting you to places you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Starring : Sam Button-Harrison, Dan Gold and  Libby Lane.

Jeff Award-winner David Zak* directs, with Jeff Award-winner Robert Ollis* music directing. Costumes are by Raquel Adorno*. Understudies are Parker Guidry and Edward Fraim*.

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We got a sneak peak last night, and the play is funny, the talent and singing is top notch, and the story is extremely entertaining!


  • Regular performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 5:00 through February 15th.

  • Tickets $25 . Students and Seniors can save $5 per ticket. Ten Premium tickets with prime reserved seating for each performance are $30.

  • Performances are at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark, Chicago.

  • Purchase below or online at or call 1800 838 3006.

  • Pride Films and Plays offers subscriptions and memberships for 2014-15 for even greater savings.


LOVE IS LOVE Valentines Gala



Saturday, February 14, 2015
Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
6 PM – Cocktails and Silent Auction
8 PM – Dinner and Program
10 PM – Dancing till Midnight

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Get your ticket to join us at the Equality Illinois 2015 Gala.

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Purchase or captain a table; host a platinum, premier, or standard table of 10.

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Learn how your business can reach over 50,000 LGBT and LGBT-friendly households through supporting the Gala.

Travel, entertainment, sports and fitness, dining and artwork donations welcomed.

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Seen by 1,400 gala attendees, including leading political figures.

The Balthrops are major supporters of organizations such as Equality Illinois that fight for the LGBT community.

The TransLife Center demonstrates remarkable vision, courage, and leadership.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The SeasonsCondragulations” Tour in a city near YOU, featuring a night of show-stopping performances by the world’s most talented drag performers, including winners and fan favorites from Logo TV’s hit series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Over 40 cities in the US, Canada and Europe. The largest drag tour in history!

Adore Delano, Alaska 5000, Ben Dela Crème, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Raja and Sharon Needles. Plus Special Guest Cary NoKey and host Michelle Visage. (Lineup varies by city and is subject to change.)

Madison  WI   Feb  17th,  Chicago   Feb   19th   CHECK  CITIES  AND TICKETS!


Kit Kat BURGER Tuesdays


Every Tuesday,

head to Kit Kat for an Angus beef burger paired with a Sam Adams bottled brew for $12.95. – and Amazing Parmesan Truffle Fries!)

Voted  BEST  BURGER  of 2014!


3700 N. Halsted St.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

The Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is a premier destination venue for every type of occasion and every demographic. With an innovative martini and cocktail list of more than 200 offerings, upscale contemporary cuisine, entertainment by the world famous Kit Kat Divas and sleek “South Beach meets Hollywood” inspired decor, Kit Kat is truly a world-class entertainment hotspot.

Kit Kat’s nightly shows run every 20 minutes starting at 7.30pm through midnight. The entertainers perform “tableside” throughout the restaurant, providing an interactive experience like none other.

On Saturday nights the shows run every 20 minutes starting at 6pm through to 1am.  (On Saturday nights, there is a 2 hour dining time limit).




Well Strung in Chicago March 7th

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One Direction step aside, there’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit. The all-male, ALL GAY string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more! Aside from all being incredibly gorgeous, the men of the all male singing string quartet Well-Strung are talented masters of turning pop hits into instrumental wonders.

Their debut show sold-out Joe’s Pub on May 1st, 2012 in New York after being workshopped at Ars Nova NYC in February.  Since then they have played venues across the world such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco.



Well-Strung stars first violinist Edmund Bagnell, second violinist Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh. Well-Strung’s show is directed and co-written by Donna Drake with arrangements by David Levinson. The quartet was formed by producer/co-writer/manager Mark Cortale and Christopher Marchant.  Additional arrangements are by Daniel Shevlin, Yair Evnine and Christopher Marchant.

THE SHOW IS, according to Bagnell, “not quite a concert and a little bit more than a cabaret performance.”

“Plus, we’re not just giving you idle chatter in between songs, we actually want to say something about ourselves,” he says.

Christopher Marchant is probably  best known to many in the gay community, from his many modeling gigs. Besides touring with Well Strung, he has done some scorching hot photo shoots! Who knew playing that instrument would result in such huge biceps.  See  one of his Sexy photo shoots with Marco Ovando. – Corn fed Ohio boy Chris lives in NYC  now and when not making music moonlights as  a bartender.

Get a SNEAK PEAK  HERE of Well Strung!

Well Strung will be in Chicagoland  March 7th! 

GET TICKETS  before they are gone!

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Jennifer Hudson, HRC and the W Hotel

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A FREE  EVENT – First Come First Served – SPACE IS LIMITED!

Turn it up for Change at The W Chicago – Lakeshore
Wednesday, January 14th @ 9PM

The W Chicago – Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore Drive) in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign will host Turn it up for Change, a fundraising and awareness initiative in the fight for nationwide LGBT equality with special guests Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, DJ White Shadow, Legendary Damon along with local Chicago Queens Trannika Rex, Precious Jewel and Shea Coulee.

The event is free and will begin at 9:00PM CST

and entry is available on a first come, first serve basis.

TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE launched in October 2014 and combines W’s longstanding support of the LGBT community with its ongoing passion for music. In partnership with HRC and Jennifer Hudson, W hopes to bring about real and lasting change for LGBT Americans in all 50 states. As part of the program, W Hotels around the country currently host monthly TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE music events, in which a portion of proceeds (equal the number of states that currently recognize same-sex marriage) is donated to HRC. Some events, such as this one at W Chicago – Lakeshore, also include appearances by Jennifer Hudson.


AUBREY O’DAY @ Scarlet January 18th

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HOSTS  7th Anniversary PARTY

In conjunction with Ketel One Vodka, Scarlet Bar Chicago hosts celebrity attendees for a party celebrating the anniversary of their opening.


WHAT: Ketel One Vodka Presents Scarlet Bar Chicago’s Seventh Anniversary Party Featuring Heatherette (Traver Rains and Richie Rich) and Aubrey O’Day (Danity Kane, All About Aubrey and Celebrity Apprentice)


WHERE: Scarlet Bar Chicago,   3320 N. Halsted St.,  Chicago, IL 60657

WHEN: Sunday, January 18th at 1pm


WHO: co-host Aubrey O’Day, member of Danity Kane and reality personality by way of her show All About Aubrey, Celebrity Apprentice and a frequent guest judge on Rupaul’s Drag Race. She also is the founder of F*A*N (Fighting AIDS Now) that works to bring therapy and art to children in hospitals.


co-host Heatherette (Traver Rains and Richie Rich), famed fashion designers known for showing 16 incredible times at New York Fashion Week They have dressed stars such as Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, and Aerosmith. They have also been guest judges on America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.


WHY: Every year the owners and management of the immensely popular Scarlet, 2010 winner of Chicago Magazine’s Best Gay Bar, celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the bar by throwing a star studded event in their ongoing mission to bring the best entertainment and music to Lakeview.

Winter Party 2015 in Miami

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Hollywood, 1949.

A time when the movies are king and the movie stars merely pawns for the studio bosses.

A time when passion was lauded but sex was never discussed.

So when naïve young actor Patrick Glass embarks on a scandalous homosexual love affair with his famous co-star, he starts to feel the full force of the studio’s career-destroying muscle.

Forty years later, as the truths of the past are uncovered, the true consequences of this “unacceptable” romance come to light. A powerful drama about money, image, and the power-obsessed “Hollywood machine.”


Giant Cherry Productions in association with Glitterati Productions

presents the U.S. premiere of

The Glass Protégé

Written by Dylan Costello with direction by John Nasca

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, Chicago, Ilinois 60657

Previews February 20 and 21, 2015 at 7:45 pm and February 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Closes March 29, 2015

Featuring: David Besky, Chazie Bly, Baird Brutscher, Christopher Carpenter, Tom Chiola, Tracey Green, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, and Britt-Marie Sivertsen.

Playwright Dylan Costello is a passionate advocate and supporter of LGBT rights which led him to form his LGBT-focused production company Giant Cherry Productions, through which he and his team drive forward their manifesto ofproducing theatre, film and TV works which represent and feature LGBT people in a positive way.

Dylan believes it is vitally important for the gay community to see itself represented on film, stage and television.

Issues are universal, regardless of sexuality. We are all human beings who all live, love and lose just like everyone else. We have love stories; we have tragedies. Sexuality shouldn’t be an issue. So it’s always appealing to see plays, movies, TV shows where characters have the same problems as everyone else – and they just happen to be gay.

The Glass Protégé premiered for a five-week run in London, England in 2010 under its original title Secret Boulevard and was a huge hit. To this day, it still stands as the most successful production ever staged at London’s Courtyard Theatre. After its run in Chicago, the play will return to London for a new four-week run at the Park Theatre.

Dylan is proud to be a gay man, is a gay dad to a wonderful daughter and resides happily in London with his partner.

ADORE DELANO in Chicago January 10th


Adore Delano won the hearts of millions, clawing her way to the Top 3 on this past season’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.

With ferocious performances and her patented biting attitude, the teenage queen of wigs n’ cigs went on to conquer three challenges, tying Bianco Del Rio with most episode wins. Now she has released her debut full-length album, Till Death Do Us Party, featuring “DTF”, “I Adore U”, “Party”, “Hello, I Love You” and “I Look F*ckin’Cool” – the first five smashes from Till Death Do Us Party that launched her album to the #1 spot on the iTunes dance charts and made Adore Delano the highest selling artist of any RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant.

Adore Delano became a breakout star on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.  She wasn’t new to reality television, however, having completed on seasons 6 and 7 of American Idol as her male persona, Danny Noriega.  “I never felt so in drag than when I was out of drag”, she says of her American Idol experience, acknowledging a sense of shame for having tamed her look for the show.

Catch her in Chicago this Saturday!    HE + ART = HEART


01/10/2015        Doors 8:00 PM    Show 9:00 PM       17 & Over
GET  TICKETS    $18-$40


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LOOKING Season 2

is almost here!


SUNDAY JAN 11th, 2015!

RIGHT NOW is your chance to win a copy of Season 1 on DVD!

Leave me a comment below why you love LOOKING! First 10 people get a copy of the DVD!

(Leave your email privately in the comment, and I will follow up with directions on picking up your FREE  LOOKING   DVD!)

HBO’s LOOKING Season 2!

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There’s more out there in the all new season of the hit HBO series LOOKING starring Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez.

LOOKING focuses on current gay life in the Bay Area and on themes that everyone, gay and straight, can relate to: falling in love, finding professional fulfillment, forging an identity in a complicated world, and searching for happiness.


Don’t miss the season premiere Sunday, January 11th at 10pm/9pm Central, only on HBO.

And now is your chance to catch up before the premiere with Season 1, available to own now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD:

New Years Eve in Chicago

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Our top picks for New Years Eve  include:

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4th Annual Mustaches and Bowlers Party!   $5 Cover Charge

$199 Belvedere and Moet table package
Includes:Bottle of Belvedere, Bottle of MoetNo Cover For Table Guests

DJ Joey Luna and DJ Scotty T
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Looking to ring in the New Year with some class this year? Come join ELIXIR  for a night of sinful cocktails and fun! Seating is limited, so email for table reservations!

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HYDRATE ….Join them as they lift the veil on a slew of treats and fantasies that are sure to tempt you throughout the night. Peek inside a world where excess is the norm, where inhibitions cease to exist, where the new year brings a clean slate to sin all over again.

Intoxicate your mind with the pulsating sounds of DJ Dan De León (Los Angeles) at the turntables until 4 a.m. His unique brand of body-shaking House rhythms will deliver a crowd experience that will tear up the dance floor and will live on long after the night has ended.

Hot gogo dancers will be at hand providing sinful visual stimulation within a totally immersive black, white and red experience unlike anything Hydrate has seen before.

Dress code is not enforced, but black, white and Sin City red are highly recommended.

No cover before 11 p.m.

Limited $35 VIP Tickets available, which include NO LINE/NO WAIT privileges as well as IN/OUTs all night long.

Champagne toast and party favors at midnight.
Opening set by DJ NMF

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Ring in the New Year in style at the Kit Kat Lounge!

On December 31st, we’ll be hosting a FABULOUS NYE party featuring world famous Kit Kat diva, Kinley Preston, AND amazing  specials!

11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. bar package/$45 advance/$50 door: includes martinis, cocktails, wine, beer & party favors. For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

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The sexiest womens NYE is at HALSTEDS! All VIP are sold-out and now very limited General Admission remain …..$35.00

Doors Open at 9pm – General Admission
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres
Champagne Toast at Midnight
Breakfast Buffet After Midnight
Black and White Party Favors

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and at REPLAY, enjoy free arcade games, no cover all night, champagne toast at Midnight!


STAY IN THE HEART OF BOYSTOWN!  (2 night stay required).

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City Suites        Willows         Majestic


Chicago Gay Adoptions

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If you are interested in expanding your family through adoption and have questions about how to get started, we are here for you! Join us at “Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents,” an Equality Illinois presentation co-hosted by the Cradle on Tuesday, January 13, from 5:30-7PM. You can sign up for this event here

At this event, we will cover an overview of adoption law and answer your legal and procedural questions about adoption in a safe and friendly environment. In addition, you will receive the new Equality Illinois adoption guide, which includes an extensive list of recommended adoption agencies. 

Space is limited. Register today by clicking HERE.

New Years Eve Dining in Boystown

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What are you doing

New years eve??

Do you have your reservations yet for dinner??? Don’t wait to the last minute!!


Taverna  750   750 W. Cornelia .  4  courses,  specialty sides, crafted cocktail  and live jazz with Sarah Marie Young!  $45.   Known for their unique nightlife approach to dining, Taverna 750 boasts an inspired shared-plate menu and nationally recognized drink program. Featuring classic American fare, refined by global flavors and served small-plate style, Taverna 750 delivers a meticulously curated boutique bistro menu.



El Mariachi 3906 N. Broadway will offer a Pre Fixe Dinner menu for $45 ($60 with drink pairings).   Dinner choices include Hibiscus glazed salmon, Marinated chicken,  and Grilled  rib eye. Always serving top quality, authentic dishes and margaritas. This  family owned and operated restaurant has been serving the community for over 16 years.



Revoluciuon  Mexican Steakhouse. The sister restaurant to El Mariachi!  3443  N. Broadway   will offer  a  Pre Fixe Dinner menu  for $55. Entree choices will consist of Bone in Filet, Charcoal grilled  Quail  and  Chilean sea bass! Plus soup and salad  and  amazing dessert selections! This romantic restaurant provides a great backdrop for a special new years eve.



Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club   3700 N.  Halsted  “Glitz and Glam” Gala with Diva Kinley Preston Early dinner seating, 7 p.m
Four course prix fixe menu and bottle of champagne, $65

Late dinner seating, 9:30 p.m.
Four course prix fixe menu, bottle of champagne and one martini per person, $85

Party package: 11:30 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Martinis, cocktails, wine and beer, $45 in advance /$50 at door

(773) 525-1111

Don’t wait to the last minute!!  BOOK  NOW!



STAY IN THE HEART OF BOYSTOWN! (2 night stay required).

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Boystown Gift Cards – Last Minute Gifts

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Shop local. And give back to your community.


Buy a Northalsted Gift Card and earn FREE MONEY with the return of HOLIDAY BUCKS! This holiday season get an extra 20% added to every Northalsted Gift Card you buy!


That’s right! For a limited time (while supplies last*), when you purchase your Northalsted Gift Card, you’ll receive an extra 20% of value applied directly to your card.

The Northalsted Gift Card is accepted at 
 over 40 Boystown area businesses!

Buy Your Northalsted Gift Card!

First please select your pick up method:

1)  We will mail your Gift Card to your address free of charge.  Please include full name name and complete mailing address.

2) Or you can pick up your Gift Card at the Northalsted Business Alliance Office, located at 801 West Cornelia Avenue Suite 2S, directly above Hydrate Night Club.  Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Please select Gift Card value between $25.00 – $400.00

20% Bonus* added after purchase price
For every $25.00 purchased earn $5.00 bonus!

KIT KAT Lounge Christmas



Christmas Eve and

Christmas Day Dining at Kit Kat

Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December

Wednesday, December 24 and

Thursday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive and fun holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, Kit Kat will offer dining and drinking guests a 50-percent discount off their Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good/nonperishable food donation. The collected items will be donated to local charity Vital Bridges, in support of their “Harvest for Hope” community food drive.


Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Christmas prix fixe menu (outlined below) includes a holiday martini, Kit Kat salad, herb-marinated roasted turkey breast, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart for only $25 with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation).The regular dinner menu will also be available.

Kit Kat’s entire martini menu, including their seasonal holiday ‘tinis, will be half-price ($6.75 each). Live entertainment will be provided by Diva Kinley Preston each night starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Christmas Prix Fixe Menu
available on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
$25 per guest with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation)

Choice of Holiday Martini (menu below)

Kit Kat Salad
romaine and spinach blend with pears, dried cranberries and spicy pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Herb-Marinated Roasted Turkey Breast
served with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, haricot verts, cranberry and pineapple relish

Pumpkin Pie Tart
with whipped cream


Frosty’s Going Down
Pinnacle Whipped vodka, cream and simple syrup, garnished with a marshmallow snowman

Brandy, amaretto and egg nog, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Apple Cider
Cinnerator Whiskey, apple cider and Apple Pucker, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Pumpkin Pie
Pinnacle Whipped vodka, pumpkin pie puree, graham cracker rim and whipped cream

Peppermint MochaTini
Pinnacle vodka, coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, peppermint schnapps, splash of cream, garnished with a candy cane, whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.

Holiday Punch
Pinnacle Tropical Punch vodka, ginger ale, cranberry and orange juice, garnished with a holiday rubber ducky

Feliz Navidad

Lunazul tequila, Pama liqueur, triple sec, simple syrup, cranberry, orange juice and lime, garnished with a  small, wrapped gift ornament

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

About Vital Bridges: 
Vital Bridges’ mission is to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago impacted by HIV and AIDS to improve their health and build self-sufficiency by providing food, nutrition, housing, case management and prevention services.