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Valentines Day is ALMOST HERE! Don’t be left without a reservation!
2 of our favorite restaurants in Lakeview / Boystown are offering a special
Prix fix dinner….
BRUNCH EVERY WEEKEND at BOTH LOCATIONS!
Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, Beyoncé, and Lady GaGa…. Nope nothing gay about this years Super Bowl.
Hosting friends at your place? GET FOOD from Revolucion or El Mariachi in Lakeview.
FANTASTIC GUACAMOLE, fresh Salsa’s, Fajitas and MORE!
Since 1996, Mariachi Hospitality Group has evolved into an assortment of several different restaurant concepts, each with its own persona, yet, each with the same standard of excellence. The restaurant group has steadily grown in popularity thanks to the support of loyal patrons in the community.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to freshness, evolution, authenticity, and most importantly, the concept of family. As founders, Antonio Estrada and his 2 sons consistently work hand in hand with their dedicated management team in the quest for perfection by keeping their concepts exciting and on the cutting edge of the hospitality industry.
Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse 1-773-661-9893
El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill 1-773-549-2932
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Brat Pack Classic
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Don’t be left out! This WILL sell out!
Join us for a four-course meal, featuring FEW Spirits, that begins with a breakfast-inspired dish, taking you through lunch and dinner, and finishing with dessert.
All attendees will receive a voucher for a tour of FEW’s Evanston Distillery and Tasting Room ($10 Value)
Seats are limited. We hope you can join us!
Elixir Lounge (next door to Replay)
1509 W Balmoral Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
Four Courses • $60
Tickets available at
Dinner & Cocktail Menu Schedule
Frisee, bacon, poached egg, red wine vinaigrette.
FEW Breakfast Gin
Egg white, butter, lemon, gomme syrup,
freeze dried blueberries.
Grilled salmon, mussels, clams, shrimp, saffron broth.
Amontillado Sherry, lemon, sparkling.
Red Wine Braised Short Rib
Sweet potato puree, red wine reduction, crispy shallots.
Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Bitter Queens
Orange & Cardamom Crème Brûlée
FEW Anguish and Regret cordial
For over 10 years, TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) has trained more than 5,000 athletes and raised $10 million benefiting AIDS Foundation Chicago and HIV/AIDS-related community charities.
Working with Fitness Formula Club (FFC) USA Track & Field/Triathlon coaches, T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events.
T2 is about the journey as much as it is about the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable.
2015 was a big year for HIV! Not only were there huge advancements in science, but the epidemic also found its way back into mainstream media through art, pop culture and social activism. As we gear up for another stimulating year of progression towards putting an end to new HIV diagnoses, take a peek at these 10 tweets that tell the story of a big year in the HIV epidemic (in no particular order):
2016 25th Anniversary Gala Volunteer Sign-Up
Are you ready for the 25th Anniversary Gala? Last year, over 1400 people attended the Gala and we could not have done it without the hard work of our volunteers. This year will be no different, especially with high-profile guests, namely, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who will receive the Freedom Award.
The Gala will take place on Saturday, February 6th (6pm to midnight), at the Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Avenue).
In order for the events to run smoothly, we need volunteers like you to help. Please take a minute to look at the dates listed below for our needs.
2016 Equality Illinois Gala
WHEN: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 (various shifts)
WHAT: This is the main event, and we will need approximately 120 volunteers on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Volunteers are needed throughout the day of Gala, beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, and going until approximately 1:00am Sunday, February 7th. Various shift and time assignments will be set to cover the following positions: Silent Auction Set-Up; Silent Auction Monitors; Ballroom Monitors; Guest Registration; Greeters; Silent Auction Check Out (ONLY AVAILABLE SHIFTS WILL APPEAR AS AN OPTION).
The dress for volunteer staff at the Gala is Black-Tie Optional/Business, so you can wear a Suit/Tie, Cocktail Dress, Women’s Suit, Blazer/Slacks/Tie, Tux or Gown. Jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable dress UNLESS you are at the Hotel early for the Set-up shifts. If you are assigned to set-up, and you wish to stay for the event, please bring a change of clothes.
Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) today became the first Republican congressman to co-sponsor the Equality Act, federal legislation which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity illegal in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system.
The Human Rights Campaign applauded Dold:
“Bob Dold is showing tremendous leadership today by becoming the first Republican to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act and we’re thrilled that he’s standing up for our fundamental values of fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Far too many LGBT people – nearly two thirds – have faced unfair and unjust discrimination in their lives, much of it in the workplace. In co-sponsoring the Equality Act, Congressman Dold showed how important it is that LGBT people be able to have a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their families, and live free from fear of discrimination.”
Last July, the Equality Act was introduced in both the House and Senate with a record number of original co-sponsors. Since then, several major companies, including Apple, the Dow Chemical Company, Hyatt, Levi Strauss & Co., Orbitz, and Target, have all endorsed the Equality Act. In addition, the bipartisan legal team David Boies and Ted Olson — who was a Solicitor General of the United States under former President George W. Bush — also announced their support.
President Obama threw his support behind the legislation last November after what the White House said was “several weeks of review” of the bill.
Friday’s episode (Jan 15th, 2016, 8pm Central time) of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta will mark a first for the show when it features a transgender bride.
In a sneak peek of the episode, Precious Davis visits Bridals by Lori to find the perfect gown for her wedding. Davis and her fiancé Myles — both of whom are activists — will share their story on the show before getting married in Chicago in front of 1000 guests from their community. (@ Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago ).
“We want people to be inspired of what love can look like in its many forms,” Davis says. “We want to bring this kind of royalty because we feel we are royalty.”
Precious Davis is lauded both locally and nationally as an award winning diversity professional, social justice facilitator, and performance artist. She currently is the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago , her alma mater from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Precious currently implements and oversees the Campus Wide Diversity Initiative and is the first woman of color to hold this position. see more HERE.
SNEAK PEAK of the show HERE.
THE MIDWEST’S LARGEST LGBT GALA and FUNDRAISER
SUPPORTS THE WORK OF EQUALITY ILLINOIS
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue
The Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala promises to be a night to remember. The Midwest’s largest LGBT formal event will celebrate a quarter-century’s worth of accomplishments and the exciting work that lies ahead to achieve full equality. Some very special honorees will also make this one of our most exciting galas.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will receive the 2016 Equality Illinois Freedom Award. The Mariano’s grocery chain will receive the 2016 Business Leadership Award.
Whether you buy one seat or a full table, participate as a corporate sponsor, place an ad in the program book, or donate a luxury item to the silent auction, please join us in this Silver Anniversary celebration.
Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.
Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
The best blues artists in the world give a high dose of southern-style soul blues, house-rocking blues, contemporary blues, and genuine Chicago blues all rolled up into one awesome blues show that will be stuck in your memory forever. Bobby Rush headlines the All-Star Blues Bash bringing his Billboard R&B and Blues chart topping hits to highlight the bash.
Joining the bash as co-headliner is Joe Louis Walker, who is without a doubt one of the most exciting and innovative artists gracing contemporary blues. Kicking things off is Chicago’s very own and Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Wayne Baker Brooks, bringing his distinctive contemporary style of Chicago Blues with a fully formed new vision that updates the sound of the blues without falling into the same tired blues-rock clichés. Joining this all-star lineup is rising blues star Shawn Holt, son of blues legend Magic Slim.
Tickets: $40 General Public / $35 Seniors, Students, Staff
In Philip Dawkins’ world-premiere romantic comedy, Le Switch, marriage equality finally reaches the U.S., and commitment-shy David finds himself unsure how to react to the nation’s honeymoon phase. When his best friend’s bachelor party takes him to Montreal, he is unexpectedly swept off his feet by a beautiful, young florist. In the months that follow, David and his non-traditional family (his sister, grieving activist roommate and best friend) must decide for themselves what it really means to be committed, married, and queer.
Written by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Presented by special arrangement with Doug Nevin
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes with intermission
Pride Films & Plays presents two stars of The Boy From Oz in
“Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime:
The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute”
Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer). This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza’s singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show.
Accompanied by a jazz combo, this lively cabaret show will feature those solos, duets and medleys that are Judy and Liza classics. This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique mother/daughter relationship that they shared and to see how Liza learned so much in performance from Judy — the consummate song stylist.
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute previews Sunday, January 31st (7:00 p.m.) at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago. Tickets range between $15 and $25. For ticket information call 773-867-1946 or order online at www.uptownunderground.net, Tickets are not for sale at the regular PFP phone number.
Nancy Hays (Judy Garland) recently returned to theatre to portray Judy Garland in The Boy from OZ, presented by Pride Films & Plays, after performing for years as an opening act for Tommy Tune, Rita Rudner, Smothers Brothers, George Burns and others. Her country song Come Dance with Me is an international hit, and she was featured in the film The Minnesota Connection. Nancy has also made numerous TV appearances (including one on ABC dancing with Mario Lopez). Nancy has recorded five albums and toured the UK multiple times.
Michelle Lauto (Liza Minnelli) is so proud to be playing one of her idols again after an exciting run as Liza in The Boy From Oz with Pride Films & Plays this past summer. Favorite credits include Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago), Next To Normal and Spring Awakening (NY Regional Premiere). Up next for Michelle is the Chicago premiere of 35mm (Circle Theatre), and Xanadu with the American Theater Company. www.michellelauto.com
Seven Nightclub brings you ‘All American Boy’ Steven Grand Live In Concert! Doors open at 8 show starts at 9.
Steve Grand became an overnight internet celebrity and was acclaimed by some to be the first openly gay male country musician to attract mainstream attention in the United States. The music video of his first hit “All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013. This attention landed Grand on Good Morning America, CNN and other national media. Buzzfeed ranked the video on its list of the “24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013”, and Out magazine named Grand to its annual “Out100” list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people. In addition to being a musician, Grand has become an active figure in the LGBT equality movement.
VIP Meet and Greet Tickets (also includes seating in the first 3 rows) are only $30.
General Admission Tickets are only $20 before January 10, 2016.
Download the song: https://stevegrand.bandcamp.com/track…
ONLY AVAILABLE on BANDCAMP! It will not be made available on iTunes.
This graphic is hard to see – but the Tines Square Ball is 12′ and the Chicago star will be 70′!!!!!
This year, Chicago is starting a new tradition to ring in the New Year
with the inaugural celebration Chi-Town Rising. Corona Extra is the Presenting Sponsor of Chi-Town Rising and Hyatt Gold Passport is the Official Host Sponsor.
At 70’ 6” feet tip-to-tip and ascending to 360 feet into the night sky to welcome in the New Year, the Rising Star is truly the star of the show. Located on the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, the Rising Star will overlook the TV audience zone on Broadcast Boulevard and the Corona Beach House across the Chicago River.
Bucking the trend in the vast majority of cities around the world, the Rising Star will ascend at midnight versus descend. “Chicago has always been ‘a city on the rise,’ and never more so than in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871 when the City rose from the ashes to become the fastest growing city in the world by the end of the 19th century,” said Arena Partners President John Murray, “A Rising Star is fitting for a populace that rises to meet challenges head-on, and it is aspirational – symbolic of looking forward to the opportunities that the New Year holds in store for us.”
The Rising Star is inspired by the second star on the city’s flag, which represents the Great Fire of 1871 and the city’s phoenix-like rise in its aftermath.
The Chicago flag has four six-pointed stars on the center white stripe each representing a significant event in the city’s history. From left to right on Chicago’s flag, the first star represents Fort Dearborn; the second, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; the third, the World’s Columbian Exposition; and the fourth, the Century of Progress Exposition.
“Our city’s spirit inspired our choice to have an icon rise – not fall – on New Year’s Eve,” said John Murray. “Our city’s flag inspired our choice to use the Chicago Star as that icon; and these combined to inspire our choice of “Chi-Town Rising” as our name.”
The Rising Star, designed and built in Chicago by ONE618 and The Chicago Flyhouse Incorporated, is a thing of beauty. With a span of 70’6” tip-to-tip, it dwarfs icons used in cities around the world. It weighs 12,000 pounds, which is the equivalent of three pick-up trucks, and it has amazing lighting and video capabilities that will be revealed on New Year’s Eve.
How Chi-Town Rising’s Star compares to other cities’ New Year’s Eve icons
Approximately 34,000 pounds of steel make up the support structure; 24,000 pounds of steel I-beams are used on the front of Hyatt Regency Chicago, which act as guides for the Rising Star and the remaining 10,000 pounds of steel are on the roof of the building to support the cantilever. The structural steel portion of the Rising Star contains 900 bolts and the Rising Star itself contains over 250 bolts.
The Rising Star is comprised of over 2,600’ of 2” tube, which is close to half a mile of 2” tube. An additional 850’ of 1” tube is used in the assembly of the Rising Star. There are four control boxes, each containing 200 electrical terminations that will guide the motors to allow the Rising Star to ascend the building. Each of the four winch motors weighs nearly 1,000 pounds.
Chi-Town Rising will be broadcast live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago for those wishing to view the event for free. Those interested in attending the event live have multiple options for securing a guaranteed spot, including purchasing tickets to the outdoor audience area, the Corona Beach House party, or other partner events nearby. Official Hotel Partners have packages available that include admission to the event as well. Chi-Town Rising is a privately-produced, ticketed event. At the present time, the city has not designated any formal public viewing areas for the Countdown, Rising Star, and fireworks.
To learn more about Chi-Town Rising and be kept up to date on talent information, please sign up for the Chi-Town Rising newsletter on www.Chi-TownRising.com. For ticket information or to book your New Year’s Eve stay, please visit www.Chi-TownRising.com, and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
A couple weeks ago Ethan Renoe, a hot shirtless jogger crashed a TV weather forecast in Chicago. During the rainy broadcast Renoe said, “It’s a great day for a run. Too wet to wear a shirt, you know?” He added, “I love running in the rain, and I’m also single!” – the video went Viral!
Renoe, an evangelical Christian, also made sure to get in a shout out to Jesus during the impromptu interview he did with WGN.
Now, NBC Chicago reports that Renoe, who attended a Christian Bible college and says he is a virgin who is saving himself for marriage, founded a ministry that has been offering “free prayers” outside gay bars in the city’s Boystown gayborhood for the last four years! – Damn, I keep missing him!
“My primary purpose of going there is to show this community love that has been severely damaged by those who claim to be Christians. That area has been hurt by people who claim Christ’s name.” – – Is it good? or bad? how do you feel about this?
One student member remarked that he understood the backlash the group sometimes receives while in the gay community:
“Some people come at us angrily, but I can understand that because that community is their stronghold and that’s where their identity lies and they feel like we’re attacking it, but that’s before they talk to us,” said student Andy Wood. “Regardless of lifestyle decisions we have the same opportunity to share the gospel and love people.”
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Chi-Town Rising, Chicago’s inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration Presented by Corona Extra and Hosted by Hyatt Gold Passport, today announces the celebrity talent set to host the New Year’s Eve broadcast both on NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago. Mario Lopez will be the host talent for NBC 5 with Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Courtney Lopez, and Marley Kayden as co-hosts. Penelope Menchaca and Maria Elena Ponticiello will be the host talent for Telemundo Chicago with Maricela Vázquez and Lily Fragoso as co-hosts. In addition to NBC 5 Chicago, Chi-Town Rising will air on over 40 NBC affiliates in the central United States. The program will also air nationally on COZI TV and in Spanish on TeleXitos.
The Chi-Town Rising live broadcast will be centered between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Drive, with the Chi-Town Rising Countdown Stage directly in front of the Hyatt Regency Chicago along Upper Wacker Drive. The broadcast will feature the musical performances of Billboard 2014 Top Artist American Authors and legendary rock band Chicago®, a dazzling midnight countdown with a 75-foot tall Chicago Star rising 360-feet into the night sky, and an epic fireworks display linking the event site with Navy Pier’s annual fireworks in one grand display synchronized to a musical soundtrack.
NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will broadcast the event live starting at 11:08 p.m. and Telemundo Chicago will begin at 11:00 p.m.
NBC 5 CHICAGO BROADCAST: 11:08 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
More than 1,100 guests,
some decked out in their finest 1920s costumes, came together at Union Station to celebrate the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) 14th annual World of Chocolate gala on Thursday, Dec. 3. The larger-than-life celebration really was the bee’s knees — offering guests the chance to try chocolate inspired creations from 27 of Chicago’s top chocolatiers, chefs and caterers. Held annually in commemoration of World AIDS Day, this year’s event raised approximately $120,000 net in support of AFC’s continued care, policy, advocacy and education work.
Treats ranged from sweet bites to savory selections, and attendees also flocked to the speakeasy-inspired bars for some scrumptious chocolate cocktails. An expert panel of judges, including local celebrities and renowned Chicago-area chefs, judged the participating vendors in five categories:
- Best Sweet Award – Kendall College
- Best Savory Award – Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
- Best Libation Award – CH Distillery
- Best Business Class, Small Business Award – Fred’s at Barneys New York Chicago
- Best Business Class, Large Business Award – The Peninsula Chicago
- People’s Choice Award – Intercontinental Hotel Chicago
Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s work to end new HIV infections in Chicago and beyond. Proceeds from the event will:
· Help more than 5,000 people each year know their HIV status
· Support efforts to house 1,100 Chicagoans who are experiencing homelessness
· Enable more than 5,300 clients to receive case management services
· Fund trainings for hundreds of medical professionals about PrEP
Generous vendors participating in World of Chocolate included: the Brass Monkey, CH Distillery, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chocolat Uzma Sharif, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Fred’s of Barneys New York Chicago, Hilton Chicago, Intercontinental Hotel, Italian Village Restaurants, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Life’s Sweeter Side, Loews Chicago Hotel, Mercat a la Planxa, the Peninsula Chicago, Prasino LaGrange, Riques Cocina Mexicana, RL Restaurant, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Starbucks, Summer House Santa Monica, Uptown Brownie, Vanille Patisserie, Virgin Hotels Chicago, Walgreens, Wow Bao and ZED451.
- The AIDS Foundation of Chicago mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We work toward a day when people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. To learn more, visit www.aidschicago.org.
New Year’s in Chicago: Neverland’s 4th annual Purity Ball white party featuring DJ Alain Jackinsky inches closer to New Year’s this year with a major event on Wednesday, Dec. 30th. Take off the 31st and plan on house parties that night, because we’re making the 30th the biggest gay party of the holiday season.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 30th
2 performances, a massive set, hot costumed dancers, and the magic of Boystown’s most creative and hard-working team.
For tickets, visit Egoist Underwear in Boystown, or CLICK HERE
Don’t Wait Till The Last Minute!!!
Christmas and New Years in just a few weeks away!
Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December
Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, guests will receive half-off martinis, cocktails and Kit Kat’s Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good donation. The non-perishable food donations will benefit Heartland Health Outreach, an organization that provides care to more than 12,000 needy individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area each year.
Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Christmas prix
Diva Kinley Preston will entertain guests each evening starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.
New Year’s Eve at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
Glitz and Glam Gala Starring Diva Kinley Preston
Thursday, December 31
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold an over-the-top “Glitz and Glam Gala” this New Year’s Eve. The fabulous affair will feature a four course prix fixe menu, martinis and live entertainment. Diva Kinley Preston will captivate dining guests with intermittent performances as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, P!NK and more.
Chef JoAnn Witherell’s modern American supper club menu features the choice of starter, salad, entree and dessert. The menu, outlined below, includes two martinis, champagne toast and party favors for $65 per person (7 p.m. seating) and $85 per person (10 p.m. seating).
For New Year’s Eve dining reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773.525.1111. The lounge will be open for bar guests from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Menu
7 p.m. $65 per person / 10 p.m. $85 per person
Includes two martinis and champagne toast
Smoked Salmon, creme fraiche, minced red onion, capers, toast points
Shrimp, avocado, chipotle mayo
Potato Leek Soup
Beet Salad – roasted beets, orange segments, arugula, pistachios, goat cheese crumbles, champagne vinaigrette
Kit Kat Salad – romaine and spinach blend, sliced pears, dried cranberries, spiced pecans, balsamic vinaigrette
Surf and Turf – filet and crab cake with bearnaise sauce and grilled asparagus
Seared Chicken Breast – creamy mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, bacon and parmesan vinaigrette
Seafood Pasta – bay scallops, rock shrimp, crimini mushrooms, light brandy cream, curry
Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – spinach, artichokes, goat cheese, rice medley
Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans, whipped cream
Key Lime Pie
Chocolate Layer Cake
The clock is ticking! Just a few days till Hanukkah and a couple weeks till Christmas! Is your shopping done? Gregg Helfer Jewelers located in downtown Chicago, has lots of things that sparkle to make your holidays bright! Maybe you are planning a wedding for 2016? It’s not too early to look at rings.
The Helfer family has been importing diamonds and making jewelry for three generations starting with Gregg’s Grandfather David Helfer. A proud supporter of the gay community for many years, in 2000, after working in the jewelry industry on his own for over 12 years, Gregg continued the family tradition by opening a private office in the historic Maller’s building on Chicago’s Jewelers Row.
Gregg and his brother Michael work with clients to find the perfect product at the perfect price for them. Outstanding customer service and great prices make Gregg Helfer Jewelers the go-to jewelers, for all of your wants and needs. Whether you’re an experienced online shopper, or need some additional assistance with custom design or special order, we’re confident you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. They are available six days a week to help you find the piece of jewelry of your dreams.
5 S. Wabash, 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
A HOLIDAY SHOW
NOT TO BE MISSED!
- Friday, Dec. 11: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm
- Saturday, Dec. 12: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm
- Sunday, Dec. 13: Hydrate opens at 2 pm for Sunday Funday, show at 7:30 pm
6 days away ! THE BEST PARTY OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!
Don’t fight the temptation. We give you permission to indulge to your heart’s content at World of Chocolate 2015 on Thursday, December 3 (Yes, that’s just 2 weeks from today)!
This year’s event is truly bigger and better than ever. We’re welcoming 9 new chocolatiers to Union Station who can’t wait to wow your palate with unique flavors. From classic sweets to surprising savories, 27 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at this commemorative World AIDS Day event.
|Try their creations—and so many more—only at World of Chocolate!|
P.S. Online ticket sales close at 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30. Don’t delay!
Entertainment, Dinner and Drinks During the Live Broadcast
Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s full dinner menu, featuring “Opening Act” small plates, “Show Stoppers” (entrees) and “Grand Finale” desserts. To make table reservations, call 773-525-1111.
Jingle Bell Brunch Series at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
‘Tis the Season to Celebrate with a Midday Meal and Martinis
Sunday, December 13, 20 and 27 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kit Kat’s over-the-top,“Divalicious” brunch will have a holiday twist for three consecutive Sundays in December. On December 13, 20 and 27, Diva Madam X will welcome guests for a midday meal complete with seasonal martinis, festive tunes and holiday films from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, rice krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more, while imbibing with mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis, sangria and specialty martinis ($14.95 drink package available).
The holiday series will kick off with a “Sexy Santa” brunch on Sunday, December 13. Guests will receive a keepsake photo with a scantily clad Claus, while sipping Santa’s Sleigh martinis made with Viniq, New Amsterdam Peach, passion fruit juice, grapefruit juice and champagne.
On Sunday, December 20, an “Ugly Sweater” contest will take place with a $100 cash prize being awarded to the person with the most hideous holiday attire. In addition to the list of bottomless brunch beverages, Kit Kat will offer Madras martinis made with Effen vodka, cranberry and orange juice.
The holiday season at Kit Kat will commence with the “I Survived Xmas” brunch on Sunday, December 27. Christmas comedies will play on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens, while guests indulge with Sticky Bun martinis made with Pinnacle Cinnabon vodka, RumChata, coconut creme and maple syrup.
Throughout the month of December, Kit Kat’s talented team of mixologists will shake up special holiday martinis, including: Frosty’s Going Down; Eggnog; Fire Apple Cider; Pumpkin Pie; Banana Nut Bread; and Candy Cane. The complete martini menu is outlined below. For brunch reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
When The Snow Thaws, By Jess Godwin features YEPP – Youth Empowerment Performance Project
“Over 100 chicago voices came together to support this song and video. Many thanks to Brian Bloye, Chicago Artists Chorale, Community Renewal Chorus, St. Alphonsus Choir, YEPP, and actors, musicians, artists, and humanitarian friends of Chicago for donating their time and incredible talents to this project.
“Thanks to Executive Producer Kat Fitzgerald, Director Jason Knade, Producer Kayla Ginsburg, Stylist/MUA Jacob Leatherman of Blown Chicago, Recording Engineer Yuri Lysoivanov (with students from Tribeca Flashpoint College), Mixing/Mastering Engineer Tim Timothy Rusin The Athenaeum, all of the people who brought food to the potluck, sent money in for the pizza…and stylists/MUA Paula CityLights Heckenast, Barbara Thomas, Deborah Sanchez, Cathy Geldmacher Nathan, and Garret Koski-Budabin who helped out on our rehearsal shoot day, and Youth Empowerment Performance Project director Bonsai Bermudez for doing an incredible amount of coordinating to make this happen.” Jess Godwin
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UNPLUG and get away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago!
Known as The Grand Old City of southwestern Michigan, Dowagiac is just 2 hours from Chicago. Just a hop, skip and jump away from Chicago, many Chicagoans head east to Michigan to escape the city hustle and bustle for a laid back simpler life. There is a charming collection of Michigan bed and breakfasts and homes for rent that make the perfect choice for fun places to go for a weekend in the spring, summer, fall or for winter vacation getaways.
Some of the best features of the Great Lakes State are visible and the relaxed pace of small-town life is always present here. There are lush parks, wildlife areas, and stately turn-of-the-century homes.
One fantastic home, the lovely Stella&James Weber Estate is available for rent. This 1860’s, 3100 square ft home has 4 bedrooms,1 King, 2 Queen, 1 room with two twins, and a separate semi private twin bed and blow up. Awesome kitchen and lots of room for friends or family gatherings. And it rents for $500 a night. Perfect for a getaway from the city, with a group of friends or family members.
The home sleeps eight comfortably. Has a hot tub and pool table. A casino is 5 minutes away. Great kitchen to cook up some meals for everyone! And the quaint downtown is nearby, just a short walk, with restaurants and some shops.