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Holiday Fun at Kit Kat Lounge

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge

Entertainment, Dinner and Drinks During the Live Broadcast
Tuesday, December 8       9 p.m.
Bust out your bustiers, fluff up your feathered wings and catwalk over to Kit Kat Lounge for the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Tuesday, December 8. Catch all of the racy, runway action on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo projection screens starting at 9 p.m. During the commercial breaks, Kit Kat’s glittered and glamorous Divas will perform live as pop stars and Hollywood icons, while guests sip half-priced martinis, including the VS Angel made with Pinnacle Citrus Vodka, Domain de Canton Ginger and agave nectar ($7).

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.


Gay Chicago Youth Group YEPP and Jess Godwin


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


Please support  the  YEPP Go Fund Me Project



Chicago Michigan Get Away! House Rental

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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.


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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.

301 Center St      Dowagiac, Michigan

(773) 327-2403



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Puerto Vallarta Contest


The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:



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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.




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SEVEN Nightclub and Porn Superstar, Topher DiMaggio are proud to present Pablo Hernandez, performing live at Seven Nightclub.

Advance general admission tickets are only $7.

Photos along with Meet N’ Greets will be available post performance.

Doors open at 8pm, with performance at 10:30pm.  GET YOUR TICKET NOW!




World of Chocolate Dec. 3rd

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It’s finally the sweetest time of year  is  HERE!

Tickets for World of Chocolate 2015 are on sale now.


Get hotsy-totsy and party like Gatsby for an evening of chocolate galore! Inspired this year by the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, World of Chocolate is Chicago’s commemorative World AIDS Day event held at the beautiful Chicago Union Station.


Revel in chocolate delights from more than 25 of the city’s top chefs, imbibe to your heart’s content at our open bars and win fabulous prizes, including vacations to New York City, Las Vegas and more.

Kick off your holiday season with the AWESOME  EVENT! Come Hungry!~

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Since its inception, World of Chocolate has raised over $1.7 million to fund vital HIV services and programs at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Purchase your tickets today and savor the sweet satisfaction of making a difference!


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Hydrate TURN ABOUT Show for TPAN

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Don’t miss your chance to see staff LKH doing DRAG for charity!

The annual LKH TURNABOUT SHOW proceeds go to benefit TPAN via Hydrate, The Den, Replay Andersonville, and Replay Lakeview participants in BARLESQUE!

Doors at 8 pm
Show starts at 9:30 pm

$10 suggestion donation includes Hosted Bar and Hors d’Oeuvres from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm!!


Join the Facebook  page  HERE

Chicago Homeless Youth

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Chicagoans know fall means bitter cold is on its way. People will soon scurry to stay inside day and night. Yet, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter.

In the spirit of giving back this upcoming holiday season, the Chicago-area community will come together on Friday, Nov. 20, for an overnight sleep out to raise visibility and funds to help provide a stable living environment for youth experiencing homelessness.

The first-of-its-kind event in Chicago, the Out In the Open Sleep Out, will bring together members of the community to raise funds for 18 organizations serving youth experiencing homelessness. The event will be at Cricket Hill near Montrose Ave. and Lake Michigan.

Attendees will hear from individual teens and participate in a variety of activities. There will also be dozens of entertainers performing during the event.

“We are striving to bring new people and resources to this critical issue in Chicago,” said Tracy Baim,Windy City Times publisher and executive producer of the event. “We’ve modeled the event after similar events in other cities, and we plan to also showcase the talents of this next generation.”

The following nonprofit partners will benefit from the event:  AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Care2Prevent, the University of Chicago; Center on Halsted; Chicago House; Chicago Youth Storage Initiative; Howard Brown Health Center’s Broadway Youth Center; Illinois Safe Schools Alliance; La Casa Norte; Lurie Children’s Hospital – Division of Adolescent Medicine; Neon Dorms – Heartland Human Care Services; New Moms; Puerto Rican Cultural Center – El Rescate; TaskForce Prevention and Community Services; Teen Living Programs; The 750 Club Apartment Adoption Project; The Night Ministry; Thresholds; Unity Parenting and Counseling, Inc.; and YEPP: Youth Empowerment Performance Project.

The event is hosted by the newly formed Pride Action Tank, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Edelman, Agency EA and Windy City Times newspaper, along with a wide range of other partners. Best Gay Chicago is a proud media partner of this event.

To donate or sign up for the inaugural event as well as to learn more about individual teen’s stories, please visit

Day of Wedding Coordinator

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Business booms in Chicago’s NW suburbs, where Rev Pam announces the expansion of her already successful wedding chapel business, which she operates out of her home. The sister business will be called Day-of Coordinator for Weddings & Social Events, and will be overseen by Rev Pam. The business will reach out through the Chicagoland area to assist couples who have planned their own weddings and need day-of management during the wedding and reception, while the couple is obviously “busy”.

Rev Pam will also make her custom florist services available, making most of the bridal bouquets and bridal party flowers herself.

The new website: launched October 15, 2015. The home-office for the business will be located at Pine Manor 401 S Pine St in Mt Prospect, IL where the officiant has been providing in-home style wedding ceremonies in her 1920’s Dutch Colonial and backyard garden since 2011.

The expansion of her wedding business to include the new company’s day-of coordination services seemed like a natural progression from the wedding planning and day-off coordination she already has done for years in her home, Pine Manor Chicago Weddings.  “It’s time I shared my experience and discount wedding partners outside my Pine Manor clientele.
Rev Pam has made strategics partnerships with what she feels are the best wedding vendors in Chicagoloand. Discounts are available to her couples for everything to complete their wedding planning like, venue for up to 300 people, brides maid dresses, bridal gowns and accessories, sweets table, wedding rings, cake, photography, video, live violin, dinner / after party location, overnight stay, even wedding dress restoration. Couple’s can go down the list and plan their entire wedding from this one page.

Over the past 30 years, Rev Pam has seen it all. A certified wedding officiant, and retired Chicago advertising producer, Pam Magnuson plans and manages day-of for hundreds of weddings, and social events every year. She comes highly recommended with dozens upon dozens of 5 Star reviews and has won awards for her service and attention to detail. She’s quick on her feet, and without even a mention to the couple, any hiccup will be managed and solved. It’s this the kind of person you want to implement the plans you have worked so hard on? The public is invited to RSVP a tour time to meet Rev Pam and see her home, Pine Manor. Couples can RSVP by calling 847-873-7463
Pine Manor Walk-through event Sunday, December 6th

Couples interested in holding their ceremony at or contracting The Rev for day-of coordination can schedule a walk through at the manor and meet Rev Pam. Once a month she holds a special “walk through day” Scheduled for Thursday, December 6th, 2015 8-8pm. This special event includes delicious baked goods from her wedding cake partner in Mount Prospect, IL Couples must call and RSVP a walk-through Time

847-873-Pine (7463)
Click HERE to join the Pine Manor walk through event

Chicago Gay Rapper Milan Christopher

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – An openly gay Chicago rapper says it’s time to change hip hop. However, his music world is openly unaccepting of his lifestyle.

And as FOX 32’s Darlene Hill reports, Milan Christopher is out to change that.

“One of the funniest comments I hear from ladies is that he’s too fine to be gay. And I’m like, what does that mean?” Christopher said.

Sick of the comments and sick of the secret life, that’s why the Chicago native says he signed on with a cable reality show that highlights his relationship with another up and coming male rapper.

“There’s never been a successful openly gay black rapper so it was hard thinking, am I going to be successful when I came out. So I did have a time when I was actually playing straight,” Christopher said.

Christopher has appeared in videos for Kanye, the Game and Beyoncé, and is said to be a major player in the hip hop industry.

He says he kept his two year relationship with Miles Brock a secret because they were afraid of the backlash from rappers and fans who buy hip hop records.

Afraid of the hate, the slurs and afraid of being “out” in a world that’s been historically homophobic, Christopher says gay relationships like his will force hip hop to make a liberal, accepting change.

“It made room for people who weren’t thugs, not standing on street corners and not living that hard core thug life. Although, I am from 77th & Hermitage, which is considered the killer ward of Chicago, don’t get it twisted,” Christopher said.

Christopher and Brock’s relationship is working on and off the screen, and while they’re given equal time as their straight counterparts, this is the first time viewers have seen this kind of black love on TV.   See the clip on FOX 



Early Halloween Party Chicago!


Kick off Halloween  THURSDAY  @  EL MARIACHI!

There is something for everyone at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill’s “Casa de Espantos”. The evening includes a costume party, delicious appetizers and specialty cocktails in our back private party rooms. And the costume contest is no joke, so be sure to bring your A-game this Thursday.

Tickets are limited, so call the restaurant or email us as soon as possible and reserve your spot.


Tickets will include 4 cocktails and unlimited appetizer buffet from  7pm9pm.


Raffles & Prizes for the best costumes!

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
3906 N. Broadway
Chicago Il 60613  Phone: 773-549-2932     RESERVE TODAY!



Jess Godwin and Kristin Chenoweth

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“I can’t believe I’m actually writing this…

Last spring, through the wonders of twitter, Kristin Chenoweth let me know that she liked my music. Crazy. This past week, I jokingly tweeted at her and said “Hey! When you’re in Chicago this Saturday, I’ll play Fool Me Once on the piano while you sing!” Didn’t think anything of it. That night, she messaged me privately and asked if I would sing “For Good” with her on stage. After MUCH deliberation (I screamed and jumped up and down on my bed at 1AM) I said YES.

I have looked up to Kristin, sung her music, and adored her performances in tv shows for years. She has been so kind to me about my songwriting, and she tells me to keep pushing forward. I try my hardest not to do this for the validation…it’s a constant struggle…but it’s so nice to get little pushes and words of encouragement like this along the way. So, thanks to her, I’m ready to put myself out there again with a new video today.” (Say Love).


“Say Love” was supposed to be a chapter from the very beginning of the anthology, but that relationship ended. The song has taken on a new meaning and life for me since then, and I’m so glad my friends encouraged me to release it anyway.

I’m incredibly grateful to director Bradley Bischoff for having a vision and pushing me out of my comfort zone. To Yuri Lysoivanov and students for tracking at Flashpoint Tribeca. To Brian Allison for laying down guitar. To Paula Heckenast for hair and makeup. I’m most grateful to actor Gabe Ruiz. We had just become friends a few weeks before, but he didn’t hesitate when I asked him to do a shoot at sunrise in the middle of Lake Michigan. It was SO COLD. Gabe had my back the whole time.


Don’t forget to grab your ticket for the December 4 show. Why not do it today? I’m going to performing all of the songs from the past year live for the first (maybe the last?) time!


FYI – I would like to give a shout out to one of our newest sponsors! We have used them and feel they are one of the best cleaning services in Chicago!

Winter Get Away Deals


Chicago men LOVE INNdulge!  and today  is their 20th anniversary! Plan your winter get away  today!

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are bringing back our 2 FOR 1 SPECIAL!!
Stay one night and get the second night FREE!
This offer is available December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
and June 15, 2016 – September 15, 2016.
(not valid for weekends or holidays)

YEPP Chicago Needs Your Help!


The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is a unique youth theatre initiative that seeks a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth impacted by homelessness and housing instability to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece. In order to achieve its mission, they blend harm reduction, social justice, popular education, theatre of the oppressed, transformative and restorative justice work. YEPP is MOVEMENT BUILDING!

YEPP’s training program operates all year. However, within the course of six months, a cast led by director Bonsai Bermudez and supporting coordinators focus the work towards developing an original production to be shown in January 22, 23, 24, and 29, 30, 31 of 2016, at the Athenaeum Theatre.

What makes us unique? Our approach blends art, social justice and healing work in a way that encourages our ensemble members to create a performance that celebrates the strengths and advocates the needs of this often overlooked aspect of society.

We need your support. Annual funding assists our ensemble with the provision of a safe space, meals, transportation, workshops, and individual stipends.  HELP NOW!

Act now! Whether or not you are able to make a monetary contribution, we invite you to be a part of our community and keep up with YEPP news through our website at

BRUNCH at Kit Kat Lounge Chicago

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Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club is getting into the Halloween “spirit” with a bevy of boo-tastic brunch events and creative costume contests, from Rocky Horror Picture Show parties, to a Dia de los Muertos celebration.

In addition, the Lakeview lounge and supper club will offer an array of Halloween martinis ($14 each; half-priced Sunday-Thursday) and Poison Apple shots ($5 each) throughout the month of October. 


Rocky Horror Picture Show Brunch
Sunday, October 25         11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

“Let’s do the time warp again” this Halloween season, as Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club holds their sixth annual Rocky Horror Picture Show brunch on Sunday, October 25. Diva Madam X will perform songs from the campy cult classic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the film will be shown on seven large screens. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed as their best Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff or other costumed character for the chance to win a $100 cash prize. Kit Kat’s Sunday brunch menu will be available, and all martinis will be half-priced (all day). 

Dia de los Muertos Brunch

Sunday, November 1         11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Feeling like a zombie after a long night of Halloween revelry? Revive with the hair of the dog, and celebrate the Day of the Dead, at Kit Kat Lounge. On Sunday, November 1, Diva Madam X will lift your “spirits” with live performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Nosh on comfort food brunch fare (Bacon Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese; Biscuits and Gravy; Huevos Rancheros), while imbibing with a build-your-own beverage package that includes mimosas, bloody martinis, bellinis and sangria ($14.95).
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

HYDRATE October Special Events


HYDRATE October happenings!

Five shows only, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30! The show’s stars, Katerina, Erin Daly, Casi Maggio, Stephanie Hansen and Erika Lecaj, will sing Halloween, pop and musical classics throughout the hour-long comedic set that’s sprinkled with dark moments. Hosted by the one and only Dixie Lynn Cartwright.

Halloween Massacre
Hydrate kicks off Halloween weekend Friday, Oct. 30  with London’s international DJ duo, SEXSHOOTERS, from 11:30 pm to 4 am. Hydrate’s dance floor won’t stop moving to David and Claudio’s addictive, uplifting house beats. Hostess Serena Fierce will make sure the party is a ghoulish good time.
$10 cover after midnight

On Saturday, Oct. 31, stop by Hydrate’s outdoor stage before or after the Halsted Street Parade to catch Dee Jay George G from 2-9 pm and DJ Greg Drescher from 9 pm to midnight. Mz. Ruff N’ Stuff and Naysha will host on stage from 4-8 pm.
Head inside to catch the Hydrate gogo dancers from 5-9 pm. Stick around for the announcement of the winner of the costume contest at 7 pm, where $250 in cash and prizes will be handed out to first, second and third place. Grammy nominated house icon, DJ Ralphie Rosario, will tear up the dance floor from 11:30 pm to 5 am.
 $10 cover after midnight

Latrice Royale in Chicago @ Seven


SEVEN NIGHTCLUB is proud to present RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar, LATRICE ROYALE performing live on Friday, November 20, 2015.

Latrice Royale was a fan favorite in both RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 4 and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and featured as a guest start on multiple follow up seasons of the hit show, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.

The LARGE AND IN CHARGE, Latrice Royale, will perform two performances, at 10pm and 11:30pm. Advanced general admission tickets will be $7 dollars and VIP Meet N’ Greet tickets will be available for $15. Both options will be available for purchase via our website.

Seven Nightclub and Lounge is located at 3206 N Halsted, on the northwest corner of Halsted and Belmont. For most up to date information and to view our entire entertainment line-up, visit our website at



Pride Action Tank, a new, results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy and action, is launching this month as a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC).

Kim L. Hunt, former executive director of Affinity Community Services, will be Pride Action Tank’s executive director. Tracy Baim, founder of Pride Action Tank, will be the president of its advisory board.

The work of Pride Action Tank focuses on six overlapping issue areas: housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.

Pride Action Tank will bring together and support the work of subject matter experts as well as people directly impacted by challenges facing the LGBTQ community to envision and realize practical and longer-term policy solutions. Moreover, Pride Action Tank will fuel collaborations among organizations, departments, experts, policymakers and community members in order to fill in gaps and ensure better supports for all people in LGBTQ communities.

The mission of Pride Action Tank is to “improve the health, safety and progress of individuals and groups within the LGBTQ community by inspiring, supporting and leading collaborative action that improves policy, service, access and community dynamics in the core areas of housing, health, safety, financial security, youth and aging.”

Sign up to receive updates and action alerts from Pride Action Tank!

Neverland is hosting Chicago’s largest gay Halloween party

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Neverland is throwing Chicago’s largest gay Halloween party with “Alien Invasion“, 10pm-5am at Circuit Nightclub.

DJ Escape of NYC’s infamous Sunday Service parties spins alongside Alexis-R, for a night of high-energy music. The backdrop is a theatrical set by Timmie Foley and Jasmine Quintana, who transformed Circuit into a Mayan jungle for our Market Days party.

CLICK HERE for NEVERLAND tickets, special pre-sale offer

WHO is PERFORMING: We are teaming one of Chicago’s best dancers, The Vixen, with Alberto Arias, the choreographer behind Aurora Sexton’s killer Market Days “Origins” performance. Not to be missed.

WHO is HOSTING: Neverland’s main host & muse Kim Chi is joined by a new generation of hosts: Imp Queen, Nico, and Sara Andrews. We have sought out some of the best walking art in Chicago for this event.

Chef Tong @ Bloomingdales Oct. 17th

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Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef,
is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine.

Join Chef Chris for a culinary tour of fabulous French Bistro fare.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare: Steak au Poivre, Haricot Verts Herb de Provence, and Chocolate Mousse with Coffee Liqueur.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 17, from 2-4 pm, at the
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678


If you go – please tell  them you saw it on BEST GAY!

My Private Chef is now established as one of Chicago’s favorite resources for private gourmet dining. Using his many years of experience at fine restaurants and hotels, Chef Tong offers the finest cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
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LGBT Friendly Personal Trainers


The gym I go to is about 10%  gay.

And out of 10 trainers, I know one male trainer is gay.

I know that only because someone who trained with him, told me! Some of the other trainers at my gym might be LGBT friendly….but how does one know?  I don’t want to work with some obnoxious testosterone filled male jock who has a thing against gay people.

If you’re going to invest time, money, and trust in a person to guide you in the right direction, then you need to make the right choice. If you want to find the perfect person to help you, then you’re right to be picky. Choose a trainer who will cater to your personal needs and learning preferences. While some people want to be pushed to their limits by a drill sergeant type, others are going to work better with positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Your trainer should fit your personality and motivation style.

Chicago entrepreneur Sam Provenzano launched Right Fit For You ( He says, “I just really felt that there was a need for Right Fit for You. The client/trainer relationship is very intimate. Personal Trainers not only help their clients get into tip-top shape, but many of them become a client’s friend and someone they confide in and trust. If you aren’t comfortable and can’t truly be yourself with your Personal Trainer, chances are you will not reach your full potential.”


Right Fit for You, is the premiere LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer Referral Service!


Right Fit for You wasn’t solely created because of a fear of running into a close minded Personal Trainer, but because I wanted to provide the LGBT community with an online marketplace of Personal Trainers that the LGBT community can relate to– no questions asked, no insecurities. At the end of the day, Right Fit for You is all about ensuring a comfortable personal training atmosphere for the LGBT community from beginning to end. Every certified Personal Trainer profiled on Right Fit for You will not only will help you get into shape, but will also identify as LGBT or as a straight ally to the community.

Although our focus is primarily geared toward the LGBT community — anyone is welcome to utilize Right Fit for You as a means to find the right Personal Trainer who will fit all of their needs and budget. So whether you are just starting to work out or looking to gain some muscle or lose a few pounds, Right Fit For You can help!

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Step 1: Search through their Personal Trainer database

Search their personal trainer database at no cost! All of the trainers are hand-screened and confirmed to be currently certified. All you have to do is enter your zip code and radius, and browse through the database. You  should read the trainer bio’s and pick the Right Fit For You!

Step 2: Contact Trainer

Send your goals and contact information directly from the site to your desired trainer. If he/she has their contact information listed, give them a call or send them an email to schedule a consultation with your personal trainer and get started on achieving your fitness goals. Tell them you found them through Right Fit for You!

Step 3: Tell your friends about Right Fit for You!


It’s  easy  and FREE!    Check it out today!   RIGHT FIT FOR YOU.

*If you are a personal trainer, looking to join Right Fit For You, here is the link with more information.

World of Chocolate 2015





The BIGGEST and MOST DECADENT party  of the holiday season  returns, December 3rd  to Chicago’s gorgeous Union Station! Sip cocktails, sample outrageous chocolate concoctions  and socialize  to benefit Aids Foundation of Chicago.  Tickets on sale  Oct. 21st!


Alexandra Billings Nov. 2nd

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Pride Films and Plays’ annual fall benefit – Simply Sensational –  celebrates Chicago legend Alexandra Billings.

WGN’s Dean Richards serves again as the emcee. Billings will headline the event on Monday, November 2 that will  feature Pride Films and Plays’ Company Members, along with several guest performers. It will be a magical and moving event indeed!

A select number of VIP tickets are available for the benefit at $175, and include a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. with appetizers and open wine bar at the Marketa Sivek Gallery at 1123 West Belmont.  VIP ticket holders also enjoy reserved center-section seating for the 7:15 pm performance at Stage 773 at 1225 W. Belmont, and a post-show meet-and-greet reception and photo opportunity with Miss Billings and the cast.  General Admission tickets are $75 and include the performance and a post-show reception. Tickets can be purchased here.

Alexandra Billings is an actress, singer, author, teacher and activist. She stars as Davina in Amazon’s multi-award winning television series ‘Transparent’  and she has been seen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘E.R.,’ and ‘Nurses’ among others. She has acted in Chicago and across the United States, in many instances being the first transgender actress to tackle rolls like Mama Rose in Gypsy.  She has worked at Bailiwick Repertory, Court Theater, and Steppenwolf, and has performed Off-Broadway. Ms. Billings’ activism stretches across the continent. She was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago in 2007. Living with AIDS since the mid-eighties, she chronicles her life’s journey in her blog ‘Stilettos and Sneakers’ and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her life story “From Schoolboy to Showgirl” produced by Alex Silets (WTTW) was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Documentary category.

Tickets for Simply Sensational can be purchased here.

Miss Richfield at Hydrate Oct 9-10th


2 Nights Only Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10!!

Join the Return of… Miss Richfield 1981 in her new show “Cone of Silence!!”

Ever want to talk about something, but felt you couldn’t? You can now! In her new show “Cone of Silence,” Miss Richfield 1981 opens the discussion up to all forbidden topics! When she lowers the Cone of Silence, anything goes!

Enjoy new music, new videos, and new activities with the audience!

Limited VIP tickets are available for $33 which include seating in the first three rows

General admission tickets are available for $23.

Doors open at 6 PM both nights and showtime is 7:30 PM

Facebook page  here

Caitlyn Jenner in Chicago Nov. 12th

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Caitlyn Jenner, Olympian and recent winner of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 7th annual Chicago House Speaker Series luncheon, being held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Thursday, November 12th, from 11:30 am – 2 pm.

Now in its 30th year, Chicago House is the Midwest’s oldest provider of housing for those impacted by HIV/AIDS and/or LGBTQ marginalization, and is now home to the nation’s most comprehensive social service and support programs for transgender individuals, the TransLife Center.

The Chicago House Speaker Series luncheon brings awareness to the agency’s founding mission, domestic and global HIV and AIDS activism, as well as its new strategic focus, combating LGBTQ poverty and marginalization, while celebrating the accomplishments Chicago House has achieved locally and raising funds to support the more than 1,800 men, women and children they serve.

This year’s Speaker Series will be especially effective at highlighting the marginalization and suffering disproportionately experienced by transgender individuals. Offending the values of fairness and equity, transgender men and women face enormous intertwining barriers to stability due to discrimination, societal and family rejection, and pervasive hostility. More than a quarter of transgender persons reports having lost a job due to their gender identity and more than half reports having difficulty finding a job because of their identity.


Fantastic October Events at SEVEN Nightclub

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Join us and make Seven Nightclub and Lounge your number one destination for the hottest and most exciting entertainment on Halsted Street.

Friday, October 2, 2015: Falcon Exclusive Ryan Rose will be hosting WTF Friday with an all out Falcon Media giveaway. Ryan will be hosting the evening starting at 10pm with Seven’s renowned male dancers and signing autographs and taking pictures all night long until 2am.

Friday, October 16, 2015: Join fan favorite and RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar, Jujubee, as she performs live on the Seven stage. Performances will be at 10pm and 11:30pm followed by a VIP Meet N’ Greet. Advanced general admission tickets ($7) and a limited quantity of VIP Meet N’ Greet tickets ($15) are available at .

Friday, October 23, 2015: Porn superstar and producer, Austin Wilde, will be hosting our Seven dancers with giveaways all night long. Party starts at 10pm and table reservations may be made via

Seven Nightclub and Lounge is located at 3206 N Halsted, on the northwest corner of Halsted and Belmont. For most up to date information and to view our entire entertainment line-up, visit our website at  or  FACEBOOK.

Replay and Elixir Expand to Andersonville


Two Boystown hits,  expand to Andersonville, making for a very gay corner  at  Clark and Balmoral.

LKH Management (LKH), the group behind Lake View’s Hydrate, Halsted’s Bar & Grill, Replay, Elixir and VII, have now opened  a  REPLAY  ANDERSONVILLE  and  ELIXIR  ANDERSONVILLE!

Located at 5358 N. Clark (at Balmoral), Replay Andersonville will serve as a restaurant, bar and arcade, offering Contemporary American cuisine, 26 craft tap beers and an extensive premium bourbon selection. The 2,300-square foot venue features reclaimed wood, exposed brick and 144 seats, including the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio. A  huge very cool mural in the arcade, which was created by local artist David Andora, reflects the venue’s playful vibe, which invites guests to linger, and enjoy three popular pinball games or 25 complimentary vintage video games, such as Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug and Galaga.

Unlike its sister location in Lake View, Replay Andersonville will serve food, showcasing innovative and distinctive daily lunch and dinner, and weekend brunch items.


Diners can expect fresh, high-quality ingredients and big, bold flavors. An extensive list of weekend breakfast and brunch options run the gamut from sweet to savory, while lunch and dinner offer something for everyone, including signature salads, sandwiches and innovative build-your-own burgers. The restaurant will also feature weekly specials, late-night dining options and a children’s menu.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra and Steve Farbstein, formerly of Chicago’s Girl and the Goat and Luxbar, respectively, will helm the kitchen. The menu includes classic American comfort dishes with a modern twist, elevating ordinary dishes by using unexpected flavor combinations and textures, including: hickory-smoked meatloaf, cornmeal fried chicken, and seasonal steak and pasta dishes. Some personal Chef favorites include: a Berkshire Pork Chop; Grass-fed Natural Flat Iron Steak; and Bacon Waffles with Black Pepper Butter, Sea Salt & Black Cherry Bourbon Syrup. All dishes will be made in-house, using sustainably raised and locally sourced ingredients when possible. Fresh pressed juice will serve as a nutritious start to the day or make a great addition to a brunch cocktail.

“We’re not only excited about the food we prepare, but also passionate about the people we prepare it for,” said Chef Steve. “We want guests to enjoy themselves, explore the menu and try something new, combining the familiar with the unexpected. Replay’s combination of innovative food, craft beer, premium bourbon and old school arcade games creates an environment that takes you back to your formative years. We invite the community to join us to have a great time with friends and make new memories.”

For more information, including the complete Replay Andersonville food menus, beer and bourbon list and featured video games, please visit REPLAY ANDERSONVILLE  and “like” them on Facebook.

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LOCATED ADJACENT TO REPLAY,  Elixir  is  at   1509 W. Balmoral, the new space will offer guests premium concoctions, created by mixologists Vlad Novikov and Chad Shayes of Elixir Lounge Andersonville and Elixir Lounge in Lake View, respectively, which showcase eclectic, fresh ingredients in an accessible and delicious way. The 1,000-square foot upscale lounge features dark wood paneling and exposed brick that delivers an inviting and intimate environment, perfect for craft cocktails and conversation. Vlad will also create a series of his own signature cordials – alcohol infused with powerful expressions of concentrated flavors meant to be enjoyed on their own – including Bacon Whiskey, Black Garlic-infused Polugar, and Violete Limoncello.

Elixir Lounge Andersonville will exclusively feature several artisan cocktails: Flower Power, featuring candied hibiscus; Pretty in Pink, the perfect summer drink for sipping on the patio, made with specialty vermouths; and, Swedish Dream, which pays homage to the neighborhood’s Swedish roots and features lingonberry syrup.

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“Each of our cocktails tell a story,” said Novikov. “We encourage our guests to experiment and want them to taste how passionate we are about delivering creative drinks that highlight unique ingredients in an accessible way.”

Unlike the Lake View location, Elixir Lounge Andersonville will serve small plate dining options and simple, but sophisticated bar snacks. LKH Chefs Bernardo Ibarra and Steve Farbstein partnered with Vlad to introduce signature dishes that complement and enhance the cocktails.

“We’re excited to bring Andersonville residents a new haven that celebrates the art of fine cocktails,” said Mark Liberson, President, LKH Management. “Elixir Lounge Andersonville is ideal for a date, casual night out with friends or a private party to celebrate a special occasion.”

For more information, including a full list of cocktails, please visit  ELIXIR ANDERSONVILLE and “like” the lounge on Facebook !

Margaret Cho Returns Oct. 3rd

Margaret Cho photographed in New York City.

Margaret Cho photographed in New York City.


AND  out on the road with an amazing new show this fall!

“This show is about insanity, and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.

It makes me so crazy – hence the title: “THE PSYCHO TOUR” because there is no “I” in team but there is a “CHO” in psycho”.

I’m trying to bring some joy to the hysteria and insanity. It’s great when you can take something that’s very tragic and turn it around. That’s what I am doing! Please join me in the madness!”

The tour kicks off 10/1 and comes to
Chicago @ Chicago Theatre 10/3. GET TICKETS HERE.

Cooking @ Chicago Botanic Garden Sept 27


Fresh Menu Ideas with a
Latin Flare at
Chicago Botanic Garden Sponsored
By Food Network Magazine

Foodies and their friends will be flocking to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for this day of great tastes and gorgeous presentations.

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s popular annual Garden Chef Series sponsored by Food Network Magazine.

He will make a delicious Chimichurri Shrimp and create a savoury lime basil sangria to compliment the dish.

Chef Tong will appear on Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is FREE. For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, call 847.835.5440 or visit

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site:

AIDS Walk Chicago 2015 Sept. 26th

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Runners, walkers will put their feet down at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 26

Thousands expected to gather at annual day of remembrance, fundraising and awareness


WHAT:                Chicago-area residents will gather to change the HIV epidemic at the 14th annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will start and finish at Soldier Field in Chicago, and courses for the 5k walk and the 5k/10k runs will stretch along Lake Michigan.

WGN-TV’s Dean Richards will be the master of ceremonies for the morning’s festivities, which will include brief speeches by AFC President/CEO John Peller and two longtime HIV advocates, Evany Turk and Patricia Johnson.

The opening ceremony will also include a performance from the Broadway musical RENT by Artists Giving Back, which is producing a production of “RENT” to benefit AFC on Dec. 1. Afterward, participants will warm up before their run or walk with Fitness Formula Club trainer Joy Miles.

Panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on display, and free HIV testing will be available on site.

Funds raised through AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit programs and services for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 35 other metropolitan organizations that provide life-saving services to people living with HIV and AIDS. Since it was established in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has netted nearly $5 million to battle the epidemic.

For more information, visit or call 312-334-0946.


WHO:   Media are invited to attend the event and speak with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s President/CEO, John Peller, as well as additional AIDS Foundation of Chicago representatives, event volunteers and race participants.




WHEN:                                Saturday, Sept. 26*

7:15        Registration and packet pickup open

8:00       Opening Ceremony begins

8:25       Warm-up stretch led by Joy Miles of Fitness Formula Clubs

8:45       10k run start

8:50       5k run start

9:05       Walk start

9:30       The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt display opens

10:00    Closing Ceremony begins

*Times are subject to change. Check for more details.

WHERE:             Soldier Field (1410 Museum Campus Dr., Chicago, IL 60605)
*Media may park at Waldron Garage (600 E Waldron Dr., Chicago). Parking fees apply.