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XANADU onstage in Chicago!

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AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY OPENS          XANADU

A TRIBUTE TO LATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PJ PAPARELLI

DIRECTED BY LILI-ANNE BROWN

NOW PLAYING THROUGH JULY 17, 2016

 

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, on Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC’s late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli—a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic—Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown with choreography by Brigitte Ditmars and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title.

 

Single tickets for Xanadu range from $48-$58. Student tickets are available for $15 with valid student ID in-person at the Box Office. More information and tickets are available by visiting the ATC Box Office at 1909 W. Byron Street, by calling 773-409-4125 or visiting www.atcweb.org

 

The cast for ATC’s tribute production of Xanadu includes Missy Aguilar (Calliope), Kasey Alfonso (Erato) Karla L. Beard (Melpomene), Jim DeSelm (Sonny), Landree Fleming (Kira), Aaron Holland (Danny Maguire, Zeus), Michelle Lauto (Kira U/S & Swing), Hanah Rose Nardone (Euterpe), James Nedrud (Terpsichore/Sonny cover), Daniel Spagnuolo (Thalia/Danny cover), and Cameron Turner (Swing).

 

Xanadu takes place in Venice, California in 1980. Struggling artist Sonny Malone seeks to create his own version of the American dream by renovating an abandoned warehouse into a venue for world-class entertainment – a roller disco! A hilarious and modern update of the1980’s camp classic, Xanadu celebrates the artist’s muse, even when it comes from the most unlikely of places.

 

Xanadu Performance Schedule

Regular Run: June 7–July 17: Tuesday–Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Neverland Gay Pride Chicago

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NEVERLAND CELEBRATES FOURTH ANNIVERSARY WITH ITS BIGGEST CHICAGO PRIDE EVENT EVER – “THE LOST BOYS” 

Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer renown for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year with its biggest Chicago Pride event ever. NEVERLAND PRIDE 2016 will take place Friday, June 24th through Sunday, June 26th with three spectacular events including the main event, Saturday night’s “The Lost Boys” at Metro. Pre-sale tickets, including $95 weekend passes to all three events (a $35 savings), are available now at www.neverlandpride.com.

“It’s our four year anniversary and we’re finally doing a Neverland-themed Neverland,” proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. “Our parties are always a tribute to big imagination, so for this year’s Chicago Pride, our production team is building extravagant Peter Pan and Hook elements to the main stage.  Instead of traditional sets, we’re producing the night as more of a storyline with dancers and performers dressed as the famous characters.

“All the weekend’s events will be even more theatrical than ever before,” he promises.

NEVERLAND PRIDE launches Friday, June 24th at 11pm with a special edition of GayGlow at Charlie’s spun by NANDO, one of the most energetic and happening DJs on today’s national club scene.  The fun continues Saturday at 11pm when NEVERLAND presents “The Lost Boys” at Metro, a two-story concert hall that boasts one of the finest stages in Chicago.  It will be a surreal night of character-driven fantasy featuring a massive set. Barcelona-based DJ Ivan Gomez will man the decks alongside Chicago’s own Alexis-R.

Wrapping the weekend will be the Sunday night Closing Party at Mid, headlined by International superstar DJ Paulo. Paulo will present a dark and visceral production amidst one of Chicago’s most powerful sound systems.  Opening DJs Sean O’Hara and TVG will start the night at 10pm with Paulo taking over until 4am.

The first NEVERLAND took place July 2012. Billed as a costume party with club music, it was kind of like Halloween in the middle of the summer.   “We were an instant hit with the young crowd,” remembers DiFiore.  In order to create a big dance party brand, he needed everyone to come. “Guys in their late 30s and 40s would tell me they were too old for a costume party.”

In 2013, NEVERLAND introduced themes to the events, along with more elaborate production.   At “Walt Disney is Dead”, Brazil’s DJ Ana Paula dressed up as Maleficent while she was spinning. For the “Ratchet Ball”, producers brought in a graffiti artist from Michigan to create graffiti on large canvases hanging from the walls of Hydrate Nightclub.

Soon, every group was represented, from muscle guys to hipsters to drag queens and more.  “Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore.

Last year’s Pride party was a “Bougie Ball”.   Producers went all out with the theme, from putting fake rolls of hundred dollar bills as toilet paper in the bathrooms, to firing off fake money as confetti during Sasha Colby’s performance of “Bitch Better Have My Money”. Giant gold birdcages flanked the stage with gogo dancers wearing three-foot long lion headdresses.

“What sets our team apart is that many of our artists don’t even go to big dance parties. They’re a set designer who cares deeply about what the set is going to look like, or a costume designer who is developing their own label and is working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”

Even the crowd gets in on the act, with many of the attendees arriving in full costume. “Revelers are always welcome to wear whatever they want,” says DiFiore.  “Some will come in simple jeans and tees, and that’s fine! I’m excited to see lot of Pans, Hooks and of course, Tinkerbells.”

For tickets and additional information, visit www.neverlandpride.com.  Pre-sale tickets, including $95 weekend passes to all three events (a $35 savings), are available now.

Navy Pier LGBT Event June 25th

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“Navy Pier Pride 2016” Celebration Salutes Chicago’s LGBT Community

Chicago’s first-ever family Pride celebration outside of Lakeview

takes place at Navy Pier on Saturday, June 25

WOW!!!   THIS  IS  BIG  NEWS!

As it marks its 100th anniversary, Navy Pier will make Chicago history as it proudly hosts “Navy Pier Pride 2016,” the city’s first LGBT Pride celebration outside of the Lakeview neighborhood. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier on Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier is especially honored to display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for “Navy Pier Pride 2016” are free and open to the public, as part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration®.

 

As one of Chicago’s top cultural destinations, “Navy Pier Pride 2016” is one of Navy Pier’s new arts, cultural and community programming initiatives. In addition to a lively atmosphere and a pier adorned in rainbows, highlights of this special Pride day-long event will include (times are approximate):

Noon – About Face Theatre’s IT’S FOR REAL is a collection of stories that connects issues around race, class, sexuality, age, gender, self-esteem, and family. Based on the true experiences of the performers in the show.

·         1 p.m. – A kickoff parade, led by the Lakeside Pride Marching Band.

·         1:30 p.m. – Performances by the legendary MILLY’s ORCHID SHOW, featuring Brigid Murphy as “Milly” and with an entire cast of such celebrities as Yuri Lane (“The Harmonica Beatbox Man”) and introducing rising gay icon, his 8-year old daughter, Delilah Rose, along with Alexa Grae, Robert Cornelius (former member of the group, “Poi Dog Pondering”), House-O-Matic, and many others. 

·         5 p.m. – “Chicago’s Biggest Wedding,” officiated by Angelica Ross (a leading figure in the movement for transgender and racial equality, and star of the hit series, “Her Story”). Make history with us and your loved one, as we hold a massive marriage ceremony on The Pier.

·         7 p.m. –  For outdoor dancing, with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop, join house music superstar and Grammy Award-nominated producer, DJ RALPHI ROSARIO, in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

·         10:15 p.m. –Guests will observe a moment of reflection to honor those lost in the tragic events in Orlando, followed by a celebration of life with a special Pride-themed fireworks spectacular.

 

Another historic and moving part of the day is the return of The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. The much-celebrated Quilt began to take shape in 1987 with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco. Today, it weighs 54 tons and is composed of more than 48,000 individual panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who was lost to AIDS. In 1988, Navy Pier became one of the first venues nationally to put The Quilt on public display.

 

“Throughout its 100-year history, Navy Pier has led the way in demonstrating compassion and commitment, while celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. Welcoming people of all backgrounds is at the heart of Navy Pier’s core values. We are, truly, ‘the People’s Pier,’” said Marilynn Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer for Navy Pier, Inc., the non-profit organization that operates Navy Pier. “We believe ‘Navy Pier Pride 2016’ will be an event that embraces the ideals of respect, tolerance, love, and inclusiveness.”

 

“Navy Pier Pride 2016” has been in the planning stages for months and is one of the initial projects as part of Navy Pier’s bold, new Arts & Discovery programming initiative. Leading the vision and direction of this 18-month Arts and Discovery strategic planning initiative is Navy Pier’s leadership team, consultants from Dickerson Global Advisors, as well as more than 100 Chicago non-profit arts and culture organizations. Navy Pier’s cultural and community programming is supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation.

Recently appointed Guest Artistic Director, Steve Abrams, brings creative leadership and vision to the first series of Arts and Discovery programs. The programs launch this summer as a pilot initiative. As a driving force in Chicago’s diverse cultural landscape for the last three decades, Abrams brings an innovative arts background to Navy Pier. His prior experience includes senior and executive leadership roles at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, and producing numerous theatrical productions.

 

For more details on “Navy Pier Pride 2016,” and the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration®, please visit the Navy Pier website at www.navypier.com or the Navy Pier Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

 

About Navy Pier

Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top-attended leisure destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and welcoming more than 9 million guests annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. In 2016, Navy Pier celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of special events and programming, the grand opening of its new Centennial Wheel and ongoing pier-wide redevelopment efforts as part of the “Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.” Navy Pier, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, maintains and oversees Navy Pier and its redevelopment into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space. For more information, visit our website at www.navypier.com.

Rooftop Pride June 24th

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Center on Halsted presents TKO!

Start your Pride Parade weekend with community for Center on Halsted’s annual pride bash overlooking Halsted Street on the Richard M. Daley Roof Terrace. Jump in and groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs:

DJ Billy Brown vs. DJ Gemini Jones

Lady Bunny PERFORMS & OFFICIATES

$20 entry includes admission with two drinks, nibbles, and cash bar

 

PRICE
$20 entry includes admission with two drinks, nibbles, and cash bar

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Purchase tickets here: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

Gay Queer Rap Hip Hop June 23rd

 

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Thursday, June 23rd
7:30 – 11:30PM   @   MANHOLE

VIP Access $35 (Buy Tickets)
-Includes: 1 hour premium hosted bar
-Artist Lounge Access

Platinum Table Package $500 (Buy Tickets)
Includes:
-1 hr premium hosted bar
-Artist Lounge Access
-Premium bottle service w/ table for 5 people
-Artist Meet & Greet
-Express entrance to AfterParty (Berlin)  w/ Champagne service

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THE LARK opens in Boystown Chicago!

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LKH Management (LKH), the group behind Andersonville’s recently opened Replay and Elixir, announced that its eighth property, Lark, will officially open to the public Thursday, June 16.

The first 50 people through the bar and restaurant’s doors that day, beginning at 5 pm, will receive a voucher for one free pizza, available for redemption by July 31, 2016. Between 5 pm and 2 am, everyone who visits the new venue will be eligible to enter to win free pizza for a year*.

Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark will offer an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

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Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville, will helm the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs will incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, will curate drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

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“We can’t wait for everyone to join us and enjoy a taste of something they won’t find elsewhere in the neighborhood,” said Chef Bernardo. “We’re thrilled to share all the special features of the new oven, and to create delicious dishes beyond pizza, incorporating wood-fired items throughout the menu.”

Exposed brick and handcrafted wooden details will line the walls of the new venue. DJs will play 80s and 90s records Thursday through Sunday nights from 10 pm to close.

Lark will be open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am.  Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

*One winner will receive one free pizza per week for one year (52 total pizzas) starting Monday, June 20, 2016. Limitations will apply.

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BIG BOOK OF DRAG AND ART

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WHAT A GORGEOUS BOOK! And for a coffee table art book, its very affordable at about $35! Why Drag?

224 pages of the biggest and most diverse queens across America and beyond, all answering the question, Why drag?

Everyone loves to gag over photographs of their favorite queens, and chances are, some of the photographs have been taken by talented drag queen photographer, Magnus Hastings. His popular Facebook page, Dragged Around the World, archives some of his best work.

This celebrated artist has been photographing drag queens for the past 10 years- and his artwork showcasing queens is taking the world by storm! LAST YEAR, Hastings’ first photo exhibition in New York, Why Drag?, ran during Pride, at the OUT HOTEL. The best part about this unique exhibition is that each queen he photographs explains why it is that they do drag (but you’ll have to the exhibit to see that!) – Now, you can get the book!

Magnus Hastings came up through the London Gay scene and quickly gained recognition as one of the forerunners of his type of the pop art photography. playing with campy ideas when it was not fashionable to do so and embracing drag queens as a subject and study. He says, a “child of drag,” prone to putting on his sister’s clothes and dancing around his childhood home. But he didn’t truly discover the drag world until much later, long after he himself had stopped dressing across gender lines.

He completely revamped the Gaydar franchise in 2009 and has been published worldwide in magazines such as Glamour (uk), GQ (uk), Cosmopolitan (Italy),People (usa) , US weekly (use), Attitude (uk) ,AXM (uk), Bent (uk), QX international (uk), Blue (australia), Boyz (uk), Nois (spain) to name a few.

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In 2003, on a visit to Sydney, Hastings walked into the Arq nightclub and saw the drag queen Vanity Faire lip-syncing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz in a flawless Dorothy outfit. The experience changed his life.

“I started shooting drag because it’s my home and my world and it feels like my family,” Hastings said.

Watching that performance connected Hastings to a part of himself that he’d abandoned due to social pressures as a child but that he still longed to explore.

 

With Vanity’s guidance, Hastings began photographing the city’s vibrant drag scene and developing a polished, dynamic style of portraiture reflecting his subjects’ creativity and humor.

 

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As he traveled the world, he continued capturing local queens with a focus on those who best represented the art’s diversity and daring, from the bearded to the “fishy,” or ultrafeminine.

His images attracted a larger audience when he started posting his photos to his Facebook group, “Dragged Around the World.”

Magnus now lives in Los Angeles with his Jack Russell named George and is heavily involved in photographing the drag scene.

Why Drag?‘ with photographs by Magnus Hastings and a foreword by Boy George, was published in May by Chronicle Books. BUY THE BOOK!

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Chicago PrideFest 2016 Jordin Sparks

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IT’S OUR STORY | TAKE PRIDE

As the Northalsted Business Alliance prepares to welcome thousands of celebrants for Chicago Pride Fest on June 18-19, the organization marks the month by sharing Pride stories. Be it individual, collaborative community memories, or examples of neighborhood initiatives, NBA will share narratives across social media using the #OurStory hashtag.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan explains the initiative. “As our collaboration with The Legacy Project continues to take shape, it’s an honor to celebrate Pride Month with the LGBT trailblazers who adorn the neighborhood on The Legacy Walk. Most importantly, it is a reminder to take pride in not only our individual accomplishments, but our collective pride in the neighborhood and community.” Collective Pride is weaved throughout the festival as Pride Fest goers are encouraged to donate at the gates to support the neighborhood initiative to provide a clean, beautiful and safe space for everyone to celebrate.

A centerpiece of Pride Month is the two-day Chicago Pride Fest, which celebrates the past, present and future of the LGBT community. Entertainment options abound with Jordin Sparks lighting up the stage on Saturday, while former Danity Kane members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex of the Dumblonde duo shake things up on Sunday.  pridefestRising star Daya of ‘Hide Away’ fame joins Dumblonde in the Sunday line-up.

Other performers over the two-day festival include:

Boy Band Review, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Chicago Spirit Brigade, Emii, Fabio Campos, Goldhouse, Jason Maek & Zaena,  Lakeside Pride Orchestra, Luciana, My Gold Mask, One Night Band, Rod Tuff Curls, Sushi Roll and Wedding Banned.

 

In addition, the perennially popular Pride Pet & Family Parade at 12:30PM on Sunday Funday, hosted by Ms. Foozie will open the second day of the festival.

 

Chicago Pride Fest       June 18-19         11 am – 10 pm

Halsted from Addison to Grace         $10 Entry Donation

 

 

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)

Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, Frost Fest, Pride Prom and the Halloween Parade. For information about NBA and The Legacy Project visit www.northalsted.com

SAGE Chicago Event June 10th

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WE ALL GET OLD.  And we need to have respect for those before us,  who fought  for some of the rights we have today,  and where we have gotten to.

SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of  LGBTQ aging people.

SAGE offers innovative services and programs to LGBT older people nationwide—throughout New York City and through our national affiliate program, SAGENet. From arts and culture, to health and wellness, and much more, SAGE’s innovative services and programs support thousands of LGBT older people in communities around the country. Additionally, SAGE’s leading programs—such as SAGEWorks, our employment program for LGBT older people—are often expanded into various sites around the country.

On Friday, June 10th, the Chicago Steering Committee of SAGE will host its annual SAGE & Friends event. This annual affair provides a great opportunity to engage SAGE’s Chicagoland area supporters – individual and corporate donors, community partners, and policy advocates – in a fun event that showcases and supports the work which SAGE is advancing on a national level and in the Midwest. SAGE will be honoring Congressman Mike Quigley at the event.  $50, open nbar  and  appetizers.   June 10, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 PM ,  Wyndham Grand Hotel,  71 E Wacker Drive, downtown Chicago!

As the voice for LGBT older adults, SAGE works across the country to advocate for public policy changes that will improve the economic security, community support and health and wellness of LGBT elders.  We partner with policy makers, agency heads and members of Congress, to ensure that policies and laws are inclusive of and support LGBT older adults.

 

Help Chicago Homeless Start Over

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From Alderman James Cappleman –

I have worked hard to encourage the City of Chicago to adopt a housing first model to reduce the number of people living with homelessness after noticing its success in other parts of the country. This strategy works best when two components are in place: a sufficient amount of subsidized housing coupled with wrap-around services. The most difficult piece to this model is having a dedicated source of funding to make an investment for long-term cost savings. I’m working with Mayor Emanuel to have a steady stream of funds available so that we can remain focused on housing. Some of this funding will be through a 4% surcharge for a new Airbnb Ordinance and there will be some additional funding coming from the Clarendon-Montrose TIF development.

Our pilot program to get 70 people living under the viaducts along Lake Shore Drive directly into housing is now underway. We have had a number of meetings with housing advocates, the folks living under the viaducts, city departments, and other community leaders to create a plan that will work. After all of these individuals without homes are in their new apartments, the Dept. of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will assess what worked well with this project and where improvements can be made. Afterwards, DFSS will select more areas throughout the city where people are living outside in encampments to implement this housing-first strategy.

 

How You Can Help

I’ve asked Inspiration Corporation to help me with a “New Home Starter Kit” drive. This starter kit will provide these 70 individuals going into new apartments with some of the needed supplies to start life in their new homes. To organize this process of purchasing this starter kit, my office has created a registry with Target. If you’re able to help, please click here to go to the registry and purchase needed items that will assist these individuals start their new life in an apartment. Inspiration Corporation will host a day at their Uptown headquarters where you will be invited to help put these starter kits together so that they can be distributed.

A substantial number of people living on the streets have told me that they became homeless right after they were released from Cook County Jail with no employment or disability in place and no family available to help them start over again. Without these necessary supports in place, it’s no wonder why we have such a high recidivism rate in our prisons. Later this month, I will be meeting with Cook County Sheriff Dart’s Office, DFSS, and the Dept. of Public Health to discuss how a more effective transition could be made when people are released from jail.

I am pleased that so much is coming together to help those in need. It’s a very complex process, but lasting solutions require thoughtful planning with everyone working together.

Best,

HYDRATE Chicago for IML Weekend 2016

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Join  us on Thursday May 26th as
Spitshine Promotions and Hydrate Nightclub Chicago present…

INITIATION

with Mega Producer & DJs Barry Harris & Steve Henderson (IML Black and Blue Ball 2015)
…. bringing the thunder back to Chicago!

 

Arrive early and party late!

Hosted by Slade Travis
Lights by Ethan Lederer

 

 

 

 

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Join us the Friday Night of Memorial Day weekend  (MAY  27th)  as we take a ride down Hydrate’s Route 69! Featuring the return of International/DJ Producer Guy Scheiman (tel aviv)!

Based in Tel Aviv, Scheiman is known for his high-energy sound that combines house, progressive, tribal and tech house with strong melodies and memorable vocals. His live sets feature strong grooves and powerful bass-lines that ignite his dance floors and create euphoric experiences. And, his official remixes and original productions stand out as massive club anthems that combine his love for high-energy beats with passionate melodies and memorable breaks

Also returning to Hydrate on Friday May 27 is the one and only Ruby Dee!!

No Cover till midnight
Get there early to avoid the line

 

 

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On Saturday Night May May 28, we welcome all IML/Bear Pride/Grabby participants as Hydrate Nightclub present STRAPPED with DJ SHANE STIEL!!

Celebrating its Fourth year Strapped has become one of the most highly anticipated events over Memorial Day weekend where hundreds of hot men and women come and let loose while enjoying the sexy sounds of Shane Stiel.

Set starts at 11:30pm and goes till 5 AM!!

Lights by Nick Mansuri

Sexy GoGos all night long!!

GAY PROM in Boystown May 21st

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PRIDE PROM–Righting the Rite

On Saturday, May 21st,  (7-10pm)  Boystown hosts the inaugural Pride Prom: a chance to rewrite history. Kicking off Pride Season, Pride Prom promises attendees a night full of music, drinks, and memories as they relive their Prom night with the date they have always wanted to ask.  For many couples, Pride Prom offers a chance for redemption, either from their fashion faux pas from high school, or being able to create a memorable night in a welcoming environment, for others, it will be their first prom experience. Prom excitement is at a fevered pitch as attendee’s frequent local Boystown businesses to make sure they are ready for the big night.

 

Local business owners and community leaders Ramesh Ariyanyakam and Edward Gisiger of Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club shared their story with Northalsted Business Alliance, which reflects just one of the many heart warming and stories that have been shared while creating the ideal Pride Prom experience.

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NBA: What were your prom experiences like?

R: I grew up in England! Prom is completely alien to me!

E: Gay couples were not permitted to go to Prom when I was in high school, so I decided to not attend at all. To be honest, I always picture the dance scene from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion when I think of what prom would probably have looked like if I had gone.

 

NBA: When did the two of you meet?

E: We met 18 years ago at Circuit, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Ramesh approached me and asked “do you speak Spanish?” I replied, “si”, and we’ve been together ever sense. To this day, every time he asks me to do something I don’t want to do, I always reply “si”.

 

NBA: Why did you choose Boystown as the place to live and open your business?

R: We chose to live in Boystown because we wanted to be close to our friends. Opening up our business here seemed like a natural progression as we wanted to have an entertainment destination spot where you can enjoy a beautiful dinner and watch the world’s best divas. Boystown is the premier gay neighborhood in the Midwest, if not the world, so it made complete sense for us to establish our business here.

NBA: Besides Pride Prom, what would your ideal date night be like?

E: Of course, we would have dinner and drinks at Kit Kat while watching a fabulous show. After, we would head down to Yoshi’s Café for dessert, and then Roscoe’s Tavern for a little dancing.

 

NBA: In light of recent events, how important do you think it is for businesses to be accepting of LGBT people?

R: It is of vital importance. We are the leaders in the LGBT community and we have to lead with a positive example. Everyone is welcome at our business, LGBT or otherwise!

NBA: How important is it for local businesses to support and engage with the community?

E: Kit Kat has been around for over 15 years, and that has been our goal since the day we opened. We want to work with other businesses to create a space that is welcoming and entertaining for everyone, and to ensure that Northalsted remains a world class destination for its visitors. It’s one of the main reasons we spend a lot of time involved with beautification and security on behalf of the community.

 

Ramesh and Edward’s story is just one of the many that help make Pride Prom a truly special event for Boystown. With the support of 15 local businesses, Alderman James Cappleman as honorary co-chair, and many pillars of the community coming together to celebrate, Pride Prom will embody the sense of togetherness that the LGBT is known for.

tickets are available at www.northalsted.com. ($100  / includes complimentary  beer and wine).

JOB POSTING Chicago

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Job Posting:

Executive Assistant to Chemical Company President and CEO

 

Location: Chicago
Salary: $50,000
Hours/Week: 50 +
Benefits: Medical, 401K, Vacation
Number of Employees in Company: 40

 

Job Description: Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Executive Assistant provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact The Executive Assistant must be creative and enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven, results-driven and community oriented. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

 

  • Executive Support

 

  • Completes a broad variety of administrative tasks for the President & CEO including: managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports;

Composing, and preparing correspondence that is sometimes confidential; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and compiling documents for travel-related meetings.

  • Plans, coordinates and ensures the CEO’s schedule is followed and respected. Provides “gatekeeper” and “gateway” role, creating win-win situations for direct access to the CEO’s time and office.
  • Researches, prioritizes, and follows up on incoming issues and concerns addressed to the

President, including those of a sensitive or confidential nature. Determines appropriate course of action, referral, or response.

  • Provides a bridge for smooth communication between the President’s office and internal departments; demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust and support with senior management staff.
  • Works closely and effectively with the CEO to keep him well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Acts as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the President updated.

 

Education and Experience Requirements:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.

 

Send Resume with References to:

 

coach@glennkleinonline.com

BEST Summer Vacation Rentals

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Beaches, boats, lighthouses, quaint shops, a variety of restaurants, and exciting nightlife awaits you as you enjoy one of our beautiful waterfront condos…

Majestic Getaways offers premier condo rentals in major locations throughout the Midwest;

including Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan. 140 miles from Chicago, these Small towns = BIG Fun! Visit the twin cities of Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan for a welcoming, casual atmosphere that makes you feel like part of the community. Lots of LGBTQ folks from the Midwest flock here to get away from the bigger city life to enjoy the small town feel and great outdoors. Grassy dunes, white sand beaches and quaint streets of shopping make these harbor towns the perfect getaway.

 

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St Joe Michigan. St. Joseph is carefully nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed “The Riviera of the Midwest.” This deepwater port town is a growing resort community – part of a “small town” chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. The lakeshore is peppered with remarkable sand dune formations and lined further inland with a lush countryside that produces some of the nation’s finest orchards and vineyards. It is the largest non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.

Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a quaint community situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA.

South Haven Michigan. One of Michigan’s featured Beachtowns, South Haven defines resorting on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore with majestic vistas and dazzling sunsets.You’ll feel this rich heritage as you gaze over our 100-year old lighthouse -a welcoming beacon in an often turbulent world.

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Sandusky Ohio. Sandusky is midway between Toledo to the west and Cleveland to the east. Thrill seekers will have no trouble getting their kicks in Sandusky, home to the world-renowned Cedar Point Amusement Park, boasting 17 roller coasters, plentiful children’s attractions and carousels.

Outside the park, the city entices travelers with its sandy white Erie shores, stunning coastal trails, mysterious Seneca Caverns and numerous refreshing water parks. The downtown waterfront boasts historic architecture, charming boutiques and unparalleled views over Lake Erie.

 

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and Chicago Illinois – Besides Pizza, hot dogs, skyscrapers and world class shopping, Chicago is also known for it’s waterfront. Spanning Over 30 miles of beaches and waterfront that offer the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. An 18 mile bike path, kayak rentals, dinner cruise on Lake Michigan it’s all here! And you can rent a place Downtown Chicago located in the heart of the city, overlooking the Chicago River!

WATERFRONT VACATION RENTALS by MAJESTIC GETAWAYS offers premier condo rentals! Visit their website for more details and photos. Call them at (269) 349-7700!

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DISENCHANTED Brunch Kit Kat May 15th

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DISENCHANTED Musical Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

Win Tickets to the Broadway in Chicago Show

 
Sunday, May 15       11 a.m.-4 p.m.
SURE TO SELL OUT-  GET YOUR RESERVATION  NOW!
Like fairy tales with a twist? Head to Lakeview’s Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club on Sunday, May 15 for a DISENCHANTED! themed brunch. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Diva Madam X will pay homage to the hilarious hit musical by performing as a sassy Snow White, saucy Sleeping Beauty, racy Rapunzel and other parodies of the Disney princess posse.

Five lucky brunch guests will receive a pair of tickets to see DISENCHANTED! at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. In addition to half-priced martinis, Kit Kat’s mixologists will offer $5 Poison Apple shots, made with Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire and served with an Angry Orchard Cider chaser.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu will be available, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Chilaquiles, Eggs Florentine and more. For table reservations, call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com

About DISENCHANTED!:
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same!

3 Floyd’s Dinner @ Replay Andersonville May 25

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Replay Andersonville will host a 3 Floyds paired dinner Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm to kick off IML weekend.

For $55, guests will not only indulge in a five course menu crafted by Chefs Bernardo Ibarra and Kaz Medhat, but also enjoy some of the Indiana brewery’s most popular and delicious craft beers.

 

Course 1: Watermelon Gazpacho with LazerSnake American Pale Ale
Course 2: Shrimp Ceviche with Zombie Dust American Pale Ale
Course 3: Alpha King Poached Pear Salad with Alpha King American Pale Ale
Course 4: Beer-Braised Pork Ossobuco with Black Heart English Double IPA
Course 5: Amaro- and Coffee-Infused Truffles and Berries with Wig Splitter Oatmeal Stout
ADDRESS
5358 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773.654.1369
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Eat
Looking for something innovative, delicious and comforting? Our fresh dishes are made in-house by our staff of highly trained chefs using sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients when possible. We proudly serve lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch and a late night menu. We offer something or everyone, from light to hearty and sweet to savory. And, we’ve included some classic comfort dishes with a modern twist that elevate ordinary dishes by using unexpected flavor combinations and textures. Get ready to wrap your mind around the big, bold flavors of our menu, and then wrap your hands and mouth around them, too.

Drink
Enjoy the 26 rotating craft beers on draught or explore our extensive premium bourbon and cocktail selection.

Play
Relive the glory days of your youth and play one of our 22 vintage video arcade games or pump your quarters into one of our popular pinball machines.

X MEN PARTY May 22nd Elixir

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Elixir Lounge in Lake View will celebrate the release of X-Men: Apocalypse with a cosplay-themed party, specialty cocktails and a costume contestSunday, May 22.
Guests can enjoy three $11 X-Men themed cocktails from 5 pm to 2 am and wear their favorite X-Men costumes anytime throughout the night.
The costume contest will be held at 10 pm – guests must be present to win.
The bar staff and host, The Lady Ivory, will judge the costumes.
The winner, who will receive LKH gift certificates, will be chosen based on best conceived concept and overall theme.
DRINKS!
  • Mystique’s Destiny: Reyka Vodka, Rose Syrup, Violette Syrup, Fresh Lemon, Luster Dust…..
  • Phoenix Rising: White Rum, Passion Fruit Puree, House Grenadine, Fresh Lime……
  • Storm’s Gathering: Gin, Lavender Simple, Lemon Bitters, Luster Dust

ELIXIR LOUNGE / 3452 N. HALSTED / CHICAGO, IL. 60657

GRABBY Awards Chicago 2016

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GRABBY  WEEKEND  is  almost here!  Thursday  May 26 – Sunday  May 29th, 2016.

Parties, porn stars and awards!  See the full  list of events  HERE.

The first Grabby Awards (formally known as Adult Erotic Gay Video Awards) were given in 1991, when the awards were listed in the year-end issue of Gay Chicago Magazine.  26 years later  this  has  grown into a weekend  of  events  and  parties with  porn stars and producers from around the world  who fly in for it! (This is the 18th year  for the live  awards  show).

The MAIN EVENT    is  Saturday May 28, 2016
Metro Theater – 3730 N. Clark St    Doors Open at 6:30pm
   TICKETS  ON SALE NOW  and selling  fast!

 


GRABBY OFFICIAL AFTERPARTY
Charlies – 3726 N. Broadway
10pm till Close
PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

LATE NIGHT WITH THE MEN OF TITAN
Touche 6412 N. Clark St – 1am

Hepatitis C on the Rise

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Howard Brown Health Issues Statement on

Newly Released Hepatitis C Data from the CDC

 This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released preliminary data showing that hepatitis C–related deaths are at an all-time high in the United States. The data finds that more Americans now die as a result of hepatitis C infection than from 60 other infectious diseases reported to the CDC – including HIV, tuberculosis, and pneumococcal disease – combined.

In response, Dr. Magda Houlberg, Chief Clinical Officer for Howard Brown Health, release the following statement:

“Howard Brown Health has been working to increase the numbers of patients screened for hepatitis C (HCV) and to use the most up-to-date treatment approaches for the people we serve. The numbers released by the CDC are very concerning, especially considering risk factors prevalent in the LGBTQ and other communities. Howard Brown uses a unique, multidisciplinary approach to HCV screening and treatment, which includes screening in primary care and sexual health walk-in settings, nurse education, case management, and pharmacy support. With aggressive screening and a robust approach to treatment, we can decrease these numbers in the future.”

In 2015, Howard Brown Health screened 5,743 unique patients for HCV, with a positivity rate of 2.5%. Also in 2015, an HCV project team was formed, meeting weekly to review patients on treatment, or in queue for, treatment. All Howard Brown physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants participate in a training for community-based medical providers in effectively treating HCV in the primary care setting.

In 2015 Howard Brown’s HCV team served 192 patients living with active HCV, and cured 44 patients.

Factors that contribute to the spread of HCV include lack of access to healthcare, stigma, lack of availability of sterile needles and syringes for hormone treatment, outdated views, lack of available sterile needles and syringes for people who inject drugs, barriers to education and screening, sexual transmission, and poor insurance coverage.

Dr. Houlberg added, “We encourage people concerned about possible HCV infection or who need guidance exploring treatment options to consult medical experts.”

Howard Brown’s Walk-in Clinic offers access to screening on a sliding-scale fee structure six-days a week.  Hours and other information are posted at howardbrown.org. Patients may also consult their provider on an appointment basis.  Call 773-388-1600 to schedule an appointment.

Cinco De Mayo Boystown

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4 days  of  CINCO  DE MAYO  events  in Boystown 

                                      @   El Mariachi  3906 Broadway!

 

Proud Supporters of the LGBTQ Community!

Visit all of their locations…

      El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
3906 N. Broadway, Chicago Il 
       Revolucion Steakhouse
3443 N. Broadway, Chicago Il 
         El Mariachi Restaurant
3420 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
           Tutto Fresco Trattoria
3829 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613

 

Salsa Dancing Lessons April 28th

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Our friends at  El Marichia  have  something  special  planned  this week – April 28th – A  SALSA  LESSON  plus  drinks  and  eats!!

Limited Seating ~ Reserve Today!  773-549-2932

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill – www.elmariachitequilabar.com 
3906 N. Broadway Chicago Il 60613

Chicago Gay Pride Prom May 21

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Northalsted Business Alliance Aims to

                   Make Prom Proud with May 21 Event

 

As prom season approaches, The Northalsted Business Alliance announces a right of passage redux in the form of Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History, set for May 21, 2016.

 

As part of the newly formed collaboration with The Legacy Project, NBA invites revelers to enjoy an unforgettable evening of entertainment and celebration in the heart of Boystown. The elaborate set-up will include an expansive outdoor tent on Waveland, between Halsted and Broadway. 350  Guests will savor light fare by featured neighborhood restaurants, beverages (?)  and dancing  7-10pm.

Early bird tickets are available for $100 thru April 21 at www.northalsted.com. ($150  after  April 21).

Christopher Barrett Politan, Executive Director of the Northalsted Business Alliance, describes what the night means for the neighborhood.

“For many in the LGBTQ community prom was a less than welcoming environment to express gender identity or sexual orientation. Our Pride Prom gives everyone the chance to rewrite their prom experience. Furthermore, we are thrilled that Alderman James Cappleman and his husband Richard Thale will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the evening”

The event marks the first joint initiative for The Northalsted Business Alliance and The Legacy Project, which recently announced their collaborative agreement to advance Boystown cultural programming, business efforts and tourism plans.

Curled, styled, tanned, waxed and painted, neighborhood businesses are joining in the celebration by offering Prom goers discounts at their establishments leading up to, during, and after the event. Couples can expect to get VIP treatment at salons, a personal stylist at fashion boutiques, and amazing dining specials before the dance. Afterwards, local bars and nightclubs are offering specials and line privileges at their establishments. Attendees are encouraged to stay the evening at neighborhood hotels to continue the fun the next morning with Boystown’s infamous Sunday Funday complete with bottomless brunches and all-day entertainment.

Victor Salvo, the Founder and Executive of The Legacy Project, expresses his enthusiasm for Pride Prom.

“I cannot think of a better event to kick-off our collaboration with NBA. As we look back at our history, while also embracing our future, Pride Prom is an historic event and one we look forward to celebrating across generations.”

 

Chicago Personal Trainer Fitness Tips

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Right Fit for You

Chicago Trainer Pat Charette will be a  new fitness contributor to BestGayChicago.com  with tips  to keep you fit!

For Pat Charette, healthy living is a passion and lifestyle. He helps promote and educate this lifestyle through sports nutrition, training, strength and conditioning, flexibility/mobility, and safe/effective supplementation. In college, Pat earned a degree in Sports Medicine which taught him how to train athletes as well as the general public.

He loves the fitness industry and looks at it as prevention, not treatment. Let Pat help you fully optimize your life! 

personal trainer Patrick Charette

THIS WEEK   on YouTube  he talks  about BURNING  BODY  FAT!  

7 Steps to help with Fat Loss!  of course – it takes  will power  too –  be  he  reveals  some tips  that you may not be doing…..  WATCH

 

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 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.”  says  founder  Sam  Provenzano

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My Private Chef Cooking Class $10

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GET A TASTE OF SPRING WITH CHEF CHRISTOPHER TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF

AT THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET-LINCOLN PARK COOKING SCHOOL, CHICAGO
Chicagoans appreciate when the calendar turns the corner toward spring. Celebrate spring and attend a cooking demonstration hosted by the popular Chef Chris Tong, of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef.
He will present some delicious recipes perfect for spring entertaining. The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site classroom at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, 1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago. It will be held on Monday, April 11 from 7pm-8:30pm. The cost is $10.00 per person.

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 Chris will provide tips on shopping

for the finest ingredients. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

 

Chef Tong’s Spring menu features:

Fresh Pea Soup, Crème Fraiche and Chives

Sautéed Pork Tenderloin, Red Beet and Heirloom Carrot Salad with Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette

and Jasmine Rice

Fresh Strawberries, Champagne Sabayon

 

Advance registration is requested to reserve your place in the class.

To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648

or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card payment will hold your place for the class.

 

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.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.

Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

 

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131

or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Cuddle and Touch for Emotional and Physical Needs

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We all want love, acceptance and connection with other people. We’re social beings, and this connection with others is part of our emotional, physical and spiritual DNA.

Touch plays an important role in building these connections, increasing scientific evidence clearly shows a connection that lack of touch can lead to depression, anxiety and a myriad of heath issues, and an inability to connect with others.

Most of us don’t get enough touch in our lives.

We’re touch-deprived, and most of us don’t even know it consciously. All we know is that there’s loneliness and stress and a deep sense of missing out. We feel this because there’s a biochemical yearning for something that is missing in our lives. And there is something missing: touch and the connection with others that it fosters.

“That’s why we started Cuddlist,”  says  Adam Lippin, Co-founder and  CEO  of  CUDDLIST. Safe, non-sexual, consensual touch fills a need that’s badly neglected in our society. Cuddling relaxes us and reduces stress at the very least, and on the deeper level it nourishes our soul and helps us get in touch with our higher self. Much like yoga and meditation, non-sexual touch is healing and transformative.”

Cuddlist brings together those who need touch (and that would be just about all of us!) with Certified, professional cuddlers who are experienced, safe, well-versed in cuddling techniques and follow a code of conduct that set the conditions for a great session. There  have been  LOTS  of press on this group  over the last year – check it out  HERE.


 

  THE   CHICAGO  NETWORK  IS  GROWING!

Become a certified CUDDLIST or  FIND a CUDDLIST in Chicago


 

While any two people can cuddle, of course, what sets Cuddlist apart is that we are  creating the marketplace for transformative cuddling, and we bring the professionalism and best practices that make it work; Cuddlist training is overseen by my co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, and she both has years of experience as a full-time Cuddlist and knowledge of what works in practice.

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While Cuddlist is something special, and fills an important gap in our world, I also want to share what it means to me personally.

“I’ve been a yoga and meditation practitioner for more than 20 years. Yoga has been an animating principle in my life that has seen me through college, drug addiction, the corporate world in New York, loss and death, and the birth of my son and my relationship with my amazing  spouse. I’m also a touchy-feely “hugger,” and when I go to shake someone’s hand I’m keenly aware how restricted touch is in our society.”

Most would agree that touch is therapeutic, and the rush of oxytocin we produce when we cuddle is great, but in my experience cuddling also can be something deeper.

American Buddhist Jack Kornfield, in his book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, talks about how the simple act of being present can be a deeply spiritual practice. I think cuddling, if non-sexual and approached without expected outcomes in mind, can help us be present and raise our spiritual awareness.

So while I’m a “hugger,” and I immediately see the value that cuddling can play as a corrective in our society, I also think it contains a deeply spiritual component.

Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi said we must be the change we want to see in the world, and I want to play my part by encouraging non-sexual touch and the emergence of what might be called cuddle yoga.

“Touch is important, and we don’t get enough of it. I want to change that, and that’s why I, along with my Co-Founder, started Cuddlist.  Will you join us?”

 

Are you ready to give yourself the gift of nurturing touch?

Book a therapeutic, non-sexual, cuddle session with a Certified Cuddlist today.

Find out more at CUDDLIST. Learn more;   FIND  a  CUDDLIST  and/or  become a CUDDLIST!

Kitty Glitter @ Hydrate March 12

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Come out and celebrate the shenanigans of the St Patrick’s Holiday at Hydrate Nightclub with the Debut of DJ DJ Kitty Glitter from Sydney, Australia

Since launching as a DJ in 2007 , multi Diva award winning Sydney’s Favorite Drag Queen and Most Popular DJ, the KITTY GLITTER storm has swept through cities around the globe with devout fans demanding their frequent fix. Following her dreams and following Summer around the world, Kitty Glitter is the dancefloor sensation everyone loves to see…and hear at the party!

Most loved for her unique brand of bouncey remixed pop and uplifting vocal house music, Kitty’s glitter sparkles on every dancefloor she plays on. Whether its fun and camp, or deep and sexy, Kitty Glitter always delivers in a grand way. Featured in the line-up for major festivals worldwide including Sydney Mardi Gras, White Party Palm Springs, Matinee Las Vegas, and Pride New York, Toronto and Montreal, Kitty is tickled pink to be invited back to play year after year. There is no denying, a little bit of glitter goes a long way.

No Cover till midnight

Lights by Naveid Mansuri

Dance till 5 AM

Latrice Royale in Chicago March 14th

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We are SO EXCITED   for this!  Something  very  different and special  from a RuPauls Drag Race Alumni.

A true life story, live on stage featuring her debut CD,  singing live with her band onstage.

One of the nation’s most recognizable drag queens, Latrice Royale brings her larger-than-life persona to Park West in support of her debut album Here’s to Life. This is the sneak peak WORLD TOUR PREVIEW!!

 

In this celebratory journey of song and story-telling, Latrice shares tales of growing up gay in Compton, the events leading up to her “unfortunate incarceration,” and her infectious, ever-positive perspective that got her through it all. This intimate experience is the first chance to hear Latrice sing the songs from her album live.

In addition to performing a full-length concert, she’ll regale the audience with tales of show biz and drama on the set of Ru Paul’s Drag RaceGET A GLIMPSE HERE!~

 

Murray & Peter presents
Latrice Royale Here’s to Life Tour
 

$30, $45, $60 Show at 9pm Doors at 8pm  

RIGHT  NOW,  Buy 1 admission  and get another FREE.  WHILE  THEY  LAST!!!

18+ Unless Accompanied by an Adult

Park West  Theater  Tickets  and  INFO  HERE

 

 

 

 

Craft Beer and Delicious Soups This Weekend

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THIS WEEKEND!  Feb  27-28th!

 

Craft Beer Festival

On Saturday, February 27, craft beer takes center stage at Halsted and Waveland. Chill under a tent filled with favorites from more than 40 brewers.

DJ Marc ‘Moose’ brings the heat to the dance floor. Food trucks from Beaver Donuts,

Chubby Wiener, Ms. Tittles and Pico St. Kitchen help soak up the suds.

 

Purchase tickets at www.northalsted.com and choose one of two sessions  (1- 4pm or 6-9 pm).

Guest can shed their coat at the check-in for $2, which benefits Howard Brown Health  Center.

 

Soup Walk (FREE)

On Sunday February 28 from 1-5 pm the 3rd annual Soup Walk warms up winter with nine Northalsted and Lakeview East restaurants showcasing their soups at retail business.

Stroll or take a free trolley to hit all nine spots.

  • NoteworthyNotes (3629 North Halsted) with soup from Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
  • Egoist (3526 North Halsted) with soup from Dive Bar.
  • Boystown Collectibles (3453 North Halsted) with soup from Taverna 750
  • Universal Wellness Source (3324 North Halsted) with soup from The Chicago Diner
  • The Leigh Gallery (3306 North Halsted) with soup from D.S. Tequila Co.
  • CRAM Fashion (3331 North Broadway) with soup from Café L’Appetito
  • Unabridged Bookstore-3521 North Broadway) with soup from The Bagel
  • GAP (3216 North Broadway) with soup from Escencia Urban Kitchen
  • wineHOUSE (3164 North Broadway) with soup from Soupbox

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)

Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days, Frost Fest and the Halloween Parade. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

Academy Awards Viewing at Kit Kat Lounge

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Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge 

Tune in to Tinseltown with Divas and Half-Priced Martinis 

Sunday, February 28        6 p.m.

Kit Kat will roll out the red carpet on Sunday, February 28, for the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club’s seven HD projection screens will be tuned in to Hollywood, from the red carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., to the award ceremony taking place at 7:30 p.m. What better place to view the Oscars?!

Throughout the star-studded evening, Diva Dulce Andrews will entertain the crowd with live performances while guests sip half-priced martinis, including “The Academy” (Effen vodka, Le Fleur liqueur and a splash of white grape juice, $7). Kit Kat’s theatrical-themed dinner menu will be available, featuring “Opening Act” small plates (sriracha glazed tempura shrimp; bacon truffle mac n cheese; crab cakes; chicken satay), “Show Stopper” entrees (Elizabeth Taylor fish & chips; Cary Grant burger; Mae West chicken and waffles; Lauren Bacall ravioli) and “Grand Finale” desserts (decadent chocolate cake; carrot cake; brownie sundae a la mode). In addition to the regular menu, Chef Joann Witherell will offer a special Steak Oscar entree, featuring a trio of filet medallions finished with bearnaise, served with mashed potatoes and tempura asparagus for $29.

Be sure to make your predictions and fill out your Oscar ballot! Kit Kat will dish out dining gift cards to the participants with the top Oscar winning picks. For table reservations, call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com

Chef Christopher Tong @ Bloomingdales

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SOUP FOR A WINTER’S DAY WITH

CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF
AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE STORE

AT MEDINAH TEMPLE
One of Bloomingdale’s favorite chefs returns to present a delicious Winter soup cooking demonstration.

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef
will give tips about ingredients, then prepare and serve a variety of fabulous soups.

Chef Tong will help us shake off the winter blues with three hot soup creations that will delight your family and friends. It’s a great way to face February in Chicago!

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Demo Kitchen on 1.

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort:

Roasted Cailiflower soup with Cumin
Tunisian Tomato with Chickpeas and Lentils topped with Yogurt and Fresh Mint
Tangy Greek Avgolemono Chicken soup (Egg-Lemon)

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. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact 312.324.7678.

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.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net