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Valentines Dinner in Boystown

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Valentines Day  is ALMOST HERE!  Don’t be left without a reservation!

2 of our favorite restaurants  in Lakeview / Boystown are offering a special

Prix fix  dinner….

 

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REVOLUCION  and  EL MARIACHI

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BRUNCH  EVERY WEEKEND  at  BOTH  LOCATIONS!

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Catered Super Bowl Eats Chicago

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Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, Beyoncé, and Lady GaGa…. Nope nothing gay about this years Super Bowl.

Hosting friends  at your place?  GET FOOD  from  Revolucion  or  El Mariachi  in Lakeview.

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FANTASTIC GUACAMOLE,  fresh  Salsa’s, Fajitas  and MORE!

Since 1996, Mariachi Hospitality Group has evolved into an assortment of several different restaurant concepts, each with its own persona, yet, each with the same standard of excellence. The restaurant group has steadily grown in popularity thanks to the support of loyal patrons in the community.

 

We pride ourselves on our commitment to freshness, evolution, authenticity, and most importantly, the concept of family. As founders, Antonio Estrada and his 2 sons consistently work hand in hand with their dedicated management team in the quest for perfection by keeping their concepts exciting and on the cutting edge of the hospitality industry.

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse 1-773-661-9893

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill 1-773-549-2932

Valentine’s Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

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Pretty In Pink Valentine’s Day Brunch at Kit Kat
 

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Brat Pack Classic

 

Sunday, February 14     

11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 

 

 

Calling all “Brat Pack” fans! Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic love triangle between Andie, Duckie and Blane at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. On Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14), Kit Kat will hold a Pretty in Pink themed brunch party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout the midday soiree, Madam X will perform ’80s love songs while the beloved John Hughes film plays on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens. Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherel’s savvy brunch fare, while sipping half-priced martinis, including Kit Kat’s list of “Valentinis” ($7 each; see below). 
 
Don your shoulder pads and rat out your hair, as the dining guest with the best ’80s style will win brunch for two (bonus points go to those who made their own clothes).  DON’T  WAIT!!!  For reservations, call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111
DRINKS!    “Valentinis”       $7 each on 2/14


Fool in Love
Cruzan pineapple, Cruzan coconut, pineapple juice, passion fruit juice, Nerds candies 
 
Love Game
Pinnacle citrus, Le Fleur Elderflower liqueur, lychee liqueur, passion fruit juice, lemonade, lychee garnish
 
Hello, It’s Me
Pinnacle orange, grape pucker, splash of sprite, garnished with a sugar rim and a rubber ducky
 
Red Hot Desire
Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire, Apple Pucker, splash of cranberry, heart sucker garnish 
 
First Kiss
Pinnacle Vanilla, Creme de Cacao, strawberry puree, splash of cream, chocolate dusted rim
 
Love Spell 
Jim Beam Fire, RumChata, cinnamon dusted rim 


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

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ELIXIR Andersonville Special Event Feb 10th

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Don’t be left out! This WILL sell out!

Join us for a four-course meal, featuring FEW Spirits, that begins with a breakfast-inspired dish, taking you through lunch and dinner, and finishing with dessert.

All attendees will receive a voucher for a tour of FEW’s Evanston Distillery and Tasting Room ($10 Value)
Seats are limited.  We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, Feb. 10 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Elixir Lounge     (next door to Replay)
1509 W Balmoral Ave.    Chicago, IL 60640

Four Courses • $60
Tickets available at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2494195


Dinner & Cocktail Menu Schedule

Breakfast
Lyonnaise Salad
Frisee, bacon, poached egg, red wine vinaigrette.
FEW Breakfast Gin
Egg white, butter, lemon, gomme syrup,
freeze dried blueberries.

Lunch
Bouillabaisse
Grilled salmon, mussels, clams, shrimp, saffron broth.
FEW Bourbon
Amontillado Sherry, lemon, sparkling.

Dinner
Red Wine Braised Short Rib
Sweet potato puree, red wine reduction, crispy shallots.
FEW Rye
Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Bitter Queens
Tobacco Bitters.

Dessert
Orange & Cardamom Crème Brûlée
FEW Anguish and Regret cordial

Team to End AIDS

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For over 10 years, TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) has trained more than 5,000 athletes and raised $10 million benefiting AIDS Foundation Chicago and HIV/AIDS-related community charities.

Working with Fitness Formula Club (FFC) USA Track & Field/Triathlon coaches, T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events.

T2 is about the journey as much as it is about the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable.

Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about T2!

 

ALSO

2015 was a big year for HIV! Not only were there huge advancements in science, but the epidemic also found its way back into mainstream media through art, pop culture and social activism. As we gear up for another stimulating year of progression towards putting an end to new HIV diagnoses, take a peek at these 10 tweets that tell the story of a big year in the HIV epidemic (in no particular order):

Volunteers Needed EQIL Gala

2016    25th Anniversary Gala Volunteer Sign-Up

 

Are you ready for the 25th Anniversary Gala? Last year, over 1400 people attended the Gala and we could not have done it without the hard work of our volunteers. This year will be no different, especially with high-profile guests, namely, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who will receive the Freedom Award.

The Gala will take place on Saturday, February 6th (6pm to midnight), at the Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Avenue).
In order for the events to run smoothly, we need volunteers like you to help. Please take a minute to look at the dates listed below for our needs.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:

2016 Equality Illinois Gala
WHEN: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 (various shifts)
WHAT: This is the main event, and we will need approximately 120 volunteers on hand to make sure that everything runs smoothly.

DETAILS:

Volunteers are needed throughout the day of Gala, beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, and going until approximately 1:00am Sunday, February 7th. Various shift and time assignments will be set to cover the following positions: Silent Auction Set-Up; Silent Auction Monitors; Ballroom Monitors; Guest Registration; Greeters; Silent Auction Check Out (ONLY AVAILABLE SHIFTS WILL APPEAR AS AN OPTION).

The dress for volunteer staff at the Gala is Black-Tie Optional/Business, so you can wear a Suit/Tie, Cocktail Dress, Women’s Suit, Blazer/Slacks/Tie, Tux or Gown. Jeans and t-shirts are not acceptable dress UNLESS you are at the Hotel early for the Set-up shifts. If you are assigned to set-up, and you wish to stay for the event, please bring a change of clothes.

 

SIGN UP HERE

Illinois Republican Steps Up!

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Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) today became the first Republican congressman to co-sponsor the Equality Act, federal legislation which would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity illegal in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system.

 

The Human Rights Campaign applauded Dold:

“Bob Dold is showing tremendous leadership today by becoming the first Republican to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Equality Act and we’re thrilled that he’s standing up for our fundamental values of fairness and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Far too many LGBT people – nearly two thirds – have faced unfair and unjust discrimination in their lives, much of it in the workplace. In co-sponsoring the Equality Act, Congressman Dold showed how important it is that LGBT people be able to have a fair chance to earn a living, provide for their families, and live free from fear of discrimination.”

Last July, the Equality Act was introduced in both the House and Senate with a record number of original co-sponsors. Since then, several major companies, including Apple, the Dow Chemical Company, Hyatt, Levi Strauss & Co., Orbitz, and Target, have all endorsed the Equality Act. In addition, the bipartisan legal team David Boies and Ted Olson — who was a Solicitor General of the United States under former President George W. Bush — also announced their support.

President Obama threw his support behind the legislation last November after what the White House said was “several weeks of review” of the bill.

Precious Davis – Say YES to the Dress

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Friday’s episode  (Jan 15th, 2016, 8pm Central time)  of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta will mark a first for the show when it features a transgender bride.

In a sneak peek of the episode, Precious Davis visits Bridals by Lori to find the perfect gown for her wedding. Davis and her fiancé Myles — both of whom are activists — will share their story on the show before getting married in Chicago in front of 1000 guests from their community. (@ Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago ).

“We want people to be inspired of what love can look like in its many forms,” Davis says. “We want to bring this kind of royalty because we feel we are royalty.”

Precious Davis is lauded both locally and nationally as an award winning diversity professional, social justice facilitator, and performance artist.  She currently is the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago , her alma mater from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Precious currently implements and oversees the Campus Wide Diversity Initiative and is the first woman of color to hold this position.    see more  HERE.

SNEAK PEAK  of the show  HERE.

EQIL Gala Feb. 6th

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THE MIDWEST’S LARGEST LGBT GALA and FUNDRAISER
SUPPORTS THE WORK OF EQUALITY ILLINOIS
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue

The Equality Illinois 25th Anniversary Gala promises to be a night to remember. The Midwest’s largest LGBT formal event will celebrate a quarter-century’s worth of accomplishments and the exciting work that lies ahead to achieve full equality. Some very special honorees will also make this one of our most exciting galas.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will receive the 2016 Equality Illinois Freedom Award. The Mariano’s grocery chain will receive the 2016 Business Leadership Award.

Whether you buy one seat or a full table, participate as a corporate sponsor, place an ad in the program book, or donate a luxury item to the silent auction, please join us in this Silver Anniversary celebration.

EqilGala25Purchase platinum, premier and standard tables and single tickets.

 

EqilGala25Become a Table Captain and invite friends to join you at the Gala.

 

EqilGala25Learn more about corporate sponsorships and premium table purchases.

 

EqilGala25Learn about the luxury silent auction and how your contribution can help our work.

 

EqilGala25Purchase an ad that will be featured in the 25th Anniversary Program Book.

 

EqilGala25Volunteer for the gala and be part of this historic celebration.

 

OUR MISSION

Equality Illinois builds a better Illinois by advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBT community.

OUR VISION

Equality Illinois envisions a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

All Star Blues Bash Feb. 13th

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The best blues artists in the world give a high dose of southern-style soul blues, house-rocking blues, contemporary blues, and genuine Chicago blues all rolled up into one awesome blues show that will be stuck in your memory forever. Bobby Rush headlines the All-Star Blues Bash bringing his Billboard R&B and Blues  chart topping hits to highlight the bash.

Joining the bash as co-headliner is Joe Louis Walker, who is without a doubt one of the most exciting and innovative  artists gracing contemporary blues. Kicking things off is Chicago’s very own and Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Wayne Baker Brooks, bringing his distinctive  contemporary style of Chicago Blues with a fully formed new vision that updates the sound of the blues without falling into the same tired blues-rock clichés.  Joining this all-star lineup is rising blues star Shawn Holt, son of blues legend Magic Slim.

Dorothy Menker Theater  @   Moraine Valley
Tickets: $40 General Public /    $35 Seniors, Students, Staff
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About Face Theatre LE SWITCH

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In Philip Dawkins’ world-premiere romantic comedy, Le Switch, marriage equality finally reaches the U.S., and commitment-shy David finds himself unsure how to react to the nation’s honeymoon phase. When his best friend’s bachelor party takes him to Montreal, he is unexpectedly swept off his feet by a beautiful, young florist. In the months that follow, David and his non-traditional family (his sister, grieving activist roommate and best friend) must decide for themselves what it really means to be committed, married, and queer.

Written by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Presented by special arrangement with Doug Nevin

 

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes with intermission

Judy and Liza in Chicago

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Pride Films & Plays presents two stars of The Boy From Oz in

“Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime:

The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute”

Pride Films and Plays will enliven the New Year by bringing back two leading actresses from its recent acclaimed production of the musical The Boy From Oz in a new show entitled Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute, featuring Nancy Hays (as Judy Garland) and Michelle Lauto (as Liza Minnelli), with music direction and orchestral arrangements by Robert Ollis (co-producer).  This loving musical tribute recalls the historic concert by these two famous performers at the London Palladium, just as Liza’s singing career was beginning to take off. The Boy from Oz veterans Cameron Turner (choreography) and John Nasca (costume design) will round out the creative team for this dynamic new show.

 

Accompanied by a jazz combo, this lively cabaret show will feature those solos, duets and medleys that are Judy and Liza classics.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique  mother/daughter relationship that they shared and to see how Liza learned so much in performance from Judy — the consummate song stylist.

 

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli — Once in a Lifetime: The London Palladium Concert — a Tribute previews Sunday, January 31st (7:00 p.m.) at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago.   Tickets range between $15 and $25. For ticket information call 773-867-1946 or order online at www.uptownunderground.net, Tickets are not for sale at the regular PFP phone number.

THE STARS!

Nancy Hays (Judy Garland) recently returned to theatre to portray Judy Garland in The Boy from OZ, presented by Pride Films & Plays, after performing for years as an opening act for Tommy Tune, Rita Rudner, Smothers Brothers, George Burns and others. Her country song Come Dance with Me is an international hit, and she was featured in the film The Minnesota Connection. Nancy has also made numerous TV appearances (including one on ABC dancing with Mario Lopez). Nancy has recorded five albums and toured the UK multiple times.

 

Michelle Lauto (Liza Minnelli) is so proud to be playing one of her idols again after an exciting run as Liza in The Boy From Oz with Pride Films & Plays this past summer. Favorite credits include Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago), Next To Normal and Spring Awakening (NY Regional Premiere). Up next for Michelle is the Chicago premiere of 35mm (Circle Theatre), and Xanadu with the American Theater Company. www.michellelauto.com

 

Steve Grand @ SEVEN Jan 15th

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Seven Nightclub brings you ‘All American Boy’ Steven Grand Live In Concert! Doors open at 8 show starts at 9.

Steve Grand became an overnight internet celebrity and was acclaimed by some to be the first openly gay male country musician to attract mainstream attention in the United States. The music video of his first hit “All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013. This attention landed Grand on Good Morning America, CNN and other national media. Buzzfeed ranked the video on its list of the “24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013”, and Out magazine named Grand to its annual “Out100” list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people. In addition to being a musician, Grand has become an active figure in the LGBT equality movement.

VIP Meet and Greet Tickets (also includes seating in the first 3 rows) are only $30.

General Admission Tickets are only $20 before January 10, 2016.

SEVEN

3206 N Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Steve Grand Christmas Song

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WATCH THE NEW VIDEO AND SHARE IT

Download the song: https://stevegrand.bandcamp.com/track…
ONLY AVAILABLE on BANDCAMP! It will not be made available on iTunes.

Chicago Rising Star New Years Eve

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This  graphic is hard to see – but the Tines Square Ball is  12′  and the Chicago star  will be  70′!!!!!

 

 

This year, Chicago is starting a new tradition to ring in the New Year

with the inaugural celebration Chi-Town Rising. Corona Extra is the Presenting Sponsor of Chi-Town Rising and Hyatt Gold Passport is the Official Host Sponsor.

 

At 70’ 6” feet tip-to-tip and ascending to 360 feet into the night sky to welcome in the New Year, the Rising Star is truly the star of the show. Located on the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, the Rising Star will overlook the TV audience zone on Broadcast Boulevard and the Corona Beach House across the Chicago River.

Bucking the trend in the vast majority of cities around the world, the Rising Star will ascend at midnight versus descend. “Chicago has always been ‘a city on the rise,’ and never more so than in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871 when the City rose from the ashes to become the fastest growing city in the world by the end of the 19th century,” said Arena Partners President John Murray, “A Rising Star is fitting for a populace that rises to meet challenges head-on, and it is aspirational – symbolic of looking forward to the opportunities that the New Year holds in store for us.”

The Rising Star is inspired by the second star on the city’s flag, which represents the Great Fire of 1871 and the city’s phoenix-like rise in its aftermath.

The Chicago flag has four six-pointed stars on the center white stripe each representing a significant event in the city’s history. From left to right on Chicago’s flag, the first star represents Fort Dearborn; the second, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; the third, the World’s Columbian Exposition; and the fourth, the Century of Progress Exposition.

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“Our city’s spirit inspired our choice to have an icon rise – not fall – on New Year’s Eve,” said John Murray. “Our city’s flag inspired our choice to use the Chicago Star as that icon; and these combined to inspire our choice of “Chi-Town Rising” as our name.”

The Rising Star, designed and built in Chicago by ONE618 and The Chicago Flyhouse Incorporated, is a thing of beauty. With a span of 70’6” tip-to-tip, it dwarfs icons used in cities around the world. It weighs 12,000 pounds, which is the equivalent of three pick-up trucks, and it has amazing lighting and video capabilities that will be revealed on New Year’s Eve.

How Chi-Town Rising’s Star compares to other cities’ New Year’s Eve icons

Approximately 34,000 pounds of steel make up the support structure; 24,000 pounds of steel I-beams are used on the front of Hyatt Regency Chicago, which act as guides for the Rising Star and the remaining 10,000 pounds of steel are on the roof of the building to support the cantilever. The structural steel portion of the Rising Star contains 900 bolts and the Rising Star itself contains over 250 bolts.

 

The Rising Star is comprised of over 2,600’ of 2” tube, which is close to half a mile of 2” tube. An additional 850’ of 1” tube is used in the assembly of the Rising Star. There are four control boxes, each containing 200 electrical terminations that will guide the motors to allow the Rising Star to ascend the building. Each of the four winch motors weighs nearly 1,000 pounds.

Chi-Town Rising will be broadcast live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago for those wishing to view the event for free. Those interested in attending the event live have multiple options for securing a guaranteed spot, including purchasing tickets to the outdoor audience area, the Corona Beach House party, or other partner events nearby. Official Hotel Partners have packages available that include admission to the event as well. Chi-Town Rising is a privately-produced, ticketed event. At the present time, the city has not designated any formal public viewing areas for the Countdown, Rising Star, and fireworks.

 

To learn more about Chi-Town Rising and be kept up to date on talent information, please sign up for the Chi-Town Rising newsletter on www.Chi-TownRising.com. For ticket information or to book your New Year’s Eve stay, please visit www.Chi-TownRising.com, and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

Shirtless Chicago Guy Spreads Prayer

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A couple weeks  ago Ethan Renoe,  a  hot shirtless jogger crashed a TV weather forecast in Chicago. During the rainy broadcast Renoe said, “It’s a great day for a run. Too wet to wear a shirt, you know?” He added, “I love running in the rain, and I’m also single!” – the video  went  Viral!

Renoe, an evangelical Christian, also made sure to get in a shout out to Jesus during the impromptu interview he did with WGN.

Now, NBC Chicago reports that Renoe, who attended a Christian Bible college and says he is a virgin who is saving himself for marriage, founded a ministry that has been offering “free prayers” outside gay bars in the city’s Boystown gayborhood for the last four years!  –  Damn, I keep missing him!

“My primary purpose of going there is to show this community love that has been severely damaged by those who claim to be Christians. That area has been hurt by people who claim Christ’s name.” –  – Is  it good?  or  bad?  how  do you feel  about this?

One student member remarked that he understood the backlash the group sometimes receives while in the gay community:

“Some people come at us angrily, but I can understand that because that community is their stronghold and that’s where their identity lies and they feel like we’re attacking it, but that’s before they talk to us,” said student Andy Wood. “Regardless of lifestyle decisions we have the same opportunity to share the gospel and love people.”

New Years Eve Chicago Best Picks

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New Years Eve – and New Years Day! Make Plans now!

Don’t be left out in the cold!

Revolucion and El Mariachi

 

 

Gay Palm Springs Hotel Deal

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GET AWAY TO WARM!!!

 Picturesque Palm Springs  is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It’s also notable for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, hip interior design shops and buzzy restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding.

INNdulge is THE GAY PLACE TO STAY!  A Legendary gay resort in Palm Springs with a tropical pool/hot tub, free breakfast, Wi-Fi & a gym in a relaxed space.    WINTER  SALE  RIGHT NOW!!  Only A few rooms  left!

2 FOR 1 SPECIAL
(December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016)
Pay for one night and get the second night FREE!
Excludes Friday, Saturday and holidays
RESERVE NOW!
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Mario Lopez in Chicago Dec. 31

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Chi-Town Rising, Chicago’s inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration Presented by Corona Extra and Hosted by Hyatt Gold Passport, today announces the celebrity talent set to host the New Year’s Eve broadcast both on NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago. Mario Lopez will be the host talent for NBC 5 with Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Courtney Lopez, and Marley Kayden as co-hosts. Penelope Menchaca and Maria Elena Ponticiello will be the host talent for Telemundo Chicago with Maricela Vázquez and Lily Fragoso as co-hosts. In addition to NBC 5 Chicago, Chi-Town Rising will air on over 40 NBC affiliates in the central United States. The program will also air nationally on COZI TV and in Spanish on TeleXitos.

 

The Chi-Town Rising live broadcast will be centered between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Drive, with the Chi-Town Rising Countdown Stage directly in front of the Hyatt Regency Chicago along Upper Wacker Drive. The broadcast will feature the musical performances of Billboard 2014 Top Artist American Authors and legendary rock band Chicago®, a dazzling midnight countdown with a 75-foot tall Chicago Star rising 360-feet into the night sky, and an epic fireworks display linking the event site with Navy Pier’s annual fireworks in one grand display synchronized to a musical soundtrack.

 

NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will broadcast the event live starting at 11:08 p.m. and Telemundo Chicago will begin at 11:00 p.m.

 

NBC 5 CHICAGO BROADCAST: 11:08 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Chicago Queer Comedy Dec. 20th

Join About Face Theatre Artistic Associate, Scott Duff and a host of Chicago’s Best Queer comics at Chigaygo on 12/20 at 9:00pm at Laugh Factory Chicago (3175 N. Broadway). It’s a fabulously funny night of gay and gay-friendly comedy.
Exclusively for friends of About Face Theatre, enter the promo code “pride” when you order to receive $10 tickets!  www.laughfactory.com

About Face Theatre THE HOMOSEXUALS Dec. 19th

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World of Chocolate Raises $120,000

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       More than 1,100 guests,

some decked out in their finest 1920s costumes, came together at Union Station to celebrate the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s (AFC) 14th annual World of Chocolate gala on Thursday, Dec. 3. The larger-than-life celebration really was the bee’s knees — offering guests the chance to try chocolate inspired creations from 27 of Chicago’s top chocolatiers, chefs and caterers. Held annually in commemoration of World AIDS Day, this year’s event raised approximately $120,000 net in support of AFC’s continued care, policy, advocacy and education work.

 

Treats ranged from sweet bites to savory selections, and attendees also flocked to the speakeasy-inspired bars for some scrumptious chocolate cocktails. An expert panel of judges, including local celebrities and renowned Chicago-area chefs, judged the participating vendors in five categories:

  • Best Sweet Award – Kendall College
  • Best Savory Award  – Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
  • Best Libation Award – CH Distillery
    • Best Business Class, Small Business Award – Fred’s at Barneys New York Chicago
    • Best Business Class, Large Business Award – The Peninsula Chicago
    • People’s Choice Award – Intercontinental Hotel Chicago

Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s work to end new HIV infections in Chicago and beyond. Proceeds from the event will:

·         Help more than 5,000 people each year know their HIV status

·         Support efforts to house 1,100 Chicagoans who are experiencing homelessness

·         Enable more than 5,300 clients to receive case management services

·         Fund trainings for hundreds of medical professionals about PrEP

Generous vendors participating in World of Chocolate included: the Brass Monkey, CH Distillery, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chocolat Uzma Sharif, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Fred’s of Barneys New York Chicago, Hilton Chicago, Intercontinental Hotel, Italian Village Restaurants, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Life’s Sweeter Side, Loews Chicago Hotel, Mercat a la Planxa, the Peninsula Chicago, Prasino LaGrange, Riques Cocina Mexicana, RL Restaurant, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Starbucks, Summer House Santa Monica, Uptown Brownie, Vanille Patisserie, Virgin Hotels Chicago, Walgreens, Wow Bao and ZED451.

  • The AIDS Foundation of Chicago mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We work toward a day when people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. To learn more, visit www.aidschicago.org.

 

Neverland Chicago Purity Ball Dec. 30

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New Year’s in Chicago: Neverland’s 4th annual Purity Ball white party featuring DJ Alain Jackinsky inches closer to New Year’s this year with a major event on Wednesday, Dec. 30th. Take off the 31st and plan on house parties that night, because we’re making the 30th the biggest gay party of the holiday season.

 

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The Facts

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 30th
Time: 10:30pm-4am
Venue: Circuit Nightclub (3641 N Halsted)
DJ: Alain Jackinsky, spinning his 3rd Purity Ball
Theme: White Party

2 performances, a massive set, hot costumed dancers, and the magic of Boystown’s most creative and hard-working team.

For tickets, visit Egoist Underwear in Boystown, or CLICK HERE

Holiday Reservations Chicago Celebrations

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Don’t Wait Till The Last Minute!!!

Christmas  and New Years  in just a few weeks  away!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining at Kit Kat

Divas, Dining, Drinks and Donations this December

Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host festive holiday celebrations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, guests will receive half-off martinis, cocktails and Kit Kat’s Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for a canned good donation. The non-perishable food donations will benefit Heartland Health Outreach, an organization that provides care to more than 12,000 needy individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area each year.

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

Diva Kinley Preston will entertain guests each evening starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.


 

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New Year’s Eve at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Glitz and Glam Gala Starring Diva Kinley Preston 

Thursday, December 31

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold an over-the-top “Glitz and Glam Gala” this New Year’s Eve. The fabulous affair will feature a four course prix fixe menu, martinis and live entertainment. Diva Kinley Preston will captivate dining guests with intermittent performances as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, P!NK and more.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s modern American supper club menu features the choice of starter, salad, entree and dessert. The menu, outlined below, includes two martinis, champagne toast and party favors for $65 per person (7 p.m. seating) and $85 per person (10 p.m. seating).

For New Year’s Eve dining reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773.525.1111. The lounge will be open for bar guests from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Menu
7 p.m. $65 per person   /       10 p.m. $85 per person

Includes two martinis and champagne toast 

Starter
choice of:

Smoked Salmon, creme fraiche, minced red onion, capers, toast points

Shrimp, avocado, chipotle mayo
Potato Leek Soup

Salad 
choice of:

Beet Salad – roasted beets, orange segments, arugula, pistachios, goat cheese crumbles, champagne vinaigrette

Kit Kat Salad – romaine and spinach blend, sliced pears, dried cranberries, spiced pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Entree
choice of:

Surf and Turf – filet and crab cake with bearnaise sauce and grilled asparagus

Seared Chicken Breast – creamy mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, bacon and parmesan vinaigrette

Seafood Pasta – bay scallops, rock shrimp, crimini mushrooms, light brandy cream, curry

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – spinach, artichokes, goat cheese, rice medley


Dessert 

choice of:

Brownie Sundae, burnt caramel sauce, candied pecans, whipped cream

Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Layer Cake

Chicago Jeweler Gregg Helfer

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The clock is ticking!  Just a few days till Hanukkah  and a couple weeks  till Christmas!  Is your shopping  done?   Gregg Helfer Jewelers located in downtown Chicago,  has lots of things that sparkle  to make your holidays bright! Maybe you are planning a wedding for 2016?  It’s  not too early  to look at  rings.

The Helfer family has been importing diamonds and making jewelry for three generations starting with Gregg’s Grandfather David Helfer. A proud supporter of the gay community for many years, in 2000, after working in the jewelry industry on his own for over 12 years, Gregg continued the family tradition by opening a private office in the historic Maller’s building on Chicago’s Jewelers Row.

 

Gregg and his brother Michael work with clients to find the perfect product at the perfect price for them. Outstanding customer service  and  great prices make Gregg Helfer Jewelers  the  go-to jewelers, for all of your wants and needs.  Whether you’re an experienced online shopper, or need some additional assistance with custom design or special order, we’re confident you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. They are available six days a week to help you find the piece of jewelry of your dreams.

  • 5 S. Wabash, 17th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603
  • 312-265-3364

 

 

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Amy and Freddy PLUS LESLIE JORDAN

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A HOLIDAY SHOW

       NOT TO BE MISSED!

Music and comedy legends, Amy & Freddy, are celebrating 20 years together in show business with Emmy Award winning funny man Leslie Jordan!
How the Diva Stole Christmas at Hydrate Nightclub will showcase Freddy’s incredible musicianship, Amy’s amazing voice and Leslie’s hilarious stand up.
There will be three shows:
  • Friday, Dec. 11: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: Doors open at 6 pm, show at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 13: Hydrate opens at 2 pm for Sunday Funday, show at 7:30 pm
General admission is $30, VIP seating in the first three rows is $45.  DON’T MISS IT!!!

World of Chocolate Chicago Dec. 3rd

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6  days  away !  THE  BEST  PARTY  OF THE HOLIDAY  SEASON!

Don’t fight the temptation. We give you permission to indulge to your heart’s content at World of Chocolate 2015 on Thursday, December 3 (Yes, that’s just 2 weeks from today)!

This year’s event is truly bigger and better than ever. We’re welcoming 9 new chocolatiers to Union Station who can’t wait to wow your palate with unique flavors. From classic sweets to surprising savories, 27 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at this commemorative World AIDS Day event.

Try their creations—and so many more—only at World of Chocolate!
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P.S. Online ticket sales close at 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30. Don’t delay!

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.

DECEMBER  BRUNCH

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

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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

 

WATCH  THE  VIDEO

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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