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Northalsted Market Days 2017

 

  Prince Poppycock

 

Northalsted Market Days Brings Bevy of Entertainment Options

 

The Northalsted Business Alliance brings a bevy of entertainment options to this year’s Market Days, set for August 12 and 13. The Boystown bash, known for its five stages of entertainment, features a veritable bazaar of shopping and food options in addition to the live music.

The sheer diversity in entertainment guarantees there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From national headliners like Jody Watley to local favorites, from cabaret style singers to funk and beyond, Market Days delivers on its reputation as a must-do fest in the Midwest.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt expands on the appeal of the festival. “To host one of the biggest and longest running festivals in Chicago in such a vibrant neighborhood, naturally draws people from all over the city, state, country and beyond. It’s truly a welcoming and wonderful weekend to experience a fantastic array of music and enjoy the area and all of our offerings.”

 

 

 

Northalsted Market Days/Saturday, Aug 12th

North Stage

1:30P-3:30PM             Drag Show

345P-4:30PM              Prince Poppycock

4:45PM-5:30PM          Inaya Day

5:40PM-7:30PM          Drag Show

7:45PM-8:30PM          Linda Clifford

845P-930PM               Jody Watley

   Jody Watley

  Steve Grand

7-11 Stage

1PM-2PM                    DJ

2PM-2:45PM               Steve Grand

2:45PM-3:15PM          DJ

3:15P-4PM                  TIFFANY

4PM-445PM                DJ

445P-5:30PM              Brian Justin Crumb

5:30-7PM                    DJ

7PM-7:45PM               ROBYN S

7:45-9PM                    DJ

9PM-945PM                Maxine Nightingale

  Maxine Nightengale

Belmont Stage

2PM-3PM                    KC Ortiz

3PM-3:30PM               DJ

3:30P-5PM                  Michael McBride & Friends

  Michael McBride

5PM-5:30PM               DJ

5:30P-7PM                  Wedding Banned

7PM-7:45PM               DJ

745PM-945PM            Satisfaction

Jazz Stage (Aldine)

130PM-3PM                Joe Policastro Trio

330PM-5PM                Whiskey & Cherries

530PM-730PM            BMR4

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NORTHALSTED MARKETDAYS 2017/Sunday, Aug 13th

  Big Freedia

North Stage

115P-3PM                   Drag Show

3:15-4PM                    BIG FREEDIA

4-6PM                         Drag Show

615P-755PM               Rod Tuffcurls

8PM-8:30PM               DJ

835P-955PM               Purple Xperience

Belmont Stage

130P-230PM               Girl Power Night

2:30-3:15PM               DJ

3:15PM-4PM               Cece Peniston

Frenchie Davis

4:15-5PM                    Frenchie Davis

5-6PM                         DJ

6P-7:30PM                  Boy Band Review

7:30-8:15PM               DJ

815PM-9:45PM           Catfight

7-11 Stage

1:15PM-2PM               Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

2:15P-3:30PM             Don’t Speak

3:30PM-4PM               DJ X-Tasy

4P-515PMJC               Brooks & the Uptown Sound

5:15PM-6PM               DJ X-Tasy

6PM-720PM                10,000 Maniacs

7:20PM-7:50PM          DJ X-Tasy

7:50P-9:50PM             16 Candles

Jazz Stage (Aldine)

130PM-3PM                The Winchester Sound

330PM-5PM                The Flat cats

 

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, Pride Prom Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade, Frost Fest and the Legacy Live Series. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

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SUPERHERO Chicago Markets Days Event Aug. 10

After 6 straight years of sold out dance parties at House Of Blues, Matthew  Harvat/ Circuit Mom/ Revolution have moved their Superhero party closer to boystown and into an  EPIC venue, that MANY of you have never seen before and   doubles the parties size!

More lights, more lasers, more production, more sound, more men and women from around the globe to dance with. After 13 years, The Aragon Ballroom welcomes us back for what will hopefully become our biggest event of the year.

 

You will not believe your eyes once you come upstairs into the space.

 

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Tons of surprises in store for you and cannot wait to welcome over 2500 party goers to our new Market Days home AND the Chicago debut of DJs Grind and Gauthreaux spinning together for this main event.
SAVE $10 PER TICKET NOW! USE PROMO CODE: MOMSHERO
*General admission only. Offer expires on 7/9/17
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SUPERHERO: THE RESISTANCE • AUGUST 12, 2017
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3  STELLAR PARTIES ALL MARKET DAYS WEEKEND LONG!
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Chicago Pride Fest 2017

Chicago Pride Fest. Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston, Kristine W. and many more are ready to take over the Chicago Pride Fest stage June 17-18! Held during National Pride Month, celebrates our achievements as a community in our annual two-day street festival leading up to Chicago’s world famous Pride Parade.

The non-stop entertainment features strings, queens and everything in-between.

Two main stages deliver a host of national and local talent. Well Strung brings the strings with their fuse of classic music meets pop blend, while Taylor Dayne delivers her iconic hits and local legends 16 Candles go retro. The DJ stage at Waveland pumps with dance ready beats, while the best divas in the business strut their stuff on the Kit Kat Runway.

Chicago Pride Fest (June 17-18)

11 am – 10 pm         North Halsted from Addison to Grace          $10 Suggested Donation

Saturday, June 17
North Stage
12:30PM Drag Show
2:30PM Thelma Houston
3:30PM Drag Show
5:30PM Vassy
6:00PM Drag Show
7:30PM David Hernandez
8:30PM Taylor Dayne
South Stage
1:00PM Gay Men’s Chorus
2:00PM Catfight
4:00PM One Night Band
6:00PM Girl Power Band
8:00PM Boy Band Review
Sunday, June 18
North Stage
12:00PM Pet Parade
12:30PM Drag Show
2:30PM Carlito Olivero
3:30PM Drag Show
5:30PM Well Strung
6:30PM Pride Talent Show
8:00PM Symon
8:30PM Kristine W.
South Stage
1:00PM Pet Parade
1:30PM 2 the 9s
3:30PM Rod Tuffcurls
6:00PM Abba Salute
7:30PM 16 Candles

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, Pride Prom Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade, Frost Fest and the Legacy Live Series. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

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Mothers Day Celebrations Chicago

This May 14th, treat Mom to something you know will make both of you smile: a delightful brunch or a delicious dinner with you!

(If Mom is not here in town with you, GO OUT and CELEBRATE HER Anyways!)

2  of our favorite spots right in Lakeview/Boystown:

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

3906 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60613

Phone: 773-549-2932  /  Reserve here: www.elmariachitequilabar.com

 

 

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

3443 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893 /  Reserve here: www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

Every mother receives a complimentary order of churros as a way to help say “Thanks!” to all the great mothers out there!
Reservations are recommended!
Only a few reservations left! 

BRUNCH,  LUNCH  or DINNER,  you can’t  go  wrong with either place!

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Tequila Dinner April 12th

April 12th, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. | Chicago

Join us for an exclusive dinner featuring a 5 course custom menu paired with the finest Arette Tequilas. Our guest speaker Eduardo Orendain Jr., a fifth generation distiller for Arette will provide everyone one of a kind experince.

Executive Chef Luis Navejas will aslo bring you a one of a kind opportunity to taste a carefully sculptured menu combining rustic Mexican staple dishes with a contemporary touch. So join us for a Revolutionary experience!

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is priced at $45 per person, excludes tax & gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Jorge or Brenden at 773-661-9893.

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National Margarita Day Feb 22

It’s going to be  68 degrees  today  in Chicago!   What better  excuse  to dine al fresco  on  EL  MARIACHI’S  secluded patio  and  enjoy  a  MARGARITA?!  (or  2  or  3).

BOTH  Revolucion  Steakhouse  and  El  Mariachi will celebrate  with  $5  house  margaritas  PLUS   some  complimentary  sampling!

Revolucion Steakhouse
3443 N. Broadway
Chicago, Il 60657
(773) 661-9893      Reserve Today!     revolucionsteakhouse.com

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
3906 N.Broadway
Chicago, Il 60613
(773) 549-2932    Reserve Today!     elmariachitequilabar.com

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Northalsted Boystown Beer Fest Feb 25 26

Northalsted’s winter street festival takes place in our huge outdoor HEATED tent.

Featuring over 40 craft beers you will have the opportunity to sample your choice of 15 beers while dancing at this unique party!

2 different  sessions  are  available.

For more information please visit:
www.northalsted.com/events/frost-fest/

The frosty fun continues on Sunday, February 26th at our 4th Annual Soup Walk presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

Taste great soups, from all over the area!

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

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    Off Broadway!

 

 

 

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

opened in Chicago this week at  the new space of Pride Films and Plays, 4139 North Broadway @ Buena.

 

(L-R: Averis I. Anderson, Matthew Huston, Maiko Terazawa, Parker Guidry, John Cardone, Honey West, Luke Meierdiercks, Jordan Phelps, Aaron C. Reynolds, Roy Samra, Erin Renee Baumrucker , Britt-Marie Sivertsen. All photos by Paul Goyette)

This Musical is  such a fun, heartwarming, uplifting  show – and it is executed so well by this excellent ensemble!  It’s   truly   a  MUST SEE SHOW.  It is so wonderful to be able to see such a great production in an intimate theatre  space!

 

It follows the adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” Hot Stuff,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love the Nightlife,” this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

Based on the smash-hit movie of the same name, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway.

Honey West, Jordan Phelps, and Luke Meierdiercks lead a cast of 16 all-stars, and Music Director Robert Ollis will lead a band of 5! David Zak and Derek Van Barham co-direct, with choreography by Jon Martinez.

(Miss Understanding & the boys Top: Aaron C. Reynolds, Middle Row: John Cardone, Roy Samra, Bottom Row: Parker Guidry, Averis I. Anderson, Matthew Huston. All photos by Paul Goyette)

TICKETS-Regular performances are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30
and Sunday at 3:30 to February 12. There are Wednesday performances on February 1 and 8.

10% of  seats are $10 access tickets for actors, students artists, seniors and others who cannot afford the general admission price. Once the show has opened, reserved center seat tickets are $40 and site seat general admission tickets are $30.

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New Years Eve New Years Day EATS

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

Glitz and Glam Gala Starring Diva Dulce Andrews

Saturday, December 31,   Dinner Seatings at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Cocktail Party Package 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold their annual “Glitz and Glam Gala” on New Year’s Eve. The fabulous affair features a four course prix fixe menu, martinis, champagne and live entertainment by Diva Dulce Andrews.

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

In addition, Kit Kat will offer a late-night bar package from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., which features unlimited martinis, cocktails, wine, beer and party favors ($45 advance/$50 at the door).

PLUS – New years day  BRUNCH  and  Dinner –

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EL MARIACHI  TEQUILA BAR&  GRILL   or    REVOLUCION STEAKHOUSE

New Year’s Eve Celebration!

December 31th, 2016 | Chicago

Celebrate the New Year at Revolucion Steakhouse or El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill and partake in a mouth watering 3 course prix fixe menu ($40) with your family and friends.

 

New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch!

January 1st, 2017 | Chicago

On New Year’s Day join us for a Hangover Brunch done with a Mexican Twist!  $24 for bottomless mimosas and it also includes an entree from our brunch Menu!

We hope to see you soon Amigos! 

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Christmas at KIT KAT Lounge

Christmas Dining at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Divas, Dinner, Drinks and Donations this December

Friday, December 23 – Sunday, December 25
5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host three days of festive holiday celebrations, from Friday, December 23 to Sunday, December 25. As a nod to the giving spirit of the season, guests will receive a 50-percent discount off martinis, cocktails and Kit Kat’s Christmas prix fixe menu in exchange for canned good donations. 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 served with stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans and pumpkin pie tart for only $25 with canned good donations ($50 without donation).

Kit Kat‘s regular dinner menu will also be available and guests will receive 33-percent off their dinner bill with canned good donations.

Divas Tracy Ross (12/23 and 12/24) and Mokha Montrese (12/25) will perform live starting at 7:30 p.m. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Christmas Prix Fixe Menu
Available on December 23, 24 and 25
$25 per guest with canned good donation 

Holiday Martini
choice of: Frosty’s Going Down; Eggnog; Fire Apple Cider; Pumpkin Pie; Banana Nut Bread; Candy Cane

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

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

Pumpkin Pie Tart
topped with whipped cream

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

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TRANS film Festival Nov. 17-18

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LOCATION
Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted

 

 

The 2nd Annual Transfluential Film Festival places the journeys and stories of trans communities into the spotlight.  Films were solicited from around the world, and the finalists will be screened over two evenings at Center on Halsted.

Join us as we watch and discuss the films, their characters, and the themes they illuminate.

*Full schedule of films and programs will be released in early November.

 

PRICE

$5 suggested donation

*Inability to pay should not act as a deterrent to attending

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November at Kit Kat Lounge

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Sweet Sixteen Party at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
 
Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of a Legendary Lakeview Lounge.  November  10th!
$7 Stoli martinis and $5 mojitos, all night.  open at 7pm.

THANKSGIVING: 

Give and Get: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Kit Kat

Receive Discounted Dinner and Drinks with Canned Good Donation 

Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Gather your group and celebrate a “Divalicous” Thanksgiving while donating to charity at Kit Kat! On November 23, 24 and 25, the Lakeview lounge and supper club will extend a dining discount to those who donate a canned good or nonperishable food item. The 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.

Guests will receive a 50-percent discount off martinis and cocktails, as well as a 33-percent discount off their dinner tab with canned good donations. Chef JoAnn Witherell has crafted a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu that will be offered in addition to Kit Kat’s regular dinner menu. The classic Thanksgiving feast (outlined below) includes a fall martini, Kit Kat salad, herb-marinated roasted turkey breast served with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart for only $25 with canned good donations ($50 without donation).

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

Kit Kat’s Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu
Available on November 23, 24 and 25
$25 per guest with canned good donation ($50 without donation)

Fall Martini
Choice of: Pumpkin Pie; Banana Pudding; Salted Caramel; Kit Kat Cider; Sweater Weather; Autumn Goodbye (complete descriptions are listed below)

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

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

Pumpkin Pie Tart
Topped with whipped cream

Fall Martini Menu
$14 each

Pumpkin Pie
Stoli Vanil, pumpkin puree and a splash of cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream

Banana Pudding
Stoli Elit, creme de banana, splash of vanilla and cream, garnished with a vanilla wafer

Salted Caramel
Stoli salted caramel, creme de cacao, cream and rumchata, garnished with a salted caramel sugar rim

Kit Kat Cider
Stoli Elit, apple pucker, apple cider and cranberry, garnished with an apple wheel and cinnamon stick 

Sweater Weather
Stoli Citros, apple pucker and Stoli ginger beer, garnished with a twist and a cherry

Autumn Goodbye
Stoli Citros, pama, cranberry juice and splash of champagne, garnished with a twist and a cherry 

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

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Gay Voting in Boystown Chicago 2016

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“Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me” ~ Harvey Milk

LISTEN UP POLITICALLY ACTIVE CHICAGO QUEERS AND ALLIES!

Chicago Votes and Organized Grime Crew Present: Out of the Bars and Into the Street. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR VOICES HEARD IN 2016.

DATE: Saturday, November 5th
TIME: 12:00PM
LOCATION: Replay Beer & Bourbon & Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
POLLING LOCATION: Merlo Branch Chicago Public Library
LQQKS: POLITICAL REALNESS

The queer community has a history of marching to protect the rights of all. After the unprecedented tragedy at Pulse Orlando, it is clear that queer visibility this election year is key to ensuring that people have the ability to be who they are.

Meet at Replay Beer & Bourbon promptly at 12:00PM November 5.
Dress in your best LQQKS.
We will hold a rally, and march down Halsted St. to the EARLY VOTING polls at the Merlo Branch Public Library on Belmont Ave.
ALL WHO MARCH WILL BE GIVEN 25% OFF ON ALL DRINKS AT REPLAY.
AFTER PARTY and FREE BARBEQUE to follow at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago with Harry Cross of Men’s Room Chicago and headliner, Cindel starting at 3:00PM.

If you cannot vote in the city of Chicago, or have voted already, please join us at the march, anyway.

If you are ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, you can register SAME DAY at the polling location.
BRING YOUR ID’s in the event you are turned away from the polls.

Be unapologetic. Be seen. Make our voices heard..
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.

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Hydrate Halloween Weekend!

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2  music and dance filled  nights  at  HYDRATE  this weekend!

Carnival Carnage with DJ Ale Maes
Friday, Oct. 28, 11:30 pm – 4:30 am
$10 cover starting at midnight
Carnival Carnage continues with DJ Ralphi Rosario
Saturday, Oct. 29, 11:30 pm – 5 am
$10 cover starting at 11 pm
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Halloween Brunch at KIT KAT LOUNGE

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Halloween Weekend at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
 
Win a Trip to See Britney Spears Live in Las Vegas 
 
Saturday, October 29 – Monday, October 31
 
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club has planned a host of fun Halloween festivities. From Saturday, October 29 to Monday, October 31, the glam Lakeview lounge will hold spooktacular costume contests, offer live “Diva” entertainment, and feature an array of Halloween-themed martinis ($12 each; outlined below).
 
On Saturday, October 29, partake in Kit Kat’s “Evil Queens and Disney Princesses” party. Diva Mokha Montrese will entertain guests with live performances from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a Halloween costume contest will take place at the stroke of midnight. The best dressed guest will win a Britney Spears Experience Package that includes airfare and hotel accommodations for two plus a pair of tickets to see Britney: Piece of Me live in Las Vegas.
 
The following day (Sunday, October 30), Kit Kat will host a Halloween brunch with performances by Diva Madam X from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, as the best dressed guest will also win a Britney Spears Experience Package featuring airfare and hotel accommodations for two and a pair of tickets to see Britney: Piece of Me live in Las Vegas. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s hearty midday menu will be offered, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package may be added for $14.95 per person (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis).
 
On Monday, October 31, Kit Kat will be open for a special Dia de los Muertos Halloween party. Diva Mokha Montrese will wow the crowd from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. A third costume contest will take place, with the winner receiving $150 in cash and prizes. Kit Kat’s mixologists will serve half-priced specialty drinks ($6, regularly $12) and $7 Stoli martinis, all night. 
 
For table reservations, call 773-525-1111.
 
Halloween Martinis, $12 each
 
Blood Moon
Effen Blood Orange vodka, blood orange liqueur, triple sec and orange juice garnished with glowing moons and stars 
 
Fright Night
Effen vodka, Viniq, passion fruit, grapefruit juice and champagne, garnished with a spider ring 
 
Spook Show
Cruzan Citrus rum, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and agave nectar, garnished with a lemon twist and gummy mummy 
 
Scary Spice
Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire, apple cider, cranberry juice and cinnamon stick garnish 
 
Witches Brew
Effen vodka, Viniq, Blue Curacao, Razzmatazz, triple sec and cranberry juice, garnished with a Halloween rubber ducky
 
Nutty Professor
Peanut Butter & Jelly vodka, hazelnut liqueur, grape pucker and cream, garnished with a cinnamon nut rim 
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Chicago HALLOWEEN Details Boystown

Saturday, October 29th

Kid’s Spooktacular at Space Park 
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Located at 815 W. Roscoe Street, the Kid’s Spooktacular features magicians, pumpkin decorating, treats, beats and a neighborhood treasure hunt for the entire family.  Come back to Space Park after you’ve completed your treasure hunt to receive candy for the little ones and a gift card for the grownups. Thank you to Triangle Neighbors, Children’s Learning Place, Whole Foods Market, Ford Motor Company and Roscoe’s Tavern for your generosity in throwing this event.
Northalsted Zombie Bar Crawl 
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Join the undead and quench your thirst on Halsted Street. With 14 participating establishments, this bar crawl will be one to remember. With a midway Zombie costume contest at Sidetrack and a wrap-up raffle at The North End, participants are going to have more prizes than their half-decayed bodies can carry. Tickets are available for pre-order HERE or onsite. Onsite ticket sales do not include t-shirt for the event, so pre-registering is recommended. For more info visit us on Facebook.
Sunday, October 30th
 
Queen’s Brunch 
12:00-4:00PM
Enjoy your brunch like a true Queen would by dressing up as your favorite Queen! Participating businesses will be offering 15% off your meal and other prizes for those that have dressed to impress!  Offer valid at Drew’s on Halsted, DS Tequila Co, and Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club.
Monday, October 31st
The 20th Annual Northalsted Halloween Parade
Parade Route: North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Cornelia Avenue
Parade Registration       5:00 PM-7:00 PM (Belmont & Halsted)
Ruby Red Relay       6:45 PM-7:15 PM
Parade Kick-Offs       7:30 PM (Belmont & Halsted)
Costume Contest Winners       9:30 PM (Roscoe & Halsted)
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WILLAM @ Roscoes Oct. 25th

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The ever fabulous Willam Belli (  FYI;  686K YouTube subscribers, and over 100 million views)  will be in Chicago    TUESDAY   OCTOBER  25th  @    ROSCOES!

His “unorthodox” self help book which embraces tough-love and unapologetic honesty, titled: Suck Less: When There’s a Willam, There’s a Way  was  just released  last week!!!
Willam is a marquee LGBTQ celebrity from working as Neil Patrick Harris’ Drag Queen coach around his residency on Broadway as Hedwig, to ongoing appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, LOGO TV, MTV, etc. Willam was appointed as the first Transgender model for American Apparel and recently earned an award at Cannes Lions for his Magnum Ice Cream ad campaign called “Be True to Your Pleasure”.
Suck Less offers a forward written by Neil Patrick Harris and is a new approach on advice from “the only honest friend you have, Willam”. Topics include:

Suck Less at covering bad skin

Suck Less at shoes

Suck Less around famous people

Suck Less at having a great body

Suck Less at sex and relationships

Suck Less at break-ups

Willam is also gearing up for the 4th season of his popular web series, The Beatdown, in which is tears apart everything happening in Pop Culture News and The Internet.

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Best New Restaurant – The Lark

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Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark offers 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.”

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.

We recently  dined at the Lark  and  tried a sampling  of foods.  Everything  was  great!  They offer an assortment  of  “Moscow Mule cocktails”  in copper cups  and   Thursday’s  you can  enjoy them  for  half off!

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Not many places offer   Grilled Calamari.  It takes more effort  to prepare (and prepare correctly)  than fried Calamari. Here it was great!  Tossed with fresh green beans, some baby kale and served with a delicious homemade  marinara.

I had never had  Arancini.  It’s a  risotto ball that is fried. Very good  option! Meatballs were a nice appetizer as well.

For pizza  we tried  the Chicken Alfredo  and  the Ducktrap River Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza.  Usually  not a fan  of  smoked  salmon myself,  but this was unique and  delicious!

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Our waiter raved  about the burgers  and I love a good  Cubano  sandwich. So we tried the Mushroom and Blue Jack Cheeseburger  and  the Cubano. (Needless  to say, we had a lot of  to-go boxes, with all that food!) Both were excellent.  The burger used grilled trumpet mushrooms  and this amazing  marbled blue jack cheese and was topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes.

The Cubano  was piled high with braised pork shoulder, smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon and topped with jack cheese. Pretty  much  perfection!

All of the food  was  fresh,  tasty and cooked  to perfection. Lark proved itself  to be a  bar  AND  a  restaurant, serving very good quality  eats. With prices that won’t break the bank. Pizza’s  run $11-$15, Burgers $12, Sandwiches $11-$13, and Homemade Pasta $15.

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

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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.

Lark is 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/.

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NEVERLAND Market Days Party Aug 12

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NEVERLAND CELEBRATES MARKET DAYS WITH ITS MOST EXTRAVAGENT EVENT EVER – “IMPERIAL HAREM”

Neverland, the Chicago-based dance producer known for its elaborate themes and production, is celebrating Market Days this year with its most extravagant event ever. Drawing inspiration from the costumes, the story, and the men of the blockbuster film, 300, IMPERIAL HAREM will take place Friday, August 12th at Metro (3730 N Clark St, Chicago).  Mexico City-based DJ Alex Acosta will headline the event; his first time headlining since spinning the very first Market Days Neverland three years ago.  Chicago DJ Alex Cabot will open and Imp Queen, Nico and Sara Andrews will host.  $40 early bird tickets to IMPERIAL HAREM are available now at www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.

“Market Days is even bigger than Pride in Chicago so we’re making this party more epic than anything we’ve done before,” proclaims Anthony DiFiore, Neverland’s founder and Creative Director. DiFiore is drawing inspiration for the night from a recent trip to Jerusalem where he learned how years of Ottoman rule left its imprint on the city.  “We’re going to experiment with a lot of cool ancient Persian and Ottoman elements that complement Metro’s massive steel stage,” he says.

At last year’s Market Days, DiFiore and his creative team celebrated Mayan Aztec culture with their “Origins” event, transforming Circuit Nightclub into a jungle complete with palm trees, a pyramid, and performers in colorful headdresses.  This year’s party takes Neverland back to the opulent Metro, the former concert hall world-renowned for its large stage and high ceilings.

Designers are building a structure of steel bars that will create an interactive platform loaded with lights and special effects devices. “There aren’t any gay parties in the U.S. that utilize truss the way we do,” adds DiFiore.

Market Days is the popular Chicago festival with stages, live bands and DJs during the day, followed by late-night dance parties.  Neverland’s IMPERIAL HAREM is the official Friday night main event.

“Today’s Neverland is like a Studio 54-style party,” says DiFiore.   “What sets our team apart is that our artists are true set and costume designers who are working with Neverland to showcase their talents.”

For tickets and additional information, visit www.NeverlandMarketDays.com.   Ticket Prices: $41/$51 and $60 at door.  Hard copy tickets available at Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) in Boystown.

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Best Hotels in Boystown and Lakeview

 

It’s funny, we have lived here about 10 years and have always known about these three hidden gems.

Yet, I talk to people who have lived here their whole life! And they are not familiar with City Suites, The Majestic and The Willows.

Willows and Majestic are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods, where you can blend right in with the locals. While City Suites is right on Belmont amidst the buzzing energy!

Summer and Fall are fantastic times  in Chicago!  Whether you are a local and have friends traveling that will need rooms or you are a traveler reading this – it’s NEVER TO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM. The small inventory of rooms in Boystown and Lakeview always sell out.


IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

Market Days August 13-14, 2016

Halloween  in Chicago – October 29-31, 2016
Out in the Park at Six Flags Sept. 10, 2016

(not to mention, every weekend is a great weekend, in Chicago!)


In Boystown/Lakeview you get small, intimate restaurants and a treasure trove of shopping neighborhoods with unique shops and art galleries! Golf courses, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigleyville and the Cubs Stadium, Old Towne, marinas and harbors, Hollywood gay beach, Andersonville, plus endless waterfront walking and bike paths, are all very accessible!

 

For years, visitors and locals alike have branded The Majestic Hotel the pre-eminent boutique hotel in Chicago. Offering the atmosphere of a well-appointed, upscale English country estate, this 100 percent, non-smoking Hotel offers the perfect haven of relaxation amidst the energetic city life found in the popular Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Broughton Hotels has 3 properties in the area. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel & The City Suites – each welcome you with an abundance of personality, style and charm that epitomizes the essence of their environments.

Exuding the charm of historic buildings – circa 1920s – They are a collection of boutique hotels that combine a stylish, unique and alluring atmosphere with a location that is ideal and accessible – just 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts – and brimming with the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel. You can be just steps away from all of the gay events, in a cool neighborhood!

 

All three properties in Boystown pride themselves on their personalized care, premier service and exceeding the needs of their discriminating leisure and business travelers. The staff is passionate here and ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay – something you don’t often see in the big hotels downtown. These properties boast a welcoming “neighborhood” charm yet with all the luxury boutique services and amenities of a full-service hotel.

Many packages are available depending on your interests. Everything from theatre and dining to comedy and baseball!

Use CODE BGC When Booking!

CITY SUITES HOTEL

THE WILLOWS

MAJESTIC HOTEL
The Majestic 773.404.3499
The City Suites 773.404.3400
The Willows 773.528.8400

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