Category Archives: Boystown

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.”

 

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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

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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.

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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

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Frost Fest Craft Beers in Boystown

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FROST FEST  KICK OFF!

Come out this THURSDAY (FEB  18th)to Replay Beer & Bourbon-Andersonville to sample some of the amazing beers  for Frost Fest on February 27th!

The Northalsted Business Alliance delivers festival fun to the waning days of winter with a weekend of special events.

 

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.

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Boy Toy Male Revue @ Hydrate Thursdays

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Boy Toys Pocket Cabaret

present a new weekly all male revue in Boystown!

By bringing the art of performance, circus, singing, and striptease to the stage, boytoy is sure to tantalize the tastebuds of all genders and gender-nonconformists. Featured in ChicagoNow, boytoy is guaranteed to be like nothing you have seen before!

With Performances by:
Jimmie “Boy Toy” Swagger (Founder & Executive Producer)
‘Glamonster’
Duke LeSling
and more!

With Guest Host: Kat Sass!

HYDRATE NIGHTCLUB

3458 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657     (773) 975-9244

 

Best part: NO COVER!

$5 Corona/$5 Fireball/$6 Belvedere Cocktails

boytoychicago.com

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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

kitkatchicago.com

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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
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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.”

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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

 

 

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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

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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

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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!!!
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Holiday Fun at Kit Kat Lounge

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

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

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s full dinner menu, featuring “Opening Act” small plates, “Show Stoppers” (entrees) and “Grand Finale” desserts. To make table reservations, call 773-525-1111.

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.

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2 HOT GAY MEN @ SEVEN Chicago

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ANDREW  CHRISTIAN SUPERMODEL & YOUTUBE SENSATION, PABLO HERNANDEZ LIVE!

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

Advance general admission tickets are only $7.

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

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

 

BITCH  I’M  A  BOTTOM!

 

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Hydrate TURN ABOUT Show for TPAN

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IT’S  BACK!

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

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

Doors at 8 pm
Show starts at 9:30 pm

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

 

Join the Facebook  page  HERE

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BRUNCH at Kit Kat Lounge Chicago

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

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

 

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

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


Dia de los Muertos Brunch

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

Feeling like a zombie after a long night of Halloween revelry? Revive with the hair of the dog, and celebrate the Day of the Dead, at Kit Kat Lounge. On Sunday, November 1, Diva Madam X will lift your “spirits” with live performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Nosh on comfort food brunch fare (Bacon Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese; Biscuits and Gravy; Huevos Rancheros), while imbibing with a build-your-own beverage package that includes mimosas, bloody martinis, bellinis and sangria ($14.95).
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com
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HYDRATE October Special Events

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HYDRATE October happenings!

Five shows only, Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30! The show’s stars, Katerina, Erin Daly, Casi Maggio, Stephanie Hansen and Erika Lecaj, will sing Halloween, pop and musical classics throughout the hour-long comedic set that’s sprinkled with dark moments. Hosted by the one and only Dixie Lynn Cartwright.
Showtime is 8 pm. Tickets are on sale here for $15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Neverland is hosting Chicago’s largest gay Halloween party

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

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

CLICK HERE for NEVERLAND tickets, special pre-sale offer

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

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

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Alexandra Billings Nov. 2nd

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

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

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

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

Tickets for Simply Sensational can be purchased here.

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Miss Richfield at Hydrate Oct 9-10th

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


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

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

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

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

General admission tickets are available for $23.

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

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Fantastic October Events at SEVEN Nightclub

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SEVEN NIGHTCLUB ANNOUNCES OCTOBER FRIDAY NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP FEATURING FALCON EXCLUSIVE RYAN ROSE, PORN SUPERSTAR, AUSTIN WILDE, AND RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE SUPERSTAR, JUJUBEE,

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

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

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

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

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

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Replay and Elixir Expand to Andersonville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Margaret Cho “psyCHO” Brunch at Kit Kat

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Margaret Cho “psyCHO” Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge 

Win Tickets to Cho’s Live Show at the Chicago Theatre 

 
Sunday, September 20       11 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Stand up comedian Margaret Cho is coming to Chicago in October, and Kit Kat Lounge is celebrating with a midday soiree and ticket giveaway on Sunday, September 20. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lakeview lounge and supper club will host a Margaret Cho themed party featuring Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch fare 
(Chicken and Waffles; Rice Krispie French Toast; Crab Cakes Benedict) and half-priced martinis, including the “psyCHO tini” made with Effen vodka, blood orange liqueur and splash of cranberry ($7). 
 
Diva Madam X will provide live entertainment throughout the day, and lucky brunch guests will win a pair of tickets to see Margaret Cho’s “psyCHO tour” show at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, October 3. For table reservations, please 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 the Show:

MSG Entertainment and Live Nation announced that three time Grammy and Emmy nominee, comedian Margaret Cho will take The Chicago Theatre stage on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Margaret Cho has been developing brand new material over the last several months. “I’m so thrilled to announce that I will be back out on the road. This show is about insanity and about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world right now,” said Cho.

A big part of Cho’s show are tributes to her “father in comedy,” Robin Williams and her “mother in comedy,” Joan Rivers, who passed away within a month of one another. Margaret was very close to both of them; her friendship with Robin encouraged her to start the #BeRobin campaign to raise awareness and funds for the homeless community. Her friendship with Joan reinforced Margaret’s desire to remain fearless. For more information, visit: margaretcho.com

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HYDRATE Labor Day Weekend Events

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For those who stick around the city, Hydrate wants to upgrade the entertainment for a fun-filled trio of high-energy events you won’t soon forget!

Start the three-day weekend off with a bang Friday night to celebrate the return of DJ Deanne, who visited Hydrate from Miami in June. Drag queen Khloe will greet everyone.

 

Come back Saturday to dance the night away to the beats of internationally renowned London DJ duo Moto Blanco. Both shows will start at 11:30 pm with a $10 cover after midnight.

Close out the weekend on as high a note as you started it with an extended Sunday Funday featuring DJ Xtacy and extra Go-Go dancers. If you don’t work Monday, stick around and welcome the morning with DJ Spinsters, performing until 4 am. Hydrate opens at 2 pm. $5 cover after midnight.

 

Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/463724247122014/

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Chicago Center on Halsted Events

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Something for everyone  at  CENTER  ON HALSTED  in  the upcoming weeks!

Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and PlaysAugust 17th, 2015 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join us as Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series presents: An Evening with Pride Films and Plays

Chicago’s Pride Films and Plays ‘utilizes stories with GLBT characters or themes and creates powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.’  Pride Films and Plays, founded in 2010, has already established itself as a leader in the Chicago arts scene.  Come get to know the company that the Huffington Post recently called “a powerful and empowering entity.”

7:00PM-7:30PM

Mix and mingle with PFP & COH staff and the program’s artists

7:30PM-9:00PM

Performances including a sneak peak of Design for Living, a talk from author Rick Kinnebrew about his new play Ten Dollar House, music from James Nedrud, performance artist Katherine Hawbaker-Krohn, one of our favorite short films from the Queer Bits Short Film Fest, songs from The Boy From Oz, PFP’s current smash hit!

You don’t want to miss this evening of arts and entertainment as we get to know one of Chicago’s great theater companies!

For more information on Pride Films and Plays, please visit:

http://pridefilmsandplays.com/

Center on Halsted’s Limelight Series gives you a chance to spend an evening with some of Chicago’s most creative people and organizations.  Each event highlights the Windy City’s vibrant arts scene – from music and dance to literature and theater.  Join us as we take a closer look at the creators and leaders of Chicago’s cultural landscape.

FREE

Register & reserve your seat by clicking the following link:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/PrideFilms

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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay StoryAugust 22nd & 23rd, 2015

A solo show, written and performed by Javier Rivera*, remounted specifically for Center on Halsted, following a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC

*Winner of 2014 Best Actor Award at United Solo

 

Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna.

 

Follow the coming of age story of Javier, a young Puerto Rican man, as he triumphs and stumbles in his journey to self-discovery aided by the only person who ever understood him…

 

TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!

 

Saturday, August 22nd @ 7:30PM

Sunday, August 23rd @ 3:00PM 

$10.00 (Tickets may be purchased online as well as at the door prior to performance – cash only!)

*All profits will go to Center on Halsted, helping to support future events like this one!

 

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Saturday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina22

Click the following link to purchase tickets for Sunday’s performance: https://community.centeronhalsted.org/SalveRegina23

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3rd Annual Feel Good Health FairAugust 29th, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

On Saturday August 29th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Center on Halsted will host its 3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair, a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals.

 

The Feel Good Fair will be hosted in the Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall and Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted. This year the fair will feature free fitness classes throughout the day, product giveaways from health-related vendors, and nutritious cooking demonstrations.

 

The primary goal of Center on Halsted’s Feel Good Health Fair is to educate participants about making healthy choices and creating good habits for healthy living in the LGBTQ community. Vendors for the resource fair will focus on physical health, mental and social well-being. Participants are also encouraged to stop by tables to learn more about Center on Halsted’s programs and services.

 

The fitness class schedule for the day is:

10:00AM-10:25AM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

10:30AM-10:55AM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

11:00AM-11:25AM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

11:30AM-11:55AM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

12:00PM-12:25PM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

12:30PM-12:55PM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

1:00PM-1:25PM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

1:30PM-1:55PM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

 

*A limited number of yoga mats will be provided – if possible, please supply your own

It is highly suggested that you pre-register for the exercise classes by visiting the link below:

https://community.centeronhalsted.org/FeelGood

 



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TKOSeptember 6th, 2015 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Center on Halsted brings you the hottest Labor Day bash!

TKO: greatest t-dance ever.

battle for your pleasure and a Technical Knock Out

jump in! groove to the killer sound of our dueling djs.

Billy Brown vs. Gina Kozar

mc Pandora Boxx officiates

 

sept. 6 2015 T-time: 3 – 6 pm

coh rooftop & indoors

 

$20 entry/one drink, cash bar

feat. our one-two rum punch

community.centeronhalsted.org/TKO 

 

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Pride Films & Plays: LezFestSeptember 11th – 13th, 2015

 

More details to come!  Check back soon!

 

Queer Clothing SwapSeptember 13th, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Please join Center on Halsted and GenderQueer Chicago at the 3rd Annual Queer Clothing Swap! Trade in your skirts for a pair of slacks or your loafers for a pair of heels or maybe you’re just looking to update your wardrobe!

This event is free, but we ask that each participant bring at least 3 items of gently worn clothing (or shoes and accessories) to be donated to the swap. In exchange, you’ll have the chance to take home the new items you find! BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). Please refrain from donating stained clothing, t-shirts and undergarments. While the swap is particularly intended for Trans* and gender-variant folks to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event is open to all queer-affirming allies!

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Kit Kat Madonna Brunch Aug 16th

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Madonna Birthday Brunch at Kit Kat Lounge

Midday Soiree in Celebration of the Material Girl’s Birthday

Sunday, August 16

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

In honor of Madonna’s 57th birthday, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will celebrate with a Madge-themed brunch party on Sunday, August 16.  Throughout the afternoon, Madonna impersonator Diva Madam X will perform live, as Madonna’s movies, music videos and concerts play on Kit Kat’s seven jumbo screens.

 

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu will be offered, featuring Chicken and Waffles, Rice Krispie French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, Steak Quesadillas and more. In addition to half-priced martinis, guests may add a build-your-own beverage package ($14.95) that includes mimosas, bellinis, sangria, and “Bitch, I’m Madonna” cocktails with Stoli Oranji, fresh squeezed orange juice and champagne float. Lucky participants will win gift bags full of Madonna goodies and Stoli vodka products. 
 
For table reservations, please contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club 
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613 
773-525-1111
kitkatchicago.com
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Chicago Market Days BRUNCH Boystown

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GET A RESERVATION – Before it’s filled up!

 

Join us from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, for a divalicious pre-party brunch to celebrate the famous Northalsted Summer Market Days!

Enjoy $7 Stoli Cocktails, a build-your-own Bloodys, Bellinis and Sangrias bar, as well as legendary performances from Kit Kat’s own Madam X!

Call the Kit Kat Lounge at (773) 525-1111 to reserve your spot! Don’t miss it, this party is sure to be sizzling!

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Hydrate and Market Days and Dinosaurs!

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Northalsted Market Days is upon us!
Bringing party goers from across the country and around the block to Boystown for a weekend of friends and fun!
Why not kickoff the holiday weekend right with a can’t-miss event at Hydrate on Friday, August 7 at 10 pm? Halsted’s hottest dance club is planning a party of Jurassic proportions, featuring two nationally acclaimed spin masters that will unite for the first time in Chicago.
DJ Nina Flowers, who shot to fame as the runner-up on season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Puerto Rican superstar DJ Cindel, will perform at mixing unstoppable beats and keep the crowd moving until 4 am. Transforming for its Jurassic World theme, Hydrate will transport guests to Isla Nublar for the night without the risk of being hunted…at least not by dinosaurs.
Entry to the show is FREE from 10-11 pm and $10 after 11 pm.
Join the Facebook page HERE.
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