Category Archives: Contests
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:
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!
FEUD: Bette and Joan
Premieres Sunday, March 5th on FX
FREE SNEAK PEAK IN CHICAGO THURSDAY Feb. 23rd
The screening is on Thursday, February 2/23 at 7pm at Landmark Century Centre, and then we are having a fun after party immediately following at Sidetrack Chicago with complimentary drinks and drag performances. First come, first served. Click the image below –
Synopsis: FEUD: Bette and Joan, the first installment of the new FX anthology series from Ryan Murphy, tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award®-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.
In addition to Academy Award® winners Lange and Sarandon, the cast includes Alfred Molina as the film’s director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio titan Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Jackie Hoffman as Crawford’s housekeeper Mamacita, and Alison Wright as Aldrich’s assistant Pauline.
Notable guest stars include Dominic Burgess as Crawford and Davis’ co-star Victor Buono, Catherine Zeta-Jones as film star Olivia de Havilland, Sarah Paulson as Geraldine Page, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell and Kiernan Shipka as B.D., Bette Davis’ daughter.
Ryan Murphy serves as Executive Producer along with Executive Producers Dede Gardner of Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, Tim Minear and Alexis Martin Woodall. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios
Cast: Jessica Lange “Joan Crawford”, Susan Sarandon “Bette Davis”, Stanley Tucci “Jack Warner”, Alfred Molina “Robert Aldrich”, Judy Davis “Hedda Hopper”, Jackie Hoffman “Mamacita”, Alison Wright “Pauline”
Directed by: Ryan Murphy, Tim Minear
Written by: Ryan Murphy, Tim Minear
Official site: http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/feud
ANNUAL CHICAGO SANTA SPEEDO RUN!!!
Saturday, December 3, 2016 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
LOCATION Sidetrack – 3349 N Halsted St
GET YOUR SANTA ON!
Better yet, take it off – when you run with us this December. The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown is more than an excuse to hang out your holiday decorations – it’s also a huge party that raises money for non-profits serving Chicago’s LGBTQ community. REGISTER TO RUN as an individual or as a team or MAKE A DONATION and become a part of the fun!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
On Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:00pm Sign-in and Registration @ Sidetrack
1:50pm We sing our very own Christmas Carol, “Jingle Balls!”
2:00pm 1-mile run through Boystown
2:30pm Awards, Entertainment and Door Prizes
2016 INCENTIVE LEVELS
- Raise $25, receive Santa’s Sack:
- The first 200 runners to register with a minimum donation of $25 will receive a Santa’s Sack that includes our logo t-shirt, our collectible Christmas ornament / bottle opener, plus coupons and discounts to our favorite local restaurants and businesses. You are not required to run.
- Raise $100, receive an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing – you will get an additional entry for each additional $100 you raise. We have over 20 gifts in this drawing that are each valued at $100 or more.
- Raise $300, receive the 2016 “Frosty The Snowman” Santa Speedo or Official Santa Hoodie
- Raise $1,000 or more and become eligible for a party at Sidetrack for you and 20 of your friends. A drawing with only those that reach the $1,000 goal will be held during the Santa Speedo Run and the winner will be announced live!
REGISTER TO RUN & MAKE A DONATION
Online registration is now open!
Finding Neverland Brunch at
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
Enjoy Live Diva Performances, Theater Ticket Giveaway and More
Sunday, November 20 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sprinkle the pixie dust, it’s time for another fun, themed brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club! On Sunday, November 20, the Lakeview-located restaurant will host a Finding Neverland midday soiree in celebration of the newest Broadway in Chicago hit musical. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Diva Madam X will perform live as Kit Kat’s mixologists shake up $7 Stoli vodka martinis (offered 11 a.m.-2 a.m.).
Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake Benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person. The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.
Raffles will be held throughout the day, with five lucky participants winning a pair of tickets to see Finding Neverland at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. For table reservations, contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago Native to Star in Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming”
The cast for Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming” includes men selected to compete for interior designer Robert Sepúlveda Jr’s affections is more gorgeous than the next. Surprisingly, Chicago is only being represented by one eligible bachelor, 32-year-old Chicago Entrepreneur, Sam Provenzano.
Hosted by Lance Bass, “Finding Prince Charming” includes 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.
Provenzano may look familiar to some people, as from 2007-2009 he was a popular television news anchor in Kentucky and is heavily involved within the LGBT community in the Windy City. Provenzano now works in Higher Education and is President/Founder of Right Fit for You (www.rightfitforyou.com), an LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer & Fitness Network in Chicago with plans to expand to other markets later this year. A middle child, Sam’s interests include working and supporting different charities, spending time with his family and of course, fitness.
FREE TICKETS!!!! first email I get, wins 2 tickets!
Choice of dates; Friday June 24 8pm
Sunday June 26 2pm
Wednesday June 29th 8pm
or Thursday June 30th 8pm. BestGayCities@gmail.com
AMERICAN THEATER COMPANY OPENS XANADU
A TRIBUTE TO LATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PJ PAPARELLI
DIRECTED BY LILI-ANNE BROWN
NOW PLAYING THROUGH JULY 17, 2016
American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, on Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC’s late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli—a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic—Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown with choreography by Brigitte Ditmars and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title.
Single tickets for Xanadu range from $48-$58. Student tickets are available for $15 with valid student ID in-person at the Box Office. More information and tickets are available by visiting the ATC Box Office at 1909 W. Byron Street, by calling 773-409-4125 or visiting www.atcweb.org.
The cast for ATC’s tribute production of Xanadu includes Missy Aguilar (Calliope), Kasey Alfonso (Erato) Karla L. Beard (Melpomene), Jim DeSelm (Sonny), Landree Fleming (Kira), Aaron Holland (Danny Maguire, Zeus), Michelle Lauto (Kira U/S & Swing), Hanah Rose Nardone (Euterpe), James Nedrud (Terpsichore/Sonny cover), Daniel Spagnuolo (Thalia/Danny cover), and Cameron Turner (Swing).
Xanadu takes place in Venice, California in 1980. Struggling artist Sonny Malone seeks to create his own version of the American dream by renovating an abandoned warehouse into a venue for world-class entertainment – a roller disco! A hilarious and modern update of the1980’s camp classic, Xanadu celebrates the artist’s muse, even when it comes from the most unlikely of places.
Xanadu Performance Schedule
Regular Run: June 7–July 17: Tuesday–Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Kick off Halloween THURSDAY @ EL MARIACHI!
There is something for everyone at El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill’s “Casa de Espantos”. The evening includes a costume party, delicious appetizers and specialty cocktails in our back private party rooms. And the costume contest is no joke, so be sure to bring your A-game this Thursday.
Tickets are limited, so call the restaurant or email us as soon as possible and reserve your spot.
Tickets will include 4 cocktails and unlimited appetizer buffet from 7pm–9pm.
Raffles & Prizes for the best costumes!
El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
3906 N. Broadway
Chicago Il 60613 Phone: 773-549-2932 RESERVE TODAY!
Margaret Cho “psyCHO” Brunch
Win Tickets to Cho’s Live Show at the Chicago Theatre
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
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
Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago after four years with its newest touring show, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, premiering under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top August 6 – September 20th at the United Center Parking Lot K. Tickets starting at $35. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/kurios now for tickets.
Want to go for FREE? We’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets – for the August 11th show! Leave me a comment below and we’ll have a random drawing On August 1st!
“Todd Kiech, the Chicago winner for THE Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic creates the winning drink, Blue Marlin, featuring Stoli Bluberri, on Wednesday, April 15, at Sidetrack.”
2015 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion for Chicago is Todd Kiech from SideTrack!
Todd was crowned winner for creating his Blue Marlin cocktail, featuring Stoli Bluberri. Todd will move on to finale week during Key West Pride, competing for his charity of choice, Chicago House.
In March Rainbow Wedding Network held their
7th annual Gay and Lesbian wedding expo at the
Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago Illinois. Hundreds of couples flooded the show and one lucky winner got a wedding package worth $2,800 from Gay Wedding Chicago Site, Pine Manor.
Dr Travis Schamber & Brett Zelencik,
both of Edgewater Beach /Chicago Illinois.
(Pictured: Brett with Rev. Pam)
Travis is an internist, currently working in Park Ridge.
Brett works on the north side of Chicago as a psychotherapist.
They met on Match.com, truly falling in love during their first date in September 2013. “We really have been inseparable ever since!” Brett writes, Travis moved from Schaumburg to Chicago in 2014 and we built a wonderful home together in Edgewater Beach.” Brett says he is very emotionally driven and Travis is highly analytical, likely a function of the training for their carriers, and found they complement each other in every way. The couple are planning a winter wedding.
Plan your wedding with Rev. Pam and Pine Manor!
IT’S BACK! The festive and fun 2015 GLAAD Hatter Brunch Benefit!
GLAAD Hatter, presented by Ketel One Vodka and MillerCoors, is a celebration of national and local leaders advancing LGBT equality.
At GLAAD it’s personal and we want your hat to be a personal expression of yourself while enjoying a sumptuous brunch with specialty brunch cocktails.
Whether impressive or understated, bridal or funeral, edible, perishable, sporty, floral, or with live birds in a cage — whatever hat you wear, you’ll fit right in. Prizes will be given away for “Best Hat” as well as “People’s Choice” for favorite hat. Enter to win raffle prizes from great companies throughout the Chicago area.
$150 for Two Tickets or $85 Individual Ticket Purchase Tickets
A significant portion of your ticket supports GLAAD. GLAAD rewrites the script on LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialog that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. GLAAD.org
LOOKING Season 2
is almost here!
SUNDAY JAN 11th, 2015!
RIGHT NOW is your chance to win a copy of Season 1 on DVD!
Leave me a comment below why you love LOOKING! First 10 people get a copy of the DVD!
(Leave your email privately in the comment, and I will follow up with directions on picking up your FREE LOOKING DVD!)
THIS IS BRILLIANT!
Could this be the HIV equivalent to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? We think so. The concept is the brainchild of well-known HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth who has partnered with Moovz, the leading global gay social app, to launch the project. It’s genius in its simplicity. We are now a selfie-obsessed culture and Mackenroth urges everyone to take a special selfie for an important cause.
“I was inspired by the use of the word ‘clean’, especially common in gay culture, to describe oneself as STI/STD free. Indirectly this implies that HIV-positive people are somehow ‘dirty'”, says Mackenroth. “I thought a PG or PG-13 shower selfie or Vine video would be a fun way that everyone could easily show their support on social media for finding a cure by using the hashtag #weareALLclean when they post their photo with the link. They then nominate 3 other people to participate and hopefully donate to the project as well.”
The goal of the campaign is to raise 1 million dollars to stop the epidemic and help find a cure and the campaign will be ongoing indefinitely. Donate here. All donations received will be donated to Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization fighting on the front lines to end AIDS and homelessness, not just in New York but globally by 2030. The CDC estimates that there are currently 1.2 million people in the US living with HIV and over 35 million people around the world.
“As someone who has been living with HIV for 25 years this is very personal to me.” Mackenroth adds, “There is current urgency for funding as we have new treatments that maintain viral suppression and render HIV-positive individuals virtually non-transmissible. Those same treatments can be given to HIV-negative individuals and protect them from infection. Essentially we already have the tools to stop the epidemic from spreading. Exciting new research is bringing us closer to a real cure for AIDS every day. ”
The campaign will launch within Moovz because of the app’s high user engagement rates and it’s history of successful international LGBT social media campaigns. Mackenroth is known as a social media powerhouse in his own right but he is also enlisting many of his “social media superstar” friends to get the campaign off the ground.
Actor, model, singer and social media stud, Chris Salvatore is igniting the campaign from Los Angeles after joining forces with Moovz as well. “It’s time to erase the stigma and unite as a global community. Regardless of your gender or sexual identity—no matter what age, color, size or shape you are, you should be part of this project! Let’s all be one loud, united voice in support of awareness, education, treatment and research for a cure.” says Salvatore. “And have fun with it. Be funny, sexy or silly. Who doesn’t want to see people in the shower soaping up for a good cause?”
“I truly hope this campaign goes viral—no pun intended.” Mackenroth quips.
The campaign launches between now and World AIDS Day, December 1st and is ongoing until the goal is reached. The hope is that there will be traction in the following weeks so that people know about the campaign on World AIDS Day and change their profile photos to show support.
1) Take a selfie or Vine video of yourself in the shower.** NO EXPLICIT NUDITY**
3) Nominate 3 or more other people to participate!
4) (Optional) DONATE!! Please consider a small donation if you are able. Every penny counts! bit.ly/CUREAIDS
5) On World AIDS Day (or before) : Monday, December 1st, please change all your social media profile pix to your shower selfie photo and spread the word!!
DRUM ROLL please………………..
Announcing the Mr Heatwave
contest for 2014!
On Thursday August 21st, there will be MR HEATWAVE 2014 contest at Scarlet bar.
|3320 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657|
Event is 7-10pm. All Interested contestants can IN BOX ME on Facebook saying they are interested. OR that evening in person between 7-8pm!
Wear your sexiest and hottest look.
It’s not necessarily about the best body.
Be fun and creative. Show your personality!
It’ll be a very simple process.
Maybe a fun question or 2.
Attendees in the club will cast votes for their favorite guy.
Winner gets a $600 package that includes free room for 2 for the Heatwave event, 2 tickets for the Heatwave Recovery Gospel Brunch, a 2 hour professional photo shoot, and 2 tickets to OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags.
Top 2 runners up will get a Swag Bag of goodies.
FREE Pizza from BoJonos Pizza will be served at 9:00 while votes are counted. and Scarlet will offer a special Ketle One + Red Bull Heatwave drink for the evening @ a special price!
Join us at 7pm to enter the competition or cheer on your friend to help them win a prize package worth over a $600!
Hopefuls should come dressed to impress. Audience votes will choose the winner so grab all your friends!
In case you did not know…..
From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA comes a brand new charitable event! The country’s FIRST EVER 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration. HEATWAVE!
Taking place at Key Lime Cove, right across the street from Six Flags in Gurnee, IL. Key Lime has an amazing 65,000 square foot INDOOR water park where it’s always 82 degrees! and a complete hotel resort attached.
The 24 hour event will begin Saturday, November 15th, 2014 . Room/Party Packages $98 Per Person/double occupancy, includes ROOM + PARTY TICKETS! ONLY 400 rooms and at press time, it was a little over half sold out. (You must say HEATWAVE event when calling Reservations 1-877-360-0403).
Five DJ’s and 12 hours of music with 9 hours inside the waterpark! Cazwell, Traver Rains, Trannika Rex, Austin Armacost, hot models and fashions by J Prince Studio – it’s going to be Epic fun! Restaurants, bars, coffee shop, ice cream, spa, massive arcade..everything you need for 24 hours is one complex.
The team behind the successful show Man vs. Food featuring Adam Richman are currently casting a brand new fun competition series called
Frankenfood for SPIKE TV.
and have a deal worked out with their unique winning dish featured on a
home cooks in the Chicago.
There will also be a casting call in the Chicago area on December 6th & 8th but if people apply to the link below, we can move them along quicker without them having to attend.
CHICAGO CASTING CALL
Friday, December 6 & Sunday, December 8
10 am to 5 pm
Theatre Momentum 1800 Cornelia Avenue Chicago, IL 60657
yourself, please have them submit their info and tell us what their
creative dish is at ffood@sharpentertainment.
our SIGNATURE 5 inch red leather pumps along with one of Chicago’s most
famous drag queens Frida Lay. “We will work that flight deck like a
runway and put on the biggest drag show you have ever seen. This year’s
craft will still glitter, shine and catch your eye… but this year we
aren’t just gonna show you that these boots are made for walking… they
are meant to FLY!”
about taking flight as we are. This will be our second attempt to soar
and we are in it to win it this year. We are super excited to fly in
front of our hometown crowd in Chicago and represent Roscoe’s Tavern,
Progress Bar and all of Boystown!!!”
3901 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60653
Hangars open at 11:00am First flight at 1:00pm
EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Two weeks to vote for your favorite window on North Halsted!