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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!

Free Screening FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN Feb 23

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeudFX/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FeudFX

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feudfx/

Winter Soups Cooking Demo Feb 4

Delicious Soups for a Winter Day with My Private Chef
at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Downtown Chicago

Chef Christopher Tong, of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, returns to Bloomingdale’s to present a winter soup cooking demonstration.

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

Chef will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort and a special dessert:

  • Boston Clam Chowder
  • Tunisian Tomato Soup with chickpeas, lentils, Greek yogurt and mint
  • The “Elvis”-Caramelized Bananas, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, maple-glazed Applewood bacon

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

Chef Chris will appear on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Demo kitchen on 1.

For more information about this free Bloomingdale’s event, please call 312.324.7678
My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.
Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining.
My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

Art Aids America Chicago

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More than a groundbreaking visual art exhibition, Art AIDS America Chicago will serve as the catalyst for a citywide dialogue on the cultural impact of HIV/AIDS through robust public programming at the newly constructed Alphawood Gallery (2401 N. Halsted Street) and via a constellation of related events presented in association with local arts and advocacy community allies.

Art AIDS America Chicago opens at the Alphawood Gallery on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, 2016, and continues through Sunday, April 2, 2017.  Admission to the exhibition and all programming held at the Gallery– artist & expert talks, panel discussions, performances, gallery tours, and HIV testing — are free and open to the public. 

LOTS  AND LOTS  OF  PROGRAMMING  GOING ON  FOR THIS – CHECK OUT THE SITE!

 

Art AIDS America tells a story of struggle, pain, loss, and, ultimately, hope.  It’s about the power of art to help us overcome insurmountable odds,” said Christopher Audain, program officer at Alphawood Foundation. Audain, who is working on programming and events for the exhibition, continued, “To help us tell this story, and to broaden the impact and access of this great work, we have joined with organizations and individuals from across the city who have eagerly embraced this project. Our joint programming provides a space for the multitude of people impacted by HIV/AIDS—across intersections of race, sexuality, gender, age, and artistic disciplines—to tell their story, particularly those we don’t often hear, from their own voice. We want to spark conversations that don’t happen nearly enough about how this disease has affected each of us in immeasurable ways. We know that artists, activists, and advocates standing together can create real change.”

About Art AIDS America

This is the first exhibition to explore how the AIDS crisis forever changed American art. Since the first reports of mysterious illnesses in the early 1980s, HIV and AIDS have touched nearly every American in some way, and operated as an undeniable, though often unacknowledged, force in shaping politics, medicine, culture and society. While acknowledging and honoring the enormous anger, loss and grief generated by the epidemic, the exhibition refutes the narrative that AIDS is only a tragic tangent in American art. Instead, Art AIDS America offers a story of resilience and beauty revealed through the visual arts, and of the communities that gathered to bring hope and change in the face of a devastating disease.

 

Art AIDS America Chicago is the local – and largest – iteration of this groundbreaking national exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. The exhibition will feature some 140+ significant contemporary works on display at the Alphawood Gallery, a temporary space created in a former bank by the Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest venue.   The Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society, is proudly presenting Art AIDS America here.  Each year the Foundation awards grants to organizations, primarily in the areas of advocacy, architecture and preservation, the arts and arts education, promotion and protection of the rights of LGBT citizens and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights.

Howard Brown Expands North

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On Monday, December 5, Howard Brown Health will inaugurate its Rogers Park clinic, with elected officials and invited guests.

The event commemorates the completion of the construction and expansion project that began in December 2015. The event will feature refreshments, food, and a short program featuring Howard Brown President and CEO, David Ernesto Munar, Board Chair Duke Alden, Chief Clinical Officer for Howard Brown, Dr. Magda Houlberg, as well special guests.

 

WHAT:     Howard Brown Health Clark Private Ribbon-Cutting Event

 

WHO:       Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, Chicago City Council and Cook County Board of Commissioners (invited)

 

WHERE: Howard Brown Health Clark       6500 N. Clark St., Chicago

WHEN:    9:30–11 a.m., Monday, December 5 Howard Brown Health Clark,

 

Howard Brown’s Rogers Park clinic, co-located with Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart), opened in December 2015.  A result of Howard Brown’s designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center, the clinic has provided a limited bank of healthcare services until construction concluded this month on the rest of the building.  The newly expanded 15,000-square-foot facility includes 12 exam rooms, counseling rooms and space for other services.  At Howard Brown Health Clark, patients may access primary medical care, a sliding scale of charges based on income, STI/HIV screening and treatment, behavioral health counseling services, insurance navigation, educational opportunities, and a meeting/event space.  Howard Brown expects to provide 12,000 medical visits to an estimated 8,000 patients at the location annually.

 

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.

 

For more information about Howard Brown, go to http://howardbrown.org/wp/.

 

Free Thanksgiving Meal Rogers Park

A Church 4 Me MCC will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day, November 24. located in Rogers Park at 7366 N. Clark St.

 

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Art AIDS America Dec 1 – April 2

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Art AIDS America Chicago

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

 

Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful,
and vitally important… — Advocate.com

 

Art AIDS America will culminate its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery, established for this presentation by the Alphawood Foundation, at 2401 North Halsted Street (at Fullerton Avenue). The exhibition – opening on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, and continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017 – will be free and open to the public.

Tino Rodriguez (born 1965), Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood, Overall: 18 × 24 inches.

Private collection.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

Free Thanksgiving Meal

A Church 4 Me MCC  will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day, November 24.  located in Rogers Park at 7366 N. Clark St.

 

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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.

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)

Italian Cooking Chef Tong Sept. 24

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CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES A DELICIOUS ITALIAN MENU

AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE STORE, MEDINAH TEMPLE

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef,is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine. He has been invited back to present anItalian-themed menu inspired by his travels.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare:

Lemon Cannellini Bean Bruschetta

Rigatoni with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower, Mint and Pecorino

Tiramisu Mousse

 

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 2-4 pm, at theBloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

 

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television,at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago,Taste of Chicago and the Garden Chef Series at Chicago Botanic Garden

 

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit www.myprivatechef.net.

Garden Chefs July 24th

Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden

JULY 24-CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN GARDEN CHEF SERIES 

Chef Tong will appear again this year at the Garden Chef Series sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Board and Food Network Magazine.

Chef Tong will show how to make a delicious dish featuring Colorado bison.
Bison Steak with Ancho Chile Blueberry Sauce and Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as ne of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and  hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skillsto the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing
cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new
dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Navy Pier LGBT Event June 25th

navy pier chicaGO GAY PRIDE

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

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

takes place at Navy Pier on Saturday, June 25

WOW!!!   THIS  IS  BIG  NEWS!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

About Navy Pier

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

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.

Chef Christopher Tong @ Bloomingdales

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SOUP FOR A WINTER’S DAY WITH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

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

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

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

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.

Zip Line in Chicago Feb 13-15

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So it’s not very high – not very long –  and it’s  COLD!  But hey, you can Zip Line  for free this weekend  in Millennium  Park.  Folks  will have an opportunity to enjoy the vacation-like thrill of zip lining right here in Chicago… in the chill of winter.

Florida tourism company Experience Kissimmee is taking its campaign to Chicago’s Millennium Park this month, where it will provide a 200-foot zip line for Chicagoans to enjoy among the brisk February air.

The company says the zip line will run from a three-story platform “down to a warm winter welcome below.” The company hopes the stunt will encourage Chicagoans to plan a vacation in Kissimmee, Fla., a city near Orlando that is known for several amusement parks.

The company’s zip line is free to the public and will be in Millennium Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 13-15. Experience Kissimmee is encouraging attendees to donate coats.

“For this campaign, we decided to bring some of the warm-weather fun to our freezing friends here in Chicago,” DT Minich, president & CEO of Experience Kissimmee, said in a statement.

Precious Davis – Say YES to the Dress

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

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

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

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

SNEAK PEAK  of the show  HERE.

Chicago Rising Star New Years Eve

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Mario Lopez in Chicago Dec. 31

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Chef Tong @ Bloomingdales Oct. 17th

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CHEF CHRISTOPHER TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES A FRENCH BISTRO MENU
AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME STORE, MEDINAH TEMPLE
Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef,
is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine.

Join Chef Chris for a culinary tour of fabulous French Bistro fare.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare: Steak au Poivre, Haricot Verts Herb de Provence, and Chocolate Mousse with Coffee Liqueur.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 17, from 2-4 pm, at the
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678

 

If you go – please tell  them you saw it on BEST GAY CHICAGO.com!

My Private Chef is now established as one of Chicago’s favorite resources for private gourmet dining. Using his many years of experience at fine restaurants and hotels, Chef Tong offers the finest cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

LGBT Friendly Personal Trainers

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The gym I go to is about 10%  gay.

And out of 10 trainers, I know one male trainer is gay.

I know that only because someone who trained with him, told me! Some of the other trainers at my gym might be LGBT friendly….but how does one know?  I don’t want to work with some obnoxious testosterone filled male jock who has a thing against gay people.

If you’re going to invest time, money, and trust in a person to guide you in the right direction, then you need to make the right choice. If you want to find the perfect person to help you, then you’re right to be picky. Choose a trainer who will cater to your personal needs and learning preferences. While some people want to be pushed to their limits by a drill sergeant type, others are going to work better with positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Your trainer should fit your personality and motivation style.

Chicago entrepreneur Sam Provenzano launched Right Fit For You (RightFitForYou.com). He says, “I just really felt that there was a need for Right Fit for You. The client/trainer relationship is very intimate. Personal Trainers not only help their clients get into tip-top shape, but many of them become a client’s friend and someone they confide in and trust. If you aren’t comfortable and can’t truly be yourself with your Personal Trainer, chances are you will not reach your full potential.”

 

Right Fit for You, is the premiere LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer Referral Service!

 

Right Fit for You wasn’t solely created because of a fear of running into a close minded Personal Trainer, but because I wanted to provide the LGBT community with an online marketplace of Personal Trainers that the LGBT community can relate to– no questions asked, no insecurities. At the end of the day, Right Fit for You is all about ensuring a comfortable personal training atmosphere for the LGBT community from beginning to end. Every certified Personal Trainer profiled on Right Fit for You will not only will help you get into shape, but will also identify as LGBT or as a straight ally to the community.

Although our focus is primarily geared toward the LGBT community — anyone is welcome to utilize Right Fit for You as a means to find the right Personal Trainer who will fit all of their needs and budget. So whether you are just starting to work out or looking to gain some muscle or lose a few pounds, Right Fit For You can help!

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Step 1: Search through their Personal Trainer database

Search their personal trainer database at no cost! All of the trainers are hand-screened and confirmed to be currently certified. All you have to do is enter your zip code and radius, and browse through the database. You  should read the trainer bio’s and pick the Right Fit For You!

Step 2: Contact Trainer

Send your goals and contact information directly from the site to your desired trainer. If he/she has their contact information listed, give them a call or send them an email to schedule a consultation with your personal trainer and get started on achieving your fitness goals. Tell them you found them through Right Fit for You!

Step 3: Tell your friends about Right Fit for You!

 

It’s  easy  and FREE!    Check it out today!   RIGHT FIT FOR YOU.

*If you are a personal trainer, looking to join Right Fit For You, here is the link with more information.

Cooking @ Chicago Botanic Garden Sept 27

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Fresh Menu Ideas with a
Latin Flare at
Chicago Botanic Garden Sponsored
By Food Network Magazine

Foodies and their friends will be flocking to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for this day of great tastes and gorgeous presentations.

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s popular annual Garden Chef Series sponsored by Food Network Magazine.

He will make a delicious Chimichurri Shrimp and create a savoury lime basil sangria to compliment the dish.

Chef Tong will appear on Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is FREE. For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Chicago Green City Market Event

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Chef Christopher Tong, of My Private Chef, will share his culinary
expertise as he presents a cooking demonstration featuring locally
produced seasonal ingredients offered by the Green City Market. The
demonstration is on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. 

You will learn how to prepare Chef Tong’s delicious recipe, and, of course, be
able to taste it on the spot.
The Green City Market is located at the south end of Lincoln Park
between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1750 N. Clark).
The  event is free.– 
We hope to see you there!

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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AIDS RUN WALK Chicago 2015

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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago is AFC’s grassroots fundraising event where people from all walks of life help change the story of HIV in our lifetime.

As beneficiaries of the event, AFC and our CommunityDirect partners are greatly impacted – beyond just the obvious ways.

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago stands up to the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS allowing progress to continue toward ending the epidemic. Run & Walk invigorates the sector by increasing awareness for the cause, growing our passionate community and allowing new leaders to emerge.

In 2014, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago raised over $394,000 net to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Over and above that, we granted $240,000 to our CommunityDirect partners. These funds allow us to continue saving and improving the lives of those living with or at risk for HIV.

SIGN UP TODAY!!

Best Chicago Hotel Pools

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We love the site THRILLIST!  They  are  obsessed with everything that’s worth caring about in food, drink, and travel.

In a recent article, they visited 14 top hotel pools around Chicago to see which were easily diveable and which were just plain impenetrable.  You would be surprised how easy it is to get into  some of the pool areas  for FREE!

Check these out!

 

Italian Cooking Demo June 20th

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CHEF CHRISTOPHER TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF SHARES AN ITALIAN MENU AT BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME STORE, MEDINAH TEMPLE

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine. He has been invited back to present an Italian-themed menu inspired by his travels.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare: Saffron Farfalle;
Sicilian-Style Tuna Steaks; and Nutella-Mascarpone Mousse with Strawberries.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation, and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, June 20, from 2-4 pm, at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678

My Private Chef is now established as one of Chicago’s favorite resources for private gourmet dining. Using his many years of experience at fine restaurants and hotels, Chef Tong offers the finest cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Ty Herndon at Chicago Pride Parade

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Country singer Ty Herndon hopes that the support he received after coming out last year is indicative of a progressive Nashville, one that’s becoming more tolerant toward the LGBT community than in years past.

“One of the biggest fears I had in coming out and being authentic was that I wouldn’t get to continue doing what I do for a living, and that’s country music,” he told The Huffington Post in an interview. “How great is it that I have the opportunity, for the first time in my life, to sing about truth? That makes me a very happy man.”

Herndon, 53, sees his latest project as a prime opportunity for him to pay that happiness forward. On June 12, he’ll take the stage at the first Concert For Love and Acceptance at Nashville’s City Winery, which he is co-hosting with Meghan McCain, the daughter of former Republican presidential hopeful John McCain and an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights.

PRIDEChicago, the organizers of Chicago’s annual gay pride parade, announced Monday that out country star Ty Herndon will be the Grand Marshal for the 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade.
“I have struggled with being gay my entire career and life,” Herndon told ChicagoPride.com just days after that interview. “Of course, I’ve had so much support from my friends and close family that supported me, that knew I was gay. But it’s been so freeing for the fans to know; the fans in country music, especially. They have really been supportive and awesome.”

Gay Queer LGBT FREE Films

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