Category Archives: FREE

Italian Cooking Demo June 20th

italian-cooking-class-chicago

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

Share

Ty Herndon at Chicago Pride Parade

ty herndon gay singer

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.”

Share

Gay Queer LGBT FREE Films

gay queer lgbt movies chicago

Share

Black Ensemble Theater Limelight Series

limelight black ensemble theatre

From the Center on Halsted:

“As we expand our cultural programming here at Center on Halsted, we are excited to continue our Limelight Series with the next arts icon: The Black Ensemble Theater.

 

We hope you’ll consider joining us at this FREE event , APRIL 28th, as we celebrate this theater’s amazing contribution to the vibrant arts scene that Chicago has to offer.  Just click the image to learn more and to register!

 

Feel free to share with friends – and please keep an eye out for future Limelight and cultural events here at the Center.

Share

Steve Grand at Downtown Bar March 28th

steve grand downtown bar

“All-American Boy” my first, full-length debut album is here!
Celebrate with myself and other fellow #Grandfam in Chicago,

Saturday, March 28                   7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

At   440 North State St.   DOWNTOWN  BAR

FREE EVENT
Come to enjoy
The New Album, live performance, merch for sale, friends, drinks, and more!

Share

Chicago LGBT Wedding Expo March 7th

lgbt-gay-wedding-expo-chicago

Share

Frost Fest Week in Boystown

frost fest boystown gay chicago

This February, Boystown embraces the brisk weather for a first of its kind Frost Fest, a week long schedule of events celebrating all things cool in the neighborhood.

 

Soup Walk
Sunday, February 22nd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Visit participating shops and sample soups from your favorite restaurants.
Taste of Northalsted
Monday, February 23rd – Thursday, February 26th
Visit northalsted.com to print your $10 OFF Coupon.
Warm-Up Wednesday
Wednesday, February 25th, 6:00 PM
Enjoy warm and spirited drinks at the bars along the Northalsted strip
Brisk Brews – Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, February 28th
Pick between two 3 hour tasting sessions beginning at 1:00 PM or 6:00 PM.
Sample over 20 local craft brews in our heated outdoor tent.
Buy your tickets at www.northalsted.com.

Share

Brad Walsh in Chicago @ Scarlet Bar

brad walsh chicago

An “all-around Renaissance man” (Vogue Italia), singer/songwriter, producer, and visual artist Brad Walsh is “a chameleon extraordinaire” (ArjanWrites.com)

 

and an influential “modern-day St. Patrick” (Village Voice) whose music is “required listening” (Idolator.com).

 

 

Brad’s 2011 album Right Now was praised as “an 11-track tour-de-force of body-moving pop music” (Vogue Italia), “a dark yet club-friendly disc that delves into uncharacteristically personal territory” (The Advocate), and “an album of intelligence that inspires new thoughts upon every listen” (Electroqueer.com).

His remixes of songs by Adam Lambert (a #1 Billboard Hot Dance single), Sarah McLachlan, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, and others have achieved over 13 million digital downloads to date.

His music has appeared in shows and commercials on television networks including Bravo, E!, Showtime, MTV, Logo, and CBS; and he composes original runway music as well as DJ sets for fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. Brad is recording a new full-length album for release in early 2015.

Also an accomplished photographer, Brad’s portrait and fashion images have appeared most notably in The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Elle, InStyle, Marie Claire, Style.com, Nylon, Blackbook, Teen Vogue, and Spin; in promotion or advertisement for Victoria’s Secret, TreSemme, Gibson Guitars, Payless, and J Shoes; and on the covers of books from major trade publishers.

 

christian-siriano-brad walsh-marriage

Several of his portraits were purchased by GenArt to travel the country as a gallery tour called “Capture the Night,” and he was a featured artist with portrait sessions on Gilt.com.

Brad has served as a judge for fashion events around the country, and he designed a jewelry capsule collection available at retailers in the USA, UK, and Japan.

Brad and Christian Siriano, The Project Runway champ  were  engaged in 2013.

 

Brad will be at SCARLET  providing the beats on Sunday January 25th  for LIQUID BRUNCH!

3320 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657

Brad Walsh

 

Share

Jennifer Hudson, HRC and the W Hotel

jennifer hudson hrc chicago

A FREE  EVENT – First Come First Served – SPACE IS LIMITED!

Turn it up for Change at The W Chicago – Lakeshore
Wednesday, January 14th @ 9PM

The W Chicago – Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore Drive) in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign will host Turn it up for Change, a fundraising and awareness initiative in the fight for nationwide LGBT equality with special guests Grammy® and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson, DJ White Shadow, Legendary Damon along with local Chicago Queens Trannika Rex, Precious Jewel and Shea Coulee.

The event is free and will begin at 9:00PM CST

and entry is available on a first come, first serve basis.

TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE launched in October 2014 and combines W’s longstanding support of the LGBT community with its ongoing passion for music. In partnership with HRC and Jennifer Hudson, W hopes to bring about real and lasting change for LGBT Americans in all 50 states. As part of the program, W Hotels around the country currently host monthly TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE music events, in which a portion of proceeds (equal the number of states that currently recognize same-sex marriage) is donated to HRC. Some events, such as this one at W Chicago – Lakeshore, also include appearances by Jennifer Hudson.

 

Share

AUBREY O’DAY @ Scarlet January 18th

aubrey oday chicago scarlet bar

LAKEVIEW/ BOYSTOWN  HOTSPOT

HOSTS  7th Anniversary PARTY

In conjunction with Ketel One Vodka, Scarlet Bar Chicago hosts celebrity attendees for a party celebrating the anniversary of their opening.

 

WHAT: Ketel One Vodka Presents Scarlet Bar Chicago’s Seventh Anniversary Party Featuring Heatherette (Traver Rains and Richie Rich) and Aubrey O’Day (Danity Kane, All About Aubrey and Celebrity Apprentice)

 

WHERE: Scarlet Bar Chicago,   3320 N. Halsted St.,  Chicago, IL 60657

WHEN: Sunday, January 18th at 1pm

 

WHO: co-host Aubrey O’Day, member of Danity Kane and reality personality by way of her show All About Aubrey, Celebrity Apprentice and a frequent guest judge on Rupaul’s Drag Race. She also is the founder of F*A*N (Fighting AIDS Now) that works to bring therapy and art to children in hospitals.

 

co-host Heatherette (Traver Rains and Richie Rich), famed fashion designers known for showing 16 incredible times at New York Fashion Week They have dressed stars such as Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, and Aerosmith. They have also been guest judges on America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.

 

WHY: Every year the owners and management of the immensely popular Scarlet, 2010 winner of Chicago Magazine’s Best Gay Bar, celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the bar by throwing a star studded event in their ongoing mission to bring the best entertainment and music to Lakeview.

Share

CHICAGO – WIN Season 1 of LOOKING

looking-HBO  Gay  tv

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!)

Share

Chicago Gay Adoptions

gay adoption chicago

If you are interested in expanding your family through adoption and have questions about how to get started, we are here for you! Join us at “Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents,” an Equality Illinois presentation co-hosted by the Cradle on Tuesday, January 13, from 5:30-7PM. You can sign up for this event here

At this event, we will cover an overview of adoption law and answer your legal and procedural questions about adoption in a safe and friendly environment. In addition, you will receive the new Equality Illinois adoption guide, which includes an extensive list of recommended adoption agencies. 

Space is limited. Register today by clicking HERE.

Share

The Homestretch – Homeless Youth

the homestretch homeless youth chicago

 

“The Homestretch”

follows three homeless teens, one of them LGBTQ, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.

Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Watch the trailer here: www.homestretchdoc.com/trailer

A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, which is co-sponsored by Berry United Methodist Church and the Gay Liberation Network. The film is a co-production between Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films.

 

The free screening of this new film will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, November 13

at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago.

WATCH THE TRAILER

 

Share

MY PRIVATE CHEF FALL MENU AT BLOOMINGDALE’S

private chef chicago chris tong

In special anticipation of Autumn, Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store welcomes
Chef Christopher Tong from My Private Chef to demonstrate the preparation of an exciting menu
based on Fall favorite flavors.

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 25, from 2-4 pm,
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare a Fall menu featuring:
Butternut Squash, Ricotta, and Sage Crostini; Pan-Seared Duckbreast with Pumpkin Risotto; and Pumpkin Mousse with Ginger Snaps.

private chefs chicago bloomingdales

Chef Christopher Tong has been creating distinctive cuisine at fine restaurants and hotels in Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida for more than 25 years. Now, as the owner of My Private Chef,
a unique private chef and gourmet dining service, he’s getting rave reviews for offering that same world-class cuisine for special occasions from your own kitchen or chosen location.

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

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

Share

Call me Kuchu Sept. 12th

call-me-kuchu

Film About Ugandan LGBTs at Broadway United Methodist September 12th.

“Call me Kuchu,” a film about Ugandan LGBTs’ fight for freedom, and the tragic assassination of their foremost leader, David Kato will be shown at 6:30 PM, Friday, September 12, at the Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago.

 

The New York Times calls the film “inspiring.” The LA Weekly, “heart wrenching.” “Impassioned,” says Entertainment Weekly. “Excellent,” says NPR.

 

“Kuchu” is a Ugandan term for LGBTs. Recently Uganda’s “jail the gays” bill was repealed on a technicality.  Supporters of it are vowing to bring it back.  Meanwhile, anti-LGBT forces in Kenya are pushing a similar bill, and other “jail the gays” bills have passed in Nigeria and Russia.

 

The film showing is a fundraiser for the Chicago LGBT Asylum Project (CLASP). There will be a free will offering – no one turned away for lack of funds. Event sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network.  For more information, email LGBTliberation@aol.com

Share

Jess Godwin – Godwin Anthology Free Concert Aug. 27

jess godwin center on halsted

 

Join Center on Halsted for an evening of vocal performance from some of Chicago’s most talented singers, songwriters, and performers.

The Godwin Anthology consists of the following acts:

GODWIN has released five EPs. Her singles and voice have been featured on both television and radio and she has been the featured performer for a number of sports franchises, galas, funerals, masses, and weddings throughout the Chicago area and nationally.

JC BROOKS is an actor, musician, and poet whose main pastime is writing love letters to the Chicago arts scene. You can check him out this summer with his post-punk soul band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound with his new musical project the K.i.D.

DANIEL WADE is a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music sounds like a burst of rock ‘n’ roll sunshine that is both fresh and familiar. He has four EPs and performs with Ryan Powers and The Secret Weapons, Treaty of Paris, and Michael Chorvat. He has opened for both Butch Walker and Jack’s Mannequin.

RYAN POWERS and The Secret Weapons nod to the sunshine pop music of the past with their debut album The Goodnight, Goodbye Hour. They have garnered airplay on 93.1 FM WXRT, performed live on WGN Television, and have shared the stage with national acts such as: Gavin DeGraw, Collective Soul, Styx, Diane Birch, and REO Speedwagon. Ryan and the band set out to perform their summertime pop that sings of romance and escapes.

Share

Mr Heatwave Contest at Scarlet Aug 21st

mr heatwave chicago SCARLET BAR

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.

Share

FREE Hiv Tests at Chicago Walgreens June 27th

free-hiv-testing-chicago-walgreens

As part of its ongoing commitment to fight HIV/AIDS, Walgreens is collaborating with Greater Than AIDS to help offer free HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27.

Free testing provided by health departments and AIDS service organizations will be available to the public with no appointment necessary at 27 Walgreens stores in Chicago. For more information, including a complete list of participating Walgreens locations, visit www.greaterthan.org/walgreens.

 

What:             Free HIV testing, no appointment necessary

When:             Thursday, June 26, 3-7 p.m.

Friday, June 27, 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:           27 locations in Chicago including:

  • 151 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601 – phone: 312-863-4249
  • 5401 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago, IL 60609 – phone: 773-268-5664
  • 2340 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60612 – phone: 312-226-7913
  • 953 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613 – phone: 773-935-6414
  • 1554 E. 55th St., Chicago IL 60615 – phone: 773-667-1177
  • 3405 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616 – phone: 312-326-4058
  • 2924 E. 92nd St., Chicago, IL 60617 – phone: 773-721-6603
  • 11 E. 75th St., Chicago, IL 60619 – phone: 773-224-1211
  • 8628 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60619 – phone: 773-651-8500
  • 3401 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60624 – phone: 773-542-1232
  • 3800 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60624 – phone: 773-826-1817
  • 7410 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60626 – phone: 773-743-6784
  • 6330 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60637 – phone: 773-324-8500
  • 5440 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60640 – phone: 773-596-5022
  • 833 W. 115th St., Chicago, IL 60643 – phone: 773-568-4034
  • 5222 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60644 – phone: 773-287-0380
  • 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 – phone: 773-342-9161
  • 2015 E. 79th St., Chicago, IL 60649 – phone: 773-734-2492
  • 7109 S. Jeffery Blvd., Chicago, IL 60649 – phone: 773-665-8990
  • 912 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-665-8990
  • 2817 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-327-6119
  • 3046 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-325-0413
  • 3201 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-327-3591
  • 3245 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657 – phone: 773-248-3160
  • 111 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60661 – phone: 312-463-9142
  • 522 Torrence Ave., Calumet City, IL 60409 – phone: 708-868-5669
  • 12854 S. Ashland Ave., Calumet Park, IL 60827 – phone: 708-239-1136

Why:               According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.1 million people nationwide are living with HIV/AIDS.  Yet, one in six do not know they are HIV/AIDS positive.1

 

Early diagnosis and treatment can improve health, extend life and help to prevent the spread of the disease. In fact, people with HIV who take prescribed medication regularly reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by as much as 96 percent.2

 

Community pharmacists at Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies are specially trained to provide continued support to meet the unique needs of HIV-positive patients. Walgreens HIV-specially trained pharmacists can help patients better manage their health by encouraging patients to take medications as prescribed and providing tips related to coping with barriers to care.

Share

Fresh Cooking Ideas with Chef Tong June 22 @ Chicago Bontanic Gardens

my private chef chicago

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 garden fresh recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s
popular annual Garden Chef Series.

 

Chef Tong will appear on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

The Garden Chef Series promotes the Garden’s message of growing and using seasonal vegetables,
fruits and herbs. Chef Chris will use the spectacular open-air kitchen and amphitheater at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to present his cooking demonstration.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with a fabulous recipe that they can try at home. 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.
Parking is $25.00 per car; free for Garden members.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event, 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.

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 this return engagement at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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

Share

Art of Forbidden Fruits at Chicago’s DOWNTOWN BAR

art chicago downtown bar male nudes

A BRAND NEW event comes to  Chicago in 2014 during the weekend of IML. Showcasing works of Fetish and Erotic art of international and local artists.

Mission : Art of Forbidden Fruits: a show of fine art depicting the sensual side of Fetish in a sexual context. Our aim to provoke the imagination in the realm of possibility, to take the secrets we all have and through open the blinds and shine a light on the beauty that is our lives….

This is a brand new art gallery event in partnership with IML and the Chicago Leather Archives. Art of Forbidden Fruits is all about artwork thats showcases the local fetish and erotic community in Chicago. We will be displaying local artists work at different venues throughout the city. Check the Facebook page often to see when you can check out some talented local artwork.

DOWNTOWN BAR has a great collection on display right now. 440 N. State

Share

City of Chicago hosts Frankie Knuclkes Tribute June 3rd

frankie knucles chicago tribute

Join this dance party and pay tribute to Chicago DJ and record producer Frankie Knuckles.

(1955-2014), “The Godfather of House Music.”

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Date:
June 3, 2014

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Hours:
6-9 pm

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Location:
Millennium Park, Chase Central Promenade (Rain Location: Chase North Promenade)
201 E.Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————

Admission:
FREE

Share

Howard Brown Health Center Celebrates its Past and Future at Annual Meeting

image001

Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) has stood as a beacon for LGBTQ equality for 40 years, and our services only grow more vital in today’s changing healthcare landscape. To commemorate past accomplishments and unfold plans for the year ahead, HBHC will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the future home of the HBHC’s Brown Elephant Store in Lakeview at 3020 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Together with funders, community partners, and patients, HBHC’s newly appointed President and CEO David Ernesto Munar will trace the narrative of this remarkable community health center, which has provided compassionate and LGBTQ-affirming healthcare and wellness services to diverse patient populations since 1974.

“For 40 years, Howard Brown has led community-based efforts to improve the health and lives of sexual and gender minorities and our allies,” Munar said. “Since our founding in 1974, the modern gay liberation movement has made extraordinary gains we can all be proud of. But sadly, severe health disparities persist in our community as compared to the population at large. The next frontier of our struggle must seek full health and socio-economic justice for everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

The event will take place at the future home of HBHC’s flagship Brown Elephant resale store, opening for business on July 1. This new store symbolizes the expansion of HBHC’s affordable and community centered mission, with proceeds from all Brown Elephant locations expanding access to essential healthcare services to all people, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Annual Meeting, free of charge, will start with light refreshments. The presentation will include the introduction of HBHC’s newly elected members of the Board of Directors. At the event, HBHC will launch a year of activities commemorating 40 years of service to the community. HBHC thanks AbbVie, Barefoot Wine, Jewell Events Catering, MillerCoors, and others for providing generous support to make the Annual Meeting possible.

Please stand proudly with HBHC on May 29. RSVP online here or by calling 773.572.5117. Space is limited.

Share

GLBT Travel Expo May4th @ Center on Halsted

GLBT-TRAVEL-EXPO-CHICAGO-GAy

Share

Howard Brown Town Hall Meetings on Health Issues

howard-brown-health-center-chicago-gay

Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) invites community members to participate in a series of town-hall meetings to discuss the health and wellness needs of Chicago’s diverse LGBTQ community. The sessions are part of HBHC’s community needs assessment, conducted every five years to gauge health-related concerns for HBHC’s patient populations.

“Respondents to the 2012 LGBT Community Needs Assessment overwhelmingly identified affordable health services and care as their leading concern,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO.  “Our series is designed to dig deeper in order to better understand the community assets and barriers affecting the health of people in our community.”   

 

HBHC will rely on the community needs assessment for planning and quality improvement initiatives. Input from the meetings will be shared widely to spur public awareness and support for LGBTQ health promotion activities.

 

Sessions will be held at HBHC’s Brown Elephant in Lakeview at 3651 N. Halsted, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on the following dates: 

 

Monday, May 12: LGBTQ Older Adults

Facilitators: Medical Director Magda Houlberg, MD and Cecilia Hardacker, Manager of Geriatric Education

 

Monday, May 19: Lesbians, Bisexual and Queer Women

Facilitators: Betsy Rubinstein, Manager of Lesbian Community Care Project, and Michelle Wetzel, Sr. Vice President for Policy, Strategy and Business Development

 

Monday, June 2: Gay, Bisexual & Queer Men

Facilitators: Staff Physician Alfred Torrence, MD and Serette King, Health Educator

 

Monday, June 9: Transgender Individuals

Facilitators: Blue, Program Manager of the Transgender Women of Color Project, and Taylor Casey, Manager of Transgender Health

 

Monday, June 16: LGBTQ Youth Under 24

Facilitators: Imani Rupert, Director of HBHC’s Broadway Youth Center, and Kristin Keglovitz, PA, Director of Clinical Operations

Interested participants who cannot attend in person can join the discussion virtually on Twitter with the hashtag #HBHCTownHalls.

 

Share

My Private Chef of Chicago – Bloomingdales Event April 19th

private-chefs-chicago

Get a Taste of Spring with Chef Tong at Bloomingdale’s Home and Furniture Store

Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store is celebrating the approaching warm weather.

In anticipation of Spring, Bloomingdale’s welcomes Chef Christopher Tong to demonstrate the preparation of a savory Spring menu.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare a Spring focused menu featuring:

Cold Cucumber Soup with fresh Dill
Herb-Marinated Chicken Breast, Orzo Pasta Primavera tossed with Arugula Pesto
Strawberries marinated with Balsamic Vinegar, fresh Mint and ground Pepper.

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

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

Share

Aids Foundation Chicago Women and HIV Luncheon

women-with-hiv

 

Please join

Aids Foundation  Chicago

and AbbVie for a candid discussion about the journey of HIV-positive women.  This luncheon will focus on HIV disparaties among people of color and the need for support and better adherence. Q & A session to follow.

Speakers will include Willis Steele, National Advocacy Relations Manager, AbbVie-Virology
and Kathy Bennett, HIV-positive patient advocate, University of Maryland

Join us so you can be inspired for your journey.


Friday, April 25th      11:30-1:30pm

Lawndale Christian Health Center – Skyline Conference Center
3750 W. Ogden Ave      Chicago, IL 60623

Free and open to the public – registration required.
Please click here to RSVP by Tuesday, April 22.
For more information, contact Carole Jakes at carole.jakes@abbvie.com.
Share

HIV Cure Research – Community Forum April 23rd

stoping-aids-curing-aids

 

Learn about exciting scientific advances to bring about a cure for HIV disease, featuring Timothy Brown, a.k.a. “the Berlin Patient,” who once had HIV. Recovered from a deadly form of leukemia and now virus-free because of a difficult bone marrow transplant, Brown embodies the hopes of scientists and millions of people living with the virus. Brown’s road to a cure is unlikely to be traveled by many others, except perhaps some who also have both HIV and cancer. But his journey provides critical proof of a concept that just may help lead to the end of AIDS-by offering clues for how to develop a safe, affordable cure for all. He also offers inspiration and hope for the road ahead. The evening will also include information about Chicago’s efforts on the HIV cure research agenda, and time for Q and A.

Wednesday April 23, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
Cassidy Auditorium
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Free and open to the public – registration required by Tuesday, April 22.

Share

Austin Armacost will Celebrate Birthday at Scarlet March 27th

 

austin-armacost-chicago-model

Model and Actor AUSTIN ARMACOST will be in Chicago next week celebrating his birthday at his favorite bar SCARLET for what is sure to be a fun night of drinking, dancing and debauchery!

Fun starts about 9pm!

Share

Big Free Gay Wedding – Wedding Expo

My_Fabulous_Gay_Wedding_

 

Finally Forever:

A Wedding Expo

Now that marriage equality has come to the land of Lincoln, your GL Chamber wants to make sure that the public has access to the businesses that can make their big day a complete success.

To celebrate the passing of Marriage Equality in Illinois the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is giving away a Wedding Treasure Chest worth more than $10,000!

All entries are to submit a video about what marriage equality means to them and why they deserve $10,000 in products and services toward their BIG GAY WEDDING! All entries must be via video submissions and made through Facebook http://on.fb.me/1kwnvwg  

The Chamber will be announcing the winner at their very first gay friendly Wedding Expo on March 9th, 2014.

“We have waited, and fought and prayed for this day for so long. We can’t wait to celebrate with the LGBT community and the businesses who are out there making a difference for equality of all forms. Within the community it is crucial to spend your money with gay business owners and allies. At the end of the day we all know that money is power, and if we want to empower the community it’s time to empower the small businesses that have been pushing money into it for so long.” says Christina Pinson, President and CEO of the CAGLCC.

 

Finally Forever: A Wedding Expo    3179 N Clark, 2nd floor

Date: March 9, 2014     Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM        FREE!

 

Share

CAZWELL at Scarlet January 19th!

SB_Sunday_Anniversary_2014

Share