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Puerto Vallarta Contest

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The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:

 

 

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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.

 

ENTER!

2 HOT GAY MEN @ SEVEN Chicago

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ANDREW  CHRISTIAN SUPERMODEL & YOUTUBE SENSATION, PABLO HERNANDEZ LIVE!

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

Advance general admission tickets are only $7.

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

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

 

BITCH  I’M  A  BOTTOM!

 

Hydrate TURN ABOUT Show for TPAN

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IT’S  BACK!

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

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

Doors at 8 pm
Show starts at 9:30 pm

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

 

Join the Facebook  page  HERE

BRUNCH at Kit Kat Lounge Chicago

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

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

 

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

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


Dia de los Muertos Brunch

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

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

HYDRATE October Special Events

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HYDRATE October happenings!

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

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

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

Latrice Royale in Chicago @ Seven

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

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

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

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

Neverland is hosting Chicago’s largest gay Halloween party

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

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

CLICK HERE for NEVERLAND tickets, special pre-sale offer

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

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

Miss Richfield at Hydrate Oct 9-10th

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


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

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

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

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

General admission tickets are available for $23.

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

Facebook page  here

Fantastic October Events at SEVEN Nightclub

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replay and Elixir Expand to Andersonville

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HYDRATE Labor Day Weekend Events

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Joey Kisling Fund Raiser

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Most everyone in Chicago is thinking about the upcoming weekend and Market Days  and how they plan to celebrate  and party  with friends……no one really thinks  about  if they will even be alive to enjoy it. They just assume, they will be.

 

If you knew how much time you had left in this world, what would you do?  Quit your job?  Travel?  See all the places you ever wanted to see?  Take every risk you feared before?  Eat all the things?  Would you make a bucket list?

I know that thinking about your fatality is not necessarily enjoyable, but imagining that you could live out the rest of your life without worry, without financial burdens, and instead with freedom and clarity certainly sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Magical, even; romantic, like something that only happens in movies.

This is a chance for YOU to make this dream a reality for someone.

Boystown’s beloved Joey Kisling, at the young age of 31,
has fallen victim to the monster that is cancer.  An aggressive, rare, and terminal cancer, and he needs our help.

Joey has been a bartender and DJ in Chicago for years.  He’s probably poured you a shot, danced with you, inspired you to Shazam something from one of his mixes; he’s probably made you smile.

Now it is our turn to make him smile, to help him live out the rest of his life just as he wants.  Let us work together to send him to sandy beaches in far away lands, let’s send him to rooftop pools in swanky hotels in Paris and Berlin.  Let’s send him to The Big Easy and then Tahiti to enjoy cocktails with tiny umbrellas at swim-up bars.

Let’s help him do it because he deserves it; let’s do it because it would be amazing if someone did the same for you.

Please consider donating any amount to this fund.  No amount is too big or too small; Joey will appreciate every cent.  And he will appreciate every single one of you- even more than he did before.

TUESDAY  August 11th    TAT TUESDAYS @ REPLAY for also host a fund raiser!

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Chicago Market Days BRUNCH Boystown

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GET A RESERVATION – Before it’s filled up!

 

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

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

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

Hydrate and Market Days and Dinosaurs!

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

MYA at Seven – August 1

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The arrival of SEVEN happens this weekend, in the old SPIN  space. (3206 N. Halsted  at Belmont)

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST MYA! PERFORMING LIVE!

Join us for our Grand Opening Weekend Celebration and party with Grammy Award winning artist, MYA…live at SEVEN DANCECLUB!

Doors open at 8pm and MYA will be taking the stage at 10pm!

Advance General Admission Tickets are only $20!

MEET AND GREET TICKETS ARE ONLY $30! LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE!

Purchase yours at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2037827

VIP TICKETS AND TABLES AVAILABLE… E-mail us as vip@whatisseven.com for more information.

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Southern Decadence Deals

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GAY TRAVEL HOT DEAL!

What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence.

Hosted every Labor Weekend, Southern Decadence is the 5th largest event in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest. 2014 brought in over 160,000 participants.

Nicknamed the “Gay Mardi Gras,” Southern Decadence is one of those quintessential New Orleans occasions in which participants get to strut their stuff in elaborate costumes and high fashion or barely anything at all, the day of the Parade!

Everyone gets in on the action and all the bars will have their own drag shows, contests, DJs, music and events.

Don’t miss this giant 44th Southern Decadence celebration of LGBT life, music and culture. CALL David now FOR THE BEST DEALS! 1-800-942-1280!

Pride Fest Weekend at Kit Kat Lounge

 

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Pride Fest Weekend at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Two Day Celebration Includes Magic Mike XXL Brunch

Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21          11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, located at the corner of Halsted and Waveland, will celebrate Pride Fest with a two day party on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21. Throughout the weekend, live performances will take place on Kit Kat’s alfresco, elevated runway stage, including female impersonators, acrobatics, burlesque, boylesque and more (schedule is outlined below).

Each day, the Lakeview-located lounge and supper club will offer their “Divalicious” brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring performances by Diva Madam X. During brunch services, Kit Kat will raffle off advanced screening passes, complimentary movie tickets and schwag from the upcoming film, Magic Mike XXL (prizes include official t-shirts, duffel bags, dog tags, beach balls, collectable post cards and more; the movie is in theaters on Wednesday, July 1).

In addition to the regular dinner menu, Kit Kat will offer a special Pride Menu, as well as Pride Martinis and Magic Mike XXL Martinis (outlined below). Kit Kat will be open on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For table reservations, call 773-525-1111.

 

Saturday, June 20
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Magic Mike XXL Brunch with Diva Madam X
2 p.m.-2 a.m. Divas Sara Andrews and Kinley Preston will perform intermittently
4:30 p.m. Emcee Joseph C. Vorteque will introduce Angela Eve’s and Eve’s Parlor Cabaret Acts and Jet Adore will perform boylesque
5:30 p.m. Strong men acrobatics by Mr. Spring and Tulga
6:30 p.m. Shana Vaughn Gabor will perform ballet with a twist
7:30 p.m. Ray Gun will perform burlesque

Sunday, June 21 
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Magic Mike XXL Brunch with Diva Madam X
2 p.m.-2 a.m. Divas Sara Andrews and Kinley Preston will perform intermittently
3:30 p.m. Emcees Angela Eve and Joseph C. Vorteque will introduce Angela Eve’s and Eve’s Parlor Cabaret Acts and Jet Adore will perform boylesque
4:30 p.m. Ray Gun will perform burlesque
5:30 p.m. Angela Eve and Big Mike will perform burlesque and boylesque
6:30 p.m. Strong men acrobatics by Mr. Spring and Tulga

 

Pride Menu
available 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. 

Mac ‘n Cheese & Salad – creamy cheddar and parmesan in a light truffle cream sauce with bacon, topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, served with an arugula side salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette $12

Croque Monsieur Panini – applewood smoked ham, gruyere cheese and mustard aioli, served with parmesan truffle fries $14

Ravioli – ricotta and spinach stuffed ravioli in a pesto parmesan cream sauce with asparagus, shallots, mushrooms and peas with crunchy bread crumb garnish $14

Sliders – two mini burgers with Brie, caramelized red onions, dijon aioli and arugula tossed with balsamic dressing, served with parmesan truffle fries $14

Quesadillas – grilled chicken, caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese, served with salsa, guacamole and sour cream $13

Quinoa – Cajun spiced chicken breast served atop a quinoa salad with kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and feta cheese $14

Steak Salad – grilled skirt steak served atop mixed greens tossed in balsamic vinaigrette with crumbled blue cheese, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives, garnished with an onion ring $17

Buffalo Glazed Chicken Sandwich – coleslaw and pomme frites $14

 

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111
KitKatChicago.com

 

Chigaygo LGBT Gay Pride Comedy

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Chigaygo, Laugh Factory Chicago’s premiere queer comedy showcase, is kicking off Pride Week with  “The All-Star Sparkly Unicorn Pride Show” on June 21, 2015 at 8pm.

Chigaygo is celebrating its second anniversary and third Pride show (we know…the math is confusing) with Chicago’s most fabulously funny queer comics.

 

Hosted by Scott Duff (WCPT’s OUT CHICAGO, Laugh Factory), the evening features a veritable who’s who of queer Chicago comics including Cody Melcher, Peter Kim, Gwen La Roka, Ali Clayton, Marla Depew, and Rachel McCartney.  “It has been such an incredible journey,” says Duff of working on Chigaygo. “Over the past two years, we have been lucky enough to have hosted some of the funniest comics in the country.  And, I couldn’t be more excited about this amazing line up of local talent for our Pride Show.”

Since its beginning, Chigaygo has featured top gay and gay-friendly comics from Chicago and around the country including Poppy Champlin, Jessica Halem, Liza Treyger, Bill Cruz, Joel Kim Booster, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Candy Lawrence, Megan Gailey, Drew Anderson, Kenny DeForest, Matt Griffo, The Fruit Flies, and many more!

Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. It’s first-come-first-serve seating, and you never know what surprises might show up. So bring your family, your big gay lover, or gay best friend and come out for a night of pride and laughter.

Laugh Factory Chicago is located 3175 N. Broadway at Broadway and Belmont. All shows are 18 and over. For details and reservations please go to www.LaughFactory.com or call (773) 327-3175.

 

Scott Duff (Host/Producer):

Scott Duff is a Chicago based comic, radio host, and professional gay.  He is the host/producer of OUT CHICAGO, a weekly live talk show for the LGBT community airing Sundays from 11am-1pm on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk AM & FM, as well as a founding member of About Face Theatre, Chicago’s premiere LGBT theatre dedicated to creating and producing plays that advance the national dialogue on gender and sexuality.  In addition to over performing at stand up venues across the city, Duff’s theatre credits include work with the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass, iO, and ATC.

Laugh Factory’s History in the Gay Community:

The Laugh Factory has always fought against adversity. It was born during a time when comedians were striking against the very clubs that they perform in. Laugh Factory and its owner Jamie Masada started with one simple philosophy, “Let’s treat comics with respect.” As the Laugh Factory grew into the brand it is today, the philosophy grew with it. Masada and the Laugh Factory had front row seats to the gay rights movement of the 1980s. As AIDS began to ravage the gay community, Masada began passing out condoms at all of his shows. Masada was also instrumental in the creation of West Hollywood, which is considered one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country. Soon, this little underdog of a club was receiving national news coverage for its efforts to fight the AIDS epidemic. Masada, a noted philanthropist, has always strived to make his clubs a forward thinking, progressive and safe place for all who enter. When Masada discovered that some of his comics were remaining in the closet for fear of crowd backlash, he decided to start “Coming Out of the Closet” one of the nation’s first all gay comedy shows. The show became a huge success and to this day the Laugh Factory is seen as a shining beacon of the now safe and gay-friendly West Hollywood. In 2012, the Laugh Factory brought its brand, and philosophy of respect to Chicago. Laugh Factory Chicago set up camp in Boys Town, where it hopes to continue its tradition of supporting those in need. Masada is excited to work with the Chicago’s LGBTQ community to keep the city loving, tolerant and of course, laughing.

 

Kit Kat Lounge Benefit June 16

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Water With Blessings Fundraiser at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club 

Dine, Drink and Donate to Benefit Nepal’s Earthquake Victims 
 

Tuesday, June 16         6-8 p.m.        $20 donation

 
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club invites you to drink, dine and donate to those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal. On Tuesday, June 16, the Lakeview-located restaurant will offer an Effen vodka hosted bar and passed hors-d’oeuvres from 6-8 p.m. to benefit Water With Blessings, an organization that is dedicated to bringing clean water to families in Nepal. The minimum participation fee is $20 per person (tickets available at the door). For every $30 the charity receives, they will be able to provide three needy families with a water filtration system.For more information, visit waterwithblessings.org or contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

 
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
773.525.1111
KitKatChicago.com

Leann Rimes at Roscoes May 8th

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Roscoe’s Presents LeAnn Rimes LIVE
on the Dance Floor Stage, Friday May 8!

LeAnn is One of Pop/Country Music’s Biggest Superstars of the Past Century

with over 37 Million Albums Sold Worlwide and Countless Awards Including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1997!

Known for her Hits “How Do I Lie”, “Can’t Figth the Moonlight” & “Blue” – Join us for this Spring’s Biggest Night on Halsted as LeeAnn Performs Remixes of All Your Favorites!

Doors Open at 10PM
$40 Advance Ticket Sale*
$20 General Admission**

*Tickets guarantee admission & are extremely limited. They can be purchased by calling 773.281.3355 ext 2 or by emailing shawn@roscoes.com.

**Cannot be purchased in advance and is based on availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Chicago Pride Fest Entertainment Announced!

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TWO DAYS and LOTS of Entertainment!

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST TO SHOWCASE ECLECTIC MUSIC MIX
‘Keep Pride Proud’ Motto Transcends Festival

Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown June 20 – 21 with a mix of national headliners and festival favorites. The annual event, hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, debuts the ‘Keep Pride Proud’ catchphrase to capture the enduring spirit of not only the festival, but the neighborhood and community at-large.

This year’s entertainment line-up is a blend of big names and beloved local bands. On Saturday Deb Gibson, Jessica Sutta and The Veronicas take to the Main Stage. Sunday features Big Freedia, Estelle and St. Lucia.

The Red Bull Dance Stage and Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Runway add to the celebratory scene. The ever popular Pet Parade returns, led by Miss Foozie and serves as Sunday’s opening ‘act.’

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan expanded on the ‘Keep Pride Proud’ movement. “Our vibrant neighborhood has an enduring respect for both our history and future and that is something we want to share with everyone who visits Boystown, be it for a festival or event, or just an average day.”

Saturday, June 20
Main Stage (Halsted and Grace)
2:45 pm Deb Gibson
4:55 pm Adam Barta
6:40 pm Alicia Madison
8:15 pm Jessica Sutta
9:00 pm The Veronicas
South Stage (Halsted and Addison)
3:30 pm Ginger
7:45 pm Wedding Banned

Sunday, June 21
Main Stage (Halsted and Grace)
12:30 pm Pet Parade
1:30 pm Estelle
3:00 pm Crystal Waters
3:50 pm Big Freedia
5:05 pm Cazwell
6:15 pm Inaya Day
7:30 pm St. Lucia
South Stage (Halsted and Addison)
2:15 pm Catfight
4:10 Rod Tuffcurls
6:50 pm 16 Candles

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

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)
Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 80 businesses along the North Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Days and the Halloween Parade.

For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

 

PLUS – the party continues

MONDAY  JUNE 22nd  5pm- 10pm

PRIDE SPLASH!  @  Hurricane  Harbor!

Hydrate-Bianca Del Rio and Crochet Jockstraps

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SUPER JOCKS  in  SUPER  JOCKS! 

Sunday  May 10th  @  Hydrate.

The FABULOUS BIANCA DEL RIO will be on hand to host the First Annual Crochet Empire Jockstrap Fashion Show!

Andy Boyer of Chicago founded The Crochet Empire after making a gag gift for his boyfriend. Little did he know that this gag would be taken very seriously and explode. He took up crochet after wanting to make a connection back to previous generations in his family.

Badass handmade items for men.

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Andy started crochet as a hobby because both of his grandmothers worked in the craft. He wanted to feet a connection to the generations that came before him. Then  a jockstrap for his boyfriend was LOVED by friends and EVERYONE wanted one!  A Kickstarter  program was launched and Crochet Empire was born.

“At The Crochet Empire we pride ourselves on custom orders and designs. Solids, stripes, checks, college logos or whatever. If you can think it up, I bet we can come up with a way to make it. Most jocks hold too tightly or don’t cover enough ground, but I’ve now learned about the power of crochet! We use a very thin yarn, which makes them super comfortable.”

Alex  from UNB  did a video review HERE. He emphasizes the best part of these, is they gently hold and cup you, unlike most jockstraps.

They also offer sleek, hand made bow ties that are extremely fashionable and easy to wear. Each one is adjustable to fit your neck size and are made out of materials that will not irritate you skin. They hold their shape and will not stretch.
There are lots of color and custom options.

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Sunday  MAY  10th, The first annual Crochet Empire jockstrap fashion show to benefit TPAN and The Ride for AIDS Chicago  happens  at  HYDRATE.

The evening will include a sexy fashion show, comedy and a live auction for fabulous prizes and the jockstraps worn in the show.  BIANCA  DEL  RIO will host the evening!

Doors open at 6:00 and the show starts at 7:00.

$20 general admission IN ADVANCE.  ($25 at door)
$35 VIP (includes two drink tickets and a meet and greet with Ms. de Rio.)

All proceeds benefit Test Positive Aware Network (www.tpan.org) and Chicago House.  Facebook page  HERE.

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

Todd Kiech Wins Stoli Drink Contest Locally

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“Todd Kiech, the Chicago winner for THE Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic creates the winning drink, Blue Marlin, featuring Stoli Bluberri, on Wednesday, April 15, at Sidetrack.”

2015 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Champion for Chicago is Todd Kiech from SideTrack!

Todd was crowned winner for creating his Blue Marlin cocktail, featuring Stoli Bluberri. Todd will move on to finale week during Key West Pride, competing for his charity of choice, Chicago House.

 

Justin Jedlica at Berlin April 16th

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On Thursday, April 16th Stardust will host The Plastic Factory at Berlin Nightclub (954 W. Belmont) in celebration of all that is plastic! Hosted by the famed Human Ken Doll, Justin Jedlica, who has been featured in US Magazine, E News!, the Oprah Network and Perez Hilton for his multitude of plastic surgeries.

Dance to DJ’s CJ Milli, Cachet and Dominic David all night while Daniella DeLuna, Alessa Schmalbach, Bon Bon, Jo Control, JPEG Papi, Ben Morino and Chase Anthony Davis host the party along with the Human Ken Doll.

RSVP for no cover until 11PM at Do312.com/Stardust. Photography will be shot by Kater Jayne Photography. Drink specials include $2 PBR / $3 Berlin Bombs / $6 Stoli.

Steve Grand at Downtown Bar March 28th

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“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!

Frost fest Brisk brews – Saturday Feb. 28th

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3 hours,  20  beers   for  $40!   BUY TICKETS

Bell’s Hopslam Ale 2015 @ Replay

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We’ve been hiding a keg of Bell’s Hopslam Ale here at Replay, which we are tapping this Saturday, February 21, at 2pm.

Since this beer is a hot commodity, here’s how it’s going to work:

1) We’ll be issuing tickets at the door that will allow you to purchase one glass of Hopslam.

2) The first 50 VIP members to arrive will get one color of ticket that guarantees them first dibs to buy a glass. You must present your VIP card to get this ticket, so don’t forget it!

3) Any VIP member showing up after the first 50 as well as anyone without a VIP card will receive a different color of ticket.

4) Once all the VIP member tickets have had a chance to get their beer, we’ll do one last call for those tickets after about 20 min before we move on to the second color of tickets. Those will be served in numerical order of the tickets until we run out.

Doors open at noon, so get to Replay early or you may have to wait until next year to taste Bell’s Hopslam Ale!

REPLAY     3439 N Halsted | Chicago | IL | 60657

A night in D.W. Alexander – Toronto

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Toronto, Ontario is a popular destination for many art and music lovers. It has high air and water standards, making it one of the cleanest cities to live in. Families all over the world go far from home to move in there. Night life is one of the aspects of T.O. that not many people are mentioning. With Chicago in vicinity, this area presents a vibrant and colorful scene. Celebrities all over the world like to visit Toronto International Film Festival, Opera House and numerous bars and lounges that this city has to offer. There are certain establishments that stand out from the rest with their offer and atmosphere. D.W. Alexander bar club is one of the most popular lounges in this city that made its name by serving excellent cocktails.

On the very entrance, you will be assisted by the pleasant and helpful staff. The interior is really classy and it mixes black and brown nuances. Together with dimmed lights, it creates a mysterious atmosphere. The space is really clean and tidy; it seems that the management is very needy when it comes to hygiene standards. This isn’t surprising given the Canadian mentality and discipline. The bar is really something. It is very well placed and it is inseparable from its design. There are enough chairs for partying, but not enough to feel that you are in a crowd. You won’t have to hit people with your elbows just to secure a little bit more space for yourself.

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The menu consists of snacks, such as nuts or olives, and dishes like fish and cheese. This is a very good way to satisfy your hunger without overburdening yourself with food. Choice of spirits is good, choice of whiskey even better. Various brands of Scotch, Canadian and Irish whiskey are served here. Number of wine and beer brands is much smaller, although their quality is high-level. However, the most important aspect of this bar and the reason why it became so popular are its cocktails. The baristas in this establishment made an art out of their mixture. The number of cocktails may look small in comparison to some other bars, but the way they are prepared more than makes up for it. Its cocktail menu is split into two: Classic Cocktails and D.W. Originals. The first part represents standard cocktails for this part of the world, with a nice Canadian touch added to them. D.W. Originals are house made from different ingredients that are specific to this club alone, such as D.W. Sage Infused Rum, D.W. Apple and Fennell Infused Rye, D.W. Black Pepper and Coriander Tincture and many more. All of that makes this place unique in its offer and worth visiting twice.

Whenever you are in Toronto, besides museums and other major sights, you should visit one of its restaurants, bar and clubs. Canadians know how to have a good time and they are excellent hosts. If you ever get thirsty while downtown, bear in mind that there is a great place just around the corner for you.

Replay and Elixir Expand to Andersonville

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WOW! How cool is this?!

LKH MGMT, the group behind Lakeview’s Hydrate, Elixir, Replay and Halsted’s Bar & Grill, announces the addition of two new Andersonville locations slated to open this summer.

By opening Replay Andersonville and Elixir Lounge Andersonville LKH brings two of its most popular concepts to the burgeoning neighborhood. Replay Andersonville will be located at 5368 N Clark (at Balmoral)  and Elixir Lounge Andersonville will be located at 1507 W Balmoral, right around the block!

“We have had Andersonville in our sights for more than two years and finally secured the perfect locations for both concepts,” said LKH Managing Partner Sean Kotwa. LKH President Mark Liberson agreed, stating, “The Replay and Elixir locations are in a building that just underwent an amazing renovation and we are thrilled to be the first tenants.”

Replay Andersonville opens first and mirrors the Lake View location with popular pinball games, iconic vintage video games and more than 24 craft beers on tap. Unlike the Lake View location, Replay Andersonville will serve food, including weekend brunch, as well as lunch and dinner all week.

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Elixir Lounge Andersonville will feature the extensive list of creative and classic premium cocktails that Elixir Lake View is lauded for. In addition, Elixir Andersonville will serve small plate dining options to complement the craft cocktail program.

Both concepts feature outdoor space, which was a deciding factor in securing the new sites. Kotwa commented, “Chicago’s summers make this city and we are eager to bring something new to this stretch of Balmoral.”

LKH looks forward to being a part of the Andersonville community and participating in Midsommarfest. “Our experience with Northalsted’s Market Days and Pridefest energizes us to be part of a new community and festival,” said Kotwa.

Liberson notes that many of Replay and Elixir’s Lake View patrons have moved into the Andersonville area and was one of the factors for adding the locations. “It’s one of the best neighborhoods in the nation and we understand the demand directly from our customer base. We are elated to bring these concepts to a new area.”
Both are slated to be open in the Summer of 2015.

Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat Lounge

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What better place to view the OSCARS??? Dinner, drinks  and big  screens!

87th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at Kit Kat


Watch Hollywood Icons on Screen and on Premise 

Sunday, February 22        5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.Kit Kat will roll out the red carpet on Sunday, February 22, for the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The Lakeview Lounge and Supper Club’s seven HD projection screens will be tuned to Hollywood, from the pre-show arrivals at 6 p.m. to the award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. During the commercial breaks, Diva Dulce Andrews will entertain guests with fabulous female impersonations of pop stars, songstresses and Hollywood icons.

In addition to the regular dinner and cocktail menus, Kit Kat will offer Oscar-themed specials including Chef JoAnn Witherell’s Filet Oscar entree ($28) and half-priced martinis such as The Red Carpet, The Academy and Meryl Streep ($7 each; outlined below).
Who will take home the gold statue? Guess correctly and win! Kit Kat will pass out prediction ballots before the show, and the guest who predicts the most winners will be awarded $100 cash (second place: dinner for two; third place: gift bag with spirits and liqueur courtesy of Beam Suntory).Table reservations are available by calling Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.

Oscar Night Dinner Special

Filet Oscar
6oz filet mignon topped with crab cake and bearnaise sauce, served with a side of grilled asparagus $28

Oscar Night Martini Specials

$7 each
The Red Carpet
Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, crème de cacao, splash of cream and grenadine with a chocolate dusted rim

The Academy

Effen Cucumber, Midori and fresh lime juice garnished with a cucumber wheel

Meryl Streep 

Effen Vodka, Pama liqueur and champagneKit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com