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Charles Busch in Chicago!

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Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017.

This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of theater, music, film and more in the newly opened Pride Arts Center.

 

Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, brings an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, “He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge.” Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret.

(Photo by Frederick Aranda)
Performances are on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30 at 7:30 pm both nights in The Broadway, part of the Pride Arts Center at 4139 N Broadway. Busch will fittingly perform on the set of PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT which will be PFP’s first production in their new home.

Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy
Performed by Charles Busch
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center
4139 N. Broadway, Chicago
Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30, 2017
7:30 pm
Tickets: $75 reserved seats, $40 general admission
Visit http://bit.ly/charlesbuschatPAC  or call 1-800-737-0984 to order

CHARLES BUSCH is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Tribute Artist and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. He is also the subject of the acclaimed documentary film ‘The Lady in Question is Charles Busch.’ He is a two-time MAC award winner and has performed his cabaret act in many cities including San Francisco, Provincetown, Palm Springs, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, London, Paris and in New York at 54 Below. In winter of 2016, his show ‘The Lady at the Mic’ premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series.  For more information visit www.Charlesbusch.com.

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Chicago Santa Speedo Run Dec 3rd

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ANNUAL   CHICAGO  SANTA   SPEEDO  RUN!!!
Saturday, December 3, 2016      12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION         Sidetrack – 3349 N Halsted St

 

GET YOUR SANTA ON!

Better yet, take it off – when you run with us this December. The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown is more than an excuse to hang out your holiday decorations – it’s also a huge party that raises money for non-profits serving Chicago’s LGBTQ community. REGISTER TO RUN as an individual or as a team or MAKE A DONATION and become a part of the fun!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

On Saturday, December 3, 2016
12:00pm Sign-in and Registration @ Sidetrack
1:50pm We sing our very own Christmas Carol, “Jingle Balls!”
2:00pm 1-mile run through Boystown
2:30pm Awards, Entertainment and Door Prizes

2016 INCENTIVE LEVELS

  • Raise $25, receive Santa’s Sack:
    • The first 200 runners to register with a minimum donation of $25 will receive a Santa’s Sack that includes our logo t-shirt, our collectible Christmas ornament / bottle opener, plus coupons and discounts to our favorite local restaurants and businesses. You are not required to run.
  • Raise $100, receive an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing – you will get an additional entry for each additional $100 you raise. We have over 20 gifts in this drawing that are each valued at $100 or more.
  • Raise $300, receive the 2016 “Frosty The Snowman” Santa Speedo or Official Santa Hoodie
  • Raise $1,000 or more and become eligible for a party at Sidetrack for you and 20 of your friends. A drawing with only those that reach the $1,000 goal will be held during the Santa Speedo Run and the winner will be announced live!

 

REGISTER TO RUN & MAKE A DONATION

Online registration is now open!

REGISTER a new Santa!
GIVE TO a Santa that is already registered!

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Holiday Cooking Class with My Private Chef

Tuesday November 29th @7pm
GET READY FOR HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING WITH CHEF TONG OF MY PRIVATE CHEF
Demonstration, 2 hour class,  $20
Whole Foods,  1550  N. Kingsbury, Chicago
This is really fun, if you have never been,  it’s a educational and delicious  class. He cooks  and  demonstrates,  and  you get to eat!   You can grab a bottle of wine  from  downstairs  in the store, and it makes  for a fun night.  bring some friends!
Looking forward to the holidays, Chef Christopher Tong has developed a marvelous assortment of recipes that your family and guests will applaud. Chef Tong of the Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, will present some delicious recipes perfect for Holiday entertaining.  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 Chris will provide tips on shopping for the finest ingredients. And, everyone gets to have a taste!
Chef Tong’s Holiday Menu:
*Potato Leek Soup and Stilton Cheese
*Pistachio crusted Rack of Lamb with Cabernet Sauce, Ratatouille and Sweet Potato Croquettes

*Chocolate Mousse, Sea Salt, Blood Orange Olive Oil

To sign up, please see a Team Member at our Customer Service Desk or call us at 312.587.0648

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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/.

 

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Chicago to NYC in Pullman Palace Train Car

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Ever wonder what it was like to travel across the country in the comfort and luxury of an old Pullman Palace Car? Well, here’s your opportunity to experience cross-country rail travel in a mid-century Pullman car—the Pullman cars that made George Pullman immensely wealthy and helped create the country’s first factory town.

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Starting December 29, Pullman Rail Journeys will be leading a number of passengers to New York via Pullman cars to celebrate the new year in the Big Apple. Passengers will spend three nights at the art deco Roosevelt Hotel and then be treated with a dinner party atop of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for New Year’s Eve. The journey and celebration won’t be cheap however.

The full five-night package for the rail trip and stay in New York starts at $5,770. However, for those interested in history, classic architecture, and rail travel, this could be the most perfect New Year’s celebration.

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Carefully brought back to service and ardently detailed to be as historically accurate as possible, the classic Pullman Cars offer passengers the chance to rediscover the style, ambiance and craftsmanship of the golden age of rail travel. Modern conveniences such as showers, wireless Internet access and power outlets have been thoughtfully added to maximize comfort and enhance your experience. And with classic American dining, an engaging social setting and first-class, personalized Pullman service, each iconic journey takes you back to a civilized, sophisticated era when the journey was as much anticipated as the destination.

Go to the site  and  learn about  other  trips, as well!

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FINDING NEVERLAND Brunch Nov 20

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Finding Neverland Brunch at

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Enjoy Live Diva Performances, Theater Ticket Giveaway and More

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

Sprinkle the pixie dust, it’s time for another fun, themed brunch at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club! On Sunday, November 20, the Lakeview-located restaurant will host a Finding Neverland midday soiree in celebration of the newest Broadway in Chicago hit musical. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Diva Madam X will perform live as Kit Kat’s mixologists shake up $7 Stoli vodka martinis (offered 11 a.m.-2 a.m.).

Guests may enjoy Chef JoAnn Witherell’s brunch menu, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake Benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis) can be added for $14.95 per person. The complete brunch menu may be viewed here.

 

Raffles will be held throughout the day, with five lucky participants winning a pair of tickets to see Finding Neverland at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. For table reservations, contact Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street

773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

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World of Chocolate Chicago Dec 1

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AIDS Foundation of Chicago Serves

Chocolate Extravagance for a Great Cause on World AIDS Day

AMAZING Annual Holiday Gala Raises Funds and Awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago

 

       Chicagoans are invited to treat themselves to an evening of delectable indulgence with delicacies for all palates at the 15th annual World of Chocolate winter gala on Thursday, Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, presented by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) at Chicago’s popular new event space, Revel Fulton Market. Eyes and taste buds will burst with sensory overload from elaborate décor and sweet treats from 22 of Chicago’s most noteworthy chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers.

 

From sweet chocolate creations to savory bites, decadence of every flavor will be available alongside extravagant décor by Kehoe Designs. Celebrity judges will announce the evening’s best creations. Guests can also enjoy a light buffet, specialty cocktails, open bar, music, a raffle and punchboard with spectacular prizes.

 

Taking place on World AIDS Day, this year’s signature celebration will commemorate the worldwide progress the HIV/AIDS community has made to end the epidemic. The movement has observed the Dec. 1 date as a global effort to increase public awareness about the virus, while promoting HIV related programming and dialogue. Launched in 1988, the global event followed an international summit among health leaders who saw the need for a larger discussion on HIV/AIDS in every country.

 

Funds raised through World of Chocolate support AFC’s work to end new HIV infections in Chicago and beyond. Proceeds from the event will:

  • Support efforts to house 1,100 Chicagoans who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Enable more than 7,000 clients to receive case management services.
  • Fund trainings for hundreds of medical professionals about PrEP.
  • Empower us to provide policy leadership in state and federal health equity matters

 

WHEN:            Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m.

 

WHERE:          Revel Fulton Market    1215 W. Fulton Market   Chicago, IL 60607

 

TICKETS:        For more information and to reserve tickets, call 312-334-0935 or visit http://www.aidschicago.org/chocolate.
General Admission: $135 (includes one event ticket)
Red Ribbon Ticket: $235 (includes one event ticket, VIP access, name recognition on event website and electronic program)
Bittersweet Bliss Ticket Package: $800 (includes four event tickets, VIP access, name recognition on event website and electronic program)
Chocolate Ecstasy Ticket Package: $2,000 (includes ten event tickets, VIP access, name recognition on event website and electronic program)
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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.

 

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Well Strung Chicagoland Christmas Concert Dec 10

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LOVE THESE  GUYS!!!!

Tickets: $30 General Public/$25 Students, Seniors, Staff
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Starring Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, Daniel Shevlin and Trevor Wadleigh
Produced by Mark Cortale  &   Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander

The all-male string quartet Well-Strung has been receiving rave reviews all over the world, from the House of Blues in New Orleans to the Leicester Square Theatre in London. A Well-Strung Christmas includes the most beautiful and traditional melodies, such as Silent Night to irreverent “newly observed” versions of things like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and the famous Sleighride, to George Michael’s This Christmas… and everything in between. There will be opportunities for the audience to participate and walk away from the evening’s holiday celebration with some special moments they will remember and keep close to their hearts. You might even see a little snow!

“Each member of Well-Strung sings and plays with effervescing warmth, making the holidays that much brighter.”
– Broadway World

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TRANS film Festival Nov. 17-18

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LOCATION
Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted

 

 

The 2nd Annual Transfluential Film Festival places the journeys and stories of trans communities into the spotlight.  Films were solicited from around the world, and the finalists will be screened over two evenings at Center on Halsted.

Join us as we watch and discuss the films, their characters, and the themes they illuminate.

*Full schedule of films and programs will be released in early November.

 

PRICE

$5 suggested donation

*Inability to pay should not act as a deterrent to attending

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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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November at Kit Kat Lounge

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Sweet Sixteen Party at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
 
Celebrate the 16th Anniversary of a Legendary Lakeview Lounge.  November  10th!
$7 Stoli martinis and $5 mojitos, all night.  open at 7pm.

THANKSGIVING: 

Give and Get: Celebrate Thanksgiving at Kit Kat

Receive Discounted Dinner and Drinks with Canned Good Donation 

Wednesday, November 23 – Friday, November 25
5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Gather your group and celebrate a “Divalicous” Thanksgiving while donating to charity at Kit Kat! On November 23, 24 and 25, the Lakeview lounge and supper club will extend a dining discount to those who donate a canned good or nonperishable food item. The donations will benefit Heartland Health Outreach, an organization that provides care to more than 12,000 needy individuals in the Chicago metropolitan area each year.

Guests will receive a 50-percent discount off martinis and cocktails, as well as a 33-percent discount off their dinner tab with canned good donations. Chef JoAnn Witherell has crafted a special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu that will be offered in addition to Kit Kat’s regular dinner menu. The classic Thanksgiving feast (outlined below) includes a fall martini, Kit Kat salad, herb-marinated roasted turkey breast served with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart for only $25 with canned good donations ($50 without donation).

Diva Mokha Montrese will entertain guests starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening. For table reservations, please call 773-525-1111.

Kit Kat’s Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu
Available on November 23, 24 and 25
$25 per guest with canned good donation ($50 without donation)

Fall Martini
Choice of: Pumpkin Pie; Banana Pudding; Salted Caramel; Kit Kat Cider; Sweater Weather; Autumn Goodbye (complete descriptions are listed below)

Kit Kat Salad
Romaine and spinach blend with pears, dried cranberries and spicy pecans, balsamic vinaigrette

Herb-Marinated Roasted Turkey Breast
Served with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, haricot verts, cranberry and pineapple relish

Pumpkin Pie Tart
Topped with whipped cream

Fall Martini Menu
$14 each

Pumpkin Pie
Stoli Vanil, pumpkin puree and a splash of cream, garnished with graham cracker and whipped cream

Banana Pudding
Stoli Elit, creme de banana, splash of vanilla and cream, garnished with a vanilla wafer

Salted Caramel
Stoli salted caramel, creme de cacao, cream and rumchata, garnished with a salted caramel sugar rim

Kit Kat Cider
Stoli Elit, apple pucker, apple cider and cranberry, garnished with an apple wheel and cinnamon stick 

Sweater Weather
Stoli Citros, apple pucker and Stoli ginger beer, garnished with a twist and a cherry

Autumn Goodbye
Stoli Citros, pama, cranberry juice and splash of champagne, garnished with a twist and a cherry 

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
773-525-1111
KitKatChicago.com

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World of Chocolate Chicago Dec. 1st

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The biggest and best way to kick off the holiday season!
On Thursday, December 1, Revel Fulton Market is the place to be. Transcending traditional boundaries, World of Chocolate 2016 commands full sensory attention. This year, prepare to awaken your spirit as you discover the pleasures of FIRE and ICE.

From classic confections to surprising savories, 20 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at Chicago’s premiere World AIDS Day event. Admission grants you more chocolate than in your wildest dreams; an open bar with cocktails that will warm your spirits; and music to get you in the holiday groove—all the makings of an unforgettable night.

Purchase your general admission ticket for $135 or join us for premium tastings in the VIP Lounge for $235.

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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.

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Halloween Brunch at KIT KAT LOUNGE

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Halloween Weekend at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
 
Win a Trip to See Britney Spears Live in Las Vegas 
 
Saturday, October 29 – Monday, October 31
 
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club has planned a host of fun Halloween festivities. From Saturday, October 29 to Monday, October 31, the glam Lakeview lounge will hold spooktacular costume contests, offer live “Diva” entertainment, and feature an array of Halloween-themed martinis ($12 each; outlined below).
 
On Saturday, October 29, partake in Kit Kat’s “Evil Queens and Disney Princesses” party. Diva Mokha Montrese will entertain guests with live performances from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and a Halloween costume contest will take place at the stroke of midnight. The best dressed guest will win a Britney Spears Experience Package that includes airfare and hotel accommodations for two plus a pair of tickets to see Britney: Piece of Me live in Las Vegas.
 
The following day (Sunday, October 30), Kit Kat will host a Halloween brunch with performances by Diva Madam X from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, as the best dressed guest will also win a Britney Spears Experience Package featuring airfare and hotel accommodations for two and a pair of tickets to see Britney: Piece of Me live in Las Vegas. Chef JoAnn Witherell’s hearty midday menu will be offered, featuring chicken and waffles, Rice Krispie french toast, crab cake benedict, chilaquiles and more. With the purchase of any brunch entree, a cocktail package may be added for $14.95 per person (bloody marys; mimosas; sangria; bellinis).
 
On Monday, October 31, Kit Kat will be open for a special Dia de los Muertos Halloween party. Diva Mokha Montrese will wow the crowd from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. A third costume contest will take place, with the winner receiving $150 in cash and prizes. Kit Kat’s mixologists will serve half-priced specialty drinks ($6, regularly $12) and $7 Stoli martinis, all night. 
 
For table reservations, call 773-525-1111.
 
Halloween Martinis, $12 each
 
Blood Moon
Effen Blood Orange vodka, blood orange liqueur, triple sec and orange juice garnished with glowing moons and stars 
 
Fright Night
Effen vodka, Viniq, passion fruit, grapefruit juice and champagne, garnished with a spider ring 
 
Spook Show
Cruzan Citrus rum, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and agave nectar, garnished with a lemon twist and gummy mummy 
 
Scary Spice
Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Fire, apple cider, cranberry juice and cinnamon stick garnish 
 
Witches Brew
Effen vodka, Viniq, Blue Curacao, Razzmatazz, triple sec and cranberry juice, garnished with a Halloween rubber ducky
 
Nutty Professor
Peanut Butter & Jelly vodka, hazelnut liqueur, grape pucker and cream, garnished with a cinnamon nut rim 
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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)
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Chicago LGBTQ Homeless Youth

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El Rescate Basic Center which provides prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 12-17 who are run-aways, couch-surfing, whose family is living in a doubled up situation, who are or are at-risk of homelessness.
El Rescate also provides a Transitional Living Program for LGBTQ and/or HIV positive from the ages of 18-24.
El Rescate Basic Center 
Puerto RicanCultural Center
Office: 872-829-2654 
2703 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622   FACEBOOK  PAGE  HERE

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American Idol’s Rayvon Owen Nov. 7th

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AMERICAN IDOL’s RAYVON OWEN joins the cast of
Simply Sensational – Pride Films and Plays’ Annual Fall Benefit  November 7 at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway

The entertainment line-up for PFP’s Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol’s Rayvon Owen joining in. Other performers include Nancy Hays, Honey West, Kevin Webb, Michelle McKenzie Voigt, and others from the Pride Films and Plays Company and cast of the upcoming musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Music Director for the evening is PFP’s Jeff Award-winning Robert Ollis.

Simply Sensational is Monday, November 7.  Mr. Owen entertains during the pre-show reception downstairs in the private room from 6 to 7 pm. The regular program will continue at 7:15 pm, and again feature Rayvon along with the other performers, with Broadway’s Capathia Jenkins headlining. The program will celebrate the greatest songs written for women in the Broadway canon, performed by the best women – and men – in Chicago’s musical theater scene.

Capathia Jenkins was featured in the record setting NBC LIVE telecast of The Wiz. On Broadway she has appeared in Newsies, Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, Caroline, or Change, The Look of Love, The Civil War. Off-Broadway she was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore, (mis)Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story, (Drama Desk Nomination) Caroline, or Change and Godspell.

She has appeared in 30 Rock, The Sopranos, Law & Order and much more. She also has performed with many symphony orchestras around the world, including the Cincinnati Pops and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.” www.capathiajenkins.com

For as long as he can remember, pop/soul singer, Rayvon Owen has dreamed of a life dedicated to music.  Born to be on stage, the Richmond, VA., native began his music career at a very young age – singing in choirs, touring with gospel musicians and performing in local musicals. By the age of 18, he relocated to Nashville, TN., to study Commercial Music at Belmont University. Shortly after graduation, Rayvon made his way from Nashville to Los Angeles, CA., where he continued to write and craft his sound. In 2014, he released his debut EP, Cycles, which includes the hit single “Sweatshirt.” In the past year, Rayvon took his talent on the road – performing at over 60 colleges across the United States.

Honey West’s Chicago credits include Dirty Dreams of a Clean Cut Kid, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Diva Diaries, Jerry’s Girls and Tony and Tony’s Wedding. She won BroadwayWorld.com Award for Pussy on the House and will soon be seen in PFP’s Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Kevin Webb is a Jeff nominated company member with Pride Films and Plays and was most recently seen in their productions of Bite and Design for Living. He has worked with Court, Porchlight, BoHo, Trap Door, Sideshow and many other Chicago area theatre companies.

Cabaret singer Nancy Hays has opened for celebrities including Tommy Tune, George Burns and many others. Nancy was also recently seen in critically acclaimed performances as Mame at Light Opera Works and Judy Garland in Pride Films and Plays’ Boy from Oz and Judy and Liza–Once in a Lifetime– the Palladium Concert, A Tribute. 

Simply Sensational features musical direction by Robert Ollis, and is directed by David Zak.

The evening benefits the programming of Pride Films and Plays, and the renovation of the Pride Arts Center in January 2017.

LISTING INFORMATION

Simply Sensational
Pride Films and Plays’ Annual Fall Benefit      Monday, November 7
VIP Reception begins at 6 pm,
Program begins at 7:15 pm with dessert reception following.
Uptown Underground        4707 N. Broadway
VIP Tickets $150.00 (includes pre-show VIP reception)
General Admission $75.00 (includes program and post-show dessert reception)
For tickets call 1 800 737 0984 or purchase on line at www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

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WILLAM @ Roscoes Oct. 25th

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The ever fabulous Willam Belli (  FYI;  686K YouTube subscribers, and over 100 million views)  will be in Chicago    TUESDAY   OCTOBER  25th  @    ROSCOES!

His “unorthodox” self help book which embraces tough-love and unapologetic honesty, titled: Suck Less: When There’s a Willam, There’s a Way  was  just released  last week!!!
Willam is a marquee LGBTQ celebrity from working as Neil Patrick Harris’ Drag Queen coach around his residency on Broadway as Hedwig, to ongoing appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, LOGO TV, MTV, etc. Willam was appointed as the first Transgender model for American Apparel and recently earned an award at Cannes Lions for his Magnum Ice Cream ad campaign called “Be True to Your Pleasure”.
Suck Less offers a forward written by Neil Patrick Harris and is a new approach on advice from “the only honest friend you have, Willam”. Topics include:

Suck Less at covering bad skin

Suck Less at shoes

Suck Less around famous people

Suck Less at having a great body

Suck Less at sex and relationships

Suck Less at break-ups

Willam is also gearing up for the 4th season of his popular web series, The Beatdown, in which is tears apart everything happening in Pop Culture News and The Internet.

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Home is Where the Art Is: Queer Ricans

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As many in the US struggle to understand and accept the LGBT community, join us to discuss the particular challenges faced by LGBT Latinos, as teens and others share their stories and celebrate their culture.

WHAT:  Home is Where the Art Is:  Queer Ricans –  A Conversation with Lawrence La Fountain

WHEN: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM  October 22, 2016

WHERE: National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture | 3015 West Division Street

The Great Books Foundation, in partnership with several Chicago community organizations, is pleased to present author, scholar and performer Lawrence La Fountain. Raised in Puerto Rico, Mr. La Fountain teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is featured in the Great Books Foundation’s anthology, Immigrant Voices: 21 Century Stories.

The free, four-hour program will include an interview and Q&A session with Mr. La Fountain, a panel discussion with teens, and an interactive storytelling workshop for the audience, presented by Public Narrative.

The Home is Where the Art Is program is underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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ELIXIR Andersonville Cocktail Classes

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Elixir Andersonville is hosting three cocktail classes through the end of the year.

 

Apples!
Saturday, Oct. 29, 3-4 pm      $25

All are welcome to celebrate fall and learn to make classics like the Apple Martini, and even put a new spin on the Manhattan with freshly pressed apple juice to order.

Click here for the Facebook event, and click here for the link to tickets
Holiday Punch
Saturday, Nov. 19, 3-4 pm      $25
Guests will learn the fine art of creating exceptional punches – perfect for sharing with family and friends!
Click here for the link to tickets
Mulled Wine
Saturday, Dec. 17, 3-4 pm       $15
Back by popular demand! Guests will learn the delicate craft of making mulled wine, sample styles from across the globe, and create their own custom sachet of spices to take home for the holidays!
Click here for the link to tickets
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Howard Brown Gala October 22

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Howard Brown Health invites costume-clad Chicagoans back to their second annual spooktacular Halloween soiree, the Big Orange Ball, hosted at West Loop restaurant and event space Carnivale, on Oct. 22.

 

Once guests arrive in their most ghoulish attire they can pose for a picture in a photo booth outfitted with props supplied by the Brown Elephant resale shops. Indulgent craft cocktails and delectable catering from Carnivale will be served to partygoers dressed for tricks and treats, while dancing the witching hours away to local DJs. A 50/50 cash raffle and a (dead) silent auction are also provided. Whether you’re Ghostbusting or Ghost-busting-a-move on the dance floor, Big Orange Ball will be the premier party of the Halloween season.

WHEN:         Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

 

WHERE:       Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL

 

TICKETS:     RIP” Admission: $300 per person (includes VIP premium bar, an exclusive lounge, and other spooky surprises)

                       Early Bird: $125 per person (limited number available)

                       General Admission: $150 per person                        

                       At the Door: $175 per person

For more information and to reserve tickets, call 773-572-5117, email events@howardbrown.org or visit http://howardbrown.org/event/bob2016/.

 

Funds raised support Howard Brown Health’s vital medical care and community initiatives for adults and youth.

 

 

CHECK THIS OUT –  photos from last year of the fun, elaborately produced and upscale Halloween gala unlike any other costumed party in Chicago!!

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Gay Iowa Online

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Co Dubuque Presents Co-ZINE, a new monthly online magazine!

Co-ZINE is a LGBTQ+ monthly online Co-mmunity magazine. We at Co Dubuque are honored to have grown so rapidly and successfully to be able to give back to the community through events, activities and educational workshops. Now we have taken Co another big step further and created Co-ZINE; to be able to let more LGBTQ+ community voices be heard.

Co Dubuque welcomes community focused writers, from all across the world to express their voices, experiences, poems, arts, and stories within Co-ZINE – including GSA’s and our LGBTQ+ youth. We are a Tri-State Co-mmunity, reaching out to our LGBTQ+ worldly Co-mmunity. Be heard, be seen and be proud… we are family… we are Co.

Please send interest or articles to: codubuque.cozine@gmail.com

Official Launch date of Co-ZINE is October 11th.

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TONY & TINA’S WEDDING RETURNS

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IT’S BACK! Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding returns to Chicago!   Even Funnier than the first time!

 

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, returned to the Windy City last week and  will run through December 30 only!

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages. Presenting a hilarious, full wedding experience from the I do’s to the buffet to the bouquet toss, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding will take place, for the first time in Chicago, at a real church – another nod to the fully immersive nature of the original Off-Broadway smash hit.

Guests will begin with the ceremony at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., and afterwards, walk over with the cast for a  meal and reception immediately following just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave., right in the heart of the Belmont Theatre District.

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Considered one of the hottest tickets in town and an excellent theatre/dinner ticket value, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an all-inclusive night of entertainment presented with the 1980’s throwback feel of the original NYC production.

You laugh, you eat, you drink (cash bar) and  you dance! While it’s certainly not required, guests are encouraged to attend in their finest 1980’s regalia as they speak now or forever hold their peace, toast to the happy couple at dinner and cut a rug to 80’s style hits.

Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom.

From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, complete with an Italian-style meal, champagne toast and wedding cake, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends.

 

“We are so thrilled to be back in Chicago.  Our unique show is a two part event in two different venues that pulls out all of the wedding stops,” said original New York Producer Joe Corcoran. “Familiar and new audiences are going to absolutely love the nostalgia in the awesome full experience that is our show, interacting with more than 20 fun and very familiar characters throughout the entire wedding celebration.”

 

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Hailed as “Audaciously imaginative!” by The New York Times, proclaimed “It’s a Hit!” by People Magazine, and said to be “Just like a real wedding … only funnier!” by the Chicago Tribune, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding has won over the hearts of fans in more than 150 cities worldwide. Now, a new generation of theatre goers and fun lovers get to experience this national treasure.

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding stars Mitchell Conti as “Anthony Angelo Nunzio Jr (Tony),” Hannah Aaron Brown as “Valentina Lynne Vitale (Tina),” Rob Johnson as “Barry Wheeler,” Luciana Bonifazi as “Connie Macogni,” Rory Jason Zacher as “Dominick Fabrizzi,” Robin M. Bousel as “Donna Marsala,” Nik Kmiecik as “Johnny Nunzio,” Jessica Rzucidlo as “Marina Gulino,” Ryan Milord as “Joey Vitale,” Alisha Fabbi as “Sister Albert Maria aka Terry Vitale,” Tommy Taylor as “Tony Nunzio, Sr.,” Jessica Scott as “Madeline Monroe,” Billy Minshall as “Father Mark,” Matt Bausone as “Michael Just,” Eustace Allen as “Sal Antonucci,” Brian Noonan as “Vinnie Black,” Dominic Rescigno as “Rick Demarco,” Micah Spayer as “Donny Dulce,” Mary McHale as “Josephina Vitale,” Susan Gaspar as “Aunt Rose,” Marssie Mencotti as “Grandma Nunzio,” Jan Godshaw as “Loretta Black,” Ben Schlotfet as “Mikey Black,” and Serena Pomerantz as “Nikki Black.”

Tickets for Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding are $75 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner, dancing to 80’s hits and a champagne toast. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85. Show times vary on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTix.net or by calling 773.327.3778. Seating is limited so make your plans now.   For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.

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Upstairs Inferno September 25th

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NEW ORLEANS GAY MASS MURDER DOCUMENTARY, UPSTAIRS INFERNO, REELING FILM FESTIVAL CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY

From award winning director, Robert L. Camina and Executive Producers behind “Back on Board: Greg Louganis”, “Kiss Me, Kill Me”, “Beautiful Something”, “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” and “Southern Baptist Sissies”, comes UPSTAIRS INFERNO, a poignant and timely documentary chronicling the deadly 1973 New Orleans gay bar arson: an event that remained the Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History for 43 years.

Camina Entertainment is honored to announce that UPSTAIRS INFERNO will have its Chicago Premiere as the CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY during Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, on Sunday, September 25th at 7:00pm at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60657)! For tickets and more information, please visit: http://reelingfilmfestival.org.

On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. For 43 years, it was the deadliest single event to affect the gay community in U.S. history. Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy. Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified. One-third of the New Orleans chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in the blaze, including two clergy. The primary suspect was never charged with the crime. The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives. There were also the delayed injuries: lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families. The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders. The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO (96 minutes) is the most comprehensive and authoritative film about the fire and its aftermath. However, UPSTAIRS INFERNO isn’t simply a stagnant exposition of facts. UPSTAIRS INFERNO brings humanity to the headlines by shining a light on the very painful effect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones. Their interviews are gut wrenching, yet insightful. Some of the people interviewed in the film haven’t publicly discussed the fire until now, especially on camera. The film is narrated by New Orleans’ own New York Times Best Selling Author, CHRISTOPHER RICE.

Audiences should expect to see a balance between investigative reporting and very intimate profiles of people lost or affected by the tragedy. The victims are more than statistics, more then names in a newspaper clipping or even names on a plaque. These were unfinished lives, tragically cut short by a senseless act. The victims and their families and friends left to cope with the aftermath deserved better treatment than what they got.

This is a gruesome story, there is no way around it and in light of the recent mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Florida, the parallels strike a painful chord. Hopefully, now, more than ever, audiences walk away from the film with a renewed call for compassion: Compassion for those unlike us. Compassion for those who are hurting. Compassion for those in need. Because there definitely wasn’t a lot of compassion when the deadly arson occurred. In addition, I hope the film acts as a stark reminder that we need to seize the day. We need to make sure we tell our loved ones every day that we love them, because we don’t know what lies ahead. Life is fickle and unpredictable. Today may be our last chance.

UPSTAIRS INFERNO recently received the JURY AWARD: HONORABLE MENTION at Frameline: the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, citing its “Special Contribution to Queer History”, the JURY AWARD: BEST MEN’S DOCUMENTARY FEATURE and AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST MEN’S FEATURE at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD at the Long Beach QFilm Festival, the JURY AWARD: BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM at the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the AUDIENCE AWARD: FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY at the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the JURY & AUDIENCE AWARDS: BEST DOCUMENTARY at FilmOut San Diego.

This is an incredibly important story in LGBT history and U.S. history. While we never imagined there would  be another LGBT mass murder in the United States, we MUST UNITE as a community AND a country and NEVER allow this to happen again. Especially in the wake of the Orlando tragedy, we must continue to educate and enlighten people. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” UPSTAIRS INFERNO can open the door to a cathartic and constructive conversation.

Some of the images in UPSTAIRS INFERNO are graphic in nature and may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

OFFICIAL TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/94900386 or www.UpstairsInferno.com

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Best New Restaurant – The Lark

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Located at 3441 N. Halsted, in the former Halsted’s Bar + Grill space, Lark offers an ideal environment for drinks seven nights a week, where guests can listen to music from the 80s and 90s until 2 am Sunday through Friday and 3 am Saturdays, as well as watch music videos from those eras playing on the 13 large screen TVs.

“We’re excited to bring this new addition to the bar scene in Lake View, which features the beautiful original wooden bar from the former Cullen’s Bar & Grill on Southport,” said Mark Liberson, LKH president. “Our weekend guests will enjoy having the chance to select albums from our collection of LPs, play retro board games and dine on our artisanal pizzas with their drinks.”

Lark will also offer authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, as well as pasta, sandwiches, entrées, salads, appetizers and weekend brunch. Lark plans to be among a handful of officially certified Neapolitan pizza establishments in Chicago. In order to obtain certification from The Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana (VPN), Lark must adhere to strict guidelines, including what ingredients are used, how the dough is made and how long the pizzas are cooked.

We recently  dined at the Lark  and  tried a sampling  of foods.  Everything  was  great!  They offer an assortment  of  “Moscow Mule cocktails”  in copper cups  and   Thursday’s  you can  enjoy them  for  half off!

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Not many places offer   Grilled Calamari.  It takes more effort  to prepare (and prepare correctly)  than fried Calamari. Here it was great!  Tossed with fresh green beans, some baby kale and served with a delicious homemade  marinara.

I had never had  Arancini.  It’s a  risotto ball that is fried. Very good  option! Meatballs were a nice appetizer as well.

For pizza  we tried  the Chicken Alfredo  and  the Ducktrap River Smoked Salmon and Pesto Pizza.  Usually  not a fan  of  smoked  salmon myself,  but this was unique and  delicious!

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Our waiter raved  about the burgers  and I love a good  Cubano  sandwich. So we tried the Mushroom and Blue Jack Cheeseburger  and  the Cubano. (Needless  to say, we had a lot of  to-go boxes, with all that food!) Both were excellent.  The burger used grilled trumpet mushrooms  and this amazing  marbled blue jack cheese and was topped with balsamic roasted tomatoes.

The Cubano  was piled high with braised pork shoulder, smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon and topped with jack cheese. Pretty  much  perfection!

All of the food  was  fresh,  tasty and cooked  to perfection. Lark proved itself  to be a  bar  AND  a  restaurant, serving very good quality  eats. With prices that won’t break the bank. Pizza’s  run $11-$15, Burgers $12, Sandwiches $11-$13, and Homemade Pasta $15.

Chefs Bernardo Ibarra (Girl and the Goat) and Kaz Medhat (Magnolia Café), recently leading the culinary team at Replay and Elixir in Andersonville,  leads the Lark kitchen. Creating a menu rich in flavors, the chefs  incorporate inspirations from Italy and beyond while Lark’s beverage director, Vlad Novikov, curate’s drink offerings consisting of craft cocktails, extensive wine by the glass options and 16 tap beers.

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The 2,400 square foot venue will accommodate approximately 90 people, and open onto one of Lake View’s largest existing patios, doubling the venue’s capacity with nearly 100 additional seats. In addition to bar and table seating, guests can choose to sit and watch the chefs prepare and cook the pizzas around the Mugnaini pizza oven, dine and drink at the historic handcrafted wooden bar, or lounge in comfortable seating surrounding Lark’s working fireplace.

Lark is open Monday through Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 10 am – 3 am, Sunday 10 am – 2 am.  Dinner will be served every night from 5-10 pm. Brunch will be available 10 am – 3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Late-night pizza and limited menu options will also be available nightly until close.

Please visit http://www.larkchicago.com/ to sign up for updates and special events, and “like” us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/larkchicago, Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarkChicago, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larkchicago/.

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Finding Prince Charming

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Chicago Native to Star in Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming”

 

 The cast for Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming” includes  men selected to compete for interior designer Robert Sepúlveda Jr’s affections is more gorgeous than the next. Surprisingly, Chicago is only being represented by one eligible bachelor,  32-year-old Chicago Entrepreneur, Sam Provenzano.

Hosted by Lance Bass, “Finding Prince Charming”  includes 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.

Provenzano  may look familiar to some people, as from 2007-2009 he was a popular television news anchor in Kentucky and is heavily involved within the LGBT community in the Windy City. Provenzano  now works in Higher Education and is President/Founder of Right Fit for You (www.rightfitforyou.com), an LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer & Fitness Network in Chicago with plans to expand to other markets later this year. A middle child, Sam’s interests include working and supporting different charities, spending time with his family and of course,  fitness.

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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.

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Flamingo Run Club

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While not a LGBT establishment – I thought  this was noteworthy….

 

Chicago’s newest Cuban-inspired restaurant and cabaret, FLAMINGO RUM CLUB will be opening in the fall of 2015 at 601 N. Wells St. in River North. Two very passionate men in hospitality, Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia, are joining forces on the project.

The property at 601 N. Wells St. is owned by Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants. Stefani and his team had been looking for the right concept – a boutique style restaurant and intimate experience. Having looked up to Mr. Stefani for many years, Adolfo was thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring his latest concept to life in the vacant space.

The meeting happened not long ago while the two were catching up over a drink. News surrounding the Cuban embargo being lifted sparked a conversation about its rich history and culture, the music and the cuisine.

Lustful thoughts of Cuban cigars, rum cocktails and the Caribbean led to a promise that they would soon take a trip together to Cuba.While talking about how the embargo lift would affect the hospitality industry and culinary trends it was agreed that rum is already becoming the next big thing. Cuba and its people have brought so much to this world: music, art, culture and delicious flavors. The traditional Spanish recipes made distinct by African influence and local tropical flavor make Cuban cuisine unlike any other.

At Rum Club guests can expect nothing less than the largest rum selection in the country, bartenders in pink tuxedos, waitresses in floral dresses, simple and true ingredients, Cuban cuisine and the feeling of an intimate speakeasy cabaret with a small center stage to host Cuban bands and Afro-Cuban jazz.

The décor will be 1940s and 50s island chic with palm tree wall paper, gold leaf oval ceilings, a brass bar, 8-foot mounted marlin, and cement tiles imported from the Dominican Republic.

Can’t Wait!

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