Category Archives: Outdoors

Frost fest Brisk brews – Saturday Feb. 28th

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3 hours,  20  beers   for  $40!   BUY TICKETS

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HEATWAVE CHICAGO IS HERE!

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THE TEMPERATURES

ARE PLUNGING!
There is a polar invasion in the Midwest…..

but don’t fret…HEATWAVE  IS ALMOST HERE!  After  more than 1 year of planning, the party, like no other, is arriving this weekend. BUT IT’S  ALMOST  SOLD  OUT!

24 hours at Key Lime Cove.  We bought out the ENTIRE COMPLEX and portions of rooms booked  will go the benefit the Chicago Gay Mens Chorus!

400  rooms.

12 hours of music with 4 DJ’s  and  CAZWELL!

Don’t want a room?

Can’t stay the night?

Get a party ticket  for  $85.

Room packages  start at  $200  for  2 people  for  24 hours!

Yesterday  EVERYONE wis trying to call and book rooms for Heatwave.  Is that a Midwest thing…waiting to the last minute?? LOL – Because this is a special private event, each reservation can take time to process and answer everyone’s questions – hence, phone hold times may be annoying.

SO, WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Nov. 12th)  8pm-10pm the Key Lime Cove folks are coming to Scarlet Bar (3320 N. Halsted)  to do reservations live one-on-one in person. And we only have about 50 -55 room packages left – where you get a room and party admission! So if you have not booked a room yet – come on out and book your room and we’ll celebrate with some Fireball shots on me!!

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An event like Heatwave HAS NEVER BEEN DONE.  You do not want to miss this!


Friday night we’ll be at Scarlet bar for another event –  Heatwave Kick Off Party!

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Come hang with Trannika Rex,  designer Traver Rains and the fabulous Jasen Kaplan!

 

See YOU  at  HEATWAVE!

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AIDS Foundation Chicago Walk Run Sept. 14th

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PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS TOMORROW on September 3 for the 2014  AIDS Run/Walk Chicago!

Sign up to join our community of passionate individuals and partner organizations gathering to support vital services for those living with HIV/AIDS in the Chicagoland area!
www.aidsrunwalk.org

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DILF at SoFo Saturday July 5th

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Hot Men. Hot weather.

Summer is  here!

The SoFo Tap brings you DILF, the First Saturday of every month, 9 pm to 3 am. And things are really HEATING UP this Saturday,  JULY 5th! 

There’s only place to be this holiday weekend: DILF. Yankee Dilfy Daddy!

Host/DADDYMASTER Jinx Titanic returns from his vacation on Tatooine to host the hottest DILF yet. Jinx and his boys will all be decked out in full patriotic regalia.  Music, as always, by DJ Moose.

And check this out – to further HEAT things up….HEATWAVE is the new private party from the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS. At this weeks DILF event the Heatwave folks will be handing out free raffle tickets for some Heatwave giveaways like swimsuits and other things. And they will be offering DILF attendees who book a room, 1 free Brunch Ticket with your booking ($30 value).

In case you have never been (really?) It’s is the party to be at in Chicago for MEN over 35 and the men who want them!

DJ Moose providing the rockin’ tunes and the Patio and bar will be hopping.
at The SoFo Tap, 4923 N. Clark Street 773-784-SOFO

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AIDS Run Walk Chicago September 14 2014

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AIDS Run & Walk Chicago raises funds to support life-saving care, prevention and housing services

 

WHAT:         Ready… Set… Go!Thousands of Chicago-area runners will hit the lakefront path on Sunday, Sept.14 for this year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, the city’s largest annual fundraising run/walk for HIV/AIDS. The event kicks off at Arvey Field in Grant Park with 5K and 10K courses winding along the lakeshore. Runners and walkers will be treated to post-race performances by local dance companies as well as entertainment along the route.

 

Funds raised through the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago will benefit programs and services for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and local partner organizations that work with more than 25,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicagoland. Since its founding in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has raised more than $4 million to battle the epidemic.

 

To register, donate or learn more, visitwww.aidsrunwalk.orgor call (312) 334-0946. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

WHEN: September 14, 2014

8:00 a.m. Event registration and packet pick-up

9:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies

9:30 a.m. 5K Walk begins

9:45 a.m. 10K Run begins

9:50 a.m. 5K Run begins

10:00 a.m. Post-race entertainment

 

COST:         Event registration is $30-$45 in advance; $50 on-site. Registration includes the official t-shirt and other swag. To register as a fundraising individual or as a team, visit www.aidsrunwalk.org or call (312) 334-0946.

 

WHERE: Arvey Field in Grant Park, 1501 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60605

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Girls Girls Girls! BackLot Bash Chicago 2014

 

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Where the girls come and play!

Back Lot Bash is an outdoor music and entertainment festival started in 2004 and  one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend events for lesbians in the country!

FOUR DAYS of events Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of everyone in our community.

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AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

Grab a weekend pass while they are still available and save!

 

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City of Chicago hosts Frankie Knuclkes Tribute June 3rd

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

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

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Date:
June 3, 2014

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Hours:
6-9 pm

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

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Admission:
FREE

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VIP with Jennifer Hudson at Chicago PrideFest

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JENNIFER  HUDSON  headlines  Chicago PrideFest 2014!

Because bigger is always better, Chicago’s very own Jennifer Hudson will headline Pride Fest on Saturday, June 21. The hometown entertainer will take the stage at 2:40 pm at the iconic Boystown festival.

 

For an up close and personal view of the stage, an exclusive package is available.  A limited number of VIP tickets remain.

 

Hudson joins Mya, Thelma Houston, Alex Newell, Betty Who and more for the two-day festival, which marks the beginning of Pride Week.

 

A full line-up is available here

 

 

Chicago Pride Fest

North Halsted between Addison and Byron

June 21, 22        11 am – 10 pm         $10 Suggested Donation

 

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IGNITE Chicago Rooftop Party for AFC May 16th

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Light our fight. Ignite our future.

Igniting our 30th year of service –

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

IGNITE  Fantastic Rooftop party coming May 16th!

Open bar, delectable world fare and dancing. Guests will also enjoy live glass artistry, roof-top views of the sunset over the skyline, and chances to win Luxury Vacation Packages in our raffle.

Friday, May 16 – 6-9PM  |  Tickets: $185

Ignite Glass Studio – Map
401 North Armour Street
Chicago, Illinois 60642

Valet parking will be available upon arrival at 401 North Armour Street. 

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AIDS Foundation Chicago IGNITES in May

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Ignite Sparks a New Era for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Annual fundraising event takes on a new look and ignites hope for the HIV community

 

WHAT:          Light up your night at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s annual spring event Ignite: Light our Fight. Ignite Our Future on Friday, May 16. Kindle your creativity with live glass blowing demonstrations by top artists. Enjoy  drinking cocktails,  worldly cuisine and dancing the night away to music from DJ Moose. This year, the event will take place at a new location: Ignite Glass Studios, offering guests a chance to enjoy the modern space both indoors and out. The event will kickoff AFC’s 30th year of service.

AFC will honor two of distinguished advocates—Michael Bauer, Civic Leadership Award; and Robert Mink, Volunteer of the Year Award.

Funds raised through Ignite will support AFC’s policy, outreach and public education programs. AFC is the largest source of private HIV/AIDS philanthropic support in the Midwest. To learn more visit www.aidschicago.org.

 

WHEN:           Friday, May 16, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE:         Ignite Glass Studios, 401 North Armour Street, Chicago, IL 60642.

TICKETS:      Admission: $185 — Includes heavy appetizers, live glass-blowing demonstrations, open bar and dancing.

For tickets and information, www.aidschicago.org/ignite or call (312) 334-0935.

 

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Just How Cold is it in ChiBeria?

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Watch a bottle water FREEZE in 15 seconds!

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Chicago Santa Speedo Run December 7th

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Sign Up to Run or Donate to Support the Local LGBTQ Community


Santa’s suit just got a lot less heavy.  On Saturday, Dec. 7th, the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run will raise money to support the Center on Halsted.  Over 250 community members are expected to brave the cold this year for their annual one-mile run through the heart of Lakeview, clad in nothing more than Santa hats and speedos!

The spectacle is being held at Sidetrack Video Bar, 3349 N Halsted.  Registration starts at 12:00pm, the 1 mile run begins at 2:00pm, with entertainment and prizes afterward.  Participants are encouraged to wear swimwear and a Santa hat for the event, but it’s not mandatory.  In fact, you’ll see a wide array of holiday costumes that are festive and sometimes hilarious!  Runners are asked for a minimum $25 donation to participate.  Donations may also be made directly to Center on Halsted.  The full donation for the event will support Center on Halsted.

For more information, or to register in advance, visit: http://community.centeronhalsted.org/speedo  or  www.mostfabuloussantaspeedorun.com

About the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run
The Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run is an annual event organized by partners Karl Sponholtz and Jeff Colgan.  They are dedicated to helping the LGBTQ community with the support of their friends, families, and volunteers.  For more information please contact Karl (773)972-9292 or Jeff (773)9720-8292.

This post sponsored by:    City Suites ,    The Majestic      and the The Willows .
Family coming to town for the holidays?? 3 great choices in Boystown!

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OUT IN THE PARK raises $11,000 for Chicago House

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! To so many people who were involved in making Out in the Park at Six flags Great America 2013 a huge success.  BestGayChicago.com  alone, could not make this event happen without the help and support from our peers.  Our media sponsors  Stacy  Bridges and Mark Nagle from GRAB Magazine,  Mark Mariucci from QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin, Bill Pritchard and the staff of  ChicagoPride.com and the staff of  Zona Rosa Magazine all donated thousands of dollars in advertising, well exceeding our expectations  and everyone really pitched in and went above and beyond!  And a huge thanks to Mini Cooper of Chicago, our co-producer.

 

We always say, It takes a village to pull this off. This is not the Michael and Derrick  BestGayChicago.com show. It’s a community effort coming together for the greater good.  And an All Inclusive event. Almost   5,000 people came out this year to support the event and were so grateful. Six Flags Great America is willing to give our community an entire private Sunday 11am to 6pm but we have to deliver 10,000 attendees-we will get to that point-we’re determined to make it happen, that is the end all goal and feel  our community is ready to support an all day private event.

We all need to find our own ways to serve; our own ways to give back.  Our business on its own cannot write a big check to charity. However, we have a sizable network within our business, the relationship resources, strong partners and advocates, and ideas to collaborate and bring the community together – and all help write this year’s check, for almost $11,000!!  This check is not from BestGayChicago.com – it’s from the  ENTIRE community. We were just the instruments to  help make it all happen.

 

Thanks  to Jess Godwin and Isaiah Grass for their super live vocal performances.  Teri Yaki, Debbie Fox and Cyon Flare all helped entertain the crowds.  DJ Matthew Harvat always delivers a great evening of music and this year Scarlet’s Scotty T and Team Scarlet got the evening off and running with a bang. Walgreens helped spread the word this year through many of their stores.  Scarlet, Taverna 750, Charlies and Lucky Horseshoe also helped with promotions and support.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and brand ambassadors who helped us spread the word. And most of all – thank you to YOU WHO BOUGHT THE TICKETS and came out and had a great time!

 

It is a huge risk to orchestrate an outdoor event a year in advance in the Midwest.  Thankfully, we had  a gorgeous Fall day.  Kohls had bought out the park for the next day for employees and their families, the temperature dropped dramatically and it rained and rained hard most of the day. How lucky we were that was not our day this year, we would have been very negatively affected.

 

Six Flags Great America also did an amazing job of emptying the park in a record 45 minutes. They closed to the general public at 7pm and were able to allow us to begin entering at 7:45pm into an EMPTY park.

We will be doing a similar Gay Days party at Six Flags St. Louis on a Saturday night, June 7, 2014 and we’ll be back to Gurnee next September on a Saturday night for Out In The Park 2014 as well. And we have one more AMAZING party event in the planning stages for 2014, a private, charity-based, Water Park, 12-hour Saturday Night Dance Party in late Winter/early Spring unlike anything the Midwest has ever been able to enjoy before….stay tuned for all the details.

Friend us, Follow us, LIKE  us – to get all of the updates as they happen.

 

Michael Snell

Derrick Sorles

BestGayChicago.com

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OUT IN THE PARK September 14th, 2013. Don’t Be Left Without a Ticket

First off – It’s actually  8pm – 1am now!  ticket sales are brisk and Six Flags have given us an extra hour to ride, dance and party!
Because this is a “private event” – there are no tickets at the door. Only online, from your PC and printer. And this party has the potential to SELL OUT this year.  Tickets are available through Saturday afternoon – as long as we do not hit 10,000. That’s the cut off this year.  The park can hold 40,000. But the beauty of the private night is short lines. And Six Flags wants to make sure we all have a great time.  So I wouldn’t wait!  Get tickets now and don’t be disappointed!
When you arrive at the park, we will  be checking IDs  and banding people who want to purchase adult beverages! That will save time inside.
You will also get a map upon entering with a schedule of the evenings events and times and locations, as well as all the bars and drinking areas!
 
SCOTTY  T from Scarlet along with a couple of their uber sexy personalities will kick off the night – followed by Dj Matthew Harvat. 
If we sell enough tickets this year, and prove to Six Flags we can fill their park, they may give us an ENTIRE DAY of own next year! WHOO HOO!
So please support this awesome event – which this year, will help benefit Chicago house. 
CHARLIES   has  buses going , $25  round trip.  
Some seats still available. 3726 N Broadway St
Charlies is also hosting the Official After Party till 5am!  FREE entry with your Six  Flags ticket.  Lot of pre and post parties – look here. Scarlet will host the official closing party on Sunday Sept. 15th, complete with photos from the Six Flags event!
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OUT IN THE PARK 2013 Weekend of Parties in Chicagoland

GET TICKETS  for OUT IN THE PARK, Saturday Sept. 14th, 8pm – 1 am

There will be NO TICKETS AT THE GATE

Season Passes are NOT honored for Private Parties

FOLLOW Out in the Park on FACEBOOK

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AIDS Run and Walk Chicago September 28th

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Area runners invited to help support life-saving HIV/AIDS care, prevention, and housing programs

 

WHAT:         More than 3,500 runners will lace up their shoes and join in the fight against HIV/AIDS during the 12th Annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, September 28. The AIDS Run & Walk Chicago is the Windy City’s largest annual fundraising run/walk for HIV/AIDS.

 

This year’s event kicks off at Chicago’s iconic Soldier Field with the 5K and 10K courses winding along the lakeshore.

 

Funds
raised through the AIDS Run & Walk will benefit programs and
services for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and 34 other city
organizations that work with more than 25,000 people living with
HIV/AIDS in Chicagoland. Since its founding in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk
Chicago has netted more than $4 million to battle the epidemic.

 

To register, donate, or learn more, visit www.aidsrunwalk.org or call (312) 334-0946. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

 

WHEN:         September 28, 2013

                   8:00 a.m. Event registration and packet pick-up

                   9:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies

                   9:30 a.m. 5K Walk begins

                   9:45 a.m. 10K Run begins

                   9:50 a.m. 5K Run begins

                   10:00 a.m. Post-race entertainment

 

COST:        
Event registration is $30-$45 in advance; $50 on-site. Registration
includes the official t-shirt and other benefits. To register as a
fundraising individual or as a team, visit aidsrunwalk.org or call (312) 334-0946.

 

WHERE:      Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605

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NVRLAND Neverland Art Exhibit in Chicago July 12-14

NVRLND (“Neverland”) is a circuit party based in Chicago that infuses
art and original design into its events. In addition to throwing
Neverland parties, our creative team also owns the brands GayGlow and
Drag Carnage, which are exclusive to Hydrate Nightclub.

Founder & Creative Director – Anthony DiFiore
Founder & Head of Production – Damian Martin
Artistic Director – Ian Bulla (Fierce Finder Studio)


NVRLND (www.facebook.com/NeverlandParties)
has partnered with Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in the Pilsen gallery
district of Chicago to present the “Neverland Art Exhibit” on July
12th-14th!!! This groundbreaking event–the very first time a circuit
party has held an art exhibit–will feature large-scale prints from our
photoshoots and events, original costumes from our parties, and
performance art, in addition to great house music and a NVRLND lighting
display.

OPENING RECEPTION – Friday July 12h
Time: 7pm-
9:30pm (coincides with Pilsen Art Walk)


Location: Lacuna Loft Studio Rooftop Deck (http://lacuna2150.com/media/roof-top-deck/)
DJ: Matthew Harvat of Circuit Mom Productions
Details: On Friday night we’ll be having a special opening reception on
Lacuna’s fabulous rooftop deck. This beautiful space overlooking the
Chicago skyline will be lit up with NVRLND lighting and the sounds of DJ
Matthew Harvat (Circuit Mom). We’ll be showcasing a sampling of the
prints and costumes that will be on display Saturday & Sunday in the
first-floor Gallery.

WEEKEND EXHIBIT – Saturday & Sunday July 13th-14th
Time: Noon to 7pm both days (coincides with Lacuna Art Walk & F.A.M.E. Street Festival)
Location: Lacuna Loft Studio Gallery (http://lacuna2150.com/gallery/)
DJ: Jalil Z (Miami) on Saturday and Phil DaBeatz on Sunday


Details: July 13th-14th, during Pilsen’s F.A.M.E. Street Festival and
Second Saturdays Art Walk, Neverland will be showcasing all of its
photography, costumes, and performance art at the beautiful warehouse
loft Gallery inside Lacuna Loft Studios. We will be transforming this
amazing space with art, lighting, music, hot dancers, and our most
talented drag performers. We’re giving you a fierce daytime party inside
an art exhibit!!

Help us celebrate our 1-year anniversary in a truly groundbreaking and unique way!!!

EVENT PRICING: FREE
Guest Photographer and Videographer: Marco Ovando
Photography by: Fierce Finder Studio and Jonathan Mathias
Original costumes by: Damian Martin, Raul Redaggio, and Eddie Couture
Music by: DJ Matthew Harvat, DJ Jalil Z (Miami), and DJ Phil DaBeatz

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Bike Sharing in Lakeview in Boystown

When I was Paris a couple years ago, I thought their  bike rental program was pretty cool, with rental stations all over the city. Now, Chicago launches DIVVY bike sharing program , that will allow people to use bikes for $75 a year!  By 2014, they want to have 400  stations all over the city. 

Lake View officials and the Chicago Department of Transportation have officially chosen almost all of the locations locals will be able to snag a bike in the city’s new bike share program.
Now dubbed “Divvy” to reflect the nature of bike sharing, the program is launching more than 28 kiosks
where Lake View neighbors can pick up bicycles. The new cycles will
also be painted the iconic “Chicago Blue” to “provide a high level of
visibility on the street,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. Divvy is expected to launch downtown around Bike to Work Day on June 14, with about 75 stations.
How cool is that?!
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Historical Chicago Walking Tours with Broughton Hotels and Tour Guide Sawyer

My name is Sawyer, like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. I’ve been
guiding individuals, middle school and high school groups, and senior
citizens for over two years.

 I’m a midwestern boy with a love for our
region’s natural beauty, farmers markets, craft beers, small-batch
coffee roasters, antique shopping, thrift stores, vintage fashion, and
boutiques. I spend my free time studying Chicago’s rich history and
architecture, without which, Al Capone would never have been able to
host his most important clients and friends at the infamous Stratosphere
lounge in the crown of the Jeweler’s Building on the Chicago River. I
hope to see you on my next tour!


From JANUARY 7 – FEBRUARY 23, Join Sawyer (The Friendly Greeter!)  and  Broughton Hotels, on one of three historical walking tours and shop-alongs that take you off the beaten path in Chicago’s Loop, River North and East  Lakeview  Area’s.  – I don’t care how long you have lived here! These tours are sure to show you new things. These are great tours for friends visiting and/or locals wanting to learn more about Chicago!

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Santa Speedo Run 2 Hits Boystown Dec. 1st

The 2nd Annual GAY Santa Speedo Run of Chicago takes place this Saturday, Dec. 1st at 1pm.

Santa Speedo Run was brought to Chicago from Boston by a gaggle of
speedo sporting enthusiasts who thought “why not run down Michigan Ave. in speedos in the middle of December?!” While the event itself is a
bunch of ho ho ho’s,  the event to raise awareness for
Diabetes. 
In 2011, over 50 LGBT participants
braved the freezing temperatures and shed their running clothes in favor
of red Speedos to run one mile through Andersonville in the first
annual Santa Speedo GAY Run. The event organized by Karl Sponholtz and his
partner Jeff Colgan
was a benefit for Vital Bridges.
This year, the gay run is moving to Boystown. 

This year’s sign-ups are already exceeding last year’s numbers, so the duo decided to move the event from Andersonville to Boystown, PLUS, the weather for this weekend could be near 60! As opposed to last years freezing 28 degrees!

There is a $25 fundraising minimum to participate in the event, which
consists of running one mile in the cold, clad in nothing but a santa
hat, running shoes and a speedo, or some other holiday-themed costume. Over 300 people are expected to participate.

There will be a prize for the top fundraiser as well as a Christmas
raffle. DS Tequila has generously offered half-price food for all
participants on the day of the run and a myriad of other local
businesses, like Taverna 750, Burke’s Public House, Windy City Sweets and Sagin, LLC, have donated to the raffle.

Sign-ups start at noon at Sidetrack,
3349 Halsted St., with the run itself scheduled to take place at 2:00
p.m. For more information, or to see pictures from last year’s event,
check out their Facebook page at  and RSVP to their Facebook event.

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Final Weeks for Haunted Segways Tours Downtown Chicago

If you are looking for fun things to do in Chicago at night, why not try a classic Chicago haunted ghost tours? 

Join Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours on this haunted segway tour of Chicago where they share Chicago’s history of death, disasters, murder, murderers, infamous gangsters, and ghostly tails. 
You will glide around the streets of downtown Chicago, escorted by one of  their segway tour guides. Eerily you will creep and glide   through the shadows and darkness to hear some of Chicago’s true ghost stories and view the site where some of Chicago’s most appalling disasters took place.
 Your guide will share
stories of Al Capone’s haunted yacht, and the famous Chicago gangster’s
affiliation with a notorious Michigan Avenue hotel, allegedly the most
haunted hotel in the city. You will learn about the creepy things that
have happened in the hotel, such as a number of unexplained deaths and
the self playing piano in the grand ballroom.     
   
This haunted tour of Chicago is a fun thing to do in Chicago in a creepy sort of way!
Ends  SOON!
Phone:     312-552-5100
      
Tell them you read it here!
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Chicago AIDS Run Walk Deadlines

We’re only 15 days away from AIDS Run & Walk
Chicago.  It’s shaping up to be quite a day with Wanda Sykes and Michael
Feinstein joining us at the start line, and Jamar Rogers from NBC’s The
Voice performing during closing ceremonies.  September
30 will be filled with some great energy and awareness at Soldier
Field. Thank you for joining us for this spectacular event and in our
fight against HIV/AIDS.

 

Today and Wednesday are two very important
deadlines for the event.
  

Today is the last day that RUNNERS can
pre-register for the event. 

For WALKERS, the last day to pre-register
will be end of day Wednesday, September 19.  Interested participants
may pre-register online at Aidsrunwalk.org

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September 8 & 9 – Gay Six Flags and Gay Beach Parties


BY NOW, I hope most of you have your tickets for the BIG EVENT this Saturday!  

You can buy tickets for $35 until late Friday night. Then the price goes to $45  PLUS  another  $20 for your parking. So SAVE $30  and  buy by Friday night!!

 A portion of ALL ticket sales will benefit TPAN!

And don’t forget, the FREE  beach party the next day!

 ::::Retox Party::::


First, we are
OUT IN THE PARK
 at Six Flags
(www.GaySixFlagsChicago.com)

then we are OUT AT THE BEACH
  at Hollywood Beach!

WHITE PARTY – OUT on the BEACH!
A Retox Event with
BestGayChicago.com and Mini Bar!

CO$T: FREE.
Goes Noon until 6PM!
Music by Joey Kissling!

Suggested attire -Wear a WHITE bathing suit, swimwear, underwear
tightie whities, or board shorts. Prizes for BEST Basket, etc…

NO LIFEGUARDS will be on duty.
Dogs are allowed. So is drinking and smoking!

Come to relax, retox, & recover OR
to socialize &  bump & grind
on the Beach with all the hottest Chicago guys & BestGayChicago.com and the Boys of MINI BAR!

MiniBar is the official sponsor and will be on hand to keep the party
jumping and the Official After The Beach Party…RETOX will happen
back at Mini Bar, in Boystown!
3341 N. Halsted.
With lots of cool drink specials!

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Gay Day Gay Night at Six Flags Chicago September 8, 2012

 

An all-new private LGBT event featuring rides, live music and a party-like atmosphere

 

BestGayChicago.com and vitaminwater® are excited to premiere an all new LGBT event and fundraiser at Six Flags Great America. Out In The Park 2012 will be a private event for the LGBT community, their friends and families. “We are very excited Six Flags Great America is allowing us this unique opportunity to produce such an awesome event at their park,” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. “We are proud to have TPAN (Test Positive Awareness Network) as our benefitting charity.”

 

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 9pm – 1am, the park will be closed to the general public for this private event. Guests will enjoy the music of DJs, Matthew Harvat and Phil DaBeatz, as it is heard live throughout the park. The DJs will be spinning together simultaneously as a team bridging two styles that compliment each other and bringing a signature dance floor experience to Six Flags Great America. This amazing LGBT event is expected to welcome people from the five surrounding states coming together to pride-fully celebrate!

Tickets purchased in advance are $35 which includes admission to the park all day long, free parking and admission to the Private Event! A portion of the advance ticket sales will benefit TPAN.

Tickets are available now online at sixflags.com using promo code OUT2012.

 

A limited number of bus tickets will be available departing from Uptown on Montrose Avenue, 1 block West of Broadway. Busses will depart at 3pm and also at 6pm. All busses will leave the park at 1am and return to Uptown.  Bus tickets are extremely limited. Visit gaysixflagschicago.com for more information or call 773-878-5323.

 

A BIG  THANKS  to the generous support of our co-sponsors! ChicagoPride.com, GRAB Magazine, BOI Magazine, The L Stop,  Rainbow Pizza, Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours, and Halsted Healthmart Pharmacy!!

 

BONUS WHITE PARTY – OUT on the BEACH!

Sunday September 9th – noon – 6pm

At the  gay (Osterman) Hollywood Beach, in CHICAGO!!!

CO$T: FREE. Goes all day until 6PM!   Music!

Come to relax & recover OR to socialize or dance!

 

 

 

About TPAN

Now in its 25th year, TPAN empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. TPAN innovates to deliver peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services and to communicate comprehensive information. TPAN will do so until HIV/AIDS is eradicated.

 

About BestGayChicago.com

Since 2007, BestGayChicago.com has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community.

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PRIDE North June 24th, After The Parade

 Last year, 1000 people were expected 
for The Glenwood’s post parade block party, and they got nearly 5000 to
see DJ Voxbox spin and 16 Candles perform.

Pride North is the block of Glenwood between Morse and Lunt. Take the
Red Line, get off at Morse (just 10 min from boystown) and it’s RIGHT
THERE at the bottom of the stairs. 

Hosted by Moose

4-6pm DJ Voxbox spins T-Dance disco, retro, pop…all happy

6-8pm 16 Candles

Party continues inside the Glenwood till 2am with DJ’s Moose and Voxbox spinning dance favorites. 

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Andersonville Midsommarfest June 8 – 10

To me, Andersonville’s Midsommarfest is the real kick off for the Chicago festival season. 

Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, now
entering its 47th year. Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark
Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids’
entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell
their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge
bands keep the party going.

We are very excited to announce that this year’s 47th annual Midsommarfest street festival will kick off on Friday evening, June 8th with a special performance by 16 Candles!
This opening night celebration will take place on Clark Street between
Balmoral and Catalpa Avenues beginning at 5:00 pm, and will also feature
food from some of your favorite local restaurants and of course cold
beer and sangria.

More details and show schedules online.

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Fortune Feimster Kicks off Gay Pride Weekend for Back Lot Bash

Back Lot Bash is an outdoor live music and
entertainment festival started in 2004 by three Chicago women. Back Lot
Bash is now  one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend
events for lesbians in the country.

Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established
performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality
and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of
everyone in our community.

Thursday’s Comedy Kickoff event will be held at Mayne Stage Theater
1328 W. Morse Ave in Chicago.

Fri/Sat/Sun will be  in the heart of
Chicago’s diverse Andersonville neighborhood at 5238 N. Clark St.,
Chicago 60640. Back Lot Bash is easily accessible by both of Chicago’s
major north side highways and by public transportation.

This years line up is  awesome!  With 4 days of events!

Lesbian comedian from the Chelsea Lately show, Fortune Feimster makes her Chicago debut on Thursday 21st with a night of comedy.

Get ticket info and complete details at  Back Lot Bash Chicago


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Chicago Flower & Garden Show Running through March 18th

We got  a sneak peak of this years Chicago Flower & Garden Show this weekend!

The show is running though March 18th @  Navy Pier.

This year the worlds of fashion and horticulture will collide, creating an experience that rivals the hottest runway show!  

Lots of ideas to help you  make your yard, patio or balcony the envy of your neighbors!

There is actually a lot more than think going on. Seminars and Workshops, a photography competition, Garden Gourmet cooking demonstrations,  a huge Marketplace with  more than 100 vendors of gardening, landscape and horticulture products
and services will showcase their green and eco-friendly wares at this
show favorite.

Designer Ramsey J. Prince and several other local designers have built some very cool home design vignettes.
Showcasing the latest in furniture and awesome accessories.

Show ends  March 18th!
LOTS more photos on

our Facebook page


Set the trend – Order your tickets now! 
Order your tickets online and save $2 off the box office price!


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Chicago Flower and Garden Show March 10-18

HORT  COUTURE!

This isn’t your grandmother’s flower show! While it’s still “all about the plants,” there’s much more to do, see, learn and experience than ever before. With the theme, “Hort Couture,” more than 25 featured display gardens take their cues on style and beauty from the incredible designs, colors, textures and fabrics found in high-fashion couture garments. Visitors of all ages experience can-do takeaways and discover the latest color combinations in hundreds of floral varieties.

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show – nationally known for its extensive displays of inspiring gardens, exciting and educational plant combinations and motivating industry leadership – is more than an event. The show’s director and owner of its production company, Flower Show Productions, Inc. – Tony Abruscato, who is very active in the gay community – is a philanthropist, too. In 2011, the show’s preview event benefited Chicago Gateway Green and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Show organizers estimate total value of cash and plant donations in 2011 exceeded $100,000.

Who:               Landscape Architects, Garden Builders, Plant Growers, Artists

What:              Chicago Flower & Garden Show

When:             Saturday, March 10 through Sunday, March 18, 2012

Times: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Preview Benefit ~ 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, March 9 ~ Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit local sustainable charities.

 

Where:            Chicago’s Navy Pier

Why:               Inspire, educate and motivate visitors of all ages by offering can-do, practical tips and ideas for beautifying and enhancing their gardens, patios, porches, decks, lawns and landscapes.      

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Chicago Antique Market Randolph Street this Saturday Sept. 24


 The Early bird gets…the DEALS! 
And helps Charity! 

Chicago Antique Market Randolph Street this Saturday!

Chicago House  will be on site collecting gate donations during the early buy! Early buyers get the BEST deals, and $10 in shopping vouchers!

Come early, stay late…and shop til you drop!
 
This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”, offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, etc.

Early Buying for     Chicago House!
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011         Time: 8 – 10 am
Where: Randolph Street Market,        1340 W Washington
Advance Ticket: $20        Day of Ticket: $25

(PS – Whoopi Goldberg is just weeks  away!  Do you have your tickets yet??)

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