Category Archives: Special Events

Paul Taylor Dance May 13

Moraine Valley to host Paul Taylor dance documentary AND performance

 

Dance enthusiasts are invited to Moraine Valley Community College for a documentary and a performance, both featuring Paul Taylor, a modern dance artist who is among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history.

 

The documentary, entitled “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain,” will be shown Tuesday, May 9, at 6 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The 82-minute presentation is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part with funding from Arts Midwest. “Creative Domain” is a rare, in-depth documentation through the lens of award-winning cinematographer Tom Hurwitz of how Taylor creates a single dance. It is directed by Kate Geis and produced by Robert Aberlin.

 

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater. The show features dances that show cogent observations on life’s complexities and society’s thorniest issues. A virtuoso dancer himself for 20 years, Taylor turned exclusively to choreography in 1974.

 

Tickets for the May 13 performance are $30; $25 for students and senior citizens and are available online at morainevalley.edu/fpac or at the Box Office, located in Building F. For more information, call the Box Office at (708) 974-5500.

Chicago Red Dress Party

Are you Ready?

Red Attire?

Masquerade Mask?

Tickets?

12 Days until the
Chicago Red Dress Party

Red Dress has been around for several years.  It was started in Chicago in 2011.  Chicago Red Dress is a Midwest tradition that has been hosted for several years, bringing a large group of diverse people from all different types of backgrounds, gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, all are welcome for a night of fun, laughter and good times.  Red Dress is currently hosted in several city’s around the United States.  From Portland, Seattle, Dallas, Orlando, San Diego, Albuquerque and Sacramento.

The Chicago Red Dress Party is an event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the HIV/AIDS movement and to building a strong, unified LGBT and allied community.

Entertainment, Drinks  (cash  bar), Buffet, Photo booth, Red Carpet pictures, Dancing, Raffle and Silent Auction. GET  TICKETS!!

Cavalia Odysseo is HUGE!

 

Whether you like horses  or  not –  this  show  is  so much more than horses.  It’s  beautifully  choreographed  art  and  showmanship.   BIGGER  THAN  LIFE!

Imagine,  21  semi  trucks  delivered  the  show  to Chicago  over  6 weeks  ago.  a $30 million extravaganza!  The main tent stands  over 125  feet tall  and  occupies  some  58,000  square feet. From your seat,  at least to me,  the  stage  looked  2-3 times  the  size  of the space that the audience  occupies.

 

This unprecedented ‘traveling theatre’ is also composed of several exceptional features including its grandiose stage – larger than the United Center ice rink – that enables large-scale, cutting-edge creative performances. Surrounded by bleachers with 2,074 seats, the 17,500-square-foot stage requires 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create so that it offers a vast space of freedom where 65 horses and 48 artists can display their intimate collaboration.

 

To help immerse the audience in the magical world of Odysseo, images of the most beautiful landscapes from around the world are projected throughout the show onto an 8,400-square-foot screen. Its technical grid, worthy of the largest permanent installations in Las Vegas, New York or London, can support 80 tons of equipment for the stage needs of the show, including a majestic life-sized merry-go-round.

Perhaps most amazing  is  when  40,000 gallons of water fills the stage!  Mind  blowing  what this show delivers! Music, Singing,  Dance, Acrobatic skills  and   65  of the most regal horses you ever see!

Get a  sneak peak NOW    and  get your  tickets  HERE!

Chicago Red Dress Party April 22

HURRY!  Save 15% on all tickets.

Use Promo Code Red2017 at checkout.

Ends March 31th, 2017.

CHICAGO RED DRESS PARTY  will be Saturday, April 22, 2017!

The Chicago Red Dress Party is dedicated to creating awareness and visibility for the HIV/AIDS movement and raising funds for organizations that provide vital community services and to build a strong, unified LGBT and allied community.

The only rule: all attendees MUST WEAR RED to honor the spirit of the “Red Dress” (Guys are allowed to wear Red Shirts or Red Pants)

The VIP Party starts at 7:30 PM, with a Special Performance at 8:30pm. At the end of the night VIP’s don’t forget to pick up your Goodie Bags!

The Main Event will start at 9:00pm, with DJ Ryan Bejlovec, over a 3 dozen Silent Auction Items, The Host of the Night Miss Foozie, line up of entertainment feature Boylseque with Ben D Mann, Alexis Hex and a SPECIAL performance that is to big to announce!

Remember… You MUST wear a red dress/skirt/kilt/toga/dress shirt whatever in order to get in! There will be changing rooms/coat check available for getting into your red attire, so don’t be shy. So start planning and creating your very best, outlandish, and memorable RED DRESS outfit now!

Tickets Prices:    General Admission  $45

VIP Admission (includes entry to VIP Party & Main Event)  $65

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at the door.

Pre Order tickets NOW::
https://chicagoreddress2016.eventbrite.com/

Chicago Red Dress Party is under a New Founder and New Board of Directors. 100% of the proceeds goes towards local non for profit organizations in Chicago that help those affected with HIV/AIDS.

 

Howard Brown Health Celebrates Womens Health

 

Howard Brown Health Celebrates Women’s Health at Garden of Eve: Forward

Music, Dancing, Specialty Cocktails, Food and More Will Benefit Howard Brown Health

     Howard Brown Health invites Chicago’s LGBTQ women and allies to join together to celebrate queer and lesbian women’s sexual and reproductive health at Garden of Eve: Forward, taking place on Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Venue SIX10.

Partygoers will enjoy delicious food, cocktails, photo booth, silent auction, raffle, a very special night of dancing to music spun by DJ Slo ‘Mo, and other wonderful surprises!

Funds raised at Garden of Eve: Forward will enable Howard Brown Health to continue providing clinical, behavioral health, and community health services, which include gynecological care, alternative insemination, breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV and STI testing, and prevention and wellness education for the LGBTQ community.

WHEN:         Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

WHERE:       610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

TICKETS:      Early Bird: $75 per person (limited time offer)

           General Admission: $100 per person

(at door $150)      VIP: $200

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.howardbrown.org.

 

 

Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health serves more than 18,000 adults and youth each year in its diverse health and social service delivery system focused around four major programmatic divisions: clinical care, research, education and advocacy. Howard Brown Health is also one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations. To learn more, visit www.howardbrown.org.  

 

Howard Brown Health provides affirming, sliding-scale healthcare to all LGBTQ women and allies, including breast / chest cancer screenings, contraceptive management, alternative insemination, transgender healthcare and more.

Lady Bunny Chicago April 1

SHE IS COMING  BACK CHICAGO!

 

This ain’t no April Fools… The legendary LADY BUNNY will be performing her hilarious one-woman show “Trans-Jester” in Mary’s Attic on April 1. This is a one-night-only performance that you won’t want to miss! – Her new show and material  are great!  We  saw  her   in  New  York  in December!~

Although Miss Bunny needs no introduction, here’s a little blurb from her website…
“With her glitzy outfits, sky-high wigs and false eyelashes long enough to embarrass Tammy Faye Baker, multi-talented drag artist Lady Bunny would turn heads even if looking glamorous was her only talent. But “she” isn’t just another man in a dress: Bunny is a successful comedienne, DJ, actress, singer/songwriter and most famously, the emcee and creator of Wigstock, the outrageous drag festival of drag and music which electrified New Yorkers every Labor Day for over 20 years.”

Tickets go on sale NOW…

VIP Tickets $45 – VIP ticket holders will be allowed in up to a half hour before general admission (starting at 7pm), so you can scope out the best seats! Also includes your first drink AND a meet & greet photo op with Miss Bunny after the show!! Only 40 VIP tickets will be sold!

General Admission $25 – General admission will start at 7:30. Seating is first-come-first-serve, then it’s standing room only toward the back (but that’s ok cuz it’s closer to the bar, Honey!) 

GO TO FACEBOOK  FOR THE  TICKET  LINK  and tell all of your friends!!

#LadyBunny

#HamburgerMarys

#GayChicago

National Margarita Day Feb 22

It’s going to be  68 degrees  today  in Chicago!   What better  excuse  to dine al fresco  on  EL  MARIACHI’S  secluded patio  and  enjoy  a  MARGARITA?!  (or  2  or  3).

BOTH  Revolucion  Steakhouse  and  El  Mariachi will celebrate  with  $5  house  margaritas  PLUS   some  complimentary  sampling!

Revolucion Steakhouse
3443 N. Broadway
Chicago, Il 60657
(773) 661-9893      Reserve Today!     revolucionsteakhouse.com

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
3906 N.Broadway
Chicago, Il 60613
(773) 549-2932    Reserve Today!     elmariachitequilabar.com

Northalsted Boystown Beer Fest Feb 25 26

Northalsted’s winter street festival takes place in our huge outdoor HEATED tent.

Featuring over 40 craft beers you will have the opportunity to sample your choice of 15 beers while dancing at this unique party!

2 different  sessions  are  available.

For more information please visit:
www.northalsted.com/events/frost-fest/

The frosty fun continues on Sunday, February 26th at our 4th Annual Soup Walk presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

Taste great soups, from all over the area!

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company Hyde Park

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company  (Hyde Park) will perform Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri – regarded by many as Gilbert and Sullivan’s finest and most perfect collaboration. Three performances will take place at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall on March 10, 11 and 12.

Iolanthe drops England’s House of Peers into the middle of a Hans Christian Andersen-inspired forest enchanted by fairies and ruled by a no-nonsense Fairy Queen. Strephon is the son of the beloved eponymous fairy Iolanthe, the progeny of her marriage to a mortal, and as such is a HALF-FAIRY. The Fairy Queen sends him into Parliament as a Fairy Member when the Lord Chancellor and his House of Peers spurn his affections for his love Phyllis.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s satire is just as fresh today, with the clueless and bumbling Peers going up against a formidable fairy circle who’s special magic cannot be denied. And Strephon suddenly finds himself in charge of BOTH houses of Parliment! How much more resonant can we get?

Iolanthe has the strongest blend of dialogue and music of any other collaboration between this formidable duo,” says director Shane Valenzi, returning for a third year with the Company.

Highlighted by the most difficult patter song in the canon, and calling for a top-notch featured male ensemble, Iolanthe has long been revered in the United Kingdom as on par with The Mikado as one of the best and most popular works of operetta ever produced by the Savoy. And as the chorus has an exceptionally prominent role, Valenzi explains that now is the perfect time to mount this show. We’ve built a tradition of a supremely talented, active chorus over the last few years, and Iolanthe is the perfect vehicle for them to shine. I could not be more excited to see how the brilliant, professional-level performers that make up our chorus make this show their own.

Frequent performer Aaron Hunt will take a turn as associate director this year, collaborating with Valenzi. Also returning for a third year is conductor Matthew Sheppard, Director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra. The talented cast includes some of the Company’s favorites from past productions as well as
several outstanding newcomers. Nancy Levner will produce, aided by associate producers Trip Driscoll and Roger Huff.

Performances take place at Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street, from March 10 through 12.

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 general, $5 for students, $15 for groups and can be ordered online , or by calling the Logan Center for the Arts box office at 773.702.ARTS.

Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the Logan Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon through 6 p.m.

2017 marks the 33rd consecutive year the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company has partnered with the University of Chicago Department of Music for their annual production. The proceeds will benefit the Department of Music’s performance program, whose seventeen ensembles and programs present more than a hundred concerts each year.

ABOUT THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERA COMPANY
The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, Inc. is a non-profit, community arts organization dedicated to performing the works of Gilbert & Sullivan to the highest artistic standards. It has been a mainstay of Chicago’s Hyde Park cultural scene since it was founded in 1964 by three local G&S fans: Nancy Lorie, Robert Ashenhurst, and Roland Bailey. GSOC is supported by member donations, ticket sales, and local grants.

Valentines Restaurant Specials Chicago

Start your Valentine’s day celebration at Revolucion Steakhouse! Chicago’s first Mexican Steakhouse. Steaks, Chops, Seafood with a Mexican flare.

We know trying to find the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day can be stressful, right? Allow us to make you a reservation and make it a perfect night for the both of you. Special Prix Fixe Menu available through Valentines –  Regular Menu is avalable as well. 3443 N Broadway St. (Lakeview/Chicago).

Just click on this link  and reserve today! http://ow.ly/3PTv308T6Ht

 

Treat your date to an intimate, candlelit dinner at El Mariachi Restaurant!

They  only serve top quality, authentic dishes and margaritas. It has been family owned and operated for over 20 years. We offer a more genuine and unique experience than your typical Mexican restaurant with an extensive selection of over 100 tequilas (100% Blue Agave). Also, we are famous for tableside guacamole prepared fresh to order, and offer the most authentic regional Mexican cuisine in all of Lakeview!

They will be offering a special $35 Prix Fixe Valentine’s menu which will be available from Friday 2/10 to Tuesday 2/14. – The regular menu will also be available. Space is limited – Reserve today!  773-549-2932.  3906 N. Broadway!

Laramie Project in Glen Ellyn

Village Theatre Guild will be presenting Moises Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project’s “The Laramie Project” March 24 through April 15, 2017 at Village Theatre in Glen Ellyn, IL.  “The Laramie Project” is a thought provoking theatre piece that chronicles a community’s reaction to the events following the savage death of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay college student.  It is their true story of hope, courage, and self-refection.

Structurally different than most plays, “The Laramie Project” offers thirteen people playing sixty plus characters and is presented with “moments” rather than scenes.  It is a character and actor driven play.

Presented weekends March 24 through April 15 at Village Theatre, located on the northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Butterfield Rd. in Glen Ellyn, tickets may be purchased by calling 630-469-8230.

From Chicago to Mexico…

OFFICIAL FILM TRAILER RELEASED for “EN ALGUN LUGAR”

The official video trailer has been released by Iconoclast for the motion picture “En Algun Lugar” (A Place to Be), which stars Nelson Rodriguez (Pride Films and Plays, Easy Abby) as Abel, and Andrew Saenz (Chicago PD, Sirens) as Diego, and written and directed by award winning filmmaker Tadeo Garcia (On the Downlow, Under Covers).

 

“En Algun Lugar” follows the relationship between Abel & Diego, from Chicago to Mexico.

When tragedy strikes and Diego’s undocumented immigration status is revealed, their love and sacrifice is put to the test through uncertain times that will affect their relationship. Set against the foundation of a broken U.S. immigration system, “En Algun Lugar” sheds light on the mantra of love overcomes all and love knows no borders.

Alongside Nelson Rodriguez and Andrew Saenz the cast includes Jessie Prez as Braulio, Ian Tranberg as Stephen, Sandra Marquez as Lilly, Charin Alvarez as Rita and Erica Cruz Hernandez as Carolina. Other cast include J.J. Romero, Caitlin Jackson, Blaine Thomas Childers, Enrique Guzman, Juan Martinez, Artemio Gonzalez, Carolyn Hoerdemann, Mickey O’Sullivan, Nick Mikula, Zach Livingston, Will Clinger, Diego Sanchez, Michael J. Sanow, Ayssette Munoz, Chris Acevedo, Matt Nikkila, Carmen Cenko, Daniel Hansen, Cole Reed, Frank Menolascino, Davon Suttles, Jon Jackson, Alex Knoll, Mike Hynek, Richard Cotovsky, Rudy Galvan, Diego Colon, Lane Flores, Cole McMillan and Caitlin Boho.

 

Tadeo Garcia’s provocative and intimate tale of love and fear of the unknown comes to life in a never before seen cinematic perspective produced by Aric S. Jackson (www.aricjackson.com) and Michael J. Sanow (Under Covers, Blood Brothers). Featuring the people, culture, dynamic geography and architecture of both Jalpa, Zacatecas; MEX and Chicago, Illinois; USA, the wonder of Tadeo Garcia’s story has captivated those involved both in front and behind the camera. The producers stress this would not be possible without the talents of cinematographer Charlie Garcia, production designer Pablo Ponce, casting director Stephanie Diaz, costume designer Freddy Rocha, makeup artists Lilien Harvey and Ruby Ortiz, and music from Los Pecados and The Pinto Bean.

The producers of the film also announce the release of “behind-the-scenes” photos and video clips via the film’s official website at www.enalgunlugarmovie.com and its social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) showing the cast and crew during the production of “En Algun Lugar.”

En Algun Lugar aims for a mid-2017 release.

The new trailer can be viewed at www.enalgunlugarmovie.com/trailer .

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday Lady Gaga Brunch

Lady Gaga Brunch on Super Bowl Sunday at Kit Kat Lounge

Madam X Performs Live, Halftime Show Viewing Party

Sunday, February 5

Brunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner and Lounge, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

​Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will host a Lady Gaga themed brunch in celebration of her halftime performance ​at this year’s Super Bowl. On Sunday, February 5,

Diva Madam X will perform

​ as Lady Gaga intermittently from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kit Kat’s mixologists  will ​shake up  Lady Gaga martinis ($7, all day) made with Stoli, Hpnotiq and pineapple juice, garnished with a glow stick.​
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.

​Following brunch service, Kit Kat will show the Super Bowl halftime performance concert live on seven, state-of-the-art jumbo screens.​ Sunday’s specials include $7 Stoli martinis and a 33-percent discount off small plates (shrimp tacos; chicken satay; crab cakes; calamari; bacon wrapped dates; Japanese meatballs; bacon mac and cheese; sriracha glazed tempura shrimp).

​For table reservations, please call Kit Kat at 773-525-1111.​


Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
773.525.1111

kitkatchicago.com

EQIL Gala Feb 4th 2017

THIS  SATURDAY  –   February 4th –  The Big   Equality Illinois  Gala!

A  formal evening with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:00pm, a sit-down dinner and speaking program at 8:00pm, and dancing and live music beginning at 10:00pm.

If you have never been, it’s  a celebratory winterfest of the accomplishments that advanced LGBTQ rights over the last year and a gathering of forces for the challenges that remain in our fight for full equality for all Illinoisans.

For over two decades, Equality Illinois has led the charge to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

We were founded in 1991 by activists who fought to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the City of Chicago. Today, we continue that fight by convincing lawmakers to vote for legislation that advances full LGBT equality and to reject bills that would discriminate against the LGBT community.”

Tickets for the Gala Evening are  $300.  If you can not attend, but still want to get involved,   Equality Illinois can always use volunteers in the office and in the field, for routine duties and special events.

If you are interested in donating a few hours a week or a month, on an ongoing basis or just when you have some time to spare, please feel out this form first and we will add you to our volunteer database.

If you have any questions, please call us at 773-477-7173 or email info@eqil.org.

Equality Gala Feb. 4th 2017

THE MIDWEST’S LARGEST LGBTQ GALA and FUNDRAISER
SUPPORTS THE WORK OF EQUALITY ILLINOIS

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Ave.

 

The Equality Illinois 2017 Gala on February 4, 2017 is a celebratory winter-fest of the accomplishments that advanced LGBTQ rights over the last year and a gathering of forces for the challenges that remain in our fight for full equality for all Illinoisans.

  This is a formal evening with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:00pm,

a sit-down dinner and speaking program at 8:00pm,

and dancing and live music beginning at 10:00pm.

HONOREES THIS YEAR:

The Equality Illinois Business Leadership Award to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

The Equality Illinois Freedom Award to Mona Noriega and Terry Cosgrove

 Tickets  and  Tables  HERE.

 

New Years Eve New Years Day EATS

New Year’s Eve  and  New Years Day!   at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club

Glitz and Glam Gala Starring Diva Dulce Andrews

Saturday, December 31,   Dinner Seatings at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Cocktail Party Package 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will hold their annual “Glitz and Glam Gala” on New Year’s Eve. The fabulous affair features a four course prix fixe menu, martinis, champagne and live entertainment by Diva Dulce Andrews.

Chef JoAnn Witherell’s modern American supper club menu offers the choice of starter, salad, entree and dessert. The menu, outlined below, includes two martinis, champagne toast and party favors with seatings at 7 p.m. ($65 per person) and 10 p.m. ($85 per person).

In addition, Kit Kat will offer a late-night bar package from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., which features unlimited martinis, cocktails, wine, beer and party favors ($45 advance/$50 at the door).

PLUS – New years day  BRUNCH  and  Dinner –

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EL MARIACHI  TEQUILA BAR&  GRILL   or    REVOLUCION STEAKHOUSE

New Year’s Eve Celebration!

December 31th, 2016 | Chicago

Celebrate the New Year at Revolucion Steakhouse or El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill and partake in a mouth watering 3 course prix fixe menu ($40) with your family and friends.

 

New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch!

January 1st, 2017 | Chicago

On New Year’s Day join us for a Hangover Brunch done with a Mexican Twist!  $24 for bottomless mimosas and it also includes an entree from our brunch Menu!

We hope to see you soon Amigos! 

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!

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

Free Thanksgiving Meal Rogers Park

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

 

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Art AIDS America Dec 1 – April 2

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Art AIDS America Chicago

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

 

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

 

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

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

Private collection.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

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.

Gay Voting in Boystown Chicago 2016

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“Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me” ~ Harvey Milk

LISTEN UP POLITICALLY ACTIVE CHICAGO QUEERS AND ALLIES!

Chicago Votes and Organized Grime Crew Present: Out of the Bars and Into the Street. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR VOICES HEARD IN 2016.

DATE: Saturday, November 5th
TIME: 12:00PM
LOCATION: Replay Beer & Bourbon & Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
POLLING LOCATION: Merlo Branch Chicago Public Library
LQQKS: POLITICAL REALNESS

The queer community has a history of marching to protect the rights of all. After the unprecedented tragedy at Pulse Orlando, it is clear that queer visibility this election year is key to ensuring that people have the ability to be who they are.

Meet at Replay Beer & Bourbon promptly at 12:00PM November 5.
Dress in your best LQQKS.
We will hold a rally, and march down Halsted St. to the EARLY VOTING polls at the Merlo Branch Public Library on Belmont Ave.
ALL WHO MARCH WILL BE GIVEN 25% OFF ON ALL DRINKS AT REPLAY.
AFTER PARTY and FREE BARBEQUE to follow at Hydrate Nightclub Chicago with Harry Cross of Men’s Room Chicago and headliner, Cindel starting at 3:00PM.

If you cannot vote in the city of Chicago, or have voted already, please join us at the march, anyway.

If you are ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, you can register SAME DAY at the polling location.
BRING YOUR ID’s in the event you are turned away from the polls.

Be unapologetic. Be seen. Make our voices heard..
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW.

Chicago HALLOWEEN Details Boystown

Saturday, October 29th

Kid’s Spooktacular at Space Park 
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Located at 815 W. Roscoe Street, the Kid’s Spooktacular features magicians, pumpkin decorating, treats, beats and a neighborhood treasure hunt for the entire family.  Come back to Space Park after you’ve completed your treasure hunt to receive candy for the little ones and a gift card for the grownups. Thank you to Triangle Neighbors, Children’s Learning Place, Whole Foods Market, Ford Motor Company and Roscoe’s Tavern for your generosity in throwing this event.
Northalsted Zombie Bar Crawl 
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Join the undead and quench your thirst on Halsted Street. With 14 participating establishments, this bar crawl will be one to remember. With a midway Zombie costume contest at Sidetrack and a wrap-up raffle at The North End, participants are going to have more prizes than their half-decayed bodies can carry. Tickets are available for pre-order HERE or onsite. Onsite ticket sales do not include t-shirt for the event, so pre-registering is recommended. For more info visit us on Facebook.
Sunday, October 30th
 
Queen’s Brunch 
12:00-4:00PM
Enjoy your brunch like a true Queen would by dressing up as your favorite Queen! Participating businesses will be offering 15% off your meal and other prizes for those that have dressed to impress!  Offer valid at Drew’s on Halsted, DS Tequila Co, and Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club.
Monday, October 31st
The 20th Annual Northalsted Halloween Parade
Parade Route: North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Cornelia Avenue
Parade Registration       5:00 PM-7:00 PM (Belmont & Halsted)
Ruby Red Relay       6:45 PM-7:15 PM
Parade Kick-Offs       7:30 PM (Belmont & Halsted)
Costume Contest Winners       9:30 PM (Roscoe & Halsted)

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.

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.

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.

Chef Tong @ Andersonville Halloween Event Oct. 30th

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On Sunday, October 30, from 2-5 p.m., Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through this delightful neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl. 

It’s a gourmet Trick or Treat experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Chef Chris Tong of My Private Chef, an upscale private chef and gourmet dining service, will be serving a delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter  Mousse Parfait with Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream and roasted Peanuts.

Look for him on the Caramel Apple Route at one of his favorite wine shops,

In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

You can choose between TWO great routes.  Tickets for one route are $25. in advance or $30.00 purchased after October 27. (if available)

Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Great Lakes Clinical Trials – Andersonville, 5149 N. Ashland Ave  and then proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location.

 

For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2597793

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

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!!

Celebrate Diversity Sept. 10th, 2016

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Just about 3  weeks   away! The BIGGEST  Private  Diversity Celebration in the Midwest.

You  +   4,999   other  fun people enjoying  SHORT LINES   for  rides!   And  raising  money  for  charity!  Just  $41  (until September 5th)  and  FREE  PARKING.  Ride all your favorite  rides  in about  3  hours! If you have never been to a private event, you are missing  out!

 

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And  we are SO EXCITED   to have Todrick Hall! He is finishing up his  STRAIGHT OUTTA  OZ  tour this month, he’s  coming to our event to perform, then he is headed to BroadwayTo star  in Kinky Boots!

SEASON PASS holders always  ask, “Can we use our Season Pass?”  –   I am sorry to say, NO.   Six Flags hosts  about 20 private events  in the fall.  They can not let Season Pass holders attend these private events.  Season Passes  are  good  for  regular operating  days  only. You must buy the special  $41  ticket  to  get in.

DON’T WANT TO DRIVE? 

Bus  Shuttles are handled By Charlies

CHARLIES BUS SHUTTLE $30 round trip – THESE  ALWAYS  SELL OUT- DON’T  WAIT!!!

Reservations  and  pre payment must be made in person at Charlies, 3726 N Broadway St, no phone calls please.

Price includes drinks on the bus +  Admission  to Official  After Party.  Departs boystown 6pm.

Charlies will  host the official party!

  Check the Facebook Page for Updates

INVITE  YOUR FRIENDS!

COME CELEBRATE!

 

 

Todrick Hall August 7th

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Todrick Hall is a self-proclaimed queer, American singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer, and wildly famous YouTuber!

He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.

As of January 31, 2016, Hall has exceeded 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Videos on his channel have been played over 270 MILLION TIMES!

Videos of note include a flash mob thrown for Ariana Grande, a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz starring Pentatonix which was directed by and also stars Hall, and a Beyoncé themed flash mob performed in the middle of an actual Target store, which has garnered over 14 million views as of January 31, 2016, and which Beyoncé personally, publicly congratulated Hall on.

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Todrick’s current North American Tour titled “Straight Outta Oz” is in full swing!

” Straight Outta Oz,” follows the triple threat performer as he embarks on his most ambitious tour yet: a full-length musical with original score by Hall, inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

The tour kicked off last week in Vancouver, and will continue through August. He’ll make a stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall, Sunday August 7th, 2016. GET TICKETS HERE – BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.

 

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Awesomeness Films announced the start of production on their behind the scenes film following Todrick Hall’s upcoming tour and will be filming in Chicago at Thalia Hall!

Directed by Katherine Wright (Call Me Kuchu), the film will go behind-the-scenes as Todrick mounts the musical, which tells the story of his life growing up in small-town Texas, his struggle to come to Hollywood and eventually succeed.

 

Check out the video style album STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ here!

Get it on iTunes Here.

 

Then Todrick returns to Chicago Spetember 10th, for the 5th Annual OUT IN THE PARK event at Six Flags Great America! There will be a meet and greet with fans before the gates open at 7:30. Then Todrick will kick off the evening at 8pm with a couple live numbers! www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com