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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


Chicago AIDS Run Walk 2016

2016-chicago-aids-walk-runGET THE SCOOP! 

August 13-14 Market Days booth  (details here)
September 9 Want your race packet mailed? Then, this is your registration deadline.
September 14 Team Supplies Order due.
September 22  RSVP deadline for Team Packet Pickup – RSVP to
September 25 Pre-registration Deadline
September 28 Packet Pickup **RSVP REQUIRED FOR TEAM PICK UP**
Email to RSVP
October 1 AIDS RUN & WALK CHICAGO at Soldier Field

Pre-Registration Fees – through 9/25/16
$30 Walker – online registration
$35 Walker – offline registration
$40 5K or 10K Runner – online registration
$45 5K or 10K Runner – offline registration

Note: An additional $7 charge will be added for those who choose to have their participant packet mailed prior to the race.

Race Day Registration Fee – 10/1/16
$60 Walkers, 5K and 10K Runners


Zip Line in Chicago Feb 13-15

zip line chicago

So it’s not very high – not very long –  and it’s  COLD!  But hey, you can Zip Line  for free this weekend  in Millennium  Park.  Folks  will have an opportunity to enjoy the vacation-like thrill of zip lining right here in Chicago… in the chill of winter.

Florida tourism company Experience Kissimmee is taking its campaign to Chicago’s Millennium Park this month, where it will provide a 200-foot zip line for Chicagoans to enjoy among the brisk February air.

The company says the zip line will run from a three-story platform “down to a warm winter welcome below.” The company hopes the stunt will encourage Chicagoans to plan a vacation in Kissimmee, Fla., a city near Orlando that is known for several amusement parks.

The company’s zip line is free to the public and will be in Millennium Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 13-15. Experience Kissimmee is encouraging attendees to donate coats.

“For this campaign, we decided to bring some of the warm-weather fun to our freezing friends here in Chicago,” DT Minich, president & CEO of Experience Kissimmee, said in a statement.


Catered Super Bowl Eats Chicago


Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, Beyoncé, and Lady GaGa…. Nope nothing gay about this years Super Bowl.

Hosting friends  at your place?  GET FOOD  from  Revolucion  or  El Mariachi  in Lakeview.


FANTASTIC GUACAMOLE,  fresh  Salsa’s, Fajitas  and MORE!

Since 1996, Mariachi Hospitality Group has evolved into an assortment of several different restaurant concepts, each with its own persona, yet, each with the same standard of excellence. The restaurant group has steadily grown in popularity thanks to the support of loyal patrons in the community.


We pride ourselves on our commitment to freshness, evolution, authenticity, and most importantly, the concept of family. As founders, Antonio Estrada and his 2 sons consistently work hand in hand with their dedicated management team in the quest for perfection by keeping their concepts exciting and on the cutting edge of the hospitality industry.

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse 1-773-661-9893

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill 1-773-549-2932


Team to End AIDS

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For over 10 years, TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) has trained more than 5,000 athletes and raised $10 million benefiting AIDS Foundation Chicago and HIV/AIDS-related community charities.

Working with Fitness Formula Club (FFC) USA Track & Field/Triathlon coaches, T2 offers world class training programs for multiple endurance events.

T2 is about the journey as much as it is about the destination. Coaches, staff and athletes will help you train, fundraise and celebrate life, making your T2 experience unforgettable.

Attend an upcoming information session to learn more about T2!



2015 was a big year for HIV! Not only were there huge advancements in science, but the epidemic also found its way back into mainstream media through art, pop culture and social activism. As we gear up for another stimulating year of progression towards putting an end to new HIV diagnoses, take a peek at these 10 tweets that tell the story of a big year in the HIV epidemic (in no particular order):


LGBT Friendly Personal Trainers


The gym I go to is about 10%  gay.

And out of 10 trainers, I know one male trainer is gay.

I know that only because someone who trained with him, told me! Some of the other trainers at my gym might be LGBT friendly….but how does one know?  I don’t want to work with some obnoxious testosterone filled male jock who has a thing against gay people.

If you’re going to invest time, money, and trust in a person to guide you in the right direction, then you need to make the right choice. If you want to find the perfect person to help you, then you’re right to be picky. Choose a trainer who will cater to your personal needs and learning preferences. While some people want to be pushed to their limits by a drill sergeant type, others are going to work better with positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement. Your trainer should fit your personality and motivation style.

Chicago entrepreneur Sam Provenzano launched Right Fit For You ( He says, “I just really felt that there was a need for Right Fit for You. The client/trainer relationship is very intimate. Personal Trainers not only help their clients get into tip-top shape, but many of them become a client’s friend and someone they confide in and trust. If you aren’t comfortable and can’t truly be yourself with your Personal Trainer, chances are you will not reach your full potential.”


Right Fit for You, is the premiere LGBT-Friendly Personal Trainer Referral Service!


Right Fit for You wasn’t solely created because of a fear of running into a close minded Personal Trainer, but because I wanted to provide the LGBT community with an online marketplace of Personal Trainers that the LGBT community can relate to– no questions asked, no insecurities. At the end of the day, Right Fit for You is all about ensuring a comfortable personal training atmosphere for the LGBT community from beginning to end. Every certified Personal Trainer profiled on Right Fit for You will not only will help you get into shape, but will also identify as LGBT or as a straight ally to the community.

Although our focus is primarily geared toward the LGBT community — anyone is welcome to utilize Right Fit for You as a means to find the right Personal Trainer who will fit all of their needs and budget. So whether you are just starting to work out or looking to gain some muscle or lose a few pounds, Right Fit For You can help!

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Step 1: Search through their Personal Trainer database

Search their personal trainer database at no cost! All of the trainers are hand-screened and confirmed to be currently certified. All you have to do is enter your zip code and radius, and browse through the database. You  should read the trainer bio’s and pick the Right Fit For You!

Step 2: Contact Trainer

Send your goals and contact information directly from the site to your desired trainer. If he/she has their contact information listed, give them a call or send them an email to schedule a consultation with your personal trainer and get started on achieving your fitness goals. Tell them you found them through Right Fit for You!

Step 3: Tell your friends about Right Fit for You!


It’s  easy  and FREE!    Check it out today!   RIGHT FIT FOR YOU.

*If you are a personal trainer, looking to join Right Fit For You, here is the link with more information.


College Football player from Barrington Comes OUT


One of college football’s oldest programs has its first openly gay player.

Princeton offensive lineman Mason Darrow told in a story posted on Tuesday that he is gay. Darrow, of Lake Barrington said everything has gone well at home and school since he came out to his teammates and coaches.

“People will surprise you,” he said. “I was definitely concerned that people, teammates, would react poorly. I think in this day and age people really just don’t care about it. It’s really not a big deal anymore.”

Darrow is believed to be the only openly gay player in major college football right now. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior is expected to play in the Tigers’ opener Saturday at Lafayette.


AIDS Foundation Chicago Walk Run Sept. 14th

aids walk run chicago

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!


Gay Bowling Comes to Naperville

gay bowling chicago OUT

Out Bowling is a LGBTQ and Ally bowling league that seeks to bring together the west suburbs of Chicago through fun times, good music, and sportsmanship.

This is perfect, for anyone 18 years and up, to enjoy a night out without having to go downtown Chicago or shuffle through a busy nightclub. Official code of conduct will be developed soon but this is meant to be a safe place for ALL LGBTQ and allies.

Don’t be afraid to sign up as a single bowler!! Teams are made up of two but we can find you a teammate for the season! How easy is that for meeting people?

Your best friend want to come but doesn’t want to bowl? We have plenty of seating behind all the lanes for everyone to sit in on the fun!

That can’t be very fun you say? Well every Thursday night we have karaoke in our full service bar! While you are bowling for that 300 your friends can be singing away! Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the fun! Karaoke keeps going all night!

Please be sure to join the Facebook group or message if you have any questions regarding sign up or otherwise.


Chicago Santa Speedo Run December 7th

Santa Speedo Run Supporting Center on Halsted

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:  or

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!

USE    CODE     BGC!!!!


Chicago Fire LGBT Event Saturday September 28th

Even if you don’t like soccer – THIS IS GOING TO BE A FUN EVENT!
The Chicago Fire celebrate LGBT Pride Night at Toyota Park on Saturday, September 28 vs. Montreal Impact

The Fire will be selling two ticket packages with a portion of the
proceeds going to benefit Equality Illinois and the fight for marriage

$20 Corner Kick ticket
$32 Corner Kick ticket + Coach bus transportation 

The event will include a pre-game tailgate and concert featuring Jess Godwin and Isaiah Grass in north end parking lot.

portion of all ticket sales will go directly to Equality Illinois and
the fight for marriage equality in Illinois. Join us for a prematch
concert, tailgate, and then party while watching the Chicago Fire take
on the Montreal Impact. Tickets which are regularly priced at $28 are
available for only $20, and if you would like coach bus transportation , the game ticket and bus ticket are paired
together for only $32!

-Busses are BYOB and will leave from the following locations
-AJ Hudson’s – 3801 N. Ashland Ave. – leaving at 4:30PM
-Galway Arms – 2442 N. Clark St. – leaving at 5:00PM

-Food and drinks can be brought, or purchased for a small donation in the North Lot
-Pregame concerts will begin at 5:00pm in the North Lot
-Everyone is encouraged to bring Pride Flags, banners, etc.


Jocks in Drag benefit August 24th at Center on Halsted


AIDS Run and Walk Chicago September 28th


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.


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 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


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 or call (312) 334-0946.


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


National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame August 2nd

The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board is proud to
announce the inaugural induction class, which will be the largest induction class of the NGLSHOF.  
The inductees range from organizations, straight
allies, former pro sports officials, activists, journalists, retired athletes
and current athletes. The inductees are Gay Games,, Chicago Cubs, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA),
Anheuser Busch, Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ben Cohen, Dave Pallone,
Justin Fashanu, LZ Granderson, Christina Kahrl, Dr. Tom Waddell, Chuck Dima,
Jerry Pritikin, Dave Kopay, Glenn Burke, Renee Richards, Billie, Jean King,
Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Patty Sheehan, Andrew Goldstein, Jason
Collins, Orlando Cruz and Johnny Weir.
The induction of the
first honorees will happen on August 2, 2013 through a ceremony at the
Center on Halsted. Tickets are available at There
will be two ticket types, VIP and General Admission.  VIP $50,
will include a seat in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre and a VIP meet and greet
reception. The General Admission $25, will include a reception and viewing on
TV’s outside the theater. Both tickets will include a hosted bar and food. The VIP meet and greet
reception is 5:00pm-6:00pm. The
general reception is 6:00pm-7:00pm. The Induction
Ceremony is 7:00pm-8:30pm
The induction ceremony will be in conjunction
with Out at Wrigley on August 3, 2013 – the nation’s largest “Gay Day” at
a major league sporting event. Tickets for Out at Wrigley
can be purchased at


National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame

 A hall of fame for gay athletes and allies is launching  in Chicago.

The nonprofit National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame will
accept nominees beginning this summer. Its goal is to honor people and
organizations that have “stood up to stereotypes” and embraced gay and
lesbian athletes, said Bill Gubrud, executive director and board

“We’re not just going to honor gay athletes, but other athletes who
helped those gay athletes along and provided a safe haven,” Gubrud said.

Read more at the Tribune


Out at Wrigley Gay Day August 3rd, 2013


MTM Chicago, is excited to announce the return of Out at Wrigley, the
largest annual LGBT sporting event in the country. 
This year’s game,
which pits the Chicago Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sat., Aug.
3rd, offers 150 fans the opportunity to purchase VIP Budweiser Patio
seats for $130.00 and an additional 300 seats in right field terrace for
Tickets are available online at 
“I am very excited about this year’s Out at Wrigley,” said event
organizer Bill Gubrud. “A finalist will receive a recording contract and
we will hold our very first induction ceremony for the National Gay and
Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame. It is becoming an Out at Wrigley Weekend.” 

National Anthem Contest!

Have you ever thought what it would be like to sing the national
Anthem in front of 40,000 people and in front of millions on tv?

Well, here is your chance! Out at Wrigley will be holding a
competition for one lucky and talented person to sing the national
Anthem on Saturday August 3rd at Wrigley Field.

Out at Wrigley will have at least four prelim event dates for you to
choose from to compete. There can be multiple winners at each prelim
event that will advance to the semi-finals. We will have a list of
competition dates for you to choose from!

For more information e-mail

The beneficiaries for the 13th annual event are the Center on Halsted
and the newly formed non-profit National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of

Best Gay Chicago’s BEST Baseball Kick Off Events

Baseball Kickoff
for Equality is just one week from today!

Tuesday April 3rd –
 Join EQIL at
Sluggers Sports Bar (3540 N. Clark Street) to celebrate Opening Day 2012. Enjoy cocktails,
light bites, and the chance to win door prizes! Baseball tix, anyone?

A $10 donation
includes 2 complimentary cocktails, light bites, and a drawing ticket.
Come meet some new friends and let’s celebrate the beginning of the 2012
baseball season! Get your tickets now for this fun event. 

We look forward to seeing you on April 3 at Sluggers!

Thursday  April 5th!
CREW  opens at 10:00 am of the Cubs home opener.
4804 N. Broadway

Stop by before the game for a complimentary breakfast and drink specials. Come back after to celebrate the Cubs win!

Fun starts  at  10:00 am with drink specials and breakfast. (while it lasts!)
Game time  is  at  1:20

(I never understood those add starting times….does anyone know why?)


CREW Bar Annual Charity Chilli CookOff Jan 28



Wayne Johnson, food and lifestyle reporter for NBC Chicago, will return as host of Crew Bar + Grill’s Annual Charity Chili Contest on Saturday, January 28th, from 12PM to 2PM.

The annual chili contest lets patrons sample eight different chili recipes for a $10.00 donation to the Edgewater based non-profit, Care for Real. Organized by the Edgewater Community Council, Care for Real is a volunteer operated food pantry and social services group supported by donations from the community. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili recipe, $100 in cash, and the category for best presentation of your chili, the “Nate Berkus award”, which nets a $50 Crew gift card.


Crew Bar + Grill

4804 N Broadway

Chicago, IL   60640

Crew Bar + Grill, located at Broadway and Lawrence, is Chicago’s premiere, award winning gay sports bar.  In 2010, Mike Sullivan and Mark Robertson joined the business as co-owners alongside Steve Milford and Brian Wells. Now well into its seventh year, Crew has become a fixture of the Uptown entertainment district with a mix of big games on over 20 HD, flat screen televisions and great food and drinks.


Chicago Series 2011 – 35th Annual NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series is Underway

LAST NIGHT was the Official Opening Ceremonies for the 2011 Gay Softball WorldSeries!

The huge event was in the Grand Ballroom at  Navy Pier and it is estimated there were over 4,000 in attendance!

Athletes from around the country are here for a week of games and special events.  The games are  taking place at three separate complexes in Schaumburg, Elmhurst and St. Charles. Organizers say the games are expected to bring in more than $5 million in business to the city.

Nine Chicago teams are participating with at least one team in each division. The softball tournament consists of  150 teams from 41 cities in North American in five divisions.


Many of the athletes  will sing, dance, perform sketch comedy or show other special talents, at the annual NAGAAA Talent Show. This year’s event will take place in the Grand Ball Room at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare with all proceeds to benefit the designated Series 2011 charities.

* CHICAGO SINGER   Michael Scott McBride will be sharing his amazing vocals and music which  can best be described as ‘Gospirational’ with a hint of dance.

Emceed by: Tajma Hall,  You will not want to miss this year’s Talent Show. This will be like no other!

When: August 31, 2011
Show starts at 7:00pm
Where: Hyatt Regency O’Hare Grand Ballroom

Then –

Closing Ceremonies

 “Final Say” and “DJ Bill Bennett” Help Wrap Up
World’s Largest Annual LGBT Sporting Event

When: Saturday September 3
Time: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Waveland Ave in Boystown between Halsted and Broadway



The 35th annual Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), wrap-up a week of softball and social events with a closing awards ceremony and street fair in Boystown on Saturday, September 3, from 4:00-10:00p.m.

The event, which is presented in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), will take place on Waveland Avenue between Halsted and Broadway streets and feature local cover band Final Say and world-renowned DJ Bill Bennett. 



“We’re proud to partner with CMSA and the Northhalsted Business Alliance to close out a week of softball and social events in Boystown,” said Ted Cappas, President, Series 2011.
“We have received incredible support from the community and are especially grateful to our co-sponsor, CMSA, and Alderman James Cappleman, who understand the significance of this event for our community and our local businesses.”

Series 2011 plans to recognize all of the tournament’s championship teams during the closing event. Additionally, the Chicago Cubs (a Series 2011 sponsor) will welcome representatives from the winning teams onto Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 4 for a special recognition ceremony prior to their 1:20pm game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That Sunday is also Pride Day at Wrigley, brought to you by the Windy City Times, a Series 2011 media partner.  

ALSO  ON SUNDAY – there is a post game party event at SIDETRACK.  Singer Michael Scott McBride will perform.

Admission is free for all Series 2011 participants and CMSA Members.

Sports enthusiasts and members of the LGBT and greater Chicagoland community are welcome and encouraged to attend the Closing Street Fair for a $5 suggested donation at the gate, which will benefit Series 2011 charity partners.

See more  photos  on 
OUR Facebook  Page

get up to the date news  on
GSWS Facebook Page

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Gay SoftBall World Series Week in Chicago 2011

 Gay Softball World Series  2011 Chicago!

Just  days  away!   Events  begin this Sunday, August 28th starting at CREW. 4804 N. Broadway. Celebrate the end of the Softball Season with a Beer Bust and Fundraiser for GSWS. 2pm – 5pm     Help out the Chicago Gay Softball World Series. It’s 3 hours of Coors Lite for $20. Raffle prizes too.

Opening Ceremonies   08.29.2011   @   Navy Pier – Chicago
Opening Ceremonies for the 35th Annual NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series will take place on Monday, August 29, beginning at 5:00p.m at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. It’s going to be  a huge star-studded event!    Admission to the Opening Ceremony is FREE!  But Donations will be accepted, $10 is suggested,  to support the Ben Cohen “Stand Up” Foundation.

Closing Ceremony   will be  Saturday 09.03.2011  @  Waveland Ave – Chicago
 “Final Say” and “DJ Bill Bennett” Help Wrap Up World’s Largest Annual LGBT Sporting Event

Admission is free for all Series 2011 participants and CMSA Members. Sports enthusiasts and members of the LGBT and greater Chicagoland community are welcome and encouraged to attend the Closing Street Fair for a $5 suggested donation at the gate, which will benefit Series 2011 charity partners.


35th Annual Gay Softball World Series in Chicago Aug 29-Sept 3

It’s hard to believe that we’re just DAYS  away from the start of the 2011 Gay Softball World Series.  

Chicago is ready and excited to host you and your teammates for an incredibly memorable week!  

The 35th Annual
Softball World Series

Opening Ceremonies –
Navy Pier

Monday, August 29, beginning at 5:00p.m.

“We can’t think of a better venue and more picturesque setting to host the Opening for the 2011 Gay Softball World Series, said Ted Cappas, President, Series 2011. “We’ve assembled an incredible program for the evening, which will welcome our athletes and feature national and local entertainers alike.”

The GSWS Opening Ceremony will feature a top-notch talent lineup (see attached bios), including Leslie Jordan, star of the stage and screen; Ben Cohen, Rugby World Cup Champion and founder/chairman of the Ben Cohen “Stand Up” foundation; Pandora Boxx, Drag Superstar; and hometown favorites Amy Armstrong, singer and entertainer; and Matthew Harvat, DJ and event producer. 

Sports enthusiasts and members of the LGBT and greater Chicagoland community are welcome and encouraged to attend the Opening Ceremony for a $10 suggested donation at the door, which will benefit the Ben Cohen “Stand Up” foundation


The 35th annual Gay Softball World Series (GSWS), which will take place in Chicago beginning August 29, will wrap-up a week of softball and social events with a closing awards ceremony and street fair in Boystown on Saturday, September 3, from 4:00-10:00p.m. 

The event, which is presented in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA), will take place on Waveland Avenue between Halsted and Broadway streets and feature local cover band Final Say and world-renowned DJ Bill Bennett.

Series 2011 plans to recognize all of the tournament’s championship teams during the closing event.  Additionally, the Chicago Cubs (a Series 2011 sponsor) will welcome representatives from the winning teams onto Wrigley Field on Sunday, September 4 for a special recognition ceremony prior to their 1:20pm game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  That Sunday is also Pride Day at Wrigley, brought to you by the Windy City Times, a Series 2011 media partner. 
Sports enthusiasts and members of the LGBT and greater Chicagoland community are welcome and encouraged to attend the Closing Street Fair for a $5 suggested donation at the gate, which will benefit the Ben Cohen “Stand Up” foundation. 
The softball tournament, which begins on Tuesday, August 30, is expected to draw 175 teams from 43 cities in North America in five divisions: A, B, C, D and Master’s.  Play occurs at three separate complexes in Schaumburg, Elmhurst and St. Charles, with the championships (Schaumburg Complex) on Saturday, September 3.


Find them on Facebook and RSVP


Gay Softball World Series Summer Kickoff Party June 29

The 35th annual NAGAAA
Gay Softball World Series (GSWS)
 is almost here!
From August 29 – September 3, more than 165 teams, from over 40 cities across North America, will descend upon the Windy City to play more than 500 games, making the GSWS the largest annual LGBT sporting event in the world!
Join them @ Sidetrack on June 29 at 6:00pm for our Summer Kickoff Party, where if you register to volunteer for the Series, you can win FABULOUS prizes that night!  There is no cover charge for this event.
·       Grand Prize: “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” NYC Getaway Weekend for two!  Airfare, two-night hotel stay at the luxurious Benjamin Hotel and tickets to the Rokk Vodka-sponsored Broadway smash hit Priscilla Queen of the Desert!
·       Buddy Scooter from Scooterworks
·       Miller/Coors Bicycle
·       (2) VIP Suite Tickets to Melissa Etheridge
·       $100 Sir Spa Massage Gift Cards
To enter the drawing, simply register to volunteer during the Chicago GSWS.  We have numerous volunteer needs both leading into and during the week of the Series.  From registering athletes to providing information at the host hotels to assisting at the fields, there is an opportunity for everyone. 

Can’t make the Sidetrack event?  Visit the Series website at Chicagoseries2011 to learn more and to sign up to volunteer.
Series 2011 – Participate.  Donate.  Volunteer.  Find them on FACEBOOK.


Best Bike Tours in Chicago! Bobbys Bike Hike


Since the advent of the bicycle in the 1860s, Chicago has been distinguished as one of the premier cycling locations in the United States, with such public cycling destinations as Grant Park, Burnham Park and the Chicago Park District’s Lakefront Trail.

Chicago has been  named a cycling capital of the United States by several magazines. The City of Chicago has achieved this goal by investing in bicycling infrastructure and promoting education, awareness and advocacy.


Bicycles arrived in Chicago in the 1860s. By 1900, there were 54 bicycle clubs with more than 10,000 members, and it has been growing every year.


Mayor Richard J. Daley, was a huge supporter of bicycling. When he was inaugurated, the city had a limited number of bike paths. By the 1970s, Daley’s administration had built a large network of lakefront bike paths, bicycle lanes on the road, a 34-mile (55 km) bicycle route and rush-hour bicycle lanes on Clark Street and Dearborn Street.

Chicago currently has more than 110 miles of on-street bike lanes, more than 30 miles of marked shared lanes, many miles of off-street paths (including the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail), more than 12,000 bike racks, and sheltered, high-capacity, bike parking areas at many CTA rail stations. Daley has said, “My goal is to make the City of Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the U.S.”

Since the summer of 2002,
Bobby’s Bike Hike has offered a unique perspective on the sights and attractions of Chicago, incorporating quality information, group interaction, and most of all, fun.

“We provide you a cool, cruiser style bicycle and riders of all ages and fitness levels will find our relaxed-pace tours enjoyable. Bobby’s hand-selected guides make brief stops at Chicago’s most popular sights, providing light-hearted commentary that will keep you entertained and “in the know.”

Whether you live here – or are visiting, Bobbys tours offer something for everyone.

Lakefront Neighborhood tours

 Rated the best Chicago sightseeing tour of 2010 by Tripadvisor, Most organized bike ride of Chicago by the Chicago Reader, and Best Chicago Tour by Citysearch! This tour is what made Bobby famous, taking you off the tourist beat and onto the quiet neighborhood streets, city parks, and packed beaches of the North Side of Chicago, giving you a glimpse as to how Chicagoans enjoy their beautiful city. Highlights include the Gold Coast Mansions, Oprah’s House, the Playboy Mansion, Lincoln Park Zoo, Old Town Historic District, North Avenue Beach, and the Lakefront. 
 City Lights at Night –   Bike through Chicago’s most attractive hotspots at night! Like a party on wheels, we’ll cruise through downtown to see brand new Millennium Park, Museum Campus, and Buckingham Fountain, with its world-renowned light show. You’ll see our favorite jaw-dropping vantage points of the scintillating skyline.

And NEW THIS YEAR – the  Bikes, Bites  Brew  tour – Working up an appetite won’t be a problem on this tour! We’ll be sampling from each of Chicago’s four favorite food groups — pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and beer. You’ll learn the history behind the foods and also get a taste for some of Chicago’s most popular neighborhoods as we cruise through Wrigleyville, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lakeview and Lincoln Park.

Bobby’s Bike Hike continues to set the standard in sightseeing bicycle tours of Chicago.
So come join in the fun – Bobby’s will  be the highlight of your day!

Bobbys Bike Hike    (312) 915-0995


Chicago Bulls NBA Player Joakim Noah Shouts ‘Faggot’

WHOOPSIE!  Homophobic Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was caught on camera shouting “f**k you, faggot” to a fan seated behind him at a Miami Heat basketball game tonight.
He used the slur while sitting on the bench after arguing a call with a referee. –  You know he will say “I’m Sorry…..” –  yeah, sorry for being caught on camera!

CBS Sports reports on the episode and the comparisons from some members of the media to last month’s incident with Kobe Bryant.

Noah then appeared to yell a string of profanities and finished with what appears to be the exact phrase that Bryant was fined for using. The only difference: Noah was not addressing one of the officials.

Immediately, NBA analysts and media members took to Twitter to predict that Noah would be fined by the NBA league office. “Because the NBA fined Kobe, you think they’ll have to fine Noah,” CNBC’s Darren Rovell tweeted. “But it’s really the luck of the draw whether you’re caught on TV.” “No question he said exactly what Kobe said,”’s Zach Lowe added. “Get that $100k ready, Joakim.”

Where does that $100,000  go exactly?  They should donate it to a LGBT rights group!

“I got caught up in the moment,” said Joakim Noah, his explanation for why he used an anti-gay slur during a game on Sunday. Mr. Noah apologized for the outburst, and that’s a start. But the fact that Mr. Noah immediately and instinctively turned to anti-gay language when he was angry and frustrated speaks to a larger, more dangerous undercurrent.  Hate language is more than a bad word – it has real, tangible consequences, and we must hold our role models accountable.

CENTER ON HALSTED said, “We have invited Mr. Noah and the Chicago Bulls organization to get involved in the work we do to provide young people, many of whom are homeless and the victims of hate violence,  a safe place to participate in sporting activities, where they can learn the value of teamwork, leadership, and healthy lifestyles.”


Johnny Weir April 30th Discount Tickets for Readers

The 2nd Annual
Johnny Weir
comes back to Chicago April 30th!

Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville
735 East Jefferson
Bensenville, IL  60106

an exclusive offer for Best Gay Chicago readers, if you type in promo code “johnnyweir” you can receive half off the ticket price!

There is also VIP seating available which will provide on-ice seating and access to Johnny’s intimate after party where they can meet him!


$1 from every ticket sale goes to American Red Cross: Japanese Disaster Relief fund.

Johnny has even 
created a special t-shirt to help raise needed monies for Japan.


LGBT Archery in Chicago April 16th FREE Event

The Chicago Archery Center is having a free Rainbow Family Fun Shoot on April 16th from 1-3 PM. It’s the new game in town! Come and see how much fun archery can be for the entire family. All equipment is provided. The address is 1529 W. Armitage (just east of Ashland/Elston), Chicago, IL 60642. There is plenty of free street parking. Chicago Archerycom


Crew Bar + Grill Hosts Proud to run Race benefit April 10th

Crew Bar + Grill,
Chicago’s award winning gay sports bar, will host a benefit for the 30th Annual Proud to Run Race on Sunday, April 10th, from 1pm to 4pm.

The Proud to Run Race celebrates gay and lesbian pride and is held on the same weekend in June as the Chicago Gay Pride Parade. This year’s race will be Saturday, June 25th.

For a $20 donation, attendees to the benefit at Crew will take part in an all you can drink beer bust and raffle for various prizes, including a Blu-Ray DVD player and two pairs of tickets to an upcoming Chicago Cubs game.
“One of the things that attracted us to the Proud to Run event is that it’s not just a race. It’s also a fundraiser to benefit a couple of charities in the Chicago Area,” said Crew co-owner Steve Milford. This year Proud to run will benefit Pride Youth Services, a North Shore Health Service program for LGBT youth, and the Gerber/Hart Library, a non-profit library focused on Chicago LGBT history and archival materials.  “We love doing these kinds of charitable events that benefit the community, and this particular event is also a sporting event, which is right up our alley,” added Mr. Milford.

Last year, the race had over 1,100 participants, and organizers hope to boost attendance by almost 20% to 1,300. Holding events and benefits, like the April 10th beer bust at Crew is one way the organizers hope to reach out to more people in the community. “I’ve run the Proud to Run race every year since I moved to Chicago almost a decade ago. It’s a great way to kick off Pride weekend with friends,” said Dave Davila, a manager at Crew Bar + Grill.  “I hope this year to get some more of my co-workers running with me.”
Crew Bar + Grill, located at the intersection of Broadway and Lawrence, is Chicago’s premiere gay sports bar.  In 2010, Mike Sullivan and Mark Robertson joined the business as co-owners alongside Steve Milford and Brian Wells. Now well into its sixth year, Crew has become a fixture of the Uptown entertainment district with a mix of big games on over 20 HD, flat screen televisions and great food and drinks. 
Crew Bar + Grill     4804 N Broadway     Chicago, IL   60640



Equality Illinois Baseball Social March 31

Join Equality Illinois  and our friends at Sluggers Sports Bar on Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 9pm for a casual social to celebrate Opening Day 2011!

Come meet White Sox great Minnie Minoso (stay tuned for other names to be added!) and enjoy cocktails and the chance to win door prizes. Tickets, which include 2 complimentary cocktails and a drawing ticket are $10 at the door. Come meet some new friends and let’s celebrate the beginning of the 2011 baseball season!

EQIL 2011 Baseball Season Opening Social
Thursday, March 31      6 to 9pm
Sluggers Sports Bar         3540 N. Clark Street in Chicago
Tickets $10 at the door (2 complimentary cocktails and a drawing ticket)

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Equality Illinois Hosts Baseball Season Kickoff Social March 31st

Equality Illinois, the state’s largest organization advocating for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, is kicking off the 2011 baseball season with a pre-opening day social aimed at bringing together fans of the Chicago Cubs and of the White Sox.

Attendees will have the chance to mix and mingle with current and former baseball players such as White Sox great Minnie Minoso, and meet the editor of the best-selling Baseball Prospectus, Christina Kahrl. Contributing authors to the Baseball Prospectus will also be in attendance.

Attendees will have a chance to win tickets to 2011 season games, team memorabilia, copies of the newest edition of Baseball Prospectus, among other prizes.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 31st from 6–9pm at Sluggers Bar, one of Wrigleyville’s most renowned hotspots, at 3540 N. Clark Street. Tickets are $10 at the door and include 2 complimentary cocktails, light bites, and a ticket for the drawings.  


  For more information about Equality Illinois, visit Equality Illinois.

Kickoff for Equality

Thursday, March 31, 2011    6:00pm-9:00pm
Sluggers Bar    3540 N. Clark Street      Chicago, IL 60613


Eat Right Get Fit with the Trainers from World Gym Chicago

Many gay men are obsessed with their body image.

American men spend over-

•$4 billion a year on exercise equipment and health club memberships
•$3 billion on grooming aids and fragrances
•$800 million on hair transplants

•$1 BILLION on male cosmetic surgery procedures, procedures such as pectoral implants, chin surgery, and penis enlargement and procedures such as liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).

A Playgirl centerfold model of 1976 would need to shed 12 lbs of fat and gain 27 lbs of muscle to be a centerfold of today!   OK- we get –  many of us are obsessed!

But if you have a desire for a great body –  what are you doing about it? And do you know what you are doing?

Are you eating sensible and healthy??

I can’t tell you how many guys I see at the gym, spending as much as 2 hours a pop working out –  then eating garbage food.

Or my favorite, the guy who is on a treadmill with his coffee in one hand and his cell phone in the other!

You have to eat right. It’s about learning to control caloric intake throughout the year, in addition to working out. It is a lifestyle adaption, and many people don’t follow through or don’t  have the knowledge to make the right decisions.

We could write pages and pages of nutritional tips – and that’s what well do in coming months, so this is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the trainers at World Gym of Chicago  on Montrose shared their thoughts and expertise and a few tips.

I like World Gym because of its comfortable atmosphere. The owner says, “World Gym is not a “health club”, but a gym dedicated to the improvement and maintenance of our members’ health and fitness.

Our philosophy is not to enroll hundreds of new members, induced to sign up by an endless string of “special offers”…but to build a strong base of loyal members and work hard to earn that loyalty in continuum. We have found that this philosophy has created an environment where men and women of all ages, from the “just getting started” to the “top athlete,” all exercise in a comfortable, non-frantic atmosphere. We are a result producing, not stress producing, gym.”

      So here we go –  5 quick tips and pointers –

BASIC RULE #1: Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day.

In basic terms, you can not eat more than you expend.  OR you must burn more than eat.  And you have to make healthy choices when you eat. You can’t consume buckets of sugar and fat and expect to get lean and build muscle.

When it comes to Protein;  Drink whey protein 20 minutes before a meal. The Minnesota Applied Research Center in Minneapolis found that the protein consumption caused a much greater loss in body fat than the placebo. The whey protein maintains blood sugar levels, which decreases appetite. And, the protein provides the building blocks your body needs to recover from your exercise program.

You can have TOO MUCH protein. The next time you urinate, take a gander into the toilet bowl. I’m serious.
Now tell me if your urine is bubbly and has a frothy consistency. Like beer.

If you’ve been supplementing your diet with protein in line with a bodybuilding routine, I’m going to bet you that chances are, you have bubbly urine. Now what does bubbly urine imply? proteinuria.

Proteinuria is a medical condition whereby too much protein is ingested for the body to utilize. The kidneys then work overtime to filter out this excess protein, and out it goes through your urine. Excess protein = bubbly urine.

2. Go nutty for nuts. Nuts are high in calories and fat – so it might seem strange that they’re a great weight release food. But they are. Researchers from Purdue University found that nuts are high in nutrients and antioxidants, that they help prevent degenerative diseases and that they are linked to reduced body fat. Nuts prevent hunger (consume a handful before going out to eat!), and they take a long time – and lots of energy – to digest. This research is providing new support for the caveman diet – which holds that we should eat nuts, berries, vegetables, lean meats, etc. – just like our ancestors.

3. Green tea is a fat loss miracle. Research from Maastricht University in Holland is making me a green tea believer. Green tea promotes weight release, weight maintenance, improved blood sugar regulation and even decreases abdominal fat! Of course, green tea doesn’t do it alone – you need to combine it with a comprehensive exercise and nutrition program.

 4. SUGAR. Eat foods that are low on the gylcemic index. The glycemic index  measures how fast certain foods increase blood sugars. Foods like white bread are very high on the index, and foods like whole grains are ranked much lower. Those foods that are high on the index seem to trigger fat storage – though researchers aren’t quite sure why. Here’s a list of how some of the most common foods rank .

5. SLEEP. Poor sleep = increased abdominal fat. Researchers from Wake Forest embarked on a multi-year study and found that too little – or too much – sleep led to increased risk of obesity and abdominal fat. 6 – 7 hours a night was found to be ideal.

THANKS  to the trainers  at
World Gym of Chicago

With 7 locations!

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