Category Archives: Summer Fun

Neverland Pool Party July 2

neverland  gay party

 

The Neverland Pool Party is back! One of the most unique summer parties in Chicago (the ONLY big LGBT dance party with a pool) returns for 4th of July weekend on SATURDAY, JULY 2nd. All-day party from noon-8pm with music by Neverland alum DJ JALIL Z (Miami).  Deuce’s and the Diamond Club 3505 North Clark Street,  Chicago, IL 60657

 

PRIVATE CABANAS: There are 8 private poolside cabanas. Purchase of a cabana comes with a premium bottle of Belvedere vodka & mixers, and admission for 4 people.

 

VIP POOLSIDE LOUNGE: There are 2 premium VIP poolside lounges; chic setups along the pool with sofas, a bottle of Belvedere vodka & mixers, and admission for 4 people.

 

**BEEFED-UP SOUND** provided by ILC, the masterminds behind Neverland’s Metro stage installations & lighting.

TICKETS   ONLINE  NOW!!!

or Egoist Underwear (3526 N Halsted) has hard-copy tickets (no service fee) for $15 to the pool party.

Save

BEST Summer Vacation Rentals

waterfront vacation rentals

Beaches, boats, lighthouses, quaint shops, a variety of restaurants, and exciting nightlife awaits you as you enjoy one of our beautiful waterfront condos…

Majestic Getaways offers premier condo rentals in major locations throughout the Midwest;

including Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan. 140 miles from Chicago, these Small towns = BIG Fun! Visit the twin cities of Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan for a welcoming, casual atmosphere that makes you feel like part of the community. Lots of LGBTQ folks from the Midwest flock here to get away from the bigger city life to enjoy the small town feel and great outdoors. Grassy dunes, white sand beaches and quaint streets of shopping make these harbor towns the perfect getaway.

 

st joseph michigan travel rentals

St Joe Michigan. St. Joseph is carefully nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed “The Riviera of the Midwest.” This deepwater port town is a growing resort community – part of a “small town” chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. The lakeshore is peppered with remarkable sand dune formations and lined further inland with a lush countryside that produces some of the nation’s finest orchards and vineyards. It is the largest non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.

Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a quaint community situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA.

South Haven Michigan. One of Michigan’s featured Beachtowns, South Haven defines resorting on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore with majestic vistas and dazzling sunsets.You’ll feel this rich heritage as you gaze over our 100-year old lighthouse -a welcoming beacon in an often turbulent world.

sandusky vacation rentals

Sandusky Ohio. Sandusky is midway between Toledo to the west and Cleveland to the east. Thrill seekers will have no trouble getting their kicks in Sandusky, home to the world-renowned Cedar Point Amusement Park, boasting 17 roller coasters, plentiful children’s attractions and carousels.

Outside the park, the city entices travelers with its sandy white Erie shores, stunning coastal trails, mysterious Seneca Caverns and numerous refreshing water parks. The downtown waterfront boasts historic architecture, charming boutiques and unparalleled views over Lake Erie.

 

waterfront vacation rentals travel midwest

and Chicago Illinois – Besides Pizza, hot dogs, skyscrapers and world class shopping, Chicago is also known for it’s waterfront. Spanning Over 30 miles of beaches and waterfront that offer the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. An 18 mile bike path, kayak rentals, dinner cruise on Lake Michigan it’s all here! And you can rent a place Downtown Chicago located in the heart of the city, overlooking the Chicago River!

WATERFRONT VACATION RENTALS by MAJESTIC GETAWAYS offers premier condo rentals! Visit their website for more details and photos. Call them at (269) 349-7700!

best midwest vacation homeswaterfront-vacation-rentals-michigan-illinois

 

 

Taco Party at El Mariachi July 23rd

tiki taco mexican food deals chicago

Cazwell at Chicago PrideFest

cazwell chicago

HE’S BACK!   CAZWELL!

The seventh single from Cazwell’s Hard 2 B Fresh album is a head-to-toe ratchet trap club banger with hard twerk beats, raunchy, sex-fueled lyrics and a killer drop.

Produced by Richie Beretta, “Downtown” was originally composed for Major Lazer, the electronic music project comprising of record producing DJ Diplo and DJs Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Cazwell admits he begged Beretta for the opportunity to write lyrics to and record the single as he felt it was the one crucial sound missing from his album. “I needed this vibe for Hard 2 B Fresh,” he explains. “I can be pretty convincing when I want to be.” Cazwell’s “Downtown” is available on iTunes and at all major online music retailers now.

“To take it “downtown” means you’re gonna turn up and not give two fucks about the repercussions,” explains Cazwell from his Manhattan home. The term has become something of a mantra for the party-going rapper whose songs defy convention by mixing gay themes with sharp-edged east coast Hip Hop. He’s even adopted Hip Hop’s large-living lifestyle, something he raps about it in his song.

“I have the money now but there was a time I was ‘downtown’ bougie,” he admits. “That’s when you spend way more money than you can actually afford on dumb shit, not caring about what happens next. If you spend the last of your savings on a bottle of Goose at the club so you can impress your friends, you’re just dead wrong bougie.”

cazwell-bougie-chicago

He traces his attraction for lavish street flash to a youth spent listening to classic nineties rap. “I remember the legendary MC Lyte singing how she was ‘funky fresh, dressed to impress, ready to party’. That line always resonated with me.”

It’s even echoed in “Downtown” when Cazwell raps how he is ‘pressed fresh and I don’t give a fuck’. “It essentially means the same thing,” he acknowledges. “I’m squeaky clean, I’m dressed fly as all hell, I’m moisturized, my clothes are wrinkle free and my kicks are crispy. I’m about to show off and nobody can tell me nothin’.”

It’s not the song’s only throwback to pre-millennium fabulousness. There’s also a nod to nineties supermodels Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell. “You know I had to give a little old school shout out to the ladies,” he laughs. “If you’re sitting pretty that’s one thing, but if you’re sitting pretty with the original supermodels than you must be fresh and pressed.”

cazwell-and-amanda-lepore-downtown-chicagojpg

The larger than life downtown fantasy is carried into the song’s music video, directed by 19-year-old first-time music video directors, Bob Bottle and Ben Evans. It’s a style of video fans will likely view as atypical for Cazwell, harkening back to the homegrown (and initially banned) feel of his first hit, “All Over Your Face”.

“We were inspired by the films “Spring Breakers” and “Clockwork Orange”, and the new generation of gay teenagers on Tumblr who are curating sexy boy pics like they’re some kind of world renowned art collection,” explains Cazwell. “We bring their digital fantasy to life by submerging gay porn stars, models, and go-go boys in a surreal New York City house party overloaded with Tumblr-inspired imagery.”

When conceiving the video, they paid close attention to creating shots they thought would make great GIFS and still frames. Many contain pop culture references, including a cameo from New York nightlife icon, Amanda Lepore, who truly embodies the magic of Downtown. “Amanda is the extra something special with any video she has a cameo in, and since the song is very New York, it made a lot of sense to have her included,” says Cazwell.

“I thought it would be especially funny if she showed up when the party was over and was basically like ‘where is everybody?’”
A Massachusetts native, Cazwell has been described as what would have happened if Eminem had grown up on Madonna’s front lawn. He became a You Tube sensation after a million people viewed his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ music video in a single week. He has since earned hipster credibility with a steady flow of danceable hip hop tracks that impressively showcase his hypomanic take on pop culture.

Earlier this year, Cazwell released his first full-length album in four years, “Hard 2 B Fresh” on Brooklyn indie, Peace Bisquit. The new batch of Hip Hop comedy gems features seventeen tracks including his latest that is currently tearing up dance floors, “Dance Like You Got Good Credit,” “Spicy”, “The Biscuit” and “Don’t Get It Twisted.”

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO DOWNTOWN

Catch Cazwell in Chicago at PrideFest  Sunday  June 21st  at  5pm!

For more information, visit Cazwell.com and PeaceBisquit.com. The “Downtown” Tumblr page is at: http://downtowncazwell.tumblr.com/

Gay Pride Puerto Vallarta DEALS

puerto -vallarta-gay-pride-

• Hotels, condos, tour operators and airlines have joined forces to be part of the largest LGBT event in the region.

• Vallarta Pride is proud to have the unconditional support of local, national and international businesses to carry out a world class event.

CHICAGO!  get  away this May and SAVE!

The third gay pride festival “Vallarta Pride” will take place from May 17 to 25, 2015. This festival in honor of the LGBT community living and visiting our vibrant tourist destinationis being supported by several local, national and international businesses under the theme of “Unity”.

It is now easier than ever to come enjoy and live the Vallarta Pride experience with the special promotions and travel packages that hotels, condos, tour operators and airlines are offering this year.

The Blue Chairs Hotel, Hotel Emperador, Hotel Catedral, Hotel Mercurio, Puerto de Luna, Rivera del Río and Villa Mercedes are all offering the 4th night free by booking 3. This promotion will run throughout Vallarta Pride. The condos Andales on the Bay, Condo Carmen Alicia and Piñata Gay Guest House will also join this initiative offering the same deal.

Other accommodation deals include Casa Cupula and OlasAltas Suites (book 4 nights and get the 5th night free), Puerto Vallarta Beach Club (4th night free by booking 3 via http://www.equalitydestinations.com/ using the code EQDPV) and Puerto Vallarta Timeshare Rentals (Get 70% off resort prices when you book a week through http://www.sellmytimesharenow.com/).

The Airlines that have joined the Vallarta Pride travel deals and will offer a discount of up to 10% are Aeroméxico (code B542D12A, valid only in national flights and form May 20 to 25, 2015), Alaska Airlines (code EC8368 and valid till May 29, 2015) and Delta Airlines (code NMKSE and valid form May 9to June 2, 2015).

As nightlife entertainment cannot be missed during your Puerto Vallarta visit, Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping is offering 10% discount when booking using the code Vallarta Pride. GayPV is also offering two complete travel packages:

• Exclusive Travel Package for Pride*
Airfares, Hotels, Events and Excursions (Including Andrew Christian Events)

• VIP Travel Package*
Andrew Christian event tickets, “Wet & Wild” Gay Cruise, fashion show and 5-night hotel accommodation.
*Exclusive deals only available on: http://gaypv.mx/deals/pride2015/.

For more information on these deals and promotions, visit here

and the official Facebook Page

Chicago Winter and HOT Palm Springs

gay-travel-palm-springs-deals

gay-travel-palm-springs

HEATWAVE CHICAGO IS HERE!

heatwave chicago private party

THE TEMPERATURES

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

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

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

400  rooms.

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

Don’t want a room?

Can’t stay the night?

Get a party ticket  for  $85.

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

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

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

heatwave phone calls

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


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

IMG_4408

 

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

 

See YOU  at  HEATWAVE!

Heatwave is less than 8 Weeks Away

heatwave-poster-jpgmini

In about 8 weeks, HEATWAVE will be here! Summer fun in NOVEMBER!

From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ SIX FLAGS comes this new and unique event.

24 Hours of LGBT Paradise at Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort!

Be a part of the country’s first-ever 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration Benefiting a Chicago Non-Profit Organization each year. Year  one will be Chicago Gay Mens Chorus.

You get a room  AND  the party for $100 per person (based on double occupancy).

get all the details  at  HeatwaveChicago.com

You must call the hotel to book your room and you must say HEATWAVE EVENT.

 

 

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!
www.aidsrunwalk.org

Chicago North Halsted Market Days 2014

MARKET_DAYS_ chicago

I met someone the other day who just moved here to Chicago a couple weeks ago and had never heard of Market Days.

MARKET DAYS  101:

North Halsted Market Days is an annual two-day festival and celebration in Chicago. It is the Midwest’s largest two-day street festival with annual attendance between 200,000 and 300,000 people. It is the second largest festival in Chicago, next to Taste Fest.

Market Days takes place in the Boystown section of Lakeview up and down North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Avenue. The half-mile long event usually is scheduled for the second weekend in August. For 2014, the dates are August 9th and 10th. Market Days first began in 1981 with humble and gay-centric beginnings. Over the years, the overall vibe of the event is still very gay but welcoming and open to all. Halsted Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Saturday morning at 7am until Monday morning at 1am to accommodate the event.

The festival consists of 3 head-liner music stages, 2 local band stages and several areas where guests can dance to DJ’s spinning in the street. Spanning six city blocks, North Halsted Market Days features numerous musical acts throughout the weekend. Many of these artists are top-name headliners, some are local and some are more classic in nature. In the last couple years, Taylor Dayne, Wilson Phillips, Olivia Newton-John, David Cassidy, and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter have all performed at this Chicago festival.

North Halsted Market Days showcases a vast array of different types of food, artwork, unique crafts, clothes, jewelry and just about anything you can think of. There are also tents showcasing local Halsted Street businesses, as well as public service organizations and companies both large and small. Many give away small souvenir items and offer special deals and discounts to attendees.

Most of the businesses along Halsted Street are open during the day with many staying open late each night. The 20+ bars and restaurants on Halsted Street see a significant increase in patronage. If you go to any of the clubs or restaurants after 11pm, be prepared to wait in long lines.

Visitors come from all over the US to celebrate, party and truly experience this unique festival weekend in Boystown. Keep in mind the crowds swell from about 1pm-7pm, making it very difficult to move along the street. There is a suggested donation of $10 each day to attend.

SEE THIS YEARS TALENT LINE UP

 

Girls Girls Girls! BackLot Bash Chicago 2014

 

backlot-bash-chicago-lesbians

Where the girls come and play!

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

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

back-lot-bash-lesbians-in-chicago-gay-pride

AND MUCH MUCH MORE!

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

 

GOLIATH at Six Flags Great America

goliath2 six flags great america

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS CHICAGOLAND? The Biggest Tallest Fastest!

The ride will set three world records for wooden roller coasters including drop length, drop steepness, and speed. It will feature the longest drop at 180 feet (55 m), the steepest drop at 85°, and the fastest speed at 72 miles per hour (116 km/h).

We got a test spin today and IT IS SUPER FAST – and that first drop? OMG!

Reaching top speeds of 72 miles per hour—the fastest of any wooden roller coaster—you’ll then thunder around surprising curves and outrageous twists. You’ll face three intense over-banked turns, a 180-degree zero G-roll twist, and two wild inversions, flipping head-over-heels through a winding inverted drop and a spiraling inverted zero G stall.

Goliath is built by an Idaho company called Rocky Mountain Construction Group. That company uses nontraditional methods to make wooden roller coasters, allowing for thrills traditional wooden roller coasters can’t provide, as detailed in a Tribune report last month.

Like all the big fantastic coasters, lines can be long for a quick 90 second ride!

GET A GLIMPSE HERE!

 

Wait in short lines  at the LGBTQ  private night  OUT IN PARK…..

OITP2014_PosterFINAL

Fresh Cooking Ideas with Chef Tong June 22 @ Chicago Bontanic Gardens

my private chef chicago

Foodies and their friends will be flocking to the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for this day of great tastes and gorgeous presentations.

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite garden fresh recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s
popular annual Garden Chef Series.

 

Chef Tong will appear on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the
Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

The Garden Chef Series promotes the Garden’s message of growing and using seasonal vegetables,
fruits and herbs. Chef Chris will use the spectacular open-air kitchen and amphitheater at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to present his cooking demonstration.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with a fabulous recipe that they can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free.
Parking is $25.00 per car; free for Garden members.
For more information about this Garden Chef Series event, call 847.835.5440
or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners
to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love doing cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
Some recent appearances include cooking classes and demonstrations on local television, at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Stores, Whole Foods Market, Gilda’s Club Chicago, Taste of Chicago and this return engagement at the Chicago Botanic Garden

For more information about My Private Chef, call Event Services at 773-370-8131 or visit www.myprivatechef.net.

Madison WI Fruit Fest June 14th

fruit-fest-madison-wisonson-lgbt-plan-b

Madison’s Gay Summer Music Festival FRUIT FEST returns June 14th!

Fruit Fest is an Annual LGBTQI Summer Music Festival held in Madison, Wisconsin.

 The music festival is an all-ages free event organized to celebrate Madison’s gay community through a day of music, performance, art, and celebration. 

This year’s Fruit Fest will be held on June 14th and feature headliner Debbie Gibson, as well as many local folk musicians, punk bands, DJs & drag queens. The event will also include the 4th Annual Fruit Loop 5k run/walk, and the 4th Annual Star Fruit karaoke competition. Food, beer and alcohol will also be served on festival grounds from a variety of vendors.

Fruit Fest is located in the heart of Willy Street in the Marquette Neighborhood, an Eastside neighborhood swarming with LGBTQA folks making it the most diverse, and ‘coolest’ hood according to Madison’s Isthmus Favorites. Last year, attendance was near 1200+ over the course of the nine hour festival including locals & many from 90+ miles away.

 

Fruit Loop 5k

On June 14th Fruit Fest will be hosting the Fourth Annual Fruit Loop, a 5K run/walk through the beautiful Marquette Neighborhood, starting and ending at the Fruit Fest event grounds. The proceeds from the run/walk are distributed to Community Shares of Wisconsin who gives them to LGBT organizations.

In 2011, the First Annual Fruit Loop had over 120 runners and walkers. Check out all the great pictures from the event. We expect the turnout to be even greater this year! Dress as fruity as you want and come out to run or walk and have some fresh-squeezed summer fun for a good cause. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming Fruit Loop on June 14th, you can register here.

Keep up to date with their official FACEBOOK  PAGE

Spring Arrivals at J Prince Studio in Boystown

j prince studio boystown chicago

One of Chicago’s top interior designer and event planner, Ramsey Jay Prince  has set up a permanent shop, J PRINCE STUDIO,  on North Broadway, and has something for everyone.

The boutique is a beautiful mélange of Prince’s trademark, luxurious style with carefully selected one of a kind vintage and salvaged pieces with seasonal couture items also for sale. This is the urban Fashionista’s one stop shop for their home, fashions, and gifts.

 

Lots of new spring arrivals!  Including one-of-a-kind mens swimsuits, shorts and shirts!   Check out the Spring Fashion Show and Sale!  Friday  April  25th at MiniBar.

Spring Fling Fashion Show and Sale. See the hottest looks in Spring/Summer sportswear and swimwear. You will be able to  purchase some of the looks right off the runway in the  pop up shop with a portion of all sales to benefit Chicago House ! Doors at 8 show at 9
new swim suits mens clothes chicago new swimsuits chicago ramsey prince

 

new swimsuits ramsey prince chicago

Besides lots of wonderful gift items and decor for the home, the store has gotten a very unique line of swim suits, underwear and summer clothes that no one else in the city is carrying.

Cute shorts and fun shirts plus hot swim suits!

Stop in and see what’s new!

3744 N Broadway.   

b/t Waveland Ave & Grace St in Lakeview. 

  • Phone number (312) 547-0958

 

 

mens swim suits chicago

ChicagoPride.com and Anthony Morgano Talk Six Flags OUT IN THE PARK

.


AWESOME article about OUT IN THE PARK 2013, 
                                       from Anthony Morgano and ChicagoPride.com


Lakeview to Become Bike Haven

Divvy is your Chicago Bike Sharing System

with thousands of bicycles available to you 24/7.

Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 4,000 bikes and 400 stations
across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional
transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy,
and affordable.

I am not sure I love this idea – bike crazies already do not know how to properly interact with cars – I think this is all going to get worse having so many extra bikes around town.

LAKEVIEW  will get 40 MORE locations this month!

Check out the Lakeview locations map by Andy Ambrosius at Lakeview Patch.

Sign up for Membership today. Now open for riding!

Chicago Pride Parade will be Broadcast on ABC 7

ABC 7 Chicago will
be the only station in the city to broadcast “The 44th Annual Pride Parade” on Sunday, June 30th from midnight
to 1 am. Hosted by ABC 7’s Janet Davies, this is the tenth year ABC 7
Chicago
has covered the parade. Terri
Hemmert,
from WXRT Radio Chicago, will once again join Davies in the
broadcast booth to help co-host the parade. The actual parade will take place on
Sunday, June 30, starting at noon.

 

“I am
always proud of the fact that ABC 7 is the first and only television station to
broadcast the Pride Parade,” said Janet Davies, host of the event. “This is an
important event to showcase the contributions of Chicago’s LGBT community and
one of my favorite events to host.”

 

This year, ABC
7’s Ben Bradley, Ryan Chiaverini,
Jessica D’Onofrio, Michelle Gallardo, Evelyn Holmes, Leah Hope, Eric Horng, Ron Magers, Karen Meyer, Hosea
Sanders,
Rafer Weigel and Linda Yu are scheduled to appear in the parade via ABC 7 Chicago’s float.

 

Wade Davis, a former NFL football player and
nationally recognized speaker, activist, writer and educator will be this
year’s Grand Marshal.

 

The 44th Annual Pride Parade kicks off from Broadway and Montrose on
Chicago’s North Side and will
end near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.
The parade originally started to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall
Riots, the most important event in the history of the gay rights movement.

 

The parade ends a weekend of fun and
entertainment with various bands and singers performing on stage, great food
and drinks. The Pride Parade festivities support the gay, lesbian, bisexual,
and transgender communities.

The “Pride Parade” is Chicago’s second
largest parade with streets lined 12 people deep and 750,000 spectators.

“The 44th Annual Pride Parade” will be
available on-demand at www.abc7chicago.com.

“The 44th Annual Pride Parade” is produced by
Christopher Bowen.  

Sushi Wednesdays After Work at Roka Akor

 Wednesdays this summer from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., mix and mingle at River North’s Roka Bar in Roka Akor Steak, Seafood, and Sushi (456 N. Clark) for “Shochu & Sushi.”

Voted top 10 sushi restaurants in the US  this is an awesome deal!
For $25.00 per person, relax and enjoy the open air setting of Roka Bar,while sipping on Mixologist Jason Huffman’s signature Raspberry Ginger Shochu Cocktails (two per guest), infused with selected market-fresh fruits and spices and cooled in punch bowls of crystal-clear blocks of ice.
 Guests also will be treated to passed trays of Roka Akor Executive Chef Brett Vibber’s classic and exotic sushi rolls, including Hamachi Serrano, Dynamite Scallop, Tuna Four Ways, and Yellowtail & Sweet Shrimp Sashimi.
Perfect for after work summer evenings!
Roka Akor Steak, Seafood, and Sushi, voted one of the “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States” by Bon Appétit and Travel & Leisure Magazines, and 2013 Michelin Guide Chicago
recommended, is a stylish Prime steak and sushi restaurant that
features Robata-style “open charcoal” cuisine. For Chef Ce Bian’s dining
room menu, the freshest fish is flown in daily, and sushi and sashimi
are carefully handpicked by region and seasonality. The menu also
features a variety of succulent steak cuts including Prime Rib Eye with
Wafu Dressing and Prime New York Strip Loin with Truffle Aioli, as well
as the highest quality of domestic and Australian Wagyu Beef. Inside
Roka Bar – Roka Akor‘s informal, yet sophisticated dining environment – guests can
feast on a selection of Japanese small plates, which are designed for
sharing.

456 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 477-7652

Bike Sharing in Lakeview in Boystown

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

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

Chicago House is Chosen as the 2013 beneficiary for OUT IN THE PARK

 September  14th, 2013!

“Out
in the Park” at Six Flags Great America returns in 2013 with a BANG!
  A private LGBT event featuring unlimited riding of  ALL  Six
Flags Great America’s amazing rides (X-Flight, Superman, Batman, etc.) , live
music by an internationally sought after DJ who calls Chicago home, Matthew
Harvat, delivering a total party-celebration dance area everyone can enjoy,
complete with a laser light show! Plus some surprise celebrity guests and niche
entertainment venues, for those who don’t like to  ride, or just want to take a break and enjoy
some live music!

“This year we looked at 6
potential organizations to be the beneficiary, and we chose Chicago House,
” say Michael Snell, from  Best Gay
Chicago.com. “Chicago House is so incredibly proud to be included in Out
At The Park
.  Last year’s event drew thousands of enthusiastic
attendees, and we’re excited to be able to partner with the event organizers
this year both to fund the vital work Chicago House is doing in the care and
prevention of HIV, while promoting the diverse services we provide to over
1,500 men, women, and children in Chicago’s LGBT communities.” said Jeremy
Hilborn, Director of Individual Giving & Special Events.

BestGayChicago.com and Chicago House
are excited to return with an all new LGBT Celebratory event and fundraiser at
Six Flags Great America. “We are very excited to be asked to return this
year to Six Flags Great America and their excitement in allowing us this unique
opportunity to produce such an awesome private event for our community at their
park,” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. “We are proud to
have another charity this year  benefiting from the event.”

 

This private event will be September
14th, 9pm-1am. The price is $38 and a portion of all tickets sold will benefit
Chicago House. Last year, nearly $12,000 
was raised for TPAN. This year’s goal is to raise even more money! What
is great about the event this year is ticket holders will have the whole park
to themselves and the lines for rides will basically be non-existent. So you
can ride as much and as often as you want, plus still have time left over for
dancing or to enjoy one of the mini-concerts!

Sorles said it will be 3 days of fun!  With parties planned for Friday night, Saturday night late, and Sunday Brunch and afternoon fun!  Details  soon!  Tickets on sale  May 1st. 

FOLLOW THE FUN ON FACEBOOK!


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

BONUS WHITE PARTY – OUT on the BEACH!

Sunday September 9th – noon – 6pm

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

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

Come to relax & recover OR to socialize or dance!

 

 

 

About TPAN

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

 

About BestGayChicago.com

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

Andersonville Midsommarfest June 8 – 10

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

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

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

More details and show schedules online.

Best Gay Chicago GAY SEGWAY Tour September 22



Join Michael and Derrick of BEST GAY CHICAGO  and Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours on Sept. 22nd for an LGBT evening Segway Tour!


(Photo of Steve and Drew)


Something fun and different! Explore Chicago on the most original Segway tour Chicago has to offer. 

The guided sightseeing tour covers 7 to 8 miles along the Chicago Lakefront. View the spectacular Chicago architecture, statues and fountains while we glide through the fragrant garden paths of Grant Park, Millennium Park, the Museum Campus, and Soldier Field.

Other highlights of this tour will be the sun setting on the skyline, viewing the skyline in all of its evening splendor is breathtaking. The buildings all look like they are highlighted in gold.



 Capture the memory with the many photo opportunities of Chicago attractions along these spectacular Chicago tour routes. Invitations are being sent out all over the LGBT community –  so it should be a fun networking event with a diverse group of people. Bring a friend or just make some new friends! 

Segways are easy to learn and safe to ride.

This special tour is limited to 30 people.
Normally $65, this tour is being offered at $55.
Includes rentals, tour and taxes.
(gratuity to your tour guide that night  is appreciated!)

Thursday, Sept. 22nd!
The tour is at 6:15 pm -8:15….People should arrive at 5:45-6:00

To make a reservation Call  312-552-5100     ask  for  Timmie.


$10  parking available  in the MILLENIUM PARK GARAGE –
NOTE – EAST  MONROE  GARAGE is closed.
Follow the Segway signs inside the parking structure.


If you enter from the street level, the address  is 337 E. Randolph Street

Afterwards, we can swing by Downtown Bar, if people are up for it!





 

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
NAGAAA Gay
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



MORE DETAILS   AT  CHICAGO SERIES 2011







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.

GET ALL THE DETAILS   AT  CHICAGO  SERIES  2011!

Find them on Facebook and RSVP





BestGayChicago.com


TPAN Up on The Roof BBQ – Almost Sold Out! Aug. 25



On Thursday, August 25, TPAN will present 
Up On The Roof, Chicago’s premiere rooftop event. 
 
In 2010, Greg O’ Neill and Ken Miller, owner’s of Pastoral, aware that public funding of social service agencies like TPAN was drying up, created Up On The Roof as a way to help pick up the slack from the shrinking federal dollars.

“We were  huge fans of the way that TPAN works efficiently and without fanfare, so we wanted to help the organization continue to thrive despite an economic downturn,” said O’Neill. Through hard work and dedication, Greg and Ken were able to produce an event of the highest quality with virtually no cost to TPAN. The result of their labors was more money returned to TPAN to further its mission. O’Neill went on to say “Hopefully others will see that these types of events are relatively easy to organize, and will do similar events.”
 
We invite you to experience Up On The Roof,  an event created out of a true desire to be of assistance, and fueled by a passion for helping  those whose lives are most affected by HIV in the Chicago area.
 
About the event:
Up On The Roof, a gastronome’s delight, is a fundraising event benefiting TPAN that provides guests with an evening of amazing food prepared by some of Chicago’s star chefs from the top restaurants in the City, sumptuous sweets, and views of the city that are unmatched by any other event. In it’s inaugural year, Up On The Roof was a sell out and this year proves to be the same. The menu includes dishes from: The Bristol, HB Home Bistro and Old Town Social. Desserts will be provided by  Cookie Bar, Sweet Margy, Salted Caramel,  Rich Chocolates and Das Caramelini.   
 
The only thing missing from the event is you. Space is limited and reservations are going quickly. If you have not already made a reservation, do so today by clicking here.
  

Deep Fried Twinkies and Dill Pickles!



Deep Fried Twinkies?!
and Deep Fried Dill pickles!

Oh My!

*DID YOU KNOW, Twinkies were invented in River Forest, IL. in 1930


A traditional deep-fried Twinkie involves freezing or chilling  the cake, dipping it into batter, and deep-frying it to create a variation on the traditional snack cake. It was described by a The New York Times story in this way: “Something magical occurs when the pastry hits the hot oil. The creamy white vegetable shortening filling liquefies, impregnating the sponge cake with its luscious vanilla flavor… The cake itself softens and warms, nearly melting, contrasting with the crisp, deep-fried crust in a buttery and suave way”.

The Texas State Fair had introduced the fried Twinkie to great popular acclaim, and the notion spread to other state fairs across the U.S., as well as some establishments that specialize in fried foods.







Fried pickles are a snack food found commonly in the American South. It is made by deep-frying a sliced battered dill l pickle.


Fried Dill Pickles were popularized by Bernell “Fatman” Austin in 1963 at the Duchess Drive In located in Atkins, Arkansas.   The Fatman’s Recipe is only known to his family and used once each year at the annual Picklefest in Atkins, held each May.


GET A TASTE  THIS WEEKEND  AT  MARKET  DAYS 
at the DEEP FRIED TWINKIE & DILL PICKLE BOOTH!
Located right across from Steamworks!  Where else?!




Chicago’s North Halsted Market Days 2011 Full of Surprises!


The 2011 Northalsted Market Days® will take place this weekend August 13-14, when a crowd of more than 100,000 from across the country will converge on Halsted Street to celebrate our annual event.
 
It’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s finest festivals!

It was recently announced  GLEE  STAR hottie Darren Criss will be here to entertain us – as well as the singing sensation Prince Poppycoock.





With temperatures expected to be 75-80, expect  BIG  CROWDS!
Other top names include  Gloria Gaynor, Lisa Lisa  and Expose.

See the full schedule online.


(check out the deep fried TWINKIES and DILL  PICKLES
across the street    from Steamworks!)


Chicago Market Days Main Event August 13th with 2 Major DJ’s



 


People always say, “whatever happened to our Saturday nights??  Why isn’t there big fun dance parties in Chicago anymore??”

Guess What??  THEY’RE  BACK!

Wild West Revolution Dance Party
The Market Days Main Event.
 Saturday, August 13. 2011

When’s the last time you played cowboys and indians? It’s been 8 years since there was a major dance party happening during Chicago’s famed Market Days weekend. The 2-day boystown street fest features over 200 vendors, 3 stages and over 175,000 hot, friendly and sexy attendees.

But come Saturday night at 10pm when all the booths close down and the bars are at capacity, where should everyone go to get their groove on and throw down on some hot bass beats and go go boy treats?

 Circuit MOM Productions is featuring superstar DJ’s ROLAND BELMARES and JOE GAUTHREAUX in a twin spinning, bucking bronco, tomahawk throwing DJ showdown at the old House Of Blues Corral.


Dust off your cowboy boots, saddle up your pony and ride on down before the doors open at 10pm to stake your claim in the dance hall. This barn dance ain’t over ’til 5am, so get ready to party ’til them cows come home.


Hey, Chicago! Tickets are only $30 in advance and you can get them at CRAM FASHION 3329 N. Broadway or at the House of Blues Box Office-329 N. Dearborn. OR CLICK HERE for ONLINE Tickets!


TICKETS WILL BE $40 AT THE DOOR on Saturday night.




***  MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Prepare yourself for THE ZOMBIE REVOLUTION
Coming Saturday, October 29, 2011
with Grammy nominated Producer/Remixer
DJ TONY MORAN   featuring a special surprise performance.
REVOLUTION CHICAGO!
Circuit MOM Productions, Inc
LiveNation and House Of Blues



BestGayChicago.com

Absolutely the Best Segway Tours in Chicago

  SUMMER IS  IN FULL SWING  – AND THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GORGEOUS (for the most part) here in Chicago!  And what better way to see the city than on a SEGWAY?!

Did you know?? You can cover about 7-8 MILES of the city, sightseeing in about 2 hours?

Riding the Segway  feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced because there’s never been anything like it. Step on and your instinct will be to steady yourself, as you would on anything with two wheels.

Almost immediately you’ll realize that the Segway  is balancing for you, almost like it has become an extension of you. Just lean forward a little and you’ll see that the Segway  isn’t moving you on its own; it’s moving in response to you and what you tell it to do. It all feels natural and really cool.





The Segway  uses LeanSteer™ Technology to move you from Point A to B. Gently move the LeanSteer frame and handlebar left or right in the direction you want to travel and feel the machine respond almost instantly.


The Segway  balances by using five micro-machined angular rate sensors and two accelerometers that sense the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.

But enough about the mechanics.  I have rode on several tours with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours   And it was  a great tour and experience!




The owners of the company have over 50 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry, having owned and operated some of the most successful, recognized and reputable restaurants and companies in the Chicagoland area. When starting Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours it was clear that they wanted to create that same memorable service, and to leave visitors with a wonderful impression of Chicago. 

Whether you have lived here all of your life – or just moved here –  riding and touring a Segway in Chicago, you learn SO MUCH!   The Segway itself is only one part of the total touring experience. “We believe that your tour guide will have the biggest impact on your experience. At the risk of bragging, we have the best guides in the business, bar none. That’s because we only hire the best. They have undergone extensive Segway certification training. They have to be professional, courteous, and articulate. So whether the group is comprised of teens, grandmas, or corporate execs, our guides can connect with everyone.” says owner Timmie McGuire Cortina.

They offer several different tours and those can change with the season, and the weather. We recently took the 8 mile / 2 hour Museum Campus tour. Before you can go on a tour, you have to watch a short safety film, then there is a short “class” learning session. But it’s real easy.

With Summer reaching the half way point, get your butt out there and check it out! It’s a fantastic fun time!!


Absolutely Chicago Segways  is located right near Millenium Park at 337 E. Randolph.
If you drive downtown and tour with them, you can park with them for $10 for the day.
Call 312-552-5100 to make your reservations
Tell them Best Gay Chicago.com  sent you!




HELP WANTED –  By the way, they are looking for  Spanish Speaking/Bi-lingual guides. What a job?!  Get outside and enjoy the summer weather, while touring the city and sharing your love of Chicago, with others!  Send a resume  to  Absolutely Chicago Segways !