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Escape Winter for PALM SPRINGS

IT’S HERE….It has not been bad yet in Chicago, but you know the worst is coming!

Time is running out. GET AWAY TO PALM SPRINGS!

Book now and take advantage of the savings.

$99 WINTER SPECIAL
Through January 31, 2017 – excluding holiday weekends
Superior rooms (non pool view) start at $99 during the week (SundayThursday) and weekends discounted (Friday and Saturday).
OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO STAY! INNdulge.
A men-only, clothing optional, resort hotel in the
heart of the Warm Sands area. All rooms feature air conditioning, free wifi and comfortable double or king beds…12 man Jacuzzi and saltwater pool are open 24 hours a day!

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For reservations: (760)327-1408

Chicago to NYC in Pullman Palace Train Car

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

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

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

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

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

Gay Iowa Online

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

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

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

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

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

Gay Chicago Loves Gay Palm Springs

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LOT’S  of  Chicago  LGBTQ   folks   head to Palm Springs  EVERY  YEAR!  And  where do they  stay?  Many  guys  choose  INNdulge.

Their    2 for 1 Special will soon be over!

Don’t miss out.

Now through September 15, 2016.
Pay for one weeknight and get the 2nd one FREE!

Valid from Sunday – Thursday

50% off 3rd night on weekends
(not valid with any other offers)

 

  • 24 Poolside Rooms & Garden Suites
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Large Heated 24-hr Pool
  • Pool chiller during summer months
  • In room DVD PlayersDVD Library
  • 12 Man 24-hr Jacuzzi
  • Wi-Fi Property Wide
  • Full Kitchens in all Suites
  • Microwaves
  • King Sized Beds
  • Refrigerators
  • Coffee Makers
  • Hair Dryers
  • On Site Gym
  • In Room Safes
  • Cool Misters For Hot Days
  • Irons & Ironing Boards
  • Onsite laundry facility
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Internet Station

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BEST Summer Vacation Rentals

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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Gay Palm Springs Hotel Deal

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GET AWAY TO WARM!!!

 Picturesque Palm Springs  is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It’s also notable for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, hip interior design shops and buzzy restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding.

INNdulge is THE GAY PLACE TO STAY!  A Legendary gay resort in Palm Springs with a tropical pool/hot tub, free breakfast, Wi-Fi & a gym in a relaxed space.    WINTER  SALE  RIGHT NOW!!  Only A few rooms  left!

2 FOR 1 SPECIAL
(December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016)
Pay for one night and get the second night FREE!
Excludes Friday, Saturday and holidays
RESERVE NOW!
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Chicago Michigan Get Away! House Rental

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UNPLUG    and  get away  from the hustle  and bustle of Chicago!

Known as The Grand Old City of southwestern Michigan, Dowagiac is just 2 hours from Chicago. Just a hop, skip and jump away from Chicago, many Chicagoans head east to Michigan to escape the city hustle and bustle for a laid back simpler life. There is a charming collection of Michigan bed and breakfasts  and homes   for  rent  that make the perfect choice for fun places to go for a weekend in the spring, summer, fall or for winter vacation getaways.

 

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Some of the best features of the Great Lakes State are visible and the relaxed pace of small-town life is always present here. There are lush parks, wildlife areas, and stately turn-of-the-century homes.

One fantastic home, the lovely Stella&James Weber Estate is available for rent. This 1860’s, 3100 square ft home has 4 bedrooms,1 King, 2 Queen, 1 room with two twins, and a separate semi private twin bed and blow up. Awesome kitchen and lots of room for friends or family gatherings. And it rents for $500 a night. Perfect for a getaway from the city, with a group of friends or family members.

The home sleeps  eight comfortably. Has a hot tub and pool table.  A casino  is  5 minutes  away. Great kitchen to cook up some meals for everyone! And the quaint downtown  is nearby, just a short walk,   with restaurants and some shops.

301 Center St      Dowagiac, Michigan

(773) 327-2403

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Puerto Vallarta Contest

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The start of ­­­­winter in Puerto Vallarta is cause for celebration as December marks the beginning of the whale watching season, traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, free daily guided Artwalks in historic downtown, culinary treats all around town, the International Pro Am golf tournament, the release of baby sea turtles, perfect weather with temperatures in the low 80’s and a calendar full of holiday festivities and free activities.

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is inviting everyone to join in the celebration with the launch of a mega “12 DAYS OF WINTER” (#12DaysOfWinter) promotion and participate for a chance to win daily prizes during the first 12 days of December, including artworks, bottles of tequila and raicilla and trip getaways, with the top prize being a 12-day all-expense paid vacation for two in Puerto Vallarta.

To participate register at visitpuertovallarta.com/12daysofwinter and tell the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board what you would do on a 12-day all-expense paid holiday for two in the destination. All registrants will have a chance to win one of 12 prizes. Drawings will take place every day from December 1st to 12th. Following are the details of the prizes that will be awarded:

 

 

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Winners of the getaway prizes to be awarded between December 5th through 12th will also receive a choice of 2 activities in Puerto Vallarta courtesy of Vallarta Adventures and Dolphin Discovery.

 

ENTER!

Winter Get Away Deals

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Chicago men LOVE INNdulge!  and today  is their 20th anniversary! Plan your winter get away  today!

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are bringing back our 2 FOR 1 SPECIAL!!
Stay one night and get the second night FREE!
This offer is available December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
and June 15, 2016 – September 15, 2016.
(not valid for weekends or holidays)

Southern Decadence Deals

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GAY TRAVEL HOT DEAL!

What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence.

Hosted every Labor Weekend, Southern Decadence is the 5th largest event in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest. 2014 brought in over 160,000 participants.

Nicknamed the “Gay Mardi Gras,” Southern Decadence is one of those quintessential New Orleans occasions in which participants get to strut their stuff in elaborate costumes and high fashion or barely anything at all, the day of the Parade!

Everyone gets in on the action and all the bars will have their own drag shows, contests, DJs, music and events.

Don’t miss this giant 44th Southern Decadence celebration of LGBT life, music and culture. CALL David now FOR THE BEST DEALS! 1-800-942-1280!

Best Chicago Hotel Pools

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We love the site THRILLIST!  They  are  obsessed with everything that’s worth caring about in food, drink, and travel.

In a recent article, they visited 14 top hotel pools around Chicago to see which were easily diveable and which were just plain impenetrable.  You would be surprised how easy it is to get into  some of the pool areas  for FREE!

Check these out!

 

Chicago pride Week new Events

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Now that PrideFest and the Parade have been pushed apart on 2 different weekends, promoters are filling in the week, to make Chicago a real destination for out of towners visiting the city!

6 new events this year!

Monday June 22nd – From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags Great America, comes a brand new exclusive LGBTQ Event; OUT IN THE HARBOR @ Hurricane Harbor! Hosted by Andrew Christian! SPLASH, DRINK AND DANCE! 5pm – 10pm

Music by the DJs of Scarlet and DJ Jalil Z from Miami. GO GO GODS! and Costumes by NVRLND!
Hostess with the Mostess Trannika Rex! Lots of food and drink choices available for purchase. Tickets $33 and FREE Parking (TAXES INCLUDED) SEASON PASSES ARE NOT VALID FOR PRIVATE EVENTS.
A portion of ticket price will benefit Northalsted Business Alliance this year! Transportation to and from Boystown $30! All ages welcome – must be 21+ to drink.

Get Tickets and Info @ www.PrideSplashChicago.com

 

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Thursday, June 25th –

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo celebrates LGBTQ Pride! Brookfield Zoo becomes the 2nd Zoo in the country to recognize and celebrate PRIDE!

2 Events: Daytime and Evening:

During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be entertainment in the afternoon! During the day there will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and /or products. – There will also be a short program with inspirational speakers and some entertainment. $15 Advance Tickets and transportation info @ www.ZooPrideChicago.com

Then From 7-10pm, a very special exclusive evening cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area. TALK TO THE ANIMALS! Only a portion of the zoo will open from 7-10; Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions area! We’ll be able to sip cocktails and taste delicious lite snacks and sweets. Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to them! As curators create a very special experience for us, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them. Lounge music will set the tone with the Dj’s of Scarlet. Silent Auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses. Tickets are $60 includes open bar, food and the experience. Tickets and transportation info @ www.ZooPrideChicago.com

Luxury Get Away Travel Prizes

aids-foundation-chicago-travel-prizesAIDS Foundation of Chicago celebrates next week with a huge   30th Year Gala held on May 16 to commemorate AFC’s innovative work and leadership in the HIV/AIDS community.

The Gala planning committee has worked hard to create these Luxury Vacation Raffle Packages shown below. If you can’t make it to the event, raffle tickets are the perfect way to support us as we turn 30 because you don’t need to attend the Gala to enter.

Raffle tickets are available online at the following levels: eight tickets for $200; three tickets for $100; one ticket for $50. Purchase tickets for your chance to win one of our alluring vacation packages.

Renaissance Resort & CasinoLuxury Vacation #1: Enjoy a private beach in Aruba for three nights at the Renaissance Resort & Casino (pictured to the right). This travel package includes GayOrbitz.com vouchers for round-trip travel for two and an Off-Road Island Tour. Get more details on this trip.

Total package value: $2,780

The SurreyLuxury Vacation #2: Stay on the Upper East Side of New York City at The Surrey (pictured to the left). This travel package includes a $500 American Airlines voucher, breakfast for two at Café Boulud and a Greenwich Village High Line Park and Food Tour. Enjoy a rooftop garden and so much more on this luxurious trip.

Total package value: $1,450

Purchase raffle tickets online.

Thank you for supporting AIDS Foundation Chicago!

MotorBall Returns to Detroit June 5th

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Detroit isn’t necessarily on everyone’s radar as a gay summer dance destination, but a non-profit organization is changing that. MotorBall, back for its second year, kicks off LGBT Pride Month with a weekend of events June 5-7, 2015.
After a nearly 11 year hiatus, MotorBall was resurrected in 2014 for a 20th Anniversary celebration. With a limited budget and a small group of volunteers, MotorBall 2014 was a success, raising nearly $7,000 for Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC). Thrilled with the results, MAC reached out to the founders of MotorBall, Geared For Life (GFL), and brought the event into MAC’s portfolio of fundraisers, which provide much needed funds for outreach, education, and prevention services in Michigan’s HIV/AIDS community.
MotorBall’s history is rich and spans over a decade. Originally created in 1994, the “GEAR Party,” which stood for “Generating Education, Awareness, and Respect,” was held at The Majestic Ballroom in Detroit. “The first party was so fun and went off without a hitch – even after two power surges blew the circuits at The Majestic,” says Tracy Hoffman, one of the founding members of Geared for Life.
The first event raised more than $15,000 for area HIV/AIDS organizations providing critical services in the height of the epidemic. The following years continued to raise funds – $200,000 in total – until the event was retired in 2005.
The parties, in their heyday, were held at various venues throughout Metro Detroit and brought in major DJs, entertainers, and out-of-town supporters. Centaur Music even produced three albums for MotorBall in its Party Groove lineup. MotorBall’s storied and proud history as one of the great circuit parties in the US and included performances by DJs Susan Morabito, Paulo, Tracy Young, Julian Marsh, Manny Lehman, Teri Bristol, Billy Carroll, Chuck Arida, the late-great BUC, Alyson Calagna, Maryalice, David Knapp, and so many more who all spun at the event.
The current organizers of MotorBall are a mix of alum from years past and some new faces.  Terry Ryan, CEO of MAC, says, “I’ve always cherished my memories and the friends I made at this event and am glad that we’ve been able to bring the MotorBall brand back.”
Eddie Mulak, MotorBall’s Event Director for 2015, remembers the first MotorBall and aims to bring the event back to its must-attend status. “Detroit it primed to host a world-class event for the LGBT community again. I’m proud to be entrusted with guiding this party back to a must-attend event.”
Joining the team again this year is Derek Zachariah, who originally became involved with Geared For Life and MotorBall twenty years ago. Asked to play a key role in last year’s Anniversary party, Zachariah also sits on the Board of AIDS Walk Detroit and is deeply involved with Michigan Greyhound Connection and other local non-profits. GFL founders and alum Tracy Hoffman and John Joanette join the team as consultants.
MotorBall kicks off in Detroit with its Opening Party 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, June 5 at Club Gold Coast with DJ Josh Karmin (Detroit/Toronto). MotorBall 2015 will be held from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 6 at St Andrew’s Hall and The Shelter, featuring DJ Chris Spinazzola (Chicago), DJ Steve Dearborn (Detroit), DJ Lena (Detroit), and DJ Mike Trombley (Macho City/Detroit).  MotorBall is an Official After-Party of Motor City Pride. To purchase tickets, and more information, please visit www.MotorBall.org or www.MichiganAIDSCoalition.org.

Matinee Las Vegas Memorial Weekend

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We know Memorial Weekend in Chicago is all about the GRABBY  Awards  and  IML….but,  Las Vegas is drawing in more and more Midwest guys  to  the  Matinee Las Vegas Festival!

The Biggest Gay Dance Festival of the Summer returns for  a 5th Anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend: May 22-25, 2015. Plus, Barcelona’s Biggest Party makes its U.S. debut for our Saturday Night Main Event at America’s Newest Waterpark: Cowabunga Bay!

Reserve your passes NOW and save 25%!  A LIMITED  NUMBER OF THESE DISCOUNT TICKETS  ARE LEFT!! DON’T  WAIT!

Lots of Chicago boys will be there!

Use  KOBY GRANT at checkout and get a discounted fitness package in preparation for the sexiest party in Vegas!

Gay Pride Puerto Vallarta DEALS

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• 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

A night in D.W. Alexander – Toronto

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Toronto, Ontario is a popular destination for many art and music lovers. It has high air and water standards, making it one of the cleanest cities to live in. Families all over the world go far from home to move in there. Night life is one of the aspects of T.O. that not many people are mentioning. With Chicago in vicinity, this area presents a vibrant and colorful scene. Celebrities all over the world like to visit Toronto International Film Festival, Opera House and numerous bars and lounges that this city has to offer. There are certain establishments that stand out from the rest with their offer and atmosphere. D.W. Alexander bar club is one of the most popular lounges in this city that made its name by serving excellent cocktails.

On the very entrance, you will be assisted by the pleasant and helpful staff. The interior is really classy and it mixes black and brown nuances. Together with dimmed lights, it creates a mysterious atmosphere. The space is really clean and tidy; it seems that the management is very needy when it comes to hygiene standards. This isn’t surprising given the Canadian mentality and discipline. The bar is really something. It is very well placed and it is inseparable from its design. There are enough chairs for partying, but not enough to feel that you are in a crowd. You won’t have to hit people with your elbows just to secure a little bit more space for yourself.

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The menu consists of snacks, such as nuts or olives, and dishes like fish and cheese. This is a very good way to satisfy your hunger without overburdening yourself with food. Choice of spirits is good, choice of whiskey even better. Various brands of Scotch, Canadian and Irish whiskey are served here. Number of wine and beer brands is much smaller, although their quality is high-level. However, the most important aspect of this bar and the reason why it became so popular are its cocktails. The baristas in this establishment made an art out of their mixture. The number of cocktails may look small in comparison to some other bars, but the way they are prepared more than makes up for it. Its cocktail menu is split into two: Classic Cocktails and D.W. Originals. The first part represents standard cocktails for this part of the world, with a nice Canadian touch added to them. D.W. Originals are house made from different ingredients that are specific to this club alone, such as D.W. Sage Infused Rum, D.W. Apple and Fennell Infused Rye, D.W. Black Pepper and Coriander Tincture and many more. All of that makes this place unique in its offer and worth visiting twice.

Whenever you are in Toronto, besides museums and other major sights, you should visit one of its restaurants, bar and clubs. Canadians know how to have a good time and they are excellent hosts. If you ever get thirsty while downtown, bear in mind that there is a great place just around the corner for you.

Chicago Winter and HOT Palm Springs

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Winter Party 2015 in Miami

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CHICAGO –  lets get the hell out here!

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Limo and Transportation Services

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A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

They will find the perfect vehicle for that special occasion. A-List/Midwest Limousine Service has put together special VIP packages for you. Book your personal, premium limousine in over 500 locations worldwide, irrespective of whether you need a limousine in CHICAGO, but also New York,California, or overseas.

As well as a first-class, customized service, you and your guests will be provided with an experienced and reliable chauffeur for use around the clock. This chauffeur service is able to reliably coordinate a schedule or route change even if at the last minute, thus saving time, and bringing you, the customer, to your destination punctually.

In renting a limousine from us, you open up a world of possibilities. Our special event service will safely transport you and your business partners in luxurious mini-vans and coaches to trade shows, conventions and festivals. For special occasions like weddings or gala dinners, your luxury stretch limousine wedding car is ready for you from the same category. Of course the excellent chauffeur service is also provided to you by the A-List/Midwest Limousine Service.

 

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Outstanding vehicles from Lincoln MKT, Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Chrysler offer the desired luxury you deserve as a business traveler or celebrity. The A-List/Midwest Limousine Service allows you to experience an uncomplicated but sophisticated way of renting a limousine across the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Reservation Phone: 800-729-5110

Honey Bees Cause Disturbance at Chicago O’Hares Airport

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I had no idea!

O’Hare Airport was buzzing Sunday and not just with returning Fourth of July travelers.

A swarm of honeybees clustered around a staircase railing outside United Airlines gate B7. As a precaution, United shut down gates B6, B7 and B8 and called in John Hansen, an experienced beekeeper who oversees the 75 beehives at the O’Hare apiary. ( I did not even know O’Hare had such a thing!) In May 2011, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) installed an apiary of 28 beehives at O’Hare International Airport. With over 1 million bees, the apiary at O’Hare is the largest apiary at any airport in the world and the first major on-airport apiary in the U.S.

 

 

Chicago to Atlantic City Non Stop with United Airlines

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In a quest to get its historically gay vibe back, Atlantic City’s first openly gay mayor will designate an official gay beach Monday afternoon.

The beach, at Park Place, is the site of the original gay beach, back before casinos when gays crowded New York Avenue bars, created rituals around the Miss America pageant, and lived and summered in and around Snake Alley, a winding series of side streets that connect New York Avenue and Kentucky Avenue in the city’s north section.

In addition to the official designation of the LGBT friendly beach, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will also announce three LGBT events coming to the resort, which has been marketing to gays and lesbian tourists in recent years.

Jeff Guaracino, a marketing specialist with the Atlantic City Alliance, a casino-funded marketing agency, said the hope is that people in the LGBT community will “not only visit Atlantic City but also open businesses here and also buy primary and secondary homes in Atlantic City.”

Chicagoans can now enjoy improved access to Atlantic City’s iconic Boardwalk, coastal beach and world-class entertainment attractions. Thanks to new nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Atlantic City International Airport launched recently, Chicagoans will be ready to hit the shore, the shops and the spas just over two hours after takeoff.
ExpressJet will operate the flights as United Express using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets. Daily nonstops will depart Chicago at 8:10 a.m. Central, arriving at 11:17 a.m. Eastern. Return flights will depart Atlantic City daily at 11:52 a.m. Eastern and arrive in Chicago at 1:10 p.m. Central.
The new, year-round nonstop service on United complements existing seasonal nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare to Atlantic City International offered by Spirit Airlines. Spirit’s nonstop service begins May 1. The enhanced air service bolsters Midwest and West Coast access to New Jersey and Atlantic City beaches.
Atlantic City’s diverse range of attractions makes it an ideal year-round entertainment destination. From some of the most dynamic nightclubs in the nation to one-of-a-kind festivals, A-list performers and luxury casinos, the seaside resort enables visitors to live its motto: Do Anything. Do Everything. DO AC.
“We’re thrilled that United Airlines is making it easier than ever for Chicago-area residents to experience all that Atlantic City has to offer,” said Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) President Liza Cartmell. “Every year, we host more than 27 million people looking for an exciting getaway tailored to their interests, and we look forward to introducing Atlantic City to an increasing number of Chicagoans through this convenient new air service. Similarly, we are pleased that Atlantic City International Airport will serve as a gateway for residents of southern New Jersey to easily reach Chicago and its wonderful attractions.”
Business travelers and Chicagoans seeking to visit friends and family in south and central New Jersey will benefit from United’s new service to Atlantic City International by avoiding more congested airports in Philadelphia and Newark. The new air service will also reduce ground transportation time, enabling travelers to reach their destinations more efficiently.
Among the many reasons to visit Atlantic City in upcoming months are the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup (June 19-July 6), Lady Gaga performing live at historic Boardwalk Hall (June 28), one of the nation’s best Fourth of July fireworks shows, the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational (Sept. 5-7) and the DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade (Sept. 27-28). Atlantic City is also home to the Miss America pageant and dozens of other special events throughout the year.
Having served as the inspiration for everything from the wildly popular board game Monopoly to the acclaimed HBO television series “Boardwalk Empire,” Atlantic City has been a fixture of American culture for decades. Today the destination is consistently recognized by top travel media as among the nation’s best places to dine, shop, sunbathe, gamble and celebrate.

GLBT Travel Expo May4th @ Center on Halsted

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GLBT Travel Expo May 1 at Center on Halsted

GLBT  TRAVEL  EXPO!    –   May  1st –  FREE Admission!

The 2012  Travel Expo Tour is an exciting event where
you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscover old ones, find
glbt friendly travel providers and get information to plan your next
vacation.

Airlines
Hotels
Trains
Cruise lines
Car Rentals
Resorts
Exotic Destinations
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Travel Magazines

Attendees will be able to get the latest travel information, get
special travel packages and great deals from the very best travel
providers as well as win great prizes.


Tuesday – May 1, 2012 – Center on Halsted.  4-8pm.

FREE  EVENT!

Winters Coming! Think Palm Springs and InnDulge

 

 
Temperatures dropped today and I saw snow flurries!

BRRRRR!
They are predicting 50+ inches of snow for Chicagoland this season.


While the weather outside
 may be getting frightful…
it’s HOT  in Palm Springs!

We love California. And unlike Florida, which is susceptible to cool winter months, Southern California is pretty ideal, all year round.  If you have never been, Palm Springs is a desert city in  California – approximately 110 miles east of Los Angeles and 140 miles  northeast of San Diego.

Palm Springs is a jewel among desert cities and rightly so. Its village atmosphere has been preserved and embellished over the years.

The downtown area with its quaint lampposts, benches and Mexican tile-paved enclaves invites strolling among the shops, galleries, eateries and coffeehouses. Rich in history and blessed with glorious weather, it is a prime destination  of travelers from all over the world. ESPECIALLY in cold winter midwest months.!

Palm Springs offers over 20 top attractions , including Joshua Tree national park, the Living Desert, art galleries, casinos, and of course, endless golf! It’s a huge outdoor playground with consistently brilliant sunshine, great for sunning and all types of outdoor activities with the sweet, clean air.

It’s a very gay and gay-friendly city. Late March, early April thousands of LGBT tourists take over the city! March 31st – April 1st they host THE DINAH. It  is considered the largest lesbian event in the world. Then April 9th-12th, it’s the Palm Springs White Party. A huge line-up of International Dj’s and 8 assorted  parties and events.

 

Every Thursday night the main street in Palm Springs, Palm Canyon Drive, is closed to traffic and opened to a vibrant street festival. Food vendors, arts and crafts exhibits and loads of free entertainment by numerous artists.

Strolling the length of Palm Canyon Drive from one end to the other in the heart of Palm Springs is a great way to ‘people and puppy watch’ for an hour or an entire evening.

 

The current gay and lesbian population in Palm Springs is estimated to be about seven times the national average.  This concentration is even greater than that of San Francisco, which has approximately five times the national average. Gay residents represent about 35 percent of those who are year-round residents.

 

There are over 35 openly-gay resort hotels in the city to choose from. Our favorite is INNdulge A Resort Hotel for Gay Men.  @ 601 Grenfall Road, Palm Springs CA 92264  
PH 800.833.5675 / (760) 327.1408.     Rest; Relaxation; and Pampering!

 

INNdulge is one of the most established guesthouses here in Palm Springs. Located in the Warm Sands neighborhood (an area flush with clothing-optional gay accommodations), this elegant award-winning 24-room facility offers several sizes of rooms, most of which look out on the spacious pool, open 24 hours. And by the way, it  is actually cooled down in the hot hot summer months!

 

From breakfast time until well after 3AM each night, there is always something going on at this resort and you can’t help but get caught up in it. At any time of the day there is a whole crowd of friendly guys to mingle with, and you are sure to develop both instant crushes and lasting friendships.

INNdulge Palm Springs is a wonderful example of Palm Springs 50’s architecture. You can appreciate the architecture and the mountain views during the hotel’s free social hour that extends for two hours. It is a great way to meet the hotel’s wonderful owners, John and Jean-Guy, as well as your fellow guests.

Don’t take our word for it, just read the reviews left by members of the press worldwide.

INNdulge your fantasies, INNdulge your fancy, INNdulge your spirit!

Palm Springs is a great get away city. Sun, relaxation, shopping, dining and golf.
 
This week, while it’s  40 in the Midwest… It’s a gorgeous 76 there. Where would you rather be??

INNdulge  Palm Springs

Best of Gay Chicago         Best of Gay Palm Springs     

Virgin Airlines and Ohare! FINALLY, Class and Luxury air comes to Chicago

FINALLY!  

After a three year wait,
Virgin Airlines comes to Chicago!
 
Last week Virgin offered  West Coast tickets from Chicago on Groupon for pennies!  Needless to say, it sold out in under 8 minutes! (In its only promotion thus far, deal-provider Groupon offered its subscribers in Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco round-trip Virgin vouchers valued at $77 for just $7
!)

But there is another sale going right now, as an introductory offer. Sale ends  on the 21st though –  so hurry!  Virgin  is offering  $99  one way fares from Chicago to San Francisco and Los Angeles with service starting May 25th.

Virgin America is not planning any New York flights to Chicago.(DAMN IT!)  It already has routes between New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, but the chief executive said he wants to build up the carrier’s West Coast business before adding routes from Chicago to the East Coast.



I am so sick and tired of riding in crappy beat up planes and sitting in seats with no pads left in them!  VIRGIN will be a breath of fresh air!  “We’ve stocked our magnificent flying machines with everything your little heart could want. On-demand movies? Check. Tasty bites and satisfying libations? Check. In-flight Wi-Fi? Check. An enjoyable ride you’ll actually look forward to? Check and doublecheck.”

YEE HAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BestGayChicago.com



Italian Expo at Navy Pier September 17-19th

Take a tour of Italy
and experience “La Dolce Vita” without event leaving the country at Chicago’s fourth annual Italian Expo during the weekend of September 17-19 at Navy Pier.

Food , wine, fashion , design, tourism, art  and entertainment are showcased as the cultures of Italy and Chicago collide at Italian Expo . Over 100 companies and vendors from Italy and the U.S. will be present displaying and selling their products straight from Italy for three days only.

We welcome all to enjoy this family-friendly event by tasting delicious Italian cuisine, viewing fashion runway shows of apparel and fine jewelry, and discovering luxury cars, motorbikes, and travel and tourism information from various regions in Italy. 

Italian Expo is held annually in Chicago and Houston and is organized by the Italian American Chambers of Commerce located in those cities.

Where: Navy Pier, Festival Hall A , 600 East Grand Avenue

Hours:

Friday 2:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Tickets:

Online pre-sale $10* / Doorprice $15 ,  Children 12 and under are admitted free

 Purchase pre-sale Tickets

Best Gay Chicago

HELP Michael Snell Become The Gay Travel.com Guru

 

OK, so I have a  BIG FAVOR  to  ask.

 

I have applied for a  very cool job  with  GayTravel.com

Out of hundreds of applications, after the first cut last week,  they have narrowed it down to 54 finalists. And I have made it to the top 54!

From here, on August 1st,  they will pick their  top 8  finalists to go to New York City for the final selection of the winner.

The winner gets a  6 month paid job with GayTavel.com  and will fly all over the US helping them build their brand with Social Media and blogging and Networking!

So here is my favor.  I am asking to PLEASE go to GayTravel.com   and sign up for a free profile/account for yourself. It just takes a minute. 

THE  VOTING  HAS JUST BEGUN! And runs for 2 weeks. Till July 30th.
 
 
Look  for  MICHAEL  –  Scoll down and  vote  5  STARS~!

Any help you can give me, would be  GREATLY  appreciated!!!

Michael Snell
America’s Next Top GAY TRAVEL GURU!

Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Chicago’s Gay Boystown Neighborhoods

 

BEST  GAY  CHICAGO  RECOMMENDS….

LOCATION,
      LOCATION,
           LOCATION!


Many first time visitors to Chicago choose to stay downtown, near all of the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue. Once you have been there, done that, visitors realize all that Chicago has to offer beyond downtown. Plus, the entire LGBT community is 3 miles  north of downtown and cabs can get expensive going back and forth.

 


Why not stay in the heart of Boystown and experience Chicago as the locals do? Stay in a  neighborhood away from the craziness of touristy downtown. Dine where the locals dine, away from the big name chain restaurants. In Boystown/Lakeview you get  small, intimate restaurants and a treasure trove of shopping neighborhoods with unique shops and art galleries! Golf courses, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigleyville and the Cubs Stadium, Old Towne, marinas and harbors, Hollywood gay beach, Andersonville, plus endless waterfront  walking and bike paths, are all very accessible!


We recently had family in over the holidays. They have stayed  downtown before and we wanted to show them the neighborhoods of Chicago so we had them stay at the Majestic…what a beautiful spacious property!  Located at 528 West Brompton Avenue.  52 rooms on 3 floors.

For years, visitors and locals alike have branded The Majestic Hotel the pre-eminent boutique hotel in Chicago. Offering the atmosphere of a well-appointed, upscale English country estate, this 100 percent, non-smoking Hotel offers the perfect haven of relaxation amidst the  energetic city life found in the  popular Lakeview neighborhood.


The City Inns of Chicago are comprised of three properties – The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel & The City Suites – each welcome you with an abundance of personality, style and charm that epitomizes the essence of their environments.



Exuding the charm of historic buildings – circa 1920s – The City Inns are a collection of boutique hotels that combine a stylish, unique and alluring atmosphere with a location that is ideal and accessible – just 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts – and brimming with the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel.



The  Willows
  is  at   555 West Surf Street.  55 rooms on 4 floors. 19th-century French Provincial style, opens onto a tree-lined street in Lakeview, a lively area three blocks from the lake and central to stores, restaurants, and movie theaters.  The complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon cookies make it an inviting alternative to local bed-and-breakfasts. Workout buffs don’t despair: although there is no on-site fitness center, guests have access to a local Bally’s Health Club, which attracts many local gay guys.




City Suites
is at 933 W. Belmont Ave with  45 rooms. Just steps from the El stop on Belmont Avenue, this former transient dive has been transformed into a charming small hotel. Most rooms are suites, with separate sitting rooms and bedrooms, all decorated in a homey and comfortable style. The overall feel is that of a bed-and-breakfast, with added amenities such as plush robes and complimentary continental breakfast.  A bonus –  or drawback, depending on how you look at it, is It’s a little noisier and the neighborhood is very bustling here, since the location is right on a main street.  You also  get free access to Bally’s health club 5 blocks away, and it has a very large gay clientèle.



The City Inns pride themselves on their personalized care, premier service and exceeding the needs of their discriminating leisure and business travelers. The staff is passionate here and  ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay – something you don’t often see in the big hotels downtown. These properties boast a welcoming “neighborhood” charm yet with all the services and amenities of a full-service hotel. Many packages are available depending on your interests. Everything from theatre and dining to comedy and baseball!
 
For Valentines (or anytime) ask about the Cupids Arrow promotion. 




Beautiful Boutique Hotels in Chicago’s
 Gay Boystown Neighborhoods!



THE CITY INNS



The Best of Gay Chicago


 

Think Spring…Think Gay Palm Springs…INNdulge Yourself!

 

Best Gay Chicago Recommends….


While the weather outside
 may be frightful…
it’s HOT  in Palm Springs!

 


We love California. And unlike Florida, which is susceptible to cool winter months, Southern California is pretty ideal, all year round.  If you have never been, Palm Springs is a desert city in  California – approximately 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles and 140 miles (225 km) northeast of San Diego. Palm Springs is the jewel among desert cities and rightly so. Its village atmosphere has been preserved and embellished over the years.

The downtown area with its quaint lampposts, benches and Mexican tile-paved enclaves invites strolling among the shops, galleries, eateries and coffeehouses. Rich in history and blessed with glorious weather, it is a prime destination
of travelers from all over the world. ESPECIALLY this time of year!


Palm Springs offers over 20 top attractions , including Joshua Tree national park, the Living Desert, art galleries, casinos, and of course, endless golf! It’s a huge outdoor playground with consistently brilliant sunshine, great for sunning and all types of outdoor activities with the sweet, clean air.


It’s a very gay and gay-friendly city. Late March, early April thousands of LGBT tourists take over the city! March 31st – April 1st they host THE DINAH. It  is considered the largest lesbian event in the world. Then April 9th-12th, it’s the Palm Springs White Party. A huge line-up of International Dj’s and 8 assorted  parties and events.


 


Every Thursday night the main street in Palm Springs, Palm Canyon Drive, is closed to traffic and opened to a vibrant street festival. Food vendors, arts and crafts exhibits and loads of free entertainment by numerous artists. Strolling, munching, looking and sipping the length of Palm Canyon Drive from one end to the other in the heart of Palm Springs is a great way to ‘people and puppy watch’ for an hour or an entire evening.

 


The current gay and lesbian population in Palm Springs is estimated to be about seven times the national average.  This concentration is even greater than that of San Francisco, which has approximately five times the national average. Gay residents represent about 35 percent of those who are year-round residents.


 


There are over 35 openly-gay resort hotels in the city to choose from. Our favorite is INNdulge A Resort Hotel for Gay Men.  @ 601 Grenfall Road, Palm Springs CA 92264  
PH 800.833.5675 / (760) 327.1408.     Rest; Relaxation; and Pampering!


 


INNdulge is one of the most established guesthouses here in Palm Springs. Located in the Warm Sands neighborhood (an area flush with clothing-optional gay accommodations), this elegant award-winning 24-room facility offers several sizes of rooms, most of which look out on the spacious pool, open 24 hours. And by the way, it  is actually cooled down in the hot hot summer months!

 


From breakfast time until well after 3AM each night, there is always something going on at this resort and you can’t help but get caught up in it. At any time of the day there is a whole crowd of friendly guys to mingle with, and you are sure to develop both instant crushes and lasting friendships.


INNdulge Palm Springs is a wonderful example of Palm Springs 50’s architecture. You can appreciate the architecture and the mountain views during the hotel’s free social hour that extends for two hours. It is a great way to meet the hotel’s wonderful owners, John and Jean-Guy, as well as your fellow guests.


Don’t take our word for it, just read the reviews left by members of the press worldwide.


INNdulge your fantasies, INNdulge your fancy, INNdulge your spirit!


Palm Springs is a great get away city. Sun, relaxation, shopping, dining and golf.
 
This week, while it’s  30 in the Midwest… It’s a gorgeous 75 there. Where would you rather be??


INNdulge  Palm Springs

Best of Gay Chicago         Best of Gay Palm Springs