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Taste of Boystown September 24th

A new fall event is on the way! Taste of Boystown Restaurant Tour is a delicious evening of menu sampling, beverage tasting & local music – Tues Sept 24.

Visit 10 eateries to sample Boystown’s best dining experiences & 7 other venues to try an array of craft brews, cider, sparkling wines, small batch spirits & even Malort!

A portion of ticket sales benefits Lakeview Pantry, working to end hunger in Chicago. Read on for all the details & ticket info!

Participating Eateries & Tasting Menu*

Chicago Diner
pretzel crusted tofu sliders + german sauerkraut & house mustard on kaiser rolls, potato flautas enchiladas + salsa verde, grilled pineapple pico de galloDrew’s on Halsted
crab cake balls + chipotle mayo, butternut squash ravioli, bacon wrapped dates

D.S. Tequila Company
bourbon chicken tacos + onion strings + jalapeno ranch & scallions

Elevate Coffee – authentic greek spinach feta spanakopita

Fajita Factory – smoked chicken empanadas + black bean corn salsa + cheese mix & jalapenos

FFC Boystown – protein shakes & smoothies

Forever Yogurt – small frozen yogurt with any topping

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
tempura shrimp + sriracha mayo & sweet chili dipping sauce, chicken satay + thai peanut sauce

Lark – wood fired neopolitan pizza

Roscoe’s Tavern
r-rods fried queso blanco + wasakaka pepper sauce, mini r-burgers + bacon, lettuce, tomato, sunchoke pickle relish & cheddar mayo

Wood Chicago
grilled persian cucumbers + green goddess dressing, duck liver mousse + crushed roasted peanuts, pickled blueberries, fresh oregano, toasted baguette

Beverage Sampling

Universal Wellness Source | Virtue Cider
brut dry & michigan harvest semi dry cidersMen’s Room Chicago | Metropolitan Brewing

Egoist Underwear | Journeyman Distillery
last feather rye, featherbone bourbon, corsets whips and whiskey, ocg apple cider liqueur

Double Trip Press | Dryhop Brewers
shark meets hipster wheat ipa

CrossTown Fitness | CH Distillery
ch mule, vodka, london dry gin, bourbon & jeppson’s malört

Cram Fashion | Burke Beverage
pol clement brut & brut rose, bulgariana sauvignon blanc

*details subject to change
Buy tickets at http://buytickets.at/northalsted/296613

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Garden Chef Series September 15th

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

He will appear on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation, and come away with recipes 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.

Chef’s Recipe: Cantaloupe, Bell Pepper and Basil Salad with spiced Shrimp

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free. For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

We hope top see you there!

 

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 conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
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Cat Film Festival in Chicago September 10

For those who love cats, a special film program, The Cat Film Festival, will be at the Century Centre 7 and Highland Park theaters on Tuesday Sept. 10. Showtime and programs are listed below.

The festival celebrates our love for cats, illustrated through film. Unlike Internet video festivals, these programs are works of art, thoughtfully curated by pet wellness expert and champion, Tracie Hotchner.

The Cat Film Festival is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. For far too long, cats have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them. The Cat Film Festival enhances our appreciation and understanding of how cats share our world, while benefiting cat welfare nationwide.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Locations:
Century Centre 7 , 2828 N. Clark St. , Chicago
Renaissance Place , 1850 2nd St. Downtown , Highland Park

A portion of every ticket benefits local animal welfare organizations Treehouse Humane and Save a Pet.To purchase tickets or for more information: www.catfilmfestival.com

Tickets will also be available at the box office .

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS:

The Cat Film Festival 2019 (2 Hours)

[The films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

The Pet Effect (2:00) Prescription: cat; Little Works of Art (13:00) Kim Best’s look at Harold “Cat Man” Sims and his self-styled American Museum of the House Cat in Sylva, NC, which houses over 10,000 cat-related objects and honors cats as “little works of art”; Art’s Automotive (6:00 )Erik Dumas’ animated tale of an orphaned kitten who bonds with an automotive repair robot in the future; Akamatsu the Cat (10:00) Ian Christopher Goodman’s documentary about life with a disabled kitty cat, Akamatsu, who was paralyzed but went on to live another 4 vibrant years with the use of a wheelchair; Pure Fluff (4:00) Sean Skelton’s documentary sketch of a professional cat groomer in New York City, who shows how to tackle this combative challenge; Winter Break (5:00) Rick Hamilton’s look at the thoughts of a school teacher who has only her cat for company during winter break; Guardians of Recoleta (21:00) Blake & Adrienne Kuhre (who run their own non-profit cat rescue in Los Angeles) examine the community cats living in the iconic Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery, and what became of some kitties removed by well-meaning American rescuers; Scaredy, the Cat (8:00)  Markie Hancock’s heartwarming documentary about a very shy cat who was adopted at the tennis courts in NYC’s Riverside park but avoids everyone except for a few choice people whom she eagerly greets; Marnie: The Cat Guru (2:00) Anca Vlasan’s philosophical tabby cat expounds on the meaning of life and happiness; Cat Nation: A Film About Japan’s Crazy Cat Culture (26:00)  Tim Delmastro’s documentary about Japan’s extraordinary love of kitty cats; Instagram Cat Mom (5:00) Jess Spawn’s mockumentary takes us behind the scenes on the lengths people might go to for the purrfect photo to post online; Samantha and the Rock Cats (11:00)  Jacob Feiring’s documentary follows a woman who travels the country with her cat show; Mittens from Kittens (4:00) Kim Best’s documentary shows how one woman was inspired by the nuisance of cat hair into spinning and knitting it into useful item; Beth Is Not a Cat (3:00) Beth is not a cat, but looks like one, which perplexes her orange tabby.

*Program subject to change without notice

About the Festival Founder

In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival™ premiered in New York City to a sold out theater. In 2017 the first annual NY Cat Film Festival™ followed suit, both events growing out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady™ Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives.  Today, both festivals travel the country, delighting pet lovers everywhere.

Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know as well as THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know. She is recognized as a thought leader in improving the lives of companion animals and is the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio.

She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® for over 7 years on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM until the channel was canceled. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady™ Network, where she still produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Tracie continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after more than 12 consecutive years and 575 shows.

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The BEST Parties for Chicago Market Days

This Market Days CircuitMOM will once again bring you a weekend of massive dance parties! Two nights, back to back, at the amazing Aragon Ballroom!

The dynamic duo DJs Rosabel are going to start us off right with “Comic Book Hero” on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the historic Aragon Ballroom. This year we have updated spaces for all our guests, expanded restrooms, balcony access, location markers on the dance floor (to help find your friends), and a ton of other surprises ready to go! Plus, this may be our last year for the “SuperHERO’ theme, so get those capes out and show them off!

We had such an amazing response to the first “DRAMA” party for Market Days Sunday 2018 that we decided we’d bring back DRAMA and add even more sass and space with “DRAMA at the Disco” on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Not only will superstar DJ/Producer Hector Fonseca be returning, but we’ve also invited DJ Suri (Spain) to come make his Chicago debut this Market Days. These two megastar DJ’s will be bringing you all the discotheque DRAMA, so be ready! We will be working overnight to transform the room from Saturday night’s “Comic Book Hero” main event into an entirely different space for our disco closing party on Sunday. There will be more lights, lasers, and platform shoes than you can shake a polyester shirt at, we promise.

People of any colour, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome. Bigotry will not be tolerated. Must be 21+ to attend.

GA Weekend Pass: $150 (no additional fees)

No additional fees, however, you must pick up paper tickets in Chicago during the following times:

  • Hotel Chicago on Friday, August 9th from 2pm – 8pm
  • Our official Market Days street festival booth located in front of Men’s Room Chicago on Saturday and Sunday August 10th & 11th from 11am – 7pm
Ticket pick up will not be available at Aragon will call
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NOT TO BE MISSED! WATCH!

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Chicago Market Days 2019 Aug 10-11

Northalsted Market Days® is the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration, August 10-11, 2019.

The 38th annual Northalsted Market Days® is a weekend long festival celebrating life & community in Chicago’s historic Boystown/Lakeview district. The 1/2 mile long festival features all-day lineups of live music on 5 stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more!

Featuring live performances by Daya, Icona Pop, Sheila E, Deborah Cox, Jake Shears and more.

 

 

Admission: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages

Location: Boystown on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Hours: 11am – 10pm, August 10-11, 2019

Public Transportation: A short walk away from the CTA Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line Station or the CTA Addison Red Line Station

Weather: Open rain or shine, please be advised that severe conditions may delay or cancel performances

Security: No large bags/backpacks allowed, all bags will be inspected prior to entry. No coolers or outside beverages.

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Cirques Volta – Final Days!

LAST CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE HIGH ENERGY AND ACROBATIC WONDERS OF ‘VOLTA’ IN CHICAGO!

Cirque du Soleil’s new Big Top production leaves
Soldier Field’s South Lot on Saturday, July 6

 

 VOLTA, Cirque du Soleil’s newest Big Top production, has less than two weeks left at Soldier Field’s South Lot, 461 E. 18th Drive, with its final performance being held on Saturday, July 6, 2019.  VOLTA is the 25th Cirque du Soleil production to visit Chicago and marks the 30th Anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s first engagement here in 1989 (with Cirque Réinventé).

 

Cirque du Soleil’s commitment goes beyond the performance, as it aims to positively impact people, communities and the planet with its best assets: art and creativity. During its stay in Chicago, more than 500 VOLTA tickets were donated to eight local organizations geared towards at-risk youth, including Children First Funds, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and Golden Key Youth Services, and a recent Pride Night performance donated 15% of ticket sales revenue to Equality Illinois.

 

Following the Chicago engagement, the VOLTA company of 50 acrobats, actors, singers and musicians—along with the 71 trucks transporting the 2,000 tons of equipment needed to set-up VOLTA’s tents and stage—will head to Tysons II in Washington, DC where they will perform a limited engagement under the Big Top from July 26 – September 8, 2019.

 

The show

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score, composted by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

SNEAK  PEAK  HERE!

Tickets for the remaining Chicago performances are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Discover the Hennessy Black VIP Experience packagewhich includes a cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the show, access to the best seats for greater comfort, complimentary parking, and more!

 

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PRIDE NIGHT at Cirque du Soleil Soldier Field

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VOLTA  is  hosting a special PRIDE Night on  Tuesday June 188pm at Soldier Field South Lot.

It  will benefit the state’s top LGBTQ advocacy and education organization, Equality Illinois. The rainbow carpet will be animated by Chicago’s top drag queens from 7-8pm!  Use  code  EQIL  to  save  15%  @  Cirquedusoleil.com/VOLTA

Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, VOLTA, is now playing under its signature Big Top at the Soldier Field South Lot, 459 E. 18th Drive, Chicago, thru July 6, 2019. Tickets, starting at $49.

 

30 years in Chicago

2019 is a special year for Chicago and Cirque du Soleil as it marks the 30th anniversary of the coming of the circus troupe in the Windy City. Indeed, the first-ever Cirque du Soleil touring show to visit the USA, CIRQUE RÉINVENTÉ, stopped by Chicago in 1989 for the first time. This year, VOLTA will then be the 25th production to be presented in the area since the Canadian company first visited.

 

30 years in numbers:

  • Cirque du Soleil visited Chicago for the first time 30 years ago with CIRQUE RÉINVENTÉ in 1989
  • VOLTA is the 25th Cirque du Soleil production to visit the Chicago area
  • VOLTA is the FIRST Cirque show to be presented at Soldier Field
  • Chicago is the 10th city to be visited by VOLTA in the USA
  • VOLTA employs 200 local employees from Chicago for the duration of its stay

 

The show

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

 

The Costumes

The stunning costumes of VOLTA have been designed by Emmy Award winner Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

GET A GLIMPSE  OF  VOLTA  HERE

Social Media:

Facebook.com/VOLTA

Twitter: @Cirque #VOLTA

Instagram: cirquedusoleil #VOLTA

 

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Pride in the Park in Chicago June 29 2019

Tickets  $50-$100

GA Tickets All Ages

VIP Tickets 21+ only

Held the day before Chicago’s annual LGBTQ Pride Parade, this ALL-NEW FEST at the Petrillo Bandshell will celebrate June’s Pride Month and will feature top national and local performers.

It will also feature an eclectic mix of food and arts & crafts vendors.

“We hope to build Pride in the Park into something people travel to Chicago for yearly, and something that will add to the already amazing Chicago Pride experience”

A portion of tickets processed will benefit the Center On Halsted. Center On Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

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Mothers Day Brunch with a Mexican Twist

This May 12th, treat Mom to something you know will make both of you smile: a delightful brunch or dinner with you!

Mothers Day Mimosa Brunch
Bottomless Mimosas & An Entree from our Brunch Menu are Included.
Every mother receives a complimentary churros as a way to help say “Thanks!” to all the great mothers out there!
Walk ins are accepted, reservations are recommended!

 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

3906 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60613

Phone: 773-549-2932  /  Website: www.elmariachitequilabar.com

 

 

 

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

3443 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893 /  Website: www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

 

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FINALLY! Boystown Gets Rainbow Crosswalks!

Northalsted Business Alliance Announces Chicago Rainbow Pride Crosswalks

Boystown will get a little more colorful just in time for Pride Month this June with the planned addition of Chicago Rainbow Pride Crosswalks throughout the neighborhood.  Initiated by the Northalsted Business Alliance, the rainbows will brighten the street at 14 crosswalks on east-west streets parallel to Halsted from Melrose north to Bradley, excluding Addison.

Thirteen of the crosswalks will feature the rainbow design that represents diversity and has become an inclusive symbol of the worldwide LGBTQ+ pride movement since the 1970’s. The 14th crosswalk will be dedicated to the transgender community. The blue, pink and white stripes found on the transgender flag will be located on Melrose south of the Howard Brown Health Center. This crosswalk will complement the mural at this intersection that has been dedicated to the queer and non-binary community.

The colorful crosswalks join the 20 iconic golden rainbow pylons, which are home to the Legacy Walk memorial plaques, the world’s only outdoor LGBTQ+ History Museum and now recognized by the Chicago Landmarks Commission as a Historic Landmark.

Funds for the Chicago Rainbow Pride Crosswalks come from Northalsted Business Alliance donated during the Chicago Pride Fest® and Northalsted Market Days® celebrations. This project has been in development since December 2018 with the Chicago Department of Transportation and the support of Alderman Tom Tunney and Alderman James Cappleman.

Northalsted President Ramesh Ariyanayakam explains the excitement around the additions.

“As an internationally recognized and historic landmark neighborhood, Boystown has been a place of acceptance and diversity for decades. These crosswalks show our commitment to maintaining a thriving LGBTQ+ community.”

 

About Northalsted

Since 1980, Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) has worked collectively to enhance the entertainment district known as Boystown. Representing over 100 In & Proud businesses, NBA is recognized by the City of Chicago, national media outlets and residents for its leadership of advancing economic vitality and quality of life for the total community. To this end, NBA provides programs and services that will increase investment, security, opportunity and activity in our district

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Free Queer Prom this week – Center on Halsted

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: QUEER PROM FOR LGBTQ YOUTH

Friday, May 10, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted is proud to partner with American Airlines for the 2019 Queer Prom. The annual Queer Prom is an opportunity for LGBTQIA youth between the ages of 13 and 24 to celebrate all parts of their identities without feeling silenced or alone. This year, we present to you a night to remember: Midnight in Paris. Join us for a moment filled with elegance, allure, and so much more.
“What should I wear” might you ask? Let us help! American Airlines is providing attire for your big night. Please contact David Biele, Youth Program Manager, for more info: dbiele@centeronhalsted.org
This year’s Queer Prom will be hosted at Center on Halsted’s 3rd Floor from 5 – 8pm on May 10, 2019. You and guests within the age range are welcome, as well as Center on Halsted Youth Program alum. No RSVP required.

FREE TO ATTEND

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EASTER BRUNCH! With a Twist!

2 amazing choices  for  Brunch this weekend!

One of the best deals in town  with an awesome menu!

Celebrate the end of lent by bringing in the whole family in for Easter and leave the Easter cooking to us this year! 

Celebrate Easter with a delicious $25 Bottomless Mimosa Brunch done with a Mexican Twist at Revolucion Steakhouse or El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill.

Brunch includes free flowing mimosas and an entrée from our Brunch Menu.

Brunch will be available from 10 am to 3 pm

 

Or if you prefer to come in for dinner, we will be open from 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm.

Come on over, and don’t forget to make your reservations ahead of time to be seated right away.

Simply call the number below or click on the website to make your reservations online.

 

Happy Easter Everyone and we hope to see you soon Amigos!

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

Revolucionsteakhouse.com

3443 N. Broadway

(773) 661-9893

 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

Elmariachitequilabar.com 

3906 N. Broadway

(773) 549-2932

 

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2 Big Dance Parties by Circuit Mom For Market Days

THE BIGGEST  DANCE  PARTIES  OF  THE SUMMER!

Market Days  Weekend  August  10 & 11th  at Aragon Ballroom!

CircuitMOM returns with a weekend of massive dance parties starting with “Comic Book Hero” on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the historic Aragon Ballroom with the dynamic DJ duo ROSABEL returning for their second year. Major venue improvements, more space for our guests, new bathrooms, location markers on the dance floor so you can find your friends and a ton of surprises are ready to go for 2019. Plus, this may be our last year for the “SuperHERO’ theme, so get those capes out and show them off!

With the amazing response we received in 2018 for the first “DRAMA” party on Market Days Sunday, we decided that we would keep the theme, but add more sass and more space for 2019.

We are very excited to bring you “DRAMA at the Disco” on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Not only are we bringing back superstar DJ/Producer Hector Fonseca, but we have invited DJ Suri (Spain) to come make his Chicago debut during Market Days. These two mega star DJ’s will be bringing you all the discoteque DRAMA, so be ready! More lights, lasers, and platform shoes than you can shake a polyester shirt at, we promise.

Last year, the DRAMA party sold out in record time and many out of town guests could not attend, so this year we are moving the Sunday night party to The Aragon Ballroom. We will be working overnight to transform the room from Saturday nights “Comic Book Hero” main event into a whole different space for our disco closing party on Sunday. The Aragon has more than tripled their bathroom spaces and added balcony seating and a whole new VIP entrance. We are adding balcony space for non-VIP guests this year in response to people’s requests for more room and a place to sit and recharge. Sunday night will look completely different.
Must be 21+

Get Your Weekend Pass Today!
Men’s Room Chicago.  3420 N Halsted
GA Weekend Pass: $150 (no additional fees)

No additional fees, however, purchases must be made in the store. No purchases can be made by phone. Cash or credit accepted. Tickets issued at time of purchase

Ticketmaster.com
Limited Quantities Available:

GA Weekend Pass: $121 ($146.29 including Ticketmaster fees)
VIP Weekend Pass: $201 ($233.99 including Ticketmaster fees)

Tickets issued at time of purchase

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St Patricks Celebration Chicago- Mexican Style

Everything from green Mimosa’s  to green Margarita’s!

2 days!   2  Restaurants!

The dyeing of the river will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16 when the boats launch between Columbus and Wacker drives.  After  that,  TIME TO EAT AND DRINK  AND  PARTY!

      St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on  Saturday & Sunday!    

Saturday, March 16th doors open at 10 am for their amazing

                   Annual $25 Bottomless Green Mimosa Brunch!

                Enjoy Unlimited Mimosas and an Entree from the Brunch Menu. 

Brunch will be served from 10 am to 3 pm

 

All Day Specials:

$3 Bushmills Irish Whiskey Shots

$5 Green Clover Margaritas &  $5 Green Mimosas

 

Then on Sunday, join us for a St. Patty’s Day Hangover Brunch! 

Same Deal! Different Party! 

 

RESERVE TODAY!
El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill
Phone: 773.549.2932   /   3906 N. Broadway

Click the link below to reserve:
Website: http://www.elmariachitequilabar.com

 

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

Phone: 773.661.9893   /   3443 N. Broadway

Click the link below to reserve:

Website: http://www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

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Chef Tong at Bloomingdales Home Store March 16

A favorite whenever he appears, Chef Chris Tong of the private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef returns to the Bloomingdale’s for a South American cooking demonstration.

Chef will prepare a mouthwatering menu and give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone will enjoy a taste of each dish.

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite recipes:

Hearts of Palm, Avocado and Tomato salad, Lime-Cilantro dressing

Marinated Flank Steak, Chimichurri Sauce
Argentinian Potato salad

He will appear on Saturday, March 16 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Demo kitchen on 1.

For more information about this free Bloomingdale’s event, please call 312.324.7678

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 conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

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

We hope to see you there!

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New Years Day Never Afters Party 7am

If you are like me,  I hate the crowds, the lines  and  the high prices  on  New  Years Eve!

We like to go out early, have some drinks  with friends and be in bed by 11! I know,  we’re old! But we have already  done  New Years  Eve  many many MANY times!

So this party  sounds  amazing!  It starts  at  7am  New  Years  Day!  So  whether you stay up all night  or  want to take a  break in between,  the  amazing  folks  at  Neverland are presenting this  Never Afters  Party!

TUESDAY January 1st from 7:00am-1:00pm or later: Regarded by industry vets as one of the best afterhours dance parties in circulation right now, Happily Never Afters has taken the Chicago scene by storm.

This is a NO FRILLS event: No dancers, no hosts, no drama, no attitude, no one bothering you, and no fucks given. Party starts at 7:00am on New Year’s Day, so either stay up all night New Year’s Eve, or take a puppy nap. If you’re trying to look fresh for the party, don’t bother: it’ll be too dark and foggy for anyone to see clearly. Plus, Happily Never Afters isn’t about getting all dolled up. It’s about letting loose in a safe space and having the time of your life, all while ringing in the New Year.

MUSIC by DJ Serving Ovahness (Los Angeles) and DJ Alex Cabot (Neverland Resident)

Presale tickets  NOW  for  just  $20!

FYI – The best resource  for  New Years Eve  parties  in  the gay community  can be found at GRAB  MAGAZINE.

 

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Barney The Elf Will Make You Laugh

Pride Films and Plays to produce fourth annual production of BARNEY THE ELF

Michael D. Graham’s new production of LGBTQ-focused holiday musical satire opened this past weekend!

( PHOTO-Back row L-R: Joseph Beal, Maggie Ward

Front row L-R: Brooke Emmerich, Thomas Tong, Danika Bone’t, Maggie Cain. Foreground: Roy Samra as Barney.)

 

Queer holiday cheer filled  with laughs and fun music, this holiday show put’s a smile on your face! It’s a bit  naughty and bawdy – it’s not  for  kids!  This a grown up show, a  contemporary urban fairy tale, loosely based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film “Elf,”   that provides a stocking stuffed with equal parts laughs and earnest “accept yourself” messages.

The musical of an elf who must leave the North Pole to find a new home after Santa Claus retires has itself found a new home for its fourth annual incarnation. BARNEY THE ELF, Bryan Renaud and Emily Schmidt’s LGBTQ-themed musical inspired by the ELF feature film,  will be staged in the Broadway theatre of the Pride Arts Center  through Sunday, January 6. Michael D. Graham will direct the production.

 

Musical numbers galore in  Renaud and Schmidt’s musical satire. They incorporate parody lyrics to popular songs, The musical parodies are great and the lyric  changes will make you laugh! You will recognize  I Will Survive, Streisand’s  Don’t Rain On My Parade and All By Myself,  among  others. 

Barney the Elf finds he must leave his home at the North Pole after Santa’s retirement causes chaos among the community of elves. He makes his way to a nightclub in Chicago, where he is befriended by drag queen Zooey, and learns to embrace his “inner elf.”  The musical was developed by Renaud and Schmidt for The Other Theatre Company, with whom Renaud is an Artistic Associate, and was produced at the Greenhouse Theater Center for the past three holiday seasons.

This new production will be directed by Michael D. Graham, former Artistic Director of Piccolo Theatre, and will feature BARNEY THE ELF veterans Dixie Lynn Cartwright, who will alternate in the role of Zooey with Danika Bone’t, and Maggie Cain as Mrs. Claus and Roy Samra as Barney. Cartwright will perform on Thursday and Saturday evening s and Sunday matinees, with Bone’t taking the role on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Saturday matinees. Cartwright and Cain played their roles in all three prior productions of the musical. Samra first donned Barney’s tights for the 2017 production.

Also in the cast for this new production are Jaron Bellar,  reprising his 2017 role as Santa Jr., Alisha Fabbi (Cookie), Christopher Sylvie (Drew, Barney u/s), Joseph Beal (Buttons, Tour Guide), Maggie Ward (Pinecone, Kathy), Thomas Tong (Topper), Larry Trice (Twinkle, Bouncer), Brooke Emmerich (Chorus, Swing), Nico Joshua (Chorus, Swing), Claire Hart (Choreographer), Paul Sottnik (Music Director), Shawn Quinlan (Costumes), Hayley Wallenfeldt (Props), Becs Bartle (Lighting), Michael Starcher (Stage Manager), and Christopher Sylvie (Assistant Director).

 

BARNEY THE ELF will play weekends throughout the holidays, through Sunday January 6 in the 85-seat Broadway theatre at 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago.  Ticket prices are $30 (premium reserved seats), $20 (general admission seats),  $15 (student/senior/military)

and are on sale now at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 1-866-811-4111.

 

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Cooking with Wild Game Dec 4th with Chef Tong

Chef Tong Presents a Wild Game Menu
at Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park

Are you “game” for some exotic and delicious tastes? Then you will love “Wild Game Night” with Chef Chris introducing you to exciting rarely served selections.

Chef’s Menu:
Appetizer: Quail Egg, Dill Cream Cheese, Salmon Caviar on Pumpernickel Bread

Entrée: Seared Bison Tenderloin, Blueberry Chili Ancho Sauce, Sweet Potato Croquettes and Haricots Verts

Dessert: Pomegranate and Lime Parfait

Chef will give you step-by-step directions and shopping tips, while answering all of your questions. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

His demonstration will be held on Tuesday, December 4 from 7-9:00pm. The cost is $25.00 per person.  (BYOB  if you would like!)

 

The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park,1550 North Kingsbury, Chicago.

Chef Tong’s classes are popular at Whole Foods Market so we suggest you sign up early to guarantee your place in the class.

To register for the class, call Whole Foods Market, Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. Credit card or cash payment will hold your place in the class.

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

We hope to see you there!

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Cirque du Soleil brings new production, VOLTA May 2019

Cirque du Soleil brings VOLTA, its newest Big Top production, to new Chicago location, Soldier Field South Lot, May 18 – June 23, 2019!

Tickets on sale exclusively to Cirque Club members November 20;
General on-sale begins November 26 (‘Cyber Monday’)

 

Get a sneak peek of VOLTA here!

Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago with VOLTA, a captivating voyage of discovery! Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA explores the themes of celebrating differences and unique qualities in a world where technology often isolates people from one another rather than freeing them. Written and directed by Bastien Alexandre, with Jean Guibert as the director of creation, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score, composed by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83. For the first time, VOLTA will perform under its signature Big Top at the Soldier Field South Lot, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, May 18 – June 23, 2019.   

Access to the best seats and prices are available for existing Cirque Club members beginning Tuesday, November 20. Visitcirquedusoleil.com/cirqueclub to sign up for a complimentary membership. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Big Top, at the best price.

 

Tickets

Tickets (starting at $49) will be available to the general public beginning Monday, November 26, 2018, aka ‘Cyber Monday,’ by visitingcirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Discover Cirque’s Hennessy Black VIP Experience package which includes a cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the show, access to the best seats for greater comfort, complimentary parking and more!


The show

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgment of others.

 

The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show.

 

FOLLOW  VOLTA!

Social Media:

Facebook.com/VOLTA

Twitter: @Cirque #VOLTA 

Instagram: cirquedusoleil #VOLTA

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Drag Queen Christmas – Naughty Tour Nov 23rd

They are back!

A fabulous assortment of your favorite queens!

Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour! 

at the VIC Theatre  November 23rd.

It’s a Hilarious evening of holiday performances featuring contestants from the reality television show on VH1.

The Naughty Tour will feature Drag Race contestants Latrice Royale INC.Naomi SmallsThorgy ThorRaja GeminiMiss Vanjie , Monet X ChangeFarrah Moan and hosted by the one and only Miz Cracker. 

These talented girls  will get you into  the holiday  spirit,  with a naughty twist!

 

Plus  special guests  the  Zakar Twins  as  Santa’s  helpers!

Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. There will be a 20-minute intermission.

This special event is Presented by Murray & Peter. Get tour info at www.DragFans.com

Super Fan packages are also available in the first few rows with a first-in-line meet and greet pass, official tour poster and laminate with lanyard.

The holidays were never this naughty!

All ages welcome. 

Tickets range $35 – $150  GET  TICKETS!

 

Venue Information:
The Vic Theatre
3145 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL, 60657
http://jamusa.com/the-vic/

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