See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Chicago area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
First Tuesdays, 7-9pm (doors at 6pm) at Sidetrack. Welcoming new storytellers to the OUTspoken! stage; unique first hand tales from across our diverse community. Inspired, inspiring, funny, heartbreaking - like life…with friends all around you. Typically there will be 6 storytellers and one intermission.
Second Tuesdays, 10pm-2am Off Chances at Danny's, 1959 W. Dickens Ave. Third Mondays 10pm-2am, at The Subterranean, 2011 W North. First Saturdays at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, Queer dance parties and collective dedicated to building safer spaces in Chicago since 2005. All gender expressions are welcome.
Every Wedneday + Friday Boot Camp at Urban Athlete, 4437 N Ravenswood Ave - 8pm-9pm workout at their sponsor gym - then join the Dragons as they get their booze and game on every third Wednesday of the month at Replay Beer & Bourbon! $10 minimum donation at the door for DRINK TICKETS.
Saturdays 8pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont.. Fast paced, musical sketch show; hilarious, irreverent, and a raunchy good time. For belly laughs about body image and relationships this is sure to deliver with comedic wit to spare. Created by Stage 773 Creative Director, Brian Posen, who directs and plays accompaniment.
Now ongoing through August 28, 2016, at Art Institute. Exceptionally beautiful, the Greek youth Antinous was the favorite of Roman Emperor Hadrian. Following his mysterious drowning in the Nile River, Antinous was proclaimed a god and his likeness apppeared across the Empire. The exhibition unites two marbles portraying Antinous—which recent discoveries reveal were originally one.
May 13-15, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center. designed to connect, inform and inspire emerging and established producers in film, music, dance, design, theater, fashion, culinary and arts fields. Individuals, businesses and organizations; keynotes by industry leaders, 80+ panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities; performer showcases, an artisan market and a resource expo.
May 13-17, 2016, at the Logan Theatre. Annual film event showcase. A mix of independent features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films from around the world, augmented by nightly parties and concerts. Innovative and unique programming, ranging from lowbrow entertainment of John Waters, Doris Wishman and Coffin Joe to fine art avant-garde films and videos.
May 14 - June 21, with 12pm or 7pm shows at the Music Box. Three plays captured live, September 2015, using 10 cameras/ 128 tracks to create a quality high-definition, surround-sound experience: May 14 + 24 - Hamlet; May 28 + June 7 -The Adventures of Pericles; June 12 + 21 - The Taming of the Shrew.
May 14 + June 18, 2016, monthly cult classic screenings: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - featuring the Midnight Madness shadowcast, with audience participation of course! At The Music Box, 3733 N Southport Ave. Another midnight movie - May 13 + June 17, 2016: The Room - the “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies.”
May 14-22, 2016 - four performances/4 locations: Rockford Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Harris Theater, North Shore Center, and Beverly Arts Center. Tuneful tribute paints the town in rainbow colors as 3 sailors on leave explore Chicago for a Toddlin’ Town experience across musical genres spanning Madrigal to Motown; music of Bessie Smith, Goldrich/ Heisler, Louis Armstrong and more.
May 18, 2016, 7pm at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave. Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted/ co-curated by siblings Donnie + Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. Monthly 3rd Wednesdays showcase called Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife. With: MELKBELLY - thrashy, crunchy noise-rock throwback; A GIANT DOG - 5-piece rock n roll band (SWEET SPIRIT + OBN IIIs, TX); and SO PRETTY. $5!
May 20-22, 2016, Friday 5-10pm, Saturday/ Sunday 10am-10pm at 3100 N. Ashland Ave. Main stage under a heated BIG-TOP TENT showcasing great local music and cuisine + beer garden beverages, to give you a real taste of what Lakeview is all about.
May 20-26, 2016, from the Chicago Film Critics Association, a selection of films including recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers - the only major film critics group hosting its own festival. Features works from around the globe and offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy.
May 21 + 22, 2016, at Music Box Theatre. Exhibition-event/film retracs with scientific rigor the multiple paths travelled by the mind of the genius: the foundation of drawing, the role of nature and science, comparing the the arts, reflection on the ancients, the utopian projects, anatomy/ mechanics, the unity of knowledge, images of the divine, myths over the centuries, and more.
May 21-July 2, 2016, Mary's Attic. Chicago premiere: Jason Mitchell’s zesty comedy. Josh and Seth await the arrival of Ashley, the third gay musketeer. A series of short scenes showiing personal and professional thrills and disappointments, tops and bottoms of life in Hell’s Kitchen. 'Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band' -- The Village Voice.
May 26, 2016, 6pm, The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave. The first American journalist expelled from Russia since the Cold War, Satter tells how Boris Yeltsin presided over the criminalization of Russia, and how Putin suppressed all opposition while retaining appreances of a pluralist state. Where Russia is, how it got there - vital for anyone concerned about world affairs.
June 25, 2016, 7pm at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch. For LGBTQA soccer community players of all ability levels to play soccer, have fun, and meet new people. You do not need a team in order to sign up. The tournament offers both recreational and competitive levels of play. The facility features indoor/ outdoor fields for year-round play, Heineken Pub97, patio, shops, gym + party space.
May 26, 2016 11pm-4am at Hydrate/ Manhole. Dance night for leathermen with DJs Barry Harry and Steve Henderson. Hosted by Slade Travis.
May 27, 2016, 10pm-2am at the Florentine Room, Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago, 520 S Michigan Ave. Dress to impress…or better, in a state of undress. Join CODY ELKIN, Mr San Francisco Leather 2016 along with other guests. DJ JACK CHANG. The event is FREE and open to the public.
May 27-30, 2016 at Congress Plaza Hotel, Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands converge to party, network/ select International Mr Leather. A four-day Leather Market leather/fetish artisans/ retailers; erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists. FRI: SF Party. SUN: IML Competition at Harris Theater + IML Victory Celebration Party at House of Blues. MON: Black and Blue Ball. More info:
May 27-30, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, Manhandler, Touché, Sidetrack, and Steamworks. Meet & Greet Socials, Trolley Tours of Chicago; parties including Boxer and Pajama Party + Nuts to Butts; Bare It All (almost) Bingo and Poker; bath time with Wet 'n' Wild; and Bear Brunch. Plus late night Hospitality After Hours Parties and more. See details/venue links:
May 28, 2016, Memorial Day weekend with the hottest male porn stars in the business. Awards bash SAT at Metro, plus parties with the guys including: THU Kickoff Party at Hydrate, FRI Men of Cockyboys at Sidetrack + The A Team at Lucky Horseshoe; SAT Afterparty at Charlies; SUN Recovery Brunch at North End. Host: Hard Rock Hotel. See website for nominees, interviews, and more:
May 28, 2016, 11:30pm at Metro Chicago, 3730 N Clark St. Dance party for bears, cubs + friends. DJs: HIFI SEAN (London/UK), RON GERONIMO (Chicago). Furball returns to CHICAGO! Last year 1000 guys showed up! Furry/ sexy/ sweaty fun on the dancefloor! Gogo bears + cheap drinks + great music + hot guys. Hosts: Daddy Ersin + Boy Alberto. GO-GO Bears/Cubs: Rich Boxboy + more!
May 30, 2016, 8pm-4am at Sound-Bar, 226 W Ontario St. The official closing party of IML weekend! DJs Alex Cabot, Milty Evans and International DJ/Producer Tom Stephan (London). Buses start at 8pm.
June 10-12, 2016, 51st annual Andersonville summer street festival; around 50,000 people fill Clark Street each year, from Foster to Catalpa for music for cutting-edge bands, ethnic dance troupes, lots of food, and vendor wares.
June 18-26, 2016 Pride Month events, with June 18-19 Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 26th, from N Halsted at Belmont to Lincoln Park by way of Broadway & Diversey. The Pride Street Festival, takes place on N Halsted, with music, food, vendors. Dozens more social, cultural, athletic & political events. See website for 2015 media & 2016 updates.
June 28-29, 2016, 7pm at Theater Wit, Chicago. With a cast of 16, a five piece band and beautiful music, A History of Summer covers the period between 1869 and the present day, following the stories of a number of friends, couples and siblings who journey to Fire Island for relaxation at the beach, romance and escape.
July 1, 2016, 8-9:30pm, the Etienne Auditorium at the Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave. Open to the public, adults. Films to include: Ich bin dann mal Barbara (Being Barbara); Fuck Work; I XXI; Mask4Mask; Mistress Cameo &; Master El Diablo; and Mistress May I? $10 admission for all screenings. An 18+ event. Members admitted free.
July 8 - August 14, 2016, at Mary’s Attic. The world premiere of Derek Van Barham’s immersive, pop-rock ode to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the Bard’s most beloved stories. An exploration of love and gender through a queer lens, find music, dance, and fairies of all kinds upstairs at Hamburger Mary's.
Mid-July, 2016 (TBC). Affirming diversity in gender/ sexual expression within the Black LGBTQ community, and celebrating stories of Black LGBTQ-identified people through the art of film. Past year at The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the UC campus, Hyde Park; and the Center on Halsted in Lakeview. Details line up at website:.
August 8-9, 2016, annual street fair on six blocks of N Halsted, many musical acts on multiple stages, plus hundreds of food, arts and crafts vendors. Dozens of gay bars, dance clubs, restaurants, stores and a bathhouse surround the festival site.
September 1-4, 2016, Labor Day Weekend in Millennium Park Cultural Center, Von Freeman Pavilion (S Promenade), the Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (N Promenade), the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington), and other venues. A favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition of free, quality live musical performances since 1979.
September 22-29, 2016. Award-winning international feature films, social documentaries & experimental shorts. Past year: 65 screening at six venues around town, including: Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N Clark St; Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio; Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N Clark St; ShowPlace ICON, 150 W Roosevelt Rd.
October 31, 2016. The 20th Annual Halloween Parade, 5-10pm up N Halsted from Belmont, to Addison, with cash prize awards and live entertainment. Registration on Halsted just north of Belmont near The Playground Theater, 5-7pm for Costume Contest in one of five categories.
November 4-6, 2016 at Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted. Events to include the Kink Market, Demo Pit, Educational Classes, the International Rubber Club Summit, and the Main Event. See more details/ updates TBA at:
January - February, 2017 (TBC). Annual multi-arts non-narrative, multidisciplinary fringe festival - six weeks of new theatrical work by invited artists and companies. This past year based around work of Eugene Ionesco, particularly his 1959 play, RHINOCEROS.
April, 2017 (TBC), at 24 venues. A four-day festival of international films, live music concerts, exhibits, and presentations. Over 14,000 filmmakers, producers, musicians, artists, and fans; amazing, innovative programming: premiere music documentaries; feature films and shorts; live concert films; music videos; cutting-edge DJ/VJ shows; panel discussions, presentations and more.