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.
Every Tuesday + Thursday 7-9pm practice at Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N Clarendon Ave. Social and fundraising events at Replay, Sidetrack, Hydrate and other venues - see their facebook page for upcoming events.
First FRI M.A.F.I.A Club Night and CD4 POZ socials/ postive-minded men. First SAT Bear Night w/ 12am pizza. Second FRI Chicago Leather Women's Cruise. Second SAT Dungeon Master Night w/ midnight S/M demo. Third SAT BLUF Leather, Rubber, Uniform Dress Code Gear Night w/ barber + bootblack. Fourth FRI ONYX Club Nights. Fourth SAT Ripe Party w/ Deep Beats, Dim Lights, Hot Go-Go Dudes.
When they feel like it Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted/ co-curated by Donnie + Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. New/exciting local bands from Chicago/ beyond perform onstage. Previously 3rd Wednesdays - now "held WHENEVER THE #$%! WE FEEL LIKE IT! So get pumped for STACKED bills, SIQQ hosts, and of course MORE GLITTER! Keep your eyes peeled and brows on fleek!"
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.
Ongoing at Art Institute. 44 iconic works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. These paintings, sculptures, and photographs transform the museum’s presentation of contemporary art, bringing new depth and perspective to the Art Institute’s already strong holdings, making this collection the strongest of any encyclopedic art museum in the world.
Through March 17, 2019, 8pm. The daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl attempt a makeshift wedding. But the brutality of the war around them encroaches on their fragile union, forcing them to face a reality they cannot escape. The religious/ cultural roots of intolerance, exploring violence, its aftermath, and the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
February 28, March 1-2, 7-9, 2019, 7:30pm (also 2pm Mar 9th). With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka and The Brothers Grimm, about a writer in a totalitarian state being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and similarities to the M.O. in a series of child murders. An urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
February 28 - March 31, 2019, 7:30pm (22 dates). Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, SOUTHERN COMFORT follows the last year of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia. He surrounds himself with his chosen family, As they share monthly potluck meals, like any family, they have their own trials and tribulations, but ultimately as spring arrives, so do warmer days.
March 2, 2019, 10pm-5am. A fun + sexy party featuring guest DJ Ariel Ztn, joining resident Eric Bloom on two floors. Clothes check available so get your gear on! 21+ people of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome. No-photo event (text or phone outside).
March 6, 2019, 9pm-2am. Team Sidetrack is geared-up and ready to Party! Join us each first Wednesday of the month for naughty games to win fun prizes with Dixie Lynn Cartwright! As always, our friends from Men's Room Chicago will be here with an awesome Pop-Up Shop and cool giveaways! No Cover…it's Sidetrack. Next: April 3rd.
March 7-10, 2019. THU 11am Leather Archives/ Museum Free Admission. THU-SAT Contest Weekend. SAT: 2pm Beer Bust Fundraiser; 8pm The Rapture: Mr. Leather64TEN 2019 Contest; 10pm FukR Chicago - Strapped/ Hell Bound DJ Battle. SUN (weekly) SINglet Sundays in The Hole/ Jackhammer on wrestling mats w/ bartender Dan + alternative-electro-industrial music + pop-up fetish demos.
March 7, 2019, 7-10pm. Chicago's RPDR Viewing Party. Watch + Win w/ Team Sidetrack hosts Dixie Lynn Cartwright + DiDa Ritz + the Sidetrack Pit Crew. Bring Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, Talent and we'll Start Your Engines with games, RuPaul's Drag Race swag + fun surprises! After Ru, a Celebration of Chicago Drag - Shantay You Stay! with Danika Bone't.
March 8, 2019, 8-10pm (every 2nd FRI) Leatherwomen of Chicago Cruise Night + Cowboy Roundup w/ ILGRA. Mar 9th Dungeon Master Night w/ midnight Hot Wax Demo. Mar 10th, 2-7pm Sunday Beer Bust + 7pm Club Room Movie Night. March 15th Cubs/Sox Fan FaceOff - win game tickets. Mar 17th St Patrick's Day Beer Bust. Apr 27th - Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy - 9pm contest for Leather Makeover.
March 8, 2019, 9pm-2am. Come out and play with the bearded, the burly and their admirers at Chicago's Best Bear Night, this Friday. DJ RONS on the decks with your favorites. No cover, no attitude, it's a #funfurall.
March 9, 2019, 11am-2pm. Wake up, recharge; enjoy brunch prepared by MR.LEATHER64TEN Executive Producer, Michael Syrjanen. Spend time meeting a new Fuck Buddy over Egg Bake. Build-your-own-waffle bar, fresh fruit, danishes, Bloody Marys,
Mimosas and non-alcoholic Mimosas! $8 tickets at the door/ in-store or online.
March 9, 2019, 8-11pm. Introducing judges, tally masters and staff. 8:25 pm Contestant Introductions + Cruise Wear/Serious Question. 9pm Formal Leather Wear/90-Second Speech. 9:45pm Whole Package/Funny Question. 9:55pm Audience Vote (tiebreaker). 10:45pm Contest Finale, all-contestant introduction for winner announcements. 11pm-5am Victory party: FukR Chicago Hell Bound DJ Battle.
March 9, 2019, 10pm-5am. Jock/gear party w/ 3 hot international DJs! Special event for Mr Leather 64 Ten Weekend! DJS Milty Evans, Jack Chang (Frankfurt), Xavier Alvarado (Mexico City). The hottest Jock party in the USA, back in Chicago with our F*kr party for men! Encouraged: jockstraps, harness straps, and suspender straps. Hot dirty house music + hot dirty fun - at Jackhammer!
March 8-9, 2019. FRI: 11pm-4am Urbano weekly Hip Hop Blatino w/ DJ X-Tasy + Sexy Urbano Dancers; and 10pm-4am Viernes Latinos Noches Tropicales w/ DJ Bola in the Lounge. SAT 10pm-5am. LGBTQ Dance Night w/ two rooms of the Best Latin Music: DJ Prini Main Room + DJ Nino in the Front Lounge. Sexy dancers all night long.
March 10, 2019, 7:30pm. Amit wants to transition as a woman, his wife Galit pledges support to maintain the marriage. But, as Amit transforms with surgery, social stigma and bureaucracy, tensions rise as everyone in the family readjusts to understand themselves and each other anew. In the process, Galit must redefine her own identity: what it means to be a parent, a spouse and a lover.
March 12, 2019, 7pm-2am. Organized Grime Crew residents Debbie Fox + Randy Candy Birthday Bash. Neverland Events/ Artist Management DJ, Alex Cabot on tunes - get your lewks together! Behind the bar Ryan Willing + Keith Stryker + sexy barback, Nate Waterman. Hoe-stess w/ the mostest Debbie Fox + John Gerschutz at the door. Swing by Tuesday night for an inked up night of debauchery!
March 16, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W Barry Ave. Live music - uniquely queer, inclusive dance - bring your friends! Calling by Georges Augustin, Music by Patrik Ahlberg + friends! 6:30pm lesson. 7-9:30pm dance. Beginners welcome/ encouraged. Suggested donation $10 at the door.
March 17, 2019, 5-10pm. Featuring J Warren (Forever Tel Aviv), Dom Brown (Porn and Chicken), and Brian X (Progress Bar, Wood Chicago). PopUp Shop by Men's Room Chicago. DarkRoom / PlaySpace by SportLube. Sponsored by: Steamworks Chicago. FREE Clothes Check. People of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome.
March 20, 2019, 9pm-2am. Get on stage as if A Star Is Born. Lip sync your favorite Lady Gaga songs and win Fun Prizes with hostess, Dixie Lynn Cartwright. A mix of Gaga-inspired Party Music for you to Just Dance to all night long. Enjoy a Perfect Illusion with Gaga tribute drag performances by Krissy Feetface, Evah Envy + Eve The Bunny. You were Born This Way for Gagariffic FUN!
March 23, 2019, midnight cult classic screenings: The Rocky Horror Picture Show features the Midnight Madness shadowcast, with audience participation of course! At The Music Box, 3733 N Southport Ave. See schedule for more midnight movies at their website:
March 29, 2019, 10pm-4am. A night of everything HARD, HEAVY, AND OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM with DJ Germ of Modern Day Rippers/Sexy Baby Records/and Rotten Fruits. Super excited let's rage! Pre-punk to post hardcore, Oi to power pop, psychobilly to garage rock, heavy metal to industrial and pop punk to street rock n roll. This is going to be so much fun!
March 30, 2019, 9pm-1am. Theme is Barbie Dreamhaus fantasy! Performances from Bambi Banks-Couleé, Auntie Heroine, Mikki Miraj + more! With DJ Tess. Glam Station by Wanda Screw. Hosts Aunty Chan, IMP Queen, Nico Mikki, Miraj Quinn, Yolo Ono, and Claire Voyant. LEWK competition in your best Dreamhaus inspired lewks.
March 30, 2019, 10pm-5am. Dance party for bears, beards, cubs, pups, daddies, furballs, beefcakes, otters, and other wildlife. Welcoming HORSE MEAT DISCO from London. Hot Go-Go's and 700+ guys await. Clothes check available.
March 30, 2019, 11pm-5am at Fantasy Club, 3641 N Halsted St. Neverland returns from its winter hiatus to tell the story of the MATADOR. It's a story of life, love, dance, ritual, and death. Follow us as the story unfolds in the month of March, leading up to an unforgettable fight. MUSIC by TOM STEPHAN (London) and DJ Alex Cabot (Neverland Resident). LIGHTS by Joe Gillan.
May 17-23, 2019, the Chicago Film Critics Association week-long 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 23-27, 2019, Memorial Day Weekend (usually) at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Ave. Thousands converge to party, network/ select International Mr Leather. A 4-day Leather Market leather/fetish artisans/ retailers; erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists. FRI: Party. SUN: IML Competition + IML Victory Celebration Party. MON: Black and Blue Ball. More info:
May 24 + 25, 2019, midnight. A highschool cheerleader, sent to gay conversion therapy camp when her parents suspect her to be a lesbian, meets a girl named Graham who challenges camp ideals and what it means to be gay. Filled with clever innuendos, colorful imagery, and witty characters to make you smile and laugh as it offers a satirical look at queer identity issues/ gender roles.
May 25, 2019, Memorial Day weekend with the hottest male porn stars in the business. Saturday awards bash, plus parties with the guys at Hydrate, Sidetrack, Lucky Horseshoe, and Charlies; Sunday Recovery Brunch at North End. Host hotel (this past year): The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. See website for updates, nominees, interviews, and more:
May 30 - June 29, 2019, 7:30pm (22 dates). Trevin has chased his ex-boyfriend all the way to Colorado, only to fall madly in love with his ex’s friend Carlos. Trevin seduces Carlos into a trailer-bound life where they weather disasters and dystopia in their sexual island. But can their love-home outlast jealous intruders and time itself?
June 5-9, 2019, at Logan Theatre. Annual 5-day film showcase: 25 screenings, 4 Bar Talk discussions, 5 After-Parties. independent features, shorts, documentaries + experimental films from around the world. Innovative/ unique programming from lowbrow entertainment of John Waters, Doris Wishman and Coffin Joe to fine art avant-garde films and videos.
June 8, 2019, the 54th 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. Born out of Andersonville’s Swedish heritage, Midsommarfest will transport you back to old-world Swedish traditions.
June 8-9, 2019, on N Wells St, between North Ave and Division St. Glass and ceramics, to pencil drawings and oil paintings - a diverse mix of nearly 200-plus juried artists + free educational workshops + tasty cuisine from the neighborhood’s eclectic restaurants and cool music stage acts. A treasure trove of creativity in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood.
June, 2019 Pride Month events, with two day Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 30th, 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 2018 media + 2019 updates:
July 4-8, 2019. FRI Urbano Blackout Party at Fantasy w/ DJs X-Tasy, Trouble (ATL) and Gavin T (MIA); SAT Wet n Wild Pool Party at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare + Black Party at Metro w/ DJs Unknown (NYC), Trouble (ATL) and X-Tasy (CHI); SUN Closing Party at Club Escape w/ DJ Ron Carroll + XXX Dancers. FRI-MON nights at Club Escape. Host hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare.
August 10-11, 2019, 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 38th anniversary, the annual street fair on 6 blocks of N Halsted, between Belmont and Addison; many musical acts, multiple stages; hundreds of food, arts and crafts vendors. Dozens of gay bars, dance clubs, restaurants, stores and a bathhouse surround the festival site. A crowd of over 180,000 people arrives from across the globe.
August 23 - September 1, 2019, 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 19-29, 2019. 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 16-27, 2019, 12 days at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St. Oldest competitive North American film festival, founded in 1964 to provide an alternative to commercial Hollywood movies that dominated city theaters. 12-day world-renowned annual event with the best in international cinema, new talents, and windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago.
October 31, 2019. The 23rd 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 8-10, 2019. The Center on Halsted registration, Kink Market, Social, Gear Sale. Past year included: Touché Welcome Party. Contest at The Center, Brût Party at Fantasy, Strict Rubber Dress Code Party at Leather Rose Assn, The Rubber Ball, Steamworks and Cell Block events. Contest at MCA + Galleria Domain 2 + Jackhammer events. SUN Closing at Sidetrack.
Mid-November, 2019. Affirming diversity in gender/ sexual expression within the Black LGBTQ community, and celebrating stories of Black LGBTQ-identified people through the art of film. Two days of screenings at The Reva and David Logan Center. Tickets and line up details at website:
January - February, 2020. Annual month-long multi-arts non-narrative, multidisciplinary fringe festival; new theatrical works by invited artists/ companies. The longest-running multi-arts fringe festival in Chicago, the Rhino features works in theater and performance from Chicago companies and national artists alike.