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.
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.
January 14 - February 26, 2017 at the Prop Theatre. 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.
February 3-4, 2017, 11pm at Music Box. Attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and repel some Boggarts before our midnight presentation of the Alfonso Cuarón film. Following The Sorting Ceremony, compete for the House Cup in a Marauder’s Map Trivia Tournament, become an Azkaban fugitive, and partake of Butterbeer and Divination. Hippogriffs and House Elfs welcome.
February 5, 2017, 1pm-2am, Sidetrack. Big game starts 5:30pm upstairs in Deck Bar, with sound; Sunday Funday Show Tunes downstairs 4-9pm. Lady Gaga Halftime Show in all bars with sound. After that, we go Gaga for your favorite Sidetrack sing-along pop songs 9pm-2am. JUST DANCE to Lady Gaga songs in Sunday Funight heavy rotation. Cheer/Sing/Dance Super Sunday w/ Team Sidetrack. No Cover.
February 5, 2017. Join us for all the game action and crazy commercials during our Sunday Beer Bust. We offer up a cold mug of Bud & Bud Light for just a buck all day every Sunday. (Sodas for the non drinkers and all Pucker shots, too!) Grab a seat early and cheer on the Patriots or Falcons. We’ll be serving up free Chicago Red Hots and much more during the game.
Ongoing through February 8, 2017. Heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of.
February 14, 2017, 7:30pm, The Broadway/ Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway. The history of musical theater was changed forever with two words from Lauren Bacall on opening night of Applause, when she said “Bring him!” to her hairdresser Duane, Broadway finally had its first openly gay character in a musical paving the way for shows from La Cage Aux Follies to Fun Home.
February 14, 2017, 9pm-2am at Sidetrack. A fun night of Game Shows and SyncIt! with Dixie Lynn Cartwright, plus jam to your favorite songs from the 90's/early 00's. Get on stage and Lip Sync for prizes, including exclusive LOVE IS LOVE hats! We would LOVE to spend Valentine's Day with you so join us for a fun night of Laughs, Drinks, Dancing ... and Dixie. No Cover.
February 15, 2017, 9pm-12am. Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted/ co-curated by Donnie + Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, 3rd Wed showcase, new/exciting Chicago/beyond bands; Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife. $5! The Gold Web - upbeat electronic-glam-rock; radiant devices - wildly unpredictable experimental rock; Bloodhype - Maureen Neer's musical stream of consciousness.
February 17, 2017, 6 - 7:30pm. Early September 1941: nearly two thousand men, women, and children were savagely killed by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. This deeply researched microhistory provides insights of global significance: What causes intercommunal violence and how does it affect their identities and relations?
February 18 + March 18, 2017, midnight + monthly 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:
February 24-25, 2017, 8pm + 10pm at Uptown Underground. Vivacious, no-lip-syncing drag extravaganza delves into world of girl group stardom, asking our queens to emulate such groups as the Spice Girls, Andrew Sisters, and En Vogue. Expect a throwback to The Marvelettes, The Chordettes, and Diana Ross and The Supremes. General Admission seating and cash bar available for all shows.
March 2, 2017, 9pm-2am at Logan Arcade, 2410 W Fullerton Ave. Monthly queer night/dance/ pinball party. Safe/comfy space for ALL kindsa folks to dance, hang out, and/or geek out on games. Music: house DJ Essential Logic (aka Kathryn Wilson). FREE pinball in the front room! Drink specials! No cover
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.
May, 2017 (TBC), 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 19-21, 2017 FRI Harris Theater. SAT North Shore Center. SUN Beverly Arts Center. Nostalgic channel-your-inner-teenage-girl show. NO ONE-HIT WONDERS. Favorite songs from the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Menudo +more. Also MoTown's The Temptations and The Four Seasons; plus barbershop quartets - part of our American heritage. Come out ready to party.
May 25-29, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend 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 26-29, 2017 (TBC), Past year 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 Bingo and Poker; bath time Wet 'n' Wild; Bear Brunch. Plus late night Hospitality After Hours Parties and more. See details/venue links:
May 27, 2017 (TBC), 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. Past year host: Hard Rock Hotel. See website for nominees, interviews, and more:
Early June, 2017 (TBC), at Logan Theatre. Annual 5-day film showcase: 25 programs, 100 films+ from 20+ countries - independent features, shorts, documentaries + experimental films from around the world, nightly parties and concerts. Innovative/ unique programming from lowbrow entertainment of John Waters, Doris Wishman and Coffin Joe to fine art avant-garde films and videos.
June 9-11, 2017 (TBC), 52nd 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 17-25, 2017 Pride Month events, with June 17-18 Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 25th, 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 2016 media + 2017 updates:
June 16-18, 2017 (TBC), 900 Randolph St, Friday-Sunday street festival featuring 20+ restaurants and live bands on two stages. See upcoming plans and line-up for 2017:
August 12-13, 2017 (TBC), 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 36th 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 18-20, 2017 previously held at Six Guns Ranch & Arena, 26926 State Line Rd, Crete IL. The rodeo runs, rain or shine. Get info online for this and other Illinois Gay Rodeo events including ongoing year-round events at Charlie's and Touché.
August 31 - September 3, 2017 (TBC), 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 21-28, 2017 (TBC). 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 12-26, 2017, two weeks 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. A 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, 2017. The 21st 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 3-5, 2017 (TBC). The Center on Halsted registration and Kink Market, Social, and Gear Sale. Cocktail Parties, Demo Pit, Educational Classes, the International Rubber Club Summit. Friday & Saturday contest events followed by Strict Rubber Dress Code Party + more events at clubs around town. Past host hotel for MIR20 - see 2017 updates: