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Gay Chicago

Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Event!
OUTspoken! LGBTQ Stories

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.
Bringing together the LGBTIQ communities
Chances Queer Dances

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.
Come workout with us!
Chicago Dragons Rugby Football

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.
The longest running musical comedy in Chicago
Cupid Has a Heart On

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.
Galleries of contemporary art
The New Contemporary

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.
Satiric comedy takes aim at homophobia in McCarthy-era Washington, D.C.
Perfect Arrangement

September 22 - October 22, 2017. Two 1950 State Department employees, Bob and Norma, are tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. The problem? Both are gay, and each has married the other’s partner living next door in a carefully constructed cover. Amidst early stirrings of the gay rights movement, a madcap classic sitcom-style comedy becomes provocative drama.
24 Hours of Movie Madness!
Music Box of Horrors 2017

October 7, 2017, SAT noon -.SUN noon. In this year's incarnation we swiftly descend into madness through the exploits of zombified police run-ins and adolescent lycanthropy, dizzying dives into the wicked seductions of the occult, uber-degradation of the otherwise-sane mind-scape, nuns in a water-locked convent, and oh-so much more See line-up of films and guests at:
Because Everybody Loves Movies
Chicago International Film Festival

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.
Brüt darkness in the middle of the day
Brüt Chicago

October 14, 2017, 11pm at CHARLIES CHICAGO. Dark seedy dance floor, NYC underground house music, the hottest man meat. Brüt resident DJs and BRÜT creators Peter Napoli + Dan Darlington w/ sexiest beats of the week!
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps - Benefit for Trans Liberation Coalition

October 18, 2017, 9pm-12am. Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted/ co-curated by Donnie + Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. 3rd Wed new/exciting local bands showcase featuring: Blizzard Babies - chilly ladies who utilize a ukulele; The Just Luckies with face-melting solos and passionate singing; and SuperKnova after her debut release, Splendor Dysphoria. $5!
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Halloween Edition!

October 27-31, 2017, Friday-Tuesday 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:
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Halloween on Halsted 2017

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.
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Woof Wednesday - November Edition

November 1, 2017, 9pm-2am, Sidetrack. Wear Camo, Rubber, Leather or whatever turns you on. Join our host, Mr. Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris, for demos and lots of naughty fun! Plus our friends from The Men's Room Chicago will be here with an awesome Pop-Up Shop and a $100 Gift Card Giveaway to one lucky WOOFer! No Cover…it's Sidetrack.
Logan Arcade's Monthly Queer Night
Night Names

November 2, 2017, 9pm-2am, Logan Arcade, 2410 W Fullerton Ave. The 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.
21st Annual
Mr International Rubber

November 4-6, 2017. 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. For hotel suggestions see updates:
The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus Summer 2017
CGMC Presents Naughty or Nice

December 1, 2017, 8-10pm. Have you been naughty or nice? The CGMC will choose between beauties and bawdies, reckless and royal, the wanton and wise. Members will pick a spot on Santa’s lists. Selections from John Legend, Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, Zoltan Kodaly’s Veni Emmanuel, Devo, Eurythmics, South Park, Ella Fitzgerald, Clarence Carter.
Wicked is flying back to Chicago!
Wicked - The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

December 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018 at Oriental Theatre. In the Land of Oz long before Dorothy arrives, another girl, born with emerald-green skin - smart, fiery, misunderstood, possessing extraordinary talent meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular. Initial rivalry turns into an unlikey friendship… until the world decides to call one good, and the other wicked.
Book and lyrics by David Zellnik, music by Joseph Zellnik
YANK!, a World War II Love Story

January 13 - February 13, 2017, The Broadway. Stu, a scared Midwestern kid, gets drafted in 1943  and becomes a World War II photographer for Yank Magazine, a journal for and by servicemen. With a lively score and exuberance spirit inspired by 1940s pop music, the play explores the meaning of manhood; falling in love, facing prejudice, finding courage, and basic survival.
An HIV/AIDS community services benefit
Chicago Red Dress Party 2018

Mid-April, 2018, (TBC) 7:30pm-midnight at Center on Halsted. Wear a red dress/skirt/kilt/toga or dress shirt/whatever in order to get in! Create your very best, outlandish, and memorable RED DRESS outfit now! DJ, 3 dozen-plus Silent Auction Items, Host of the Night: Miss Foozie. Entertainment line up featuring Chicago Drag Queens and a SPECIAL performance.
Pick up your Fest Passes and come visit at CIMMcity! – 1896 N Milwaukee Ave
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival #9

November 9-12, 2017, at 24 venues. A four-day festival of 99+ 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.
The 29th Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2018

January - February, 2018 (TBC) at the Prop Theatre. Annual multi-arts non-narrative, multidisciplinary fringe festival - six weeks of new theatrical work by invited artists and companies.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018

Mid-May, 2018, from the Chicago Film Critics Association; a 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.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr Leather 2018

Late May, 2018, 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:
Great Lakes Bears-Chicago present
Bear Pride

Late May, 2018. Events at Manhandler, Touché, Sidetrack, and Steamworks. See details:
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys 2018

Late May, 2018, 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: The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. See website for nominees, interviews, and more:
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

May 30 - June 3, 2017 (TBC), 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.
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash

June 8-10, 2018 (TBC), the 53rd 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.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2018

June 16-24, 2018 (TBC) Pride Month events, with June 16-17 Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 24th, 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 2017 media + 2018 updates:
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 11-12, 2018 (TBC), 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 37th 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.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

August 30 - September 2, 2018 (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.
36 years of queer film
Reeling: Chicago L/G International Film Festival

September 20-27, 2018 (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.