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Chicago Bars, Clubs & Resto Lounges
DailyXtra Bar Events Listings

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.
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.
April Fools Day with #HousebrokenChi's third edition
DJs in DRAG!

April 1, 2016, 9pm-7am, Primary Nightclub, 5 W Division. Cat fight themed benefit for Chicago Harmony House, no-kill/no-cage shelter. Hot boy DJs/ sexiest beats/ dress to impress for pussies in the pound. Lady Boys: 10pm JERRY COLA; 11pm JOHNNY NONSTOP/ TIMX; 12am JOSH NASTER/ MARK BAUER; 1am DJ NIEKO/ K'NEX; 2am Mr BOBBY + NATURAL SELECTION; 3am DEREK SPECS + PHIL RIZZO. 21+/$10-20
New & intriguing stories about these sculptures and their fascinating subject
A Portrait of Antinous, in Two Parts

April 2 - August 28, 2016, at Art Institute. An exceptionally beautiful Greek youth, Antinous was the favorite of Roman Emperor Hadrian. Following his mysterious drowning in the Nile River, Antinous was proclaimed a god, and portraits of him appeared across the Empire. The exhibition unites two marbles portraying Antinous—which recent discoveries reveal were originally one.
Two one-act plays
Connect the Dots: SwitchBoard Ensemble

April 7-8, 2016, 5pm + April 9th, 9:30pm, at Mary’s Attic. Overtones by Alice Gerstenberg and the Game by Louise Bryant. In between the one-acts some storytelling. All family friendly. Cast: Hillary Champlin Ellen Desitter, Kimmy Higginbotham, Loredan Krug, Athanasia Sawicz, and Jules Schrader.
Science Fiction and Fantasy short films from around the world
Juggernaut Sci-Fi & Fantasy Short Film Festival

April 9, 2016, 12pm at the Music Box. Presented by Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre Company, bringing together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers,artists, and casual movie-goers, to encourage and support these new and innovative stories in the cinematic arts. Best Sci-Fi Short/ Best Fantasy Short/ The Juggernaut Audience Choice Award/ The "Boldly Go” Spirit Award.
Pride Films & Plays presents a world premiere by David Valdes Greenwood
Raggedy And

Ongoing through April 10, 2016, at Rivendell, 5779 N Ridge. A fast-paced ultramodern comedy of manners. The perfect poet is needed for the impending inauguration of America’s first female president. When Ondi Rivers is selected, her wife hits the roof and her son is torn. Imagining the glare of the media spotlight on her family’s private life, will she take the stage?
Women & Children First Bookstore erotic book fair pop-up
Words that Bind: An Erotic Literary Event

April 14, 2016, 7-9:30pm, Leather Archives/ Museum. A panel reading/ discussion of erotic works by 6 poets, fiction writers, playwrights, and graphic novelists, exploring the intersection of sexual desire and literature representing the LGBTQQIAA spectrum. Panelists: Dale Lazarov; Nikki Patin; Philip Dawkins; Marty McConnell. Q&A/ reception follows w/ beer, wine, other refreshments.
CIMMfest 8
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival

April 14-17, 2016 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.
The hottest live & silent auction is back. Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus presents
The Big Package Auction 2016

April 16, 2016, 4-8pm at Sidetrack, hosted by the one and only love goddess, Judy Tenuta (The Vagina Monologues + Material Girls) - a rousing evening of comedy, gourmet food, cocktails and the fabulous silent and live auction - featuring the infamous all-male package models.
Midnight Movies - Saturday at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show + The Room

April 16 + May 14, 2016, monthly cult classic screenings: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - with audience participation of course! At The Music Box, 3733 N Southport Ave. Another midnight movie - April 15 + May 13, 2016: The Room - the “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies.”
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps

April 20, 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. Bands: MTVGHOSTS -Dreampunk? Glam pop?; VINCE BAND -glam punk; YOKO AND THE OH NOS -garage rock/ Motown style soul. Just $5!
presented by Camp Night at the BOX
John Waters’ Serial Mom

April 23, 2016, at the Music Box Theatre. Reception at 10pm, with live drag performance and pre-show festivities! Film at midnight, hosted by Chicago Drag Superstar Lucy Stoole! Who knows what evil lurks behind the freshly painted homes and manicured lawns of suburbia? The family of Beverly Sutphin soon find out in this campy, satire, as she becomes the psychopathic housewife from hell.
Based on the 1988 cult film of the same name
Heathers The Musical

Through April 24, 2016, Theater Wit. Veronica, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit hustles her way into the powerful/ ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. Then she falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. and Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out. Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s ass, but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.
Pride Films & Plays:
The Boys In Briefs: At The Beach!

April 26, 2016, 7pm at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. FInal performance - an upbeat evening of summertime features Scott Gryder, Donterrio Johnson, and stars of PFP’s The Boy From Oz, Chris Logan + Luke Meierdiercks, featuring classics from George Gershwin, Kander and Ebb, the Drifters + the Beach Boys, plus selections from today’s pop favorites.
The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement
The Seminary Co-op Bookstores Discussion: José Orduña

April 28, 2016, 8pm at The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave. Exploring the complex issues of immigration and assimilation and the process of becoming a citizen in a post 9/11 USA. Intractable realities, rooted in the continuity of US imperialism to globalism, form the landscape of Orduña’s daily experience, where the geopolitical meets the quotidian.
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

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.
Chicago’s biggest annual kick-off event for summer festival season!

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.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2016

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.
Kick Off Pride with
The Boys Upstairs

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.
Join the men and women of CMSA Soccer!
Pride on the Pitch

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.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr Leather 2016

May 27-30, 2016. Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands converge to party, network, & select 36th International Mr. Leather. 4-day Leather Market -finest leather/fetish artisans & retailers; erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists & more. SUN: IML Competition, then IML Victory Celebration Party at House of Blues. MON: Black and Blue Ball. See website for 2015 IML media.
Great Lakes Bears-Chicago present
Bear Pride 22

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:
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys 2016

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:
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash

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.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2016

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.
In the Etienne Auditorium
The 3rd Annual German Fetisch Film Festival

July 1, 2016, 8-9:30pm, at the Leather Archives & Museum. Featuring the films: Ich bin dann mal Barbara (Being Barbara); Fuck Work; I XXI, Mask4Mask, Mistress Cameo & Master El Diablo, Mistress May I. $10 admission for all three screenings. Open to the adult public 18+ Members admitted free.
Black Alphabet Film Festival
BAFF 2016 Chicago

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:.
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

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.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

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.
34 years of queer film
Reeling:Chicago L/G International Film Festival

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.
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Halloween on Halsted 2016

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:
The 28th Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2017

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.