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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.
New & intriguing stories about these sculptures and their fascinating subject
A Portrait of Antinous, in Two Parts

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.
The region’s largest FREE conference for artists and creative entrepreneurs
Lake FX Expo

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.
"..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.
Working with renowned Producer and Director Barry Avrich
The Stratford Festival Presents

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.
Midnight Movies - Saturday at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show + The Room

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.”
The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus annual spring production
My Kind of Town

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.
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps

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!
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.
A part of Art & Architecture in Cinema
Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius In Milan

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.
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.
Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin
David Satter - The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep

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.
The Memorial Day/ IML weekend warm up dance event

May 26, 2016 11pm-4am at Hydrate/ Manhole. Dance night for leathermen with DJs Barry Harry and Steve Henderson. Hosted by Slade Travis.
GRUNT - IML Weekend

May 27, 2016, 10pm-2am at Manhole. Friday night IML party with DJ Fort Troff - guaranteed to be a sexy time! DJ Seth Breezy will also be bangin' beats all night while you woof, grrr, grunt, dance, and sweat! No cover before midnight. May 28th, 8pm-3am, IML Weekend at Manhole continues with DJ Neill Macleod (Toronto). May 29th, 9pm-2am - COMBAT - A Military Ball w/ DJ DEANNE (MIA).
A unique variety of IML depravity & debauchery -by Folsom Street Events
The San Francisco Party

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

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:
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:
Brüt darkness in the middle of the day
Brüt Chicago IML Weekend

May 28, 2016, 3-9pm at Spybar, 646 N Franklin St. Dark seedy dance floor, NYC underground house music, the hottest man meat. Brüt resident DJs Peter Napoli + Dan Darlington w/ sexiest beats of the week! Chicago Startenders/Nightclub Royalty: Ryan Willing (Manhole), Franco Sambataro (SoFo Tap), Hunter Fletcher (Jackhammer), Scotty GoGo (Crobar), Nino Boss (MID) + BOBBY PINS (Spybar).
Bear Pride / IML Weekend Party
Furball: Chicago

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!
The most anticipated party of IML weekend
IML Black and Blue Ball

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.
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.
Pride Films and Plays presents a special workshop of the bounteous new musical
A History of Summer

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.
The Leather Archives & Museum presents
The Third Annual German Fetisch Film Festival

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.
Pride Films & Plays presents a world premiere by David Valdes Greenwood
BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

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.
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.
Pick up your Fest Passes and come visit at CIMMcity! – 1896 N Milwaukee Ave
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival

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.