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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.
Come workout with us!
Chicago Dragons Rugby Football

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.
Ongoing monthly events at Chicago's Leather Bar since 1977
Coming up at Touché

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

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!"
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.
The 31st Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2020

January 11 - February 23, 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.
February is a wonderful time to meet some fresh and handsome faces
DILF: Everybody Say Love

February 1, 2020, 9pm-3am. Chicago's biggest monthly party for men over 35 and guys who want to get with them. Moose the DJ will be spinning all his favorite love and lust anthems to get you in the mood for l'amour. Co-hosts: Rickey and Aaron Copley-Spivey. No cover, no 'tude, all DILF.
Hosted by ToucheChicago
Bear Night - MAFIA Club - Dungeon Master - Full Moon Party

February 1, 2020, 10pm-4am Bear Night. Feb 7 - MAFIA Club Night. Feb 8 - 2nd SAT Dungeon Master Night! Midnight spanking demo. Feb 9 - Full Moon Party. Feb 14 - Women, Trans, Nonbinary Leather/Kink Night + Cowboy Roundup. Feb 15 - Winter Underwear Fetish Party/ 2020 Mr Union Suit Contest. SUN 6pm Beer Bust + 7pm Movie. WED Jockstrap Night. THU Throwback 70s-80s music + Bijou Video Porn.
At The Hole inside The Jackhammer Complex every Sunday through December 21st
SINglet Sundays in The Hole

February 2, 9, 16, 23 + March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020, 10pm Sundays at The Hole/ Jackhammer. Join the regulars on the wrestling mats with Dan, everyone’s favorite bartender, playing alternative-electro-industrial music favorites. The event also features pop-up fetish demonstrations. FB
Brunch from 10am - Show at noon
Drag Brunch V

February 8, 2020, 12-1:30pm. Brunch, beer, wine and cocktails. Featuring performances from Chicago's very own Bambi Banks and Khloe Park!
Hey, bros! Find your V-Day match!
KOK Frat Night: Traffic Light Party

February 8, 2020, 9pm-3am. The pledges of The SoFo Tap’s Kappa Omicron Kappa invite you to get a quick fix for V-Day. Are you taken (red)? Shopping/poly (yellow), or just looking to hook up (green)? Get matched for color and maybe the right match for the night. Pledgemaster VJ Thomas will take you on a trip through classic beats of the 90s through to top hits of today.
Hosted by MAN UPP - Joe Whitaker Presents
FuKR Chicago - Do Me Harder

Hosted by Hydrate Nightclub Chicago
DJ Oscar Velazquez Live

February 8, 2020, 11pm-5am. Making his return to Hydrate Nightclub, DJ Oscar Velazquez is a renowned top Mexican DJ, one the most influential on the Mexican House Music scene! Lights by VJ George G.
Hosted by Studio DJ Ale Maes
Circuit Carnival T-Dance

February 9, 2020, 4-10pm. Fun and hot T-DANCE. Enjoy the warmth of Brazilian CARNAVAL days w/ DJ /producer Rob Phillips (Salvador-Bahia), Ale Maes, and Andrew James. New Sound, Lights and Decor.
Every 2nd & 4th Sunday at Meeting House Tavern

February 9, 2020, 9pm-12am. Bi-weekly variety show/ art pop-up, celebrates and showcases the Chicago queer scene. Hosts: Javi Aya, Tinson Nhon, and Hedilio Martinez. Featuring: Queer-centric variety show/ art pop-up; photobooth w/ Ethan Jollie; Tarot Readings w/ Juniper Sarah Rose; DJ Club Chow; clothing, art and jewelry vendors; Live painting w/ Pinche Alvarito. Looks encouraged!
Come ready to Bow Down to Queen Bey every 2nd Wednesday
All Things Beyoncé

February 12, 2020, 9pm-2am. Bow Down to Queen Bey every 2nd Wednesday/ month at All Things Beyoncé. Dance to Beyoncé videos and concert footage, plus SLAY to drag performances from DiDa Ritz, Saya Naomi, Sasha Love and Coco Sho-Nell. YOU are invited to get on stage, show us your moves and win Fun Prizes in our contest: dance, sing, LipSync. No drag required.
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar
Valentine's Day Party

February 14, 2020, 9pm-2am. Be our Valentine! Join Dixie Lynn Cartwright and the Dancers for a Valentine's Evening of Games, Prizes and Dancing! Doors open at 3pm, TGIF Show Tunes from 5-9pm and then it's time for a night of LOVE till 2am. No Cover's Sidetrack!
In the heart of Boystown each month friends come together to dance
February Queer Contra

February 15, 2020, 6:30-9:30pm at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W Barry Ave. Live music - uniquely queer, inclusive dance - bring your friends! Band: TBA. Caller: Liz Burkhart. 6:30pm lesson. 7-9:30pm dance. Beginners welcome/ encouraged. Suggested donation $10 at the door. Next date, see:
Hosted by Organized Grime Crew - Special, one-off at a new SECRET LOCATION
CUN - Tea

February 16, 2020, 5-10pm. Come ready to dance... C U Next Tea! DJs Dom Brown b2b Karsten Sollors Extended Back 2 Back DJ Set with home-town heroes. DJ Luis K-rdona (KARDONA). Dark room sponsored by Steamworks Chicago. PopUp Shop by Men's Room Chicago. FREE Clothes Check. People of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome.
Uptown's Newest Monthly Dance Party - Hosted by Organized Grime Crew
Grizzly w/ Moose + Ale Maes

February 21, 2020, 9pm-2am at Le Nocturne Chicago, 4810 N Broadway. GRIZZLY. Chicago's premier, monthly dance-party celebrating FUR and Fur-lovers! Sound by: Moose the DJ + DJ Ale Maes (Brazil). Third Friday every month: best local + International guest DJs; Grizzly GoGos; 25,000 Watt Sound System; New Uptown Location.
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

February 22 + March 21, 2020, midnight cult classic screening: 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:
Time to stop flappin' your lips and start smackin' them
Chicago Make Out Party

February 28, 2020, 9pm-2am. Tired of standing looking pensive/ warm, fierce/ approachable, yet that mega crush still hasn't come over? Just go: "hey, wanna make out with me for a photo? you get a free jello shot" and they go "um yes, duh." The rest is drunk history. DJs MADELINE + NARK. Hosts: Philip Stasko, Ethan Hill, Miss Meadows. Free shots! booze + photos!
The 2nd annual
Illinois Leather Pride Weekend

February 28 - March 1, 2020, 11pm-1am. Events at Cell Block - a weekend of education, fun, and debauchery! FRI 9:30pm Meet & Greet. SAT 11am-3pm Educational Classes & Workshops; 10pm Contest. SUN 11:30am-1pm Brunch.
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday

March 4 + April 1, 2020, 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.
Dudes, Daddies, Discreet, or Don't Know. DILF Is For All Men!
FuKR Chicago - Leather Me Up

March 14, 2020, 10pm-5am. Joe Whitaker + MAN UPP. Men's Jock/underwear/gear Party! DJs XAVIER ALVARADO (MEX) + Milty Evans (CHI) play Hot Dirty House Music for Hot Dirty Fun. Leather/ Gear/ Rubber/ Jockstraps/ Harness Straps/ Suspenders Straps Encouraged. Clothes Check Available. Next date.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2020

May 1-7, 2020, 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.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr Leather 2020

May 21-25, 2020, Memorial Day Weekend at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave. Thousands converge to party, network/ select International Mr Leather. Four-day Leather Market leather/fetish artisans/ retailers; erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists. FRI Party. SAT APEX ONYX dance. SUN IML Competition + IML Victory Celebration Party. MON Black and Blue Ball. More info:
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys XXI

May 23, 2020, Featuring the hottest male porn stars in the business. Saturday awards bash (past year at Metro), plus parties with the guys at Hydrate, Sidetrack, Lucky Horseshoe, and Charlies w/ POST GRABBY BBQ at Replay. Hosts: Chi-Chi LaRue + Honey West. Host hotel: The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. See website for updates, nominees, interviews, and more:
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

June 10-14, 2020, 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 12-14, 2020, the 55th 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.
Prestigious outdoor art fair - the 45th year
Wells Street Art Festival

June 13-14, 2020, 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.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2020

June, 2020 Pride Month events, with a late June two day Pride Fest, and Sunday Parade, noon 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 2019 media + 2020 updates:
Advance tickets: 5 supersized events for $50
Windy City Black Pride

Early July, 2020. Past year included: FRI Urbano Blackout Party at Fantasy); SAT Wet n Wild Pool Party at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare + Black Party at Metro; SUN Closing Party at Club Escape. FRI-MON nights at Club Escape. Host hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare. See updates TBA at:
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 8-9, 2020, 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 39th anniversary, the annual street fair on 6 blocks of N Halsted, between Belmont and Addison; many musical acts on five 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 about 100,000 people arrives from across the globe.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
Chicago Jazz Festival

August 28 - September 6, 2020 (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.
38 years of queer film
Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Mid-September, 2020. Award-winning international feature films, social documentaries & experimental shorts. Past year: 11 days, 65 screenings 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.
Because Everybody Loves Movies
Chicago International Film Festival

October 14-25, 2020, 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. The 56th 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.
Pride Films & Plays with the 7th annual iteration
LezFest 2020

Mid-October, 2020 (TBC), 7:30pm. Female identifying/ non-binary queer artist cabaret. TWO performances at the Broadway Theatre. Laugh along with stand up comedians, listen to heartfelt original monologues and poetry, and jam along with singer/songwriters and burlesque dancers. Come and enjoy this festival of feminine artistry! See past year's program and cast:
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Haunted Halsted Halloween 2020

October 31, 2020 (TBC). The 24th 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.
24th Annual
Mr International Rubber

Early November, 2020 (TBC). The Center on Halsted registration. Past year included: Touché Welcome Party and other events; Kink Market Sessions, Latex Wrestling, socials and The Rubber Ball at Center on Halsted;  M.A.F.I.A. party at Steamworks; socials at Cell Block; Mr International Rubber Contest at The Vic Theatre; Jackhammer events; Sidetrack closing party.
Black Alphabet Film Festival
BAFF 2020 Chicago

November, 2020 (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. Two days of screenings at The Reva and David Logan Center. Tickets and line up details at website: