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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.
Logan Arcade's Queer Night Monthly!
Night Names

August 4, 2016, 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
"Invisible Man" + "Nobody" - with Charlene Carruthers
Mychal Denzel Smith + Marc Lamont Hill

August 9, 2016, 6pm at Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Mychal Denzel Smith discusses Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education; and Marc Lamont Hill discusses Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. They will be joined in conversation by Charlene Carruthers.
The Market Days Friday Party
NEVERLAND - The Imperial Harem

August 12, 2016, 11pm-4am at Metro, 3730 N Clark. Big gay Friday dance party in celebration of Northalsted Market Days - Music by Alex Acosta (Mexico City) and Alex Cabot (Chicago). Hosts: Imp Queen, Nico and Sara Andrews.
Midnight Movies - Saturday at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show + The Room

August 13, 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 - August 12, 2016: The Room - the “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies.”
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 13-14, 2016, 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the annual street fair on six blocks of N Halsted, between Belmont and Addison; 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. A crowd of over 180,000 people arrives from across the globe.
Revolution and Matthew Harvat join forces to bring you
Superhero Resurrection - Market Days 2016

August 13, 2016, 9pm at House of Blues Chicago. Making their Superhero debut, DJs Nina Flowers + Dani Toro with an amazing night of drums, bass, house, tribal and vocal perfection. Event bursts with production numbers, go-go dancers from around the world + the most extensive light and laser show of the year. Circuit MOM will take the stage with her dancers for the first time in 6 years.
Market Days Weekend
Alegria - Market Days 2016

August 14, 2016 9pm-4am at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N Milwaukee Ave.  Music by RENATO CECIN (Sao Paulo). Advance tickets $40; Advance general admission: $50 until 7/29, $60 after, online only. Door tickets: $70.
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps

August 17, 2016, 9pm, The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave. Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted/ co-curated by Donnie + Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. Monthly 3rd Wed showcase, new/ exciting Chicago/ beyond bands- called Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife. $5! With CELINE NEON. See facebook
Festival combines extraordinary rarities with revivals of recognized classics
Noir City: Chicago 8

August 19 -25, 2016, at the Music Box. The 8th great year! Films to include: Miller’s Crossing - Joel and Ethan Coen’s brilliant, atmospheric tribute to 1930s gangster melodramas; Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems) - one of the best noir-drenched films of the 1950s—maybe ever; and Flesh and Fantasy - an anthology of slightly supernatural tales --proto-Twilight Zone.
Pride Films & Plays presents a world premiere by David Valdes Greenwood
BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret

Ongoing through August 24, 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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus annual spring production
The Great Gaymerican Songbook

September 16-17, 2016 - three performances/ 2 locations: Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st St, Oak Brook; and Uptown Underground
4707 North Broadway. A collection of songs by gay American singers, songwriters and composers - eclectic cabaret showcase of our home-grown LGBT talent!
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.
The 13th annual International Screenings Program!
Come Laugh with Us!

Ongoing through September 28, 2016, Wednesdays 6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center. Free weekly film series celebrating richness/ diversity of international + independent filmmaking. This year: comedy from around the world -18 films exemplifing different styles/ modes of comedy; satire, dark humor to slapstick and dramedy, demonstrating the power of comedy across cultures. See program list:
Programmed by Will Morris, Assistant Programmer at Cinefamily, Los Angeles
Music Box of Horrors 2016

October 15-16, 2016 at Music Box. The Music Box of Horrors creeps back to Chicago at Noon for the annual 24-hour marathon of frightening flicks  -- one of the highlights of the year, a day of scares & surprises where only the strong survive.
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.
20th Annual
Mr International Rubber

November 4-6, 2016. 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. Host hotel for MIR20: TBA.
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.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2017

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.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr Leather 2017

May 26-29, 2017 (TBC) - past year at Congress Plaza Hotel, Memorial Day Weekend. 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 23

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:
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys 2017

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:
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

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.
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash

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.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2017

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:
Commemorating the iconic street festival’s 21st Anniversary
Taste of Randolph

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: