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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.
Six Chicago artists joined forces and exhibit together in the mid-1960s
Hairy Who? 1966–1969

Ongoing through January 26, 2019. Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum transformed the art landscape of Chicago, injecting new and unique voices into the city’s rising national and international profile. Vividly unbridled yet also formally refined, their work embodied irreverence and youthful fearlessness.
New Year's Day - Daytime Afterhours
Happily Never Afters

January 1, 2019, 7am-1pm. One of the best afterhours dance parties now in circulation takes Chicago by storm. A NO FRILLS event: No dancers, no hosts, no drama, no attitude, no one bothering you, no fucks given. Stay up all night, or take a puppy nap. Trying to look fresh for the party? Don't bother: it's too dark/ foggy for anyone to see. DJs Serving Ovahness (LA) + Alex Cabot.
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday

January 2 + February 6, 2019, 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. Next: March 6th.
A kinky, queer, sex-positive party - First Friday monthly queer invasion!
Kink It! The One Year Anniversary

January 4, 2019, 10pm-4am. Popular fetishes with a creative drag twist! Hosts: Mikki Miraj w/ Guest Co-Host Fox E Kim. STARS: Gidget Von Addams + Discord Addams; Rosemary Maybe + Dago T; Bambi Banks-Couleé + Khloe Park; Sigourney Beaver + Mick Douch; Hinkypunk + Phazma Plazma; Siichele + Her?; Wanda Screw + YOLO Ono; SPANK BOOTH: Rosemary Maybe. DJ Djjerry Featherston
Nadine Labaki tells the story of Zain with a cast of non-professional

January 9-17, 2019, 4:20 + 9:30pm. Zain (Zain al Raffea), Lebanese boy sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. The gutsy streetwise child flees his negligent parents, survives the streets by his wits, cares for the jailed Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.
At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda...
Cardboard Piano

January 9 - March 17, 2019, 8pm. The daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl attempt a makeshift wedding. But the brutality of the war around them encroaches on their fragile union, forcing them to face a reality they cannot escape. The religious/ cultural roots of intolerance, exploring violence, its aftermath, and the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
Pride Films and Plays
I Know My Own Heart, by Emma Donoghue

January 10 - February 10, 2019, TH/FR/SA 7:30pm, SU 3:30pm. Inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, detailing affairs with various women in the early 19th Century. Donoghue is best known for her novel and subsequent screenplay and stage play of ROOM. This will be the US premiere of I KNOW MY OWN HEART and it will be directed by Elizabeth Swanson.
By Peter Parnell. Directed by Keira Fromm. About Face Theatre.
Dada Woof Papa Hot

January 10 - February 16, 2019, 7:30pm (Sun 3pm). Two gay couples and their friends venture into the world of modern parenting. As friendships deepen, vulnerabilities are exposed, and foundations of family and commitment shaken. With marriage equality the law of the land, DADA WOOF PAPA HOT explores the many ways that lives change and relationships shift when children enter the picture.
It takes one HUGE screen & dozens more to truly deliver all the Realness!
Chicago's RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 4 Viewing Party

January 11, 2019, 7-10pm. Chicago's RPDR Viewing Party. Watch + Win w/ Team Sidetrack hosts Dixie Lynn Cartwright + DiDa Ritz + the Sidetrack Pit Crew. Bring Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, Talent and we'll Start Your Engines with games, RuPaul's Drag Race swag + fun surprises! TGIF Show Tunes 4-7pm. Shantay you Stay after Ru with drag performances + music till 2am!
Every Friday! Get into your hottest onesies, union suits and PJs
Grrr: It's a Onesie Party!

January 11, 18, 2019, 9pm-2am. Come play with the bearded, the burly and their admirers; prowl + paw all the fleece and flannel in motion … it’s a Onesie Party! DJ RonS will mix up all your favorite nighttime tunes and more! $7 Bear-Sized Miller Lite drafts, $4 Fireballs and $3 Hamm's Tall Boys on special all day & night! No cover, no attitude, all bears in pajamas!
Free 18+ event, hosted by For All Humans
Fresh Faces at Virgin Hotels Chicago!

January 12, 2019, 9pm-1am at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N Wabash Ave. New WERK, WALK + TALK competition for upcoming drag queens/ kings to express artistry/ self expression. Come KIKI w/ hosts Lucy Stoole, Auntie Heroine, IMP, Claire Voyant, Brigitte Bidet. FREE when you RSVP. Get cocktail or quesadillas venue voucher. Performers: Bambi Banks-Couleé, Lucy Stoole, Brigitte Bidet.
Jock/Gear Party by Joe Whitaker
Chicago - Domination

January 12, 2019, 10pm-5am. Joe Whitaker/ The Dilf Party Present Hot House Music Beats by: DJs Milty Evans (Chicago) + Jeff Dority (LA). The F*kr Party For Men! Hottest USA Jock Party is back. Encouraged: jockstraps, harnessess, suspender straps. Get Strapped + Geared Up for Fun! Hot Dirty House Music + Hot Dirty Fun - Only at the World Famous Jackhammer! Clothes Check Available.
Recorded in London, Ian McKellen's theater performance on the cinema screen
National Theatre Live: King Lear, by Jonathan Munby

January 15, 2019, 6pm. A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Perhaps the greatest tragedy ever written, Lear sees two ageing fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them, unleashing a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state plunge into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.
Live for the Applause, celebrate the opening of the Enigma Residency...
All Things Gaga

January 16, 2019, 9pm-2am. Get on stage as if A Star Is Born to lip sync to your favorite Lady Gaga songs and win Fun Prizes with hostess, Dixie Lynn Cartwright. A mix of Gaga-inspired Party Music for you to Just Dance to all night long. Enjoy a Perfect Illusion with Gaga tribute drag performances by Krissy Feetface, Evah Envy and Khloe Park. You were Born This Way for Gagariffic FUN!
The 30th Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2019

January 18 - February 24, 2019. Annual 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.
In the heart of Boystown each month friends come together to dance
January Queer Contra

January 19, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W Barry Ave. Live music - uniquely queer, inclusive dance - bring your friends! Music by Banjo Sam plus Friends (Caleb Hofheinz and Sam Cooper) from Kalamazoo, MI. Caller Maggie Jo Saylor. 6:30pm lesson. 7-9:30pm dance. Beginners welcome/ encouraged. Suggested donation $10 at the door.
Sexy underground party
HARDER- Horse Meat Disco

January 19, 2019, 10pm-5am. A fun + sexy party featuring guest DJs Severino (Horse meat disco London) + Robert Ansley (Atlanta), joining resident Eric Bloom on two floors. Clothes check available so get your gear on! 21+ people of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome. No-photo event (text or phone outside).
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

January 19, 2019, 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:
Here's your first chance to get CUNTea in 2019.
CUN - Tea - Spybar II

January 20, 2019, 5-10pm. Featuring Harry Cross (Overly Drumatic, LOOSE ENDS), Dom Brown (Porn and Chicken), and Ale Maes (SKIN Productions, Furball). PopUp Shop by Men's Room Chicago. DarkRoom / PlaySpace by SportLube. FREE Clothes Check. People of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome.
Are you an After Thot?

January 21, 2019, 7pm-1am. The Jackhammer Complex's second installment of our #AFTERTHOTs party series... closing out a truly epic Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend in Chicago with DJ Alex Cabot - (Neverland, Happily Never Afters), DJ Dom Brown - (Porn and Chicken), GoGo THOTs - Dressed by Men's Room Chicago. Sponsored by: SportLube.
Pride Films and Plays has a series of festivals
Pride Film Fest - Lesbian Shorts

January 22, 2019, 7:30-10:30pm. January projects by or about lesbians! Lesbian themed film and/or characters, part of an 8-week festival of women's programs - stories -- love stories, dramas, student films on the screen!
Touché, BLUFChicago, Leather Archives & Museum present
Mr. Chicago Leather 2019

January 25-27, 2019. MC John Pendal (IML2003). Judges James Lee (IML2018), Rodi Coderage, Richard William, Issa Arden. THU 6pm Touché Full Kit Gear Chicago. FRI Midnight Roast of MCL2018 Stitch. SAT Mr Chicago Leather Contest at Leather Archives/ Museum. MCL 2019 Pure Victory Dance at Touché Club Room, dress code enforced. SUN Brunch, Beer Bust, Cigars and Movie Night.
Hosted by Pride Films and Plays

January 27, 2019, 7:30-10:30pm. Last Sunday in January, the first LezSing cabaret, featuring women who love women singing their favorite songs!
The cutest queer party brand is back for round 2 at The Jackhammer Complex
Daddy Issues Chicago

February 2, 2019, 10pm-5am. An eclectic mix of electronic dance beats, from house to disco and techno, showcasing fresh talent of producers in the UK, Europe and the US and dance classics to school the kids. DJS: HARRY CROSS, CLUB CHOW, DAVID OH. SHOWS: BAMBI BANKS, TIFFANY DIAMOND, VALENTINE ADAMS. ZADDYS: OLLYWOOD, DAVI STEFOND, AMIR MORRIS, ANDRES PEREZ, ERIC TURNER.
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps presents Boy Harsher / NGHTCRWLR / Grün Wasser

February 8, 2019, 9pm. BOY HARSHER is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. GRÜN WASSER is inspired by the juxtaposition of beauty and tragedy in the world.
1942 film by Michael Curtiz

February 10, 2019. Curtiz's roving camera deftly catches a dozen memorable and quotable performances (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Dooley Wilson) in Rick's Cafe Americain. The World War II propaganda film/ Best Picture Academy Award winner remains a beloved touchstone and represents golden age Hollywood filmmaking at its height.
Leather / BDSM / Fetish / Power Dynamics and Alternative Sexuality communities
Illinois Leather Contest Weekend - Contest + Victory Party

February 15-16, 2019, 11pm-1am. Illinois Leather Alliance contest events FRI + SAT at Touche Chicago and the Leather Archives & Museum. SAT 11pm-1am Victory Party celebration with the contestants and new Illinois Leather titleholders at Touché, Chicago's oldest leather bar!
SPRING 2019 PRODUCTIONS - Directed by Leslie Hull
The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh

February 28, March 1-2, 7-9, 2019, 7:30pm (also 2pm Mar 9th). With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka and The Brothers Grimm, about a writer in a totalitarian state being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and similarities to the M.O. in a series of child murders. An urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2019

Early May, 2019, 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 2019

May 23-27, 2019, Memorial Day Weekend (usually) 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:
Jock Party by Joe Whitaker
FuKR Chicago IML Kickoff - Domination

May 24, 2019, 10pm-5am. Joe Whitaker/ The Dilf Party Present Hot House Music Beats by DJs TBA. The F*kr Party For Men! The Hottest USA Jock Party is back to kick off the IML Weekend. Encouraged: jockstraps, harnessess, suspender straps. Get Strapped + Geared Up for Fun! Hot Dirty House Music + Hot Dirty Fun - Only at the World Famous Jackhammer! Clothes Check Available.
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys XX

May 25, 2019, 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 (this past year): 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

Early June, 2019, 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

Early June, 2019, the 54th 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

Early June, 2019, 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 2019

June, 2019 Pride Month events, with two day Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 23rd (TBC), 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 2018 media + 2019 updates:
Advance tickets: 5 supersized events for $50
Windy City Black Pride

June - July, 2019 (TBC). Past year: FRI Urbano Blackout Party at Fantasy; SAT Wet n Wild Pool Party + Black Party at Metro; FRI-MON nights at Club Escape. Host hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare.
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 10-11, 2019 (TBC), 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 38th 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
41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

August - September, 2019, 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.
37 years of queer film
Reeling: Chicago L/G International Film Festival

Late September, 2019. 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.
Because Everybody Loves Movies
Chicago International Film Festival

Mid October, 2019, 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. 12-day 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.
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Halloween on Halsted 2019

October 31, 2019 (TBC). The 23rd 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.
23rd Annual
Mr International Rubber

November 8-10, 2019. The Center on Halsted registration, Kink Market, Social, Gear Sale. Past year included: Touché Welcome Party. Contest at The Center, Brût Party at Fantasy, Strict Rubber Dress Code Party at Leather Rose Assn, The Rubber Ball, Steamworks and Cell Block events. Contest at MCA + Galleria Domain 2 + Jackhammer events. SUN Closing at Sidetrack.
Black Alphabet Film Festival
BAFF 2019 Chicago

Mid-November, 2019. 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: