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.
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.
December 12-20, 2014 at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave. A special mix of naughty and nice that comes but once a year - for the fourth time around. A non-traditional concert of songs, stories and spirits starring Meghan Murphy, John Francisco, Patrick Andrews and Nick Davio. Already an annual tradition for Chicagoans looking to escape typical holiday drudgery, celebrating their own way.
December 13, 2014, 10pm-4am at Man's Country, 5017 N Clark St. Ticket includes; entry and food, open bar (10pm-2am), 1 day admission to the Leather Archives & Museum, lifetime membership to Man’s Country. Dress Code Enforced: Leather, Rubber, Latex, Athletic Gear, Jockstrap.
Ongoing through December 31, 2014 NT Live - National Theatre of London brings some of the best in British theatre to Chicago + October 2 - December 31, 2014 The New York Film Critics Series presents national, in-theater screenings.
December 31, 2014. Celebrated all across Chicago at bars and clubs in some way or another, NYE events will include: Bath House Betty at Club Krave, NYE with TPAN at Crew, New Queers Eve at DS Tequila Company, The Sin City Party at Hydrate, Ring in 2015 in style at MiniBar, NYE Sidetrack-Style, and Mirror Ball at Smart Bar.
January 6, 2015, 7pm at Sidetrack. Welcoming six new storytellers to the OUTspoken! stage with unique first hand tales from across our diverse community. Inspired, inspiring, funny and heartbreaking. OUTspoken! is like life…with friends all around you. No cover. Storytellers to include: Jimmy Binns, Rachel Collins, Robert Cornelius, Pat Ewert, Jano Layne and Jeremy Owens.
January 10 - March 1, 2015. The 26th annual multi-arts non-narrative, multidisciplinary fringe festival - seasoned veterans along with obstreperous young newcomers - poetry, music, video, new media, theater, dance, performance art... and more from Curious Theatre Branch.
January 17, 2015, monthly cult classic: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - with audience participation of course! At The Music Box, 3733 N Southport Ave. Other January midnight movies include: The Room, Jan 16th.
January 23-25, 2015 at Touché. Weekend events include: Leather Swap, Workshops, Sunday Brunch, Roast of Mr Chicago Leather 2013 Miguel Torres. MC John Pendal (IML 2003) + Guest Judge Ramien Pierre (IML 2014). Saturday Mr Chicago Leather Contest at Leather Archives & Museum. MCL 2015 Victory Dance - Pure - at Touché Club Room, dress code enforced.
February 13, 2014, 8-9:30pm at the Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N Greenview Ave. Open to the public, adults 18+ films to include: A Weekend in Germany (EIN WOCHENENDE IN DEUTSCHLAND) 25min; Hotel Straussberg 27min; Prison System 4616 (HAFTANLAGE 4616) 61min; and The Incomplete (DER UNFERTIGE) 48min. $10 admission for all screenings.
February 13-15, 2015 at Touché. 6412 N Clark. FRI Beat N Greet, 9pm-12am. SAT Master/slave, Sir/boy, Ms Leather Pride, CBB, and Puppy contests from 9:30pm. SUN Victory Party from 4pm.
February 22, 2015 8pm. Two men feel helpless and frightened when their friend is assaulted outside a bar. Then, something new: pure rage which fuels an intense political campaign; a dark and hilarious effort to rectify the wrong. An Oscar Wilde-meets-Tarantino fever dream about how good ideas go bad, bomb building, and pistachios. It doesn’t get better. We have to MAKE it better.
April 11, 2015 Raising funds and awareness for the HIV/AIDS movement; building a strong, unified LGBT and allied community. By the RedRibbonParty, a 21+ event. RED ATTIRE/DRESS REQUIRED. Featuring: DJs Pete Augusta, Chrissy Gunnz; Miss Foozie, Coco Peru, Yara Sofia, Tippi Marie Peppermint, Alexis Hex, Samuel Brinton, Candace Jordan.
April 16-19, 2015, in Wicker Park. 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.
May 13-17, 2015, at the Logan Theatre. An annual film event showcase. This year with 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.
May 22-25, 2015. 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 2014 IML media.
May 22-25, 2014. Meet & Greet Social, explore the city Trolley Tour or Boat Tour, over-the-top parties, and bath time with Wet 'n' Wild at Steamworks. Plus games in the Bear Lounge and late night After Hours Parties. See details/venues online:
May 23, 2015, Memorial Day weekend -the hottest male porn stars in the business, big awards bash, parties in clubs around town with the guys. See the website for venues and more info.
June 12-14, 2015, 50th 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.
June 2015 Pride Month events, with Pride Fest (June 20 - 21) and final Sunday in June (28th) parade from N Halsted at Belmont to Lincoln Park by way of Broadway & Diversey. Pride Street Festival, takes place on N Halsted, with music, food, vendors. Dozens more social, cultural, athletic & political events. See website for 2014 media & 2015 updates.
August 8-9, 2015, 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.
August - September, 2015, 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.
Mid-September, 2015 (to be confirmed). Award-winning international feature films, social documentaries & experimental shorts. 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.
October 31, 2015. The 19th Annual Halloween Parade from 8pm 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 6-8, 2015. The Center on Halsted registration and Kink Market, Social, and Gear Sale. Cocktail Parties. Friday & Saturday contest events followed by Strict Rubber Dress Code Party + more events at clubs around town. Host hotel for MIR19: TBA.