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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.
A musical adaptation of the 1994 film starring Albert Finney
A Man of No Importance, directed by Donterrio Johnson

October 10 - November 10, 2019, 7:30pm. The heartwarming story of Alfie Byrne - a Dublin man with a passion for staging Oscar Wilde's plays for his quirky community theatre group. Songs like The Streets of Dublin, Love Who You Love and We're Going Up celebrate Irish lives and loves and the joys of putting on a theatrical production. Ryan Lanning as Alfie Byrne.
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Haunted Halsted Halloween 2019

October 31, 2019. 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.
Hosted by D.I.L.F. at The SoFo Tap
DILF: Dadbod

November 2, 2019, 9pm-3am. Chicago's biggest monthly party for men over 35 and guys who want to get with them. Show off your hot dad bod of any shape and you could be wearing some VERY sexy underwear by Skiviez, Inc.'s new Daddy Line. Lucky participants will get their own underwear while supplies last. Moose the DJ on the decks (turning 50!) w/ fresh new beats + vintage cuts.
At The Hole inside The Jackhammer Complex
SINglet Sundays in The Hole

November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019, 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. Next dates: Dec 1, 8, 15, 22. FB
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday

November 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: Jan 1st, 2020.
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.
Hosted by Pride Films and Plays
David Mixner: 60 Years of Activism

November 9, 2019, 5-8pm. Legendary journalist (and PFP Board member) Steve Kmetko sits down with political activist David Mixner for an exciting hour of conversation about politics and community. General admission tickets: $25. VIP tickets, $50, include a one hour meet-and-greet reception with Mr Mixner immediately following.
Black Alphabet Film Festival
BAFF 2019 Chicago

November 9-11, 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:
Joe Whitaker & The DILF Party present
Chicago - DO ME HARDER

November 9, 2019, 10pm-5am. Men's Jock/underwear/gear Party! Featuring Hot Music by DJs JACK CHANG (Frankfurt) + Milty Evans (CHI) playing Hot Dirty House Music for Hot Dirty Fun. Encouraged: Leather/ Gear/ Rubber/ Jockstraps/ Harness Straps/ Suspenders Straps. Clothes Check Available. Dudes, Daddies, Discreet, Don't Know..DILF Is For All Men! Next: Dec 14th Strapped.
Hosted by ToucheChicago
Dungeon Master Night

November 9, 2019, 10pm-4am. Second Saturdays are Dungeon Master Night! Join Master Tim in the Club Room at midnight for a free S&M Demo! Coming up: Nov 23rd, 9pm Bear All w/ Ben Walter, Yendor, Keith Instigators, Scott Free. Four sensuous men singing steamy, sweaty songs! Dec 13 + Jan 10, 10pm, Cowboy Roundup, Second Fridays w/ Illinois Gay Rodeo Association + Second City Outlaws.
Hosted by Organized Grime Crew
CUN - Tea

November 10, 2019, 5-10pm. Come ready to dance... C U Next Tea! DJs Dom Brown (CUN - TEA) + Milty Evans (DILF - FukR). 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. Next: Nov 17th at Spybar w/ Dom Brown, Karsten Sollors and Cindel.
Come ready to Bow Down to Queen Bey every 2nd Wednesday
All Things Beyoncé

November 13, 2019, 9pm-2am. Bow Down to Queen Bey every 2nd Wednesday/ month at All Things Beyoncé. Dance to Beyoncé videos and concert footage, plus this August SLAY to drag performances from DiDa Ritz, Saya Naomi, Sasha Love and Cleo Pockalipps. YOU are invited to get on stage, show us your moves and win Fun Prizes in our contest: dance, sing, LipSync. No drag required.
In the heart of Boystown each month friends come together to dance
November Queer Contra

November 16, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W Barry Ave. Live music - uniquely queer, inclusive dance - bring your friends! Band: Wabi Sabi. Caller: Moose Flores. 6:30pm lesson. 7-9:30pm dance. Beginners welcome/ encouraged. Suggested donation $10 at the door. Next: Dec 14 w/ Band: The Resurrection Marys, and Caller: Jo Mortland.
With DJ Alex Acosta at Hydrate Nightclub
Arena PreParty

November 16, 2019, 11:30pm-5am. Swag and giveaways all night! Alex Acosta - the first Mexican DJ to ever headline 3 major Asian Circuit Festivals: gCircuit’s Song Kran (Bangkok), HEAVEN (Shanghai) and G5 (Taipei). In America he has performed at San FolsomStreet Fair SF, Motor City Gay Pride (Detroit), San Francisco’s Gay Pride, and NYC at WORK.
Hosted by Studio DJ Ale Maes
Blessed - With DJs Fabio Campos and Ale Maes

November 30, 2019, 10pm-3am. A special night at Mary's Attic as two Real Bad DJs (XXVII and XXXI Folsom SF) take you on a musical journey with incredible beats - an environment that will take you to heaven. DJ Fabio Campos (Brazil) returns to Chicago for 1 night only. DJ Ale Maes (Chicago) completes the line-up.
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

December 7, 2019, 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:
Jock Party by Joe Whitaker
FuKR Chicago - Strapped - Jock/Gear Party

December 14, 2019, 10pm-5am. Joe Whitaker/ The Dilf Party Present Hot House Music Beats by DJs MILTY EVANS (CHI). The F*kr Party For Men! The 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.
Hosted by Smartbar Chicago and Harry Cross
Loose Ends with Tama Sumo & Lakuti / Harry Cross

December 20, 2019, 10pm-4am. Panorama Bar resident Tama Sumo brings her mood-mixing to smartbar alongside her partner Lakuti this December. Together, the legendary duo produce sounds that are deep and varied but often center around house and disco. Loose Ends founder Harry Cross brings his smoky house/techno variants along.
Save the date! See event updates TBA
Mr. Chicago Leather 2020

January 23-27, 2020. PAST YEAR: MC John Pendal (IML2003). Judges James Lee (IML2018), Rodi Coderage, Richard William, Issa Arden. THU 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, Movie Night.
The 31st Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2020

January - February, 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.
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.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2020

Mid-May, 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

Late May, 2020, Memorial Day weekend with 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; Sunday Recovery Brunch at North End. Hosts: Chi-Chi LaRue + Honey West. 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, 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

Early June, 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

Early June, 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

Mid-October, 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: