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Come workout with us!
Chicago Dragons Rugby Football - On Hold

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.

www.chicagodragons.org
Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Event!
OUTspoken! LGBTQ Stories - now virtual

First Tuesdays, 7-9pm - presented by 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.

www.sidetrackchicago.com/outspokenchicago
Ongoing monthly events at Chicago's Leather Bar since 1977
Coming up at Touché - On Hold

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.

touchechicago.com
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps - On Hold

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!"

www.facebook.com/GlitterCreeps
Director: Gus Van Sant
Cinema Chicago Films to Stream: My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Now streaming on The Criterion Channel. The third feature film from Gus Van Sant, working for the first time with his own original material: a simultaneously heartbreaking and exhilarating road movie about two male hustlers (River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves) in the Pacific northwest.

www.chicagofilmfestival.com/56-films-my-own-private-idaho
Galleries of contemporary art
The New Contemporary - On Hold

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.

www.artic.edu/exhibition/new-contemporary
Mix and mingle with the bears
Bear Beer Blast at The SoFo Tap - On Hold

First Sundays, 1-3pm. Draft beer and shots on special! Plus, Boozy Gummy Bears and FREE Chicago Style Hot Dogs (while they last)! Bears, beers and big weiners on Sunday Funday. See re-opening updates at:

www.sidetrackchicago.com/calendar
At The Hole inside The Jackhammer Complex every Sunday through December 21st
SINglet Sundays in The Hole - On Hold

Sundays, 10pm 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. See virtual events and Jackhammer re-opening updates at FB

www.jackhammerchicago.com
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Haunted Halsted Halloween 2020

October 31, 2020. 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.

northalsted.com/events/halloween
24th Annual
Mr International Rubber

November, 6-8, 2020. 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.

www.mirubber.com
Hosted by Replay Lakeview, Organized Grime Crew and Ryan Willing
In the House Fridays - ft. Ryan Willing

November 6, 2020. Live set at 7pm. Ryan Willing in the House brings you all the house tracks. Heated patio and outdoor tent will be open and all social distancing rules will be in effect.

www.facebook.com/events/361932708586735
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar and OUTspoken LGBTQ Stories
Virtual OUTspoken! LGBTQ Storytelling via Zoom

November 10, 2020, 7-10:30pm. OUTspoken on Zoom, with storyteller Emma Vosicky, writer/storyteller/public speaker and trainer. Monthly Sidetrack storytelling event w/ unique personal stories from across the LGBTQ community - normally first Tuesdays each month. Outside Table Service daily until 11pm. Front Patio or Rooftop Deck (weather permitting), 3-11pm Weekdays + 1-11pm on weekends.

www.facebook.com/OUTspokenChicago
Get Sidetrack’d Tuesday
Animated Show Tunes & Trivia

November 10, 2020, 8pm-12am. A Special Animated Edition of Show Tunes and TRIVIA! Play along to win fun prizes while you enjoy your favorite Animated Musical and Show Tunes video clips.

www.facebook.com/events/775791483152825
Get Sidetrack’d Wednesday
All Things Beyoncé

November 11, 2020, 9pm-1am. Bow Down to Queen Bey every 2nd Wednesday of the month at All Things Beyoncé. Watch your favorite Beyoncé videos & concert performances, and SLAY to drag by our Resident Queens.

www.facebook.com/events/111044516222431
You were Born This Way to join us for a night of Gagariffic FUN!
All Things Gaga

November 18, 2020, 9pm-1am. Get Sidetrack'd 3rd WED each month! All Things Gaga! mix of Gaga Party Music for you to Just Dance-In-Your-Seat to all night. You were Born This Way to join us for a night of Gagariffic FUN! No Cover...it's Sidetrack with your favorite music videos, Frozen Cocktails, 3-times weekly Show Tunes, rooftop deck and nightly parties.

www.facebook.com/events/483314285884056
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday - The Return

December 2, 2020. Each first Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm. Team Sidetrack is geared-up and ready to Party! Join in for naughty games to win fun prizes with Dixie Lynn Cartwright! As always, friends from Men's Room Chicago will be on site with an awesome Pop-Up Shop and cool giveaways! No Cover…it's Sidetrack.

www.sidetrackchicago.com/calendar
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar - Last Wednesdays
Taylor vs Ariana

December 30, 2020, 6-8pm. Look What You Made Us Do! Get Sidetrack'd for a night of Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande Pop Faves and Drag. Shake It Off and get on stage to win fun prizes. Break Free for a night of music, dancing-in-your-chair, and drinks with today's Pop Princesses!

www.sidetrackchicago.com
The 32nd Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2021

January - February, 2021 (TBC). 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. Prop Theatre Elston Ave has CLOSED - see new venue TBA.

www.rhinofest.com
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2021

Early May, 2021, the annual Chicago Film Critics Association week-long selection of films includes 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.

chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com
All our traditions return in full swing this coming Memorial Day Weekend
International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack 2021

May 27-31, 2021. Expansive market with vendors from around the globe, title contests, an unforgettable Victory Party and the must-attend Black and Blue Ball. Lobby social time and multitude events fill the entire weekend in downtown and lakefront Chicago. Thursday night start things off with Opening Ceremonies. Events conclude with the Monday Black and Blue Party. More info/ updates:

www.imrl.com
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys XXII

May 29, 2021 (TBC). 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. Rooms at The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park have been cancelled. See website for updates, nominees, interviews, and more:

www.grabbyawards.com
Hosted by Organized Grime Crew + DJ Alex Cabot
Three Nasty Pigs by Chad Jack

May 29, 2020, 10pm. Blowing the house down with a Saturday night dance party during Chicago's infamous IML weekend. For the first time ever, Nasty Pig (NYC), will be the exclusive collaborative partner and sponsor for what is sure to be THE talked about event of the weekend. With INTERNATIONAL DJ / PRODUCER CHAD JACK (NYC) + warm-up by DJ Kardona.

www.facebook.com/events/2538848049689333
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

June 9-13, 2021 (TBC), 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. Virtual in 2020 - see updates:

cuff.org
Prestigious outdoor art fair - the 45th year
Wells Street Art Festival

June 12-13, 2021, 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.

www.chicagoevents.com/events/wells-street-art-festival
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash
Midsommarfest

June 18-20, 2021, the 56th annual Andersonville summer street festival; around 50,000 people fill Clark Street, 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. 2020 events were postponed, then cancelled.

www.andersonville.org/events/midsommarfest
Commemorating the iconic street festival’s 21st Anniversary
Taste of Randolph

June 18-20, 2021, Randolph St at Peoria St. Commemorating the street festival’s 21st Anniversary with the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 18 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors. Bands and musicians, the biggest names in Chicago house music, will perform on two stages and a DJ stage, to entertain guests.

starevents.com/festivals/taste-of-randolph
In its official charity partnership with Center on Halsted
Pride in the Park Chicago 2021

June 26-27, 2021, 3-10pm at Grant Park-Butler Field, 350 E Monroe St. Pride in the Park Chicago returns after the cancellation of 2020 events - this year expanded to two days, featuring a second DJ stage presented by Circuit MOM Productions!

prideintheparkchicago.com
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2021

June 27, 2021 (TBC). 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. Cancelled in 2020. See website for 2019 media + 2021 updates:

www.chicagopridecalendar.org
Event Info TBA
Windy City Black Pride

July 1-4, 2021 (TBC). Past year 2020 no events. Previous year, 2019, 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:

www.windycityblackpride.info
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days 2021

August 7-8, 2021, 11am-10pm. Since 1980 (2020 was cancelled), the annual street fair along six blocks of N Halsted, between Belmont and Addison; 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. About 100,000 people arrive from across the globe.

northalsted.com/marketdays
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
Chicago Jazz Festival

August 27 - September 5, 2021 (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.

www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_jazz_festival.html
39 years of queer film
Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

September 23 - October 3, 2021 (TBC). Award-winning international feature films, social documentaries and experimental shorts. This past year online. Normally 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.

www.reelingfilmfestival.org
Because Everybody Loves Movies
Chicago International Film Festival

October 13-24, 2021 (TBC). The odest competitive North American film festival, founded in 1964 to provide an alternative to commercial Hollywood movies that dominated city theaters. The 57th 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. Past year a virtual event, see program:

www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival