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Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19
Reopening Chicago

Effective July 6, travelers entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. As part of Chicago's Phase IV: Gradually Resume guidelines, the reinstatement of certain restrictions went into effect Friday, July 24. See details at:

www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/reopening-chicago.html
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 - On Hold

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.

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
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday - On Hold

Each first Wednesday of the month, 9pm-2am. 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.facebook.com/events/1933280613624880
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.facebook.com/TheSoFoTap
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.facebook.com/pg/leather64ten/events
Hosted by The SoFo Tap, Moose the DJ and Marc 'Moose' Moder
DILF: Yankee DILFy Daddy w/Moose the DJ

July 4, 2020, 9-10:30pm, on Twitch. Let Moose the DJ soundtrack your July 4th, spectacularly. With the monthly DILF party falling on the 4th, we had to bring back Yankee DILFy Daddy, Moose's annual Independence Week bash with 90-ish minutes of pure upbeat, danceable joy to make you feel like Old Glory!

www.facebook.com/events/1507317649430270
Hosted by The SoFo Tap and Bradley Burgess-Donaleski
Creaoke Lag-Time Quarantoke w/Scott

July 26, 2020, 8-10pm. Creaoke Lag-Time Quarantoke with Scott this Sunday at an ALL-NEW TIME! It’s your big chance to virtually hang out and catch up with fellow karaoke fans from The SoFo Tap - and sing! Hosted by Scott from Rock & Soul Karaoke with DJ Creagh and Bradley K8 Olsen, grab a cocktail, grab your computer or smart device and come have some Quarantoke with us!

www.facebook.com/events/4441818639191815
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar
Chicago's Canada's Drag Race Viewing Party

July 30, 2020, 8-11pm. Get Sidetrack'd every Thursday for Chicago's Drag Race Canada Viewing Party, hosted by Saya Naomi.

www.facebook.com/events/1157097574655933
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar and OUTspoken LGBTQ Stories
Virtual OUTspoken! LGBTQ Storytelling via Zoom

August 4, 2020, 7-10:30pm. Restrictions won't allow inside events, so celebrate the 6th Anniversary of OUTspoken on Zoom (login TBA Aug 3), with storytellers: Channyn Lynne Parker, Mae Flores, Shane Hendrix and Janet Anne. Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event w/ uniquely personal stories from across the LGBTQ community, OUTspoken is normally held first Tuesdays of each month.

www.facebook.com/events/1331510856952670
Date cannot be confirmed under Phase 3 "Outside Only" Guidelines
All Things Beyoncé

August 12, 2020, 8-11pm (TBC). "Once we are able...." 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
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar
Taylor vs Ariana SyncIt!

August 26, 2020, 8-11pm. 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 dancing and drinks with today's Pop Princesses!

www.facebook.com/events/794334927610357
Prestigious outdoor art fair - the 45th year
Wells Street Art Festival - New Dates

August 29-30, 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.

www.chicagoevents.com/events/wells-street-art-festival
You're not HALLUCINATing - Bars have returned to to Phase 3 Outdoor Seating Only
Celebrate Dua Lipa with Team Sidetrack

September 23, 2020, 8-11pm (tentative date pending full indoor reopening). Get PHYSICAL (from socially distanced seats) with host Sapphire Feliciano! Create FUTURE NOSTALGIA with the new Princess of Pop who helped get us through Quarantine. NEW RULES: wear your Face Mask and get Sidetrack'd! After a fabulous Dua Lipa Night in December, we're excited to do it all again!

www.facebook.com/events/1140321309777886
38 years of queer film
Reeling: Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

September 24 - October 4, 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.

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

October 14-25, 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.

www.chicagofilmfestival.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
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.

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
"..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
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