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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 sexy love story unlike anything you have seen

Ongoing through July 28, 2019, 8pm. Exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections between three men. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust. Features full male nudity.
Hosted by Pride Films and Plays
Grindr The Opera - An Unauthorized Parody

Ongoing through July 28, 2019, 8pm (SAT/SUN 10pm). A look at the most notorious gay hook-up app through the lens of the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, a daring and humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the role of GRINDR, the most influential of catalysts in the shifts of social behaviour.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2019

June 30, 2019 Pride Month events, with two day Pride Fest, and final 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 2018 media + 2019 updates:
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday

July 3 + August 7, 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.
Advance tickets: 5 supersized events for $50
Windy City Black Pride

July 4-8, 2019. FRI Urbano Blackout Party at Fantasy w/ DJs X-Tasy, Trouble (ATL) and Gavin T (MIA); SAT Wet n Wild Pool Party at Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare + Black Party at Metro w/ DJs Unknown (NYC), Trouble (ATL) and X-Tasy (CHI); SUN Closing Party at Club Escape w/ DJ Ron Carroll + XXX Dancers. FRI-MON nights at Club Escape. Host hotel: Holiday Inn Chicago O'Hare.
Hosted by D.I.L.F. at The SoFo Tap
DILF: Adopt-a-Daddy Singles Night + Steamworks Afterparty

July 6, 2019, 9pm-3am. Chicago's biggest monthly party for men over 35 and the guys who want to get with them. Welcoming all hot leather and kink daddies. Special for under-loved, under-sexed and manless hot daddies, a night for hot single daddies to find a loving home forever (or for-the-night). Our also-single and also-hot daddy host: Stitch Leatherdandy. DJ Moose on the decks.
At The Hole inside The Jackhammer Complex
SINglet Sundays in The Hole

July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019, 10pm Sundays through Dec 23rd at The Hole/ Jackhammer Complex. Join the regulars on the wrestling mats with everyone’s favorite bartender, Dan, playing all your alternative-electro-industrial music favorites. The event will also feature pop-up fetish demonstrations. FB
South of Foster neighborhood bar w/ outdoor patio
At The SoFo Tap

July 12-14, 2019. FRI 9pm Grrr Bear Night w/ DJ RONS; 10pm Chicago Hellfire Club Night. SAT 9pm KOK Frat Night Luau Party w/ VJ Thomas and classic 90s beats. SUN 1-3pm (weekly) Bear Beer Blast w/ VJ Thomas - Bears and beers and free hot dogs. See more dates:
legant Fur is back! Bringing in the kinky side
Elegant Fur presents Hanky Code

July 13, 2019, 9:30pm-12am. A celebration of a timeless way in which men and women communicate to meet one another. Cast: Frenchie Holler, Java Jitters, Lexi Pro, Sofonda Booz, Topaz Dragon, and Tulita Pepsi. Special guest: Ohio Bearded Queen 2019, Holly Berry. The show benefits Team Touché/Leather 6410.
We want YOU! We want you as a new recruit!
Rubber Recruit Party

July 13, 2019, 10pm-3am. Chicago Rubbermen newbies night: curious friends to well-rounded leathrfolk who have yet to dip toes into the dark/shiny waters of RUBBER. Invite kink friends to rubber up. Gear them up at home, or at Touché. Donate gear you don't wear to our Rubber Lending Library for newbies to walk on the DARK AND SHINY SIDE. Learn about Mister Midwest Rubber.
Come ready to Bow Down to Queen Bey every 2nd Wednesday
All Things Gaga

July 17, 2019, 9pm-2am. Live for the Applause! Get on stage as if A Star Is Born to lip sync to your favorite Gaga songs to win prizes with hostess, Dixie Lynn Cartwright. We spin a Gaga-inspired Party Music mix - Just Dance all night long each 3rd Wednesday/ month. A Perfect Illusion w/ Gaga tribute drag performances by Chicago Queens Krissy Feetface, Jasmine Phoenix and Zamora Love.
Joe Fiore presents
Furball: Market Days Chicago

August 10, 2019, 10pm-5am at Metro Chicago, 3730 N Clark St. Dance party for bears, cubs + friends. DJs: Dani Toro (Spain). Furball returns to CHICAGO! Furry/ sexy/ sweaty fun on the dancefloor! Gogo bears + cheap drinks + great music + hot guys, plus GO-GO Bears/Cubs.
A big Welcome for all local and out of town rubbermen and other kinky folks
Mr Midwest Rubber 2019

July 19-22, 2019. FRI 9pm Contestant Registration; 10pm Welcome Party w/ Roast of Mr Midwest Rubber 2018 Rodi Coderage. SAT 12pm Fetish Gear Swap; 1pm Titans of the Midwest KINK U; 9pm Mr MWR Contest + GEAR NIGHT w/ men of BLUF/Chicago; SUN 11am-2pm BRUNCH; 4pm Tour of the LA&M; 5pm Fetish Bingo Beer Bust.
Hosted by Sidetrack The Video Bar
Friday Night Glow Party

July 19, 2019, 10pm-2am. Glow with Team Sidetrack. Doors open every Friday at 3pm, so get your song on 5-9pm at TGIF Show Tunes, then join us for GLOW Party with hostess Dixie Lynn Cartwright and her GoGo Boys w/ Effen Cocktails and fun giveaways. Grab a glow stick and dance until 2am. No's Sidetrack!
Jock Party by Joe Whitaker
FuKR Chicago - Strapped - Jock/Gear Party

July 20, 2019, 10pm-5am. Joe Whitaker/ The Dilf Party Present Hot House Music Beats by DJs ALEX RAMOS (Miami) + 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.
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

July 20, 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:
Hosted by Organized Grime Crew
CUN - Tea

July 21, 2019, 5-10pm. C U Next Tea! w/ superstar DJ Morabito, fresh from World Pride NYC, plus DJ Dom Brown. 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.
In the heart of Boystown each month friends come together to dance
July Queer Contra - Celebrating Penny

July 27, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm at Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, 656 W Barry Ave. Live music - uniquely queer, inclusive dance - bring your friends! July dance dedicated to Queer Contra family member Penny who passed away in June. Band: TBA. Open calling anchored by Queer Contra family. 6:30pm lesson. 7-9:30pm dance. Beginners welcome/ encouraged. Suggested donation $10 at the door.
Harry Cross presents - at a Secret Location (Chicago Fulton River District)
WiTCH FiNGER Warehouse Rave

July 27, 2019, 11pm-7am at Secret Location. Full bar + Chill space by Marmot & Fun Dad! + Lights & smoke by Steve Casica. DJs: Michael Serafini, Hiroko Yamamura, Harry Cross and Club Chow.
Hosted by Matt Bearracuda and Bearracuda Worldwide
Bearracuda Chicago MARKET DAYS 2019!

August 9, 2019, 10pm-5am. Dance party for bears, beards, cubs, pups, daddies, furballs, beefcakes, otters, and other wildlife. DJ TBA. Hot Go-Gos and 700+ guys await you. Clothes check available.
Market Days Friday
Neverland Market Days - The Night King

August 9, 2019, 11pm-4am. Neverland returns to the Metro with a GoT-themed dance party: THE NIGHT KING. Headliner DJs Alex Acosta + Neverland Resident Alex Cabot. LIGHTS by Joe Gillan. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Samuel Garrett. PRODUCED by Anthony DiFiore. Also Market Days Monday morning 7am-1pm for HappilyNeverAfters.
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 10-11, 2019, 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.
Hosted by Pride Films and Plays
All That He Was

August 10 - September 8, 2019, 6:30pm (SAT/SUN 9:30pm) at The Buena/ PAC. A new version of the 1993 AIDS-themed musical w/ new music + revised script. A moving, surprisingly funny account of one man’s struggle with AIDS and reverberations of his death. Host/ narrator, the invisible deceased leads friends and family on a journey of shared reminiscences.
Market Days Weekend
Alegria Chicago 2019

August 11, 2019, 9pm-4am at The Mine Music Hall, 1431 W Lake St. Music by DJ RENATO CECIN (Brazil). Advance tickets $60; Door tickets: $70.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
Chicago Jazz Festival

August 23 - September 1, 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 LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

September 19-29, 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

October 16-27, 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!
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.
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:
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.
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.