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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.
Bringing together the LGBTIQ communities
Chances Queer Dances

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.
Come workout with us!
Chicago Dragons Rugby Football

Every Wedneday + Friday Boot Camp at Urban Athlete, 4437 N Ravenswood Ave - 8pm-9pm workout at their sponsor gym - then join the Dragons as they get their booze and game on every third Wednesday of the month at Replay Beer & Bourbon! $10 minimum donation at the door for DRINK TICKETS.
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 fun night to commemorate the 21st anniversary of this much loved musical
Special RENT Edition of Musical Monday

May 1, 2017. 8pm-2am at Sidetrack. Sing along to all your favorite RENT videos as part of our regular Monday night Show Tunes mix. You won't want to miss this celebration of Show Tunes and all things RENT!
Logan Arcade's Monthly Queer Night
Night Names

May 4, 2017, 9pm-2am at Logan Arcade, 2410 W Fullerton Ave. The monthly queer night/dance/ pinball party. Safe/comfy space for ALL kindsa folks to dance, hang out, and/or geek out on games. Music: house DJ Essential Logic (aka Kathryn Wilson). FREE pinball in the front room! Drink specials! No cover. Coming up: June 1st.
A History of Whispers: Reliving Queer Deviance and Vice
Obscura Day 2017

May 6, 2017, 4:30-7pm, Dearborn Station, 47 W Polk St. Patti Swanson and Queer Historian Andie Mckenzie Meadows uncover hushed stories of LGBTQ communities in early 19th century Chicago. Explore the convergence of queerness with nightlife, the arts, Mob bosses, and the red light district; the unmarked doors, dark corners, and soirees that didn’t quite make it into history books.
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

May 6 + August 26, 2017, 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:
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway

May 9-14, 2017, 7:30pm (also 2pm Sat/Sun) at Oriental Theatre. Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.
Penelope Deutscher discusses
Foucault's Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason

May 11, 2017, 6-7:30pm. Reconsiders the role of procreation in Foucault's thought, especially its proximity to risk, mortality, and death. Brings together his work on sexuality and biopolitics to challenge our understanding of the politicization of reproduction; new insights into the conflicted political status of reproductive conduct; what it means for feminism and critical theory.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2017

May 12-18, 2017, from the Chicago Film Critics Association, a 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.
A Rock/Punk/Experimental/New Wave queer night
Glitter Creeps: Panda Riot + Impulsive Hearts + Wyys

May 17, 2017, 9pm-12am. Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted/ co-curated by Donnie + Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, 3rd Wed showcase, new/exciting local bands; Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife. $5! Collage of ghostly vocals, dance-y drums, dub-y bass lines + blurry guitars; sunny, summertime beach-party pop; new wave/pop rock quartet featuring MORITAT + BEAT DRUN JUEL members.
The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
BTown: From Barbershop to Boybands

May 19, 2017, 8pm at Harris Theater. May 20, 8pm at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. May 21, 3pm at Beverly Arts Center. A nostalgic show asking audiences to channel their inner teenage girl. NO ONE-HIT WONDERS ALLOWED. Hear favorite songs from the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Menudo, plus The Four Seasons and MoTown's The Temptations.
Chicago’s Most Lauded Singers Perform Together For One Night Only
Nominee Night

May 23, 2017, 7:30pm at Pride Arts Center. Chicago’s best musical theater performers gather for one night only on the same stage as the 2017 Jeff Award Nominees are honored. An evening showcasing musical performances from the Best Actors and Actresses, and Best Supporting Actors and Actresses nominated. Proceeds benefit the New Musical Initiative at Pride Films and Plays.
The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
LOVE IS GREAT: Joint Concert with London Gay Men's Chorus

May 25, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University. A special one night only joint concert. The British Invasion - a wonderful collaborative concert with selections from their spring programs. From sacred choral pieces to Beatles music.
The 12th Annual
Queer Prom 2017

May 26, 2017, 6:30-11pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St. Dancing, food, information booths about LGBTQ youth and allies to celebrate our communities fearlessly and unapologetically. Hosted by: Cesar Hernandez. Music by: DJ OCD. Performances TBA. Students/Youth $20 (21 and under). Adult Youth Allies $30. Please RSVP and share this invitation with other LGBTQ youth.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr Leather 2017

May 25-29, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 South Michigan Ave. Thousands converge to party, network/ select International Mr Leather. A 4-day Leather Market leather/fetish artisans/ retailers; erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists. FRI: Party. SUN: IML Competition + IML Victory Celebration Party. MON: Black and Blue Ball. More info:
Great Lakes Bears-Chicago present
Bear Pride

May 26-29, 2017. No host hotel this year. Events at Manhandler, Touché, Sidetrack, and Steamworks. See details:
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys 2017

May 27, 2017, Memorial Day weekend with the hottest male porn stars in the business. Saturday awards bash, plus parties with the guys at Hydrate, Sidetrack, Lucky Horseshoe, and Charlies; Sunday Recovery Brunch at North End. Host hotel: The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. See website for nominees, interviews, and more:
Brüt darkness in the middle of the day
Brüt Chicago IML Weekend

May 27, 2017, 3-9pm at CONCORD MUSIC HALL, 2047 North Milwaukee Ave. Dark seedy dance floor, NYC underground house music, the hottest man meat. Brüt resident DJs and BRÜT creators Peter Napoli + Dan Darlington w/ sexiest beats of the week!
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

May 31 - June 4, 2017, 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.
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Woof Wednesday - June Edition

June 7, 2017, 9pm-2am, Sidetrack. Wear Camo, Rubber, Leather or whatever turns you on. Join our host, Mr. Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris, for demos and lots of naughty fun! Plus our friends from The Men's Room Chicago will be here with an awesome Pop-Up Shop and a $100 Gift Card Giveaway to one lucky WOOFer! No Cover…it's Sidetrack.
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash

June 9-11, 2017, the 52nd 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.
silent shorts with live musical accompaniment by Music Box Theatre's House Organ
Classic Laurel and Hardy Silent Shorts

June 10, 2017, 11:30am at Music Box. Restored 35mm prints from the last days of silent cinema. Stan and Ollie, one of the greatest comedy teams of all time, in some of their best work: as sailors on shore leave stuck in traffic (Two Tars, 1928), stable workers (Wrong Again, 1929), Christmas Tree salesman (Big Business, 1929), and mud slinging golfers (Should Married Men Go Home, 1928).
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2017

June 17-25, 2017 Pride Month events, with June 17-18 Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 25th, 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 2016 media + 2017 updates:
Commemorating the iconic street festival’s 21st Anniversary
Taste of Randolph

June 16-18, 2017, 900 Randolph 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.
Douglas Carter Beane’s
The Nance

June 29 - July 30, 2017, 7:30pm, The Broadway/ Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway. Recreates a naughty, raucous burlesque heyday in this backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. Uproarious antics on stage stand in marked contrast to life offstage for gay people. “A heartfelt new play set in the twilight of burlesque” --The NY Times.
Illinois Gay Rodeo Association
Wild West Weekend 2017

July 14-16, 2017 at Campit Outdoor Resort, 6635 118th Ave, Fennville, MI. Mr. Campit Cowboy/ Cowgirl Contest. Country Dance Fly-In & Line Dance Lessons. Steak BBQ Cookout and Western Omelet Brunch. Ho’ Down Dance Party. Get info online for this and other Illinois Gay Rodeo events including ongoing year-round events at Charlie's and Touché.
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 12-13, 2017, 11am-10pm. Celebrating its 36th 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.
A one-of-a kind artist and performer
Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour

Aug 25, 2017, 7-10pm at Wrigley Field, 1060 W Addison St. Ticket Master website redirects to Tickets Now for resales, where prices generally exceed face value.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

August 31 - September 3, 2017, 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.
35 years of queer film
Reeling: Chicago L/G International Film Festival

September 21-28, 2017 (TBC). 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 12-26, 2017, two weeks 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. A 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!
Halloween on Halsted 2017

October 31, 2017. The 21st 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.
Pick up your Fest Passes and come visit at CIMMcity! – 1896 N Milwaukee Ave
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival #9

November 9-12, 2017, at 24 venues. A four-day festival of 99+ 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.
The 29th Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2018

January - February, 2018 (TBC) at the Prop Theatre. Annual multi-arts non-narrative, multidisciplinary fringe festival - six weeks of new theatrical work by invited artists and companies.
21st Annual
Mr International Rubber

November 3-5, 2017 (TBC). The Center on Halsted registration and Kink Market, Social, and Gear Sale. Cocktail Parties, Demo Pit, Educational Classes, the International Rubber Club Summit. Friday & Saturday contest events followed by Strict Rubber Dress Code Party + more events at clubs around town. Past host hotel for MIR20 - see 2017 updates:
An HIV/AIDS community services benefit
Chicago Red Dress Party 2018

Mid-April, 2018, (TBC) 7:30pm-midnight at Center on Halsted. Wear a red dress/skirt/kilt/toga or dress shirt/whatever in order to get in! Create your very best, outlandish, and memorable RED DRESS outfit now! DJ, 3 dozen-plus Silent Auction Items, Host of the Night: Miss Foozie. Entertainment line up featuring Chicago Drag Queens and a SPECIAL performance.