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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.
At the dawn of the millennium in a darkened church in northern Uganda...
Cardboard Piano

Through March 17, 2019, 8pm. The daughter of American missionaries and a local teenage girl attempt a makeshift wedding. But the brutality of the war around them encroaches on their fragile union, forcing them to face a reality they cannot escape. The religious/ cultural roots of intolerance, exploring violence, its aftermath, and the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.
SPRING 2019 PRODUCTIONS - Directed by Leslie Hull
The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh

February 28, March 1-2, 7-9, 2019, 7:30pm (also 2pm Mar 9th). With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka and The Brothers Grimm, about a writer in a totalitarian state being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and similarities to the M.O. in a series of child murders. An urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
Hosted by Pride Films and Plays
Southern Comfort

February 28 - March 31, 2019, 7:30pm (22 dates). Based on the 2001 Sundance Film Festival documentary, SOUTHERN COMFORT follows the last year of Robert Eads, a transgender man in Georgia. He surrounds himself with his chosen family, As they share monthly potluck meals, like any family, they have their own trials and tribulations, but ultimately as spring arrives, so do warmer days.
Sexy underground party

March 2, 2019, 10pm-5am. A fun + sexy party featuring guest DJ Ariel Ztn, joining resident Eric Bloom on two floors. Clothes check available so get your gear on! 21+ people of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome. No-photo event (text or phone outside).
The lights go down, the men come out - Party the first Wednesday of every month
Men's Room Wednesday

March 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: April 3rd.
Special Guest Judge IML 2018 James Lee
Mr Leather64TEN 2019

March 7-10, 2019. THU 11am Leather Archives/ Museum Free Admission. THU-SAT Contest Weekend. SAT: 2pm Beer Bust Fundraiser; 8pm The Rapture: Mr. Leather64TEN 2019 Contest; 10pm FukR Chicago - Strapped/ Hell Bound DJ Battle. SUN (weekly) SINglet Sundays in The Hole/ Jackhammer on wrestling mats w/ bartender Dan + alternative-electro-industrial music + pop-up fetish demos.
It takes one HUGE screen & dozens more to truly deliver all the Realness!
Chicago's RuPaul's Drag Race Season 11 Viewing Party

March 7, 2019, 7-10pm. Chicago's RPDR Viewing Party. Watch + Win w/ Team Sidetrack hosts Dixie Lynn Cartwright + DiDa Ritz + the Sidetrack Pit Crew. Bring Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, Talent and we'll Start Your Engines with games, RuPaul's Drag Race swag + fun surprises! After Ru, a Celebration of Chicago Drag - Shantay You Stay! with Danika Bone't.
Having Big Fun At Touché
Touché March

March 8, 2019, 8-10pm (every 2nd FRI) Leatherwomen of Chicago Cruise Night + Cowboy Roundup w/ ILGRA. Mar 9th Dungeon Master Night w/ midnight Hot Wax Demo. Mar 10th, 2-7pm Sunday Beer Bust + 7pm Club Room Movie Night. March 15th Cubs/Sox Fan FaceOff - win game tickets. Mar 17th St Patrick's Day Beer Bust. Apr 27th - Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy - 9pm contest for Leather Makeover.
Hosted by Grrr it's Friday at The SoFo Tap and The SoFo Tap
Grrr with DJ RONS

March 8, 2019, 9pm-2am. Come out and play with the bearded, the burly and their admirers at Chicago's Best Bear Night, this Friday. DJ RONS on the decks with your favorites. No cover, no attitude, it's a #funfurall.
Hosted by Leather64TEN
The Last Brunch: Dirty Boys & Danishes 2019

March 9, 2019, 11am-2pm. Wake up, recharge; enjoy brunch prepared by MR.LEATHER64TEN Executive Producer, Michael Syrjanen. Spend time meeting a new Fuck Buddy over Egg Bake. Build-your-own-waffle bar, fresh fruit, danishes, Bloody Marys,
Mimosas and non-alcoholic Mimosas! $8 tickets at the door/ in-store or online.
Hosted by Leather64TEN
The Rapture: Mr. Leather64TEN 2019 Contest

March 9, 2019, 8-11pm. Introducing judges, tally masters and staff. 8:25 pm Contestant Introductions + Cruise Wear/Serious Question. 9pm Formal Leather Wear/90-Second Speech. 9:45pm Whole Package/Funny Question. 9:55pm Audience Vote (tiebreaker). 10:45pm Contest Finale, all-contestant introduction for winner announcements. 11pm-5am Victory party: FukR Chicago Hell Bound DJ Battle.
DJ Battle by Joe Whitaker - Hosted by MAN UPP
FukR Chicago Domination

March 9, 2019, 10pm-5am. Jock/gear party w/ 3 hot international DJs! Special event for Mr Leather 64 Ten Weekend! DJS Milty Evans, Jack Chang (Frankfurt), Xavier Alvarado (Mexico City). The hottest Jock party in the USA, back in Chicago with our F*kr party for men! Encouraged: jockstraps, harness straps, and suspender straps. Hot dirty house music + hot dirty fun - at Jackhammer!
Fantasy Night Club Chicago
Friday Noches Tropicales/ Blatino Fridays + Fantasy Saturdays

March 8-9, 2019. FRI: 11pm-4am Urbano weekly Hip Hop Blatino w/ DJ X-Tasy + Sexy Urbano Dancers; and 10pm-4am Viernes Latinos Noches Tropicales w/ DJ Bola in the Lounge. SAT 10pm-5am. LGBTQ Dance Night w/ two rooms of the Best Latin Music: DJ Prini Main Room + DJ Nino in the Front Lounge. Sexy dancers all night long.
Amit, a father of four, lives in a small town in Israel
Family in Transition, a film by Ofir Trainin

March 10, 2019, 7:30pm. Amit wants to transition as a woman, his wife Galit pledges support to maintain the marriage. But, as Amit transforms with surgery, social stigma and bureaucracy, tensions rise as everyone in the family readjusts to understand themselves and each other anew. In the process, Galit must redefine her own identity: what it means to be a parent, a spouse and a lover.
FREE INK+KINK - Show up in GEAR, take off your shirt, flash us a hot jockstrap!
TatTues - TwistedDisney

March 12, 2019, 7pm-2am. Organized Grime Crew residents Debbie Fox + Randy Candy Birthday Bash. Neverland Events/ Artist Management DJ, Alex Cabot on tunes - get your lewks together!  Behind the bar Ryan Willing + Keith Stryker + sexy barback, Nate Waterman. Hoe-stess w/ the mostest Debbie Fox + John Gerschutz at the door. Swing by Tuesday night for an inked up night of debauchery!
In the heart of Boystown each month friends come together to dance
March Queer Contra

March 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! Calling by Georges Augustin, Music by Patrik Ahlberg + friends! 6:30pm lesson. 7-9:30pm dance. Beginners welcome/ encouraged. Suggested donation $10 at the door.
Back for St Patrick's Day... C U Next Tea!
CUN - Tea - Spybar IV

March 17, 2019, 5-10pm. Featuring J Warren (Forever Tel Aviv), Dom Brown (Porn and Chicken), and Brian X (Progress Bar, Wood Chicago). PopUp Shop by Men's Room Chicago. DarkRoom / PlaySpace by SportLube. Sponsored by: Steamworks Chicago. FREE Clothes Check. People of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome.
Live for the Applause, celebrate the opening of the Enigma Residency...
All Things Gaga

March 20, 2019, 9pm-2am. Get on stage as if A Star Is Born. Lip sync your favorite Lady Gaga songs and win Fun Prizes with hostess, Dixie Lynn Cartwright. A mix of Gaga-inspired Party Music for you to Just Dance to all night long. Enjoy a Perfect Illusion with Gaga tribute drag performances by Krissy Feetface, Evah Envy + Eve The Bunny. You were Born This Way for Gagariffic FUN!
Midnight Movies at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

March 23, 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:
Riot Bear Productions presents

March 29, 2019, 10pm-4am. A night of everything HARD, HEAVY, AND OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM with DJ Germ of Modern Day Rippers/Sexy Baby Records/and Rotten Fruits. Super excited let's rage! Pre-punk to post hardcore, Oi to power pop, psychobilly to garage rock, heavy metal to industrial and pop punk to street rock n roll. This is going to be so much fun!
Hosted by For All Humans
PLAY Dreamhaus at Mary's Attic

March 30, 2019, 9pm-1am. Theme is Barbie Dreamhaus fantasy! Performances from Bambi Banks-Couleé, Auntie Heroine, Mikki Miraj + more! With DJ Tess. Glam Station by Wanda Screw. Hosts Aunty Chan, IMP Queen, Nico Mikki, Miraj Quinn, Yolo Ono, and Claire Voyant. LEWK competition in your best Dreamhaus inspired lewks.
Hosted by Matt Bearracuda and Bearracuda Worldwide - upgraded w/GROWLr
Bearracuda Chicago presents Horse Meat Disco

March 30, 2019, 10pm-5am. Dance party for bears, beards, cubs, pups, daddies, furballs, beefcakes, otters, and other wildlife. Welcoming HORSE MEAT DISCO from London. Hot Go-Go's and 700+ guys await. Clothes check available.
Hosted by Neverland Events and Artist Management
Neverland - Matador

March 30, 2019, 11pm-5am at Fantasy Club, 3641 N Halsted St. Neverland returns from its winter hiatus to tell the story of the MATADOR. It's a story of life, love, dance, ritual, and death. Follow us as the story unfolds in the month of March, leading up to an unforgettable fight. MUSIC by TOM STEPHAN (London) and DJ Alex Cabot (Neverland Resident). LIGHTS by Joe Gillan.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2019

May 17-23, 2019, 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 2019

May 23-27, 2019, Memorial Day Weekend (usually) 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:
Jamie Babbit's creative feature debut follows Megan Bloomfield
But I'm a Cheerleader

May 24 + 25, 2019, midnight. A highschool cheerleader, sent to gay conversion therapy camp when her parents suspect her to be a lesbian, meets a girl named Graham who challenges camp ideals and what it means to be gay. Filled with clever innuendos, colorful imagery, and witty characters to make you smile and laugh as it offers a satirical look at queer identity issues/ gender roles.
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys XX

May 25, 2019, 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 (this past year): The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. See website for updates, nominees, interviews, and more:
Hosted by Pride Films and Plays
Desire in a Tinier House

May 30 - June 29, 2019, 7:30pm (22 dates). Trevin has chased his ex-boyfriend all the way to Colorado, only to fall madly in love with his ex’s friend Carlos. Trevin seduces Carlos into a trailer-bound life where they weather disasters and dystopia in their sexual island. But can their love-home outlast jealous intruders and time itself?
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

June 5-9, 2019, 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

June 8, 2019, the 54th 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

June 8-9, 2019, 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 2019

June, 2019 Pride Month events, with two day Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 30th, 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:
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.
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.
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.