Gay Chicago

CIMMfest 6
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival

May 1-4, 2014, at Wicker Park and Logan Square, “where movies and music meet.” A 4-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances, industry panels and presentations… just what movies and music mean to each other. See more events throughou the year at their website:
The most unique space in Chicago
Artemisia after 40: current work by past members

May 2 - June 13, 2014. Opening Reception May 2, 6-10pm, the Bridgeport Art Gallery, 4th floor, 1200 W 35th St. Work by artist members of the women’s cooperative Artemisia Gallery. Artemisia (1973-2003) played an essential role in supporting and nurturing careers of over 150 women, their mentees and exhibiting guest artists, who made their mark on the Chicago art scene and beyond.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr. Leather 2014

May 22-26, 2014. Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands converge to party, network, & choose new International Mr. Leather. 4 day Leather Market has finest leather/fetish artisans & retailers, erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists & more. See website for 2013 IML media.
Great Lakes Bears-Chicago present
Bear Pride 20

May 23-26, 2014. Meet & Greet Social, explore the city Trolley Tour or Boat Tour, over-the-top parties, and bath time with Wet 'n' Wild at Steamworks. Plus games in the Bear Lounge and late night After Hours Parties. See details/venues online:
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys 2014

May 24-25, 2014, Memorial Day weekend -the hottest male porn stars in the business, emcees Honey West & Chi Chi LaRue, big awards bash, parties with the guys appearing in clubs around town. See the website for venues and more info.
Screenings on weekends at 11:30am

June 7 - August 31, 2014 Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport. Jun 7-8 - SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN; Jun 15 FOOTLIGHT PARADE; Jun 21-22 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES; Jun 28-29 COVER GIRL; Jul 5-6 42ND STREET; Jul 19-20 STORMY WEATHER; Jul 26-27 MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS; Aug 2-3 THE SKY’S THE LIMIT; Aug 10 SILK STOCKINGS; Aug 16-17 BYE BYE BIRDIE; Aug 23-24 THE PRODUCERS; Aug 30-31 CABARET.
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash

June 13-15, 2014, 49th annual Andersonville summer street festival; 50,000 people fill Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for music from cutting-edge bands, ethnic dance troupes, lots of food, and vendor wares.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2014

June 21-22 & 29, 2014, parade from N Halsted at Belmont to Lincoln Park by way of Broadway & Diversey. Pride Street Festival, on N Halsted, music, food, vendors. Dozens of social, cultural, athletic & political events. See website for 2013 media & 2014 updates.
Berlin, DO312, Stardust & Salathon present:
Pride Matinee

June 29, 2014, 3pm, at Berlin. Performances throughout the day by: Witch Hazel, Darling Shear, Mister Wallace, Wes Perry Mister Junior, Precious Davis and Jerry Blossom. DJ sets by: Teen Witch Fan Club, [X]P, Pluto, and Swaguerilla. Host: Zanaughtti, Jack the Lad, Jane BeachyJoseph Varisco, Claire Van Eijk & Scott Cramer. See complete lineup of nightly events at:
Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival

June 29-30, 2014, on Racine between Fullerton & Webster. The works of over 80 juried artists in the heart of the Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhood; also an eclectic music stage lineup and food vendors. $5 donation benefits Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 9-10, 2014, annual street fair on six blocks of N Halsted, many musical acts on multiple stages, plus hundreds of food, arts and crafts vendors. Dozens of gay bars, dance clubs, restaurants, stores and a bathhouse surround the festival site.
Illinois Gay Rodeo Association
Windy City Rodeo

August 22-24, 2014 (tentative dates) at Six Guns Ranch & Arena, 26926 State Line Rd, Crete IL (tentative venue). The rodeo runs, rain or shine. Get info online for this and other Illinois Gay Rodeo events including ongoing year-round events at Charlie's and Touché.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

August 29 - September 1, 2014 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.
32 years of queer film
Reeling:Chicago L/G International Film Festival

September 18-25, 2014. Award-winning international feature films, social documentaries & experimental shorts. 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.
The 26th Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2015

January - February, 2015. Annual multi-arts non-narrative, multidisciplinary fringe festival - seasoned veterans along with obstreperous young newcomers - poetry, music, video, new media, theater, dance, performance art... and more from Curious Theatre Branch.
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