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Chicago Bars, Clubs & Resto Lounges
DailyXtra Bar Events Listings

See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Chicago area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
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.
CIMMfest 7
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival

April 16-19, 2015, in Wicker Park. Four-day festival of 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.
Dan Savage's Sexiest, Funnest, Most Creative Dirty Short Movie Fest
The Best of Hump! Tour

April 17-18, 2015, at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N Southport Ave. Ordinary people from all over the Pacific NW become weekend porn stars, making 5-minute dirty movies for cash prizes! Films run the gamut of LGBT+S sexual styles; funny, thought-provoking, sad, artistic, outrageous, and sexy-because they're real- created and performed by sex-positive people.
A grand week of Chicago premieres!
Chicago Critics Film Festival 2015

May 1-7, 2015, 7:30pm, 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.
Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Event!
OUTspoken! LGBTQ Stories

May 5, 2015, 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. No cover. Storytellers: Renee Albrecht-Mallinger, Stephen Glick, Mike Hogan, Darren Pierre, Denise Ruiz, and Gayle Weiss. First Tuesdays.
Dragons vs Lake County Gladiators
Chicago Dragons Rugby Football

May 9, 2015. Rugby match at Diversey Harbor, Chicago. Every Wedneday 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.
"..not just admission to the films but admission to a subculture” - Roger Ebert
Chicago Underground Film Festival

May 13-17, 2015, at the Logan Theatre. An annual film event showcase. This year with a mix of independent features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films from around the world, augmented by nightly parties and concerts. Innovative and unique programming, ranging from lowbrow entertainment of John Waters, Doris Wishman and Coffin Joe to fine art avant-garde films and videos.
Pride Films & Plays presents four new plays and one new musical
Gay Play Weekend

May 15-17, 2015 at the Hoover-Leppen Theater, Center on Halsted. The 2015 finalists once again represent the best and brightest in ‘What’s New And What’s Next’ in LGBT Theater: At A Certain Age by Steve Shade; below by Samantha Charlip; Family Holiday by DC Cathro; Pen, a musical by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro; and Safe by Donna Hoke. Tickets $10 - see website:
Midnight Movies - Saturday at the Music Box
The Rocky Horror Picture Show + more...

May 16, 2015, monthly cult classic: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - with audience participation of course! At The Music Box, 3733 N Southport Ave. Other May midnight movies include: It Follows; Goodnight Mommy; Roar; The Room; Happy Gilmore; and Jurassic Park.
The vibrant spirit of Chicago off-loop theater

May 21, 2015 6:30 and 9pm shows at The Cab, Stage 773. The premiere of a new all male, all boy burlesque review featuring a cast of very talented performers bringing you sexy acts of all sorts in a professionally produced cabaret style burlesque show. Featuring Ben D. Mann and many other boylesque performers showing you all their best stuff!
Erotic Video Awards
The Grabbys 2015

May 21-25, 2015, Memorial Day weekend with the hottest male porn stars in the business. Awards bash SAT at Metro, plus parties with the guys including: THU Kickoff Party at Hydrate, FRI Men of Cockyboys at Sidetrack + The A Team at Lucky Horseshoe; SAT Afterparty at Charlies; SUN Recovery Brunch at North End. Host: Hard Rock Hotel. See website for nominees, interviews, and more:
To benefit Howard Brown Health Center and the Leather Archives/Museum
MACHO: IML/BearPride 2015 Edition

May 22, 2015, 9pm-2am at The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St. Come out and dance the night away with the hottest men in Chicago! DJs Dennis Murray, David Charles and special guest + Gogo Bears. $15 with an IML or Bear Pride pass, or $20 without.
Leather, uniform, & fetish men from around the world
International Mr. Leather 2015

May 22-25, 2015. Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands converge to party, network, & select 36th International Mr. Leather. 4-day Leather Market -finest leather/fetish artisans & retailers; erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists & more. SUN: IML Competition, then IML Victory Celebration Party at House of Blues. MON: Black and Blue Ball. See website for 2014 IML media.
Great Lakes Bears-Chicago present
Bear Pride 21

May 22-25, 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:
Bear Pride Weekend Party
Furball: Chicago

May 23, 2015, 11pm at Metro Chicago, 3730 N Clark St. Dance party for bears, cubs and friends. Featuring DJs: HIFI SEAN (London/UK), RON GERONIMO (Chicago).
The most anticipated party of IML weekend
IML Black and Blue Ball

May 25, 2015, 8pm-4am at Sound-Bar, 226 W Ontario St. The official closing party of IML weekend! VIP space opens 7pm, main venue opens at 8pm. Main Room: DJs Barry Harris and Steve Henderson. VIP Area: DJ Milty Evans. Hosted by Spitshine Promotions. Miguel Torres and Steve Henderson.
Pride Films and Plays presents
Queer Bits Film Fest

June 1, 2015, 7:30pm, The Pub Theatre. Eight short films +3 webseries episodes: sexy comedy as 2 straight actors strip down for a gay love scene; a father and son try to reconnect after a traumatic experience; a lesbian couple try their hand at filmmaking; and an action-packed drama about 2 young men fighting for love in institution waging war on homosexuality. Also Dudes + Coffee Talk.
Combining popular music & culture with dark themes/avant-garde theatrical work
BAATHHAUS / Big Dipper / Swaguerrilla

June 12, 2015, 9pm, Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave. Queer-performance-art-group-band, multidisciplinary artists create provocative/ original music, dance, and visual art. Bear of a gay rapper BIG DIPPER: playful antics, catchy beats, smart lyricism, humor “makes everyone wanna shake their ass and bounce their dicks.” DJ SWAGUERRILLA: multimedia, soul, hip hop, future bass.
A Chicago Swedish mid-summer bash

June 12-14, 2015, 50th 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.
A month of festivities
Chicago Pride 2015

June 20-28, 2015 Pride Month events, with June 20 - 21 Pride Fest, and final Sunday Parade June 28th, 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 2014 media & 2015 updates.
Pride Films and Plays presents
Gay Today - A Pride Cabaret

June 22, 2015, at Mary's Attic, 5400 N Clark. Stars of Pride Films And Plays sing songs of modern romance and self-discovery in “GAY TODAY – A PRIDE CABARET.” Arrangements and music direction by Robert Ollis. General admission tickets are $15. VIP tickets are $25 and include reserved cabaret seating.
Pride Films and Plays celebrates Pride with a 20th Anniversary Production of
Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown

June 23 - July 26, 2015, at Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N Lincoln. Guillermo Reyes' comic one-man show; hilarious collection of monologues chronicling the lives of Latino immigrants dealing with transcultural shock of race and gender identity; bracketed by the misadventures of naive Frederico, “The Gay Little Immigrant That Could” who arrives in LA during the 1992 riots.
Pride Films &Plays' One Night Fling, celebration in words, songs, music, theater

July 28, 2015, 7pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N Clark. Plays, performances, screenplays and films written by women with lesbian characters and themes; music, drama, comedy, spoken word, and performance art. Multi-generational cast: Christy Hasselson, Lauren Sivak, singers Liz Pazik, Libby Lane; performance artists Angelica Roque, Rebecca Kling; stage star Ali Hoefnagle. MC Shanna Brown.
Pride Films and Plays presents
The Boy From Oz

August 5-30, 2015, Stage773, 1225 W Belmont. Broadway musical tells the amazing life story of celebrated songwriter/performer Peter Allen. Featuring songs by Allen, the exuberant, heart-warming true story of an Australian boy who loved to perform and ended up in the glamorous orbit of Judy Garland and her soon-to-be famous daughter Liza.
The largest two-day street fair in the Midwest
Northalsted Market Days

August 8-9, 2015, 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.
Chicago’s leading jazz artists
37th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

September 3-6, 2015, 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.
33 years of queer film
Reeling:Chicago L/G International Film Festival

September 17-24 2015. 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.
Outrageous and imaginative costumes!
Halloween on Halsted 2015

October 31, 2015. The 19th Annual Halloween Parade from 8pm 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.
19th Annual
Mr International Rubber

November 6-8, 2015. The Center on Halsted registration and Kink Market, Social, and Gear Sale. Cocktail Parties. Friday & Saturday contest events followed by Strict Rubber Dress Code Party + more events at clubs around town. Host hotel for MIR19: TBA.
Providing the best LGBT short films with their Chicago premieres
Queer Bits Fall Film Fest

November 9, 2015 at Pub Theatre, 3914 N Clark. Now in its third year, returning for another showing of new LGBT films that have not been screened in Chicago before! Tickets are $10. VIP Tickets are available for $15 and include prime table seating.
About Face Theatre in association with Theater Wit presents
Big Red and The Boys

December, 2015 at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave. A special mix of naughty and nice that comes but once a year, may return for the 5th time around. A non-traditional concert of songs, stories and spirits starring Meghan Murphy, John Francisco, Patrick Andrews and Nick Davio. Already an annual tradition for Chicagoans looking to escape typical holiday drudgery, celebrating their own way.
The 27th Annual
Rhinoceros Theater Festival 2016

February - March 1, 2016. The 27th 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.