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  Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade lights up Boystown

The 22nd Annual Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade & Frock Fest marched through Boystown on Oct. 31. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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  'The City That Werqs' drag exhibit opens Nov. 10

"The City that Werqs: A History of Chicago's Drag Revolutionaries" is an exhibit that will open at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 6:30-9 p.m. ( The exhibit will run ...


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  DRAG IT UP Show Listings and Drag Profile of the Week, Discord

NAME Discord AGE "Discord has been around for centuries. Chaos is everywhere." HOMETOWN Akron, Ohio. "I began drag roughly 7 years ago! The first song I ever performed was Teeth by Lady Gaga and I remember ...


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  'Wig' out! HalloWig raises funds for Lurie

Things got pretty hairy at Sidetrack for their HalloWig party, Saturday, October 20. Bewigged participants pitched in to help raise over $5,000 for Lurie Children's Hospital. The party was hosted by Sidetrack resident Dixie Lynn Cartwright. ...


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  Hundreds dress up for 'Big Orange Ball'

Hundreds of people crowded the Park West Oct. 20 for Howard Brown Health's fourth annual Big Orange Ball—the kickoff to the Halloween season. Raising nearly $150,000, the event showcased the A.J.A. Talent dancers on Park West's ...


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  Joie de Vine starts GoFundMe campaign

The Andersonville nightspot Joie de Vine has launched a GoFundMe campaign as it fights to remain open. The 14-year-old business has stated that it needs funds as it faces "increased competition and changing community preferences." It ...


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  Glad Rags, Garbage perform

Out troubadour Glad Matt and his band, Glad Rags, played a pre-siesta show at The Hideout Inn on Oct. 14 in support of their latest full-length release, Wonder Under ( on bandcamp ). The band played ...


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  Coco Sho-Nell's horror show to present real scares

For more than a decade, Raymond Cleveland has broken out the fright wigs and fake blood to celebrate his favorite holiday, Halloween. Cleveland's onstage persona, Coco Sho-Nell, has teamed with dozens of drag and variety performers ...


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  DRAG IT UP!

Regular drag shows in and around Chicago

Our list of regular drag shows in and around Chicago. To include your show in our listings, please submit info to kirk@windycitymediagroup.com. Mondays Chicago's Best Worst Drag Show, hosted by Arby Barbie, weekly, 2 a.m., no ...







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  Center on Halsted hosts Orlando Traveling Memorial

On Oct. 12, the Center on Halsted held an opening reception for The Orlando Traveling Memorial, a mural inspired by not only the Pulse nightclub attack which left 49 dead, but also the deaths of 2-year-old ...


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  Lips unsealed, new drag venue coming to Chicago

The new dinner, drinks and drag concept that will be on everybody's lips next spring is Lips—a dinner-theatre "show-palace" located in the historic Motor Row district in Chicago's Near South Side. The first Lips launched 22 ...


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  Center on Halsted, BWFW celebrate Harlem Renaissance

On Oct. 13, The Women's Action Council in partnership with Center On Halsted presented "Harlem Renaissance"—a night of celebration, award-giving and socializing at the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center. The By Women For Women ...


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  'HalloWig' fundraiser Oct. 20 at Sidetrack

On Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., 3-6 p.m., there will be a "HalloWig" party to help raise funds for Lurie's Children's Hospital Division of Adolescent Medicine. Sidetrack Chicago, Crystal Head Vodka, MillerCoors ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Touche

Feeling the togetherness of American Brotherhood Weekend. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Progress Bar

VAMP in full effect every Monday night. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Jackhammer

Take a bite of Kink It: Vampirism, Sat., October 5. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Halloween in Andersonville features 100+ trick or treat locations, dessert crawl

CHICAGO ( October 5, 2018 ): The Andersonville neighborhood will celebrate Halloween the weekend of Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 throughout the business district. Over 100 businesses participate each year in the Clark Street ...


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  SIDETRACK

Dancing queens at release party for Cher's album of ABBA covers. Joseph Stevens Photography ...







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  Billy Masters

"What do you expect? I'm a Black lesbian."—Wanda Sykes' response when asked why she made jokes about Trump at a recent show in New Jersey. More than 1,500 people cheered, while a dozen or so walked ...


-Photo-exhibit-raises-funds-to-fight-human-trafficking

  Photo exhibit raises funds to fight human trafficking

Traffic Stops Where Love Begins ( TSWLB ) in raising awareness about modern-day slavery and putting an end to human trafficking at an event Thursday, Oct. 18. TSWLB's upcoming fundraiser, What Do You Bring To This ...


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  THE GLENWOOD

Getting trivial every Thursday. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  CHARLIE'S

All play is fair play at the Windy City Empire's turnabout show. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Boystown club's owner fights bias claims

The owner of popular Boystown nightclub Scarlet responded to recent claims that the club discriminates against its female patrons. The bar has received five Yelp reviews since March alleging that its staff discriminated against women, or ...


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  PHOTOGRAPHY Collaborative work spotlights older trans, GNC individuals

In 2012, photographer Jess Dugan and social worker/assistant professor Vanessa Fabbre began interviewing and photographing transgender and gender nonconforming adults older than 50, beginning with people they knew. They began collaborating out of a shared desire ...


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  Ball celebrates contributions of trans pioneer

On the evening of Sept. 22, Mothers LaSaia, Lauren and Jahari Mizrahi presented The Pay It No Mind Ball in celebration of the contributions of LGBTQ activist Marsha P. Johnson. The free event ( which Brave ...


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  Grant celebration of life Oct. 2

A celebration of life for Harry Hodges, aka entertainer Ginger Grant, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., at 8 p.m. Hodges passed away the week of Sept. ...


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  Charlies 25th anniversary

Happy 25th anniversary! Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...







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  At Berlin, Harem of Oddities

Harem of Oddities was held Friday, Sept. 21. Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  BENT NIGHTS Riot Fest

The number 13 turned out to be lucky for the 2018 edition of Riot Fest. The future for this festival started looking dim after the death of founder Sean McKeough in 2016—just before the glut of ...


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  Drag It Up Show Listings and Drag Profile of the Week Bambi Banks

NAME Bamb Banks AGE 24 HOMETOWN Houston, Texas. DRAG INSPIRATION "Black women are my inspirations." FAVORITE NUMBER "Unlock It" by Kim Petras. WHEN DID YOU BEGIN DOING DRAG? "Almost 2 years ago." WHERE CAN WE CATCH ...


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  The Baton Show Lounge's Ginger Grant remembered

Entertainer Harry Hodges, a.k.a. Ginger Grant, passed away the week of Sept. 10 in Chicago. Hodges, performing under Grant's persona, was a longtime emcee at The Baton and a close friend of its owner, Jim Flint. ...


Coming-Out-in-the-Park

  Coming 'Out in the Park'

Out in the Park at Six Flags Great America celebrated its seventh year on Sept. 8, with a private four-hour event that raised money for Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble. DJ Adam Joseph provided some additional beats. ...


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  Gerber/Hart hosting fundraiser Sept. 22

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., will host its fall fundraising benefit: "Open History, Open Future." The event will feature a look at upcoming possible future projects ...


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  'Artful' event includes nude models

Having started in New York City, The Artful Bachelorette—an event that is a drawing class with nude models and drinking—has started in Chicago. Despite its name, the event ( two-hour private party ) is also for ...


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  BENT NIGHTS Chicago Jazz Festival; Giorgio Moroder

As cool gusts of wind knocked those 95-plus degrees outside down to a more civilized 80 degrees, day after day brought violent thunderstorms and the seemingly endless invasion of cicadas has dwindled down to a scattered ...


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  Black gay caucus hosts 'Clutch Your Pearls'

On Aug. 29, The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus held the second annual Clutch Your Pearls, a fundraiser and social event involving the group's participation in the Annual AIDS Walk/Run. Guests were treated to a gay ...







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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Hydrate

Happy 16th anniversary! Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  'Fahrenheit Chicago' heats South Side

Equality Illinois held its second Fahrenheit Chicago—the end-of-summer beach party of fun, music and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends, and families—Aug. 26 at Oakwood Beach ( 41st Street and South Lake Shore Drive ). ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Sidetrack

Sunday Slushies ... and what they can lead to. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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  Dominique Jackson Elektra-fies at Hydrate

Actress Dominique Jackson made an appearance at Hydrate on Aug. 16. She told an early VIP audience how much she appreciated the support for Pose, the FX television show on which she plays Elektra Abundance, making ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS @mosphere

Benefit show for Natasha Douglas' quest for the Continental crown. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Touche

Miguel is high in the saddle as the winner of this year's Cowboy Eye For the Leather Guy. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  INTERNET Hamburger Mary's camps it up with 'Wannakiki'

The owners of Hamburger Mary's International are camping it up this summer in a new seven-episode YouTube series called Camp Wannakiki. Ashley and Brandon Wright have created, produced and also star in the drag competition as ...


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  Asians & Friends anniv. party Sept. 9

Asians & Friends Chicago will host a '90s-themed anniversary party Sunday, Sept. 9, 3-7 p.m., at Dan and Mike's Halsted Hot Tub rooftop at 3526 N. Halsted St. Attendees are urged to bring food and/or drinks ...


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  Scot's owner reflects on the business that was

After more than 20 years serving the Ravenswood neighborhood, Scot's Bar, 1829 W. Montrose Ave., has closed its doors. The longtime gay watering hole served its final customers the week of Aug. 5. Owners Thom Scot ...







Circuit-Mom-presents-Warriors

  Circuit Mom presents Warriors

Fighting the good fight at Aragon Ballroom, Saturday, August 11. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Joe Fiore presents Furball

The national fur-fest party does Market Days for the first time, Saturday, August 11, at the Metro Chicago. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Drag reality show on YouTube in August

Camp Wannakiki is a new drag reality show airing on YouTube starting in late summer. The premise is seeing which of eight drag queens can last the week at an actual summer camp and claim the ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Scot's

So long, Scot's! Closing party Sunday, August 5. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Mary's Attic

Pitching a tent at the premiere party for Camp Wannakiki, Sunday, August 5. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Charlies

Windy City Empire's Arrested fundraiser, raking in $1600 for BYC and GOAL! Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Sidetrack's OUTspoken Series, August's featured storytellers

The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —Bill Demaree has ...


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  Jim Flint markes 77th birthday

Jim Flint, owner of the nearly 50-year-old Baton Show Lounge, and its related Continental pageants, marked his 77th birthday with a celebration July 30 at the Baton with current performers as well as legends, former and ...


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  Daddy Issues party event at Jackhammer Complex Aug. 4

Daddy Issues Cutest International Party Brand Announces Chicago Premiere: Featuring DJ's Mateo Segade, Harry Cross and Ariel Zetina On August 4, 2018; International queer dance party sensation Daddy Issues will be bringing its event to Chicago ...







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  Leather Archives' rummage sale in July

Leather Archives & Museum's Kinky Rummage Sale will take place Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 6418 N. Greenview Ave. There's a members-only preview on July 28 at 9-11 a.m. The sale will feature 600+ ...


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  Market Days acts announced

The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) delivers a diverse and dance-heavy line-up for this year's Market Days, set for Aug. 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The fest ( said to be the largest two-day event in ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Sidetrack

Happy birthday, America! Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Berlin

Happy birthday, America! Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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  TELEVISION Former 'Drag Race' contestant makes 'Dance' history

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Noah McCarthy

Miss Estranja ( AKA Jay Jackson, and sometimes known as Miss Laganja Estranja ) made her television debut on season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Since, she has become known for her cannabis activism and choreography. ...


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  NUNN ON ONE 'Fashion Star' winner designs LGBT dates

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Kara Laricks' life changed after being a closeted fourth-grade elementary school teacher for 10 years. She quit to become an out fashion designer and made it big by winning NBC's Fashion Star. Her unique perspective landed ...


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  Meeting House Tavern opens

Game on in Andersonville! Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Drag stars display 'Black Girl Magic' at the Metro

On June 26, The Vixen—fresh from RuPaul's Drag Race—hosted a sold-out "drag concert" featuring an all star cast of local and nationally acclaimed performers at the Chicago Metro. The event, titled "Black Girl Magic," was part ...


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  QUEEN! with CeCe Peniston

Finally! A special Pride Queen! upstairs at the Metro with CeCe Peniston. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...







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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Sidetrack

Cirque de Sidetrack: The 36th anniversary party. Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  PRIDE COVERAGE 2018 'Queer the Pier,' Cece Peniston at Navy Pier Pride

By Noah McCarthy

On the evening of June 23, hundreds of people gathered on Navy Pier to watch musicians and models walk through the history of queer clubs. "Queer the Pier"—an event from Kristen Kaza, the co-producer of Reunion ...


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  Back Lot Bash throws Whiskey, Wine, & Women party

Whiskey, Wine, & Women kicked off Back Lot Bash's Pride events at Reza's Restaurant, 5255 N. Clark, Chicago on Friday, June 22. Also ee related coverage of Pride Family Fest Saturday June 23 and and the ...


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  Back Lot Bash Saturday photos

Back Lot Bash's outdoor music and entertainment fest Saturday and Sunday of Pride Weekend was scheduled to feature Sarah Shahi, KITTENS, Brooke Candy, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia, CATFIGHT, Bridget Lyons, Jade The Ivy, Dance Loud Music, ...


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  Mother Nature shines on 49th Pride Parade

More to come

Hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans and out-of-towners lined the streets of Lakeview and Uptown for the 49th annual Chicago Pride Parade the afternoon of June 24. Police officials did not yet have attendance figures at the ...


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  Peach presents the Water Pride Edition celebrating LGBTQ+ women, femmes

From a press release

Peach!, an event series that celebrates all LGBTQ+ women & femme family, presents the 2018 4-event series…'The Elements' ( Air, Water, Earth, & Fire ). Join us as we explore the resilient spirit, beauty, and power ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Charlies

Taking their positions at a special Pride Fest Boylesque. Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Roscoe's

Dance, dance, dance to Dave Aude and Bimbo Jones. Photos by Joseph Stevens Photography ...


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  Northalsted Pride Fest photos

Pride Fest heated up Boystown on June 16 and 17 with record numbers and high temperatures. Fashion shows, a variety of vendor booths and talented performers were all part of the fun. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...







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  'Queer the Pier' to take guests on aural journey

Kristen Kaza is a queer event producer extraordinaire, whose "party-with a purpose" productions have been part of the city's entertainment landscape since 2012. The co-director of Reunion Chicago and co-founder of Slo 'Mo Party, Kaza's latest ...


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  Children's Museum hosts drag queens on Family Equality Day

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

A packed crowd of pudgy-faced kiddos accessorized in handmade rainbow-beaded bracelets and PFLAG identity pins waved rainbow flags high above their heads, beaming with pride as they danced to live music and listened to Storytime with ...


Out-to-Climb-raises-funds-for-Howard-Brown-Health

  'Out to Climb' raises funds for Howard Brown Health

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

On June 5, Cramer Public Relations and Events and Brooklyn Boulders presented the second annual "Out to Climb" as a benefit for Howard Brown Health. The event featured several climb-offs, during which pairs of drag queens ...




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