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  Drag worship services Feb. 17

Both locations of Urban Village Church ( UVC )—at 1407 E. 60th St. and 1543 W. Division St. ( Chopin Theater )—will hold drag services on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m. The South Side site ...



NAME: "A long time ago, I had taken a hiatus from performing drag and when I decided to come out of retirement, I felt a need to recreate myself and dust off my packer. As ...


  The Baton Show Lounge at 50

Over the past fifty years, the Baton Show Lounge helped to set a new standard for female impersonation; heightening the polish, the professionalism, and the caliber of performance demanded of its cast members. The Baton took ...


  Weiss is Equality Illinois Proud

Attending the Equality Illinois gala this weekend was Mira Ebalo, PA-C, in black tie and tutu, who represented the Weiss Memorial Hospital gender confirmation program in Uptown. Weiss Hospital stands with Equality Illinois and is committed ...


  Buttigieg and Pritzker headline Equality Illinois gala

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor—and potential presidential candidate—Pete Buttigieg was among the speakers headlining Equality Illinois' 2019 gala celebration Feb. 2 at Chicago Hilton and Towers. About 1,500 guests attended the sold-out event, which also featured remarks ...


  OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series at Sidetrack Feb. 5

The February edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, February 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. —Denise Bowker was born and raised in a ...


  NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Mr. Chicago Leather

Meet Saber Onyx, Mr. Chicago Leather 2019, chosen Saturday, January 26, at Leather Archives & Museum. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


  Drag profile of the week, Krissy Feetface

NAME "Krissy is an extension of my given name ( Kris ). People called me Krissy growing up when I was being too fabulous. Feetface is a strange nickname/persona I got in college when I worked ...


  'Drag Race' reveals 11th-season cast

VH1 has unveiled the cast of the 11th season of the Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race. The newest queens vying for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were introduced via a VH1 YouTube Live hosted ...



NAME "JerFay simply comes from my boy name being 'Jeffrey' and I just mixed it up for a new persona!" FIRST DRAG PERFORMANCE "I started doing drag Oct. 26, 2015, and I started by jumping into ...



All abuzz in the Beyhive for All Things Beyonce. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


  Families of Chicago banquet held at Ida Noyes Hall

The third annual Families of Chicago ( FOC ) Save Our Scene banquet, Third Time's a Charm, took place Jan. 5 at the University of Chicago's Ida Noyes Hall. Ahead of the event, FOC Committee Member ...


  SAVOR Bistro Campagne brunch; Chicago Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

I have to admit I was a little concerned going to Bistro Campagne ( 4518 N. Lincoln Ave.; ) for brunch. The reason? Bistro Campagne has a new executive chef ( Adam Grandt ), who ...



Six queens, one holiday show. Joseph Stevens Photography ...



Jingle those bells! Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


  Bowie Ball, David Bowie's 72nd Birthday, Jan. 10

Heaven Malone & A Queer Pride Present BOWIE BALL, David Bowie's 72nd Birthday, on Thursday, Jan 10, at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657 from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Ages 21 and over. It's ...


  SAVOR Eataly's Baita; Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

You can visit the Italian Alps here in Chicago. Baita, located in the River North spot Eataly ( 43 E. Ohio St.; ), brings this area of Europe to the Windy City. And it's a ...


  Polar Plunge at Oak Street Beach Jan. 26

The non-profit Chicago Polar Bear Club ( CPBC ) will host the 18th Annual Polar Plunge fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at Oak Street Beach. The CPBC hosts an annual Polar Plunge event to raise funds ...


  HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Windy City Times and your furry friends

Thanks to everyone for submitting pet photos. Adorable?! ...


  Families of Chicago Banquet Jan. 5

The Third Annual Families of Chicago Banquet will take place Saturday, Jan. 5, 6-9 p.m., at the University of Chicago's Cloister Club, 1212 E. 59th St. The family scene is a kinship and cultural formation entity ...


  DINING Late-night burger, Bistro Campagne, New Year's Eve offerings

—Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon St., has introduced its late-night burger as an off-menu option for diners in West Loop. Chef Chris Curren's $16 burger contains two grilled Slagel Family Farm beef patties with American ...


  Holidays on Halsted

A very special photo project by Tim Carroll Photography ...



Has it been 35 years already?! Joseph Stevens Photography ...


  DINING Walton's Italian supper, Parlor Pizza Bar, holiday offerings

—Walton Street Kitchen + Bar, 912 N. State St., is now offering the Italian-American Sunday supper. Offered on Sunday evenings, there are three courses ( $32 individual/$54 to share ), featuring chopped antipasti salad, Pasta Napoletana ...


  Brave Space celebrates with Unicorn Ball

On Dec. 15, Brave Space Alliance, in partnership with the Trans Liberation Collective, held the Second Annual Unicorn Ball, a fundraising and year-end social event. This year, the ball took place at The Shapiro Ballroom, and ...


  'Unicorn Ball' Dec. 15 at The Shapiro

The 2018 Unicorn Ball—Brave Space Alliance's largest annual fundraiser—will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Shapiro Ballroom, 1612 W. Chicago Ave. This has been called the official queer "coming out" party ...


  Santa Speedo Run

Charity: Check. Underwear: Check check! Debbie Fox and Dixie Lynn Cartwright host the annual Santa Speedo Run, Sat., December 8, to benefit Center on Halsted. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


  SAVOR 'Pie in the Sky'; Heartland closing; Yugen opening

DISH Dining Guide

A pizza dinner is a pizza dinner, until there's a special element added—like dining 1,300 feet high. Skydeck Chicago ( 233 S. Franklin St.; )—located in the Willis Tower, the tallest building in the Western ...


  Baton to relocate to Uptown

Longtime River North nightspot Baton will relocate to an Uptown location on Broadway in Spring 2019, owner Jim Flint announced Dec. 5. In a statement, Flint said that, "As the years have passed, the River North ...


  'Haunted Christmas' Dec. 7-8 in suburbs

The creators of the 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago, 1940 George St., Melrose Park, will host "Krampus: A Haunted Christmas" Dec. 7-8, 7-11 p.m. Chicago's world-famous 13th Floor Haunted House has been transformed to tell the ...


  Asians & Friends holiday party Dec. 16

On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., LGBTA organization Asians & Friends Chicago will hold its annual holiday party at The Piggery, 1625 W. Irving Park Rd. The spot features BBQ and comfort food. Attendees should ...


  Vida/SIDA marks 30 years with gala

On Dec. 1, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center-Vida/SIDA celebrated its 30th anniversary and acknowledged World AIDS Day with an anniversary gala at 3949 Gallery on Chicago's Northwest Side. Despite the cold and rain, the event was ...


  'Stand Up for Red' marks World AIDS Day

On Nov. 29, Center on Halsted partnered with DIFFA/Chicago to host the second annual Stand Up For Red indoor street festival, bringing together local restaurants, musicians and artists to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in preparation for World ...


  DINING Gift drive, Theater on the Lake, 'Charlie Brown' Christmas

—Caffe Umbria, in Logan Square ( 2545 W. Armitage Ave. ) and River North ( 346 N. Clark St. ), is hosting a gift drive to benefit Friends of the Children. There will be a complimentary ...


  Double Door to reopen in Uptown

The nightspot Double Door—which originally closed in 2016 and which hosted acts as varied as Common and the Rolling Stones—will reopen in Uptown at 1050 W. Wilson Ave., noted. The old Double Door had to ...


  'Santa Speedo Fun Run' on Dec. 8

The annual Santa Speedo Fun Run will take place Saturday, Dec. 8, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Sign-in and registration will start at noon, with the one-mile run through Boystown starting at 2 p.m. There ...


  World of Chocolate provides dessert for a good cause

Hundreds of community members visited AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) annual World of Chocolate celebration and fundraiser at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, on Nov. 30. Nearly two dozen vendors from across ...


  DINING Travelle cocktails, new Wow Bao, 'Vanderpump' parties

—Travelle at the Langham, 300 N. Wabash Ave., now has art-inspired signature cocktails. The restaurant's new cocktail menu is influenced by famous works of art, and all of the selections were hand-chosen by the Travelle bar ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers

The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, December 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info. —Emma Alamo grew ...


  Chicago Magic Lounge celebrates New Year's Eve, holds child-friendly night before

Chicago, IL — Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago's new home for close-up magic, celebrates the holidays with magical performances, specialty cocktails and more. Featured performers in December include Signature Show appearances by TC Tahoe, Francis Menotti feat. ...


  Rachel Eckroth, Rufus Wainwright; Jonathan Jackson, Echo and the Bunnymen

As November drew to a close we witnessed a torrent of old-school queer favorites coming to town for a pile up of sentiment and nostalgia far removed from the homey vibe of Thanksgiving and Christmas. First ...


  Lush Cosmetics' DRAGmas features RuPaul's Drag Race alum, Chicago drag queens

Lush Cosmetics'DRAGmas has launched across North America, featuring three RuPaul's Drag Race alum and Chicago drag queens: Kim Chi, Shea Couleé and The Only Detox. Would you be interested in an interview with Shea Couleé to ...


  Photography exhibit honors impactful activists, celebrities

Steve Schapiro knows how to be in the right place at the right time. He might not be a household name, but his photographs have been seen by thousands worldwide and his subjects are heroes of ...


  Exhibit opening marks Chicago's history of diversity in drag

The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives collaborated with The Jackhammer Complex on a drag performance to accompany the opening of a new exhibit, "The City that Werqs: A History of Chicago's Drag Revolutionaries" on Nov. 10. Gerber/Hart ...


  SAVOR Talking with Travelle's chefs; dining news

DISH Dining Guide

There was a time when dining at a hotel's restaurant was almost an afterthought. How times have changed. Many hotels across the nation now boast at least dining establishment that features upscale dishes that warrant repeat ...


  'Drag Race' guest judges announced

VH1 announced the guest judges set to join the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. RuPaul will be joined by a star-studded line-up of celebrities alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross ...


  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 ...


  '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 ...


  '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. ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  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 ...



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 Mondays Chicago's Best Worst Drag Show, hosted by Arby Barbie, weekly, 2 a.m., no ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  '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 ...



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



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



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


  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 ...



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


  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

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 ...



Getting trivial every Thursday. Joseph Stevens Photography ...



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


  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 ...


  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 ...


  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 ...


  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. ...


  Charlies 25th anniversary

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


  At Berlin, Harem of Oddities

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



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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