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Summer Vacation Rentals

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Beaches, boats, lighthouses, quaint shops, a variety of restaurants, and exciting nightlife awaits you as you enjoy one of our beautiful waterfront condos…

Majestic Getaways offers premier condo rentals in major locations throughout the Midwest;

including Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan. 140 miles from Chicago, these Small towns = BIG Fun! Visit the twin cities of Saugatuck and Douglas Michigan for a welcoming, casual atmosphere that makes you feel like part of the community. Lots of LGBTQ folks from the Midwest flock here to get away from the bigger city life to enjoy the small town feel and great outdoors. Grassy dunes, white sand beaches and quaint streets of shopping make these harbor towns the perfect getaway.

 

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St Joe Michigan. St. Joseph is carefully nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed “The Riviera of the Midwest.” This deepwater port town is a growing resort community – part of a “small town” chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. The lakeshore is peppered with remarkable sand dune formations and lined further inland with a lush countryside that produces some of the nation’s finest orchards and vineyards. It is the largest non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.

Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a quaint community situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA.

South Haven Michigan. One of Michigan’s featured Beachtowns, South Haven defines resorting on Lake Michigan’s eastern shore with majestic vistas and dazzling sunsets.You’ll feel this rich heritage as you gaze over our 100-year old lighthouse -a welcoming beacon in an often turbulent world.

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Sandusky Ohio. Sandusky is midway between Toledo to the west and Cleveland to the east. Thrill seekers will have no trouble getting their kicks in Sandusky, home to the world-renowned Cedar Point Amusement Park, boasting 17 roller coasters, plentiful children’s attractions and carousels.

Outside the park, the city entices travelers with its sandy white Erie shores, stunning coastal trails, mysterious Seneca Caverns and numerous refreshing water parks. The downtown waterfront boasts historic architecture, charming boutiques and unparalleled views over Lake Erie.

 

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and Chicago Illinois – Besides Pizza, hot dogs, skyscrapers and world class shopping, Chicago is also known for it’s waterfront. Spanning Over 30 miles of beaches and waterfront that offer the perfect settings for playing, relaxing and soaking it all in. An 18 mile bike path, kayak rentals, dinner cruise on Lake Michigan it’s all here! And you can rent a place Downtown Chicago located in the heart of the city, overlooking the Chicago River!

WATERFRONT VACATION RENTALS by MAJESTIC GETAWAYS offers premier condo rentals! Visit their website for more details and photos. Call them at (269) 349-7700!

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Chicago Hotel Deals and Savings

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EVERYONE  loves  Chicago!

People are friendly. MOST Chicagoans still say hello, smile at strangers, help you out if you need it, etc.

GREAT neighborhoods.  DID YOU KNOW ? The first officially recognized gay village in the United States, Boystown in Chicago, Illinois is the commonly accepted nickname for the eclectic East Lakeview neighborhood that is home to Chicago’s visible and active gay and lesbian community.

Boystown Chicago is situated just southeast of Wrigleyville in Lakeview. The area is bordered by Lake Michigan on the east and Clark Street on the west, Irving Park Road to the north and Diversey Avenue to the south. In Chicago, you can indeed tell a lot about a person by their neighborhood – we judge them by it for better or worse. And with each neighborhood comes stereotypes. Example: Wriglleyville, which we affectionately term “America’s frat house,” is home to the historic Wrigley field stadium. As well as the best “bros” the city has to offer.

 

The city is beautiful. A fact that often goes underappreciated by those who live here. (And no, it’s not Paris or Prague but it is something.) Between the architecture, monuments, museums, and street art, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

 The city is clean! Well, it’s cleaner than a lot of big cities. Make no mistake, you’ll hear the scurry of rats sometimes, the smell on the Red Line leaves much to be desired, and there are neighborhoods that don’t get as much attention as others. But for the most part, I’d say the streets are manageable, and the air is reasonably clean.

Food and Drinks. Chicago has  places like bacon bars, Nutella bars, cupcake ATMs, Harold’s Chicken, and they are coming out with a cider pub. But most importantly, Chicago has the best pizza. Sorry I’m not sorry New York City, even our thin crust is better than yours. Google: Piece Pizza.

SUMMER TIME CHI! Welcome to the good life. Probably the best thing about Chicago is Chicago summers. Between the lakefront runs and bike rides, weekend festivals, beach bumming, boat parties, rooftop parties, yoga at the park, concerts until your body can’t take any more music, there is no better city for summer.

GAY BEACH – The gay beach is Hollywood Beach. (AKA Kathy Osterman Beach) The gays and gay friendly people hang out at the southern end of the beach. ( or what some say is the east side – to the right). If you are driving out Lake Shore Drive, exit at Bryn Mar and start looking for parking, and the beach is a short walk.

THERE  ARE  3  HOTELS  in the Boystown  area.  The boutique group of :

City Suites,  The Willows, and the Majestic

 

And if you are regular  Chicago  visitor,  the hotel  group  is  now offering  points  and perks!

Check it out and earn FREE nights!

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Grabby Awards in Chicago May 2016

grabby-awards-chicago-hotel-dealsGay Male porn stars invade Chicago! The  Grabby Awards (better known as The Grabbys) are presented annually in   Chicago to honor work done in the gay adult erotic video industry. The event takes place Saturday night, May 28th.  Parties surrounding the stars start Thursday and run through Sunday.  What better reason to come to Chicago!   Grabbys.com.  Hotel  info  HERE.

Gay Night @ Six Flags Chicago

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Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2015 BIGGER Than EVER!

A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment
Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Ketel One Vodka
That Will Help Benefit Northalsted Business Alliance
Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 7PM to 12AM

Hosted by Amanda Lepore AND Pablo Hernandez this year! Attendees for this year’s fourth annual Out In The Park Celebration are in for a night of EPIC proportions.

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago and Hostess Trannika Rex and some adorable go go’s well keep the party jumping.

Andrew Christian supermodel and “king of selfies” Pablo Hernandez will be riding rides with guests all night and taking photos. Then at 11:00 he will debut 2 of his new songs, followed by the Queen of New York nightlife, Amanda Lepore, with the worlds most expensive body!

Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides with a portion of all ticket sales each year help benefit various non-profits. “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $35,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 16 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that Amanda Lepore is flying in from New York and the handsome Pablo Hernandez (from Los Angeles) will debut his new music at our event this year!”

Advance $40 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.GaySixFlagsChicago.com
FREE parking for this special event! In September the price goes up to $45. $50 the day of the event. All ages event. Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+
Hotels –if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are on our website GaySixFlagsChicago.com

2 new Events in Chicago for PRIDE WEEK 2015

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Helping to bridge the gap between  Chicago pride fest  and  the Chicago  pride parade,  come  3  new events!

From the producers of   OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags Great America, comes a brand new exclusive LGBTQ Event;

OUT IN THE HARBOR @ Hurricane Harbor!

MONDAY JUNE 22nd  2015      5pm-10pm

Hosted by Andrew Christian!

SPLASH,  DRINK  AND  DANCE!

$33  and FREE  Parking! (TAXES INCLUDED)   PrideSplashChicago.com

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The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to diversity and values the benefits and advantages of a diverse workforce. One of its core values is Diversity, valuing differences and the respectful involvement of all people, employing and leveraging the gifts, talents, and experience from each person’s culture, perspective, and background to create value for the organization and help make it even more successful.

Now they are stepping forward  to launch an officially sanctioned  Celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Zoo!  There will be  LGBTQ Day& Night events! This is only the 2nd Zoo in the country to celebrate Pride in a big way!

DAYTIME EVENT INFORMATION

During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be  entertainment and a presentation in the afternoon!  $15  advance tickets.

During the day, there will be will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and/or products. There will also be a program  with speakers and entertainment.

 

NIGHTTIME EVENT INFORMATION

Then From 7-10 p.m., a very special evening LGBTQ cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area.  21+  over.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS!

A portion of the zoo will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including camels, zebras, addax, giraffes, African painted dogs, bison, lions, tigers, (no bears unless you bring one), leopards, and dolphins.

Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions  area!  We’ll be able to sip cocktails (open bar) and enjoy delicious outdoor fare food and sweets.

Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to the Animals! Curators create a very special experience, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them.

Lounge music will set the tone as the Dj’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago

There will also be a silent auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses.

Tickets are   $60  includes  drinks, food and a phenomenal experience.

 

Limited Number of VIP  Tickets $100 – you will get a personalized PRIVATE  VIP TOUR  of The Living Coast, where you can get up close and touch PENGUINS!  The leader penguins love to come out and mingle with small groups and show off. How cool is that? A professional photographer will be on hand to capture your experience.

 

All the details  at  ZooPrideChicago.com

Chicago Hotels in Boystown

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If you are gay and visiting Chicago, chances are you want to stay in Boystown, so you are not paying for cabs  to go back and fourth from downtown!

Hotels In Boystown Chicago and  Things to Do

Celebrate Chicago pride when you stay with hotels near Boystown, Chicago. Enjoy all of the fabulous things to do  – just a few blocks from  The Majestic Hotel.

PrideFest kicks off  June  19-21,  On June 22nd  will be a  Pride Splash  at Six Flags, June 25th  is  Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo,  June 26th and 27th  gay pride parties all over the  city  and the BIG Parade, which attracts  almost 1 Million people  on Sunday June 28th.

The area along North Halsted features the best in Boystown, Chicago bars, dining, entertainment and more. After a night on the town, rest easy in  your choice  of  3  locations, close to everything! City Suites, The Majestic or The Willows.

Chicago Boystown Hotels near the Action

Boystown is the US’s first officially recognized gay village and still stands as a national hub of our nation’s LGBT community. Explore a host of delightful boutiques, unique eateries and entertainment hot-spots or, if your timing is right, check out the famed Northalsted Market Days in August or Chicago Pride Fest close to hotels near Boystown, Chicago. And  now,   OUT IN THE PARK  at  Six Flags in September.

 

When you book,  mention  Code BGC   for a special gift!
Chicago is an amazing city year round! And during the week, many of the clubs and bars run specials, so it’s  a great time to save money, and make new friends!
Visit  Best Gay Chicago for the latest information!

 

Andy Cohen and Andy Cooper TOGETHER!

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Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted,
uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation!

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Ru Pauls Drag Race Tour

 

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 IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL BITCHES!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The SeasonsCondragulations” Tour in a city near YOU, featuring a night of show-stopping performances by the world’s most talented drag performers, including winners and fan favorites from Logo TV’s hit series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Over 40 cities in the US, Canada and Europe. The largest drag tour in history!

Adore Delano, Alaska 5000, Ben Dela Crème, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Raja and Sharon Needles. Plus Special Guest Cary NoKey and host Michelle Visage. (Lineup varies by city and is subject to change.)

February 1-April 13, 2015.  CHECK  CITIES  AND TICKETS!

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Gay Pride 2014 is Coming ! To a City Near You!

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GAY PRIDE IS COMING!  Over the next 6 months, gay prides will be happening  coast to coast!

PHOENIX PRIDE  April  5-6, 2014

MIAMI  PRIDE   April  11-13

TOKYO PRIDE  April 27rh

SAO PAULO PRIDE    May 4th, 2014 – the BIGGEST in the WORLD

 

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NEW JERSEY  PRIDE   June 1st, 2014

LOS ANGELES  PRIDE  June 6th-8th

MILWAUKEE  WI   Pride   June 6th-8th

CAPITAL PRIDE  DC  June 6th-8th

DETROIT  PRIDE  June  7th-8th

HONOLULU PRIDE June 7th

PHILADELPHIA PRIDE   June 8th

BOSTON PRIDE  June 8th-16th

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KEY WEST PRIDE  June 11th-15th 2014

NASHVILLE PRIDE  June 12th-14th

SITGES SPAIN PRIDE June 12th-16th

PITTSBURGH  PRIDE   June 14th-15th

BERLIN PRIDE   June 14th-15th

OSLO PRIDE June  20th-29th

HOUSTON GAY PRIDE  June 20th-29th

TORONTO PRIDE June 20th-29th – BIGGEST in NORTH AMERICA!
PLUS in 2014, Toronto will actually be  WORLD  PRIDE with even BIGGER  crowds

RHODE ISLAND / PROVIDENCE  PRIDE  June 21st

NEW YORK CITY PRIDE  June 24th-29th

TAMPA  FL   PRIDE  June 27th-29th

PARIS PRIDE   June 28th

LONDON PRIDE  June 28th

MINNEAPOLIS PRIDE June 28th-29th

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST  June 21st – 22nd

(they are trying to fill in the days in between to make a full week of pride)

CHICAGO  PRIDE  June 29th

SEATTLE  GAY  PRIDE  June 29th

Gay Parade

MADRID PRIDE July 2nd-6th

COLOGNE GERMANY PRIDE  July 6th

SAN DIEGO PRIDE  July 18th-20th

STOCKHOLM PRIDE  July 28th – Aug. 2nd

MONTREAL PRIDE July  July 28th-Aug. 3rd

AMSTERDAM PRIDE August 1st-3rd – with floats on the canal!

ANTWERP PRIDE August 4th-11th

REYKJAVIK PRIDE August 5th-10th

CHICAGO MARKET DAYS – August 9th-10th   (not really pride – but a big party!)

OTTAWA PRIDE  August 15th-24th

PRAGUE PRIDE August 11th-17th

COPENHAGEN PRIDE  August 26th-31st

ATLANTA  PRIDE  August  27th-Sept. 1st

SOUTHERN DECADENCE  –  August 27th-September 1 (not really pride – but a big party)

LAS VEGAS PRIDE  September 2nd-8th

AUSTIN TX  PRIDE   September 20th

DALLAS PRIDE   September 21st

MAUI HAWAII   October 4th-5th

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GAY PRIDE is a time of celebration and with that, usually comes some drinking.  MAKE SURE YOU DRINK WATER AS WELL!  Keep yourself hydrated! You don’t want to go to the hospital with your boa and go go shorts on!  (poor guy!)

 

Holidays in Chicago in and Around Boystown

FALL
is upon us and the holiday season is right around the corner!
Boystown, Lakeview and North Halsted areas all have lots going on, PLUS
there are 3 great hotel choices to pick for accommodations, that are
conveniently located near everything!  AND you can save so much over the downtown hotels. Plus you can be in the heart of Boystown, filled with restaurants, bars and local businesses with great clothes and gifts!

City SuitesThe Majestic  and the The Willows .

The historic City Suites Hotel
in Chicago offers the upscale traveler an unmatched degree of service
with upgraded premier amenities to compliment its beautiful Art Deco
interior. Accenting the architecture details of this 1920’s “Roaring
Twenties” gem, the City Suites Hotel exudes a sleek Art Deco
architecture style, inviting ambiance and striking visual detail. The
hotel exudes a sleek Art Deco architecture style, inviting ambiance and
striking visual detail.

OUT IN THE PARK Private LGBT Night at SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA

Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2013 with a BANG!

 

A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment to Help Benefit Chicago House!

 

Out In The Park is an annual private LGBTQ Saturday night event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing rides and live music!
 
Top DJ Matthew Harvat,  will deliver a complete 4 hour party-celebration dance area, so you can dance, or ride, or do both!

New this year is a laser light show to dance above the crowd and some go-go gods to dance with the crowd. 

Plus live musical performance by national recording artists Eli LiebJess Godwin and Isaiah Grass.

 

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited to be asked to present this event annually by the executives at Six Flags Great America based on last year’s success and their excitement in allowing us this unique fundraising opportunity at such an awesome private venue inside their park for our community” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. “We are proud to have Chicago House benefiting from this year’s event and we are so excited to have Mini Cooper of Chicago co-presenting with us!”

 

In 2012, over 3600 people came out to support this event and nearly $12,000 was raised for TPAN. For 2013, over 7000-8000 people are expected to come out and BestGayChicago.com hopes to raise close to $20,000 for Chicago House. It will be a full weekend of fun and LGBT travelers are expected to come in from the 4 surrounding states!

 

“What’s great about the event is that it is closed to the general public, ” explains Michael Snell. “The LGBTQ attendees and their friends and family can enjoy the park with little or no lines (no Flash Pass needed)  and no hassle’s from anyone. It will be like a fall gay pride celebration!”

 

Last year there were comments from the community that people who did not enjoy rides, had no reason to come. So this year, more entertainment has been added.  Singers Eli Lieb, Isaiah Grass and Jess Godwin will play  on a stage, separate from the dance area.

The park will once again be serving beer and specialty drinks, at reduced drink prices, just for us! And  we will be planning events on Friday night, Saturday daytime, Saturday after the park, and Sunday recovery things to do! We’ll be announcing events at Scarlett, Taverna 750, Charlies and Hamburger Marys in Chicago and Milwaukee! Making a whole weekend of fun for everyone.

 

“The other thing that makes this event is so great, is the fact it is supported by everyone.” says Derrick Sorles. “We are so happy and humbled that our peers GRAB Magazine, Chicago Pride.com, and Wisconsin’s QUEST Magazine are also involved in helping to make this a huge success and special thanks to our other Community Partners Walgreens and Mini Cooper of Chicago.

 

 

 

 

Ticket Prices —-Advance ticket price is $38 for this private event.  There will be FREE parking! (A $22 savings!) Tickets are available now online   at GaySixFlagsChicago.com. 

Unfortunately, you can NOT use a smart phone to order tickets.
You will need to use a computer and printer. 

 

Doors  open at 9pm promptly. Ride and enjoy music until 1am.
Drinks are served until Midnight.

Hotels —if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of boystown!   More information below!


Chicago House
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are explicitly designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency.

The first HIV/AIDS housing provider in the Midwest, Chicago House has continuously evolved its services to meet the changing needs of those who are living with HIV and AIDS.

BestGayChicago.com

Since 2007, BestGayChicago.com has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community.


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Chicago’s Famous Northalsted Market Days in August

AUGUST 10-11, 2013! 

 

North Halsted Market Days is an annual two-day festival in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It is the Midwest’s largest street festival with annual attendance between 200,000 and 300,000 people over the two-day event, takes place in the Boystown section of Lakeview along North Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Addison Avenue and is a half-mile long. 
The festival consists of 3 music stages, 2 local band stages and a dance floor. The festival showcases food and merchandise tents. There are also Halsted business establishment tents, as well as those of radio stations, public service organizations & companies (SAAB in 2008). Many give away small souvenir items.
The overall flavor of the event is decidedly gay, but is open to all. The street remains closed from Saturday at 7am to Monday at 1am. Most of the businesses along Halsted Street are open during the day and stay open late each night when the festival ends for the day. Most notably the 20+ bars and restaurants see a significant increase in patronage.
The 2013 Northalsted Market Days are  AUGUST 10-11, when a crowd of more than 200,000 from across the country will converge on Halsted Street to celebrate our annual event. It’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s finest festivals! Suggested donation is $8.
Northalsted Market Days is located on N. Halsted between Belmont and Addison.
Some of the big names this year include Andy Bell from Erasure, David Cassidy, Wilson Phillips, 10,000  Maniacs, Kristine W and Wonder Woman Lynda Carter.
Spanning six city blocks, Northalsted Market Days has 17 entrance gates and features three music stages with numerous musical acts performing. Many of these artists are top-name, national headliners, giving Northalsted Market Days® a reputation for some of the best live music in Chicago.
Northalsted Market Days® is also famous for its vast array of unique food and arts and crafts vendors. Vendors from across the country sell their unique wares to this huge, upscale crowd. On average, Northalsted Market Days® features 400 food, arts and crafts vendors.
Market Days full Schedule

Gay Chicago Travel by Heather Cassell

Our friend Heather Cassell from San Francisco recently spent a few days in Chicago and tells all about it this week in her column with the Bay Area Reporter!

Chicago offers all of the excitement of a bustling American
city with unique neighborhoods, great art and culture and nightlife, a vibrant
LGBT and leather community, and a big Midwestern heart
.”
From leather to women, to boys and bars, culture and dining, Heather gives you a wonderful look on the Windy City!    Read More  at Bay Area Reporter
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Gay Six Flags Chicago Private Night Returns for 2013




Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America


Returns in 2013 with a BANG!


 


A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment to Help Benefit Chicago House!


 


Out In The Park is an annual private LGBTQ Saturday night event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing rides and live music!
 
Top DJ Matthew Harvat,  will deliver a complete 4 hour party-celebration dance area, so you can dance, or ride, or do both!

New this year is a laser light show to dance above the crowd and some go-go gods to dance with the crowd. 

Plus live musical performance by national recording artists Eli LiebJess Godwin and Isaiah Grass.


 


In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited to be asked to present this event annually by the executives at Six Flags Great America based on last year’s success and their excitement in allowing us this unique fundraising opportunity at such an awesome private venue inside their park for our community” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. “We are proud to have Chicago House benefiting from this year’s event and we are so excited to have Mini Cooper of Chicago co-presenting with us!”


 


In 2012, over 3600 people came out to support this event and nearly $12,000 was raised for TPAN. For 2013, over 7000-8000 people are expected to come out and BestGayChicago.com hopes to raise close to $20,000 for Chicago House. It will be a full weekend of fun and LGBT travelers are expected to come in from the 4 surrounding states!




 


“What’s great about the event is that it is closed to the general public, ” explains Michael Snell. “The LGBTQ attendees and their friends and family can enjoy the park with little or no lines (no Flash Pass needed)  and no hassle’s from anyone. It will be like a fall gay pride celebration!”


 


Last year there were comments from the community that people who did not enjoy rides, had no reason to come. So this year, more entertainment has been added.  Singers Eli Lieb, Isaiah Grass and Jess Godwin will play  on a stage, separate from the dance area.

The park will once again be serving beer and specialty drinks, at reduced drink prices, just for us! And  we will be planning events on Friday night, Saturday daytime, Saturday after the park, and Sunday recovery things to do! We’ll be announcing events at Scarlett, Taverna 750, Charlies and Hamburger Marys in Chicago and Milwaukee! Making a whole weekend of fun for everyone.




 


“The other thing that makes this event is so great, is the fact it is supported by everyone.” says Derrick Sorles. “We are so happy and humbled that our peers GRAB Magazine, Chicago Pride.com, and Wisconsin’s QUEST Magazine are also involved in helping to make this a huge success and special thanks to our other Community Partners Walgreens and Mini Cooper of Chicago.


 


 


 


 


Ticket Prices —-Advance ticket price is $38 for this private event.  There will be FREE parking! (A $22 savings!) Tickets are available now online   at GaySixFlagsChicago.com. 

Unfortunately, you can NOT use a smart phone to order tickets.
You will need to use a computer and printer. 


 


Doors  open at 9pm promptly. Ride and enjoy music until 1am.
Drinks are served until Midnight.

Hotels —if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of boystown!   More information below!







Chicago House
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are explicitly designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency.


The first HIV/AIDS housing provider in the Midwest, Chicago House has continuously evolved its services to meet the changing needs of those who are living with HIV and AIDS.


BestGayChicago.com


Since 2007, BestGayChicago.com has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community.




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Chicago Winter Parties Feb 16-17

   Get away to Chicago next month!!

     “FREEDOM REVOLUTION-WAR AND PEACE”

SATURDAY, February 16, 2013 10pm-5am

DJ’s Phil DaBeatz and Aron Abikzer

House Of Blues Chicago 

 

SUNDAY, February 17, 2013.  10pm-4am

DJ’s Cindel Coss and Tony Moran

Excalibur Nightclub

 

CircuitMOM
Productions, Inc. is proud to announce a whole new weekend of
REVOLUTION events in Chicago.  “FREEDOM REVOLUTION-WAR & PEACE”
debuts over the President’s Day holiday, February 16-17, 2013, bringing
world class DJ’s and award winning productions to the masses. Following
the success of the sold out 2012 REVOLUTION parties for IML, Market Days
and Halloween, this February heats up with not one, but two events
destined to become yearly tradition.

  

On
Saturday, House Of Blues hosts “WAR”
and the Chicago debut of the
sizzling sounds of Israeli producer/remixer DJ Aron Abikzer. Named by
OUT Magazine as a “Top 10 DJ’s You Should Know” for 2012, his meteoric
rise to DJ royalty takes him not only to Tel Aviv, NYC, Rio de Janeiro
and Mexico City,  but he also lit up White Party Miami this past
November and is headlining Alegria NYC this month and MasterBEAT LA
later this spring. His remixes, podcasts and Sound Cloud feeds are some
of the best tribal, vocal and house beats on the planet, plus pairing
him with another one of OUT Magazine’s “Top 10 DJ’s You Should Know”,
Chicago’s very own tribal god, DJ Phil DaBeatz, this will be a Saturday
night like no other.

 

On
Sunday, the completely remodeled EXCALIBUR (soon to be called The
Castle)
will make its phenomenal debut to the gay community with “PEACE”
featuring the iconic beats, vocals, remixes and dark sounds of
legendary Grammy nominated DJ Tony Moran.  Having not only written for
and produced virtually every major recording artist in the world, Tony
has also spun his masterful DJ sets to sold-out audiences from Tai Pei
to Toronto. His long-awaited return to Chicago is the perfect time to
unveil the redesigned, state-of-the-art sound, lighting and space at
Excalibur guaranteed to blow your mind.  In our continuing quest to
introduce new talent to Chicago, we present another amazing debut for
FREEDOM REVOLUTION in DJ Cindel Coss.  Raised on house music in Chicago
but also drawing on his Puerto Rican roots, this young, Miami-based
DJ/producer is quickly becoming known at “The King Of Drums”.  Citing
influences from Danny Tenaglia, Chus & Ceballos and Ralphi Rosario,
DJ Cindel has become masterful in his mix of drums and house vocals.  DJ
Cindel can go from pool party to afterhours with his sets and is the
perfect match for Tony Moran to bring Sunday nights’ event to a
climactic end to the weekend.  

 

GET TICKETS!  Pass for both nights just $50!


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Chicago to Host 2nd Annual Santa Speedo Gay Run

The 2nd Annual GAY Santa Speedo Run of Chicago takes place this Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2012.

In 2011, over 50 LGBT participants
braved the freezing temperatures and shed their running clothes in favor
of red Speedos to run one mile through Andersonville in the first
annual Santa Speedo GAY Run. The event organized by Karl Sponholtz and his
partner Jeff Colgan
was a benefit for Vital Bridges.
This year, the gay run is moving to Boystown. 

This year’s sign-ups are already exceeding last year’s numbers, so the duo decided to move the event from Andersonville to Boystown, PLUS, the weather for this weekend could be near 60! As opposed to last years freezing 28 degrees!

There is a $25 fundraising minimum to participate in the event, which
consists of running one mile in the cold, clad in nothing but a santa
hat, running shoes and a speedo, or some other holiday-themed costume. Over 300 people are expected to participate.

There will be a prize for the top fundraiser as well as a Christmas
raffle. DS Tequila has generously offered half-price food for all
participants on the day of the run and a myriad of other local
businesses, like Taverna 750, Burke’s Public House, Windy City Sweets and Sagin, LLC, have donated to the raffle.

Sign-ups start at noon at Sidetrack,
3349 Halsted St., with the run itself scheduled to take place at 2:00
p.m. For more information, or to see pictures from last year’s event,
check out their Facebook page at  and RSVP to their Facebook event.

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Naked Men in the Desert

Clothing is Forever Optional


GLBT Travel Expo in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City

GLBT  TRAVEL  EXPO!   3 Cities in MAY – FREE Admission!

The 2012  Travel Expo Tour is an exciting event where
you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscover old ones, find
glbt friendly travel providers and get information to plan your next
vacation.

Airlines
Hotels
Trains
Cruise lines
Car Rentals
Resorts
Exotic Destinations
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Travel Magazines

Every one of them reaching out to the glbt consumer.

Attendees will be able to get the latest travel information, get
special travel packages and great deals from the very best travel
providers as well as win great prizes.

Face to face promotions still represent one of the best ways to
promote your services. This afternoon event will draw 500-1,000 elite
consumers from a great demographic group. This is the third year Steven
Levenberg Productions, LLC has been producing these events. Each year
these shows have had an ever expanding exhibitor base and attendance.


THE TOUR

Chicago, Illinois –  Tuesday – May 1, 2012 – Center on Halsted.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –  Thursday – May 3, 2012 –  The William Way Center.

New York , New York –  Saturday May 5, 2012 –  The LGBT Center.

Last year’s tour was a huge success. Each venue received a targeted crowd of between 350 to 650 targeted glbt travelers.

Broughton Hotels in Chicago Boystown Celebrate with Specials All Year Long

EAT, SLEEP, DANCE WITH BROUGHTON HOTELS OF CHICAGO DURING NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS IN BOYSTOWN

Broughton Hotels of Chicago
are celebrating the much-anticipated Restaurant Week in Chicago by offering a hotel package that highlights the best of the Boystown neighborhood. 

Guests can experience the North Halsted street, GLBT-friendly district that is known for an eclectic mix of bars, coffeehouses, restaurants and shopping in Chicago – and take advantage of this package during other Boystown events such as the Gay Pride Parade (June 24) and Northalsted Market Days (August 11-12).

Two neighborhood hotspots – Taverna 750 and Scarlet are participating in this special package deal. Taverna 750 is a ZAGAT-rated restaurant that is known for its old school Italian small plates with a contemporary flair.

The “Boystown Special,” package is $40 in addition to regular room rate at any of the three Broughton Hotels of Chicago – The Majestic, The Willows, and City Suites Hotel offers guests:

•    $30 gift card to Taverna 750
•    2 complimentary drinks at Scarlet
•    Complimentary parking for one night
•    A total value of $62

The “Boystown Special” can be used for hotel stays up until December 31, 2012 and is not valid with other promotions or group reservations.  Hotels require a two-night minimum stay on Saturday nights – April through October 2012.  Blackout dates and availability apply.

 
Located in the heart of the stylish and exclusive Lakeview section of Chicago, the Broughton Hotels of Chicago are a collection of Chicago boutique hotels that exude the charm of historic buildings circa 1920.  3 unique properties.  

Just steps away from Boystown and only 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts, the stylish Broughton Hotels have the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel – tucked into the tree-lined streets of a neighborhood.


CITY SUITES HOTEL

THE WILLOWS

MAJESTIC HOTEL

About Broughton Hotels

Broughton Hotels was founded in 2001 by Larry Broughton and has been named among the Top 100 hospitality management companies in the United States.  From hip to historic, Broughton hotels are loaded with style.  Each property is an original, a genuine boutique.  And within their walls guests find more than a comfortable spot to rest – they discover a true sense of place.  Broughton Hotels currently operates 14 boutique hotel properties throughout the U.S.  For additional information, visit www.broughtonhospitality.com.

Gay Chicago Gay Illinois News

The State of Illinois is adding a section for gay travelers to its tourism web site.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the launch of “Pride Illinois” on Saturday at a Gala  for  EqIl.

The section will list gay-owned or gay-friendly accommodations, events and travel destinations, among other things.

It’s unclear how concise this page will be – or if only members who pay can promote their business on the page.

The governor signed legislation in January 2011 granting same-sex couples SIMILAR  legal rights as married couples. Illinois is the sixth state to allow civil unions.

Last week a bill was introduced for Gay Marriage in Illinois.

So Gay Marriage could be coming to Illinois soon!

BEST  GAY CHICAGO.com  for  more  Chicago  info!

La Cage Aux Folles National Tour Dates

New Winner of 3 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is ON THE MOST ‘TOP 10’ LISTS OF ANY MUSICAL THIS SEASON!

With George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber.  George Hamilton is everything Hollywood we know and love—dashing, debonair, and full of tenacity as Georges. The talented Tony Nominated Christopher Sieber played  Georges on Broadway, opposite Harvey Fierstein. Now he plays the role of Albin/Zaza.

They are joined on stage by Billy Harringtan
Tighe as Jean-Michel, Bernard Burak Sheredy as M. Renaud/M. Dindon,
Cathy Newman as Mme. Dindon/ Mme. Renaud, Jeigh Madjus as Jacob, Gay
Marshall as Jacqueline, Allison Blair McDowell as Anne, Dale Hensley as
Francis, Ashley Kate Adams as Colette, Danny Vaccaro as Tabarro, Matt
Anctil as Angelique, Mark Roland as Hanna, Donald Shorter, Jr. as
Chantal, Trevor Downey as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle, Terry Lavell
as Mercedes, Todd Thurston as Male Ensemble (waiter), SuEllen Estey as
Female Ensemble Adult, Todd Lattimore as Male Swing, Christophe
Caballero as Male Swing and Rylyn Juliano as Female Swing.


LA CAGE tells the story of Georges, the
owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner
Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son
brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair,
the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! LA CAGE
is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay
together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to
themselves!

With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a
dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE
is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new
version shows you why!

The national tour  launched this past  October in Des Moines, IA.  We saw the show in Chicago , this past week.  It runs through Jan. 1st then off to

     St Louis    Jan 3-15th. 

   Washington DC   Jan 17-Feb 12th

  West Palm Beach, FL  Feb 14-19th

    Tampa, FL   Feb  21st-26th

    Naples, FL     Feb  28th-March 4th

    Wilmington, DE  March   6th-11th

    Pittsburgh, PA   March 13th-18th

    Memphis, TN  March 20th-25th

    Dallas, TX  April 10th-22nd

    Houston, TX  April 24th-May 6th

    San Antonio, TX  May 8th-13th

    Tempe, AZ   May 15th-20th

    Charlotte, NC  May 29th-June 3rd

    Orlando, FL   June 5th-June 10th

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL  June 12th – June 24th

     Los Angeles, CA  July 10th-July 22nd

     Costa Mesa, CA   July 24th-Aug 5th

MORE DATES  AND  CITIES To Be Announced!    GET TICKETS  ONLINE  NOW!