August 23-25, 2013 at Six Guns Ranch & Arena, 26926 State Line Rd, Crete IL (tentative venue). The rodeo runs, rain or shine. Get info online for this and other Illinois Gay Rodeo events including ongoing year-round events at Charlie's and Touché.
August 29 - September 1, 2013 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.
September 7, 2013, 10pm-5am, at Hydrate, 3458 N Halsted St. Pitbull Events first event in the USA. Amazing dance parties for furry guys and the men who love them, with great music and good times for all. DJ Neill MacLeod and hot furry go go dancers all night long.
September 7, 2013 10pm-12am, at Berlin. Chicago's loudest, weirdest, wildest drag show each 1st + 3rd Saturday --like a rodeo if all the bulls got drunk in wigs. Shea Couleé, Tiger Sky, Pearl, Evah Envy + special guest Mercedes Tyler! Host: Trannika Rex. Co-host/Shit-Talker: Kim Chi. Followed by Twisted DJ LARISSA 'til 5am.
September 12, 2013 9pm-2am, at the Bridgeport Art Center, Skyline Loft, 1200 West 35th St. $10 Cover, 18+/ 21 to drink. Dress to impress. DJs Ill Noise, Tim Benson, Matt B, playing Bhangra, House, Hip-Hop and more.
September 20, 2013 9am-9pm, at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St. Spotlights innovative/ thriving music scene, connecting professionals with industry leaders. Panels, workshops, concerts, and networking. Concerts are free admission and open to the public.
September 21 + October 25, 26, 2013, monthly screening of cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show -- with audience participation of course! All at The Music Box, 3733 N Southport Avenue. Also other cult classic midnight movies each weekend throughtout the month.
November 7-14, 2013. 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.
November 8-10, 2013. Vendors from around the globe at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted), contest events Friday & Saturday, & more events at Cell Block, Jackhammer, Touche, and Steamworks.
February, 2014. 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.
May 22-26, 2014. Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands converge to party, network, & choose new International Mr. Leather. 4 day Leather Market has finest leather/fetish artisans & retailers, erotic attractions, body enhancement specialists & more. See website for 2013 IML media.
May 23-26, 2014. Meet & Greet Social, explore the city Trolley Tour or Boat Tour, over-the-top parties, and bath time with Wet 'n' Wild at Steamworks. Plus games in the Bear Lounge and late night After Hours Parties. See details/venues online:
May 24-25, 2014, Memorial Day weekend -the hottest male porn stars in the business, emcees Honey West & Chi Chi LaRue, big awards bash, parties with the guys appearing in clubs around town. See the website for venues and more info.
June 13-15, 2014, 49th annual Andersonville summer street festival; 50,000 people fill Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa for music from cutting-edge bands, ethnic dance troupes, lots of food, and vendor wares.
Mid-June, 2014, parade from N Halsted at Belmont to Lincoln Park by way of Broadway & Diversey. Pride Street Festival, on N Halsted, music, food, vendors. Dozens of social, cultural, athletic & political events. See website for 2013 media & 2014 updates.
Late-June, 2014, on Racine between Fullerton & Webster. The works of over 80 juried artists in the heart of the Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhood; also an eclectic music stage lineup and food vendors. $5 donation benefits Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.
August 9-10, 2014, annual street fair on six blocks of N Halsted, many musical acts on multiple stages, plus hundreds of food, arts and crafts vendors. Dozens of gay bars, dance clubs, restaurants, stores and a bathhouse surround the festival site.