The transition from September into October was especially beautiful in Boystown with three wonderful unveilings and dedications unique to our community.
Howard Brown Queer Mural
Chicago’s first large scale, 750 sq. ft. mural honoring the queer community and people of color was unveiled with Alderman Tunney at Howard Brown Health at Halsted and Melrose.
Artists Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk have completed the first of what they hope to be a series of LGBTQ tribute murals to open dialogue about queer culture with an emphasis on intersectionality.
Gill Park Playlot Ribbon Cutting
October brought the colorful new GIll Park Playlot ribbon cutting with Alderman Cappelman and Chicago First Lady Amy Rule.
Yoshi Katsumura Memorial
Friends came together on a beautiful September evening in memory of the late, great chef, Yoshi Katsumura for the unveiling of a Japanese lilac tree planted in his honor and dedication plaque donated by Northalsted located on Yoshi Katsumura Way, near the corner of North Halsted Street and Aldine Avenue.
The tree symbolizes Yoshi’s lasting legacy through inspirational service to the community from the kitchen of Yoshi’s Cafe Chicago celebrating its 36th anniversary in November.
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Boystown Bar Bounce
The Boystown Bar Bounce, Saturday October 6, 2-8pm, is new pub crawl with 100% of ticket proceeds benefiting Howard Brown Health. It’s an afternoon of fun with friends, great beer and whiskey, and full of shenanigans! This year’s fall sponsors include Miller / Coors and Tullamore D.E.W.
Tickets are only $10! Ticket price includes awesome giveaways at participating bars.
Bar crawl locations will have drink specials, happy hours, drag shows, games and unique beers and cocktails throughout the day. Bar include: The North End, Progress Bar, The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge, Lark, Roscoe’s Tavern & Sidetrack The Video Bar.
BUY TICKETS at: BoystownBarBounce.com
Lakeview Halloween Pup Crawl
Join us Saturday Oct 20, 10am-12pm for the Lakeview Halloween Pup Crawl hosted by Miss Foozie presented by A Dog’s Best Friend and Northalsted.
It’s a fun pre-Halloween dog party and neighborhood walk with prize raffle, gift bag, treats and After Party at Lark, 12-3pm, featuring Alaskan Brewing Co. Oktoberfest sampling. Dog costumes optional but encouraged!
$5 registration per dog includes raffle entry and goodie bag/treats.
Participating locations: The Leigh Gallery – FFC Boystown – Chicago Male Salon – Ricci Kapricci – Double Trip Press – Trickery Chicago – Men’s Room Chicago – Universal Wellness Source – Sapphire Nail Salon – Little Jim’s on Halsted St
Thanks to vendor participants: Countryside Bank – TheK9PT – Canine Rehabilitation & Wellness – Starbucks – Children’s Learning Place – Drew’s on Halsted – Live Like Roo Foundation
MORE INFO: LakeviewPupCrawl.com
Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade
and Frock Fest by Circuit Mom
Get to work on your costume! The 22nd Annual Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade & Frock Fest: Awards and AfterLife Party by Circuit MOM Productions is Wednesday October 31, 7:30pm with $4,000 in cash & prizes and full of spooky spectacle. Brought to you MB Financial Bank, MB Means Business.
The Parade will feature the always spectacular Chicago Thriller dancers (not too late to join them), Lakeside Pride Marching Band, Chicago Full Moon Jam Fire Performers and tons more.
The GoodBus, seen at Burning Man, with laser projection, rooftop stage and a 10,000 watt sound system will carry our MC / Host Matthew Harvat of Circuit MOM Productions and our Drag Queen & King Judges Trannika Rex, Lucy Stoole, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, and Tenderoni!
The free Costume Contest has four categories: Theme, Group, Drag & Scary. Each category will have a $500 Cash Prize awarded by the Judges AND a $500 Gift Card winner voted on by Instagram hashtag!
More details coming soon at HauntedHalsted.com
The Legacy Walk
Double Trip Press
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
The Leigh Gallery
D.S. Tequila Co.
Lucky Horseshoe Lounge
Center on Halsted
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The Chicago Diner
Drew’s On Halsted
Whole Foods Market
Pride Arts Center
Chicago Male Salon
Universal Wellness Source