Things to do Valentine’s week in Boystown: Twerk contest at Scarlet Bar, Galentine’s Day Paint & Sip Party at Center on Halsted, “I Know My Own Heart” closing at Pride Arts Center, Live Music and Cocktail Mixing Class at Elixir Lounge, Beyonce Party at Sidetrack, and Karaoke at Roscoe’s Tavern.
Read on for the big list of upcoming events. Click the graphics/images for links.
In Memory of Mark Nagel
Sunday, February 10, 2019 | Center on Halsted
1:00-3:30 pm: Open-House
3:30 pm: Service & Speeches
It is with heavy hearts that we share the details for Mark Nagel’s Celebration of Life. The co-founder of Grab Magazine, veteran of Gay Chicago Magazine & 2017 Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Inductee will be remembered this weekend. We hope you can join us in honoring a great contributor to Chicago LGBTQ+ life and community.
Lakeview Soup Walk returns 2/24
Join us for FREE restaurant soup tasting at your favorite Lakeview shops. The 5th annual Lakeview Soup Walk is Sunday 2/24, 2019, 12-3pm.
On this heart-healthy neighborhood walk, participants explore the shops of Boystown & East Lakeview while sampling hot, fresh and savory soups along the way.
This year’s retail and soup paired locations to be announced soon! Visit LAKEVIEWSOUPWALK.COM for the latest info.
SOUP SAMPLING LOCATIONS
FEATURING SOUPS FROM
THESE LAKEVIEW RESTAURANTS
Spread The Love – Lakeview Pantry Food Drive
Alderman James Cappelman’s February “Spread the Love” food drive, collecting donations of peanut butter and jelly to benefit Lakeview Pantry.
The Pantry recently saw its resources strained during the government shutdown, when it offered free groceries to furloughed workers and demand for food surged.
Drop off at 4544 N. Broadway, 9am to 7pm on Mondays, and from 9am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday. (closed Tuesday, 2/12, and Monday, 2/18)
Howard Brown Health
Let’s Talk About PrEP music video
Featuring Chicago’s own KC Ortiz, Big Dipper & Lucy Stoole.
Tuesday 2/12 – Tat Tues Flipside w/ Saya, free ink & free kink. 7pm-2am.
Wednesday 2/13 – 9pm Karaoke with Nathan Cooper, $5 You-Call-It cocktails.
Thursday 2/14, 10pm – Killer Babes with DJ Lucy Stoole, Sapphire Feliciano, Mxine Laqueene, Veil Daley, Travis Fiero & Host The Lady Ivory.
Mondays – 11pm VAMP! Halsted’s hottest drag show with Mercedes Tyler, Mimi Marks, DJ X-tasy
Wednesdays – FLOW Wednesday, Dj X-tasy and guest Kid Riot! The hottest Reggae, Reggaeton and Latin Trap. $7 Cantaritos / $6 Modelo Especial / $4 el Jimador Tequila
Thursday 2/14 – Valentine’s Day Twerk-Off contest, $350 in prizes, hosted by Debbie Fox, beats by DJ All The Way Kay, $6 Grey Goose Flavored Vodka – $5 Tequila Avion – $4 Shots of Fireball Whisky
Monday 2/11 – A Whole New World Special Edition Musical Monday, featuring animation/show tunes. 8pm-2am.
Wednesday 2/13 – 9pm-2am Bey Mine, All Things Beyonce. Dance, sing, lip sync contest. Beylicious drag by DiDa Ritz, Saya Naomi, Sasha Love. Host Dixie Lynn Cartwright.
Thursday 2/14 – 9pm-2am, Pop Rocks Valentine’s Day Party. Games, fun prizes, favorite dance hits, drag by Alexis Bevels, Demi Sexton & Saya Naomi, Host Dixie Lynn Cartwright.
Monday 2/11 – 8pm Ruffy’s Lipstick & Mascara, Showtime 11pm. $5 Premium Well Drinks, $5 Cover. Beats by Laura Be
Tuesday 2/12 – Pop Up Tuesdays, Club 96, video hits of the 90’s. $3 beers, $4 wells, $5 bombs. 8pm-4am.
Wednesday 2/13 – Happy Birthday Mimi Marks, Showtime 11pm with Naysha Lopez, DiDa Ritz, Sorraya Dash Lopez, Sergio Nieves, Khloe, Milani Ninja. $5 Absolut Flavors, $5 Fireball, $4 Bud Light & Corona.
Thursday 2/14 – Boom Box with Khloe gogo dancers, drink specials and the hottest resident DJ’s Profess & X-Tasy. $2 Well 8-10pm, $4 Fireball, $5 Stoli Cocktails. No cover!
The North End
Saturday 2/9 – 10:30pm, Drag Matinee: Valentine’s Quincé is an annual Latinx showcase at Chicago’s wildest weekly drag show co-currated by Valentine Addams! SPECIAL GUEST Vander Von Odd, Ivory, Chamilla Foxx, Tenderoni, Serena Fiierce. Hosted by T Rex!
Wednesday 2/13 – Wrap It With Love – Impulse, Calor, and Splash celebrate International Condom Day. Free testing, trivia, GoGo boys & giveaways. Hosted by Lucy Stoole with Aura Mayari and REDUX!
Tuesday 2/12, 7:30pm – For the Love of Cocktails, a free cocktail mixing class with Michael.
Thursday 2/14, 8pm – Valentine’s Day is for Swingers, llive music & cocktails with Hayley Holder & Jason Fein.
Lucky Horseshoe Lounge
Saturday 2/9 – What’s Love Got To Do With It? 10pm Q & A with the Boys. Hosted by Coco Sho-Nell.
Thursday 2/14 – A Horseshoe Style Valentine’s Day, dancers, your favorite tunes from Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Cher & more. $5 drink specials daily!
Monday 2/11 – Roscoe’s Sing Your Heart Out Karaoke, hosted by Honey West at 10PM!
Fajita Factory – Art or Food?
The Fajita Factory at 3445 N. Halsted is open!
The new Hot Mess Express in Boystown featuring a worldly take on fajitas, a wide selection of empanadas, and chip dipping options with guacamole bar. Drink menu includes Chili Mango Margaritas, Basil Watermelon Mojitos and Frozen White Peach Sangrias.
BrunchRemixed at Sidetrack
Come for the Brunch, STAY for the PARTY. Saturday, 2/9BrunchRemixed & Party Noire present an EPIC brunch experience and a high-powered Music Video Battle, at Sidetrack Bar, 3349 N. Halsted.
Donate $5 or more to Christopher House of Hope Inc. and select your favorite video to play during our TRL hour. You curate the vibes for the last hour of BrunchRemixed. We’ll be giving away some swag and tickets to our next events.
Whole Foods Market
Ketogenic Kelp Noodles are trending and might help save the planet!
Elevate Coffee (formerly Yefseis Cafe)
Yefseis cafe has been reborn as Elevate Coffee with an updated look and new coffee experience: cozy atmosphere, cool music, plenty of outlets, super fast wifi and the best house made pastries in town.
Have a seat & lift your spirits at Elevate Coffee (across from Sidetrack).
Friendly and fresh, quick service Mexican takeout counter with vegetarian options. Shown: Chicken or Chorizo Sope. New cook to order Bistec Asado (Rib-eye steak) tacos $3.50 ea. lettuce, tomatoes & sour cream.
Center on Halsted
Thursday 2/14, 6:30 pm | Bottle & Bottega Chicago, IL (Lakeview) has partnered with Center on Halsted for Galentine’s Day Paint & Sip Party.
Tickets are $35 and include wine, nibbles, art supplies, and a canvas (which you keep!) to unleash your inner artist on. Space is limited! Click above to RSVP.
Pride Arts Center
Inspired by the secret diaries of Yorkshire woman Anne Lister, “I Know My Own Heart” subverts all the conventions of a Regency Romance exploring the choices women make in times of limits and prohibitions.
Extended, Final weekend performances! Click image for tickets.
2/8 – 8pm Let’s Be Frank, 10pm CIN
2/9 – 7pm Apocalypse Comedy, 8:30pm Weekend Recess, 10pm Late Night Goodies
2/10 – 6pm Night Brunch, 7:30pm Free For All, 9:15 pm Silly Point Sundays
2/11 – 8pm Tranarchy, 10pm The Mixer
Click image for full schedule at theplaygroundtheater.com.
Hot butts. Madonna. Drink specials. Free clothes check.
Our monthly jockstrap, underwear, and fetish gear Sunday Funday returns 2/10.
Don’t just stand there. Let’s get to it. Drop your pants. There’s nothing to it. Butts!
February fun at Steamworks!
Saturday 2/9, 11pm – DNA Saturday with DJ Jim Belanger.
Monday 2/11, 8pm-12am Cumunion
Wednesday 2/13, 6-9pm Bear Hump, for Furry Men
Thursday 2/14, 4pm-4am Valentine’s Lights Out
Vote for the 2019 Boyz Night Cover Model at steamworksbaths.com/vote
Double Trip Press
Double Trip Press is a premium letterpress studio located in the heart of Boystown, dedicated to the highest quality letterpress printing, custom design and typography. Our small team of skilled artisans print one color at a time, one print at a time, on vintage printing presses.
From save the dates & full invitation suites to day-of paperie and bindery needs, we work hand-in-hand with clients from concept to finish. The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2019 Pick.
Men’s Room Chicago – David Jay Collins
LGBT author’s books featured at Men’s Room Chicago. Gaybash set in Boystown and Summerdale horror novel.
Try our EXTRA STRENGTH relieving CBD topical salves and creams! Some gummies could be daily regimen help too!! Theres so many options!!!
Ricci Kapricci is Italian for rich, curly hair that can sometimes be difficult, it symbolizes our daily mission of ensuring our clients’ happiness through professionalism, experience, and customer service that’s second to none.
Our services include cuts, color, and styling to keratin treatments, waxing & more — if it makes you say “wow” when you look in the mirror, then we likely do it. Above all else, we just love making our clients feel good, and we look forward to doing the same for you!
Chicago Male Salon
Chicago Male specializes in modern, masculine hairstyles, professional face & body waxing services, and amazing facials that will renew, heal & reveal a better looking complexion.
Join us in congratulating our senior stylist Christian on his promotion to full time!! He’s now available on Wednesday’s from 10-7. Call or text to book today! (773) 281-6005 chicagomalesalon.com
color LAB is a space solely dedicated to learning & perfecting techniques and creating trends & style in hair color.
Whether you want to take your time and relax in our beautiful space and have a full blown “salon” experience while sipping gourmet coffee or you are in a time crunch… we offer a range of services and options to fit your needs.
Create gorgeous gleaming healthy hair of any hue at colorLAB!
Panino’s Pizzeria – Award Winning
Gino Rago, representing Paninos Pizza Lakeview won 2nd Place in the 4th “Pizza por Pasion” International Championship in Grenada, Spain 2018. The winning crust was made with hemp seed flour.
Earth’s Kitchen – Catering
Tired of eating sub sandwiches and bagels at every meeting for lunch? Why not cater something different to your event?!? Let’s us take care of that, call us at 773-648-6000. chiearthskitchen.com
The Chicago Diner – Veggie Valentine’s Specials
Lark – Harry Potter Trivia
Wednesday 2/13 – 9pm, Schitt’s Creek Viewing Party, 1/2 off nachos / totchos with beverage purchase.
Saturday 2/16 – Spice up your Valentine’s Day weekend with Bloody Mary’s at Lark!
D.S. Tequila Co. – Pokemon Team Trivia Night
Wednesday 2/13 – 3rd annual Pokémon trivia throw down! $100 grand prize + raffles, gift cards, and other cool stuff!
Thursday 2/14 – ALL YOU CAN EAT TACO NIGHT 5-10pm on Valentine’s Day! No date? No problem. Eat your feelings, we never judge. We love you. Weekly BINGO night starting at 8:30 with prizes.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Sunday 2/10 – Grammy Viewing Party, 7pm. Jumbo screens, prizes & giveaways. Featuring Sunny Dee Lite. $7 Martinis, 1/3 off small plate appetizers.
Wednesday 2/14 – Shantell D’Marco, 2017 Miss Continental.
Award winning, eclectic, French-Japanese cuisine established in 1982 by Chef Yoshi Katsumura. Selected for Zagat’s Best Restaurants in Lakeview.
Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse – Restaurant Week
BOTTOMLESS MIMOSA BRUNCH, Saturdays & Sundays 10-3pm, $25 per guest
3443 North Broadway, Chicago | 773.661.9893
El Mariachi Tequila Bar – Brunch
Wood – Michelin Big Gourmand
Drew’s On Halsted – Daily Specials
Furious Spoon is a fast casual Tokyo-style ramen shop featuring handmade noodles and sides created by Michelin-star Chef Shin Thompson. The name educates guests on the culturally proper way to eat ramen, slurping furiously so the noodles and other ingredients do not overcook in the broth.
The Leigh Gallery
Trickery Magic Show
Chicago’s most entertaining magic show! Affordable, amazing, hilarious, BYOB, intimate, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Thursday – Sunday weekly shows. Reservations recommended.
40 Boneless ($38.99) or Classic (Bone-In $42.99) wings with up to 4 flavors, large fries, 2 veggie sticks and 4 dips. (Feeds 5-6). Great for parties!