HYDRATE bar is Getting a Facelift


Hydrate at  3458 N Halsted St in Boystown will close down Sunday  January 5th and begin renovations that should be completed in February.

The plan is to  revamp everything from the floors to the bathrooms  to sound — including adding chandeliers from the former Ambassador West hotel.

The sound system will also upgraded to Turbosound in hopes of a cleaner, fuller sound. The exterior and interior will see lots of changes to create a more upscale, current feel.

Before shutting down for renovations, Hydrate will host two parties to celebrate.

Friday, January 3rd, Hydrate will host a benefit for TPAN, including an underwear fashion show. The $10 minimum donation includes the fashion show an premium cocktails between 9 and 11 p.m.

Then Hydrate’s final night Saturday will feature a special Dragilicious Show, including performers Gia Gunn, an upcoming “RuPau’s Drag Race” contestant, and Miss Continental Naysha Lopez. The rest of the night will be a “Hard Hats and Sledgehammers”-themed party with music by DJ Ted Eiel.

Absolut Wrapture at Willis Tower Skydeck January 23rd


Chicago House and Event Chairs J.P. Anderson, Matthew Harvat, David
Kaufman, Dennis Remer, Tom Segal and Sean Ward invite you to our
favorite winter tradition – Absolut Wrapture – now celebrating 12
fantastic years!


Enjoy signature, sky-high cocktails while tasting
delicious hors d’oeuvres. Procure one-of-a-kind works of art from our
silent auction. No matter how you enjoy the event, you’ll be directly
supporting Chicago House!


Take your experience to the next level with VIP tickets, which include early admission, a keepsake photo and a VIP swag bag.


When: Thursday, January 23rd

Where: Willis Tower, Skydeck         233 S Wacker Drive

Time: 5 p.m. VIP admission        6 p.m. General admission

Tickets: Limited VIP tickets – $160 (only 60 available)

General tickets – $99       Door Tickets – $120

New Years Eve Dinner at Revolucion


Join Revolucion on
        New Year’s Eve 


Join us on Tuesday December 31st as we part ways with 2013 with a

fabulous 3 course prix fixe menu brought to you by Chef Jose Navejas


(Regular menu will also be available)




Includes a Complimentary Glass of Champagne



(Choice of)


Ensalada Noche Buena  

Urban till baby arugula, roasted beets, orange segments

orange ~ lemon vinaigrette


Bisque de Langosta  

Lobster ~ morita bisque soup with diced lobster meat



(Choice of)


Surf & Turf  

Petite Filet & 1 lb. Whole Maine lobster with epazote ~ garlic

green beans & chile cascabel butter


Pollo  Relleno  

Free-range chicken breast stuffed with chorizo, corn, mushrooms & asadero

cheese served over creamy tomatillo-chile arbol salsa, poblano rice

and epazote-rosemary garlic roasted potatoes




Pastel de Año Nuevo 

Chocolate Abuelita Tart served with

fresh raspberries & tequila raspberry sauce


Prix Fixe: Surf & Turf $48 ~ Pollo Relleno $34







Duval-Leroy Brut 2004        Bottle $140.00


Totus Tuus Cava Brut          Bottle $50.00


Kenwood Sparkling Brut         $9.00 glass  $36.00 bottle



For Reservations Call 773-661-9893

3443 N. Broadway Chicago Ill 60657


We 3 Liza’s – A New Holiday Classic

 Even if you don’t like Liza (with a Z!) You will LOVE WE 3 LIZA’S!

About Face Theatre’s sparkly, queer holiday hit musical WE THREE LIZAS is back and better than ever – with a new book and expanded score!  Featuring book and lyrics by Scott Bradley, music and additional lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, direction by Scott Ferguson, music direction by Aaron Benham and choreography by Patrick AndrewsWE THREE LIZAS will play thru January 5, 2014 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.

       Box maker Conrad
Ticklebottom’s life has hit a block. Once, Conrad and his purple box
ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself
alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin.

 The holidays bring three magical
figures to his door – a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a
fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!,
redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad
Ticklebottom.  It’s an outrageous holiday musical tale of hope,
transformation… and the power of Liza!

“Liza’s back and she’s
better than ever! After having played to sold-out audiences in 2012 at
the Steppenwolf Garage and in concert at Joe’s Pub in New York this
summer, I’m thrilled to bring back this hilarious and moving holiday
musical,” comments About Face Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. “In this
year of development at About Face, we are proud to support the
continued growth of this project and the artists who’ve created
it.  Artistic Associate Scott Bradley and composer Alan Schmuckler have
developed a sensational new book and score and we’re delighted to share
it with Chicago audiences.  If you missed it last year, get your tickets
now: it’s bound to sell out again this year!  And if you saw it last
year, you’ve got to see this fantastic new version and make We Three Lizas your new holiday tradition!” adds Volkoff.

Tickets are available online a www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.stage773.com, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago) or by calling (773) 327-5252.

What Does Marriage Equality Mean? and How Will You Celebrate?

FINALLY!  Marriage Equality has come to Illinois!  Now it’s time to celebrate!

Tickets are now on sale for the biggest and most glamorous formal LGBT event in the Midwest!

Plan now to attend the Equality Illiniois 2014 Gala in the Hilton Chicago

Learn more about the always popular silent auction and the program book
Go to www.eqil.org/Gala2/gala2.html for all the information.

So, how does this thing work? What if we already have a civil union, or
were married elsewhere?  Where do we get a license and what do we need
to bring? Equality Illinois is ready to help you find the answers to
those and many other questions. Here’s how:

an Equality Illinois Marriage Forum. Thirteen are scheduled throughout
the state in December and January. Scroll down to the calendar for the
list of cities and to register, or
CLICK HERE for information & to register

Read the Equality Illinois Marriage Guide. This handy pamphlet answers many of your questions about getting married in Illinois. Click here to see the FAQs.

 Calendar of Upcoming Events

3 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in Aurora –
4 DECEMBER – Marraige Forum in Palatine –
6 DECEMBER – Big Gay Gathering – Networking event for high schoolers – 5:30 pm @ Elmhurst College (190 S. Prospect, Elmhurst)
6 DECEMBER – First Friday – 
    6 pm @ Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted St., Chicago)
9 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in the Quad Cities –
10 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in  Rockford –
10 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in Chicago – 
11 DECEMBER – Post-DOMA Forum – 11:30 am 
        @ Quarles & Brady (300 N. LaSalle St., Chicago)
11 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in Champaign-Urbana –
12 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in Carbondale –
12 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in Springfield –
17 DECEMBER – Marriage Forum in Belleville –
31 DECEMBER – New Year’s Eve Party – 7 pm 
      @ Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted St., Chicago)

3 JANUARY – First Friday6 pm @ Sidetrack 
      (3349 N. Halsted St., Chicago)
14 JANUARY – Marriage Forum in Bloomington-Normal –

Holiday Cooking with My Private Chef December 21st


Looking forward to the holidays, Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, has developed a marvelous assortment of recipes that your family and guests will applaud. 

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, Deecmber 21, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit their web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Become a Facebook Fan:  www.facebook.com/ChefChrisTong

A WICKED Night Before Christmas December 8th

 Members of the National Touring Company of WICKED will host “THE WICKED NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,” a staged holiday performance at The Laugh Factory Sunday, December 8, at 8:00pm.  

The event will feature the members of the company of WICKED, and net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Chicago House.
“A WICKED NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” is part of an ongoing series of performances and appearances by the touring company to support charitable causes which advance WICKED’s theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions. The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world. In its eight years on the road, the company has raised over $2.5 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS service organizations all over the country.   
A throwback to the holiday variety shows of yesteryear, the WICKED company comes together to celebrate the joy of the holidays.  Haul out the holly, spin the dreidel, harvest the fruit and celebrate the season in a way that only WICKED can.  Company members making special appearances in the event include:  Alison Luff (Elphaba), Jenn Gambatese (Glinda), Curt Hansen (Fiyero), as well as TV’s Kim Zimmer (Madame Morrible) and John Davidson (Wizard).  The production also includes members of the ensemble, band, and touring staff.  A WICKED NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS proves to be a once in a lifetime evening of magic and fun.

General Admission to “A WICKED NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” is a $60 donation (includes 2 drinks).  A limited number of VIP tickets are available for a $125 donation and include priority seating as well as a 6:30pm pre-show reception with members of the company.  All proceeds from the evening benefit BC/EFA and Chicago House and admission donations are tax deductible. Tickets are available online at www.chicagohouse.org or by phone (773) 248-5200 ext 303.  The evening is intended for mature audiences.  Must be 16 or older to attend; 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages.    
In addition to the performance, there will be live and silent auctions including several opportunities to join the company backstage at the Oriental Theatre, and a chance to bid on a walk-on role in a performance of WICKED.  WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster is playing through December 21 at the Oriental Theatre.  Tickets for WICKED at the Oriental Theatre start at $40.  

A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 20 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com

CREAM CHICAGO – The Monday Night Hot Spot

CREAM Chicago!  Mondays nights are HOT this winter! Still located in Harvey Illinois, they have moved into a new space, inside the same Skybox building. It’s smaller and more intimate than the previous space.  The tables surround the elevated dance area, so everyone has a great view. And they have several private rooms if you want one on one time with a dancer.
This is Chicagoland’s only full nude full liquor Gay Male Club. It’s is because it is outside of Cook County that they can do this. And it’s worth the drive! If have a group and want to book a shuttle from Boystown, you can set that up through the site, if there is enough people. Creamchicago.com/
Also sign up to be a VIP while you are there. You can get free cover and other special perks. 
We were there for the grand opening in the new space last Monday. HOT. The guys are sexy and yes, they dance nude and partially clothed. Half naked shot boys, lap dances  and private dancers, CREAM delivers sexy men strutting their stuff. And for various rate packages, you can get one song or several songs, in private with the dancer of your choice!

Lots of drinks specials  including a brand new $5 martini list. More than 20!  Ranging from Pop Champagne, The Marilyn, to Root Beer Russian and Purple Rain. LOTS of shots as well. Fruit Loop Vodka, Rumchata and Fireball, and more. The specialty drink menu is huge – something for everyone. 

They had a great assortment of guys and the shot boys were friendly and flirty. It was a fun time – and we’ll be back!
Follow them on Facebook and get all the updates!

Illinois Exorcism in Springfield by Bishop Thomas Paprocki

  As promised,
Springfield, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki delivered a “Homily for
Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of
Same-Sex Marriage” simultaneously as Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed the marriage equality bill Wednesday. That homily
provides many insights into the anti-gay beliefs still maintained by
the Catholic Church that inform its ongoing campaigns against allowing
legal recognition for same-sex couples’ civil marriages.

Here are some highlights:

The Devil Is Responsible For Promoting Same-Sex Marriage:

Same-Sex Parenting  Harms Children:

The Only Way To Help Gay People Is To Tell Them To Be Chaste:

read all about this nut at  Think Progress

Chicago Santa Speedo Run December 7th

Santa Speedo Run Supporting Center on Halsted

Sign Up to Run or Donate to Support the Local LGBTQ Community

Santa’s suit just got a lot less heavy.  On Saturday, Dec. 7th, the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run will raise money to support the Center on Halsted.  Over 250 community members are expected to brave the cold this year for their annual one-mile run through the heart of Lakeview, clad in nothing more than Santa hats and speedos!

The spectacle is being held at Sidetrack Video Bar, 3349 N Halsted.  Registration starts at 12:00pm, the 1 mile run begins at 2:00pm, with entertainment and prizes afterward.  Participants are encouraged to wear swimwear and a Santa hat for the event, but it’s not mandatory.  In fact, you’ll see a wide array of holiday costumes that are festive and sometimes hilarious!  Runners are asked for a minimum $25 donation to participate.  Donations may also be made directly to Center on Halsted.  The full donation for the event will support Center on Halsted.

For more information, or to register in advance, visit: http://community.centeronhalsted.org/speedo  or  www.mostfabuloussantaspeedorun.com

About the Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run
The Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run is an annual event organized by partners Karl Sponholtz and Jeff Colgan.  They are dedicated to helping the LGBTQ community with the support of their friends, families, and volunteers.  For more information please contact Karl (773)972-9292 or Jeff (773)9720-8292.

This post sponsored by:    City Suites ,    The Majestic      and the The Willows .
Family coming to town for the holidays?? 3 great choices in Boystown!

USE    CODE     BGC!!!!

I AM BIG show Showcases Project Fierce Chicago

I AM BIG is about sharing what’s working in a big way. I
AM BIG focuses on what makes everyday life extraordinary. We believe
that there is‘ bigness’ in each one of us. The purpose of this weekly
show is to bring folks from day to day life and talk about what’s
working in their life- what’s working in the personal lives, what’s
working with their careers’ and what’s working with their connection to
the community. We want to learn how they balance these 3 aspects of
their lives. Most importantly learn and share what makes them them. I AM
BIG draws its inspiration from Karma Yatra.
The latest episode of I
Am Big, which is an online talk show that focuses inspirational
Chicagoans and redefining what it means to be “big.” The latest episode
came out 11/20 and features Cassandra, who is one of the founders of
Project Fierce, which is a grassroots collective working to create a
safe space for Chicago LGBTQ homeless youth.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth
homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional
housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young
adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic
engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

Project Fierce Chicago will provide transitional housing for 8-10
LGBTQ young people ages 18-25, for an initial term of one year. In
addition to living space, food and hygiene products, residents will have
access to services aimed at a successful transition to independence,
including case management, professional and living skills training and
educational support. These services will primarily be provided by
dedicated volunteers.


Dallas Buyers Club at ShowPlace ICON Theater

An imperfect man fights for survival during an uncertain time in
America. Inspired by true events, Ron Woodroof’s story of strength is
told in Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc
Vallée from an original screenplay by Craig Borten & Melisa
Wallack. Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life
character, whose self-interest is galvanized into something much more.

A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In
1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care
lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as
H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does
not, accept a death sentence.

His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments
and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico.
There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them
into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community
including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Screen Actors Guild
Award winner Jennifer Garner).

An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow
AIDS patient Rayon (Gotham Independent Film Award winner Jared Leto), a
transsexual who shares Ron’s lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron’s
entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against
selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a
“buyers club,” where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access
to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron’s
pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing
community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education,
and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled
Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.
The critics are raving about both Matthew McConaughey  and Jared Leto!

ShowPlace ICON  1011 South Delano Ct E, Chicago, IL 60607      (312) 447-6304

Are You a Creative Person in the Kitchen? New Food Show WANTS YOU!

The team behind the successful show Man vs. Food featuring Adam Richman  are currently casting a brand new fun competition series called
Frankenfood for SPIKE TV.

 Each episode, one contestant will win $10,000
and have a deal worked out with their unique winning dish featured on a
restaurant menu!

We are looking for all kinds of cooks from experienced chefs to
home cooks in the Chicago.

There will also be a casting call in the Chicago area on December 6th & 8th but if people apply to the link below, we can move them along quicker without them having to attend.


Friday, December 6 & Sunday, December 8 

10 am to 5 pm 

Theatre Momentum      1800 Cornelia Avenue      Chicago, IL 60657 

If you personally know unique and creative cooks, or you are one
yourself, please have them submit their info and tell us what their
creative dish is at ffood@sharpentertainment.com or apply at this link. 
This post sponsored by:

Best Thin Crust Pizza in Chicago

Ask 10 people to name their favorite pizza joint – and you will probably get 10 different answers!
At BoJono’s Pizzeria,
this  popular carry-out neighborhood spot serve’s up fresh and healthy
Italian cuisine. Family-owned and operated since 1994 all their food is
homemade from  the sauces to the sausage. If you are a lover of
NYC-style pizza you’ll  love their cheesy, thin-crust pies. They also
offer appetizers, soups, salads, pasta and delicious desserts.

The owner, Craig  was a former chef of the Chicago Yacht Club and the
Ritz Carlton.  At the urging of his family Craig left the chef world to
open this business.

We moved into the neighborhood at the edge
of Boystown/Buena Park/Uptown discovered BoJono’s about 9 years ago and
have been loyal customers ever since. I swear their Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings are the BEST I have ever had. And we love to order a thin crust Margherita-style pizza with fresh sliced tomotoes, fresh basil or spinach and their chopped spicy cajun chicken!

The pizza is  available  thin crust, pan or stuffed.
They do an awesome Vegetarian Delight Pizza with
Broccoli, Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Onions.

A Mexican-style Taco Pizza with Refried Beans, Tortilla Chips, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & Ground Beef.

And a tangy BBQ Pizza with Chicken, BBQ Sauce & Onions.

Besides pizza, they also offer soups, sandwiches, salads and a great selection of entrees.

Specialty dishes among our favorites are their Stuffed Shells. Jumbo Shells Stuffed with Spinach & Ricotta Cheese, Baked with Mozzarella & Marina.


also BoJono’s Cajun Pasta with Chicken, Red Peppers & Onions in a Special Tangy Cajun Cream Sauce.

Don’t take our word for it – look at what others have to say….

Chopped Chicken Pasta Salad, great amount for a great price.”

however I come here for the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with a side of
steak fries and a extra container of Bleu Cheese dressing. The first for
the sandwich, the second for the fries. This is what it is all about!”

first had Bojono’s about 4 years ago when I had a bite of a friend’s
taco pizza.  It was pretty good.  So the next time that I wanted to
order delivery, my friend suggested Bojono’s but not their pizza.  I
ended up ordering Bojono’s salad and Bojono’s Cajun Touch pasta all on a
recommendation!  Since then, I have probably ordered this 50 times.”

“Bojono’s absolutely has the BEST thin crust pizza I have ever had. It’s fresh, always well made, and I love their sauce!”

If you can’t make it in, have it delivered.

They just launched  an interactive online ordering system. Place your order online and the system will remember you next time! Delivered right to your home or office. 

Order from work and have their delicious cuisine arrive at your door right after you get home!

BoJono’s Pizzeria
OPEN seven days 11 am to 10 pm
4185 N. Clarendon (773) 404-9700     

Marriage Legal Guide and Resources for Everyone in Illinois

Equality Illinois, the state’s oldest, largest and most effective
advocacy organization for LGBT Illinoisans, stands ready to assist you,
your family and the state in understanding and implementing the new Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

Here are important resources:

Marriage Guide – How do you convert your civil union into a
marriage? What rights come with marrying a same-sex partner? The
answers to those and all of the frequently asked questions on the
workings of the Iaw can be found in Equality Illinois’ authoritative
legal guide, Marriage Rights in Illinois.

   How do I convert my civil union to a marriage?
Couples already in a civil union will always be able to get married in Illinois by going through the same steps as any couple, proved they meet certain requirements (be the same parties to the civil union, not be in process of dissolving their civil union, etc.).  They will incur the same waiting periods and process requirements as any other eligible marrying couple, except there is no fee for the marriage license. 
   BUT…for the first year of the marriage law, couples in a civil union will also be able to “convert” (or “Upgrade” their civil union, simply by filling out the conversion form with a county clerk.  There will be no fees or additional step associated with this process, and the marriage date would be retroactive to the date of the civil union.  This shortcut will only be available during the first year of the marriage law. 

Can I get married if I am in a civil union? 
You can only convert your civil union into a marriage if you meet the requirements described above.  If you  convert your civil union to a marriage within a year of the law’s effective date, you can avoid paying a fee.

How much will it cost to get married if we are already in a civil union?
If you convert your civil union to a marriage within the one-year grace period, the fee for doing so is waived ($0).

Marriage Help Desk – At 773-477-7173 and info@eqil.org, the Equality Illinois Marriage Help Desk stands
ready to answer your questions or direct you to the correct sources to
find the answer. We are open for your phone call 11 am-2 pm
Monday-Friday at 773-477-7173. Or you can email the Equality Illinois Marriage Help Desk 24/7 at info@eqil.org.
Marriage ForumsEquality Illinois Marriage Forums are
being scheduled throughout Downstate, the suburbs and in Chicago to walk
you through the law and answer your questions. We will announce the
times, dates and locations on Facebook, Twitter, in emails and our website www.eqil.org as they get confirmed. Look for the events  IN  THE CITY AND SUBURBS.

Haters of Marriage Equality prepare their ATTACK in Illinois

  November 20th – Governor Quinn signs the Marriage Equality bill.  BUT While Illinoisans across the state are
rightfully celebrating the marriage victory, our opponents are launching
an attack. They are not only ramping up efforts to marginalize gay
and lesbian couples and their children, but are pledging to go as far as
creating obstacles to full implementation of the law and to unseat
lawmakers who helped pass the marriage bill.

Fasten your seatbelts!

As the New York Times reported just a few days ago,
some anti-marriage extremists are preparing to “run and elect people
who vote with us,” signaling their plans to break our 61-vote
pro-marriage majority in the House and 34-vote majority in the Senate.
ABC News reported a more direct threat: “A vote for same-sex marriage
from any of our legislators … means that you have seen your last days
in office.”

Here’s a sampling of what Equality Illinois is doing to defend our historic marriage victory:

On Thursday,
we announced our statewide education and empowerment campaign, aimed
at increasing support for marriage equality, dispelling myths, and
empowering same-sex couples and their families to understand and use all
their state and federal marriage rights.  We’re coming to you: from
Rockford to Carbondale to Chicago, and every place in between.  We will
announce the where and when of the forums in the days ahead in emails,
Facebook and Twitter.

In the meantime, you can also read and download our Marriage Rights Guide here.

  Just as we had successfully done with
civil unions,  we have already begun working with public and private
actors to help them fully implement the freedom to marry.  And our
corporate best practices manual will help corporations and businesses
smoothly and efficiently roll out equal benefits for employees with
same-sex spouses.

.  With an over 80% success rate in 2012, Equality
Illinois PAC is the most successful and best recognized political
action muscle for the LGBT equality movement in Illinois. We have
already allocated over $70,000 to defend early supporters of marriage
equality, and plan to spend an additional $180,000 by the end of the
2014 general election.

We achieved marriage equality in Illinois because you got
engaged.  And we can only defend the newly-won freedom with your

Please join EQIL in their work by clicking here.

Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20th

On Wednesday, November 20th
2013, members of the LGBTQ community and its allies are invited to
participate in Transgender Day of Remembrance at Center on Halsted, 3656
N. Halsted. St., Chicago, Illinois 60613. The event will take place
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

and will include a reception and welcome address with light food and
refreshments, a reading of names, videos and performances by several
prominent members of the trans* community. This event is free, and open
to the public.


week before the event, Center on Halsted will tie purple ribbons in the
trees outside its building to commemorate the lives of trans* community
members who have lost their lives as a result of anti-transgender
hatred or prejudice. The ribbons will serve as a public memorial to
those who lost their lives, as well as to the resilience of the
community. During the ceremony, participants will be able to add ribbons
to the trees with the names of someone they personally memorialize.


2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance is hosted in partnership with
Howard Brown Health Center, Broadway Youth Center, Chicago Women’s AIDS
Project, Chicago House Trans Life Center and Center on Halsted.


About Transgender Day of Remembrance:
Day of Remembrance serves to raise public awareness of hate crimes
against transgender people, to publicly mourn and honor the lives of
those who might otherwise be forgotten and to express love and respect
for trans* people in the face of national indifference and hatred. For
more information, visit www.transgenderdor.org

Cold Chicago Weather Could Mean Plumbing Issues

It’s  Here!

The arrival of the winter season and cold weather  = potential plumbing problems in our homes and apartments. Whether you rent or own, you can have Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by  winter weather.

Fortunately there are things that you can do to prevent or minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. 
    Preventing Clogged Drains: Once a week, treat your sink and bathtub drains to this quick, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning process. Make up a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour equal amounts into your various drains and follow it with 2 cups of boiling water for each drain. Or buy something like Bio Clean. It’s a blend of bacteria and enzymes.Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria
begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides
and top of the drain pipe. Cool!
    Pipe Insulation: This is more for home owners of condo owners in small buildings. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape to guard your pipes (both hot water and cold water) against freezing. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be kept warm with space heaters (lamps) from a safe distance. Every few days, check out pipes in basements or little used areas of the house to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating or cracks developing.
    Running Water: Be sure to run water from every valve in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter.  This will prevent freezing.
    Be Careful with Holiday Cooking: Cooking grease and oils put a real strain on drains, pipes and garbage disposals.  Grease and oil are more likely to collect and clog when your plumbing is colder, so do your best NOT pour down the drain. Also, refrain from putting hard to grind objects or stringy substances down into the disposal. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use. Be sure to turn the disposal on before filling it with food debris.
    Spread Showers Throughout the Day: At least 10 minute intervals between showers is optimal to maintain hot water and proper pressure. You may also want to turn up the water heater during the cold season as well; to prevent burns, do not put it above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Indoor Faucets Freeze:
    Leave the cabinet doors under the faucets open so that they can get more heat.
    If it gets intensely cold, run a little bit of water from each valve in the house each day. Let the water trickle very slowly into the sink.
    Heat every room of your home, not just a few rooms. Allow warm air to circulate freely throughout your house.

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

 7:00 pm Reception/7:30 pm Dinner



 4 Course Food Pairings

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5 Vulture Oaxacan Dark Ale


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Will YOU be at the Edge Alliance YOU Ball November 16th?


The YOU! Ball is EdgeAlliance’s celebration of the individuals and
organizations whose contributions make our work possible. Last Year’s
YOU! Ball marked EdgeAlliance’s 20th anniversary. Join them on November
16, 2013 to celebrate the second annual YOU! Ball. Nearly 400 people are expected this year!

EdgeAlliance  will host its 21st
Annual Gala, The YOU! Ball 
on Saturday,
November 16th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Venue One in the West
Loop of Chicago. The party will benefit the nonprofit with funds going towards supportive
housing programs that will provide the children, families and adults at the campus
with a greater quality of independence.

Chefs from some of Chicago’s finest restaurants which include the
Signature Room at the 95th, Hearty Restaurant, Crew Bar + Grill
& Swirlz Cupcakes will create food stations featuring their signature
specialties! Event Sponsors include: CS Modern Luxury, Exit Strategy Realty,
Guaranteed Rate, and ROC Realty Group.

“As we enter our 22nd year of service, we invite everyone to join us
for a spectacular evening in urban chic attire while helping to raise money
that will positively impact the quality of life for hundreds of at-risk
families and individuals,” said EdgeAlliance Board Member and YOU! Ball
Event Co-Chair Kevin Rocio.

The YOU! Ball is the agency’s major annual fundraiser
which encompasses silent and live auctions featuring getaway vacations,
entertainment and sports memorabilia, elegant dining, wine tastings, golf
outings and more. “These additional funds will help support the critical
programs and services we provide,” said Kevin, “so our guests will be doing a
world of good by having an evening of fun.”

EdgeAlliance’s philosophy of housing is simple: it should be safe,
affordable, well-built and attractive. The developments should offer both
respite and permanent supportive housing options. They should be located in
areas where people are hurting. The housing should welcome diverse population
including children, teens, young adults, people in midlife, and senior
citizens. The property area itself should contain lots of green spaces and
garden space, and it should be a major part of community.

The ticket price for the party is $125.00
or $175.00 for VIP admission.BUY ONLINE NOW

For more than 21 years EdgeAlliance
has been a haven for individuals and families with special needs and medically
complex conditions. The private nonprofit’s mission is to a
ssists its members in developing and
operating quality housing and providing life enriching services to vulnerable
individuals and families.

Witness Governor Quinn Sign the Marriage Equality Bill November 20th in Chicago

Be a part of Illinois history!  You can witness a historic moment as the Illinois Marriage Fairness Act is signed!  
 Wednesday, November 20th at 3:30 PM
at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum as Governor Pat Quinn
signs Senate Bill 10: the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act
into law.

While this event is  free and open to the public, you must
apply for tickets. Apply for tickets to Governor Quinn’s
historic signing by clicking here

Friday 9-11pm, Celebrate Marriage Equality with Mini Bar and Effen Vodka!

RSVP  Required Here

And The Williams Institute says….

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting
rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity
law and public policy.  A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams
Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and
disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the
For Illinois, they show that they expect 11,000 couples to marry in the 1st 3 years, generating $103 million!  Yielding $8.5 Million in tax revenues!

Hair and Fashion Show for EQIL November 8th at Hydrate

Join The Menz Room Salon this Friday at 8 p.m. at Hydrate (3458 N. Halsted St, Chicago) for the 2013 Vote Naked Hair & Fashion Show to benefit Equality Illinois’ work to defend marriage (21+ with ID). 
For a $10 donation at the door, you will be able to enjoy an hour-long
hosted bar as well as a finale performance from America’s Got Talent Top
Twelve Finalist Branden James. 
There will be lots of models and great
hairstyles as well as underwear and accessories provided by Cram
Fashions. You won’t want to miss this fun night on the town, plus you
can even have a chance to win some great raffle prizes.  RSVP on our Facebook and invite your friends to join you!