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Monday 13 Jan 2014

Scarlet's Sexy Six

Bring The Action:
With a three-day-weekend on the approach, I’d imagine many of you in the city of Chicago are on the lookout for some fun plans. Chicago’s LGBT nightlife does in fact provide a ton of fun. There is something for everyone and each has its niche. Sidetrack, has big spaces and show tunes; Minibar Ultra Lounge has its super-hot staff, and CREW Bar & Grill features jocks! These are but a few of the fun choices all over the city.

Celebrating six years of action packed fun and pant less dance off’s, Scarlet Chicago is gearing up for one heck of a three day weekend; leading up to its 6th Anniversary Party, featuring Cazwell and Traver Rains on Sunday the 19th.

Scarlet knows how to throw a party. One of my dearest friends, and owner of Scarlet, Paul Cannella, is known for his generosity in the community. Last year he brought in well-known friends in the LGBT world to ramp up the fun factor; including two-time Olympic Figure Skater, and Three-time US National Champion Johnny Weir! This year, he’s continued the tradition by featuring popular New York rapper Cazwell and T-Rains’ designer Traver Rains

On a personal note, Paulie is like family to me. He works hard to provide quality experiences and great memories for people. One can’t help but smile, seeing a good guy, do so well in the community. He’s the first guy to volunteer; the first to help out a friend, and the first to assist a stranger. He’s the kind of person we could all strive to be like. I know I often do.

Congrats Paulie and your hardworking team, on six fun years in town. Scope out the ChicagoPride.com Community Calendar for all the fun events taking place in LGBT Chicago!

Thrilled to see success in community!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 16 Dec 2013

Nice to mEAT ya!

Skew You!:
Boystown just got a little more tasty with the opening of mEAT. The group who brought Minibar Ultra Lounge and DS Tequila to Halsted have ventured in to the world of delicious and unique dining.

Owners John Dalton and Stu Zirin have done it again! I had the pleasure of dining over the weekend at a friends and family night, before the opening on December 16th. If there’s one must mention item about mEAT that I’d have to say, it’s flavor. Everything is so flavorful!

Delicious drinks, created by mixologist Tony Potempa, change every classic cocktail; using foams, whipped creams carbonation and even gels. You’ve GOT to try the Modern Cosmo! The food was a true experience. Their skewers are meant to be ordered like sushi, with bite-sized pieces of meats, seafood and vegetables; all served family style. Skip the idea of skipping dessert! Their Bananas Foster was better than love!

Check out their menu and see for yourself. mEAT is a nice unique addition to Chicago!

mEAT, you can’t beat it!
Bill Pritchard

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Friday 6 Dec 2013

2013 Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run

Ho! Ho! HO!:
Saturday, December 7th Boystown will be filled once again with skin-Santas, horny reindeer and other ho-ho-ho hunks running through the chilly streets at the 3rd Annual Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run raising funds for the Center on Halsted.

Organizers Karl Sponholtz and his partner Jeff Colgan held their first event in 2011 in Andersonville and, after only two weeks of planning, 50 runners (both male and female) and 150 supporters came out on a brisk 28 degree day to raise $3,000 for Vital Bridges. Year two was moved to Sidetrack in Boystown and more than doubled participation. This year, they're returning to Sidetrack and also teaming up with the Center on Halsted.

There is a $25 minimum to run. After sign-in and registration, the whole group will join together for a chorus of "Jingle Balls". The runners then split into two groups (team "naughty" runs clockwise while team "nice" goes counterclockwise) and head out to run the mile along Halsted, Belmont, Broadway and Addison, clad only their holiday attire.

Costumes in the past have ranged from simply speedos or bikinis, Santa hats and running shoes to garland-laced harnesses, red peek-a-boo union suits, reindeers in drag, strategically placed bows and more. Check out photo coverage from last year’s run.

Not a runner? Join the throngs (That’s throngs not thongs!) of supporters and official Santa Warmers cheering the runners on. After the run participants and supporters regroup back at Sidetrack for warming up an revelry.

Interested participants can register as individuals or as teams online at mostfabuloussantaspeedorun.com or bring donations with them to Sidetrack on December 7th. Registration begins promptly at noon, with "Jingle Balls" slotted for 1:30 p.m. and the run itself starting at 2 p.m.

Shrinkage!
Chilly Billy

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Wednesday 4 Dec 2013

World of Chocolate

Sweets for the sweets:
HAPPY HOLIDAY’S! You can tell it’s that time of year when the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) throws its annual World of Chocolate gala.

This year’s theme, Decadence Defined - promises to be quite the celebration; all to benefit the life changing work of the AFC.

General Admission and VIP tickets will be available at the door for $150 and $225 respectively. The will call and box office will be located at Union Station, just inside the 500 West Jackson Boulevard entrance. For security purposes, tickets are required for entry.

General admission ticket holders will enjoy sweet and savory chocolate samples from thirty of Chicago's finest culinarians in the Great Hall at Union Station. Guests will also enjoy an open bar and light buffet.

Red Ribbon VIP admission ticket holders will also enjoy the sweet and savory chocolate samples, open bar and light buffet in the Great Hall of Union Station. Additionally, VIP ticket holders will be granted access to the private World of Chocolate VIP Lounge; hosting exclusive chocolate samples, champagne bar and views from the top.

All will be encouraged to vote for their favorite Chocolatier! Upon your arrival, you will receive a guide map for your decadent journey. The guide includes a ballot to vote for your choice to win the 2013 People's Choice Award. View a list of Featured Culinarians .

World of Chocolate has partnered with the folks at Uber to get guests home safely! Download the iPhone or Android application and sign up using promo code WOC2013.

New Uber users will receive $20 off their first ride. Uber will donate $5 back to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for any rider who uses Uber to get to or from World of Chocolate.

XOXO!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

You’re Invited!

Merry Birthmas:
Having a birthday on the day before Christmas has always been a bit sucky. My Sainted Parents always went out of their way to separate the two days, but it was still a bone of contention with my siblings. They were (Perhaps still are.) bitter that they couldn’t open their presents on the night of December 24th like everyone else seemed to do.

At almost forty-four, I’m well past the personal bitterness over combined gifts and “Merry Birthday” cards. I’m just happy to have time with my folks and friends on my birthday. My friends at Wang’s Cocktail Lounge, in Chicago have gone out of their way to celebrate my birthday, with all my Chicago friends.

I hope you’ll join us December 19th for a night of libations, music and must see cuties!

In lieu of gifts, we will be taking cash donations to my charity, Interfaith House, a community home in West Chicago helping ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.

Arrange to call in gay to work, the next day and join us.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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