POW! Superhero Fetish Party was held at The Congress Plaza Hotel, home of the International Mr. Leather market. The crowd enjoyed Crocodile Rockstar playing Elton John tunes on the piano, DJ's spinning music, and a cabaret performance by PennyTration.
Roscoe's Tavern presented a RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 viewing party with two cast members, Princess Poppy and Irene "The Alien" Dubois. Season 12 contestant Naysha Lopez and local drag queen Batty Davis hosted the performance segment of the evening.
Santa Speedo Run returned to Sidetrack the Video Bar. This Year's proceeds went to Center on Halsted's youth housing project. The event, where participants run around the neighborhood in festive attire, has raised over $600,000 since beginning in 2011.
The legendary Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade returned for the 25th time, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. from Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, the parade route traveled north and then looped back to a stage on Roscoe Street for the annual costume contest.
Hosted by A Queer Pride, The Warehouse opened at Berlin Nightclub with an after-party for English singer Jessie Ware. Drag queens and DJs also kept the party going. Ware sang "What's Your Pleasure" and blew out candles as she turned 37 at midnight.
Riot Fest took over Douglass Park in Chicago with plenty of music acts full of LGBTQ+ representation including Yungblud, Lunachicks, Pale Waves, Destroy Boys, Coolio, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jimmy Eat World.
The 40th Northalsted Market Days street festival ran in the Lakeview area of Chicago. The Bud Light Selzer Stage lit up with talents such as Ada Vox, The Aces and Fleece.
Lollapalooza took over Grant Park in Chicago with nine stages. Many musicians in the lineup were part of the LGBTQ+ community including Green Day front-man Tove Lo, Girl in Red, King Princess, Fletcher, Remi Wolf, Muna, and Jordy.
Sidetrack The Video Bar held a Christmas in July kickoff party for the upcoming December 3rd Santa Speedo Run. Sponsors included Center on Halsted, Wellness Home at Northstar Healthcare and Tito's Handmade Vodka.
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