Touché got “rubbed out” last weekend.  Thanks to everyone that came out and supported Mr Midwest Rubber 2016.  Thanks to our judges Feral Jack-Mr Rubber Montreal 2015, Joe Spaceman-MWR2015, Todd Harris-MCL2016, Christina Court (who seemed to garner the biggest cheer) and our Mr International Rubber 2016 Jeffrey. And I was so pleased to have Jeff Willoughby back on his feet and onstage to host our big contest.  Lastly a special shout out to our first Mr Midwest Rubber Dan The Rubberman for jumping in and helping us pull it all off and lead the introductions on Friday.

We only had one contestant (com ‘on you rubber guys, get your ball up and get in the contest next year) but he did work hard.  It was not a given that as the only contestant he would automatically be awarded the title.  The judges set the bar and not only did he reach the score required, he passed it easily.

Mr Midwest Rubber 2016 is Pup Icarus from Chicago.  I’ve been holding off  posting this for photos of our MWR2016.  I’ll post them next week, as there is plenty of news to get out this week.  And you’ll see more of him around Touché as he prepares to represent us at MIR in November.

It’s looking to be the hottest week in several years.  Take care and cool off any night this week at Touché.  Join us for COCK&TAIL HOUR weekdays 6-9pm for discounted drinks.  We’ve made certain our AC keeps it cool in here.


07-20-16wIt will also be another hot weekend at Touché as well.  We finally got our calendar in sync with Avant Garde this coming Friday.  Brent & Jim will head down from Milwaukee for a Piercing Night at the bar with specials on all body piercings.  These guys are to notch experts at this craft and ready to serve you this night.  It’s been quite a while since we have had them down for a visit so there should be plenty of piercing to catch up on.  Join us early and get that piercing you’ve been wanting done by these pros.

Then be ready for a very special night on Saturday.  Since the 1976 party last April, I have been asked repeatedly to do another 70’s music night.  Before we do that, let’s take you back to another great decade and one of Chicago’s legendary gay dance clubs – CAROL’S SPEAKEASY.


Carol’s Speakeasy in Old Town was the home of some of the biggest gay parties in Chicago. The huge dance floor, multiple bars, the best sound in town made it possible to dance, party and have a wild time throughout the 80’s. I was honored to manage the bar from 1985 till it’s closing in 1991.

We hosted the post IML Contest parties, present the biggest porn stars of the time and live performances by several of the biggest recording artists of the decade from Bronski Beat to the Weather Girls.   When we booked top male dancers like Hunter and the Headliners, folks lined up down the block to get in on the fun.

And Halloween was Carol’s big bash, elaborate themes and a $1,000 cash prize for the best costume meant up to 200 costumes paraded across the stage.  We introduced C&W dancing to Chicago and hosted many live shows and benefits over the 13 years Carol’s Speakeasy was here.

We’ll share images and photos from many of these great events and several of the staff that served at the bar. Check the video screens and the walls and see who and what you remember from those great nights.

And of course it’s all about the music that kept us dancing till dawn. DJ Harry T is working hard to line up the biggest hits from the decade and all are welcome to boogie again.

There’s no cover. Dig out and bring along your Carol’s Speakeasy membership and show it to me. I’ll show you my original paper card before we started the photo IDs.  Let’s get back to “WHERE CHICAGO PARTIES”

If all this heat is getting to you, you definitely need to spend Sunday at Touché for our BEER BUST. $1 drafts, sodas and Cactus Juice shots will quench your thirst as you cool down.  Our After the Beach Party begins at 3pm with free eats and great raffle prizes, including a Touché fun in the sun pack, your chance to snag a Touché beach towel.  Skip  the movie theaters, the Club Room is cool and dark and our Sunday Movie Night features the latest Blu-Ray releases on our hi-def big screen with surround sound.  Great spot to cool down (or heat up if the right guy sits next to you)

RFAC Last Mile RafflewThe RIDE FOR AIDS may be over but there’s still the LAST MILE RAFFLE.  Team Touché lined up a Disney World Day pass package for 4 (or you can take them for a 4-day visit yourself) during their fundraising for TPAN.  They decided to share this prize with the other teams and TPAN has added three other big ticket prizes for this final raffle for 2016.

Tickets are available at the bar or from the riders on our Team, just $10 each.  The big drawing will be held here at the bar on Sunday afternoon, July 31st.  You don’t have to be here to win, but this will be a great time to say thanks to our riders for doing an outstanding job, raising over $25,000 AND riding 200 miles.  Get your tickets and be here.

July stays hot for another week.  ONYX will be here to host their Club Night next Friday and next Saturday is our RIPE PARTY night.  Hot go-go guys, dim lights and deep beats will add up to a hot night at Touché.  Take advantage of our free clothes check to stay cools.

Of course, I’ll go for a cold one right night.  Wanna meet me at the bar?



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Still working to get this website working right.  Hopefully the images will get back up on the site in the next day or two.  In the meantime, we’ve got a busy weekend lined up for you.  Get your rubber or leather gear on and join us.

It’s time to find out who will be our next Mr Midwest Rubber.  Jeffrey Basile claimed that title last July and has been doing a bang up job representing rubbermen across the Midwest.  So well in fact, that he was named Mr Internaional Rubber 2016 last November.  He will continue that role but it’s time to select his successor for his MWR title.

So we have lined up a panel of judges, gathered some great prizes to award the winner and planned events all weekend long to make it BIG.  So, are you game for a hot, sweaty, rubbery weekend?  Good!

So here’s the run down on the weekend’s events.

Friday kicks off with a proper big WELCOME PARTY at 10pm hosted by the Chicago Rubbermen.  Here you will get to meet the judges and contestants vying for the title Mr Midwest Rubber 2016.  Plus as his final night as our current MWR, Jeffrey will get a proper roasting by his friends.  Be here to get your first look at who’s in the running and the roast.

Saturday gets started early as we have a full day planned.  The bar will open at 11 am so folks can set up for the Fetish Flea Market from noon till 5pm.  Here’s your chance to clear out the back of your closet that old gear you don’t wear anymore.  Leather-rubber-uniforms-boots-hats-slings-etc, bring it in and see if you can find it a new owner.  You can sell, trade of shop for gear and save a bundle.  I’ve had several inquiries, it’s all free to participate and there will be plenty of shoppers.

That’s because the Titans of the Midwest have teamed up with the Chicago Hellfire Club to host a KINK U on Saturday afternoon in the Club Room.  The sessions begin on the hour and will run about 45 minutes each.  attendance is free and open to the public (over 21 of course)

1pm    Our 1st demo of the day will be hosted by Dan Marsh with the Chicago Hellfire Club. Dan will lead you through a demo-based session centered on technique, anatomy and safety for rubber bondage scenes. Topics include heavy bondage, rope work w/ rubber & care, advanced sensory deprivation, and breath control.

2pm   The 2nd demo of the day will be Headspace and Journey in Advanced Pain Play presented by Daddy J.  Flogging has become the most often practiced form of pain play and most people see paddling and caning as more sting, less thud and not something they want to experience. But both can be used to create a similar journey to the ride you get from flogging. In this workshop Daddy J will talk about the elements of a good flogging, caning or paddling scene and demonstrate techniques to take a sub on an extended journey with these tools.

3pm   Our final demo of the day features liquid latex and will be hosted by Sean Patrick Healy.

We’ll wrap up the Fetish Flea Market by 5pm and then get things set for the main event, the Mr Midwest Rubber 2016 Contest which will begin at 10pm.  We had scheduled Mr Chicago Leather 2005 (and a big rubber fan) Jeff Willoughby to host this year’s contest. But Jeff is a little under the weather at the moment and we are working to line up a new MC.  We’ll post that news once we have determined who that will be.

Now, joining Jeffrey on the judges panel will be Mr Chicago Leather 2016 Todd Harris, Mr Midwest Rubber 2015 Joe Spaceman, Mr Rubber Montreal 2015 Feral Jack and Christina Court Vice President of LA&M, the current IML contest video producer, and a Leather and LGBTQIA filmmaker via High Moo Production.

Once the winner is announced, we’ll jump right into our GEAR Night and that means a strict dress code for the Club Room.  Rubber, leather or any other fetish gear, get it on and get into the party.  Our barber & bootblack will be working to make you look your best and the party  should run on into the night.

Sunday starts with a pit stop at the Andersonville Brewing Company to refuel for another day.  The brunch runs 11am – 2pm so whenever you get up off the floor head on over and chow down.  We’ll give you a chance to regroup, maybe do a little shopping at Full Kit & Leather 64TEN (that’s to our partners) before heading back to Touché for the real fun part.  From 4-7pm join us for some fun, games and raffles to support our new Mr Midwest Rubber and our current MIR. the afternoon will feature lube wrestling and more.  All the fundraising will be split to the travel fund of MWR & MIR.  Let’s get slick!

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about entering the contest, let me see if I can push you over.  The winner of MWR2016 will receive a nice prize package, $300 cash from Touché, $250 gift certificate from Full Kit, a $200 gift certificate from Leather 64TEN and custom made title gauntlets from Vex Clothing and will be entered into Mr International Rubber 2017 in November.  This is a regional title and that means anyone from across the Midwest is welcome to enter.  Previous winners have come from Iowa and Ohio as well as Chicago.  Applications are at the bar and entry deadline is 9pm Friday.  If you need more info or want me to email you an application, drop me a line touchechicago@gmail.com

Looks like the heat is here to stay next week.  Remember our COCK&TAIL HOUR runs Mondays thru Fridays from 6-9pm.  After a crazy day of work or to kick off a great summer evening, join us for $3 well drinks & select domestic beers. We’ll even take a buck off call and imports to please your taste buds.

There’s still plenty more to enjoy in July.  Friday the 22nd, Brent & Jim from Avant Garde in Milwaukee will be here for a Piercing Night.  Everyone has been raving about the 1976 party in April and asking for another 70’s night.  Before we return to the 70’s let’s visit the 80’s with a Carol’s Speakeasy Reunion on Saturday, July 23rd.  We’ll take you back to the crazy days when the post IML party was held at this great dance club.  The music, the parties and more, we’ll present memories for many of you and share more with those that missed “Where Chicago Parties”.

I’ve got lots to finish up before the rubber madness happens (including this damn website).   I’ll get to it and will be looking for you  come Friday.  See you then if not sooner.



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