Here I am just before the big Labor Day Weekend updating the Touché website and getting an email blast out.  I haven’t been dragging my feet (though I did slip away one day this week to Cedar Point to get a coaster fix for another year)  We’ve got a terrific line up of events to celebrate this last summer holiday weekend, I’ll detail that in a minute.

But things have really piled up on our calendar in September and I’ve been working overtime on those plans so I am ready for what comes up once we wrap our summer.  September/October calendars are available at the bar now and I’ll see if I can get September posted here.

So let’s top off this long hot, humid summer with some wild nights at Touché.  You know lots of guys will hit town for their last blowout of the summer, so you should stick around here for another big weekend.


BachelorAuction_wStart your Labor Day Weekend by picking up a hot stud on Friday when the Illinois Gay Rodeo Association teams up with the Imperial Windy City Court of the Prairie State Empire to host a Bachelor Auction.  Local titleholders, community celebs and others will be on the auction block this night.  You can bid on a dinner date with these men as each comes with a gift certificate to area restaurants across town.  The party starts at 10pm, come early and “look over the livestock” and make your plans on which one you want to bid on when the auction begins.  Winning bids will help both of these dedicated community groups continue their efforts on our behalf.


Come back on Saturday for our monthly BEAR NIGHT with the Great Lakes Bears.  We will be joined by hordes of out of town bears for one more big Chicago party weekend.  Our hot DJ Harry T will pound out some great tunes to make the night fun and I’ve already ordered extra pizzas for midnight. But what there’s more! We have a special treat for all.

BearCityReeling, Chicago’s LGBT Film Festival is just around the corner and one of the featured films set for screening will be BEARCITY 3 on Saturday September 24th .  The first two films were shown to a sold out theater, so we know bear love these films and this screening should sell out too. We are already planning to host a post screening party with the cast and crew afterwards that night.  But this Saturday we will raffle off three pairs of tickets to the screening and bar tabs to use at the after party. Grab a bear and keep your weekend going.

JockstrapThe temps are set to rise as the weekend rolls on, good thing as we host a Touché tradition, our annual end of summer JOCKSTRAP & UNDERWEAR FETISH PARTY on Sunday night.   We’ll offer free clothing check so you can show off what you like to wear under your jeans.  Show us and get a buck off your drinks all night.  At midnight, we’ll host a Hot Jock & a Wet Jockeys contests with a $50 cash prize for each.  You’ll just have to decide what to wear for our last big bash of the summer.

Our last AFTER THE BEACH PARTY will be this Sunday from 3-7pm.  We’ll offer free Chicago Red Hots and goodies plus it’s your last chance to win a Touché beach pack – cooler bag, shades, beach towel and more.  Our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT is not off for the holiday, the Club Room will open at 6pm and we’ve got a great movie for you to enjoy at 7pm.

burgers-hot-dogs-grill-cookoutRounding out the long weekend will be our LABOR DAY BEER BUST with $1 drafts of Bud & Bud Light served up all day long.  Kick back for the holiday and catch the ballgames on our screens.  We’ll fire up the grills at 3pm for our big COOKOUT with burgers, dogs and more to enjoy.  And to help our AIDS WALK TEAM, there will be a fun raffle with great prizes to win.   If you headed out of town for the weekend, get your ass back in here for a beer, a bite and maybe a little bit more to cap off your summer.

06-29a-16wThe day after Labor Day is the first Tuesday of the month which means our next LEATHER WOMEN’S CRUISE night at the bar.  The Club Room will open at 8pm with the first couple of hours set aside for our leather sisters to gather and connect with other women new to the leather/fetish scene. We’ve seen several women come out over the summer and now that fall is approaching hopefully many of them will be coming back again to socialize and play with the each other.   The Club Room opens at 10 for all to mix and mingle.


Now let’s take a quick look ahead to the rest of September.  Next weekend M.A.F.I.A. will be holding their AGM weekend.  A bit of work and lots of play are on their agenda beginning with a big CLUB NIGHT that Friday.  We also welcome the GREAT LAKES DRUMMER CONTEST that weekend with the big contest on Saturday night.

The following weekend the Leather Archives & Museum will mark their 25th Anniversary  and Touché will be the party spot following events at the LA&M all weekend.  Plans include a big public bash during our GEAR NIGHT on Saturday.  Plus we kick off OKTOBERFEST that Saturday.  $4 pints of Berghoff’s Oktoberfest Beer and a chance to win a Schott Leather Jacket from Leather 64TEN every night till October 2nd.  Oh, and a big PUNK ROCK NIGHT on Friday.  That crazy DJ Germ is hosting a post RiotFest music night and there’s a Full Moon, too.  Rocking in our leather for sure.

As I mentioned earlier, Reeling will screen BEARCITY 3 on Saturday, September 24th.  The producers asked us to host a post screening party afterwards with some of the guys from the movie.  It’s our RIPE PARTY night, so I am booking some hot bear studs to dance and there will be giveaways and photo opps with the gang from BearCity 3.

Not listed in this ad (I told you there’s just way too much going on this month, I couldn’t fit it all in) we end September with our annual FALL CLUB RUSH on Friday, September 30th.  I’ll give more on that later.

Since the weekend is here, let’s just get out and enjoy the great weather and even wilder nights at Touché.  I’m ready to put my planner aside and grab a beer.  Join me?


This just in……..

As I am drafting this post, I got word that Chicago has lots more bragging rights.  The Pantheon of Leather Awards were being presented tonight.

ONYX was awarded the Large Club of the Year Award.  Leather Woman of the Year is none other than our dear friend Christina Court.  Both well deserved awards.

Then the Marcus Hernandez Lifetime Achievement award was bestowed upon me.  Wow! Lifetime, huh? Hope this doesn’t mean I have to stop now.  I’m having too much fun.  Another good reason to get out and celebrate this weekend.

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It’s hard to believe that August is coming to an end, seems like we just cleared up after IML and readying for Pride.  Touché has been a hotbed of activity all summer long and we’re not letting up yet.  We have a couple of our best nights to come this weekend before we head into the long Labor Day Weekend.


This Friday is ONYX CLUB NIGHT and a sure start to a big weekend.  ONYX is one of our biggest leather clubs and they pull in a lot of friends for their nights here at Touché.  This month ONYX indulges in all things bondage!   You can expect a demo and more during the night.  I’m sure they  will have their potent jello shots, watch  out.   Whatever they do, you can count on ONYX to throw a great party.

08-24-16w Saturday is our monthly RIPE PARTY and you should know by now that that means a hot night at Touché.  We’ll dim the lights, our DJ Harry T deepens the beats and our hot go-go dudes will be up on the stages to entertain you.  If you’re getting warmed up and ripe, don’t forget our free clothing check.

RodeoRoundTown2016w It’s also Rodeo Round Town weekend here in Chicago.  The Illinois Gay Rodeo Association is hosting events around town preparing to bring live rodeo back to Chicago in 2017.  As a supporter of the Windy City Rodeo, they want us here at Touché to host one of these events on Saturday night.  What better way than to get those cowboys out of their tight jeans than an  underwear auction?

As part of our Ripe Party, I’ll be hosting this auction at midnight and give you a chance to bid on the hot gear our studs will be wearing from Cram on Halsted.  Lots of men sporting some fun, hot undergear for you to bid on.  We’ll let you take those jockeys off them if you’re the top bidder.  There will also be a raffle and you can become a member of ILGRA, too.  Let’s help bring the rodeo and more cowboys back to Chicago for next summer.

Have you snagged one of our Touché beach towels yet?   We’ve been raffling them off all summer and only have a couple more chances for you to win one this year.  I know you’re going to make the most of this last August weekend, but you can still head over to the bar for our SUNDAY BEER BUST and AFTER THE BEACH PARTY.  The Beer Bust runs all day with $1 Bud & Bud Light drafts.  The Beach Party kicks off at 3pm and features our Beer Bust specials, free eats and raffles for a Touché beach pack and other cool prizes.  Enjoy the sun but get your ass in here for a cold one and a chance to grab one of our beach towels.

There’s also our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT in the Club Room.  At 7pm each week, we screen one of the latest Blu-Ray releases on our HD screen with Surround Sound.  Way cool and loads of fun. Next weekend is Labor Day and while that may bring a tear to your eye about the end of summer, we have lots planned to make ending another Chicago summer a great time.  If you’ve got friends coming to spend the weekend, you know they will be glad you brought them here.  Check out the schedule, I’ll give you the rundown next week.

08-31-16w We are still looking for folks to join our teams.   Bowling season begins after Labor Day and we have a couple of Touché teams lined up for the Tuesday night league.   We can always use a couple more bowlers and if there are enough, we can sport a third team, too.   Wanna play with us?

The other team we are recruiting is our team in the upcoming AIDS WALK on Saturday, Oct 1st.   Registration is simple and we are planning some fundraisers to help out Chicago House.  Thanks to everyone that came out for our annual “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ‘ benefit last Saturday.  With the help of the Chicago Rubbermen in selling raffle tickets and the donation of a pair of Chippewa boots from Leather 64TEN, we raised $400.  Join our team, take a short walk and help us support Chicago House.  Talk to me about the team or leave your contact info with the bartenders.

The rain has stopped, time to get out and enjoy the day before our Jockstrap Night at Touché.  Maybe I’ll see you there?


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