This is our one challenging holiday weekend for us at Touché. Between Passover and Easter, there’s not much we can do in our style to celebrate these occasions other than our usual specials on Rusty Nails and doing bad things with eggs. Don’t get your panties in a bunch, but cute bunnies are not a hot item here. We don’t dress up very well and the only baskets we want are located just below the belt. You can expect our crowd to be bad on Good Friday and all weekend long. When you get done with the family thing be it dinner or Sunday brunch come play with the boys at Touché.

We do have one special for the weekend you can enjoy for a limited time only. We have a stock of Monty Python’s Holy Grail coming on Thursday and we’ll be offering up the only ale to bear the name of Monty Python for just $3 a bottle while it lasts. No quest needed for the Holy Grail, you can find it here at Touché.

The busy weekend begins Thursday, we’ll tune in the Blackhawks first playoff game at 7pm to cheer them on against the Blues. The Chicago Leathermen’s Group will gather for their monthly discussion at 7:30pm in the Club Room. Then at 10pm the WINDY CITY GAY IDOL contest comes to Touché. A bit different that our usual nights, this karaoke style contest features several local singers putting their vocal talents on the line. One of those singing this night be selected to move on to the finals with the audience voting and making this choice. Along with the music, you could win prizes like theater tickets, music CDs and or restaurant gift cards. You can toast the performances (or drown out the bad ones) with $4 Smirnoff, $5 Tanqueray or $5 Ketel One cocktails all night.

Friday’s CLUB NIGHT will be hosted by the Chicago Leather Club. They are planning a “WHAT’S IN THE BASKET?” contest for fun and prizes. Wonder just what they will have in their basket, come grab a Monty Python Holy Grail and check out their basket.

It’s GEAR NIGHT on Saturday and that means you’ll need to gear up in your leather, rubber, uniform or other fetish gear to join the men from BLUF/Chicago in the Club Room. Our recent GEAR NIGHTS have been big and with IML just around the corner, there’s no better time to get your gear on and come join the party. Our bootblack will be back there to clean up your boots and other gear. And Philip will be busy clipping away in the front bar as well, get here early, the line gets long for his services.

Head back on Sunday for our BEER BUST with $1 drafts of Bud & Bud Light served up all day along with $1 sodas for the non-drinkers. Warm/cold, who knows, the best seats for the Cubs/Sox games will be right here and if the Bulls have a playoff game this Sunday, we’ll tune that in as well. The Club Rom opens at 6pm and packs up by 7 for our MOVIE NIGHT. Lots of guys have been enjoying the latest releases on our HD-Surround Sound set up back there. If you want a seat at the bar get here early. Otherwise, you can sit along on the bench and try not to be special for this weekend that you should enjoy.

Thanks to all for your generous support last weekend. Bear Abbott raised funds for his trek to LA for the International Olympus Leather 2014 contest in May. We had 12 contestants for our Leather Eye for the Preppy Guy makeover contest last Saturday night. Congrates to the winner John Michael who looked damn fine in the new leather he received form Leather 64TEN. Check out this week’s Nightspots magazine for photos of the makeover. During the whole process, we raised $800 for the Groceryland Pantry and with a matching pledge from an area meat distributor, Lori netted $1,600 to restock with lots of holiday goodies including Kosher Easter hams. Who knew a rabbi would deem a ham kosher?

Literally, the icing on the cake was Trident Windy City’s Cupcake War on Sunday. I was asked to judge the contest over at Jackhammers and was treated to several treats with another $800 raised for the Broadway Youth Center. I know many of you were at one, two or all three events last weekend. Thanks for digging deep and supporting all.

Lastly, I gotta put in a plug for the Bijou Theater which has become quite a hot spot of late. The theater hosts a monthly variety night UPSTAIRS/DOWNSTAIRS with local comedy/music/performance talent on stage in the theater and upstairs in the sex club. The latest edition is this Thursday night. Then on Saturday, the Bijou Boys present their latest nude review at 10pm. Oh, and they are still screening the latest XXX releases and a Bijou classic on the big screen as well.

If you’re not off to CLAW next weekend, you’ll find ONYX here for our Friday Club Night and RIPE on Saturday. The Gerber/Hart Library just north of us will be hosting a Book Sale next weekend. Plan to stop by and grab some new beach reading material. I’ll give the complete rundown next week and the first rundown of May’s busy schedule.

Till then, join us and get your Holy Grail this Easter!


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Mr Chicago Leather 2014 Miguel Torres

Extreme cold and snow failed to deter a huge turnout in Chicago for the 2014 Mr Chicago Leather Contest January 24th- 26th at Touché, 6412 North Clark Street. Leatherfolk near and far packed the bar both Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon for the weekend’s festivities with many visiting titleholders in the crowd.

The contest on Saturday night featured six men going for the title of Mr Chicago Leather 2014 with Miguel Torres was selected as the winner.  Joining Miguel at the contest’s end was 1st Runner Up Jonathan Saidler and 2nd Runner Up Clint Sabin.  Miguel will now represent Chicago’s leather community over the next year and compete at Mr. International Leather 2014 in May.

Miguel is originally from Venezuela and has called Chicago his home since 2000. He remains active in fundraising for local charities and this past summer participated in Ride for AIDS, a two-day, 200-mile bicycling event for Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN).

Judges for Mr Chicago Leather 2014 were International Mr Leather 2013 Andy Cross, Matt Hengle, Mr Midwest Leather 2012, Jesse Driscoll. Mr Midwest Rubber 2013;  Christina Court, videographer and editor for LA&M’s Leather Preservation and Conservation Project and Mr Chicago Leather 2013 Nick Zuko.  Returning from London England for his 11th year as contest emcee was International Mr Leather 2003 John Pendal.

The weekend activities began with a Welcome party on Friday evening.  The Imperial Windy City Court of the Prairie State present the LA&M with a donation from their charity campaign. After introductions of the judges, staff and contestnats, the Windy City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence offered their blessing.  Then followed a Roast of Mr Chicago Leather Nick Zuko hosted by Thib Guicherd-Callin, Mr. Santa Clara County Leather 2012. 

Saturday afternoon offered participants several options beginning with a Leather Brunch.  Touché hosted a Fetish Flea Market and both the Leather Archives & Museum and Gerber/Hart, Chicago’s LGBT Library & Archives hosted events during the afternoon.

The Mr Chicago Leather 2014 Contest began promptly at 10pm that evening with the contestants judged on their leather image, public speaking and the crowd favorite, jockstrap.  Emcee John Pendal kept the pace lively and entertained with his unique humor and audience games while scores were being tallied. One segment included having Andy Cross in a true or false challenge of his experiences as International Mr Leather 2013.  The final announcement of Miguel as Mr Chicago Leather 2014 met with roaring approval by those packed in the bar.

During the proceedings, Touché bar manager presented the Chuck Windemuth Leather Mentorship Award to Jeff Willoughby, Mr Chicago Leather 2005 for his years of coaching those new to the leather lifestyle. This award was established in 2013 to commemorate the late Chuck Windemuth who was Mr Chicago Leather 1991. Chuck spent many years mentoring to scores of young men coming into leather.

On Sunday, Touché hosted a second day for the Fetish Flea Market and a Victory Party for Mr Chicago Leather Miguel to cap off a hugely successful weekend.

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