It may have been snowing for the past couple of days across Chicagoland, but we have another January thaw coming this weekend. So come on out and enjoy the warmth and good times at Touché. There’s plenty going on at the bar and you can snatch up tickets for the big Mr Chicago Leather 2018 Contest that hits the following weekend.
Not to conflict with MCL2018 parties next weekend, we’ll start off this FRIDAY CLUB NIGHT with the men of ONYX. The want to make it a “colorful” night and to do that they are checking out the hanky’s in your back pocket. They want to know what color(s) you flag and of course on what side. Grab your hanky code and make sure you are truthfully advertising your favorite kink. Who knows who you will meet flagging the right combo to fit your desires.
As with most ONYX Club Nights, they will be offering up jello shots and a raffle and you know they will pack the house with members and friends. With the warming temps outside, you know it will heat up in here.
Our first GEAR NIGHT of the New Year should be a good one. The guys from BLUF/Chicago will be out in force and in their hot leather uniforms. Gear up in your leathers and come join them for some cruising action in the Club Room. Remember there is a dress code for entry to back bar this night. With MCL2018 just one week away, you need to get out and show off your leather or fetish gear. You want a leather bar? Prove it by showing up in your leather.
In case you haven’t heard the news, we’ll be welcoming Leslie as our resident Bootblack this weekend and she’ll be ready to clean up the salt and crap that this winter can get on your boots. You’ll find Leslie here this weekend and on future Gear Nights in 2018.
Philip will also be on duty offering free buzz cuts. He works hard to take care of everyone on these nights, so you’d better tip him well. Otherwise, I’ll step over and give you clip! (The hair may grow back but I’m not so sure about ears)
Mr Chicago Leather 2018 is just a week away and I’ll go over details on that weekend in a moment. But during this Saturday’s GEAR NIGHT, we will be offering weekend packages and individual contest tickets for sale. We had to move the contest out of the bar because we couldn’t handle the crowd only to sell out the auditorium at the LA&M. So if you want to be there in person, here’s your first chance to secure a seat.
You know, we’re not joking when we say “We give the best head in Chicago”. Our SUNDAY BEER BUST is Chicago’s best Sunday deal. Who else serves you up cold drafts of quality beer (we proudly serve Budweiser & Bud Light) for just $1. Not for a few hours, or odd times, but ALL DAY LONG! We also serve up sodas for $1 for the non drinkers and if you need an extra kick, all Pucker Shots are just a buck all day too.
We open at 2pm so you can spend a fun afternoon with your bar buddies over a beer. Both our pool table and darts are FREE to play and we even offer free Chicago Red Hots to keep your tummy happy. At 6pm the Club Room opens and begins to fill quickly for our MOVIE NIGHT screenings at 7pm So whether it’s a cold blizzard or a wet Sunday (which they are forecasting this week) you’re not stuck at home. Head on over and have some fun with us on Sundays.
Now let’s talk MCL2018
First of all, it’s not just a contest but an entire weekend of parties, cruising and fun with a contest in the middle. We offer a package deal at $75 that includes admission to the contest, the Leather Brunch, a t-shirt and goodies. But you also get drink tickets for each of the cocktail parties and the contest, too. So if you plan to be here Friday, the contest on Saturday and need revival on Sunday, get the package deal (order it right now line here) and you’ll be ahead.
Still thinking about competing for the title? The winner receives over $2,000 in prizes and will represent Chicago at IML in May. You have until Thursday, January 25th to submit your entry forms. You can pick them up at the bar or online. Questions about the contest, drop me a line ToucheChicago@gmail.com.
So what’s all going on? you ask. Click on the MCL2018 page at the top of this website. You can view the weekend schedule and see who is on the judging panel and more. We are honored to have John Pendal IML 2003 return to host the contest. We are also welcoming International Mr Leather 2017 Ralph Bruneau to help us select the next Mr Chicago Leather.
Also going on that weekend, our friends at Full Kit Gear will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary of their Chicago store at 5021 North Clark Street on that Thursday, January 25th. Stop by from 6-8pm to wish them well on another year before you head up to Touché.
Then start Friday, January 26th with a visit to the Leather Archives & Museum from 7-9pm There’s an opening reception in the Guest Artist Gallery for MEN as seen through the lens of inkedKenney
Just more activities revolving around our Mr Chicago Leather 2018 Contest Weekend. With a full line up of events and all the out of town visitors coming to Chicago, it will be a fun weekend. So plan ahead, get your schedule cleared next week so you can join us for all of Mr Chicago Leather 2018.
Last note this week, I try to avoid politics in my posts for the bar. But it was just one year ago this week that our new President was sworn in and the following day millions of women (and men) marched across the country. I was out there last year and saw many of your out there as well, so I know for most this will be a favorable comment.
This Saturday there will be another Women’s March, titled MARCH TO THE POLLS. I plan to be out there again this year and ask you to join me as we urge everyone to get out and vote this year. Personally, I believe we need a shift in our Congress and Senate but that’s my view. The line up begins at 9am with the rally kicking off at 11am. It’s supposed to be warm, above freezing at least.
Now whatever side of the fence you are on, getting folks to vote should not be controversial. If you like the President, urge friends to vote for his supporters, if you don’t urge folks to vote for those that oppose him. If the President has a disapproval rating of 60% or higher and everyone votes, he wouldn’t have been elected in the first place. The fact is that way too few people participate in voting (when was the last time you heard a report that 70-80% of eligible voters cast a ballot?) and then bitch about what is going on in our country, period. Getting people to the voting booth should be a priority for all of us.
Okay, I’ll get off my soap box and back onto my barstool. Which is where you will find me on Friday for ONYX Club Night. Come find me.