It’s a new year with plenty of firsts to come.  Thanks to all that made our Year 40 a huge successful 2017.  We celebrated a lot last year, looking back.  Now it’s time to look forward to more great times, making new friends and maybe a new surprise or two in the coming year.  If New Year’s Eve was a good indication, 2018 will  be an even bigger year for Touché.

01-03-18wSo let’s start off this new year with a couple of our long time favorite events – a fun FRIDAY CLUB NIGHT and a wild BEAR NIGHT on Saturday.

CD4SocialwFriday’s fun actually begins with the monthly CD4 VIRAL SOCIAL beginning at 8pm.  Each month we welcome poz men and positive minded guys for cocktails and fun.  Living with HIV/AIDS can still be challenging and this Social provides a opportunity for guys to come together for fellowship and fun.  The Social is open to all poz or not, so why not make a point to come out early and make new friends.




MAFIAlogo_lgOur first CLUB NIGHT of the new year will be hosted by M.A.F.I.A. and it begins a momentous year for them as well.  Touché just wrapped our 40th anniversary year, and now M.A.F.I.A. embarks on their own 40th anniversary year.   That makes this one of Chicago’s oldest ongoing leather/fetish clubs.  You can expect them to mark this achievement in a big way in 2018.  And they are working hard to turn out the “red shirt guys” for this first night of the year.

You’ll want to be here, too.  The new Tom of Finland bio film opens this weekend at the Gene Siskel Film Center and M.A.F.I.A. members will be selling raffle tickets for chances to win tickets to see the movie all to benefit the Leather Archives & Museum.  Additional prizes from the LA&M include copies of artwork by Tom of Finland and Chicago’s own Etienne.

Don’t forget that M.A.F.I.A. is all about fisting action and they host a play party on the Saturday following their Club Nights at Touché.  Several out of town members come in to enjoy a night at the bar and the next in a sling.  They usually have good turnouts for these parties but new players are always welcome to join them.  But you’ll need to register beforehand, so come on by for their Friday Club Night and sign up.

bearpicwAnother year begins for our monthly BEAR NIGHT at Touché.  The first Saturday of every month, we host Chicago’s original bear party for all guys big and hairy (and guys that love ‘em)   Bear, cub, otter, however you define yourself, Touché has always welcomed you every night of the week but especially for this one night just for bears.

You’ll meet lots of guys from across the Midwest and the Chicagoland area, not all bears are hibernating.  Our DJ Harry T will pump out the tunes to make the night fun and it wouldn’t be BEAR NIGHT at Touché without our MIDNIGHT PIZZA PANIC (no need to panic, I load up on pizzas) to keep the party fueled on into the night.  Don’t let the cold and snow keep you from joining the party.

Beer Bust adwSpeaking of bears, our own Chicago Bears’ season came to an end last week.  No playoff action for them this year.  They may be done, but our SUNDAY BEER BUST goes on.  We’ll adjust our opening hour back to 2pm on Sundays, but that’s the only change.  You’ll still get a cold draft of Bud or Bud Light fir just $1 all day on Sundays.  We’ll tune in the NFL playoff action on our screens and you can still enjoy free pool and darts.  And we continue to offer free Chicago Red Hots from 3pm till they run out.  Touché is still a great spot to hang out on a wintery day with your buddies.

At 6pm we open the Club Room to get a jump on the nighttime fun. Remember our MOVIE NIGHT at 7pm features great new flicks and old favorites on out big HD screen with surround sound.  The beers are still just a buck, stick around the fun is  just beginning.

It’s all come down to Georgia vs Alabama in the College Football Playoffs.  Come in on Monday night to watch the big game on our screens.  COCK&TAIL HOUR at Touché runs 6-9 pm Mondays thru Fridays with $3 well drinks and select domestic beers.  Kick off is at 7pm in the middle of that and we’ll line up some hot pizza for dnner, so just head over after work for the game.  The question will be “who are you rooting for, Alabama or Georgia?” Win or lose, the Club Room opens at 10pm for all fans. (and football widowers)

2018_posterwThe new year means it’s time to select our new Mr Chicago Leather for 2018.  The big contest weekend is slated for January 25-28.   A full weekend schedule is planned with a couple of new events being added (I’ve got updates to add to the MCL2018 page on our website)  Cocktail parties, fetish flea market, a Kink U by Titans of the Midwest, brunch, eye-openers, leather showtunes and the big contest are part of the plans.

Are you still mulling over the thought of competing, you still have time to enter.  Contest applications are available at the bar or online on the MCL2018 page.  The winner will receive over $1,500 in prizes (with more to be added) and will go on to compete at IML in May.  Are you the man we are looking for?

If you plan to join us for the weekend, I urge you to get the weekend package.  If you will be here on Friday, attend functions on Saturday and want to attend the contest on Saturday night (which has sold out each year) get the package deal.  It includes drink tickets for all events, ensures you a seat at the contest plus a ticket to the big brunch and an MCL2018 t-shirt and saves you cash.  We have kept the MCL2018 weekend package at $75.  You can support Mr Chicago Leather, get in on all the fun times including the drinks.  You can order a weekend package at our MCL2018 event on Brown Paper Tickets.

Lastly, just wanted to clear up some confusion I heard over the weekend.  By now you all know that Man’s Country closed with a huge bash on New Year’s Eve.  The building that housed the baths all these years will be taken down for new construction to go up.  Sorry to see that go.

FullKitGearLogo_wOur friends at Full Kit Gear located in the building next door are still there.  That building is not coming down and they will continue to operate (and sponsor our Jockstrap Night on Wednesdays) for many years to come.  Stop by and pick up a new jock for the new year.  We’ll want to see it on a Wednesday soon.


Much more coming in 2018, let’s get it going this Friday.


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Hopefully all of you have enjoyed a great Christmas weekend and are ready to welcome in the coming New Year.  We here at Touché are exited as all get out to celebrate this entire next weekend.  One to cap off our big YEAR 40 and two to begin another big year.  There’s lots of big events planned for 2018.  But first we need to kick off the New Year in grand style.

grab12-27-17wI made a rundown of events last week, so let me be brief (yeah right) as I’ve got balloons, champagne and more to stock up for the big bash on Sunday.  You’re pretty much f@ckin’ off this week.  Lots of guys are hanging around town with many more heading in to make Chicago their New Year’s Eve party town.  So don’t let the  cold weather keep you at home.

Before getting to the weekend details let me remind you of a few ongoing specials.  First of all, our COCK&TAIL HOUR runs every weekday from 6-9pm.  We offer up $3 well drinks and a selected group of our domestic beers.  Plus you can get a buck off call drinks  and imports.  Planning a night out for dinner or a show?  Start by meeting your buddies or date here for a drink.JockstrapWedsProof

Come out later when the Club Room opens at 10pm.  Wednesday is our JOCKSTRAP NIGHT and is very popular. (Don’t fret we’ll keep the heat up)  Free pants check and $1 off cocktails and bottled beers for those sporting their jocks and raffles for jocks from Full Kit Gear, guarantees this to be a fun night.

ThrowbackThurswThursday is all about the “good ol’ music and vids”.  Our THROWBACK THURSDAYS features lots of great music from the 70’s & 80’s.  It could be old disco beats or a bit of funk, but always music you love to hear.  And we feature some of the classic films from Bijou Video with hunks like Bruno, Jack Wrangler or Al Parker to name a few.  Another good night at Touché.

Then we’ll blow the doors off the house with a huge BLACK & BLUE NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND, lots of horny dudes, great music and fun every night through New Year’s Day!12-27a-17w

ONYX CLUB NIGHT on Friday gets the weekend rocking.  They must have had an idea that the temps would plummet this week as they are hosting a UNION SUIT PARTY.  In keeping with our black & blue theme, they are encouraging guys to come out in a black or blue union suit.  Yes they do make them in colors other than red or white.  Whatever color your union suit is, you should be in it in this weather.  Just come prepared to show it off with ONYX.

Saturday night we’ll get all nice and steamy and RIPE.  The lights will be down low, our DJ Harry T will play a deep set and at midnight, our hot go-go dudes will hit the stages to entertain. These guys love to make the crowd happy.   Our monthly RIPE PARTY is always a hit and with everyone out to celebrate the season, this one will be over the top.

The main event comes Sunday with our 41st Annual BLACK & BLUE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY.    It all begins at 9pm with a huge buffet to keep you fueled on into the night. We’ll play a few games and have a couple of raffles as the crowd builds to the magic hour of midnight.  That’s the champagne pops and the lights go out for a real down and dirty good time Touché style.  We’ll have plenty of party favors and glow sticks so you can make merry and find hairy in the dark.

Tickets for New Year’s Eve are on sale at the bar now for just $10. Purchase a ticket ahead of time and you get a free drink and entry for a drawing for a Mr Chicago Leather 2018 Contest weekend package valued at $75.  Only ticket holders are in the running for this prize.  Otherwise, entry for New Year’s Eve will be $10 with no extras.  So it pays well to buy your tickets before Sunday.

Plan ahead for New Year’s Eve and be safe wherever you go.  The CTA offers rides for a penny.  Take public tans to get here, there’s 4 bus routes that pass our corner. Stuff a $20 in your wallet for the cab ride home.  Remember the winter parking ban on Clark St north of the bar and on Devon begins at 3am.  You don’t want to leave and wonder where your car is.

DAVE.ANGELOThe party’s not over, we’ll be back at noon on Monday, New Year’s Day for our “recovery” HUNGOVER & HORNY BEER BUST.  All day long you may enjoy $1 drafts of Bud & Bud Light, sodas and a maybe the hair of the dog Pucker Shots.  There’s lots of college bowl games which we’ll tune in on our screens.  We’ll layout lots of Chicago Red Hots with all the trimmings ’cause you do need to eat.  The Club Room will open at 6pm for a special holiday MOVIE NIGHT screening at 7pm.  And to cap it all off, there’s FULL MOON out this night.  So you know, I’ll be there hosting a FULL MOON PARTY & CONTEST with a $100 cash for the hottest full moon in the house.  I couldn’t have planned a better start to 2018.

One more week for the Grocery Cart by the front door.  You’ve been great at dropping in donations of non-perishable food items for the Groceryland Pantry.  Definitely with this cold snap, soups are in high demand.  Broth, creamy soups, all kinds welcome and remember some crackers too.  Let’s load it up big, guys.

Okay, not so brief, but there’s a lot going on this week.  Just get your ass in here and join the fun.  More news for January including a Tom of Finland screening party, our first BEAR NIGHT of 2018 and MCL2018 to get us started.  I’ll fill you in on details next week.  We’ve got a few balloons to blow here.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all the guys at Touché!


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