Guess the Memorial Day weekend was huge, it certainly took a toll on some of the staff. We all worked hard those 6 nights and enjoyed entertaining the crowds. Last week, I ended up covering a couple of bar shifts which didn’t allow me time to update the website and get news out. We’re all recovered and ready for the big month of June and all the Gay Pride celebrations coming our way.
Of course one big task after Memorial Day for me is sifting through the hundreds of entries in our Spring Bike Raffle. I have a huge stack entries here from guys asking to be added to our email/mail lists. I finally got all them entered so many of you this will be the first message from us here at Touché. Lots to cover, recap and alert you to, so bear with me.
First of all, congrates to our Mr Chicago Leather 2017 Daddy G, you made us proud to see you up there competing against all the other leathermen at the IML contest. More importantly, the volunteer work you preform on behalf of our community is truly appreciated. Your example of service is inspiring to all.
You helped us kick off the big weekend by welcoming your fellow contestants to town on that Wednesday before. Most of the contestants were at Touché along with a huge crowd of locals and visitors, making it a big start to the weekend.
We also want to congratulate our first Mr Chicago Bear Ruff Rick and Chicago Cub Drew Recker. The first Chicago BearFest kicked off on that Thursday with nearly 200 bears/cubs registering for the weekend activities. There’s interest in a weekend for bears and we are already planning to make next year even better. Watch for our new bear titleholders around the bar in the coming months and more news on Chicago BearFest 2018.
Memorial Day weekend kicks off a non-stop summer for us here at Touché. Of course June is all about Gay Pride celebrations (more on that in a minute) but we also kick off our AFTER THE BEACH PARTY on Sundays to Labor Day. Then it the 4th of July, Mr Midwest Rubber and the Ride For AIDS in July. Followed by an active August Market Days and more. Hopefully you like our staff are all recovered and ready for a fun summer in Chicago.
Lots going on in town and across the Midwest means folks will be all over the place. Both Milwaukee and Detroit host their Gay Pride celebrations this weekend and I know many of you may head north or east to join those parties. But Andersonville hosts their MidSommar Fest on Clark Street from Foster to Bryn Mawr. With lots of LGBT local residents, this turns into one big gay party each year drawing folks to town for a couple days of fun in the sun.
The following weekend Chicago hosts it’s own PrideFest weekend and while that is held down in Boystown, we always see lots of guys in town and out for our Touché style of late night fun. Then it’s time for the big Chicago Pride Parade on June 25th means another busy weekend. We have several fun nights planned for all, so let’s get to our weekends at the bar.
This Friday the party begins at 8pm with our monthly Leatherwomen’s Cruise. We open the Club Room bar early to allow our leather sisters to gather, socialize and cruise (they are just as horny as you guys)
The Leather Women of Chicago are PROUD to welcome Lesbian Erotica author, Elizabeth Andre on Friday Night! She will be reading from The Golden Crown Literary Society Award Nominated novel, Give Me Thorns”. This story has roots in the Chicago Queer Women’s Community and is guaranteed to set the mood for a very sexy evening! Don’t miss out! Hard copies of this story SOLD OUT over IML weekend! THIS IS A FREE EVENT! All women identified are welcome to come and meet and explore their kinky side.
Then at 10pm our Team Touché/Leather 64TEN takes over with another big fundraiser night. These guys are training hard to be in shape for pedaling their bikes 200 miles in July to support TPAN’s programs. They are well on their way to reaching their fundraising goals, but your support is still needed. This night, the team will be auctioning off the jocks they have been wearing in training, nice and ripe!
It is also a FULL MOON night and that can only mean one thing – a hot FULL MOON CONTEST! After the Team auctions off those jocks, I’ll host the contest with a $100 cash prize for the “hottest full moon” we can find in the house. Wanna come help pick the winner? Be here.
Saturday after spending the day on Clark Street in Andersonville, come back for an even hotter night. It’s our monthly DUNGEON MASTER NIGHT and that includes a hot demo at midnight. Our DM Timothy will present a demo on what I believe is a top fetish for many – spanking! We always get a lot of guys out for this one, which means is getting.giving a good spanking is your thing, you’ll find many others here looking for someone that likes it too. Timothy will talk about the does and don’ts (not many with this one) but there are still safety factors to be considered. Then he will spank the bottom he brings along and maybe offer a few swats to others looking to give it a try. Should be lots of fun.
The heat is on this Sunday, so be careful out there at MidSommarFest or if you hit the parties in Milwaukee or Detroit. Of course if you are here in Chicago you can head on back to Touché for our SUNDAY BEER BUST. Escape the hot sun and humidity and enjoy a cold glass of Bud or Bud Light for just a buck all day and all night. Sodas and Pucker shots are $1 all day too.
The beach, the park or at a street fest, head on in after 4pm for our AFTER THE BEACH PARTY every Sunday. We’ll add a few extra treats to our free Chicago Red Hots while you cool down with those dollar drafts. This summer get a bit “loco” with Captain Morgan’s Loco Nut Rum cocktails for just $4. This tasty rum treat is cool and creamy, makes a great shot and even tastier cocktails. Each week, we will raffle off a Touché “Fun In The Sun” prize package which includes a Touché beach towel, sunglasses and much more. Check out the display at the bar.
Then stick around for our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT at 7pm in the Club Room. Cool, dark and still serving up those dollar drafts, it’s a fun way to cap off your Sunday in the summer.
As for the big Chicago Pride Parade, yes there will be a huge leather/rubber/puppy/kinky contingent in this year’s parade. All our local leather/fetish clubs have banded together to march as one in the parade. Last year we had nearly 300 kinky folks of all kinds march, making it one of the largest groups in the parade. Let’s see if we can make our contingent THE largest this year.
Everyone is welcome to join the group club member or not. There will be a flatbed truck to allow those unable to walk the parade a place to ride and join the party. Space is limited, so if you can walk, be prepared. We will have flags and cold drinks but feel free to bring your own.
Following the parade, Touché will be hosting it’s BEER BUST and serving up a huge cookout. Beat the crowds in Boystown and head back up for a cold one and a bite, whether you march or just stand on the sidelines. This is where Chicago’s leather/fetish will celebrate their Pride after the parade!
Enough for now, I still have a few things to fix here at the bar. (The house took a bit of a beating too) Let me get to those task, that way when you stop by for drink, we’ll be ready to welcome you. Time to celebrate your pride!