We’re down to the last week of September already. I don’t know about you but I am ready for it to chill down a bit after the past week of 90’s. Good thing we are celebrating OKTOBERFEST at Touché. Lots of you have been cooling off with those $4 pints of Leinenkugel’s OktoberFest Beer. I made sure we have enough kegs to keep us going till OKTOBERFEST ends on Sunday. Come enjoy another pint with us this weekend and make sure you enter the drawing for a new leather jacket from Leather 64TEN. Sooner or later it will cool down and you’ll need it.

cubs2bearsThe Chicago Cubs just clinched their title and heading to the playoffs next week. Now our Chicago Bears are fresh off their first victory and taking on the Packers on Thursday Night Football. We’ll tune in the game for what could be a sweet victory to help right their course this season. Those OKTOBERFEST pints would go nicely with a good game of football.

Friday night will be our STEPPING OFF benefit for the Chicago House AIDS WALK TEAM. With the big WALK coming up Sunday morning this will be our last chance to support the team. Our goal this year is $1,000 and we are well on our way there after our previous benefit parties. I won’t tell you where we’re at yet, just come on in and help us and we should reach that goal.   We have lots of great prizes including a CLAW weekend registration, an MCL2018 package and more to auction and raffle off. I’m counting on you to come bid and buy your raffle tickets. I want to make that $1,000 donation to Chicago House when I step off in the AIDS WALK this Sunday morning.

09-21-17wWe’ll end September with our popular monthly RIPE PARTY. The lights will be low, DJ Harry T will deepen the beats and then our hot go-go dudes will take the stages at midnight to get you all worked up and ripe. Remember we offer free clothing check to make it easy for you to get nice and ripe, too. No wonder it’s one of our wildest monthly parties.

Since they played a game on Thursday night, there won’t be a Chicago Bears game on Sunday. But it will still be a busy SUNDAY BEER BUST as we bring down the curtain on OKTOBERFEST 2017. Now if you were in Munich, the tents fold up while we are just getting started. First, we’re adding the Leinenkugel OktoberFest Beer to our $1 draft offer with Bud and Bud Light that is served up all day long.

09-13a-17wCome by from 3-7pm for our final OKTOBERFEST PARTY this year. We’ll serve a buffet of bratwursts, German style potato salad, fresh baked pretzels and a little sweet strudel treat. We’ll hold our annual Beer Stein Holding Contest and by 7pm we will draw the name of this year’s winner of a brand new leather jacket from LEATHER 64TEN.

There’s still our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT at 7pm in the Club Room. Sit back after a big ol’ brat and enjoy the movie or get your night going in the dark Club Room.

Then it’s on to my favorite month of the year – October. Cooler temps, lots of football (and playoffs with the Cubs) leading up to the big gay holiday – HALLOWEEN.   But first we welcome the American Brotherhood Weekend to Chicago next weekend. That will guarantee you a wild weekend at Touché. As part of our big Year 40, we will bring back another Touché infamous party the SNAKE PIT PARTY in October. And then be warned – the MAZE returns for Halloween week along with a week of Halloween fun.

I’ve just about got our big 40th Anniversary 5 night celebration all set, including a huge raffle prize. I am busting to give you all the details but there’s just a couple of loose ends (DJ line up, etc.) Watch for news to break any moment. If you are following Touché on Facebook or Twitter you might be the first to know.

If you think that’s all, think again. We just had our first planning meeting for MR CHICAGO LEATHER 2018 and things are already fallen into place for another big contest weekend in January. Announcements on the weekend will be posted next week on the MCL page on our website.

For all our bears out there, plans for CHICAGO BEARFEST are also in the works. Maybe news for you by October’s BEAR NIGHT? Let me see how fast I recover from the AIDS WALK and Oktoberfest this Sunday.

In the meantime, let’s raise another pint and maybe a little Schnapps? Happy Oktoberfest!



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I’m a bit late again this week but once you look at all the stuff coming up at Touché yet just for September, you might see why I’ve been so busy.  (not to mention the big 40 bash in November)   So let’s just dig right in.

09-13-17wYou’ve seen their colors hanging on the wall in the front bar, and many others all around the Club Room in back.  Touché is the home bar of many Chicago clubs and welcomes others for special events.  Now that fall is settling in, here’s your chance to check out our local club scene and just maybe find a group to hang with and keep yourself going.

Our annual FALL CLUB RUSH PARTY is this Friday night.  Friday’s have been Club Night at Touché for all our years with a couple of regularly schedule nights and quite a few “guest” nights.  So what are these clubs all about you may ask?

They vary greatly from strictly leather to rubber or uniforms.  Some clubs form around sexual play, community involvement or a combination of both. Most clubs are men only while a few are open to all men, women, trans.  With over 15 local club in Chicago there’s quite a spectrum of interests.  But basically they all offer brotherhood (sisterhood too,) and a sense of belonging only found in our leather community.

While these clubs welcome new members all year long, this is your one night to come and meet members from the clubs and ask about their activities, goals, membership requirements, etc. (just like the college rush parties for fraternities)  All local clubs have been invited to participate and many have already confirmed they will be here.  I’m sure most will turn out, eager to answer your questions and possibly invite you to their next meeting or function.  Be adventurous and come check our clubs. Perhaps you will meet a group of guys (or guys & gals) that you want to make friends with this year and beyond.

09-13a-17wWe may not be in Munich, but we can still make merry just the same. OKTOBERFEST 2017 kicks off this Saturday in Bavaria and just like them we will tap the keg of the Oktoberfest brew and party for the next 2 weeks.  This year we will have Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest Beer on tap and offer up $4 pints every day till Oktoberfest ends on October 1st.

An Oktoberfest tradition at Touché is to get you ready for leather weather with a drawing for a new jacket from Leather 64TEN.  You can enter every night beginning this Saturday till the big drawing on Sunday October 1st.   During the run of Oktoberfest we’ll feature our BratFest on the 24th and our annual Beer Stein Holding Contest on Friday the 29th.  There will be unannounced specials and raffles during the two weeks of Oktoberfest so drop in for a cold beer any time and enter that big raffle for the leather jacket.

Besides kicking off Oktoberfest, Saturday is also our GEAR NIGHT for September and you know that means a great crowd of men in leather, rubber and uniforms.  Get your gear on so you can head to the Club Room, there will be a dress code enforced this Saturday.  And our barber & bootblack will be on duty to keep you looking good.

The Chicago Bears game in Tampa is on this Sunday despite Irma’s thrashing.  We’ll begin the day early for the noon kick off with our SUNDAY BEER BUST.  We’ll add the Oktoberfest Beer to our $1 offerings of Bud, Bud Light and sodas served up all day long.  Join Mario for the game and an afternoon of football fun.  Mark will open the Club Room at 6pm and get you set for our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT at 7pm.  Enjoy those $1 drafts along with the hit movie on our big screen, surround sound set up back there. Of course the Sunday madness just rolls on into the late night.  A great way to wrap up your weekend at Touché.

Remember OKTOBERFEST runs daily with $4 pints of the Leinenkugel all week along with our weekday COCK&TAIL HOUR.  From 6-9 pm Monday through Friday we offer all well drinks and selected domestic beers for just $3.  Stop by after work or meet up with friends here for a drink before heading off to dinner, movie or show.  Remember you can enter every night for that new leather jacket from Leather 64TEN.

09-20-17wNext weekend the ONYX gang will be here Friday to heat up the night with some hot wax play.

09-20a-17wIt will be a double duty night next Saturday with a huge BEAR ALL show in the front bar.  Touché has been presenting these shows of live music by local gay singers/songwriters and musicians that have wowed the crowd with their talent.  in honor of our 40th anniversary, this particular show will feature some new performers and several men that previously entertained us.  Lots of talent all in one night.

While that happens up front, the Illinois Leather Alliance will host a SEND OFF PARTY for the IL titleholders heading off to compete at GLLA the following week.  Come wish them well as they move on represent our community in Indy the end of the month.

There’s still time for you to join me in the AIDS WALK for Chicago House on October 1at. We’ll wrap up September with a final benefit night on Friday the 29th and our monthly RIPE PARY on the 30th.

I told you I had a lot on our schedule this month with more coming October.  I can’t wait to tap that Oktoberfest beer from Leinenkugel on Saturday.  Come meet our Clubs on Friday and hoist a pint on Saturday in your gear.



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