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.
So 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.
Friday’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.
Our 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.
Another 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.
Speaking 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)
The 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.
Our 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.