JUNE = PRIDE

06-07-17Guess 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.

06-07-17This 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!

David

ToucheChicago@gmail.com

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WELCOME LEATHERMEN & BEARS!

The BIG Weekend is here!  Things are falling into place and we are ready to welcome the hundreds of leather men, leatherwomen, bears and their admirers for a great time in Chicago and here at Touché.  It all begins Wednesday and runs on till closing next Monday night.  There’s no cover, the Northside Leather Express shuttle bus runs directly from the Congress Hotel to Touché every night and is free for anyone to ride. Lots going on, so let me get right to it.

WednesdaywWe kick off things in grand style with or annual BEST OF CHICAGO WELCOME PARTY on Wednesday May 24th.  This night will be hosted by our Mr Chicago Leather 2017 Jerry Cernak or as you may know him Daddy G.

This past Saturday, lots of you turned out to wish him well as he prepares to compete in the big IML contest.  This night Jerry will be welcoming his contestant “brothers” to Chicago and we’ll make sure they get a good “taste” of Chicago.

We’ll be serving up Chicago Red Hot and deep dish pizza with samples of brews from Goose Island Brewery.  All Chicago favorites.  Plus we have gift bags for the tourists packed with more Chicago made treats.

Now the contestants are going to be pretty busy the next few days, making this night for many of them, their one night out on the town.  So they will be excited to get out and visit us here, come help us welcome them and all the other visitors coming to Chicago for the big weekend.  (If you think no one comes out on a Wednesday, come see the packed house this night has become over the years)

ThursdaywWe are excited about Thursday night when Touché hosts the kick off of what will hopefully be a new bear tradition for Memorial Day weekend – CHICAGO BEARFEST!

First of all, to answer some of the questions online.  This weekend was pulled together over the past couple of months.  We’ve been waiting to hear from the organizers of Bear Pride, not wanting to step on their weekend. But once it became clear that was not going to happen,  I felt Touché, as the home of the Great Lakes Bears for all these years, had to do something for bears to continue gathering in Chicago for Memorial Day Weekend.

After working with Hamburger Mary’s, Andersonville Brewing Company and The Call over the years, we decided to band together and put on this weekend of events just for the bear crowd.   And we decided it would be a free weekend.  Admission to all events would be free, all you need do is register and get a Chicago BearFest wristband.  The weekend features some new events and new locations in Andersonville and Roger Park.

Instead of booking a hotel downtown and then trying to get up to Chicago LGBT communities on the northside, we are urging bears to check out the hotels up this way or the Air B&B offerings in “our hood”, many hosted by local bears themselves.

For years, this Thursday night has always found Touché packed with bears from across the country and beyond and we expect this tradition to continue.  The Chicago BearFest Launch party will be your first chance to register and get that wristband.  We’ll honor them this night by taking a buck off your drinks.  To help launch the new weekend, we are welcoming back to our booth DJ Hale who for years, played our monthly Bear Nights at Touché.  And no bear night would be complete without a Midnight Pizza Panic and yes I am doubling the order.

I’ll also have applications for the first Mr Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub contest on Saturday.  I’m still gathering prizes for the winners, but we are starting with $200 cash for each title along with prizes from other businesses. Are you our first Bear or Cub?

FridaywThings really heat up on Friday night when hot stud Rocco Steele hosts PIG DADDY LEATHER to benefit the Leather Archives & Museum.  Leather or bear, you’ve got to admit his one hot Pig Daddy and he’s brining along a bunch friends to help turn up the heat.  You can meet Rocco and get a selfie.  Check out the hot gear from 10Seven available at the bar this night (you do get the reference to 10Seven?)

There will some lube giveaways and raffles during the night with our guests taking the stages to entertain during the night.  DJ Harry T will pump out the tunes for this big night.

Volunteers will be asking for a $10 donation with proceeds from the door going to the LA&M.  I think this line up of studs is worthy of your support and donations. Thanks!

SaturdaywChicago BearFest fun returns on Saturday as we initiate a new contest at Touché, Mr Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub.  We’ve seen lots of hot men in leather and rubber in our annual contests, now it’s time to check out the big hairy men that hang at the bar.

The contest will begin at 10pm and our judging panel will check out the contestants in the following categories

1- Bear Cruise Wear, what you wear at Touché

2- Fantasy wear, leather, rubber, sports gear, uniforms, etc, gear you play in back in your den

3 – Jockstrap, just because we all want to check out the hair

4 – Q&A  just to let folks know you are more than a pretty face.

The winners will receive a nice prize package that includes $200 cash.

Once the contest wraps, we’ll jump right into our BEARS N BOXERS PARTY!  We’ll offer free pants check so you can show off those boxers or whatever else you line to wear under your jeans or shorts.   There’s no dress code, and those wearing a CBF wristband get $21 off their drinks all night.  DJ Hale returns to play tunes again and if the urge hits you go ahead and dance.  We know bears love to boogie.

We’re open till 5am and the shuttle will bring plenty more up from the IML hotel all night.

SundaywSunday is the other big contest, International Mr Leather and I’ll be there to cheer on MCL2017 Daddy G as he competes for the title.  But after the winner is announced, I’ll be heading back to the bar for our wildest night of the weekend.

It’s the last big night after the contest for many guys and once the contest is over, they want to make the most of this last night.  We have just the thing, there’s nothing like cutting loose at our SUPER RIPE PARTY!

We’ll turn the lights way down low, DJ Harry T will pound out some seriously deep beats and then  it’s time for our hot go-go dudes hit the stages to entertain.

You all know how hot our monthly Ripe Parties have been, this night goes over the top with the hundreds of visiting leathermen and bears out to get the most fun this night. Come get ripe at Touché.

MondaywAfter all this what can we do to you next?  How about a cold beer and something to eat?  Join  us Monday as we celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with a special BEER BUST and Cook Out.

The BEER BUST runs all day, that mean drafts of Bud & Bud Light are just a buck all day long.  We’ll add bar sodas and Pucker shots are just $1 all day, too.

We’ll fire up the grills at 3pm when our Ride For AIDS Bike Team hosts our Cook Out.  They’ll help us serve up fresh off the grill burgers and brats and host a raffle.  These guys have been working hard, training for the 200 mile, 2-day bicycle trek in July AND raising huge funds for TPAN.  They are getting in shape for the ride and approaching their funding goal, but your support is needed for them to make it over the top.

Come grab a cold one and a bite and support our Team Touché/Leather 64TEN.  And speaking of bikes, that Michelob Ultra bike that has been on display above the bar will be given away during the Cook Out.  Make certain you fill out an entry form at the bar each night this weekend and you could be taking it home.

Need more?   We’ll still be going with our SURVIVOR PARTY on Monday Night.  The Beer Bust will still be going and the Northside Leather Express shuttle will make it easy for guys to head up from the Congress Hotel for one last night at Touché.  The Club Room will be open, so who knows what just may happen.  Check it out.

Look for updates on our Facebook page and through our Twitter account at the weekend progresses.  Things change, the Chicago Puppy Patrol asked us too host a puppy gathering 5-7pm on Friday.  More can be added.  Chicago BearFest is planning for a picnic on Sunday and should the weather not hold, Touché will offer a weenie roast that afternoon.  So stay tuned, or call the bar 773-465-7400.

Welcome all to Chicago’s home for leathermen and bears for 40 years! We’re looking forward to serving you this weekend.

David

ToucheChicago@gmail.com

 

 

 

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