MWR2017-Pup_LinkIt was another successful Mr Midwest Rubber Contest Weekend at Touché.  We had a great crowd on hand as two hot rubbermen battled it out for the title.  Congrates to Pup Link for coming up the winner and being named Mr Midwest Rubber 2017.  He’s already off and running, heading to Mr Kentucky Leather this weekend in Louisville.  You’ll be seeing more of him around the bar in the coming weeks as he prepares to compete at MIR21 in November.  You can check out more photos from the contest & weekend on our Midwest Rubber Facebook page and on the Great Lakes Den website.

Now it’s time to get back to more YEAR 40 summer time fun at Touché.  Over the years we have hosted several wild nights and in keeping with those traditions we are presenting a couple of new parties and bringing back on wet, very, wet summer event.


Over Touché’s 40 years, we have always touted our hometown Chicago as a great place to live or visit.  The lakefront, the skyline, the people, the food, the nightlife and more make this city special for those of us living here and the millions of visitors.

Sometime this pride is also about the people that have made this place so special. One of most notable favorite sons was Ernest Hemingway. (Okay he was from Oak Park where you can still visit his family home but he’s still part of Chicago’s legendary figures)  I can’t imagine a more manly man, he would hunt, fish camp, sail a boat – all kinds of outdoor life, enjoyed a good drink and a good smoke.

Then there’s that beard.  Papa Hemingway would have been a most attractive and sought after bear daddy at Touché.  The fact that he also wrote so many well read books, would mean the conversations over a drink would be remarkable.

This Friday would have been his 118th birthday, so why not celebrate the birthday of Papa Hemingway?   Let’s see how much you have read of his works. KWIZ Master Kirk Williamson will be on hand to host a Hemingway Trivia Contest and I’ll follow that up with a Best Beard contest with lots of prizes for both.

Then we’ll do the “time trip” thing again and take you back to the early days of Touché on Saturday night for a 70’s LEATHER NIGHT.  I mentioned last week about the leather look of the time. More biker oriented, chaps, jackets and muir caps.  Of course it’s summer time and that meant short cut off jeans (at the crotch not the knees) a white deigo t, boots and a vest were the norm.  And every man sported a mustache and sideburns.  Let’s see your best 70’s leather look and come enjoy the music with not one but two DJ’s Jesse and Harry T taking turns on the turntables.

We couldn’t salute our first 40 years without bringing back another Touché tradition, the big SPLASH PARTY.  This Sunday along with our BEER BUST we’ll open the Club Room at 4pm for lots of wet fun.  No, not a watersports party just lots of water.  Water balloons, water pistols, water period.  Come prepared to get wet if you step into the Club Room between 4 and 7pm.  I’ve got some 300+ water balloons for ammo, feel free to bring your own water guns.  You may have attended a Splash Party before or heard about these wild parties. Come get soaked and have some fun again at Touché.

For weeks I’ve been going on about all the big weekend events (IML, Pride, 4th of July & MWR) but I want to remind you that we are having a fun summer all week long.  Step out any night and you’ll find some fun guys hanging at the bar looking for you to join them.  Our COCK&TAIL HOUR specials run Monday through Friday every week with $3 well drinks & select domestic beers from 6-9pm.

weekday bannerTuesdays, put down your cell phones and put on your leather for a buck off drinks all night.  Wednesday strut your stuff in a jockstrap and get a buck off drinks that night.  And if you enjoy the music of the 70s & 80s come out for our THROWBACK THURSDAYS when that’s all we play along with the hot classic from Bijou Video.

rw17_slide3One last thing this week. The AIDS WALK is set for Sunday October 1st. A ways off but it’s time to put together our team from Touché to walk on behalf of Chicago House.  A bit more history for you, when AIDS hit Chicago it landed firmly on Touché.  My fellow bartender at the time was Glen Sudberry or Sudsy as he was called by his club bothers.  Sudsy was one of the first to fall to AIDS, before we even knew what was the cause that would later be termed AIDS.

In those early days, guys were getting seriously ill and dying at an alarming rate.  Too ill to work or care for themselves, the need for housing was one of the first concerns in dealing with this crisis.   Chicago House was formed just for that purpose, to buy a property where guys could go.  And many of the people that came together to begin this effort came out of our leather community (and many more died in a Chicago Hose home)  Chicago House is part of our leather history.

A few years ago as the economy collapsed and AIDS funding was slashed another agency serving the northside/northshore BEHIV had to close their doors.  The problem was, BEHIV had many clients in Rogers Park, Evanston and beyond.  While facing their own economic shortfalls, Chicago House stepped up and took in BIHIV’s clients who would have been otherwise left without care.

So I am challenging all of you that identify as a leatherman or leatherwoman to join me in this year’s walk to support Chicago House.  It’s part of your heritage to support this worthy cause.  Of course everyone one else bear, rubberman, pup, whatever are also welcome to walk with me on October 1st.

There will be a team meeting next Wednesday, July 27th at 7pm at Touché with representatives from Chicago House to share information about registering for the Walk.  Touché has scheduled our annual “THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN” Boot Fetish Party on Saturday August 19th to help raise funds for team.  I would like to plan a few more fundraisers before the Walk and show as much support for Chicago House as our Team Touché/Leather64TEN did for TPAN in the Ride For AIDS.

If you can not attend the meeting but would like to help, be a part of our AIDS WALK team, drop me a line at the email address below and I’ll keep you posted.

Now let’s celebrate Papa Hemingway, head back to the 70s and get a little (okay a lot) wet.  It’s going to be a fun weekend at Touché, don’t miss out!


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