Join bears, cubs and their admirers for a wild, hairy weekend in Chicago May 24th thru May 28th. This marks our 2nd year in hosting this weekend for bears to gather in the Windy City. Our schedule of events has expanded to more entertainment, hunky bear dancers, the 2018 Chicago Bear & Chicago Cub contest and a special show “My Big Funny Peter” featuring our headliner internationally acclaimed comedian Peter Bisuito.
Unlike most bear events, there is no official host hotel. Rather than sequester our out of town guests in a big hotel downtown away from Chicago’s amazing gay nightlife, Chicago BearFest takes place in the heart of Andersonville and Rogers Park neighborhoods.
These areas on Chicago’s northside are thriving gay neighborhoods alive with many nightspots, dining experiences and shopping treasures. Andersonville and Rogers Park are also served by CTA trains and bus making getting around the city very convenient.
We urge out of town guests to book accommodations of their choice or stay with local friends. There are numerous hotels, motels, guest houses and Air B&B sites within walking distance of our host venues. A list of area hotels and guest houses are listed on our Facebook page.
Weekend registration for Chicago BearFest is just $45 and includes:
· The official Chicago BearFest wristband that entitles you to $1 all your drinks at the host party bars, a 10% discounts on meals at Hamburger Mary’s and the Andersonville Brewing Company
· Discounts and special offers from area merchants and service during the Bear Crawl
· A Chicago BearFest t-shirt (our first shirt)
· Ticket to the Sunday show “My Big Funny Peter” starring Peter Bisuito.
Registration for Chicago BearFest is available online through Brown Paper Tickets and if you register by May 16th you can save $5 on your package.
For more information on Chicago BearFest 2018 check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. You may also email us ChicagoBearFest2018@gmail.com
Hamburger Mary's/Mary's Attic & Andersonville Brewing Company
5400 North Clark Street
5402 North Clark Street
Schedule of Events
Thursday - Jump Start Party
Chicago BearFest gets a jump on the big weekend at Touche'. Registration & package pick up begins at 9pm. Enjoy $1 off drinks while you party with our humpy dancers. Free pizza at midnight - a Touche' bear party tradition!
Friday - Welcome Dance Party
Time to meet all the bears in town for the big weekend. Hosted by Mary's Attic beginning at 9pm with DJ Jesse R, a Chicago bear party favorite. Discounted drinks and hairy men dancing the night away. Don't forget you get 10% off eats at Hamburger Mary's downstairs.
Saturday day - Brunch & Bear Crawl & Showtunes
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Andersonville Brewing Company, you get 10% meals here, too.
Spend the afternoon checking out the shops, cafes, services and more along Clark Street in Andersonville. Look for the Chicago BearFest signs in the windows offering discoounts and specials.
Head up to The Call Bar for Showtunes Cocktails at 4pm to replenish.
Saturday night - Chicago Bear & Chicago Cub Contest - Bears & Boxers Dance Party
It's time to determine who will be named Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub for 2018. The contest begins at 9pm at Touche' and remember the crowd gets to vote for the winner.
Following the contest, stick around for the Bears & Boxers Party with DJ Jesse R. Free pants check will be offered so you can show yours off.
Sunday day - Bear on the Beach/In the Park
You've got to spend some time on Chicago's lakefront. Gather just south of the Osterman Beach off of Bryn Mawr Avenue. Look for the Bear flags from noon till 4pm. It's a BYO affair, stock your cooler and join us.
Sunday Night - The Big Show & The Big Dance
Sunday night begins with laughs at the Raven Theatre featuring "My Big Funny Peter" at 8pm.
Following the show, The Call Bar hosts our Sunday Dance with great dance videos, our bear dancers and special performances by Furly Elegant. Oh and discounted drinks, too!
Chicago Bear & Chicago Cub Contest
Saturday, May 26th
The main event on Saturday for Chicago BearFest will be the 2018 Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub Contest hosted by Touche'. The contest begins at 9pm and will be followed by the Bears & Boxers party.
Both winners will receive a title sash, $300 cash and Touche' swag bag valued at $75. Additional prizes may be added, check for updates here or on the Chicago BearFest Facebook page.
Contestants will be judged in 4 categories:
Bear Cruise Wear
Q & A
The audience will also be permited to vote for their favorite bear and cub contestant.