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Tired of gassing up the car? Why not charge it instead? From ethanol to biodiesel; hydrogen to natural gas; we’ll tell you about the latest in electricpowered and alternative fuel cars on display at the Chicago Auto Show this month. We’ll preview some of the standouts of this year’s show, and in case you’re inspired to buy a new car, we’ll tell you how to negotiate and get the best deal possible. On the heels of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Big Three automakers have been busy nipping and tucking their brands. Find out what’s happening in our full report of the state of the auto industry. Join us for another exciting ride in our annual GoGuide Auto issue.
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Car buying 101 how to get the best deal possible By Kerrie Kennedy
For a lot of people, buying a new car is about as much fun as having oral surgery. While it may not be physically painful, it’s complicated, intimidating and time-consuming. But thanks to the Internet, buying a new car is not nearly as much work as it used to be. In fact, the more time you spend researching, the less time you’ll have to spend haggling. Here are a few pointers: Shop online first. Not only should you decide upon the exact model you want to buy, you should also narrow down the features you want (GPS, satellite radio, etc.), and even the color. Determine what your car will cost you over a five-year period. New cars go down in value an estimated 20 percent in the first year. But not every car depreciates at the same rate. In fact, sometimes it might make sense to buy a more expensive car. Go to intellichoice.com to find out what it says about the car you want to buy. Determine the best price for the car you want. Ignore the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) and instead research the invoice price for the car you want at Edmunds.com, carprices.com, autosite.com, and MSN autos. It’s important to nail down price before you go to the dealer. Shop for an auto loan. Check with your bank or credit union for a competitive auto loan. If you’re able to secure your own loan, you can then negotiate for the best price possible. While dealers sometimes do offer low-cost financing, you may end up paying more for your car that way. Besides, those deals are only available to buyers with good credit – buyers who can easily get low rates elsewhere.
Shop at multiple dealers. If you were shopping for a new sofa, you’d probably want to look at several furniture stores. So you’ll want to spend at least as much time looking for your car. Call first, just to make sure they still have what you’re looking for. Play it cool at the dealer. It’s a little like dating: you need to get the upper hand. Show up a little late for your appointment and don’t act excited when you see the car of your dreams. In fact, act a little bored. Take the car for a test drive. Would you move in with someone before going on a date first? It may sound obvious, but you should always test drive a car before buying to make sure it’s up to snuff. Never say yes to the first proposal. In fact, act insulted. Then stay firm on your price and never, ever offer to “split the difference.” Be aware of the “lowball and bump” or the “bait and switch.” This is where the dealer offers you an incredible price, only to bump up the price on the paperwork. As always, read the fine print before signing on the dotted line and during negotiations, be clear that the price is an allinclusive final price with no add-ons or extras. Save a small concession. Part of negotiating is that you don’t want to get stuck on something really small. Have in mind what concession you’d be willing to make if necessary. Be prepared to walk. Don’t wait until your old car breaks down to go shopping for a new one. That way, if things don’t go your way, you won’t feel bad if you have to walk away and start over.
Ask your insurance company what your rates will be. You may be surprised to learn that insurance rates vary depending on the car. Certain sports cars and cars that are stolen frequently tend to carry higher insurance premiums. Sell your old car first. Sure, it’s a hassle. And how much easier would it be to just trade in your old car? If you can afford it, go ahead. But you’ll get a lot more money for your old car if you sell it used instead. goguidechicago.com
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an alternative fuel primer save money and the planet By Kerrie Kennedy
You’ve probably heard of electric-powered cars, but what about cars that run on animal fats and vegetable oil? We’re not talking about out-there Hollywood celebs like Darryl Hannah fueling theirs cars with French fry oil—we’re talking about real alternative fuels produced domestically or derived from renewable sources. Often producing less pollution than gaseline or diesel, alternative fuels reduce our dependence on imported oil, and some are derived from renewable sources. Often producing less pollution than gasoline or diesel, alternative fuels reduce our dependence on imported oil. Here’s a guide:
Ethanol is produced domestically from corn and other crops and produces less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels. Biodiesel is derived from vegetable oils and animal fats. It usually produces less air pollutants than petroleumbased diesel. Natural gas is a fossil fuel that generates less air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
To promote alternative fuels, the Federal government offers tax incentives to consumers. Here’s a list of alternative fuel vehicles on display at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show
Propane, also called liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is a domestically abundant fossil fuel that generates less harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases. Hydrogen can be produced domestically from fossil fuels (such as coal), nuclear power, or renewable resources, such as hydropower. Fuel cell vehicles powered by pure hydrogen emit no harmful air pollutants.
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Volvo C30 BEV zero emissions plug-in hybrid is one of the concept cars featured at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show.
chicago auto show zooms into town By Kerrie Kennedy
Just when you thought you’d never be motivated to buy a car again, when you’d just as soon keep the clunker and save the cash, this year’s auto show might change your mind—or at least get you excited about cars again. The show, Feb. 12-21 at McCormick Place, seeks to put the fire and sparks back into the car-buying public, enticing them with a Vegas-worthy event full of sexy showstoppers. Forget the boring-yet reliable sedan—this show is all about escaping the winter doldrums and drooling over concept cars that are racy, curvy and utterly frivolous. The expansive lakefront exposition center will feature the industry’s latest range of vehicles during the show’s 10-day run, including cars, trucks, concepts, sport utility, cross-over and competition vehicles and collector’s antiques. More than 1,000 vehicles will be on display. In addition to sexy concept cars like the Ferrari 599xx “supercar,” this year the show will feature several alternative fuel concepts, including the Volvo C30, a fourpassenger electric car powered solely by electricity. The car has a driving range of 93 miles and takes eight hours to charge on a household current. There will be plenty of spotlight reveals and surprises in store for car enthusiasts. Honda is said to be bringing in a new Odyssey; Ford, the restyled Edge; Nissan, a new crossover vehicle; Kia, a new plug-in concept and Audi, the new A8. For serious buyers, the show’s expansive displays make it easy to comparison shop all under one roof. But even if you’re not in the market for a new car, shopping for one at the auto show is free—and fun.
Tickets for the auto show are $11 for adults; $7 for children 7-12 (children 6 and under free); senior citizens age 62 and older, $7. Weekday discount tickets ($4 off the regular adult admission) are available at area newcar dealers and from participating banks. Women’s Day, Feb. 16. features $7 for all women as well as women-oriented programs on vehicle purchasing, leasing, maintenance, upkeep and sports activities. For more information or advance tickets, go to chicagoautoshow.com. goguidechicago.com
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THE STATE OF THE UNION the big three auto makers get a makeover By William Sherman
Let’s face it: for the past year-and-a-half, the American economy has been, well, less than stellar. But that’s no news to you, sitting at a bar, on the train or at home reading this little ‘zine. For most Americans, buying a new car is a luxury that has not been on the radar this year. Paying higher property taxes, getting through layoffs, unemployment lines and the refocusing of family values (gay and straight) has taken precedent. Likewise, the car companies have not been exempt to the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Let’s face it: good, bad or ugly, the face of the Big Three is getting a little nip/tuck. It looks like GM is going in for a little lipo and a tummy tuck to get the old girl back into fighting shape. Slashing the brands Saturn, Hummer, Pontiac and Saab from the roster has come as a shock to many car enthusiasts, but from a business perspective, it made sense. GM has long needed a refocusing of its brand in order to be competitive with the European and Japanese competition. Many wonder, why Buick? It’s certainly not for the cache here in America. Primarily, it’s due to increased in sales in China. In 2007, China bought twice as many Buicks than we did in America. And with exclusive offerings for the Chinese market, it seems logical that GM keeps the Buick
brand as part of its refocused efforts. But what about the US? There has been a great effort from GM to truly reinvent the brand. Finally, Cadillac is moving on from its roots as an old man’s car to a true rival to the Audi, BMW and Mercedes brands. And with the CTS Coupe and Wagon coming out in 2010, there will be even more choices to buy American. Chevrolet is banking most of 2011 on two cars: the Volt and Cruze. The Volt is a revolutionary car that can go up to 40 miles on pure electricity, can be plugged into a standard outlet and can switch over seamlessly to gas after the battery is drained. Whether there is a market for such a car and whether the new technology is reliable remains to be seen. As for the Cruze, it is GM’s first truly global model. Engineered in Germany, styled in South Korea and built in Ohio, GM has big hope for this little car. Just hope it’s not too late. An interesting note: GM just offered a $1,000 incentive to current Toyota owners to switch over their current lease to GM. Clever use of incentives to help a struggling brand
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in the midst of one the largest recalls in US history. That’s the kind of shrewd marketing it takes to bring a company back from the brink. If GM needed a little lipo and a tummy tuck, then Chrysler needs the Joan Rivers of plastic surgery, or more recently, the Hedi Montag. Last year, Fiat purchased controlling interest in the company and has put forth an aggressive plan to turn a profit by 2014 with a total revamp of the line. Borrowing from the success of Fiat in Europe, they are in a race to make it relevant to the needs of the American market, and increasingly more important, the global market. In the short term, the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee— based on the Mercedes M class platform—is set to debut next year, along with a totally revamped 300C and Dodge Charger. From the looks of them, they are going to be some impressive beasts. Hopefully, equally impressive will be the much-needed sales they will generate. But the bigger story here is the shake-up that’s going to occur over the next few years at Chrysler. Fiat intends
on revamping nearly every car and engine in its line, and the face of Chrysler will more than likely be unrecognizable by 2013. Models on their way out include Jeep Patriot, Compass, Commander, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Dakota, Caliber and Viper. And every other car is set to be revamped or totally redesigned by the 2013 model year. Pretty ambitious goal for a car company that only eight months ago was filing for bankruptcy. Then there’s the comeback kid, the Mickey Rourke of the car world—Ford. With a record loss of $14.6 billion dollars, 2008 was the worst year in Ford’s history. Flash forward to 2009, when Ford recorded a profit of $2.7 billion, its first profit since 2005. Turns out that avoiding bailouts and bankruptcy is actually good for business. Can’t say the same for Mickey Rourke’s career, or his plastic surgery. But 2010 may be a different story. There’s just not all that much coming out of the Ford camp. There was the 2010 Taurus that debuted in mid-2009. This almost European-like sedan that had received much praise by the
critics offered no new updates for 2011 model year. The only other real revelation is the long-anticipated debut of the 2011 Ford Fiesta, a little car poised to take the Chevy Cruze on head to head. This little $14,000 subcompact is big on styling and details, but somehow the name still has bad memories of Carnie Wilson the Wilson Phillips years. Maybe a focus group should be had to determine a better name? A Ford Focus group, that is, Maybe Ford is just staying the course and hoping that the American consumer only cares about last year’s bailouts and bankruptcies that were averted. No matter what your opinion of the American carmakers, the trying times are not over for the Big Three. And some may not make it much past the mid ‘10s. One thing is for sure, it will be interesting watching them try to reinvent themselves. Much like a 40-something cougar going in for her first round of botox and lip injections…
road trippin’ By Web Behrens
Almost everybody wants a vacation this time of year — but not everybody has the time or the money for a weeklong indulgence, basking on the sun-drenched beaches of Hawaii or skiing down the powdery slopes of Vail. Still, you can plan a quick getaway without too much effort if you stay relatively local. These three itineraries, all to nearby destinations, can be adjusted based on your time and cash flow, from a day trip to an entire whole weekend away.
Tucked away in the far northwest corner of the state, the first remarkable thing about Galena is the view as you near the end of the three-hour drive there. You don’t notice how the elevation’s been creeping up until the highway curves around Horseshoe Mound and you suddenly get a stunning view. Since most of the state is flatter than Todd Stroger’s approval ratings, you’ll feel like a Land-o’-Lincoln Dorothy, suspecting you’re not in Illinois any more. But you are: Horseshoe Mound is 1,000 feet up, while
Galena rises some 600 feet above sea level. Eons ago, this region escaped the flattening effects of glaciers. The elevation, along with the Galena River (a tributary to the nearby Mississippi), makes this small town of 3,000 an especially scenic destination. Locals recommend a drive north along North Council Hill Road for some of the best countryside vistas. If you’re looking for coffee and a nosh, hit the cozy Railway Cafe (815-777-0047), which offers a bit of Chicago in the village: They serve Intelligentsia Coffee along with organic food (complete with vegan options). If you’re looking for a drink, Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape (815-776-WINE, grapeescapegalena.com) is made for you. (Tell the pinkhaired proprietress we said “howdy.”) History buffs might care to visit the historic homes that once belonged to President Ulysses Grant and Elihu Washburne, his Secretary of State (815-777-3310). Finally, if you’re looking to spend a night or two, check out the gay-friendly Irish Hollow Inn (815-777-6000, www.irishhollow.com), with private cottages on an estate with hiking trails and streams. continues on 23 goguidechicago.com
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Closer to home is Harvard, the one-time “Milk Capital of the World.” Located 62 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, at the end point of Metra’s NorthWestern line, the town of almost 8,000 was once a major dairy-farming center. (Although we suspect their self-imposed designation “of the world” was a bit of hyperbole.) The town’s identity is still very much wrapped up in its bovine history, as it hosts an annual summer Milk Days festival, complete with a parade down whitewashed streets and reigning queen. Year round, downtown Harvard is overseen by its protector and mascot, the proud Harmilda. A fiberglass cow, her name is an amalgam of the town’s big event: HARvard MILk DAys. But you don’t have to hit Harvard in June, at the peak of its social season, to enjoy its quaint charms. The familyowned Swiss Maid Bakery (815-943-7282, www.swissmaidbakery.com) bakes its treats all year long. Ditto Red’s Tavern (815-943-4951), a much-loved local institution — but its treats are beer and a delectable thin-crust pizza. Bargain hunters shouldn’t miss Jan’s Rummage Room (815-943-1903), an enormous thrift store where you won’t have to compete with the Wicker Park hipsters for the best finds. If you’ve got a bigger budget and you’re looking to score quality vintage furniture or a potential art piece, take a short drive on Route 173 (about three miles out of town) to Alden Valley Antiques (815-648-4805), whose owner, Robert Anderson, has a keen eye for industrial design treasures.
WINE COUNTRY, MICHIGAN
A sweet day-trip in the other direction, about 70 miles outside of Chicago, will take you the southwest corner of Michigan state, which boasts a number of vineyards. That might seem hard to believe, so far away from California’s famed Napa and Sonoma counties, but the land’s proximity to the Lake Michigan moderates the otherwise harsh northern climate. That key factor combined with its glacial moraine soils to make this little nook of the Midwest wine country. An official American Viticultural Area (a designated grape-growing region), wine making in this area dates all the way back to the late 1800s. Some of the wineries are connected to the exclusive “Hamptons of the Midwest,” a string of eight towns collectively known as Harbor Country that (mostly) dot the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Others lie outside of this range, but nonetheless, six different wineries lie within a 10-mile radius. Naturally, you can enjoy the, ahem, fruits of the vintner’s labors with a variety of tours and tastings. If you’re the DIY kind, find your way from one winery to the next with blue-and-white grape road signs, or sign up for a guided adventure with Fruitful Vine (269-978-8777, www.fruitfulvinetours.com), which depart from St. Joseph or Stevensville. If you’re staying in Harbor Country proper and would rather not travel further, three of the wineries offer satellite tasting rooms in the village of Union Pier. A plethora of information about the wineries can be found at their various sites (roundbarnwinery.com, taborhill.com, domaineberrien.com, lemoncreekwinery.com and hickorycreekwinery.com). Cheers!
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Restaurants where to eat for valentine’s day Alhambra Palace 1240 Randolph, 312.666.9555 alhambrapalacerestaurant.com If you’re dying to get away but can’t afford a vaca this Valentine’s Day, head over the Alhambra Palace, a dining and entertainment complex that is so opulant and unexpected, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world. This 24,000 square foot three-story palace features mosaic tiles, crystal chandeliers, 30 ft. palm trees, a copper-gilded stage, and arhcitecutre and artifacts from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. The menu is a mix of Moroccan and Mediterranean –inspired specialities, including tabouli, hummus, kabobs, steaks and fresh fish. Spanish Flamenco dancers perform at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and on Tues. there’s live salsa with complimentary lessons. Open daily from 11 a.m.
Angelina ristorante 3561 N. Broadway, 773.935.5933 angelinaristorante.com When you’re looking for romance, it’s hard to beat a cozy little Italian restaurant, conveniently located in Boystown. A mainstay in the neighborhood for 20 some years, Angelina serves up classic Italian dishes like Veal Parmesan and Rigatoni Bolgnese as well as gourmet interpretations like black truffle gnocchi with shrimp and hand-rolled ricotta dumplings with spicy Italian sausage. The wine list is reasonable ($7-$8 a glass) and the $20 champagne brunch is one of the best deals around. On Valentine’s Day, take advantage of the $75 pre-fixe threecourse menu for two. Open Mon.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.
Blackbird 619 W. Randolph, 312.715.0708 blackbirdrestaurant.com Named one of the top five restaurants in Chicago by Gourmet Magazine and winner of countless awards, Blackbird should be on your must-go list, if it’s not already. Yes, the dining room is a bit tight, yes, it’s expensive, but you’ll forget all about that when you taste the food. Minimalist and trendy, Blackbird specializes in sublime French and American cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Open for lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-11:30 p.m.
Restaurants where to eat for valentine’s day Geja’s 340 W. Armitage, 773.281.9010 gejascafe.com Fondue has recently become trendy again, but that matters not to the people at Geja’s: they’ve been serving it up for years. But most people don’t come for the fondue per se: they come for the romantic setting, complete with hidden booths, candlelight, and live classical and flamenco guitar music. The fondue—cheese, shrimp/scallops/lobster/beef tenderloin and chocolate—are simply icing on the cake. Valentine’s Day packages start at $85 per person and include a rose, champagne, three-course fondue dinner, as well as tax and gratuity. Visit the website for reservation information. Open Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 5-11:30 p.m.; Sun. 4:30-9:30 p.m.
jack’s on Halsted 3201 N. Halsted, 773.244.9191 jacksonhalsted.com Jack’s is the perfect place to catch up with old friends, romantic or otherwise. Serving American bistro food at reasonable prices, the food is simple, unpretentious, and bound to make everyone at the table happy. Start with a dirty Jack martini, followed by a classic Caesar salad and the pork tasting, a delicious suite of Asian BBQ baby back ribs; grilled pork tenderloin with pineapple ginger chutney; and Memphis pulled pork on facacci with maple whipped sweet potatoes and sweet & sour cabbage. If you have room, get the bananas foster for dessert. For Valentine’s Day, Jacks will be offering a special menu. Open Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
la Donna 5146 N. Clark, 773.561.9400 ladonnarestaurantchicago.com Open daily for lunch and dinner, La Donna, located in the heart of Andersonville, offers authentic Northern Italian food in a cozy, convivial atmosphere. Owned and operated by Antonelia Barbanete (who hails from Bari, Italy), La Donna’s menu features homemade pastas, traditional Italian specialties, homemade tiramisu and top-shelf grappas, appertifs and cognacs. The wine list is reasonably priced and entrees are mostly in the $17-$22 range. La Donna also offers $6.50 carry out lunch box specials, just the thing to deliver to your sweetie at work.
MK 868 N. Franklin, 312.482.9179 mkchicago.com Decorated in hushed tones of beige and white – with sparkling views of the city as a backdrop – MK is the epitome of sophistication. But the real draw here is the food: from yellowfin tuna tartare to pan-roasted wild striped bass; pomme frites with truffle sauce to banana brioche bread pudding; it would be hard to leave this restaurant unsatisfied. The wine list is extensive, with more than 600 different wines, but a sommelier will help you find the perfect pairing for your food. Open Mon.-Thu., 5:30-10:00 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30 11:00 p.m.; Sun., 5:30.-10:00 p.m.
Pops for Champagne 601 N. State, 312.266.7677 popsforchampagne.com Recently relocated to River North, Pops for Champagne is not only one of the most acclaimed champagne bars in the country, it’s one of the best places to take in the vibrant local jazz scene in Chicago. You’ll find more than 125 different bottles of champagne and sparkling wines at Pops, with selections by the glass that change daily (for Valentine’s Day, they’ll be offering rose sparkling wines by the glass). Lunch is served Monday-Thursday and a light fare menu is available in the evening. Offerings include champagne-friendly snacks like oysters, mussels, sushi, caviar, salmon, crab rolls, risotto, pate, fondue and cheese plates. Live jazz can be heard five nights a week starting at 9 p.m. Cover charge Tues.-Thur. is $10; Friday and Sat., $15.
wilde 3130 N. Broadway, 773.244.0404 wildechicago.com An upscale Irish pub with an authentic feel (the owner is Irish), Wilde is named after Oscar Wilde, the Irish author, playwright and wit who was sentenced to two years of hard labor for “acts of indecency.” Perhaps Wilde would smile to know that this namesake restaurant, perched between Boys Town and Lincoln Park, draws a happily mixed crowd from both neighborhoods. The atmosphere (Victorian bar, fireplaces, library area) draws them in and the Irish pub food (chicken pot pie, meatloaf, fish & chips, Shepard’s pie) keeps them happy – as does the large selection of draft beers, including Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks and Magners Irish Cider. For Valentine’s Day Wilde will be offering a special menu. Open Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-12 a..m. goguidechicago.com
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THE CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2 1:15 PM Open Art Studio Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org This is open studio time for artists or those wanting to experiment with art materials. Come and play!
8 PM The Brother/Sister Plays at Steppenwolf Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre 1650 N. Halsted St. (312) 335-1650; steppenwolf.org Influenced by lively Afro-Caribbean folklore, the Brother/Sister Plays explore the struggles that arise when the quest for self-identity is at odds with community values. The plays will be presented in repertory, with “In the Red and Brown Water” on one evening and the two shorter plays, “The Brothers Size” and “Marcus”, on the other. Opening night: Jan 31; Regular run: Feb. 2 through May 23. Tickets: $20-70.
FEBRUARY 4 11 AM Box Lunch Day Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Gather, socialize, and discuss concerns and ideas over lunch. RSVP for lunch required.
8 PM “Glitter in the Gutter” The Annoyance Theater, 4840 N. Broadway (773) 561-4665; annoyanceproductions.com “Glitter in the Gutter,” a drag queen dramedy inspired by John Waters, “Designing Women” and Dionne Warwick, offers a fresh look at drag culture, presented in the style of a live musical sitcom with loads of sass.
9 PM La Noche Loca @ Circuit Nightclub 3641 N. Halsted (773) 325-2233; circuitclub.com Join the Task Force and the staff at Circuit for Winter Party Blast! At La Noche Loca, Chicago’s longest running Latin night. This is one of Boystown’s hottest spots featuring the best Latin dance music all night long with DJ Rock-O-Mix. Win gold passes to the Winter Party Festival, Mar. 3-8, in sunny Miami Beach, and many more prizes. Hosted by Miss Kitty and her Latina Review. Doors open at 9 pm; show starts at 11 pm.
February 5 7:30 PM Book Reading Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773) 769-9299; womenandchildrenfirst.com Women & Children First welcomes Jaimee Wriston Colbert, author of “Shark Girls.”
8 PM Paula Poundstone Live North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie (847) 673-6300; northshorecenter.org Emmy and ACE Award-winner Paula Poundstone returns to the North Shore when Centre East presents the popular comedian in an evening of stand-up.
FEBRUARY 7 2 PM “I Got Gershwin” Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln, Skokie (847) 677-7761; Skokietheater.com Skokie Theatre presents Rob Dorn in a tribute to Gershwin
absolute “must see, must do” events for february 2010 4:00 PM “Roll, Jordan, Roll” Merit School of Music (Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall) 38 S. Peoria St. (773) 755-1628; chicagoacappella.org Chicago’s acclaimed vocal ensemble celebrates the grand power and sheer beauty of AfricanAmerican spirituals, old and new. Top youth choirs from the area join as special guests. For more info, including other dates and venues, call (773) 755-1628.
7:30 PM Bailiwick Night Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (773) 784-6969; hamburgermaryschicago.com
6:30 PM 2nd Annual Pre-Valentine’s Day Cake “Mixer” Ann Sather Restaurant 909 W. Belmont St. (773) 665-2100; centrallakeview.biz Enjoy the decadence of champagne, dessert wines and Valentine’s Day pastries as you watch Lake View residents and business owners compete in the fun-spirited second annual Cake “Mixer” & Decorating Contest! After the delightful cakes have been judged by local community leaders, they will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to support Thresholds Mothers’ Project a non-profit organization that helps young mothers in crisis.
Mary’s Attic hosts Bailiwick Chicago’s musical cabaret “Show Us Your Love,” directed by Kate Garassino.
9:30 PM F.A.T. People Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee (733) 598-4549
In “F.A.T. People,” the female sketch duo of Kimberly Franck and Natasha Hansen explores what it means to be F.A.T.
2 PM Tea Time Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Enjoy some tea and friendly conversation.
FEBRUARY 9 3:30 PM Core Fusion Exhale Spa, 945 N. State St. (312) 753-6500, exhalespa.com
FEBRUARY 11 1 PM Creative Writing Group Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org This group is open to all. Focus: creating personal narratives as both a creative and empowering practice. Facilitated by Dustin Goltz, Ph.D., Professor at DePaul University.
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THE CALENDAR 6:45 PM Speed Dating for Women Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org
7 PM Fat Saturday Ball Allure The Westin Chicago River North edgealliance.org
Speed Dating is scheduled on the second and fourth Thurs. of every month, alternating between Men’s Night and Women’s Night. Cash bar opens at 6:45 pm and the first round begins at 7:15 pm. Rounds continue until everyone has met or 8:45 pm, whichever comes first.
EdgeAlliance bridges sickness to health, homelessness to permanent housing, and poverty to self-sufficiency for individuals and families overcoming life-challenging conditions. This year’s black tie ball features live music, dance a live and silent auction. The Fat Saturday Ball raises important funds for an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Chicagoans with HIV/AIDS.
FEBRUARY 12 7 PM Valentine’s Day Dance for Women and Transgender Gender-Queer-Identified Individuals Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Love is in the air! COH invites LBTQI women & the transgender community to bring a date or come by yourself to the Center’s Valentine’s Day dance. Enjoy a night of music and dancing while meeting new people in a safe and affirming atmosphere.
FEbRUARY 16 2 PM Conversational French Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org This group is designed for all proficiency levels. Practice and made some new friends.
12 PM COH Family Valentine Skate Date McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Millennium Park 55 N. Michigan Ave. (773) 744-7021 ext. 265 centeronhalsted.org
4 PM Art as Advocacy Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469 centeronhalsted.org
Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, join COH Family Programs for a Valentine’s Family Skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. LGBT Families and friends can join in the fun! The rink is free and open to the public. This is a free event, however skate rental is available for $10. Please RSVP via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 773.744.7021 ext.265 by February 12.
This group’s focus is to establish a cohesive art collective that advocates for LGBT-identified older adults. Themes center on: visibility within the community, creating sustainable and accessible artwork for the public, and developing an artistic portfolio. Open to all who want to have a voice in the community. No previous artistic experience necessary.
absolute “must see, must do” events for february 2010
11 AM Box Lunch Day Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org
6:30 PM Black History Month Event, Friday Movie Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org
Gather, socialize, and discuss concerns and ideas over lunch. RSVP for lunch required.
6 PM 9th Annual LLDEF “Freedom to Marry” Reception National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th St. (312) 663-4413 ext. 327; support.lambdalegal.org Educate. Advocate. Celebrate. With more than 60 community partner organizations and over 400 attendees, Freedom to Marry is one of the state’s favorite events that celebrates and advocates for the fight for marriage equality.
6 PM danceOUT: An Evening of Dance Performances and Discussin with the Jofffrey Ballet Joffrey Ballet 10 E. Randolph (312) 386-8904; centeronhalsted.org The Center’s danceOUT series presents “Cinderella.” Cinderella grows from a sad young woman into a beautiful princess, despite the best efforts of her overbearing evil stepsisters, portrayed, as is tradition, by MALE dancers. Get a sneak peak of the step-SISTERS in action and hear what its like to dance this role. A complimentary reception will follow this program and the chance to win two free tickets to “Cinderella”. The Joffrey Ballet’s production of Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Cinderella” runs Feb. 17-28 at The Auditorium Theatre. RSVP to RSVP@joffrey.org.
“Over one fateful weekend at Martha’s Vineyard, a fun wedding getaway quickly transforms into a literal hotbed of relationship drama for Noah (Darryl Stephens), Alex (Rodney Chester), Ricky (Christian Vincent) and Chance (Douglas Spearman) in this feature spinoff of the hit Logo TV series. A sevenyear itch, a surprise fling with a college hottie, a closeted rap star and much more all factor into this wild and unforgettable vacation.” – From Netflix
february 20 2 PM The Philanderer Ruth Page Theater 1016 N. Dearborn (312) 587-7390; shawchicago.org George Bernard Shaw uses the concept of the New Woman with hilarious effect in The Philanderer, a comic farce that redefines the male-female relationship. The Philanderer is high comedy about serious issues: the role of the Ibsen inspired New Woman versus the traditional middle class “Angel of the House”; the serious, yet comic, consequences of medical quackery; and the joys of dalliance versus committed relationships. Through Mar. 1.
THE CALENDAR FEBRUARY 22
2 PM Monday Movie – Venus Boyz Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org
8:30 PM Hawaiian/Hula and Tahitian Dance Class Isla Pacifika 4057 N. Damen islapacifika.com
“Meet a group of women who explore their masculine sides as “drag kings” in this offbeat documentary. Using a legendary Drag King Night in New York as a starting point, we follow some of the women into their lives, whether their drag persona is an identity they assume part-time or full- time. Drag kings in London and Zurich are also interviewed, including some who are experimenting with hormones to accelerate their masculinity.”- From Netflix
FEBRUARY 23 1 PM Conversational French Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org This group is designed for all proficiency levels. Practice and made some new friends.
11:30 AM Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts – Luncheon Forum Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington (312) 654-5632; centeronhalsted.org Join Steppenwolf as they honor Joan Allen woman for her career in the theatrical arts. For the inaugural event, Steppenwolf’s Artistic Director Martha Lavey will conduct an engaging interview, in a format similar to Inside the Actor’s Studio, with renowned actress and Steppenwolf ensemble member Joan Allen. Registration at 11:30 am; luncheon and program: 12:00 noon. Tickets: $200.
Join Isla Pacifika every Wed. to learn the basics of pacific island dancing. Learn how to dance Hula including Hula Auana (modern Hula) and Hula Kahiko (ancient Hula), Tahitian dances such as the Otea and Aparima, and dances from other pacific islands like Guam and many more. For more info, email email@example.com.
FEBRUARY 25 1 PM Intuitive Process Art Making Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Come and explore process art making in a safe and nurturing environment! Using simple art materials and personal journaling, reconnect to your innate creative abilities. Attendees will learn to identify creative blocks, develop a different relationship to their inner critic and relax and enjoy color and motion. No art making or writing experience is needed, just an openness to discovery. As a “closed” group class, participants make a commitment to the six-week class and drop-in participation is not offered. This pro- gram is made possible through the Chicago Area SchweitzerFellows Program.
6:45 PM Speed Dating for Men Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Speed Dating is scheduled on the second and fourth Thurs. of every month, alternating between Men’s Night and Women’s Night. Cash bar opens at 6:45 pm and the first round begins at 7:15 pm. Rounds continue until everyone has met or 8:45 pm, whichever comes first.
absolute “must see, must do” events for february 2010
5:30 PM TRANcinema Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org
6 PM On the Red Carpet: Center on Halsted’s Oscar Party 2010 Fairmont Millenium Park Hotel – Int’l Ballroom 200 N. Columbus Dr. (773) 661-0787
A free casual, movie night for those 18 and over who identify as transgender or have an interest in questions of gender identity. Stay afterwards for a discussion of the film.
7 PM Spotlight Humane: Chicago Hotel Sofitel Water Tower 20 E. Chestnut (651) 674-2534; www.humanesociety.org Humane Society of the United States cocktail fundraiser, hosted by Jorja Fox CBS’ show “CSI.” Dancing, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and Humane Chicago Awards. All proceeds from the event will benefit The HSUS’ “End Dogfighting in Chicago” campaign. This innovative program is designed to educate youth about the brutality and dangers of dogfighting. It also supports expanded police efforts to find and arrest dogfighters citywide. Tickets: $150.
Red Carpet Reception. 7 pm: Academy Awards Telecast, Cocktails and Hors d’oevers Attire: Absoutely Fabulous! Tickets: $75 (VIP $100)
march 6 2 PM Jack Daniel’s 11th Annual Chili Cook Off Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted at the Video Bar (773) 447-9189; sidetrackchicago.com Taste and judge more than a dozen entries from area chefs. $10 donation benefits Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
FEBRUARY 29 6 PM 13th Annual Grand Chefs Gala/Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence The Fairmont Hotel - Imperial and International Ballrooms 200 N. Columbus Dr. (312) 236-4491 ext. 110; grandchefsgala.com The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation brings together Chicago’s finest chefs at to prepare and present their signature dishes for 650 guests. This year’s theme “Green for Life” centers on keeping the air that our CF loved ones breathe healthy and clean for years to come, and will feature local and organic foods, stunning recycled materials and décor, awards presentation and premium silent and live auction items. For more info, call Amy Patterson Giraldo at (312) 236-4491 ext. 110. Tickets: $400.
Hot gay travel ideas to get you through the winter
International Bear Rendezvous Feb 11-15, 2010 in San Francisco Mardi Gras Feb 12-16, 2010 in New Orleans Road Runner Regional Rodeo Feb 12-14, 2010 in Phoenix Winter Explosion, New York Feb 12-15, 2010 in Hudson Valley, NY Mr. Gay World Feb 12-13, 2010 in Oslo Montreal Red Weekend Feb 13-14, 2010 in Montreal Rio Carnaval Feb 13-16, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro Hillcrest Mardi Gras Feb 16, 2010 in San Diego Telluride Gay Ski Week Feb 20-27, 2010 in Telluride, CO Purim Carnival Feb 25-28, 2010 in Tel Aviv Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Feb 27-Mar 6, 2010 in Sydney
GayWhistlerâ€™s WinterPRIDE Mar 1-8, 2010 in Whistler, BC Winter Party Mar 2-8, 2010 in Miami
Fusion: LBGT People of Color Film Festival Mar 12-13, 2010 in Los Angeles Pridefest Fort Lauderdale Mar 13-14, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale GLAAD Media Awards NYC Mar 13, 2010 in New York London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Mar 17-31, 2010 in London Elevation - Gay Ski Week at Mammoth, CA Mar 17-21, 2010 in Mammoth, CA Original GLBT Expo Mar 20-21, 2010 in New York European Gay Ski Week (Tinges, France) Mar 20-27, 2010 in Tinges, France Euro Ski Pride Mar 20-27, 2010 in Saalbach, Austria Outboard - Snowboarding Week Mar 30-Apr 4, 2010 in Breckenridge, CO Dinah Shore Weekend Mar 31-Apr 4, 2010 in Palm Springs
Jungle Houston Apr 1-4, 2010 in Houston White Party Palm Springs Apr 9-12, 2010 in Palm Springs FilmOut San Diego Apr 16-27, 2010 in San Diego
Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Mar 5-14, 2010 in Amsterdam
Big Bash Palm Springs Apr 16-18, 2010 in Palm Springs
Winterfest Lake Tahoe
Sunshine Stampede Apr 16-18, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale
Mar 7-14, 2010 in San Francisco
Phoenix Pride Apr 17-18, 2010 in Phoenix
Diva Las Vegas 2009 May 18-23, 2010 in Las Vegas
Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Apr 19-25, 2010 in Philadelphia
Inside Out: Toronto GLBT Film & Video Festival May 20-30, 2010 in Toronto
Mobile PrideFest Apr 23-25, 2010 in Mobile, AL
DC Black Pride May 26-30, 2010 in Washington DC
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Apr 23-May 2, 2010 in Miami
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival May 27-30, 2010 in Hawaii
Equality Forum Apr 26-May 2, 2010 in Philadelphia
Sizzle Miami May 27-Jun 1, 2010 in Miami
GBBB13 Apr 29-May 3, 2010 in Manchester
Memorial Weekend Pensacola May 27-31, 2010 in Pensacola, FL
Dining Out for Life (SF Bay Area) Apr 29, 2010 in San Francisco
International Mr. Leather (IML) May 28-31, 2010 in Chicago
Dallas Purple Party Apr 30-May 2, 2010 in Dallas
Great Plains Rodeo May 28-30, 2010 in Oklahoma City
Las Vegas Pride Apr 30-May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas
PrideFest Key West May 29-Jun 6, 2010 in Key West
Hot Rodeo Apr 30-May 2, 2010 in Palm Springs
Birmingham, England Gay Pride Festival May 29-30, 2010 in Birmingham, UK
Moscow Pride Festival May 29, 2010 in Moscow, Russia
Northampton LGBT Pride March & Rally 2009 May 1, 2010 in Northhampton, MA Aqua Girl May 12-16, 2010 in Miami Queer Up North International Festival May 14-31, 2010 in Manchester
Cork Pride May 30-Jun 7, 2010 in Cork
Orlando Black Pride Jun 3-6, 2010 in Orlando
Long Beach Pride May 15-16, 2010 in Long Beach
Provincetown Women of Color Weekend Jun 3-6, 2010 in Provincetown
AIDS Walk New York May 16, 2010 in New York
Austin Pride Jun 3-6, 2010 in Austin
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Crew 4804 N. Broadway Chicago, IL (773) 784-2739 Escapades 6301 S. Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL 60638 (773) 229-0886 Granville Anvil 1137 W. Granville Ave. Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 973-0006 Halsted’s Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-6969 Hideaway 7301 Roosevelt Rd Forest Park, IL (708) 771-4459 Hunters Nightclub 1932 E. Higgins Elk Grove, IL (847) 439-8840 Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 975-9244 Jackhammer 6406 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 743-5772
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North End 3733 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 477-7999 Roscoe’s Tavern & Cafe 3356 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 281-3355 Scarlet 3320 N. Halsted Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-1053 Scot’s 1829 W. Montrose Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 528-3253 Second Story 157 E. Ohio Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 923-9536 Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657-2426 (773) 477-9189 V SoFo Bar 4923 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-7636
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