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BIGGEST New Years Party


This graphic is hard to see – but the Tines Square Ball is 12′ and the Chicago star will be 70′!!!!!



This year, Chicago is starting a new tradition to ring in the New Year

with the inaugural celebration Chi-Town Rising. Corona Extra is the Presenting Sponsor of Chi-Town Rising and Hyatt Gold Passport is the Official Host Sponsor.


At 70’ 6” feet tip-to-tip and ascending to 360 feet into the night sky to welcome in the New Year, the Rising Star is truly the star of the show. Located on the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, the Rising Star will overlook the TV audience zone on Broadcast Boulevard and the Corona Beach House across the Chicago River.

Bucking the trend in the vast majority of cities around the world, the Rising Star will ascend at midnight versus descend. “Chicago has always been ‘a city on the rise,’ and never more so than in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871 when the City rose from the ashes to become the fastest growing city in the world by the end of the 19th century,” said Arena Partners President John Murray, “A Rising Star is fitting for a populace that rises to meet challenges head-on, and it is aspirational – symbolic of looking forward to the opportunities that the New Year holds in store for us.”

The Rising Star is inspired by the second star on the city’s flag, which represents the Great Fire of 1871 and the city’s phoenix-like rise in its aftermath.

The Chicago flag has four six-pointed stars on the center white stripe each representing a significant event in the city’s history. From left to right on Chicago’s flag, the first star represents Fort Dearborn; the second, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; the third, the World’s Columbian Exposition; and the fourth, the Century of Progress Exposition.


“Our city’s spirit inspired our choice to have an icon rise – not fall – on New Year’s Eve,” said John Murray. “Our city’s flag inspired our choice to use the Chicago Star as that icon; and these combined to inspire our choice of “Chi-Town Rising” as our name.”

The Rising Star, designed and built in Chicago by ONE618 and The Chicago Flyhouse Incorporated, is a thing of beauty. With a span of 70’6” tip-to-tip, it dwarfs icons used in cities around the world. It weighs 12,000 pounds, which is the equivalent of three pick-up trucks, and it has amazing lighting and video capabilities that will be revealed on New Year’s Eve.

How Chi-Town Rising’s Star compares to other cities’ New Year’s Eve icons

Approximately 34,000 pounds of steel make up the support structure; 24,000 pounds of steel I-beams are used on the front of Hyatt Regency Chicago, which act as guides for the Rising Star and the remaining 10,000 pounds of steel are on the roof of the building to support the cantilever. The structural steel portion of the Rising Star contains 900 bolts and the Rising Star itself contains over 250 bolts.


The Rising Star is comprised of over 2,600’ of 2” tube, which is close to half a mile of 2” tube. An additional 850’ of 1” tube is used in the assembly of the Rising Star. There are four control boxes, each containing 200 electrical terminations that will guide the motors to allow the Rising Star to ascend the building. Each of the four winch motors weighs nearly 1,000 pounds.

Chi-Town Rising will be broadcast live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago for those wishing to view the event for free. Those interested in attending the event live have multiple options for securing a guaranteed spot, including purchasing tickets to the outdoor audience area, the Corona Beach House party, or other partner events nearby. Official Hotel Partners have packages available that include admission to the event as well. Chi-Town Rising is a privately-produced, ticketed event. At the present time, the city has not designated any formal public viewing areas for the Countdown, Rising Star, and fireworks.


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Chef Tong Free Cooking Demo Oct. 17th

chef tong bloomingdales chicago

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef,
is enthusiastic about European flavors and cuisine.

Join Chef Chris for a culinary tour of fabulous French Bistro fare.

A favorite with Bloomingdale’s shoppers, Chef Tong will prepare: Steak au Poivre, Haricot Verts Herb de Provence, and Chocolate Mousse with Coffee Liqueur.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation,
and come away with fabulous recipes that you can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on shopping, ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, October 17, from 2-4 pm, at the
Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about this Bloomingdale’s event, contact at 312-324-7678


If you go – please tell them you saw it on BEST GAY!

My Private Chef is now established as one of Chicago’s favorite resources for private gourmet dining. Using his many years of experience at fine restaurants and hotels, Chef Tong offers the finest cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131
or visit our web site:

Chicago Museum Week October 2015



First Annual Chicago Museum Week
 October 1, 2015October 7, 2015

For the first time ever, 12 of Chicago’s most beloved institutions will come together for seven days of exclusive offers, events, special programs and giveaways. Running from Oct. 1-7, 2015, the Chicago Museum Week is hosted by Museums in the Park,  and is designed for Chicagoans and visitors to become reacquainted with the renowned Museums of our city.

Here are highlights of some of the discounts, special events and activities that are being offered. Don’t miss your chance to see some of these great museums for FREE! The official hashtag for Museum Week is #ChicagoMuseumWeek.


Several museums will be offering free general admission to Illinois residents during Museum Week:

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Oct. 1
  • The Field Museum, Oct. 4
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Oct. 5 and 6
  • Shedd Aquarium, Oct. 5 and 6
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Oct. 6

Admission is always free at:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture


Each museum will offer specials, including discounts on general admission and memberships, extended hours, free tours, new exhibits, educational programs and giveaways.


Discounts on membership:

  • Adler Planetarium: $10 off any level
  • Chicago History Museum: 20% off membership
  • DuSable Museum of African American History: half-price individual memberships
  • Museum of Science and Industry: $20 off any standard membership
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: $15 off one-year memberships and $25 off 2-year memberships

Discounts on admission:

  • DuSable Museum of African American History: 2-for-1 tickets; 10% off at café or store
  • Chicago History Museum: $4 off; 20% off at café or store
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: $5 off if you bring in a receipt from another museum visited during Museum Week
  • National Museum of Mexican Art: 15% off at café or store
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture: 10% off at café or store
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: $5 off if you bring in a receipt from another museum visited during Museum Week and 10% off at café or store
  • Shedd Aquarium: Get exclusive purchase when you buy in advance online; and special discount offers on Extraordinary Experiences

Special museum access:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art will host MCA Prime Time on Friday, Oct. 27-11 p.m. The event will include live music, performance art, film screenings and interactive programs.
  • Chicago History Museum will keep its doors open late on Tuesday, Oct. 65-8 p.m., to allow visitors to explore exhibitions with museums curators and staff and engage with history on special tours.


Special events/exhibits:

  • Adler Planetarium will offer an exclusive Museum Week Sky Show.
  • DuSable Museum of African American History will offer special guided tours of the museum.
  • Chicago History Museum will premier 30-minute highlight tours of “Chicago: Crossroads of America,” as well as offer excursion tours to Union Station, Old Town, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and on the CTA Blue and Brown lines during Museum Week.
  • The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture will open the exhibit “Metamorphosis of Divine Entanglements” from Chicago artist Oscar Luis Martinez.
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will open “City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness” and “Peanuts…Naturally.”


Additional highlights:

  • Adler Planetarium will offer fall family science activities throughout the week and story time with Curious George on Oct. 5.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago will offer daily tours and open the Artist’s Studio onOct. 3 and 4 for free drop-in family art-making.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall FestOct. 2-4, will include fun rides, a hay maze, and educational activities, and its Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo will be transformed into a pumpkin patch.
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will offer special events daily, from “Meet Our Butterflies” to “Turtle Tuesday.” Oct. 4 is the Harvest Hop 5K and Harvest Festival, featuring carnival games, autumn treats, and a live bluegrass band. Every visitor to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be given an entry to win a LIFETIME membership to the museum.
  • Shedd Aquarium will offer daily animal chats.

My Private Chef @ Taste of Chicago


My Private Chef Appears
at Taste of Chicago/in the Kitchen with Mariano’s

Chef Christopher Tong, one of Chicagoland’s most accomplished chefs and a favorite of Taste of Chicago will appear again this year “In the Kitchen with Mariano’s”.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances.

He will demonstrate how to prepare a delicious summertime dish: Seared Shrimp, Avocado and Jicama Cocktail with Mango-Chipolte Vinaigrette.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and and come away with great cooking tips.

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm in the Mariano’s Cooking Demonstration Stage at the Northwest Corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

The 35th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 8-12 in Grant Park. Admission is Free. For details, visit



My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site:

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo June 25th


The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to diversity and values the benefits and advantages of a diverse workforce. One of its core values is Diversity, valuing differences and the respectful involvement of all people, employing and leveraging the gifts, talents, and experience from each person’s culture, perspective, and background to create value for the organization and help make it even more successful.

Now they are stepping forward  to launch an officially sanctioned  Celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Zoo!  There will be  LGBTQ Day & Night events! This is only the 2nd Zoo in the country to celebrate Pride in a big way!


During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be  entertainment and a presentation in the afternoon!  $15  advance tickets.

During the day, there will be will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and/or products. There will also be a program  with speakers and entertainment.



Then From 7-10 p.m., a very special evening cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area.  21+  over.


A portion of the zoo will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including camels, zebras, addax, giraffes, African painted dogs, bison, lions, tigers, (no bears unless you bring one), leopards, and dolphins.

Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions  area!  We’ll be able to sip cocktails (open bar) and enjoy delicious outdoor fare food and sweets.

Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to the Animals! Curators create a very special experience, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them.

Lounge music will set the tone as the Dj’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago

There will also be a silent auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses.

Tickets are   $60  includes  drinks, food and a phenomenal experience.


Limited Number of VIP  Tickets $100 – you will get a personalized PRIVATE  VIP TOUR  of The Living Coast, where you can get up close and touch PENGUINS!  The leader penguins love to come out and mingle with small groups and show off. How cool is that? A professional photographer will be on hand to capture your experience.


All the details  at

Free Museum Days in Chicago 2015

free days museum  chicago

Chicago’s museums are world-class, but all those bones, weather simulators and rides in Chicago’s first El train car don’t come cheap. Throw in parking, special exhibits, and the gift shop, and it adds up fast.

But in the philanthropic spirit of our fine city, most museums offer free admission for Illinois residents on certain days. Here’s a complete calendar for the coming month. You’re on your own in the gift shop.

Free days can change at the last minute, so ALWAYS call first to confirm before heading out to the museums. And please note that these are for Illinois residents only in most cases.

Check out our complete guide to Chicagoland’s museums: Reviews, coming exhibits and tailored tours for little feet


Adler Planetarium

January: 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
February: 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25
March: 2-4

Art Institute of Chicago

Free for all Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13 and under are always free.

Free Winter Weekdays: Jan. 5-Feb. 10, free to Illinois residents every weekday.


Chicago History Museum

January: 5-9, 12-15, 19-23, 26-30

February: Weekdays

March: 4

July: 4

August: 18-20, 24-27, 31

September: 1-3


Field Museum

January: 7, 14-15

February: 1-28


Museum of Contemporary Art

Always free Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. for Illinois residents; children 12 and under are free every day.

From October through May, the second Saturday of the month is free for families with children 12 and under.


Museum of Science and Industry

January: 5-9; 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 (i.e. weekdays in January starting Jan. 5)

February: Kids 3-11 are free all month (two free kids tickets permitted per purchase of one paying adult).

March: 2-6


John G. Shedd Aquarium

January: 5-8, 12-13, 18-20, 23-27

February: 2-3, 9-10, 13-17, 23-24

June: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16

September: 8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

October: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

November: 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Thursdays are free for Illinois residents. Children under 3 are free every day.

Shedd Aquarium SleepOver

night in the museum chicago shedd

Roll out your sleeping bag and stay the night at one of the most magical environments in Chicago: Waters of the World galleries at Shedd Aquarium.

After exploring exhibits with wondrous creatures hailing from coral reefs, flooded rain forests, the craggy Pacific Northwest coast and beyond by day, you and your little ones will get to sleep amidst them by night. But not before participating in a fun evening’s worth of activities, including an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, animal stories, crafts, a movie and more! Dinner, a snack and breakfast are included in the price of your ticket.

Dates: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20

Ticket options include:

Regular: $75/person ($60/person for members)
Reserve your spot at our overnight with this Regular ticket!

VIP: $90/person ($75/person for members)
Bring your air mattress, receive VIP seating at the aquatic show and enjoy other perks with your VIP ticket!


GOLDSTAR  has  $45  tickets   for  Jan  30th!!

COSMIC RUN Comes to Chicago!

Push the limits of your imagination.


September  20th! 


3501 S. Laramie Ave

Sign up now – save 10%  with 
promo  code   “pep”

DIVVY Bike Rentals Continue Expansion

Divvy is your Chicago Bike Sharing System

with thousands of bicycles available to you 24/7.

Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 4,000 bikes and 400 stations
across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional
transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy,
and affordable.

LAKEVIEW  will get 40 MORE locations this month! 40?  Really!  That’s a bit much for an area with lots of car congestion. Just sayin.

Check out the Lakeview locations map by Andy Ambrosius at Lakeview Patch.

Sign up for Membership today. Now open for riding!

Gunpowder play about Gun Violence in Chicago

Gunpowder is a play about the gun violence in Chicago, a battlefield
that young people must navigate on a daily basis and too many young
people fall victim to.

A socially and politically charged play meets rock-cabaret-street poetry slam, Gunpowder
weaves together remarkably true stories of the not so distant past to
shine light on some of the most palpable dilemmas we face as a nation
today. In a journey that takes us across the battered bridge between the
American Dream and the American Reality, Tom navigates through the
waters of social, economic, and racial injustice, amplifies voices that
have long been silenced, introduces us to the faces that refused to be
made victims, and tests the capacity of a single spark. Certain the
democracy is no spectator sport, Tom’s journey propels us to question
the role played by a little idea called “patriotism” in the less obvious
battle zone of our very own backyard. “Art is highly explosive. To be
worth its salt, it must have in that salt a fair sprinkling of

“Gunpowder” will be showing at:

Chemically Imbalanced Theatre

1422 W Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL

June 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30PM; June 16 and 23 at 2:00PM

Tickets are $25 and all profits will be donated to
charities that engage young people in Chicago who are most at risk to
fall victim to gun violence.

For ticket information, please go to: