When the weekend is over and it's back to work as usual, we know you might be tempted to grab some quick eats, hunker down with your honey and tune in to LOGO till you pass out. But you live in homo-centric Chicago, so get out and play like it's still the weekend! We scoured our big gay city for great weeknight date spots, giving you plenty of alternatives to the boob tube or another night at the movies.
Monday: A live queer soap opera at Mary's Attic
Ever felt like your drama-filled queer life would make a great soap opera script? Late nights out in Andersonville or Boystown often do feel like live-action theatre, something that local queers Rebekah Walendzak, Jeffrey Bouthiette and Shannon Strodel decided to use as the basis for The Ville, a soap opera about drama in the Andersonville 'hood. It premiered on July 2, but the histrionic trio keeps the action coming with new episodes on the first Monday of every month at 8 p.m., with "re-runs" on subsequent Mondays. It's now approaching its fifth episode (running in November), and the clever, over-the-top, interweaving plots provide the perfect queer pick-me-up after a drunken weekend.
photo: courtesy of Kit Kat
Tuesday: Half-price martinis at the Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
One look at a classic flick and it's clear that Hollywood movies and camp met long ago. But the two meet again at this swanky supper club on Halsted, where classic films play while camp-lovin' patrons sip martinis. On most nights, each delicious concoction—like the cherry coke martini (made of vodka, cola and cherry liqueur)—will cost ya $10. But that's not the case on Tuesdays, when every one of the 100-plus martinis are half-price. For a mere $5, you and a date can snuggle up, get foggy-headed, and savor the sweet, sweet deals while you take in the night's drag performances.
Wednesday: Networking, basketball and poetry readings at the Center on Halsted
If guzzling cups of flat beer with your lady at dive-tastical Star Gaze sounds like hell, throw down $10 for this lesbo-centric Hump Day event, held on every first and third Wednesday. From 5 to 7 p.m., sporty ladies play b-ball; power lesbo (ages 25 to 40) socializing time runs from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Dyke Mic 2.0, hosted by burlesque expert J.P. Newman and spoken word poet Nikki Patin, takes place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The second and fourth Wednesdays of the month bring exclusive programming, like the Reeling Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on November 14. See the Center on Halsted site for more details.
Thursday: Ugly Betty, Bingo and cute gay boyz at Roscoe's Tavern
You probably have a TV perched in your living room, and while it's easy enough to put on your pjs and chill on the couch, why not get out and watch the lovable, metal-mouthed Betty Suarez give it a go in the publishing world at Boystown's favorite bar. And after Betty saunters off screen (post-humiliation, of course), you may as well stay for Roscoe's 9 p.m. Bingo game, hosted by outrageous drag queens Frida Lay and Honey West. If you're not feeling the retirement-home vibe, you can instead turn your focus to indie videos played by VJ Bobby Marley—or just get tipsy off $12 Smirnoff Apple Martini pitchers or $3 Miller Lite and MGD bottles.
Friday: Debonair Fridays at Debonair Social Club
If partying on a weekday night isn't your thing, well, maybe you're just boring. Only kidding! We sympathize with the 9-to-5 woes of the daily grind. That's why we celebrate the end of the work week at Debonair Fridays, a weekly queer dance party at one of the swankiest Wicker Park clubs. OUTDANCED!'s Scott Cramer and Jillian Valentino, along with pal Jenny Shah, host this Friday night knock-out that starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.; cover costs $10. Three DJs rotate between two-hour sets of electro music, so there's never a lull in the tunes. If you're too shy to dance sober, hook up with $2 Colt 45s (that's right, Colt 45) and vodka drinks.