South Loop, Bronzeville
The world may be small, but it doesn’t have to be boring
For a major city, Chicago can feel pretty small, especially when you run in queer circles. Recognizing these seemingly random connections to apparent strangers is part of Small World’s mission to unite various communities through spotlighting and providing space for black and brown women. Sunday night ENERGY parties at Tantrum feature hip-hop, R&B, and soul sounds from DJ Dapper, where you can also get to know The Plug of the Week, a local artist or entrepreneur.
Drag shows and dancing and poetry, oh my
Every second and fourth Wednesday at Berlin, Duro curates a party for queer Latinx Chicagoans “and our friends.” The night’s a steal, with covers typically ranging from $5 - $10, and entertainment ranging from DJ sets with Latin music to drag, dance, and poetry performances. Get cute, comfy, and be ready to go hard.
Music festival vibes for the anti-Lolla crowd
Only the youngest among us have the stamina to attend -- and actually enjoy -- days-long music fests, but Pachanga offers that same fest atmosphere within the walls of East Room. The party starts early in the evening and runs into the wee hours of the morning, with a mix of live music and DJs playing reggaeton, cumbia, and merengue. You won’t need to make up an excuse to leave the dance floor, either -- check out wares from local artisans as you give your feet a break.