CHICAGO — While there is no Bear Pride this year, the bear community does have options along with International Mr. Leather. The first Chicago Bearfest starts on Thursday, May 25.
People can start off the furry weekend at the Launch Party, held at Touche in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. There will be a DJ and IML attendees can make their way up with the Northside Leather Express bus running between the Congress Hotel and the leather corner at Clark and Devon. Bearfest events will be going on the rest of the weekend, including the Mr. Chicago Bear and Cub contest on Saturday night.
Welcome to Chicago Bearfest!
Come meet Bears (and their admirers) from far and wide as we kick off the Chicago Bearfest Weekend!
Up and at ’em! Start off your day right at Andersonville Brewing Company in Andersonville starting at 10AM for the CBF Brunch! Stick around for the Bear Crawl in Andersonville, Showtunes and Cocktailes at 4pm at The Call, then head north to Touche for the premiere of the Mr. Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub Contest at 9pm!
Following the CBF Brunch at Andersonville Brewing Company, Bears will be roaming the streets for the Bear Crawl in Andersonville!
Stick around for Showtunes and Cocktailes at 4pm at The Call, then head north to Touche for the premiere of the Mr. Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub Contest at 9pm!
Finish the CBF Bear Crawl in Andersonville and head to The Call to sing along to your favorite shows at Showtunes & Cocktails at 4pm!
Then head north to Touche for the premiere of the Mr. Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub Contest at 9pm!
Cheer on your favorite contestants and witness the premiere of the Mr. Chicago Bear and Chicago Cub Contest!
Interested in running? Talk to your bartenders at Touché for an application!
Immediately after the contest, stick around for the Bears n Boxers Party and congratulate the winners!
The Northside Leather Express will be running between the Congress and Touché starting at 9pm!
Have some Fun in the Sun at Kathy Osterman Beach at Bears on the Beach!
Join the burly bears of Chicago Bearfest on the dance floor at the Video Dance Party at The Call!
Cap off your Chicago Bearfest at Hamburger Mary’s at brunch with your bear buddies, new and old!