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Apr 15 2014

Win Tickets to Lysistrata in Chicago!

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by Kate M.

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Hey Chicago! We’re giving away three pairs of tickets to (re)discover theatre‘s hot new adaptation of Aristophanes’ anti-war sex farce Lysistrata - one pair for Saturday the 19th and two for Saturday the 26th.

“This production penetrates the absurdity of gender expectations by inserting a new and different mix of male and female actors on both sides of this ‘blue balling’ conflict. To spice things up, a male and female actor will alternate the roles of Lysistrata and the Magistrate every other night, giving a unique dual perspective on gender. Want to get in on the action? To ensure your satisfaction, we are allowing you to pick your gender for the night as well. We have surprises in store for both. Choose wisely.”

Each performance will be followed by brief mini-workshop with one of our sex specialists: Gendertalia – Why Everything You Learned in the Locker Room was Wrong with Antoinette on the 19th, and Gender Odyssey, or Binaries are for Computers with Ash on the 26th.

Want to win? Enter the Twitter contest.

Just tweet “Rediscovering Sex! #rediscoverLYSISTRATA @PleasureChestCH @rediscovtheatre” to be entered to win two free tickets!

We’ll announce the winners at 6pm on Friday the 18th.

Feb 25 2014

The Chicago Workshop Lineup
(Drumroll Please)

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by thepleasurechest

Come hang out at The Pleasure Chest Chicago, learn some new tricks, and get 15% off of all of your purchases on the night of the class!

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Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Tuesday, February 25th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

What are open relationships and how do they work? From polyamory and consensual non-monogamy to swinging, we’ll explore how to negotiate these often challenging relationship models. Learn the pleasures and pitfalls of open relationships, improve communication and discover how to find other non-monogamous people.

G-Spot and Female Ejaculation with Antoinette & Louie
Wednesday, February 26th @ 8-10 PM – FREE! 

Looking for an all-over orgasm? Seeking the ever-elusive female ejaculation? This class will provide you with tips and techniques to expand your orgasm, both with your partner and on your own. For years the existence of the G-spot has been rejected while some have hailed it as the ultimate pleasure center; come find out what the buzz is about!

The Prostate and Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 5th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

If you haven’t thought about your prostate, you’re behind the times! Unofficially known as the male G-Spot, the prostate is actually central to the male orgasm & can provide amazing pleasure, either solo or with a partner. Our Sex Specialists will explain the role of the prostate, both physically & sexually, and offer tips and techniques to bring out the best in your bottom!

blowjobsHead of the Class: Blowjobs 201 with Louie
Wednesday, March 12th @ 8 -10 PM – FREE! 

Want to give an even better blowjob? Let our Sex Specialist show you some new tricks and techniques. Learn how to find the perfect grip and mouth movement. Discover how to use your whole body to go the distance. Find new ways to tailor your blowjob to your specific partner. This class is for anyone who feels confident in giving head, but wants to take their skills to the next level.

Twisted Knitters, co-hosted by Sex Positive Chicago and Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, March 18th @ 7-9 PM – FREE!

With a 2014 reboot of our popular knitting night, Sex Positive Chicago hops on board to co-host the sexiest night of knitting in Chicago! Come out and play with yarn and enjoy yummy snacks and great conversation with the folks from both The Pleasure Chest and Sex Positive Chicago.

ashRoleplay with Ash
Wednesday, March 19th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

Wanna play doctor and patient? Or master and servant? Learn how to craft exciting and fun roleplay scenarios. We’ll cover the basics of safe, sane and consensual fantasy fulfillment, including negotiation, costumes, games, props and more.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 26th @ 8-10 PM – FREE!

Our Sex Specialists have the lady-loving tips and tricks to make you more pleasure proficient. Discover techniques for expanding a woman’s orgasm, out-of-this-world oral sex, G-spot stimulation, and much more! Whether solo or with a partner, this class is perfect for anyone interested in being a connoisseur of female sexuality.

Feb 18 2014

Sarah Sloane on Fisting

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by thepleasurechest

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Hey guys! Sarah Sloane, our Chicago store manager, was quoted in an excellent article about fisting from Ms. Fit.

“Stay away from the concept that it has to be a goal. A large part of the joy is getting there, even if you never arrive,” she advises, and goes on to offer a few practical tips for the fisting-curious. We recommend checking out the article and, if it piques your interest, reviewing the fisting primer on our how-to blog.

Feb 13 2014

Your Lap Dance Playlist

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by thepleasurechest

In a recent contest, we asked our Chicago followers on Facebook and Twitter to tell us their favorite songs to get a lap dance to. We’ve compiled a lot of them into an epic lap dance playlist. Better get warmed up, because you’re going to be dancing (or, um, sitting) for a long time. Enjoy!

Feb 12 2014

The Amorino is our Valentine

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by thepleasurechest

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Are you still looking for a Valentine’s gift? Our staff is pretty well obsessed with the Fun Factory Amorino. In fact, Antoinette Elizabeth, at the Chicago store, wrote an incredibly thorough review that takes you through several different ways that you can use it. We thought you might like to take a look:

The Amorino is a petite dual-stimulation vibe from Fun Factory with the same waterproof, magnetically-charged, ridiculously strong qualities as the Pearly, Flora, and Semilino… and then some. It has a little something extra: a silicone band stretched from its big point to its little point, like the bow of the Cupid it’s named for. There are grooves or tracks molded into those points so it doesn’t slide off (something I wondered about before I saw it in person), and the band can be used twisted like an X between the points, open like an O around them, or removed entirely for a more traditional rabbit-style effect. The idea is that the vibrations will transfer to the band and stimulate the entire vulva between the vibrating points. Fun Factory has a good track record with anatomical intuition; their toys frequently do not do just one thing well, but two or three or four or…

How did I like the Amorino? I liked it a lot! 

It was an interesting journey. (A note on the vibration itself: I like strong vibration and don’t much care for pulsation, so I confess to mostly neglecting the lower settings and patterns. The quality overall is strong but fine; with a higher pitch than many but not teeth-grittingly buzzy. It’s a silver feather of light, not an angry bee. It’s also not too loud. A toy to compare it to in vibration frequency would be the Vibratex Rosebud, which also has two vibrating points, and which I frequently recommend be used this way, externally. This one takes that side dish and builds it into a main course. People who like the Rosebud should like this. Almost everyone seems to like the Rosebud.)

At first, used dry as a slow warmup, it stimulated the top of the clitoral hood and the fourchette (this is the ‘fork’ where the lips come together at the bottom of the vaginal opening, right before the perineum) simultaneously, a different sensation than I was used to from a toy, but had experienced before from loving and attentive hands. The little or clitoral point is pronounced, and brought the vibration down into the clit through the hood and up into its little sensitive nerve bundle without actually touching the head. I had the band in an X shape (the O shape did not fit my body very well) and at this stage did not notice it nearly as much as I noticed the dual vibration that made me very aware of the entire length of my vulva. All I was doing was pressing it against myself gently; it was quite enough for a while. 

Once everything was happy and warm, it was on to the next stage, wetness and motion. With some comfy water-based lube, I pressed a little more and observed how it fit and what motions would be most comfortable. It went only a little deeper past the fourchette and in/down while pressing the clit more directly. The crossed band that kept it from doing any real penetration was now a factor. It pressed against the urethra and the nerve-rich area under it called the vestibule, which is the outside of the G-spot and as important as the clitoris in many people’s sexual response. There were a lot of small positioning changes that produced noticeable effects. The toy will hit different bodies different ways, but this quality should be true for most or all of them, and the ability to twist or untwist the band will allow for some customization. Even though it was still mostly external stimulation, the downward pressure on the fourchette and perineum already felt a lot like penetration. Both the vestibule and the fourchette are so often neglected when we talk about sex, and few toys acknowledge their existence intelligently. 

Next, I pulled back and with more lube used just the big tip like a tongue on and around my clitoris for much longer than almost any other toy has ever convinced me to do (the other one was the FF Tango). The small, rounded-yet-pointed shape was a big part of it. It was easy to stroke it in between and around all the little puffed up surfaces, just pointed enough, just small enough, just flat enough at certain angles. The band was less noticeable now. Going back and forth between this position and the earlier ones that stimulated the whole vulva really felt like skilled cunnilingus. That’s a first for me with a toy!

But…after a while, even if the cunnilingus is very skilled, some of us want more. How did it work as a ‘regular toy?’ The band did make full penetration slightly uncomfortable at medium arousal; at high arousal it might be easier if one desires it. When I wanted all of it inside, I took the band off. Again, the oddly shaped tips made a difference, and concentrated the vibration in a way that made it more effective. It’s not a big toy, but penetration with it was very satisfying, especially after the full vulva warm-up it gave beforehand, and the grooves for the band added some pleasant texture. The little tip did not in this position actually touch the clitoris, but it pressed up so intently beneath it through the fourchette that everything was happy and feeling it, and the big tip was curving toward the G-spot just so. The fact that it had previously stimulated every surface and special spot on the outside made for a far more complete-feeling orgasm, like the one you get with someone who cares enough to touch and take care of all of you. It’s a more romantic form of self-love! Or partner love. I swear I did not say that to build on the Cupid-bow-Xes and Ohs et cetera; Fun Factory is just magic (or science). 

Really, this will be delightful for singles and couples (and groups). I can only imagine how nice it will also be for penises and butts, both of which it is also authorized and designed to handle. In the land of Love, all is permitted. My journey is not over, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing about other people’s trips with this one for a long time.

Grade: A+. Thank you Fun Factory, thank you fun job.

By the way, if you’re reading this before 2/14/2014 at noon PST, you still have a chance to win an Amorino!

Feb 04 2014

4PLAY in Chicago: Your Valentine’s Date

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by thepleasurechest

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Wondering what to do this Valentine’s Day in Chicago? Wonder no more. February 13th-15th, you can get two tickets to 4PLAY sex in a series, champagne before the show and during intermission, chocolates, and a saucy gift bag from The Pleasure Chest for only $50. Much sexier than fighting the crowd at a French restaurant, non?

4PLAY sex in a series
The Den Theatre,
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.,
Thursday, Feb. 13 – Saturday, March 15.

Told in a sitcom format, with 4 acts, each running twenty-two minutes, 4PLAY is the not so simple story of boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl and all the little things that can ruin a perfectly good dinner party.

Reserve your Valentine’s Day Package here.

Dec 17 2013

Holiday Gifts From Us to You

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by thepleasurechest

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We want to make holiday shopping as rewarding as possible! This month, at any of our physical locations, we’ll give you a $15 gift card when you spend $100, or a $25 gift card when you spend $150. Give them away as gifts, or give yourself the gift of some sexy shopping in the new year.

Sounds like a good excuse to treat yourself to the hottest new couples vibe, the We-Vibe 4.

Not valid with any other offer.
Expires December 31st, 2013.
In-store only. 

Dec 04 2013

Nina Hartley® in Chicago!

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by thepleasurechest

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Author, educator and porn sensation Nina Hartley® will be teaching three workshops at our Chicago store next week! You don’t want to miss them.

Threesomes and Then Some with Nina Hartley®
Tuesday December 10th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

Learn threesome decorum with sexpert and lifestyle non-monogamist Nina Hartley®. Nina and her partner enjoy true love, commitment, and an active swinging sex life. Using her personal experience and professional expertise, she will guide you through negotiations with your partner around flirting, swinging, safety, creative sex play, and how to honor the relationship between primary partners.

 

Sex, Play & Intimacy Over 50 with Nina Hartley®
Wednesday, December 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our lust and desire may change over time but that doesn’t mean that our needs for sex and intimacy go away. Getting older only means getting better. This workshop will discuss some “age- and stage-related” changes but will also concentrate on the positive impact of your maturity on hot sex and play. Come share your experiences and learn how to keep getting it on into the golden years. Whether you’re married, single, divorced or widowed, this workshop pertains to you. We’ll cover anatomy and overcoming various social stereotypes, taboos around intimacy, sex and desire.

 

Finding your Dominance with Nina Hartley®
Thursday December 12th @ 8-10pm – FREE!

So, you want to take on a dominant role with your sweetie, but you’re not sure how to start? Don’t worry! Sex educator and adult film superstar Nina Hartley® will help you feel comfortable and excited as you experiment with life on the top side! She’ll also show you some amazing (and simple!) tips and tricks to help you take the lead – and the leash – both in the bedroom and in the dungeon.

Nov 20 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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by thepleasurechest

Trans* pride flag outside our West Hollywood store

Trans* pride flag outside our West Hollywood store

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when we memorialize those who have been murdered over the last year because of anti-trans* hatred. The event is held this month every year in honor of Rita Hester, who was killed on November 28, 1998.

Vigils will take place all over the world, including New York, Chicago and West Hollywood. Find an event near you here.

We continue to celebrate our community, and we encourage you to read further and engage as much as you can in education and advocacy. Here are a few resources to start with:

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website

Transgender Law Center

A great primer on speaking to and about trans* people without being a jerk, from Buzzfeed.

“It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance: Let’s Celebrate Trans* Lives and Accomplishments,” from Autostraddle, celebrates trans* people’s triumphs during the last year and links to a lot of additional articles.