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Oct 02 2013

The Art of Sex at The Pleasure Chest Chicago

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This Friday between 8pm and 10pm, The Pleasure Chest presents the return of The Art of Sex, our 3rd annual exhibition, showcasing Chicago artists and their sexiest, most provocative work for your perusal and purchase. Whether your taste is subtly sexy or overtly kinky, you’re sure to find something that you find… inspirational.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see:

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The show will also feature works by Kelly Courtney, Shawne Holloway, Melissa Hawrysz, and some internationally-known artists’ works from the private collections of Sarah Sloane and Steve Kent. Most of the artwork will be for sale, with prices ranging from under $100 to $300.

Stick around to mingle with the artists over wine, cheese, and tasty treats from Bad Wolf Coffee. Plus, one lucky guest will win a gift bag, courtesy of the Pleasure Chest, worth over $200.

Sep 09 2013

Win Tickets to CineKink: Chicago! (Updated 9/16)

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Congratulations to Gump, who won the blog contest, and to @little_lab_rat, who claims the prize on twitter. Don’t forget to join us for Performance Anxiety tonight, for your chance to win another pair of tickets! 

We’re excited to be sponsoring  CineKink:Chicago, a night of sex-positive and kink-friendly films from the 2013 CineKink Festival, on Saturday, September 21. The evening will kick off at 7pm with a screening of the “Best of CineKink/2013,” followed by the full-length, audience-award-winning film Remedy, at 9pm.

Join us at Leather Archives and Museum for a night of works ranging from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit. Tickets are available at the door for both screenings at $10 per screening. Advance tickets are available at a discount via Eventbrite. The screenings are limited to those 18 and older.

What’s more, we’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for each screening!

How to Win Tickets to the “Best of CineKink/2013″

You have two chances to win!

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you’re excited for CineKink. Be sure to leave an email address, so that we know how to contact you. A winner will be chosen at random at noon on Monday, September 16th.

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2. Join us for Performance Anxiety – Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest on Monday, September 16th at 8pm. A winner will be announced at the show.

How to Win Tickets to Remedy

A psychological drama based on writer/director Cheyenne Picardo’s personal experiences, Remedy follows a young woman into the dungeons of New York City and the world of professional domination and submission. Here’s how to win tickets:

1. Come into the store September 13-15 and drop your name in a jar. A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 16th.

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2. Retweet our Twitter announcement!

Good luck!

Aug 29 2013

September Workshops in Chicago

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It’s back to school season, and we’ve got some great educational offerings for you! Sharpen your pencils, bring your partners, and come learn what makes each other tick.

The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane sarahsloane2
Wednesday, September 4th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to blow his mind? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of men’s anatomy, while exploring the physical and psychological patterns of male arousal. Discover how to expand his pleasure through breathwork and other techniques and learn about the different types of orgasm (penile, prostate, energetic, etc.) This workshop is open to all genders and orientations, but will focus on male-bodied people and their partners.

Tantra Techniques with Antoinette
Wednesday, September 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to learn tantra techniques that will take sex to the next level? We’ll cover how to visualize energy and make it your own, while raising and moving that energy solo and with others. Discover different styles of breathwork, energetic approach to orgasm, integrating kink with tantra and more.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, September 16th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

The Ultimate O for Her with Ash
Wednesday, September 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

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Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Wednesday, September 25th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Aug 19 2013

The Stronic Eins, Explained

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Have you been curious about the Stronic, the new toy from Fun Factory that looks like a vibrator but instead pulses and thrusts? Many customers have been! The Stronic comes in two shapes, the original Eins (pictured above) and the butt-friendly Zwei. Our own Sarah Sloane reviewed the Stronic Eins, to give you a better idea of what this toy is all about.

“True fact: I dislike vibrators. They generally numb me out. They don’t really get all my juices flowing, and frankly, if they get me to orgasm, they do it too fast for my personal tastes. In the past, my go-to toys have been things that press in and fill me up — glass dildos, the Pure Wand, and so on. I’d pretty much despaired of ever finding a moving toy that I’d fall in lust with — until the Stronic arrived!

The Stronic works on a whole different principle — instead of vibrating, it pulses, which feels like anything from a tapping massage (when aimed at my G-Spot) to a rocking shallow thrust (when aimed further into the vagina). It’s a unique sensation, and if you don’t like traditional vibrators, it might just be ideal.

I took it through its paces a few times, and figured out a couple of great ways to use it. You can, of course, use it perpendicular to the body (“straight in”), and it’ll give some great thrusting as well as movement to the inner labia and indirect sensation to the clit. I really love it angled down (towards my lower back), so that the shaft rocks against my clit and between my labia — and at the strongest patterns, it provides a yummy pounding sensation. And when I want a G-Spot session, angling the tip so that it bumps against my G-Spot is ideal. (For those who want a little extra against the clit, throw an O-Wow ring onto the Stronic for dual stimulation sensation). 

I definitely recommend lots of your favorite water based lube with this toy — it lets the pulsator slide against your body in really sensual ways, and keeps you from feeling rubbed the wrong way. I also recommend taking a few exploratory trips with this toy in lots of positions, because what works for you may not be the obvious choices.

All in all, this is an ideal toy for the person for whom vibes aren’t a great fit — but it’s also great for the sex toy connoisseur who wants a toy that is truly unique to add to their pleasure collection. With the click-n-charge charger (which also works with other Fun Factory toys), and the two year warranty, this is one toy that will keep you coming back for more for a long, long, time!”

If you think that Sarah has a way with words, check out her upcoming classes at our Chicago store, Advanced Anal Play and The Ultimate O For Him.

Aug 05 2013

Anal August in Chicago

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It’s Anal August, and we’re here to help you brush up on your butt play! Whether you’re a curious beginner or an anal aficionado, it’s a great month to check out a free workshop at our Chicago store.

antoinetteButt Sex Basics with Antoinette
Wednesday, August 7th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

In this workshop, no topic on taking it up the ass is taboo. Learn why a warm-up is important before anal exercise, why lube is your butt’s BFF, and how building comfort and trust with your partner can dispel common concerns such as pain or cleanliness. We’ll show you our favorite toys, how to use them solo or with a partner, cover the perks of having a prostate, anal G-Spot stimulation, and toy and partner safety.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, August 12th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

Down & Dirty with Antoinette
Wednesday, August 14th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Add some spice to your sex life with our hottest tips and techniques. Our Sex Specialists discuss ways to take your play to the next level by owning your fantasies, learning the art of the tease, and reclaiming the “dirty” side of sex. We’ll also share our secrets for G-Spotting, squirting, blow jobs, and anal play.

janethardy2Warm Cheeks, Warm Heart with Janet Hardy
Monday, August 19th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Mommy’s hard palm, Daddy’s big belt, Coach’s paddle, Mistress’s cane: few BDSM activities are as erotically and emotionally charged as spanking. Whether you’re a jaded aficionado or a nervous-but-excited novice, there’s always more to learn about the craft and art of butt-whacking. Come discover how to negotiate the scene you want, play the roles that excite you, pace a spanking for maximum pain and/or pleasure, understand your partner’s anatomy and physiology, surf the pain so you can accept the sensations you crave, choose implements for sensation and drama, select positions appropriate to your goals, and much more.

Advanced Anal Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, August 28th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

For those who like to push the boundaries of butt loving, we’re excited to offer this advanced workshop on everything from anal douching and enemas to safe and sexy anal fisting. We’ll cover smart ways to engage in extreme ass play, double penetration for all genders, and help dispel the myths and shame around this enjoyable orifice.

Aug 01 2013

Free Gift With Any Aneros Toy PurchaseDuring Anal August

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Anal August is here! It’s time to deepen your explorations of your butt. Still a newbie? Don’t be bummed. Simply head on over to our How To section for videos and articles on the best butt toys and anal sex pro-tips. If you live near our Los Angeles or Chicago stores, drop by for a series of free workshops on anal play, for people of all experience levels.

And here’s another offer, from the er…bottom of our hearts. Buy any Aneros toy* during Anal August and get a free set of unisex Peridise Anal Toys. When you spend $100 or more on Aneros toys, we’ll also throw in a free bottle of Sessions lube!

Need some help choosing a toy? Aneros makes anatomically-designed, body-safe products for people of all genders, from the original MGX prostate massager and the vibrating Vice to the stainless steel Tempo and the girthy Progasm. If you’re looking for something different, check out their innovative Kegel exerciser, the Evi. Look around. We’re sure you’ll find a perfect fit to help you celebrate Anal August.

*Offer applies to purchase of Aneros toys and does not include purchases of the Marksman or Sessions lube alone.

 

Jul 30 2013

Fisting Public Art Prank In Detroit

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Detroit filed for bankruptcy almost two weeks ago, inspiring local artist Jerry Vile to deliver a little comic relief. Witness “Vessel of Hope,” in which the prankster placed an enormous can of Crisco next to the city’s iconic Joe Louis Fist Statue. The clueless folks at Detroit’s Fox 2 reported that Vile hopes his work “may in someway ease the pain of having the Detroit bankruptcy shoved into our faces.” Well played, Mr. Vile.

If you’d like to learn more about fisting, come check out our free workshop, Advanced Anal Play on August 28th, with Damon Holzum in Los Angeles and Sarah Sloane in Chicago.

h/t Jalopnik

 

 

Jul 19 2013

TransLife Center Opens In Chicago

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Here’s great news for Chicago’s trans community. Organizers with Chicago House cut the ribbon on Monday for a brand new housing facility for the city’s trans population.

“This will set a new model and a new standard for other cities,” said Chicago House CEO, Rev. Stan J. Sloan during the morning ceremony.

The TransLife Center in Edgewater is the first of its kind in the country, with 9 bedrooms for residents and housing, employment and health services geared to Chicago’s trans folks.

Watch the video above to learn how the organizers at Chicago House converted a former AIDS hospice to a home for the city’s trans community.

Jul 17 2013

Join Us at Golden Bowl III in ChicagoThis Weekend!

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In 2004, the Windy City Rollers burst onto the Chicago scene as part of the renaissance of women’s roller derby. Since then, they’ve been working hard and training hard to penetrate Chicago and the nation to play and promote roller derby while being close to the community.

The Pleasure Chest is honored to be a sponsor for Golden Bowl III, a two-day tournament featuring top-level roller derby teams from across the United States.

The Golden Bowl happens this Saturday and Sunday at the lovely UIC Pavilion located at 525 S Racine Ave in Chicago. Advance tickets are available now. We’ll see you there!

Jul 02 2013

Buy Any Vibe & Get One Half OffOnly in July, Only In Store

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Planning a visit to one of our stores? In the month of July, buy any vibe and get a 2nd one for 50% off. Whether you need a spare or simply can’t choose, this is a great deal, and it only lasts through the end of the month. So, come on down.

This offer only applies to in-store purchases and can’t be combined with any other offer. 2nd item must be of equal or lesser value.