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Jun 18 2013

Hide: Art on Leather by Karl Hamilton-CoxFriday in Chicago

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HIDE is an exhibition from Karl Hamilton-Cox of Art On Leather. The exhibit features erotic works painted on leather canvas.

Of his first showing outside of the UK, the artist says “My work is unashamedly illustrative in nature as I prefer a realism style that I feel is more of a technical challenge than contemporary representative or abstract genres.” He developed his painting on leather technique after he was asked to do a bomber jacket sample in early 2011. With some lateral thinking he has successfully adapted the concept to the UK fetish and alternative lifestyle markets.

Chicago readers are invited to join us at the opening of HIDE this Friday night from 9 to 11 PM at the G.A.G. Contemporary Fetish Gallery located at the Leather Archives and Museum. You can even RSVP on Fetlife.

Jun 06 2013

Performance Anxiety Chicago’s1st Anniversary Show- June 17th

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Join us on Monday, June 17th at 8pm as Performance Anxiety Chicago turns one year old! Performance Anxiety is Chicago’s only comedy show in a sex shop. Every show is free, BYOB and includes a 15% store discount after the entertainment.

Don’t miss this special celebration, including free champagne, sexy Pleasure Chest giveaways and more. The evening is hosted by Caitlin Bergh and includes appearances by Sean FlanneryBill CruzKatie McVayAdam BurkeStephanie Hasz and Goodrich Gevaart.

We hope to see you there!

Please enjoy Sean Flannery on middle aged white guys.

May 30 2013

Roleplay, Strap-On Sex, BJs & MoreJune in Chicago

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Summer is coming and while it’s still wet outside, things are heating up in our Chicago store. This coming month, we’ve got free workshops on everything from roleplay and strap-0n sex to orgasm and blowjobs. June comes to a big finish with the annual Pride Parade on June 30th. Drop by our shop and pick up some sexy skills you can use all summer long.

antoinetteRoleplay with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 5th @ 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.

Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 12th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

This strap-on sex workshop is for anyone lesbian, queer, or dyke-identified. We’ll cover how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing satisfaction for both partners, double dildos, strap-on anal sex, owning your cock, queer gender expression, and sucking strap-on cock. A great class to learn the basics of dildo harnesses or pick up some new tips and tricks! FtM and MtF folks who love to (or want to learn how to) have great strap-on sex are welcome.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, June 17th @ 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 Rhea Butcher 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.

ashThe Ultimate O with Ash
Wednesday, June 19th @ 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.

 

Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash
Wednesday, June 26th @ 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.

May 23 2013

Illinois Dumps Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

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condomsLast week, our own Sarah Tomchesson made the case for a sex-positive alternative to the abstinence model of sex education. Yesterday, Illinois lawmakers took a big step in the right direction, by mandating discussion of birth control in all sex ed classes in the state’s public schools.

Gawker reports:

Previously schools had three options when it came to sex ed: abstinence-only classes, comprehensive classes covering both abstinence and safe sex, or no sex ed classes at all. Thanks to the new measure, which Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign into law, schools will now have to either teach the comprehensive sex ed courses or avoid sex ed altogether.

It’s a start. In the meantime, those young people in less enlightened states can always find help at Scarleteen.

May 17 2013

Nick Rouley, Alexandra Tsarpalas & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- May 20th

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Join us on Monday, Monday, May 20th at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety,  hosted by Goodrich Gevaart. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Nick RouleyAlexandra TsarpalasCaitlin BerghMatt RiggsKelsie Huff and Zach Peterson. We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

Please enjoy Matt Riggs earlier this year at Chicago Underground Comedy.

May 14 2013

Please Vote Us “Best Sex Toy Shop” in Chicago

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readerThe Chicago Reader is conducting its annual “Best of Chicago” poll. We love Chicago. If you love us back, please consider voting for us as the “Best Sex Toy Shop” in Chicago.

We opened our first Chicago store in 1977 and have been a presence in the city’s LGBT and sex positive community ever since. We offer over 60 free workshops each year, a monthly comedy night and an annual erotic art show. We regularly hold benefits and donate to charities as varied as The Chicago Foundation for Women, Ronald McDonald House and Arcas Productions. For some background on our current location, check out this post from last year.

The Reader requires a name and email address to complete a ballot (though you don’t need to register.) Our category is the 19th question on the 1st page, in case you don’t have time to fill out all of the categories. You have until midnight on May 22nd to cast your ballot.

Thank you for your vote and thanks for supporting us for the past 36 years!

 

May 02 2013

Study Finds Funny People Have Sex Appeal

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Photo of Eli OIsberg & TJ Miller by Megan Baker.

Here’s good news for our comedian friends. Psychologists at Stirling University in the UK have found that funny guys are perceived as more attractive. The researchers interviewed men and women, asking what items they’d bring to a desert island, and then played the recordings for another group of subjects.

Men who were funnier in their answers were judged to be more attractive by the opposite sex, particularly when being judged for their potential as a short-term lover rather than a long-term partner.

Humour is interpreted as a form of flirtatiousness, researchers explained, and is especially attractive for a brief liaison because it “nurtures an impression of not being serious or willing to invest in a mate”.

So while having a sense of humor might help you get laid, it may also send the message that you’re not serious relationship material. There’s also (sorta) good news  for funny women. The men in the study found them more attractive, “‘because a woman’s humour is taken as a sign that “she will be receptive to his advances.’”

So, if you’re in the mood for a spring fling, maybe you should ditch the bar scene and come to one of our Performance Anxiety comedy nights.

Apr 29 2013

Prostate Play, Vintage Vibes & MoreUpcoming Events in Chicago

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April has been action-packed, but we’re not slowing down. This coming month, our Sex Specialists offer free workshops on everything from prostate play and domestic sex tips to advanced BDSM, female pleasure and open relationships. We’re also hosting a special visit with Luke, a vintage vibrator collector, and another night of our popular Performance Anxiety comedy show. Pay us a visit!

shawneSusie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Shawne’

Wednesday, May 1st @ 8-10 PM FREE!

What is the most flattering angle to give a blowjob in? How do strippers still smell fresh after hours of dancing? What exactly should I do if a partner wants to (fill in the blank)? You won’t find any of these tips in Cosmo. But your partner will find you irresistible when you try out any one of the dirty secrets taught in our quick and simple sex tricks and tips course.

Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 8th @ 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!

ashBDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash
Wednesday, May 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to move beyond the BDSM basics? Let our Sex Specialists show you how to play harder & heavier while discovering  stronger sensations and deepening your power exchange. Find ways to refine and negotiate the boundaries of what you want to explore.  Learn about Risk Aware Consensual Kink (RACK) and how to stay safe while you take it to the next level.

Sex Antiques Roadshow
Saturday, May 18th @ 1-4 PM FREE!

Today’s sex toys are sleek, sexy, and discreet, but they started out as medical and health appliances that were anything but simple!  Join us for a “show and tell” with Luke, a vintage vibrator and violet wand restorer and collector. Luke will present over a dozen examples of early- to mid-1900s sexual appliances and share the hidden history of the adult toy revolution.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, May 20th @ 7-9 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 22nd @ 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.

sarahsloane2Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 29th @ 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.

Apr 16 2013

Cameron Gillette, Melody Kamali & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- April 22nd

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Join us on Monday, April 22nd at 8pm at our Chicago store for another Performance Anxiety,  hosted by Caitlin Bergh. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by Cameron Gillette, Melody Kamali, Matty Ryan, Ever Mainard, Kenny DeForest and Goodrich Gevaart. We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

 

Apr 01 2013

Erotic Readings, Tantra, Comedy & MoreFree Workshops in Chicago

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Hey Chicago, grab your April calendar and start saving some dates. We’re kicking off the month with readings by erotic novelists Sam Rosenthal and Laura Antoniou. Next, we’ll host a pair free workshops with guest sexpert and porn icon Madison Young. The following week, we welcome tantra educators Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson. We finish this action-packed month with another evening of comedy from Performance Anxiety and two nights with award-winning author and educator Sheri Winston. And did we mention that all of these events are absoultely free? Read on for a complete schedule.

ryeRye: An Erotic Reading with Sam Rosenthal
Friday, April 5th @ 8-9 PM FREE!

Join Sam Rosenthal, lyricist for the band Black Tape For A Blue Girl, as he reads excerpts from his sex-positive GQ erotic novel. Rye is filled with intimacy, desire, and discovery, told through the prism of polyamory and sexuality. His strong characters and sexy story are warm, witty and engaging. Sam will be reading from the novel, taking questions and signing books.

The Killer Wore Leather reading and Q&A with author Laura Antoniou
Sunday, April 7th @ 5-7 PM FREE!

Laura Antoniou, one of the most notorious writers of BDSM-inspired erotica, will be joining us to read from her newest novel, sign books and take your questions. The Killer Wore Leather, a deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set at a leather convention, allows readers into a private world of personalities and peccadilloes. It’s the kinkiest game of Clue ever with a sex toy as the murder weapon and where every leather man and woman lacks an alibi. Join us for this exclusive sneak peek.

Anal Pleasure with Madison Young
Wednesday, April 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Everyone has a butt, so let’s learn how to give yours (and your partner’s) some love and attention. Discover the art of anal pleasure with queer porn idol and guest expert Madison Young . She’ll cover safety, cleanliness, toys, oral pleasure of the anus, strap-ons, advanced anal play and more. This class is open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels.

madison-youngSex, Pregnancy & Motherhood with Madison Young
Thursday, April 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Sex educator Madison Young divulges her personal secrets on how to keep things spicy in the bedroom through pregnancy and finding the time for intimacy once your bundle of joy arrives. She’ll talk about sex positions that work for every trimester, how to safely engage in kink during all points in pregnancy, using your sexual and body awareness during labor and uncovering the mystery of orgasmic birth. Madison will help you embrace your pregnant goddess body and guide you to feel your best and sexiest as a mom and mom-to-be.

Tantric Erogenous Zones with Mark Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Monday, April 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of “Great Sex Made Simple,” will introduce you to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically to heighten pleasure and enhance intimacy.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, April 22nd @ 7-9 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher 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.

Sheri-WinstonFountain of the Goddess:  Female Ejaculation with Sheri Winston
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Become a juicy goddess! (Or help your partner to become one.) Learn to expand your orgasmic repertoire with the ability to squirt. Join guest expert Sheri Winston for a hands-off, clothes-on illustrated lecture that will explain everything you wanted to know about “she-jaculate” and how to call it forth and gush gloriously! This class is open to people of all genders and orientations, whether single or partnered.

Playing the Skin Flute : Male Pleasures with Sheri Winston
Wednesday, April 24th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Learn to blow his mind! Discover the paths to providing delicious oral excitement to the male apparatus. Find the spots that drive him wild and the secrets to expanding his climax beyond what he thought was possible. Help him discover non-ejaculatory multiple orgasm and full-body, expanded, extended explosions. This class is for anyone who wants to bring more pleasure to men.

Coming Up…

5/1- Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks with Shawne’

5/8Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane

5/15- BDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash

5/18- Sex Antiques Roadshow

5/20- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

5/22- Pleasure Her Perfect with Shawne’

5/29- Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane

6/5- Roleplay with Antoinette

6/12- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Antoinette

6/17- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

6/19- The Ultimate O with Shawne’

6/26- Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash