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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

Apr 01 2013

Caitlin Bergh on Performance Anxiety Chicago

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Comedy in a sex shop? Yes! No foolin’.

We’ve been hosting Performance Anxiety comedy night at our West Hollywood store twice a month for nearly two years. Hosts Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller are making plans for a special 2nd anniversary show on April 23rd.

Last year, we brought Performance Anxiety to our Chicago store, where it has become a popular free monthly showcase. Watch Caitlin Bergh, one of the show’s hosts and organizers explain her philosophy in this clip from Chicago Grid.  The next Performance Anxiety show in Chicago is on April 22nd. Join us!

h/t Chicago Grid

Mar 12 2013

Tamale Sepp, Rebecca O’Neal & MorePerformance Anxiety Chicago- March 18th

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Join us on Monday, March 18th 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 Tamale SeppRebecca O’NealJoe KwaczalaAdam Guerino and Caitlin Bergh.

We recommend arriving early as seating is limited.

Feb 28 2013

Tantra, Hand Sex, Dirty Talk & MoreMarch in Chicago

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Q. Where can you learn about tantra, spanking and oral sex, join a naughty knitting circle and enjoy a night of free comedy in a room full of buttplugs? A. Only at The Pleasure Chest Chicago in March.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 4th @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join sex and relationship educator Reid Mihalko for a fun, light-hearted romp into the world of sacred sexuality. Explore enhanced lovemaking techniques, communication skills helpful for deepening intimacy, and breathing techniques to increase your arousal and sexual stamina in this workshop designed for anyone curious about Tantra, bettering their relationships, and having fun in the bedroom.

Hand Sex with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have your partner’s pleasure literally “in your hands?” Let Reid Mihalko show you how to utilize the nerves in your fingers and hands to “listen” to and track your partner’s sexual response. Discover how to make them squeal with tricks for the G-Spot, P-spot, and more. Reid will bring fruit for a hands-on demonstration, so you can practice getting fresh with produce!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Ethan Marie
Wednesday, March 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, March 18th @ 8-10pm 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.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Shawne’
Wednesday, March 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Feb 21 2013

Missed Connections, Mapped

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Where are Americans looking for love? A new infographic published in Psychology Today has some answers. Researcher Dorothy Gambrell analyzed the 100 most recent “Missed Connections” ads on Craigslist in all 50 states.

She found that the vast majority of the ads were placed by men: 59% were men looking for women and 27% were men looking for men. Just 13% of the ads were women looking for men and only 1% were women looking for women.

Even more interesting was where people saw the object of their affection. As Tracy Clark Flory observed in Salon, the most popular location in 15 states was Walmart. In California, it was 24 Hour Fitness. In Illinois, it was the train. And in New York, it was the subway. Do our customers in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York identify with this pattern?

40 year olds were most likely to have spotted that special someone at a strip club or adult bookstore (we think that means us), while 30 year olds crossed paths in a bar. 20 year olds met in ice cream shops. Cute!

Have you ever placed a Missed Connections ad? Did the person respond? Tell us in the comments.

Feb 06 2013

Join Us at The Chicago Reader’sAnti-Valentine’s Day Party

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Tired of the sap and heart-shaped crap? Come celebrate ANTI-Valentine’s Day with the folks at the Chicago Reader.

Join us for a night of dancing and debauchery at Logan Square Auditorium on February 14th at 8 pm. We’ll blow the night out with Hood Internetbut first you’ll enjoy performances from Tess, resident DJ of SloMo, a titillating performance from the Fly Honeys dance group and tales of dating woe with Salonathon’s Words from our Loves, Words from our Exes.

Come for the first hour and enjoy a hosted bar by Budweiser Black Crown. Send a complimentary shot of SoCo Cherry (while supplies last) to your sweetheart. Throughout the evening, roll some love (in alcoholic form) to anyone who catches your eye. Use our cupids on wheels — the Windy City Rollers – to maintain secret admirer status. A cash bar will be available until 12pm.

The first 100 people at the door will receive a gift bag from The Pleasure Chest!

To purchase advance tickets, check out the official Anti-Valentine’s Day Facebook page!

Jan 29 2013

Advanced Anal, G-Spots & MoreFebruary in Chicago

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February is the shortest month, but you wouldn’t know it around here. We’ve packed in 5 free events, including workshops on the G-Spot, sex toys for couples and advanced anal sex. There’s also our monthly knitting night and comedy show. Smack in the middle of the month is Valentine’s Day, which is sorta like Christmas around here. Come celebrate with us!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 4th @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane & Ash
Wednesday, February 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Using sex toys together can be intimidating, but it can add a sense of fun and openness to pleasing one another sexually. Many toys are fun for more than one, whether they’re meant to offer stimulation for both partners or enhance your sex. Our Sex Specialists will cover the best toys to use with a partner, communication, toy safety, and toy tips.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, February 18th @ 8-10pm 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.

G Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 20th @ 8-10pm 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!

Advanced Anal Play with Shawne’
Wednesday, February 27th @ 8-10pm 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.

Coming up…

3/4Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night

3/5- Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko

3/6- Hand Sex with Reid Mihalko

3/13- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Ethan Marie

3/18- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

3/20- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane

 

Dec 29 2012

Blowjobs, Butt Sex & Knitting (Yes, Knitting)January in Chicago

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A new year is here! Are you ready to bring some new skills into the bedroom? Join us for free workshops on kinky sex, butt sex, blowjobs and male orgasm. Also, check out our legendary knitting night and another installment of our monthly comedy showcase. Read on for our complete schedule through the end of March.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, January 7th @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 9th @ 8-10pm 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.

Kinky Sex for Curious Couples with Antoinette & Ash
Wednesday, January 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Just because you’re not into chains and whips doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a foray into the arousing world of kink. If your fantasies include blindfolds, role-playing, handcuffs, or any other naughty fun, our Sex Specialists can help take you from curious to light kink connoisseur.
 

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, January 21st @ 8-10pm 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.

Butt Sex Basics with Ethan Marie
Wednesday, January 23rd @ 8-10pm 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.

Blow Jobs & Beyond with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 30th @ 8-10pm 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 blow-jobs. 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.

Coming up…

2/4- Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night

2/6- Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane & Ash

2/18- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

2/20- G Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette

2/27- Advanced Anal Play with Shawne’

3/4- Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night

3/5- Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko

3/6- Hand Sex with Reid Mihalko

3/13- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Ethan Marie

3/18- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

3/20- Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane

3/27- Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Shawne’

 

Dec 29 2012

Sex Resolutions for 2013

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We’re just a few days away from a brand new year, so why not make a resolution to have better sex in 2013? Here are a few ways you can step up your sex life in the coming year.

Get in shape

Want better orgasms and increased strength? Give your Kegels a workout. Fun Factory’s Smartballs respond to every move you make, stimulating, massaging and exercising your vaginal muscles. Use them for a quick morning routine or wear them all day, for discreet public play. Made of body-safe silicone!

Kegel exercises aren’t just for female-bodied folks. With the right butt toy, anyone can develop Kegel strength. For a soft, rocking good time, try the Aneros Helix Syn. For a weightier workout, try the heavy metal Njoy Pfun.

Go organic

When in doubt, try a new lube! Sliquid Organics lubricants are hypoallergenioc, gylcerin-free, paraben-free and contain certified organic botanical extracts that helps heal and support the body. They offer a thick gel, perfect for anal sex and a natural lubricating silk formula that feels just like the real thing. For a more adventurous sensation, try their warming lubricant.

Try something new

Get out of your routine and try a new position. Daily Sex has 365 new ways to get tangled up in the bedroom. That’s a position a day! Would you prefer a game? Let’s Play Doctor can help kickstart some fantasy roleplay. Or, for an even bolder start to 2013, exchange these Fetish IOUs with your partner, and redeem them throughout the year.

Learn a new skill

If you live near one of our stores, take advantage of our free workshops. Learn about everything from the G-Spot and blowjobs to buttsex and threesomes. Come alone or bring a partner. Our classes are open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels. Get 15% off your purchases when you come to a class.