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Jun 29 2012

Sinclair Sexsmith, Performance Anxiety & MoreJuly in Chicago

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Heat got you down? Let us lift your spirits, with our packed summer schedule of free workshops and events. In July, we’ll learn about sex toys and self pleasure with Antoinette and host the return of our new Performance Anxiety comedy night. We’ll finish out the month with a double header of classes by Sinclair Sexsmith, discussing how to write erotica, and develop “cock confidence.” Hot!

Sex Toys 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, July 11th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join our Sex Specialists as we talk about the pleasures of erotic playthings. Topics include: vibrators for beginners or pros, couples’ toys, toy cleaning, and toy safety, and more. Did you know that using lube can enhance and prolong your sex? Want to hear about the best condoms for sensational safe sex? We have all the hot tips and tricks for the sex nerd or erotic explorer in you!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, July 16th @ 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 for this show include Candy Lawrence, Stephanie Hasz, Matteo Lane, Bill Cruz, Ever Mainard and Adam Burke.

Self Pleasure Workshop for Women with Antoinette
Wednesday, July 18th @ 8-10pm FREE!

The orgasms you experience with your lover start with you. Our Sex Specialists will cover anatomy, techniques for self-touch, and, of course, our favorite toys, lubes, and erotic accessories. The more you know about your own response patterns, the better your sex life will be, whether partnered or solo! This workshop will be a safe space for female-identified people only.

Steamy: How to Write About Sex with Sinclair Sexsmith
Tuesday, July 24th @ 8-10pm FREE!

To write about sex well, you need both the boldness to describe the dirty and delicious acts we humans explore, and the basic technical skills of plot, setting, and character. In this pen-to-paper writing workshop, we’ll look at some examples of successful and unsuccessful erotica, discuss how to write steamy love letters for your sweetheart, and discover how to take your blogging to the next level. We’ll also explore where to submit your erotica for publication, and some quick basics for editing your work.

Cock Confidence with Sinclair Sexsmith
Wednesday, July 25th @ 8-10pm FREE!

If you’re a butch, a stud, or anywhere on the masculine side of center, come learn the nuts and bolts of strapping it on and fucking. Writer and sex educator Sinclair Sexsmith will reveal the best cocks for packing, which options exist for pack-and-play and the ins and out of selecting a harness. You’ll learn about positions, how different products work, what “cock confidence” means, and the psychology behind strapping on and playing with a cock with a partner, or with oneself.

Coming up…

8/1 Butt Sex Basics with Sarah Sloane

8/8 Bend Over Buddy with Antoinette

8/15 Spank Someone Happy with Antoinette

8/20 Performance Anxiety-Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

8/22 Advanced Anal Play with Sarah Sloane

9/5 Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette

9/12 G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane

9/26 Suck it, Lick it, Love It with Antoinette

 

Jun 04 2012

Oral Sex, Prostate Play & Our New Comedy Night June in Chicago

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In June, we welcome the beginning of summer and the annual LGBTQ pride festivities. To celebrate, our Sex Specialists will host free workshops every Wednesday night, including classes on how to queer your sex, pleasure the prostate, optimize your orgasm, and give amazing oral. We’re also kicking off the Chicago edition of our Performance Anxiety comedy night. In addition to all this free fun, look for our sexy street team, handing out goodies at the Pride Parade on June 24th!

Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

This class is geared toward all gender-variant, gender curious folks, or anyone looking to incorporate some type of gender or nontraditional power play into their sex. We’ll cover communication and negotiation, anatomy (including trans bodies), strapping it on, pumping, oral pleasure, role-playing, and tips, tricks and toys for hot queer sex.

The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm 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!

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, June 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place! Join us for the Chicago debut of Performance Anxiety, a free comedy night produced and hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher. It’s absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases. The show will feature appearances by James Fritz, Chad Briggs, Puterbaugh Sisters, Goodrich Gevaart, Eli Olsberg and Katie McVay.

The Ultimate O with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm 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.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 27th @ 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 blowjobs, 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.

May 28 2012

Makeover Mixer with Quick & Dirty BlowjobsThis Saturday in Chicago (2-6PM)

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The dust has settled and the work is done. Our Chicago store has got brand spanking new floors, fresh paint and sexier displays. Come check out our new look at a special Saturday afternoon mixer including:

 

  • A quick & dirty blowjob workshop! (5pm)
  • Raffle with sexy prizes! (5:30pm)
  • Complimentary wine!

Come stop in, have a drink and say hello. While you’re here, check in on Foursquare and get a free pocket vibrator! We’re going from 2-6pm this Saturday.

May 23 2012

Comedy Night Debuts at Our Chicago Store!Performance Anxiety- June 18th

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Performance Anxiety, the popular comedy show hosted by  Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller  just celebrated its one year anniversary in our Los Angeles store. The twice-monthly showcase has featured some of the funniest folks and biggest names in comedy. And now it’s coming to Chicago!

Join us on Monday, June 18th at 8pm for the Chicago debut of Performance Anxiety, produced and hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher. The show is absolutely free, BYOB and everyone in attendance gets 15% off their purchases.

The night will feature appearances by James Fritz, Chad Briggs, Puterbaugh Sisters, Eli Olsberg, Goodrich Gevaart and Katie McVay.

TJ Miller will also be in town on June 14th-16th at UP Comedy Club to kick off the Chicago edition of Performance Anxiety.

Please enjoy James Fritz on gay marriage bans.

May 07 2012

Fifty Shades of Mother’s Day

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As we prepare for the debut of our Fifty Shades of Pleasure workshop in Los Angeles tomorrow and in Chicago on Wednesday, we wanted to share this hilarious bit from Saturday Night Live.

If you know a mom who has Fifty Shades fever, we’ve posted a list of essential items that would make great Mother’s Day gifts. You can also buy her all three of the books on our site.

Apr 30 2012

Sex Over 40, the G-Spot & A Visit from MidoriMay in Chicago

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What do you want to try next in the bedroom? Learn about the arts of oral sex and female dominance from Midori. Explore the joy of sex after 40 and learn how to fulfill your Fifty Shades fantasies with Sarah Sloane. Discover your G-Spot and female ejaculation with Antoinette. All this and more awaits you at one of our free workshops in May. Read on for a complete schedule!

40 & Over Sex Secrets with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 2nd @ 8-10pm FREE!

If you’re like us—over 40 and still sexy—then this class is for you! Learn about the pleasure which only comes through experience. Spend an evening with our sex specialists as they demystify sex after 40, talk about the reality of our changing bodies, and how to leverage our skills & make the most out of the second half of our sex lives.

Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, May 9th @ 8-10pm
Inspired by E.L. James’s Fifty Shades books which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Antoinette
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 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!

Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori
Tuesday, May 29th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Learn how to make him moan and writhe in unbelievable pleasure. Join internationally-acclaimed sex educator Midori for this in-depth training on orally pleasuring your guy. Using delicious practice props (think fruit!) you’ll learn all about the sucks, licks, swirls, strokes and touch secrets that will blow his mind. She’ll even cover tips on how to reduce discomforts or gag reflexes. What better gift is there than to show him your new techniques that very night?

The Art of Feminine Dominance with Midori (Open to all genders. Partners welcome!)
Wednesday, May 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Elegance. Power. Confidence. Learn an effective style of dominance that is authentic to you. Using her own special technique, Midori will help to unleash your power femme, allowing you to pursue erotic fulfillment and sensual play. She will discuss psychology, politics, practical exercises, techniques, fashion and more. Open to all genders and orientations and to all experience levels. Partners are welcome to attend.

 Coming up…

Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 6th @ 8-10pm

The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

The Ultimate O with Antoinette
Wednesday, June 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, June 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

 

Apr 20 2012

The Pleasure Chest on Nightline Tonight

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Want to know what this Fifty Shades of Grey craze is all about? Curious about the “mommyporn revolution?” Check out tonight’s episode of Nightline, featuring us! The segment airs at 11:35pm tonight. You can check out a teaser here.

If these books have piqued your curiosity about bondage and submission, don’t forget that we now offer Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a unique workshop inspired by scenes from the novel.  If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations.

Apr 17 2012

Fifty Shades of Pleasure

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Have you heard about Fifty Shades of Grey? If not, welcome back from vacation! E.L. James’s amazingly popular erotic e-book has launched two sequels and announced the arrival of a new literary genre dubbed “mommyporndue to its popularity with suburban mothers. The Fifty Shades trilogy follows a young woman named Anastasia as she’s inducted into the kinky world of bondage and domination by dreamy millionaire Christian Grey (hence the title). The books have captured the top three slots on the New York Times bestseller list and nabbed a movie deal, and they’re only just now coming out in print.

The LA Times devotes a lengthy article today to the Fifty Shades phenomenon, and we are prominently featured. The piece begins:

The staff of the Pleasure Chest, a high-end West Hollywood sex shop, were first tipped to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon by their accountant, who noticed a curious spike in sales a few weeks ago. New customers had been drawn to the store after reading the erotic novel about a young woman’s submissive sexual relationship with a wealthy businessman, and wanted some products described in the book. 

It’s true! Fifty Shades fever has led to increased demand for bondage rope, blindfolds, kegel balls and riding crops– all items featured in the books‘ steamier passages.

“We’ve had all these women coming in saying, ‘Where do you keep your mommy porn?’” said Kristen Tribby, director of creative development and strategy at The Pleasure Chest. “Or a man will come in and say, ‘My wife’s reading this book. She attacked me three times last week. I’ve been married for 20 years and we rarely have sex three times in one week….’ It is kind of opening up their sex life.” 

So, why Fifty Shades and why right now? There are a lot of opinions on the mommyporn phenomenon. Newsweek’s cover story links the apparent rise in fantasies of sexual submission to women’s increasing economic power, while The Nation argues there’s nothing new about the popularity of sadomasochism.

What we do know is that women are more curious than ever about trying some bedroom bondage of their own. So, we’ve created Fifty Shades of Pleasure, a new workshop to help Fifty Shades fans and bondage beginners make their fantasies come true. If you’d like us to show you the ropes, join us in our Los Angeles store on May 8th, in Chicago on May 9th or in New York on May 15th. The workshop is free of charge, and open to couples or singles of all experience levels, genders and orientations. We’re also offering Fifty Shades of Pleasure to private parties and groups. Contact mike@thepleasurechest.com

Apr 17 2012

Sex Ed (for Adults Only) in Chicago

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There was a nice little tribute to our Chicago store on Salon yesterday. The writer remembers:

When “The Pleasure Chest” moved their Chicago store to our neighborhood a few years ago, the brigades of young mothers pushing $1,000 strollers were not amused.

It’s true. Our move to the Lakeview District caused a small controversy back in 2006 as you can see in this news clip.


Six years later, Salon notes:

The Pleasure Chest really —as it turns out—didn’t change morality, end marriages, beckon to the four horseman of the apocalypse to giddy up down Lincoln Avenue and flash their swords of righteousness. Neither Michelle nor husband Marcus Bachman needed to be called in to consult. The war on women did not open up a new front right down the block from the Dunkin Donuts.

Instead, The Pleasure Chest just keeps on doing what it has been doing since the early seventies. And doing it well. No one’s morality changed. People had much larger battles to wage.

The post was inspired by the improbable appearance of a school bus parked outside our store. (Don’t fret, the bus was filled with adults from a tour group).

But we feel this is a good time to mention that we actually do have a sex ed curriculum– for adults. Tonight you can learn about vaginal fisting with Sarah Sloane. Or join us in May to learn about the G-Spot with Antoinette and female dominance with Midori. No matter what your experience level, we’ve probably got a class that will interest you. School is in session. And enrollment is free.