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Mar 28 2012

Spring in ChicagoUpcoming Free Workshops

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by thepleasurechest

Spring is here! We’re just getting warmed up with a full offering of free workshops, from classes on cunnilingus and the basics of buttsex to a handy tutorial on fisting. Check out our complete lineup below.

Blowjobs & Beyond with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 4th @ 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 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.

Pleasure Her Perfect (Special Cunnilingus Edition) with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, April 11th @ 8-10pm 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.

Vaginal Fisting with Sarah Sloane
Tuesday, April 17th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Fisting has a formidable reputation in some circles, but it’s actually a sensual, spiritual way of connecting with our partners. Find out what fisting really is (hint: there are no fists!), how to coax your body (or your partner’s body) into opening up for it, and some healthy and easy tips for making it hotter than you can imagine!

           

 

Butt Sex Basics with Antoinette
Wednesday, April 18th @ 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, April 23rd @ 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 Antoinette
Wednesday, April 25th @ 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.

Coming up…

Wednesday, May 2nd -40 & Over Sex Secrets with Sarah Sloane

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

Tuesday, May 29th- Joystick Secrets: How to Thrill Your Man with Midori

Wednesday, May 30th- The Art of Feminine Dominance with Midori

Wednesday, June 6th- Queering Your Sex with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 13th- The Prostate & Male Pleasure with Sarah Sloane

Wednesday, June 20th- The Ultimate O with Antoinette

Wednesday, June 27th- Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Sarah Sloane

Feb 28 2012

Strap-Ons, Threesomes, Tantra & MoreUpcoming Workshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Spend this rare February 29th with us, learning new sex positions to make your Leap Year extra sexy. Then, keep coming back for more in March. We’ll host sex and relationships expert Reid Mihalko to discuss threesomes and blowjobs. Our resident Sex Specialists Antoinette and Sarah Sloane will share their wisdom on strap-on harnesses, G-spots and Tantra. There’s even another knitting night. We hope to see you here!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th, 8-10pm FREE! 

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th, 8-1opm FREE! 

Become acquainted with the arousing possibilities of strap-on sex. Our Sex Specialists will show you that strap-on sex can be fun for everyone! Among the subjects covered will be how to choose the best harness and dildo for you, enhancing mutual satisfaction, owning your strap-on cock, and why and how strap-ons can be worn by guys too. A perfect class for beginners of any gender or orientation.

Tuesday, March 13th, 8-10pm FREE!

It’s a popular fantasy with twice the pleasure potential, but navigating a three-way romance (if only for one night) can be tricky. Sex educator Reid Mihalko will teach techniques to satisfy two lovers at once, ways to overcome fears and concerns, the most common threesome mistakes and how to avoid them, and how to negotiate boundaries and safer sex protocols to make your next ménage à trois trés bien!

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 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.

Wednesday, March 21st, 8-10pm FREE!

Most classes teach sex from the outside in, but tantra can help you learn from the inside out. In sex, as in life, it can be difficult to slow down and breathe. If you want to deepen your approach to pleasure and the body, come learn the practical skills that can be your gateway, whether you’re with a loved one or renewing your love for yourself.

Monday, March 26th, 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.

Wednesday, March 28th, 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!

 

Jan 31 2012

Dirty Talk, Sex Toys, Open Relationships & MoreWorkshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

February is here, and with it a full lineup of free workshops in our Chicago store. Whether you want to learn how to improve your oral (and aural) skills, incorporate sex toys, try new positions or explore open relationships, we’ve got a class for you. There’s even a knitting night! Check out our schedule below.

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm 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.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm 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.

Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm 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.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 7pm 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 Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Think you know every sex position there is? Our Sex Specialists will take you on a back-bending, mind-expanding, stand up, sit down, lie back ride through positions for pleasure. You’ll learn how to get the best angle for G-spot pleasure, tips on combining clitoral stimulation, and techniques guys can use to last longer. We will also talk about positions for people with different levels of flexibility, ways to use props to make things easier and more fun, and the best positions to use during pregnancy.

Coming in March…

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th @ 8pm FREE!

Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm FREE!

Introduction to Tantra with Antoinette
Wednesday March 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 26th @ 7pm FREE!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 28th 8pm FREE!

 

Jan 02 2012

Spanking, Sex Tips, Rope Bondage & KnittingFree Events in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Hey Chicago, what are you doing in 2012? May we suggest a little spanking? Or some seductive sex tips? We hope you’re not all tied up yet, because we’ve got a full lineup of free events, from rope bondage to knitting nights! Join us.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, January 18th @ 8pm 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, January 23rd @ 7pm 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.

Rope Bondage with Leon MonkeyFetish
Tuesday, January 24th @ 7pm FREE!

Rope bondage is passion.  It is connection. It is pleasure and pain, joy and suffering, gentle and brutal all combined into one.  The technical side is important and is the basis of good rope bondage.  We will cover the skills you need to continue your newfound love affair with rope. You will also learn how to use rope to manipulate the emotions of the scene to produce the desired effect in your partner.

Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips with Antoinette
Wednesday, January 25th @ 8pm 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.

Coming up in February and March…

Suck It, Lick It, Love it with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 1st @ 8pm FREE!

Sex Toys for Curious Couples with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday February 8th @ 8pm FREE!

Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, February 15th @ 8pm FREE!

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 22nd @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, February 27th @ 7pm FREE!

Sex Positions with Antoinette
Wednesday, February 29th @ 8pm FREE!

Strap On, Get Off: Dildo Harnesses 101 with Antoinette
Wednesday, March 7th @ 8pm FREE!

Threesomes with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 13th @ 8pm FREE!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 14th @ 8pm FREE!

Introduction to Tantra with Antoinette
Wednesday March 21st @ 8pm FREE!

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 26th @ 7pm FREE!

G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 28th 8pm FREE!

 

Dec 19 2011

Sweet on the Sugar Pop

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by thepleasurechest

When shopping for sex toys, it’s easy to feel like a kid in a candy shop. Enter the aptly-named Sugar Pop from Vibratex. We sent Chicago Sex Specialist Antoinette Hancock home with a free sample and she’s coming back for seconds.

The Sugar Pop is soft, translucent hot-pink elastomer, and has so far consistently sold out in the store, standing out as it does in both color and obvious function: whereas most of their ‘beaded’ toys have two or three rows of beads in a small part of the shaft, most of the Sugar Pop‘s shaft is beads, shiny silver ones, mounted in four dramatically alternating discs. This toy doesn’t just rotate, it wiggles. It also reverses direction, and rotates and vibrates in patterns that are adjustable in both style and strength. It is also, glory of glories, water resistant. These are all the things that would formerly make customers go for an equally expensive unwarrantied mystery-meat rabbit instead of a tried and true Vibratex product. I expect that to happen a lot less now. This is a striking toy that calls attention to itself right away, and it does a good job at fulfilling the hopes and expectations that swim into one’s head upon looking at it.

The soft plastic housing is similar to the Butterfly: round ribbed ‘beehive’ head, ribbed shaft, and the clit critter is a winged, antennae-d, benubbied thing sitting perpendicular and rather close to the shaft. This was the one thing I think could be improved on the toy. Many of their toys have the critter at an angle, and a precious few have it mounted in such a way as to flex easily to multiple angles. The fit on the clit is what makes these babies work so well, so I’d like to see more of them made in such a way that guarantees pleasure to flat and fat vulvas alike. Being on the fatter side, I found the butterfly guy to be wonderfully powerful, but more than a wee bit pinchy on my sensitive button. I think it will pinch half of us; a quarter of us intolerably. Vibratex, heed my cry! More flex to your doo-dads!

"'...speeds ranging from ‘whoa, that’s strong’ to ‘THAT’S ALL I CAN TAKE!’"

As with the Butterfly, the clit stim is strong; that other was strong enough to have been called the ‘clit sander’ once upon a time in our shop. The vibration is deep, rumbly and rowdy. This is not a quiet toy, but the ebullient pink wiggly beadiness is not likely to attract the shyer customer in the first place. The nubbins on the belly of the bug give texture to the vibration, and the wings and antennae can deliver a fine, shivery sensation when held at certain angles outside the body. There are four speeds and five patterns available, the speeds ranging from ‘whoa, that’s strong’ to ‘THAT’S ALL I CAN TAKE!’ The improved variation of function makes this more accessible to someone who needs to vary their clitoral stimulation frequently along the course of their ride.

Rabbit-style toys can be frustrating for some due to the almost impolite thoroughness of their whamming and bamming and thank-you-ma’aming. It’s a great, deep orgasm, but if you blink, you might miss it. This can be avoided by making the toy bend to your will: lots of external rubbing with the vibrating piece before insertion, using lube, inserting slowly once the body opens up with both motors off, and then varying the speeds of both shaft and vibrator according to how much sensation the body can handle without orgasming at each moment. The Sugar Pop, by offering so much more variation, allows the user to draw out this process in hundreds more new combinations. I tend to judge the greatness of a toy partially on how versatile it is, so this is a really good thing. There are four speeds and five patterns for each function, operated by small, responsive buttons on the white plastic handle. It’s easy to use, and that’s another important thing. If your product aggravates my carpal tunnel or someone’s auntie’s thumbs, it’s going to sit on the shelf no matter how strong it is–that is not a problem here. As soon as the user gets a hang of the patterns and combinations, a slow and controlled buildup is simple to achieve… if that is what is desired.

One of the best things about a dual-stim toy is its ability to instigate G-spot and vaginal orgasms, elusive things for some. The combination effect of a rabbit-style toy has taught many people to get there. I’ve already discussed the variability of the vibrator, but the wider, longer, shinier, prettier beaded shaft of this toy gives more stimulation to the vaginal walls than anything I’ve yet seen. I often think it’s easy to ‘tune out’ the sometimes more delicate vaginal sensations in favor of buzzing on the clit and pounding to the cervix. I also think that it’s easier to direct one’s own vaginal stimulation with a partner by being on top and guiding the motion with a swivel of the hips. The reduced friction and controlled internal pressure allow more focus on the vaginal canal itself. This can make it easier to achieve deep vaginal orgasms. It’s not the only way there, but it’s certainly a nice way, and one toys don’t always mimic.

The Sugar Pop does. The counter-rotating discs give a sinuous, up-and-down-and-around massage to the length of the canal when the toy is gently moved in and out, and it has four speeds and five patterns, just like the external piece. It is easier to purposely have a vaginal orgasm, or G-spot orgasm, or squirt with a partner once it’s happened for the first time, and sometimes a toy is what’s called for in order to teach the body these new connections between touch and response. This is a toy I will recommend again and again to people who like strong external sensation but would like to deepen or ‘awaken’ their internal responsiveness. It’s a nice medium size, but firmer than other Vibratex shafts due to the solidity of the beaded section, and very stimulating. With the caveat of a good lubricant, I would recommend this to ‘nice girls’ and size queens alike.

I’m really happy to see where Vibratex is going with their new designs. Water-resistance and patterned functions have become commonplace in the toy world, so many customers consider them necessities even if they’ve never used one before, and adding them allows Vibratex’s higher quality toys to compete with the poorly-made competing products that feature more bells and whistles. Dual stimulation is not for everyone—there are days it’s not for me—but this is one of the nicest toys in this style I’ve seen. The only improvement I think would make a big difference would be a more flexible external piece, but on the days dual-stim is for me, I’m not going to kick it out of bed for one little imperfection. If we were all so picky, the only things in our beds would be comic books, wine bottles and cookie crumbs.

Thanks, Vibratex and The Pleasure Chest!

 

 

Dec 01 2011

Free Events in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Yes, we’re getting busy with the holiday shopping season, but we’ve still got a few events lined up for the month of December. Here’s what you can expect in our Chicago store this month.

Butt Sex Basics
w/ Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, December 7th @ 8pm 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.

Sex Toys for Curious Couples
w/ Antoinette
Wednesday, December 14th @ 8pm 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.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Circle
Monday, December 26th @ 7pm 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.

Oct 19 2011

BIG BANG SALE in LA & Chicago on Sunday One Day Only!

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by thepleasurechest

Attention Los Angeles and Chicago readers!

Join us this Sunday for our annual Big Bang Sale. We’ll have bangin’ deals on everything in our store. Some items are up to 50% off. Get a headstart on your holiday shopping and browse our selection of hot Halloween costumes and masks.

  • At least 25% off everything in the store!
  • Up to 50% off select toys and accessories
  • Halloween masks & costumes

The Big Bang Sale begins on Sunday morning at 10am and ends when we close on Sunday night. Please note that the Chicago store closes at 11pm and the Los Angeles store closes at midnight. This sale only applies to our Chicago and Los Angeles retail stores, not to web purchases.

Curious about those costumes? Check out this sexy gallery of Alicia & Mike modeling the hot fall fashions.

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