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Sarah Leicher

When not working the 9 to 5, Sarah can be found roaming the city with no particular destination in mind. She’s an avid lover of live music, street festivals, and identifies as a self-labeled foodie. Since moving to the Windy City in 2007, Sarah has run in two Chicago marathons and has embraced being a tourist in her own town.


A Guide to The 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

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From October 11-25, the 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival comes to Chicago. It is the longest running competitive film festival in North America and is "dedicated to fostering better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image." That's right folks, they're talking about movies and in Chicago, we love them.

The Chicago Marathon: A Survival Guide for Runners

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Six months of training. Massive consumption of energy foods. Battling the chaffing. Laughing when you realize your "short run" is ten miles

If you can identify with any of the above, you're probably a runner training for the marathon. A while back, I decided I'd give up on my days playing hockey and tennis and pick up a pair of running shoes. Three marathons later, I thought I'd pass along some tips on how to prepare and survive The Chicago Marathon.

A Guide to Chicago Ideas Week

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On the calendar, October 8-14 looks like any other week in Chicago. But it's not. For starters, it's David Lee Roth's birthday week but, more importantly, it's Chicago Ideas Week. In honor of this much-anticipated event, we're dropping some knowledge on what to do and who to see.

Best Burger Bargain: Buck Burgers at Big Chicks

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Weekends. Everybody's working for them, but they're too short and, often times, expensive. Well, if you're looking to extend the good life at an even better price, consider Big Chicks - an inclusive GLBT establishment in the Uptown neighborhood where a dollar can get you one of the best burger deals in Chicago.  

Market Days Comes to Boystown

Market Days comes to North Halsted St. in the Boystown neighborhood this weekend, August 11th and 12th. Billed as one of the largest outdoor festivals in the Midwest, Market Days celebrates the GLBT community with stages of live music, good food, and plenty of vendors where you can pick up anything and everything.

Ready, Set, PRIDE

Starting this Friday, the city of Chicago kicks off its pride festivities. Plenty of parties, celebrations, and events merge the locals and visitors for this GLBT- filled weekend. While a majority of events will occur in the Boystown area, look northbound to the neighborhood of Andersonville for a weekend of live music and the lasses filling the patio at T's Bar and Restaurant.

Heat Up Memorial Day Weekend with International Mr. Leather

The weather forecast for the Memorial Day weekend calls for heat and humidity, but if you're looking for an even steamier weekend, head over to the Hyatt Regency Hotel (131 E. Wacker Drive) for the GLBT International Mr. Leather, the global event tailored to the leather lovers everywhere. Events include parties, auctions, and support groups. A full schedule can be viewed here. While most events will take place downtown in the Loop, some will be held in the northern neighborhood of Rogers Park.

Beat the Heat at Hydrate

As summer descends upon Chicago, hop on over to Hydrate, one of Boystown's premier clubs located on Halsted St. On humid hot days, misters keep the waiting boys cool. Rotating resident D.J.s spin house and techno to the masses.

Hydrate offers plenty of special nights including dollar drinks, wrestling, drag performances and more. It's one of the 4am bars (5am on Saturdays) in Boystown. When the clock strikes 2, the line is known to snake its way south on Halsted. Patience is a must if you want to

Discover GLBT-friendly Chicago with Jamie and Jessie

Take a visual tour through the neighborhoods of Chicago with Jamie and Jessie. And by the way, they are not together. Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together is the latest film by local filmmaker Wendy Jo Carlton. Though its Chicago premier happened a few months ago, on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:00pm, you'll have the opportunity to see it when it returns to the big screen at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.)

The film tells the story of Jamie and Jessie, roommates. Jessie has two weeks

Lay Low at Buck's

There's nothing glamorous about this Boystown watering hole. Welcome to Buck's, a no-frills hangout situated in the heart of the North Halsted strip. I discovered it a few years back with a friend of mine. Not feeling like being packed like a sardine in some of the other bars, we were drawn to Buck's because it was lively, but not over the top.

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