Chicago IRL #4 out now!


After months of planning and hard work, we’re excited to announce that Chicago IRL #4 is now at the printer. We had a fabulous preview event in conjunction with Salonathon at Beauty Bar this past Monday, and we will have another release party in conjunction with Northern Lights at Parlour on Clark on Saturday, August 25th from 10pm–3am featuring performances from contributors  [X]P & Mister Junior,  Vajaqueque Brown, and Sissy Spastik.

Cover models for this issue were Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Kokumo Kinetic, Wes Perry and Kiam Marcelo Junio with photography by Jonathan Mathias.

Copies of issue four will ship to Kickstarter backers the last week of August. They will be available for sale at the Northern Lights event and locally in Chicago at Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, and Women & Children First. You can also buy the issue directly from us through PayPal.

Chicago IRL #4 has a Kickstarter!

The Chicago IRL #4 telethon has begun! Phone lines are open. Operators are standing by!

Now’s your chance to get stickers, artist postcards, artist prints, lace jockstraps, TOTE BAGS!, and more to be announced in the next 30 days. Oh, and pre-order the next issue of course. There are also packages to get back issues, dinner dates, and ads!

Also, submission deadlines for the fourth issue have been extended to Friday, June 15th. Please, help us make this the best issue yet. We hope to make this a super awesome double issue featuring more work than ever before.

Chicago IRL Wants YOU!

We are gathering submissions for issue four! Send us your best erotic friend fiction, pinhole bathroom photography, dirty napkin drawings, and sordid interviews conducted in church confessionals! For more info, please check out our submission page.


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So, shall we talk about the unheated, dark, non-electrified murder basement we were in today for the Chicago Book Expo? It’s a rumored former speakeasy for Al Capone! We’ve just been informed that we’ll all be consolidated across the street … Continue reading

Northern Lights + Chicago IRL Launch Party – Rebecca Kling – NO GENDER LEFT BEHIND (June 2011) from

Northern Lights + Chicago IRL Launch Party – Rebecca Kling – NO GENDER LEFT BEHIND (June 2011) from CHICAGO IRL on Vimeo.


As busy as CHICAGO IRL contributor Rebecca Kling has been after writing and preparing for the tour of No Gender Left Behind we were ever more grateful when offered a sneak preview as the opening number at the launch party.

All we can say is if you are in one of the below touring cities fucking get in on it and tell all of your friends dammit! This one is not to be missed! It is rare we get the chance to listen to such an incredible, impeccably funny, intimate and relevant storyteller.

Tickets are on sale HERE for a $10 suggested donation.Dates and Times:
All regular performances will be at the HumanThread Center645 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60616

  • Thursday, 9/1 – 7PM
  • Saturday, 9/3 – 4PM
  • Monday, 9/5 – 10PM
  • Saturday, 9/10 -2:30PM
  • Sunday, 9/11 – 5:30PM

Special Unplugged Performance of No Gender Left BehindThursday, September 8

Fringe Central, 2003 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60616

Stop by early at 6:15PM for fine Mexican food courtesy of DeCOLORES, and beer and wine courtesy of the Chicago Fringe Festival. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. A Talk back with Rebecca and Executive Director of the Chicago Fringe Festival, Sarah Mikayla Brown, to directly follow the performance.

Tickets: $25, includes show, food and drink, and a commemorative festival button to the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival. For reservations visit OvationTix or call 1-866-441-9962.