ChicagoPride.com Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, Bill Pritchard can be found promoting, hosting and producing events nation wide in the LGBT community. His personal campaign is to challenge, inspire and promote opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals, entities and communities around the world.
Fun, Fast, Five:
Chicago’s LGBT nightlife is so much fun. There is something for everyone and each has its niche. Sidetrack, has space and show tunes; Minibar Ultra Lounge and Café has its hot staff, including the Dalai Momma, Linda Little, and CREW Bar & Grill features jocks! These are but a few of the many fun choices.
When one of these fun night spots celebrates an anniversary, we’ve got another reason to see friends and have some fun. When it is a spot that once was destroyed in a fire, we stop and really appreciate the journey. This can be said of Scarlet!
My friend Paul Cannella and his team at Scarlet really celebrated last week. Known for his generosity in the community, Paul opened Scarlet for a five-night hosted bar. Additionally he brought in well-known friends in the LGBT world to ramp up the fun factor. One such special guest was Two-time Olympic Figure Skater, Three-time US National Champion, and Star of his own reality TV series, “Be Good Johnny Weir”, Johnny Weir!
I enjoyed the opportunity to host Johnny, Paul, and my friends from GayChicagoTV for Champagne over at my flat. We set up a nice space for interviews (You’ll see those soon) and got ready for an action packed final day of celebration. While Paul was being interviewed in the other room, Mr. Weir and I had a chance to visit. I have to say, with all the hype about him being a diva; I found him to be very sweet, thoughtful, and ambitious. He was over the top professional and indeed, a lot of fun!
It was now Johnny’s turn to step into the other room and be interviewed. Paul and I enjoyed my favorite Champagne, Veuve Clicquot and caught up on the week’s revelry. I have to say, I really appreciate my friend Paul. He’s always been very real with me and such a joy to hangout with! I was very fortunate to celebrate this milestone with him.
From my flat, it was off to brunch at Taverna 750 with a few of Paul’s friends and then off to Scarlet for the Liquid Brunch Party. It was such a blast. Everyone from around Chicago showed up! Sure, we had to obey Johnny's "yes" and "no" music list a bit, but fun was had by all!