Parties & Events

Chances Dances is a night life collective dedicated to holding safer spaces for queer people and building platforms for emerging performers, artists, and musicians.  All Chances parties recognize the power of consent, welcome all gender expressions, and feature gender neutral bathrooms.  Chances was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 2005 and put on hundreds of monthly events until the collective stepped back from regular appearances in 2018. 


photo credit: Leon Andrew Hensley / A_S_L Media



Third Mondays, 2005-2016
at The Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL

Originally hosted in the back bar of a neighborhood taqueria, Chances found its permanent home at the Subterranean, where we hosted a revolving cast of guest DJs, drag artists, and experimental performances.  


Every second Tuesday, 2006-2018
at Danny's, 1951 W. Dickens Ave., Chicago, IL 

Off Chances is the cruisy and conversational sister to Chances Dances, featuring Cheap Drinks, Good Music, Free Stuff, and Queer People. Off Chances most notably featured our monthly mixtapes, which are archived and continue to be posted (though maybe not quite monthly) on our podcast

CHANCES at the Hideout

First Saturdays, 2008-2016
at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL 

Chances' weekend party and the primary fundraiser for the Critical Fierceness Grant amd Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, microgrants supporting queer and trans artists in Chicago. 


Various dates and venues

Since its early years, Chances has reached out to different locations and audiences through one-off and recurring special events, including: Chicago Pride parties and interventions; a femme-forward, sex positive party series called SNAKEPIT at the now closed legendary adult theater and cruising ground the Bijou; a daytime ki called FUTURE TEA; a massive takeover of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art; and guest appearances at gay dives, clubs, and large-scale venues across North America.