Out In The Park
Private Night Event
ENJOY SHORT LINES FOR ATTRACTIONS! While the park averages daily numbers of 15,000-25,000 visitors, this event is LIMITED TO 5,000 MAXIMUM TICKETS!!
Advance Tickets ON SALE NOW!
for Saturday Night, September 10 2016.
$41 & FREE PARKING!
Advance price good thru Sept. 4th
($46 September 5th-10th online,
$51 at gate IF AVAILABLE! Tickets are limited to 5,000 maximum this year. )
The hours for this exclusive event are 8:00pm – 12:00am.
You may start arriving at 7pm for pre-check-in, socializing in the parking lot and special guests meet & greet outside!
Smart Phone Paperless tickets
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F A Q
Can I use a Season Pass? NO
This is a private party that benefits a charity, you must have the private party ticket,
to get in from 7pm -12am
Can I use a COKE can to save $20? NO
Can I come during the day, and stay all day and all night with my ticket? NO
There is another private party the same day, that ends at 6pm
Bus Shuttles are handled By Charlies
CHARLIES BUS SHUTTLE $30 round trip – reservations start AUGUST 15th – must be made in person at Charlies, 3726 N Broadway St, no phone calls please. Price includes drinks on the bus. Departs boystown 6pm.
Charlies will also host the official party!
Check the Facebook Page for Updates
Held over 2 days, the Ride brings together those living with HIV, LGBTQ advocates, amateur cyclists, and endurance athletes to raise funds for HIV services and celebrate human potential. This is the Midwest’s only back-to-back century ride.
The Ride is committed to providing essential services to people living with and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. Your support and commitment to the Ride is pivotal to TPAN’s success. READ MORE HERE.
Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2015 BIGGER Than EVER!
A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment
Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Ketel One Vodka
That Will Help Benefit Northalsted Business Alliance
Saturday, September 12th, 2015 from 7PM to 12AM
Hosted by Amanda Lepore AND
Pablo Hernandez this year!
All ages event.
All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago plus Hostess THE PRINCESS from RuPauls Drag Race and some adorable go go’s well keep the party jumping.
Andrew Christian supermodel and “king of selfies” Pablo Hernandez will be riding rides with guests all night and taking photos. Then at 11:00 he will debut his new songs, followed by the Queen of New York nightlife, Amanda Lepore.
Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of the most popular Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides with a portion of all ticket sales each year helping to benefit various non-profit organizations.
“One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no lines. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”
In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $35,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles.
Advance $40 tickets can be purchased NOW –
FREE parking for this special event!
In September the price goes up to $45.
$50 the day of the event.
All ages event.
Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+
Hotels –-if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are listed to the right, in the sidebar.
This event could not happen without the generous support of our Community Partners! Please support them, as they support us! MINI of Chicago, Ketel One Vodka, Charlie’s Chicago, Taverna 750, Scarlet Bar Chicago, Vanité Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, GRAB Magazine, Chicago Pride.com, Quest Magazine: Wisconsin’s LGBT News & Entertainment Source, Best Gay Chicago.com, Our Lives Magazine and Walgreens!
BUSES WILL BE AVAILABLE starting AUGUST 15th from CHARLIES – AND WILL GO FAST!!!
$30 round trip – MUST stop by Charlies in person to make your reservation. You will get free admission to the after party!
After OUT IN THE PARK – Charlies will host the Official After Party GLOW!
3726 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613
OFFICIAL PRE PARTY – before the buses leave!
DIVE BAR / RESTAURANT!
3445 N. Halsted. 3-5pm. Check it out here!
This event is all ages and for LGBTQ people and their supporters. (Kiddieland is closed, so its not a good fit for very small children to attend). Its a private “buy out” event. Meaning the general public is not invited. Could they get in? Sure probably. But negativity is not acceptable and violators will be ejected from the event. We have never had a problem with this. This is safe place to be as you are. Six Flags does not post signs on bathrooms for gender neutrality…..however, at our event, all bathrooms are open for all transgender people. Use whichever one you feel comfortable with. This event does not condone gender policing of any kind.
Chicago’s PROUDEST Neighborhood
Our Annual LGBT event OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags Great America will celebrate its 4th year in 2015! Each year we have chosen a different non-profit organization to be the beneficiary of our efforts and thus far we have gifted $33,000 to recipients. This year Northalsted Business Alliance will benefit from both OUT IN THE HARBOR and OUT IN THE PARK! The more tickets we sell, the more Northalsted gets to put back into the neighborhood!
Northalsted (also known as “Boystown”) was voted the 2013 “the best gay neighborhood in the world” by Out Traveler Magazine. And it’s easy to see why: our collection of fabulous shops, fantastic restaurants, famous nightlife, and our proud LGBTQ legacy gives us a sense of community spirit unlike any other place.
When BestGayChicago.com was hired for their very first event. We knew, we could not do it alone, and we knew we wanted to give back to community.
In 3 years we have given back $35,000 to the community. But we did not do it alone. Our community partners play a HUGE role in our events. Media Sponsors donate free advertising space, and other sponsors put up dollars to help defray costs, so more money can go directly to the charities.
BestGayChicago.com is merely the organizer and promoter. We bring people together, for the greater good.
So please, support our community partners. All of our community partners are listed to the right, in the sidebar.
Without them, we can not do these awesome events!
Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America
Returns in 2014 BIGGER Than EVER!
Lady Bunny Takes On Goliath!
A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment
Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago
That Will Help Benefit AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin (ARCW)
Saturday, September 13th, 2014 from 7PM to 12AM
Attendees for this year’s third annual Out In The Park Celebration are in for a night of EPIC proportions. Those who dare will have a unique opportunity to experience GOLIATH with the shortest waiting times of the season! Setting not one, but THREE new world records, Six Flags Great America’s GOLIATH will be the World’s fastest wooden coaster complete with the tallest and steepest drop, plunging riders 180 feet nearly straight down (85 Degrees) at 72 miles per hour!
All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago and Hostess Trannika Rex are paired up with the legendary, larger-than-life, over-the-top, gorgeous NYC entertainer that is the one and only LADY BUNNY! Drag Diva Supreme, DJ, and Comedienne Extraordinaire Lady Bunny takes center stage with SCARLET Bar burning up the turntables with nothing but danceable, FUN music and Lady Bunny closes the evening with her trademark, OUTRAGEOUS, pop-culture-lyric-comedy parodies!
Out In The Park is an annual private LGBT Saturday night fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides with a portion of all ticket sales this year helping benefit AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin (ARCW). “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBT community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to no lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”
In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 15 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that Lady Bunny is flying in from New York to guest DJ and do her comedy schtick and be a part of the festivities. Trannika Rex and the DJ’s of SCARLET Bar know how to have FUN and play music you want to dance to! Handsome designer Traver Rains will be on hand! Add GOLIATH to the mix of all this and it will truly be a night that’s ridiculously great!”
Sorles continued on to say “The last two Out In The Park Events allowed us as a community to raise almost $25,000 for Chicago’s Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) and Chicago House. This year were changing it up and raising money for the ARCW because Out In The Park enjoys huge support and attendance from Wisconsin folks because of the park’s close proximity and we feel it’s only fair that Wisconsin charities share in the proceeds occasionally as well.”
“We thank the Six Flags organization and Best Gay Cities for this wonderful opportunity to benefit from their 2014 Out In The Park event. The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, the first Medicaid HIV medical home in the United States, serves 3,000 patients who are all confronting HIV/AIDS, a disease that is expensive, complex and still has no cure. We encourage every fan of adventure and adrenalin rides to come OUT on September 13, 2014 and have fun at Six Flags, because this fun will be converted into crucial funding for the ARCW Medical Center helping patients achieve longer, healthier lives with HIV.”
Dan Mueller, Chief Development Officer for AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Advance $39 tickets can be purchased at
and follow the instructions!
Hotels —if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are on our website GaySixFlagsChicago.com
AIDS Resource Center Wisconsin (ARCW)
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is home to the ARCW Medical Center – Wisconsin’s largest and fastest growing HIV health care system. Through its integrated medical, dental and mental health clinics along with its pharmacy and dedicated social services that include food pantries, a legal program, and social work case management, more than 3,300 HIV patients in Wisconsin gain the health care and social services they need for long-term survival with HIV disease from ARCW.
Since 2007, BestGayChicago.com has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community. In 2012 they turned their network of connections and supporters into an opportunity for philanthropy. Producing and marketing events for the greater good in 3 states! (so far!)
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! To so many people who were involved
in making Out in the Park at Six flags Great America 2013 a huge
success. BestGayChicago.com alone, could not make this event happen without the help and support from our peers. Our media sponsors Stacy Bridges and Mark Nagle from GRAB Magazine, Mark Mariucci from QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin, Bill Pritchard and the staff of ChicagoPride.com and the staff of Zona Rosa Magazine all donated thousands of dollars in advertising, well exceeding our expectations and everyone really pitched in and went above and beyond! And a huge thanks to Mini Cooper of Chicago, our co-producer.
We always say, It takes a village to pull this off. This is not the Michael and Derrick BestGayChicago.com show. It’s a community effort coming together for the greater good. And an All Inclusive event. Almost 5,000 people came out this year to support the event and were so grateful.
Six Flags Great America is willing to give our community an entire
private Sunday 11am to 6pm but we have to deliver 10,000 attendees-we
will get to that point-we’re determined to make it happen, that is the
end all goal and feel our community is ready to support an all day private event.
We all need to find our own ways to serve; our own ways to give back.
Our business on its own cannot write a big check to charity. However,
we have a sizable network within our business, the relationship
resources, strong partners and advocates, and ideas to collaborate and
bring the community together – and all help write this year’s check, for
almost $11,000!! This check is not from BestGayChicago.com – it’s from
the ENTIRE community. We were just the instruments to help make it all happen.
Thanks to Jess Godwin and Isaiah Grass for their super live vocal performances. Teri Yaki, Debbie Fox and Cyon Flare all helped entertain the crowds. DJ
Matthew Harvat always delivers a great evening of music and this year
Scarlet’s Scotty T and Team Scarlet got the evening off and running with
a bang. Walgreens helped spread the word this year through many of
their stores. Scarlet, Taverna 750, Charlies and Lucky Horseshoe also helped with promotions and support.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and brand ambassadors who helped
us spread the word. And most of all – thank you to YOU WHO BOUGHT THE
TICKETS and came out and had a great time!
It is a huge risk to orchestrate an outdoor event a year in advance in the
Midwest. Thankfully, we had a gorgeous Fall day. Kohls had bought
out the park for the next day for employees and their families, the
temperature dropped dramatically and it rained and rained hard most of
the day. How lucky we were that was not our day this year, we would have
been very negatively affected.
Six Flags Great America also did an amazing job of emptying the park in a
record 45 minutes. They closed to the general public at 7pm and were
able to allow us to begin entering at 7:45pm into an EMPTY park.
We will be doing a similar Gay Days party at Six Flags St. Louis on a
Saturday night, June 7, 2014 and we’ll be back to Gurnee next September
on a Saturday night for Out In The Park 2014 as well. And we have one
more AMAZING party event in the planning stages for 2014, a private,
charity-based, Water Park, 12-hour Saturday Night Dance Party in late
Winter/early Spring unlike anything the Midwest has ever been able to
enjoy before….stay tuned for all the details.
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