Location + Time:

On February 4, 2014, I attended the reading series Homolatte at Big Chicks in Uptown. This reading series featuring LGBTQ writers runs the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:30.

Atmosphere + Feel:

Big Chicks is essentially a bar and a diner. The reading series took place in the diner. The diner had approximately 25 tables so it’s a decently big place. The decorations throughout the diner were a little cheesy but it felt like a classic, cozy diner. I arrived at 7:20 and got a seat near the makeshift stage. The event didn’t start until 8:00. Because it was a rather cold night, the event was intimate. There were about 10 people at the event including the two writers. While it had small crowd, it felt like a personal reading. I can imagine in the summer this event would be more crowded. It is free series, so if you’re on a budget, this would be a perfect event! They do encourage you to order food (which was very good) and drink to support the series. They send around a donation bucket where you can throw a couple bucks to the readers of the night, as the event is free. This was predominantly a LGBTQ bar and event but they obviously welcome any sexual orientation! As a whole, it’s a very quaint but inviting atmosphere.


The event was hosted and curated by Scott Free. Scott Free is a fun, eccentric musician. He started the night by playing his own music, which was average but entertaining. The two featured writers of the night were Nicki Gee and Monica Del Castillo. Nicki focused primarily on poetry while Monica focused on songwriting. They were quality writers and had very excellent material. The content of the poetry and writing was primarily LGBTQ-based, which was great to hear! The performances as a whole took an hour. It was rather short performances but it kept you interested the whole time! I would recommend this event to anybody who wants to hear from quality LGBTQ writers.

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Jacob Nedza

Jacob Nedza is a Junior at DePaul University. He is studying Secondary Education with a concentration in English. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Although aspiring to be a teacher, in his free time Jacob enjoys writing and reading. He loves to listen music and has a pretty fruitful music collection. Currently, Jacob lives in a cozy North side apartment where he is writing a short collection of crime stories.

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