WHAT IT IS
Organized in January of this year, this 80-member group coordinates in-the-buff-only events ranging from bowling nights to skinny dips. Single ladies and couples can join immediately. Single guys have to meet with Fun Club higher-ups first before attending an event to “weed out people who think we’re a sex or swingers organization,” says CFC coordinator Steve, who—like most members—prefers to stay in the nudist closet by giving only his first name. Head to chicagofunclub.com for more info.
Everyone. Young, old, gay, straight, white, black and everything in between, provided that they’re 21 or over.
To support Naked July—National Pastime Theater’s (4139 N Broadway, 773-327-7077, npt2.com) monthlong arts festival dedicated to celebrating the human form by featuring actors in the buff—the Chicago Fun Club picks one show, purchases the majority of tickets and transforms it from a traditional play into a private performance where both actors and audience members are nude. While the group hasn’t reached a critical mass to buy out the performance yet, Laurence Bryan, artistic director for National Pastime Theater, says CFC will see a special performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes on Friday 16 at 10pm and if enough au naturel theatergoers attend, a clothing-optional reception will follow. Arts appreciators interested in breaking out of their pants prisons can join the movement by e-mailing Steve at email@example.com.
WHERE TO HAVE A BEER AFTERWARD
Those still in party mode have two options—jump back into their threaded captivity and head down to the beer-heavy Bar on Buena (910 W Buena Ave, 773-525-8665, baronbuena.com) to discuss our nation’s questionable nudity regulations or leave the threads off and hope that one of the Fun Club members will throw an impromptu naked after-party at their private home.
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