Halloween in the city was wicked this year!

House people took to the streets this weekend dressed up in some of the most creative and outstanding costumes!  The weekend kicked off at HSSC for their 1st annual House of Horror party featuring Mike Dunn, Gene Hunt and resident, Dee Jay Alicia, each treating patrons to thrilling musical selections that kept the party going until 2am!  The music was pumping and there was a room of house people dancing in eclectic costumes.  Superhero’s, villains, horror movie characters filled the dancefloor.  Ms. Poison Ivy won best costume for the evening.  I must say for a Thursday night, dancers showed up and showed out with the costumes and creativity!

There are some parties in Chicago that are more intimate than others.  Thursday nights at HSSC is one of those.  The patrons here are regulars. They love their dj’s and come regularly to hear them play. They are a loyal group of house people.   It’s the type of party you attend and know you are going to see some familiar faces and friends in the Chicago House scene.  It’s a friendly vibe and whether you attend alone or with a group of friends, the vibe is always welcoming.  The DJ’s are approachable.  You will see them often taking photos with friends & fans instead of staying behind a booth distant and aloof.  They are talented yet humble and that combination leads to a party with good music and good energy.   That’s one thing I love about DJ’s from our city.  No matter where in the world, the music takes them, CHICAGO is home and they show the city and its people love each and every time they play. 

Photo Credit: Tracy Love of Vison of Love Photography

Saturday night I headed out with friends to the annual “World’s Largest Haunted House Halloween party” sponsored by 106.3 radio and held this year at the Universal Entertainment Center on Chicago’s Southside.  Soul 106.3 radio is known for an epic Friday Night Dance party show that airs from 9-2am.  You can tune in every Friday night and listen to the sounds of DJ Lil John and Mike Dunn.  It’s the perfect show to listen to as you are getting ready to head out for the night!  There were two rooms of music this year, one “The freaky twist” featuring the best in Old School Hip Hop and “The Haunted House” featuring House Music.  The Haunted House featured Chosen Few DJ’s Mike Dunn and Terry Hunter along with Hula Malone and DJ Tony T.  These four DJ's are powerhouses alone but together made for a night of nonstop dancing!  When I arrived, I was already impressed with the costumes and the levels of creativity and originality.  I saw burlesque dancers, princesses, gangsters, characters from your favorite sitcoms and movies, a few Prince Sightings and a ridiculously scary character from the movie legend!   Tony T, Hula Malone opened the night with sets perfect for this eclectic crowd.  Then Mike Dunn and Terry Hunter followed with a flawless tag team of House classics!  The radio station also hosted a costume contest with a $1000 cash prize to best dressed male and female.  The female winner had the costume of the night with a perfect rendition of “ole Otis the security guard” from the show, Martin and the male winner of the night had the scariest costume I’ve ever seen in my life. He was a character from the movie Legend and he literally had me reaching for holy oil when I saw him! LOL!   Overall, I had such a great time with friends this weekend, playing dress up and dancing with fellow house heads.  Having a great time, partying in peace and just enjoying one another and allowing ourselves to let our hair down and have some fun is just another reason why I love being a house head from Chi-Town!!!


Until we meet again on a dance floor….


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Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on www.blkwidowmusic.com and on her book’s website, www.thesumofmanythings.com.  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.