Ring in the 2023 New Year weekend with an electric dance party that prioritizes you, your care, and your liberation. Fortune is excited to host the next installment of their event series at Lincoln Hall. Fortune proposes a radical model in nightlife that centers dance as liberation, community care, and holds a brave and safe space for the TQLGB+, Femme, Non Binary, BIPOC, and disabled communities (please note that Lincoln Hall is an ADA accessible venue.) We believe in movement as a form of cathartic release which everyone is entitled to.
Fortune’s resident DJs aren’t beholden to one genre of music. Rather, they explore the vast sonic history of dance culture and nightlife. They honor the beauty of movement with their eclectic, dynamic sound and magnetic stage presence. This one’s for the ravers, the soul and house dancers, the partner dancers, perreo, the moshers, the twerkers, and everyone in between.
At Fortune, you can expect to be greeted at the door by our host, Jaxx, who will both graciously welcome you and walk you through our community care guidelines: asking to limit phone use on the dancefloor, the availability of NARCAN, anti-spiking covers, safe sex supplies, dedicated community members available inside to assist you, and zero tolerance for any violent, racist, transphobic, sexist, abelist, or discriminatory behavior.
Fortune began in June of 2022 by DJs Blesstonio, Ayeeyo, Zeetus Lapetus, and Host/Administrative Coordinator Jaxx Masada. With the support from Program Director Kenya Elan, Visual Artist Aleida Suraya, and the invaluable dance community, Fortune has become one of Chicago’s premier event series. Adopting a radical nightlife model that simultaneously prioritizes community care/safety and dancing as the focus, Fortune has garnered media attention from The Chicago Reader, Amplified Chicago, Resident Advisor, and DO312, and is excited to evolve its party series into the new year.
Please come with the intention of moving and dancing! We look forward to sharing space with y’all! Come find your New Year’s 🔮FORTUNE🔮on the dance floor! 🪄🧿✨🎱💜
Antonio Robles Levine (@Blesstonio) is a Chicago-based DJ, classically trained musician, event/music producer, and dancer. Antonio is fascinated with club culture and has spent years studying and curating events in Chicago and Santa Barbara. His multicultural Puerto Rican, Black, and Jewish backgrounds lend him an attuned, eclectic ear ready to sonically compel audiences and create electric and magnetic dance floor experiences. As a club dancer committed to fostering an inclusive, dance-focused environment, Antonio believes in the legacies of clubs and dance floors as brave spaces for “queerness, blackness, transgression, community, inclusivity, freedom, liberation, inspiration, and radical joy” (Honey Dijon), where dancers and DJs are equal, active participants in protecting these sacred spaces of movement.
Shō Daniels (@zeetuslapetus) is a Chicago based, non-binary, Afro-indigenious, queer, entertainer, described by the Chicago Reader as an “Intergalactic Funk DJ”. Zeetus Lapetus has a background in stand up, sketch comedy, production, video editing, and Irish dancing. They are committed to filling spaces with laughter, joy, and rhythmic dancing by celebrating the difference in others. Through their infectious, childlike joy, Zeetus’s goal is to welcome people, make them feel safe, and excited to be out at events. They were recently featured on the cover of the Chicago Reader’s iconic, “the PEOPLE issue”. They have performed for CIVL Fest in Millennium Park and nightlife spaces like Berlin, Hydrate, Golden Dagger, etc. They have produced remixes for bands like HEET DETH (Chicago, IL), made mixes for “Rumors” (Chicago, IL), and is the host of their own talk show, “Enjoy the Shō”. Zeetus Lapetus holds residencies at the Gard3n and Fortune. They strive to uphold Fortune as a place that makes people feel included, liberated, and appreciated.
Hafsa Guled is a queer, Somali-American, Muslim, multi-disciplinary storyteller hailing from Minneapolis, MN based in Chicago. With a traditional background in journalism and longfrom writing, they made the transition to DJing in 2021. They use the medium of DJing as a means of healing. With a deep love of music starting from a young age, bringing people together to dance and connect has been a lifelong dream. Rave and DIY culture have served as spaces where they have been able to provide relief to queer folks. As an artist using the internet, their words have gone viral worldwide. Their content has appeared in publications such as Buzzfeed, Thought Catalog, The Nation, Babe, and The New York Times
Jaxx Masada (@jax.x.x.__) is a multidisciplinary trans, asian artist/creative and nightlife lover from Chicago. Growing up as a circus performer and physical movement based artist, Jaxx now works both as a full time fashion model and as a full time tattoo artist (@yucky_soba). Much of her work is inspired and influenced by her experience as a trans-women and second generation mixed Japanese-American. Throughout her teenage and college years, Jaxx found a love for nightlife. Having grown up in Chicago and then New York City for college, she spent much of her evenings out dancing, building community through movement, and partying. Now, Jaxx, along with the Fortune team, aims to redefine nightlife spaces and practices in Chicago, ushering in a new wave of events centered around providing liberation, support, and love for marginalized bodies.
2424 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614