03/18/2011 12:56 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Windy City Gay Idol Kicks Off Its Ninth Year

Story courtesy of the Windy City Times

Windy City Gay Idol, now in its ninth year, kicks off the search for the best amateur LGBT singers in the Chicago area.

What began as a fun promotion has grown into the largest and most highly anticipated annual competition in Chicago's LGBT community. Many winners have gone on to sing at Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and Market Days as well as at festivals around Illinois, Milwaukee and even Toronto.

Plus the Windy City Gay Idol Finals in 2008 featured a then-unknown Lady Gaga as a guest performer. So you never know what you will see and hear! You don't have to sing to be a part of it. Just come and vote!

Windy City Gay Idol, produced by Windy City Media Group, kicks off Wed., April 6, at The Glenwood bar in Rogers Park, where the audience first heard the ultimate 2010 Windy City Gay Idol, Matt Rivera, sing for the first time. The competition continues through June with competitions in Chicago's bars and clubs.

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