Simply said, Jojo Baby is Chicago queer nightlife—equally the foundation as he is the glue that’s helped to foster the moonlit community and keep it dynamic throughout the past few decades. We recently visited his Wicker Park studio, aptly nicknamed “Jojo Baby’s Closet,” where his boisterous fantasies are somehow packed into an inconceivably tight space.
Handmade dolls glossed with voodoo love oils, a Greer Lankton shrine commemorating Jojo’s iconic mentor, and rows of miniature mary jane shoes fill the Closet, as Jojo “puts on the Goddess” for a night of hosting at Chicago’s Debonair Social Club. Watch the exclusive BULLETT premiere of Jojo Baby, below:
Deeply etched wounds created by decades of abusive homophobic behavior of family and society toward a Logan Square born man are exposed in the Clive Barker produced Seraphim documentary . It celebrates the man behind the many personas that make Jojo Baby one, if not the best known, drag queen in Chicago's late night underground club scene.
His personas are so glorious, it is disappointing that there were not more scenes of his finished works and that his humor was not shown more extensively. But JoJo Baby does encapsulate the real story and one that I am happy to see has premiered in Chicago with a prospect of more showings globally.