Chester Holowicki, a beloved part of Chicago's LGBT nightlife community, DJ, and artist, passed away on Dec. 11 following a prolonged battle with ocular melanoma. He was 39.
Known to many as "DJ Chester," Holowicki was a resident DJ at Berlin Nightclub since 2000, and was a popular fixture at many other venues, including Spin Nightclub and Cocktail, during his 13-year DJ career.
Born June 24, 1974, in Dearborn, Mich., Chester studied acting at Wayne State University in Detroit before moving to Chicago in the late 1990s. His artistic endeavors included pop-art inspired illustrations, including a provocative drawing series he called "Spaghetti Man."
Holowicki's humor, creativity and musical selections brought joy to many. After losing an eye to cancer in February 2011, his bravery and strength during his very public struggle proved inspirational. He continued to work, entertaining friends and fans until was no longer physically able.
He is survived by his parents Lisa and Chet Holowicki, his brother Drew Holowcki, and partner Joey Hinger.
Friends and family hosted a special memorial gathering at Berlin Dec. 18. Another memorial will be held in the Detroit area on Saturday, Jan. 11. Details will be posted at www.berlinchicago.com/chester .