Category Archives: Center on Halsted

Jocks in Drag benefit August 24th at Center on Halsted


Fall Queer Clothing Swap at Center on Halsted August 18th

 Fall Queer Clothing Swap

Clothing Exchange

Looking to trade your skirt and heels for some slacks and loafers?


organizer Rebecca Kling and Genderqueer Chicago, No Boys Allowed, Soy
Quien Soy and more for a Queer Clothing Swap at Center on Halsted,
located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 3 – 6 p.m. The event is free.


the swap is particularly intended for trans- and gender-variant
individuals to have a safe and fun space to exchange clothes, the event
is open to all queer-affirming allies. Each participant is to bring at
least three items of clean, gently worn clothing, shoes and accessories
to be donated to the swap. In exchange, participants will have the
chance to take home three items new-to-them. Donations of undergarments,
swimwear or stained clothing are not permitted. Each participant should
bring their own bag as they will not be supplied.


Options for LGBT Divorce : Center on Halsted August 13th

 “Alternate Endings: Collaborative Options for Building Strong LGBTQ Families” will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. 60613.

by Center on Halsted and the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a
panel of experienced attorneys and collaborative law fellows – family
law professionals Eva Matela Kogut and Alan H. Boudreau, and estate
planning attorney, Lindsey Paige Markus – will discuss what civil
unions, marriage and divorce mean to LGBTQ families.


discussion will evaluate the Collaborative Divorce Model as a means of
providing options for a peaceful divorce without litigation. The
Collaborate Divorce Model is a team approach for prenuptial agreements,
separations, and divorce that helps a couple plan their family without
going to court and supports families while they make tough financial and
parenting decisions.


community event is free and open to the public. For more information,
please contact Jane Merrill, Advocacy and Community Engagement
Coordinator, at or 773-472-6469 ext. 412


Blacklight Throwback Open Mic July 20th, at Bonsai Bar for Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted’s quarterly “Blacklight” open mic and entertainment series will return on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. The event will take place at Bonsai Bar & Lounge, located at 3503 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill.


event theme is “Burlesque.” Entertainers are welcomed to talk, sing, or
dance creatively about Burlesque or another topic. While the mic is
open to anyone, Center on Halsted asks that all entertainers present
respectful content.


Entry is $10 dollars. For more information, contact Renauda Riddle at (773) 472-6469 or


National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame August 2nd

The National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Board is proud to
announce the inaugural induction class, which will be the largest induction class of the NGLSHOF.  
The inductees range from organizations, straight
allies, former pro sports officials, activists, journalists, retired athletes
and current athletes. The inductees are Gay Games,, Chicago Cubs, International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA),
Anheuser Busch, Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ben Cohen, Dave Pallone,
Justin Fashanu, LZ Granderson, Christina Kahrl, Dr. Tom Waddell, Chuck Dima,
Jerry Pritikin, Dave Kopay, Glenn Burke, Renee Richards, Billie, Jean King,
Martina Navratilova, Greg Louganis, Patty Sheehan, Andrew Goldstein, Jason
Collins, Orlando Cruz and Johnny Weir.
The induction of the
first honorees will happen on August 2, 2013 through a ceremony at the
Center on Halsted. Tickets are available at There
will be two ticket types, VIP and General Admission.  VIP $50,
will include a seat in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre and a VIP meet and greet
reception. The General Admission $25, will include a reception and viewing on
TV’s outside the theater. Both tickets will include a hosted bar and food. The VIP meet and greet
reception is 5:00pm-6:00pm. The
general reception is 6:00pm-7:00pm. The Induction
Ceremony is 7:00pm-8:30pm
The induction ceremony will be in conjunction
with Out at Wrigley on August 3, 2013 – the nation’s largest “Gay Day” at
a major league sporting event. Tickets for Out at Wrigley
can be purchased at


Pride and Joy Rooftop Dance Party June 28th

PRIDE AND JOY!  Friday June 28th
Every year Center on
hosts a Pride Dance Party on our fabulous rooftop deck
overlooking the skyline from 5:30-9:30 pm. We host over 250 community
members and allies to dance in celebration of the advancement of the
LGBTQ movement while listening to music provided by DJ Marc “Moose”
Moder and the evening’s host, Cyon Flare. In what has become one of
Boystown’s most celebrated parties, it is sure to be an evening of
celebrating community as we look to the years ahead.

$20 admission includes 4 drink tickets that include Full-Bar Service.

21 and up     3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60613

Purchase tickets here


Boystown Senior LGBT Housing Will Break Ground Any Day on Halsted

The historic building at the corner of Halsted and Addison streets are about to be transformed into a housing facility for LGBT seniors.  The vacant lot on North Halsted between the
100-year-old police station and Whole Foods will also be used in
construction of the new building.
The City of Chicago, the Center on Halsted
and Heartland Housing will build Midwest’s first
LGBT-friendly affordable senior housing facility. 

The 79-unit facility has been a long time in the making. The project has come along as conceived, according Nadia Underhill,
associate director of real estate development at Heartland Housing,
especially considering the complications that arose from adaptive reuse
regarding the historic police station. The project will preserve the
station’s exterior along with certain interior details, she said.

Read more!


Gay Porn Stars in Chicago this Weekend

5 big events  and  4 days of hot gay male pornstars.

May 23rd, 2013

Grabby Official Kickoff Party with
Chi Chi LaRue
and the   Men
for Fabscout

 Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted from 9pm till
? $5 Cover.

May 24th, 2013

 Lucky Horse Shoe

3169 N. Halsted presents Cocktails with the Stars
w/Scotty B  and the men of Colt, Hot House & Jet Set Men
9pm-till Midnight        $5 Cover

May 25th, 2013

2013 Grabbys!   NEW LOCATION!!

Center on Halsted
  3656 N. Halsted
Red carpet / doors open at 6:00
PM.  Show stars at 8:00 PM.



3726 N. Broadway – 10pm till Close…
$10 Advance….$15 at the Door
Tickets now on sale

The finale!
Sunday May 26th, 2013

Naked Sword Post
Grabby Recovery Brunch at

3733 N Halsted from 1
–  4:00 PM
$10 Cover. $15 at the door.

For the first time ever
hear from the Porn Stars what took place before, during and after the

* this event has sold
early in
the past so
get your tickets early space is
Tickets are available at North End.


Chaka Kahn Headlines Center on Halsteds Human First Gala May 18

Tickets are still available for  Center on Halsted’s  Human First gala on May 18th.  An amazing fun-filled evening,  honoring several outstanding community members and enjoying a great performance by Chicago native, Chaka Khan, followed by dancing until midnight

This year’s Human First Award recipients include Sarah Schmidt & Julie Matthei, and Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer & Brad Lippitz, whose work to advance marriage equality has been essential to its growing success; and Richard Turner,
who has been active in AIDS/HIV and LGBTQ issues, as well as with
corporate and philanthropic communities. Being honored with the
Community Spirit Award will be Allstate Insurance Company,
which has been very supportive of agencies nationwide, particularly
around the issues of domestic violence and fiscal literacy. Co-chairing
this year’s event are Charles A. Schrock and Laura RickettsBillie Jean King, has agreed to serve as Honorary Co-Chair along with Amina Dickerson, Anne Kaplan, Abby O’Neil & Carroll Joynes, and Maria Bechily & Scott Hodes.

 Please join us at the amazing Hilton, 720 S. Michigan, 

 in what is sure
to be a memorable evening. 

Tickets are available at


LGBT Rights Activist Urvashi Vaid in Chicago April 3

LGBT rights advocate Urvashi Vaid will be in Chicago Wed., April 3 for a
free event
at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted.

 She will discuss
and sign copies

of her new book, Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class, and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.

This is her only public program in Chicago.

The event will start at 7 p.m. and is co-hosted by Center on Halsted, the Community Media Workshop; Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women & Gender in Arts & Media, Columbia College Chicago; and Windy City Times newspaper. Women & Children First Bookstore will have books for sale at the event.


one of the nation’s best-known social justice leaders and community
activists comes a strategic and informed argument about the pitfalls of
limited political vision, and the benefits of an agenda that
encompasses, yet moves beyond, equality.


LGBT movement is on one of the most active, contested, and engaging
social movements in the world. This optimistic book challenges advocates
for LGBT rights in the U.S. to aspire beyond the narrow framework of
equality. It outlines a more substantive politics with race, class, and
gender at its foundation, and suggests that such a politics will produce
greater and more meaningful change for a larger number of people.


Irresistible Revolution
is intended for a broad and general audience. The book turns an
experienced and thoughtful lens onto many common controversies,
rhetoric, and strategic questions that face contemporary social change
movements: pursuit of broad or narrow agendas, integration of economic
and racial justice, integrating sexual orientation and gender identity
in human rights frameworks, the persistence of sexism, the dilemmas of
bipartisanship, and the challenge of seeing beyond the short term to
secure gains made for the long run.


RSVP: To make a reservation, contact Tom Elliott at or 773-472-6469


BOOKS: To purchase and/or reserve your copies call Women & Children First Bookstore at 773-769-9299 or visit Guests
are encouraged to reserve copies or prepay to ensure an adequate number
of books. Reserved copies and a limited number of additional copies
will be available at the event.


Sean Chandler and David Leeper’s At The Flash, Opens this Week in Chicago

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to announce that Sean Chandler and David Leeper’s At The Flash, winner of PFP’s Great Gay Play and Musical Contest in 2012, will have its world premiere at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre on November 17. 
The production will be PFP’s first Jeff-eligible show, and will run in the 150-seat theater through December 16. 
 At The Flash is a fierce and funny show that condenses LGBT history into the story of five characters – a closeted man in the 1960s, a black drag queen in the 1970s, a club kid in the 1980s, a budding lesbian activist in the 1990s, and a family man/entrepreneur in the 2000s.
 David Leeper stars under the direction of PFP Executive Director David Zak.
At the Flash will preview on November 16 at 7:30, and open on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30.
 Performances thereafter are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 3:30 through December 16 (closing day). There are also 7:30 performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, and 13. Please note there is no Friday performance on December 7. 
 Preview tickets for At The Flash are $15. Thereafter, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances are $25, and Wednesday and Thursday are $21. Portions of each ticket sold support programming at Center on Halsted.
 Sean Chandler and David Leeper, legally married since 2008, reside in Woodland Hills, CA. Together and separately their scripts include At The Flash (Winner of 2012 Pride Films and Plays Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), Radical Morality (PFP Great Gay Screenplay Contest Semi-Finalist, Creative World Awards Semi-Finalist, Nicholl Fellowship Quarter-Finalist, Square Magazine Screenplay Contest Finalist), Kissing the Frog Prince (Scriptoid Festival, All Access Screenwriters Competition & The Screenplay
Festival Semi-Finalists) and The Pack (Creative World Awards Semi-Finalist). Works in progress include Everyday Joseph, Make Mine a Double, Benji
Boomer – Life Coach and Grand Matriculation. and 
Since it was founded in 2010, Pride Films and Plays has become an international center for the development of fresh work for the stage and screen, while re-examing classic gay texts.
 The season of full productions this year includes At The Flash and the musical Under a Rainbow Flag, both discovered in PFP’s 2012 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest, and a 20th anniversary revival of Jonathan Harvey’s coming-of-age classic Beautiful Thing, running January 17 to February 17 at Luna Central, 3944 N Clark. 
 Pride Films and Plays is now offering Premium Play Passes and Play Passes for its 2012-13 season. Premium Passes are $50 and include one ticket for each of the three full productions, plus 6 free tickets to the Gay Play Weekend, Gay Screenplay Weekend or Women’s Work Weekend. The names of Premium Pass holders will be also be listed in the season’s programs. This is a $120 value!
Play Passes are $40 and include one ticket for each of the three full productions and three tickets to the Gay Play Weekend, Gay Screenplay Weekend or Women’s Work Weekend. This is a $90 value.
Students and seniors over 60 can save $5 when purchasing either the Premium Pass or Play Pass.

Chicago Gay Film Weekend of Queer Shorts Oct 18-21

Screenplay Finalists!  AND  Short Film Program! 



$10 Individual Tickets

$45 Weekend Pass

Pride Films and Plays’ Gay Film Weekend will feature enhanced staged
readings of the Five Finalists in the Great Gay Screenplay Contest,
panels on the history and creation of LGBT film, and a Queer Shorts Film
Program guest curated by Indie Boots Film Festival.

Tickets for the screenplay readings and Queer Shorts Film Program are
each $10. The panels are both free. A Gay Play Weekend Pass allowing
admission to all events is $45. Tickets for individual events can be
purchased at, or calling 1 800 838 3006. Weekend passes can be purchased at 773 250 3112 or

The schedule for the weekend is:

Thursday, October 18

– 7:00pm – A Friend Of Dorothy’s, directed by Chuck Berglund

– 9:00pm – Opening Night Reception

Friday, October 19

– 7:00pm – Barrio Boy, directed by Kyra Morris

Saturday, October 20

– 3:00pm – Fr. Frances, directed by Sarah Ballema

– 5:00pm – Panel “The Evolution of LGBT Cinema”

– 7:00pm – Visalia, directed by John Nasca

Sunday, October 21

– 2:00pm – Snowmen, directed by Alex. St. John

– 4:00pm – Panel “Making LGBT Films in a Changing World”

– 5:00pm – Queer Shorts Film Program

– 7:00pm – Closing Night Reception

Each screenplay reading, and the Queer Shorts Film Program, will be followed by a discussion. 


Cyon Flare and Center on Halsted SHOUT Rooftop benefit Aug 19


Center on Halsted offers many Transgender focused and HIV Programs

July at the Center on Halsted….

July 2nd, 2012 – Charm School

       7:15 to 8:30 PM

       Charm School is hosted by Mamma Gloria and topics include transgender image, etiquette, and charm. This event is open to all young, transgender persons.


July 3rd, 2012 – Intersex Chicago

       6:30 to 9 PM

       Are you intersex? Have you ever felt you fall between the male and female check boxes? Intersex people physically differ from the “standard” male and female. These differences might be genetic, hormonal, or genital.  We have features typical of both male and female at once or may have no clearly defined sexual features at all.  There are many different kinds of intersex people.

       Intersex Chicago is a peer-led casual conversation group for those who identify as intersex or think they might be.  It is also open to significant others, family, friends, allies, or anyone with questions.

       Meet other intersex people at Intersex Chicago. Make new friends. Find out more about intersex.  Explore and celebrate your difference.

July 3rd, 20102 – Bisexuality Discussion Group

       7 to 9:30 PM

       An evening for bisexuals, bi-curious and bi-allies to form community, share ideas and connect with peers


July 4th, 2012 – HIV+ Support Group (22-34)

       6 to 7:30 PM

       For anyone living with HIV regardless of length of diagnosis, we offer HIV+ Support Groups. Our support groups run on 10-week cycles and are age-specific. The groups are facilitated by a mental health professional with extensive training in HIV and STDs and are a safe, confidential space for people who are living with HIV to share their experiences, to learn from each other, and to find support from others who may be going or may have gone through similar circumstances. Pre-registration required.


July 4th, 2012 – GenderQueer Chicago

       6:30 PM

       GenderQueer Chicago is a grassroots, peer-led group that works to create safe spaces for all of us to talk about, think about, explore, and express gender. Meetings are intended to be a safe, encouraging and supportive environment. They are open to those who wish to talk and think about gender!



July 6th, 2012 – Trans Amor

       6:30 to 9 PM

       A peer-led, casual conversation group open to current partners of gender non-conforming/transgender identified individuals, as well as those considering entering a relationship with someone who is gender non-conforming/transgender. T-Amor is always open to individuals of any gender identity/sexual orientation.

July 6th, 2012 – Man Cave

       A peer lead, casual conversation group, for those 18 and older, who identify as female to male, transgender individuals, or are female bodied and are questioning their gender. First and third Fridays of each month.


July 7th, 2012- HIV+ Support Group (22+)

       12 to 1:30 PM

       For anyone living with HIV regardless of length of diagnosis, we offer HIV+ Support Groups. Our support groups run on 10-week cycles and are age-specific. The groups are facilitated by a mental health professional with extensive training in HIV and STDs and are a safe, confidential space for people who are living with HIV to share their experiences, to learn from each other, and to find support from others who may be going or may have gone through similar circumstances. Pre-registration required.



July 9th, 2012 – Charm School

       7:15 to 8:30 PM

       Charm School is hosted by Mamma Gloria and topics include transgender image, etiquette, and charm. This event is open to all young, transgender persons.


July 10th, 2012 – The Confident Modern Family

       5:30 to 7:45 PM

       Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres to learn how to create the modern family. There will be a panel discussion on the emotional, legal and financial complexities that LGBTQ families face. In addition, we will also give an overview of adoption and surrogacy options.

July 12th, 2012 – Parents of Transgender Individuals

       7 PM

       A peer lead, conversation and support group for those who are the parents of individuals, who identify as Transgender, or are questioning their gender.



July 12th, 2012 – HIV+ Support Group (35+)

       6 to 7:30 PM

       For anyone living with HIV regardless of length of diagnosis, we offer HIV+ Support Groups. Our support groups run on 10-week cycles and are age-specific. The groups are facilitated by a mental health professional with extensive training in HIV and STDs and are a safe, confidential space for people who are living with HIV to share their experiences, to learn from each other, and to find support from others who may be going or may have gone through similar circumstances. Pre-registration required.

July 14th, 2012 – 3656 Trans Ave

       6:30 PM

A series of seminars and workshops of interest to members the broad Trans community, including,  those who identify as female to male, male to female, as well as, gender queer as well as, their significant others, family members, friends, and allies.


The Legacy Project Chicago Rooftop Party June 30

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Civil Unions in Illinois and Estate Planning May 16


 Robert Iverson, an attorney at Lavelle Law, Ltd. will give a seminar at the Center on Halsted entitled, “Civil Unions:
 Important Estate Planning Considerations.”

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, May 16th from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. The Center on Halsted  3656 North Halsted.

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act became effective on June
1, 2011. The law recognizes a new legal relationship that is in many ways similar to marriage,
but with certain limitations. Iverson will review the law and explain the rights and benefits of
Illinois citizens with Civil Union status. The seminar will include information about obtaining and
dissolving a Civil Union in Illinois, inheritance rights, the right to renounce a partner’s will,
factors involved with making important health decisions for an incapacitated partner, as well as
issues such as filing a joint state income tax return. “The new legislation is a big step for Illinois,
but it is important that partners fully understand what their union means legally,” said Iverson. “I
hope that, after the seminar, participants will have a clearer picture of the rights afforded by the
law, and how to best move forward with their legal relationship.”

Following the lecture, Iverson will make time for questions and an interactive discussion
about the law and its impact on those present.
Iverson focuses much of his practice at Lavelle Law on Estate and Tax Planning, Trust
and Estate Administration, Trust Controversy Litigation, and Contested Decedents’ Estates.
While attending John Marshall Law School, Iverson earned the CALI Excellence for the Future
Award in Taxation of Trusts and Estates and served as a Staff Editor of the Law Review.

Space is limited for the event, so pre-registration is required. To register for the event,

email with the event title in the subject line or call 773-472-6469 ext436.



GLBT Travel Expo May 1 at Center on Halsted

GLBT  TRAVEL  EXPO!    –   May  1st –  FREE Admission!

The 2012  Travel Expo Tour is an exciting event where
you can learn about new travel destinations, rediscover old ones, find
glbt friendly travel providers and get information to plan your next

Cruise lines
Car Rentals
Exotic Destinations
Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Travel Magazines

Attendees will be able to get the latest travel information, get
special travel packages and great deals from the very best travel
providers as well as win great prizes.

Tuesday – May 1, 2012 – Center on Halsted.  4-8pm.



Chicago Gay Play Weekend April 13-15

Gay Play Weekend at Center on Halsted

Features Enhanced Staged Readings of Four New Plays  and One New Musical!

Pride Films and Plays announces that five finalists have been named in the 2012 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest, as PFP continues to explore “What’s New and Who’s Next” in LGBT film and theater.  The finalists are:

  • At The Flash, by Sean Chandler and David Leeper, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Lost in History, by Adam Siegel, Maplewood, NJ
  • Hello Norma Jeane, by Dylan Costello, London, UK
  • Mr. Teddy, by George Smart, Quincy, MA
  • Under A Rainbow Flag, a new musical, by Leo Schwartz, Chicago, IL


All five finalists will be performed as enhanced staged readings in the Gay Play Weekend April 13 to 15 at Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted. The readings use some stage movement, sound, and costuming to create the world of the plays.

PFP fosters excellent writing for the stage and screen that speaks not only to the LGBT community, but is essential viewing for our friends, family, and co-workers,” says Executive Director David Zak. “And it is the range of these pieces that will make our Festival Weekend of staged readings extraordinary.”


Hello Norma Jeane, a comedy about Marilyn Monroe, and Mr. Teddy, a very provocative look at a long-standing three-way role-playing relationship, are both so entertaining and thought-provoking. At The Flash is destined to be a classic solo tour-de-force performance piece illuminating 50 years of gay history, while Lost in History is a beautifully personal story about parents, aging, and much more. And our first musical to be named a finalist, Under A Rainbow Flag, is a charming real-life story of a WWII naval corpsman who still lives in Evanston, Illinois.”

Thanks to the support of Center on Halsted, Gay Play Weekend is April 13 to 15 with the following schedule:


  • Friday, April 13, 7:30 – Lost in History, starring Artistic Ensemble Member Patrick Rybarczyk, and featuring Fred Tumas and Jerry Miller.


  • Saturday, April 14, 4:30 – Mr. Teddy, starring Artistic Ensemble Members Jude Hansen and Mark Smaglinski, and featuring Kyra Morris, Teddy Boone, Mark Boergers, and Alex Wolking.   


  • Saturday, April 14, 7:30 – Hello Norma Jeane, starring Artistic Ensemble members Kris Hyland, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, Chad Ryan, and Kelli Walker, and featuring Rachel Payne and David Geinosky.      


  • Sunday, April 15, 1:30 – At The Flash, starring Artistic Ensemble member Lee Wichman.  
  • Sunday, April 15, 4:30 – Under A Rainbow Flag, starring Artistic Ensemble Members Tom Chiola and Kris Hyland, and featuring Bobby Arnold, Jon Landvick, Meghan Murphy, Colin Sphar and Nick Stockwell. Robert Ollis is Musical Director. 

Tickets for each reading are $10  at

For more information visit


Judy Shepard in Chicago for H.E.R. March 10th

Join Center on
for the Largest Women’s Event of the year!

 H.E.R. Day is an
afternoon of workshops dedicated to Women’s health, education, and
recreation. The day will start with a lunch sponsored by a Parent IVF,
and continue on into a diverse selection of workshop topics for female
identified individuals. Your $12 H.E.R. Day ticket
will give you access to all the days events, lunch sponsored by aParent
IVF and a special keynote address from activist and mother Judy Shepard
at 11am.

In October 1998,
Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21 year-old son, Matthew, to a murder
motivated by anti-gay hate. Matthew’s death moved many thousands of
people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in his memory.
Determined to prevent others from suffering their son’s fate, Judy and
Dennis decided to turn their grief into action and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew’s legacy.

In her continuing
role as board president, Judy  travels across the nation speaking to
audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make
this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of race,
religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, or sexual

Don’t miss  HER  day – Center on Halsted, March 10th.

3656 N. Halsted Street  |  Chicago, IL 60613  |  773.472.6469



Monda Guerra Talks at Center on Halsted Dec 2

Fashion designer, reality TV star and public advocate Mondo Guerra is coming to Center on Halsted in honor of World AIDS Day.

He will be speaking Dec. 2 (the day before World AIDS Day) at 7pm in the 3rd floor theatre, followed by a meet and greet.

Mondo is perhaps most famous from Project Runway, where his designs won him critical praise and a spot as runner up on season 8. He also made headlines by coming out as HIV-positive on the runway, becoming one of the few reality TV stars in history to do so. 

Last year, in commemoration of World AIDS Day, he designed a limited edition of
T-shirts, one with a Day of the Dead sugar skull and one with a tree of
life. These shirts were sold on

For each shirt sold, $20 was donated to amfAR.In his statement to Fox News Latino for his motivations in doing this,
he said, ““The Day of the Dead is celebration of our loved ones who have
passed. When I was thinking of World Aids day I wanted to create
something very true to who I am, and what I know. Who I’ve known and
miss and those people in my life that still fight this disease. It’s
about love and continuation.”


Center on Halsted presents Mondo

7:00pm, December 2nd  

(Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres 6:00pm – 7:00pm, event follows directly after)

3rd floor theatre

3656 N. Halsted Street

Free and open to the public

Seating is Limited!

Please RSVP to