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Gay Boystown Neighborhood Walking Tours

WANT THE  411 on BOYSTOWN?

Whether you live here and think you know it all or maybe newly relocated and want to learn more,  or  just visiting –  This  90-minute walking tour highlights  the  Boystown gayborhood, presented by improviser Margaret Hicks of Chicago Elevated, and  lends a deeper, historical perspective to the area known for its overwhelming gayness and well-endowed rainbow pylons.

DID YOU KNOW?

-that when the rainbow rocket-shaped pylons were installed in 1998, Boystown became the first officially recognized gay neighborhood in the country?

-that Little Jims was the first gay bar in Boystown?

-that Roscoes was the first bar to open their windows to the public?

Come join me in a trip through one of Chicago’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Boystown was the first officially recognized gay village in the country and believe me, it has a lot to show for it. We’ll start at one of Boystown’s oldest bars – Roscoe’s.

We’ll taste some wine at Kafka and learn about “queer space.” We’ll talk about the pansy craze of the 1920’s and end at a bar that survived one of it’s own Chicago Fires, Scarlet. The price for the tour includes a wine-tasting and other gifts, drinks at bars will not be included in the price!”

 Margaret loves Chicago and its many unique neighborhoods, and if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to take one of her walking tours, you no doubt agree.

Hicks’s excitement for and understanding of Boystown, gay rights, and Chicago history creates a contagious enthusiasm as you travel through the neighborhood. Yet, it’s not just a history excursion, but an interactive, sometimes hilarious, evening of engagement with local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Boystown Tour runs until October 31st!

Reservations are required and the tour is cash only.
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 5:00PM – 6:30PM – $20.00

Call 773.593.4873 or email     margaret @ chicagoelevated.com   for reservations.

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Open Door Clinic in Elgin and Aurora

We talk so much about the city of Chicago and everything going on here, we sometimes forget about the suburbs and the LGBT communities and organizations there.

When AIDS was recognized in the early 1980’s as being a sexually transmitted disease, the Board of Directors of Open Door Clinic (ODC) felt it was important for the STD Clinic to extend its diagnostic, treatment and prevention services to include HIV/AIDS.

ODC was one of the first HIV Antibody testing sites in the State of Illinois, a service still offered today. In 1988, ODC became the first Illinois testing site to offer one-week results and can now provide results within a few days. The Clinic also offers the antigen test, which reduces the window period. In January 1993, they initiated a pilot project of a broad spectrum “early intervention” HIV Clinic (hereafter named HIV Clinic).

Among the services provided are

  • laboratory testing (CD4, viral loads, etc.)
  • primary physician service.
  • specialist referrals.
  • nutrition Counseling & supplements.
  • substance abuse referrals.
  • mental health referrals
  • information, forms and applications for federal, state and local assistance programs
  • along with professional, compassion, caring  & support.

“Most significantly, we have been able to offer our clients the assurance that the clinic, its services and staff remain available throughout the illness.”

2    Clinic Locations

Elgin, IL
Open Door Clinic      164 Division Street,  Suite 607    Elgin, IL 60120   Phone: 847 695-1093

Aurora, IL
Open Door Clinic      157 S. Lincoln Avenue,  Room K ,  Aurora, IL 60505     Phone: 630 264-1819

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Open Door Clinic in Elgin and Aurora

We talk so much about the city of Chicago and everything going on here, we sometimes forget about the suburbs and the LGBT communities and organizations there.

When AIDS was recognized in the early 1980’s as being a sexually transmitted disease, the Board of Directors of Open Door Clinic (ODC) felt it was important for the STD Clinic to extend its diagnostic, treatment and prevention services to include HIV/AIDS.

ODC was one of the first HIV Antibody testing sites in the State of Illinois, a service still offered today. In 1988, ODC became the first Illinois testing site to offer one-week results and can now provide results within a few days. The Clinic also offers the antigen test, which reduces the window period. In January 1993, they initiated a pilot project of a broad spectrum “early intervention” HIV Clinic (hereafter named HIV Clinic).

Among the services provided are

  • laboratory testing (CD4, viral loads, etc.)
  • primary physician service.
  • specialist referrals.
  • nutrition Counseling & supplements.
  • substance abuse referrals.
  • mental health referrals
  • information, forms and applications for federal, state and local assistance programs
  • along with professional, compassion, caring  & support.

“Most significantly, we have been able to offer our clients the assurance that the clinic, its services and staff remain available throughout the illness.”

2    Clinic Locations

Elgin, IL
Open Door Clinic      164 Division Street,  Suite 607    Elgin, IL 60120   Phone: 847 695-1093

Aurora, IL
Open Door Clinic      157 S. Lincoln Avenue,  Room K ,  Aurora, IL 60505     Phone: 630 264-1819

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James Cappleman to Take on Helen Shiller in Uptown!

“I’ve always been a grassroots activist,” says Uptown resident James Cappleman. No kidding: The social worker’s résumé is about a mile long and includes cofounding a homeless shelter, receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, working with HIV service organizations and presiding over the Uptown Chicago Commission.
 
But his latest endeavor—running for alderman of the highly polarized 46th Ward—could lead to big changes in Uptown. That’s because Cappleman is taking on Helen Shiller, the ward’s alderman for the past 20 years. Her supporters say she’s a strong advocate for the poor, but critics say the neighborhood’s high crime rate and large homeless population mean it’s time for a change (check out What The Helen for some of their complaints). I can attest to that, we live in the hood of Uptown and frequently witness drug deals out in the open and hear random gun shots!  WE  DESERVE  BETTER!

This past Saturday, June 19 on one of the most beautiful blocks in Uptown – Sunnyside Garden Mall at 4500 N. Malden St. – James Cappleman kicked off his second bid to win election as alderman of Chicago’s 46th Ward.

“This is a community that wants to have some say in how decisions are made,” Cappleman says. “They feel left out. There’s a lot of anger.” Although Shiller has trounced challengers in the past, Cappleman feels confident. “We’re using the two areas where Shiller has always based a lot of her support: the poor and the gay community,” he says. “And here I am an advocate for the poor, and I’m an openly gay man.”

VOTE FOR CAPPLEMAN!  James for Change

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James Cappleman to Take on Helen Shiller in Uptown!

“I’ve always been a grassroots activist,” says Uptown resident James Cappleman. No kidding: The social worker’s résumé is about a mile long and includes cofounding a homeless shelter, receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, working with HIV service organizations and presiding over the Uptown Chicago Commission.
 
But his latest endeavor—running for alderman of the highly polarized 46th Ward—could lead to big changes in Uptown. That’s because Cappleman is taking on Helen Shiller, the ward’s alderman for the past 20 years. Her supporters say she’s a strong advocate for the poor, but critics say the neighborhood’s high crime rate and large homeless population mean it’s time for a change (check out What The Helen for some of their complaints). I can attest to that, we live in the hood of Uptown and frequently witness drug deals out in the open and hear random gun shots!  WE  DESERVE  BETTER!

This past Saturday, June 19 on one of the most beautiful blocks in Uptown – Sunnyside Garden Mall at 4500 N. Malden St. – James Cappleman kicked off his second bid to win election as alderman of Chicago’s 46th Ward.

“This is a community that wants to have some say in how decisions are made,” Cappleman says. “They feel left out. There’s a lot of anger.” Although Shiller has trounced challengers in the past, Cappleman feels confident. “We’re using the two areas where Shiller has always based a lot of her support: the poor and the gay community,” he says. “And here I am an advocate for the poor, and I’m an openly gay man.”

VOTE FOR CAPPLEMAN!  James for Change

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International Lesbian and Gay Police Conference in Chicago this Week!

GOAL  CHICAGO   more  details  @    EVENTS  AND  INFORMATION  PAGE

International Lesbian and Gay Police Conference in Chicago this Week!

GOAL  CHICAGO   more  details  @    EVENTS  AND  INFORMATION  PAGE

Pride and Joy LGBT Hall of Fame Party Monday June 21


Chicago is the only
known municipality that so honors its LGBT residents.

The Hall of Fame not only pays tribute to individuals and organizations but also documents the communities’ heritage and diversity through its annual publication and its Web site  GL HALL OF FAME .

On Monday, June 21, the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame will host its annual Pride and Joy Reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Circuit Night Club, 3641 N. Halsted Street. Tickets are $10, available at the door.
 
The evening will feature a fabulous buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment will be provided by the supremely talented Circuit Night Club cast.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of lesbians and gay men, their organizations, and their friends, as well as their contributions to the lesbian and gay community and to the City of Chicago. This is a unique tribute to dedicated individuals and organizations whose services have improved the quality of life for all of Chicago’s citizens.

Induction into the Hall of Fame symbolizes that the recipient either has made a contribution with far-reaching effects on the quality of life for Chicago’s lesbian and gay community or the city of Chicago, or has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago’s lesbian and gay community.

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Pride and Joy LGBT Hall of Fame Party Monday June 21


Chicago is the only
known municipality that so honors its LGBT residents.

The Hall of Fame not only pays tribute to individuals and organizations but also documents the communities’ heritage and diversity through its annual publication and its Web site  GL HALL OF FAME .

On Monday, June 21, the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame will host its annual Pride and Joy Reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Circuit Night Club, 3641 N. Halsted Street. Tickets are $10, available at the door.
 
The evening will feature a fabulous buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment will be provided by the supremely talented Circuit Night Club cast.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the volunteer and professional achievements of lesbians and gay men, their organizations, and their friends, as well as their contributions to the lesbian and gay community and to the City of Chicago. This is a unique tribute to dedicated individuals and organizations whose services have improved the quality of life for all of Chicago’s citizens.

Induction into the Hall of Fame symbolizes that the recipient either has made a contribution with far-reaching effects on the quality of life for Chicago’s lesbian and gay community or the city of Chicago, or has made a significant long-term contribution to the well-being of Chicago’s lesbian and gay community.

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St Patricks Day in Chicago and the Green River

A modern day miracle occurs each year as part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration when the Chicago River turns an incredible shade of Irish green.

For the past 40+ years the Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebration. One would ask how this is different from the rest of the year when the river is always a murky shade of green. The difference is both significant and breathtaking because the color green is identical to the greens of Ireland from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.”

In 1961  Stephen Baily was approached by a plumber who was wearing some white coveralls, they knew this only because they could see some of the original color. These coveralls had been mostly stained or dyed a perfect shade of green, an Irish green to better describe it.

It was when Stephen Bailey asked how the coveralls got this way, that they discovered that the dye used to detect leaks into the river turned green, not just any color green, but the perfect color green.  Baily said“Why couldn’t we dye the whole river for St. Patrick’s Day?”

A green tradition was born in Chicago.

And they actually use an orange dye, not green!

Where and When

10:30 – 10:45am: Saturday March 13th.

This is scheduled  around 10:30-10:45, Saturday March 13th and can be best viewed from the East side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.

Gay Marriage in Chicago? Check out the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill


Last year there was a big push for this and the ACLU and Students for the Illinois Marriage Equality Bill, are doing it again.

AND IT’S  SO  EASY  TO DO.

Go to the 

         
ACLU ILLINOIS PAGE

All you need to do is take 5 seconds and type in your name and address and they will send a FREE fax to your State Rep, telling them that you support Civil Unions!

Civil Unions would provide same-sex (and opposite sex) couples basic rights, such as hospital visitation rights.

If you have an Illinois address (school and/or home),
please take  5 seconds and do this!

It would grant couples basic rights such as hospital visitation rights, the right to make funeral arrangements, the right to share a nursing home or hospital room and emergency medical decision making.


NOW is our time.


Continue to invite your friends to join the campaign, let your voices be heard.

Join the Facebook Page


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Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Inductions November 13th





The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is both a historic event and an exhibit. Through the Hall of Fame, residents of Chicago and the world are made aware of the contributions of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the communities’ efforts to eradicate homophobic bias and discrimination.


Fourteen Individuals and One Organization was chosen  for 2008 Hall of Fame,
including Jane Addams, will be  honored at 18th Annual Ceremony.


The chosen nominees will be inducted at the  annual ceremony, which will be held

5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 2008,
in Sidney R. Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center,
77 E. Randolph St.

The reception  begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.


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Cook County and Chicago Gay Domestic Partner Registry




Last week, Cook County celebrated their 5 year anniversary of it’s
 Domestic Partnership Registry.

Cook County’s Domestic Partnership Registry enables same-sex couples living in Chicago and suburban Cook County to formally record their relationships.

The Cook County Clerk’s office administers and maintains the registry and issues Domestic Partnership Certificates.


Since marriage is not available to gay people (yet –  Mayor Daley is all for gay marriage in Chicago) in Chicago, the registry is at least good way to document your partnership.

Some employers may ask for it, if applying for joint insurance, however obtaining a Domestic Partnership Certificate from Cook County does not automatically qualify you or your partner for employer-sponsored benefits, nor does it confer survivorship or ownership rights.

It has been a positive step in the right direction – and gay couples are encouraged to use the regsitry. The more couples that register, builds a stronger voice for legalizing gay marriage / unions in  Chicago.





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Gay High School Planned for Chicago? Find Out More September 18th




New York City  created the nation’s first public high school for gays, bisexuals and transgender students.  The Harvey Milk High School initially enrolled about 100 students and opened in 2003.



Now, Chicago school officials are considering a plan to create a separate high school for LGBT students, but the proposal is not without its detractors – both outside and within the gay community.




Some LGBT advocates hail the idea, but others warn the school would isolate gay students.



Conservatives call the proposal a waste of taxpayer money. – Of course they do!



The plan must still undergo a series of public hearings – the first will take place this month. A community hearing will be held Sept. 18 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted. 6pm – 8pm. There, the public can learn more about the proposed school. It then would require approval by a Chicago Public Schools  evaluation team with the final decision up to the head of the school system.


Bill Greaves, director and community liaison of the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on LGBT Issues and a member of the proposed school’s design team, told Windy City Times that the community forum will be the “last hurdle” in the process. The CPS Office of New Schools has already twice interviewed the design team, made up of veteran teachers and administrators, a member of About Face Theater, CPS Office of Student Development staff and others. On Aug. 26, the delegate principal, Chad Weiden ( the current assistant principal at the Greater Lawndale Little Village School for Social Justice ) , was interviewed.

A 2006 report by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ( GLSEN ) found that 35 percent of Illinois students reported that sexual orientation is the most common reason students are harassed or bullied at school. Nearly the same number of Illinois students said the same for gender identity.

The earliest it could be up and running would be 2010.


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PBS WTTW 11 AIRS OUT & PROUD IN CHICAGO




WTTW’s new documentary on the history of LGBT life in Chicago. 



The story of one city and one human family…

From a retired schoolteacher, to a successful businessman, to a community activist, to a bar owner, a lawyer and a social service worker, the history of Chicago’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender life is the story of everyday Chicagoans with extraordinary stories.

From challenging the military’s shunning of its lesbian and gay soldiers and helping to repeal discriminatory laws, to taking gay activism to the streets and building a museum that houses a gay and lesbian archive, to becoming a driving force in Chicago’s earliest ongoing gay rights organization and defying the indifference of the federal government towards People With AIDS, this is the story of Chicago’s LGBT citizens that helped shape the face of a city.

Airing this week!  OUT & PROUD IN CHICAGO

Thursday, June 5, 11:30 pm
Monday, June 9, 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 15, 6:00 pm

WTTW  Ch. 11

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Moving To Gay Chicago



Chicago is somewhat of a Midwest melting pot.

A lot of gays and lesbians born in small Midwest towns seem to gravitate to the big city. Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin….boys and girls looking to escape their small town blues, head to Chicago!

Especially in the Spring. May 1st is the busiest moving week of the year here in Chicago! The Chicago tradition of moving on the first day of May can be traced back to English and Dutch practices that were passed on by immigrants. In 1911  rules were enacted to allow leases to be made at any time of the year – however,  May continues to be the most popular month to move. With an average temperature of 69 degrees, it makes sense that Chicagoans would want to move in May, before the heat of summer sets in.


“I was born and raised in San Francisco, and I think Chicago is a better city for gay people. It’s not as politicized as SF, people are more open and relaxed here. If you want to be really “out” go to BoysTown,  (Lakeview) centering on Halsted Street.  If you just want to be yourself and be comfortable, people are very friendly, open and accepting just about anywhere in town. There is a quieter, but growing gay community in the Edgewater, East Rogers Park areas too. ”  –  Bob


“I like Oak Park. It  has the highest gay population of any suburb in Chicago. Don’t be afraid by the word suburb. It’s a very urban suburb and only 11 miles from downtown Chicago. The Green line L (subway) train has 2 stops in Oak Park and will take you into the city in 24 minutes. My husband uses it daily and it’s great. Oak Park is a beautiful suburb with lots to offer, great old architecture and a very accepting and liberal population. It’s not cheap but you can easily live there without a car and may find it a bit more reasonable than Chicago. It’s very diverse. There are people of all colors, sexual orientations, ages, etc. It’s a very accepting community.”  – Marcus


“I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. There were no other gay people that I knew of near me and only one gay bar, which was 30 miles away. I ran to Chicago when I turned 21, and never looked back! It’s amazing here! The whole city is very gay-friendly, for the most part. I feel I can just relax and be ME. “  – Susan


“Andersonville isn’t nearly as “out” as Boystown is. Boystown is to RuPaul as Andersonville is to Ellen Degeneres. Boystown revels in it and shouts, “look how gay I am!” whereas Andersonville keeps to itself without keeping it a secret.”  –  Drover


Besides the gay bars and nightclubs, Chicago offers gay churches, gay sports teams, gay men’s chorus, gay square dancing, theatre, and lots of dining choices. For the newly transplanted,  Chicago offers many exciting choices and the opportunity to feel like part of a community and be welcomed by a very accepting city!


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Magnificent Mile – Shopping in Downtown Chicago




Take a magnificent vacation in just eight spectacular blocks.

Explore over 460 exclusive stores and boutiques.

Enjoy fine dining at over 200 restaurants.

Discover unsurpassed hospitality at over 50 hotels.

Marvel at Chicago’s famous architecture by boat, trolley or on foot. Learn why North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago is called The Magnificent Mile.

Our Mayor is very big on flowers and public art and throughout the year, the gardens change on Michigan Avenue as well as special art installations. Now throught the end of May, are  TULIP DAYS. With a  Kinetic Art Installation from Chicago’s Architects.

Renowned architecture firms have designed a one-of-a-kind public art installation highlighting architecture and the environment in Chicago. The exhibit features 16 kinetic sculptures, each varying in size and function, displayed along North Michigan Avenue. Typically powered by the wind, kinetic art is sculpture that contains moving parts.

Designers created their sculptures using a variety of sustainable materials such as recycled cans and bamboo. The goal of the art installation was to preserve energy resources and quality of the environment by utilizing natural means in harvesting energy; in this case, by the movement of objects powered by the wind.



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Millennium Park – A Crown Jewel in Chicago




CHICAGO is a world-class destination with lots to see and do. And one of the crown jewels of Chicago is MILLENNIUM PARK. It is a must-see for anyone visiting Chicago!

June thru August, there are lots free programs offered. Free lunchtime concerts,  talks or readings.

The park has a variety free concerts and music festivals ongoing all summer. Some evenings at 6:30, some lunchtimes around 12:15, and weekends, depending. Gospel, blues, jazz and other types of music festivals. Check their schedule.

Bring your food and a big bottle of water, and sit around all day or all evening! You can bring a bottle of wine or some beer too – or there is a restaurant on the grounds and a carry-out cafe.




It was Mayor of Chicago Richard M. Daley’s ambitious idea to realize that which was originally designed as part of Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago, a plan for the future of Chicago created in 1909.

The project was known for its notorious delays (it was originally intended to open in 2000 instead of 2004) and tripled costs. Some Chicagoans began to refer to the project deridingly as “next-millennium” park.


During development and construction of the park, many structures were added, redesigned or modified. These changes often resulted in budget increases. For example, the band shell’s proposed budget was $10.8 million. When the elaborate, cantilevered Frank Gehry design required extra piling be driven into the bedrock to support the added weight, the cost of the band shell eventually spiraled to $60.3 million. The total cost of the park  amounted to almost $500 million.



 
Crown Fountain, named in honor of Chicago’s Crown family, was designed by Catalan conceptual artist Jaume Plensa, and is the first of its kind in the world. Transparent glass block bricks are used to build two 50-foot (15 m) towers standing at either end of a long, black granite plaza submerged under an eighth of an inch layer of water. Behind the glass bricks are high-tech LED video screens that when illuminated, scrolls through videos of the faces of nearly a thousand individual Chicagoans and showcases the vast diversity of the city while a stream of water cascades over the images.

 Cloud Gate, a three-story, 110-ton steel sculpture that has been dubbed by residents as “The Bean”. The sculpture is the work of world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor and is the first of his public art in the United States. The piece was privately funded and the total cost was $23 million — up from the original estimate of $6 million.


Cloud Gate is a highly-polished reflective steel sculpture that is meant to resemble a drop of mercury hovering at the point of landing on a plaza of the park.

While it is a not a gay attraction (everything can’t be gay!) it does draw a very international crowd and there are always hotties walking around on any given day! And it’s a must-see!

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Best Broadway Theatre in Chicago

  

Over the last two years  Broadway In Chicago, a leading Chicago-based presenter of live theatre and a joint entertainment venture between Live Nation and the Nederlander Organization, has seen breakthrough results, with  vitality and prosperity of Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District. 

A significant finding is Broadway In Chicago’s position as a premiere destination for the city’s many tourists and visitors.  With an annual attendance figure of 1.5 million theater patrons, over 42% of audiences are traveling to Chicago from out-of-state to see long-running shows like Wicked. Theatre patrons occupy over 500,000 hotel room nights per year, more than the top ten city conventions combined and  theatre patrons spend more than $75 million at local restaurants while visiting the area.

“The record-breaking success of Wicked combined with the growth of the Downtown Theatre District has changed the way Broadway producers view Chicago.  It is no longer simply a stop on the touring road.  It has become, instead, a place where long running success can be sustained with the support of the City of Chicago and Mayor Daley.  The future for Chicago as a national center for theatre looks very bright and everyone with Wicked is proud to be a part of the impressive results of this study,” explains Wicked producer David Stone.

And gay theatre blossoms as well. Since 1995, Bailiwick Repertory has made its home in the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. The 150-seat Mainstage, 90-seat studio, and 40-seat loft contained in the Bailiwick building have allowed Bailiwick to further explore its art with staged readings, performance pieces, and workshops of new work.

And right next door is theTheatre Building Chicago. Celebrating 30 years in Chicago, they are an incubator to develop original musical works and emerging theatre companies and artists.

For more “Off-Broadway” shows, visit Theatre in Chicago, the most comprehensive listings, news, reviews, and pre-theatre dining suggestions for the shows that are currently playing in the Chicago area as well as future productions of shows. 

 

Santiago Calatrava and the Chicago Spire


The Chicago Spire! The presentation at their site is AMAZING! The Chicago Spire is a supertall skyscraper that will stand taller than Chicago’s Sears Tower and New York‘s upcoming Freedom Tower, as well as Toronto‘s CN Tower, to become North America‘s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest all-residential building.

Inspired by nature – Imagined by Calatrava! The building was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is being developed by Garrett Kelleher of Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. The Chicago Spire is scheduled to be completed in 2010/2011  with 150 floors – a unique collection of 1200 residences overlooking Lake Michigan. No two residences  the same!

Christopher T. Carley of the Fordham Company, the project was supported by many Chicagoans and city officials. After several months of development, Carley failed to acquire necessary financing and the project was taken over by Garrett Kelleher of the Shelbourne Development Group. Since that time, three major revisions were made to the design.

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            CHICAGO!
 

The largest city in the Midwest with a population of nearly 3 million. The outcome of the Great Chicago Fire led to the largest building boom in the history of the nation. Since 1885, when the first skyscraper rose, downtown Chicago is known for it’s fantastic architecture. Current skyline plans entail the supertall Waterview Tower , the amazing Chicago Spire , and Trump International Hotel and Tower . The 60602 zip code was named by Forbes as the hottest zip code in the country!

The city is subdivided into 77 distinct community areas . There are 552 parks with over 7,300 acres (30 km²) of municipal parkland as well as 33 beaches, nine museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons and 10 bird and wildlife gardens. Lincoln Park, the largest of these parks has over 20 million visitors each year, making it second only to Central Park in New York City. Nine lakefront harbors located within a number of parks along the lakefront render the Chicago Park District the nation’s largest municipal harbor system.

Nearly 50 million people a year visit Chicago. Besides deep-dish pizza, Chicago is known for it’s food. Over 5,000 food licenses in the city. And shopping! The Magnificent Mile  is a shopping district of world-renown shops. Shoppers can enjoy magnificent department stores and boutiques comprising a diverse mix of American and international style. With over 460 retail stores, there is something to offer every style.

Boystown is the popular name of a locally recognized neighborhood enclave within Chicago. Situated within the formal neighborhood of Lakeview, it was the first officially recognized gay village in the United States as well as the cultural center of one of the largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) communities in the nation. Boystown has grown into a cultural haven for the nearly 300,000 LGBT residents estimated to live within the Chicago metropolitan area today.

North Halsted Street, also known as “Northalsted”, is the central hub of this bustling district. It sports Chicago’s highest concentration of LGBT-friendly establishments—-an eclectic mix of bars, coffeehouses, and restaurants in accord with the equally eclectic population of local hipsters and open-minded progressives.  11 pairs of rainbow-colored abstract Art Deco pylons adorn the Halsted strip. Coupled with the ever-present rainbow flag that is posted upon nearly every entrance encountered on the Northalsted strip, these pillars also denote the many respectable gay-owned and operated venues that have become hotspots for weekenders throughout the city as well as residents of Boystown.

There is SO MUCH to see and do in Chicago , both gay and non-gay,
this site will be your one-stop information source!

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