What’s Next For Chicago’s Gay Community?

Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Want to know what’s happening in Chicago and surrounding areas for our gay, lesbian and all that members of Chicagoland?

Here it is, from the Center on Halsted.

WorkOUT: Yoga

Monday, March 7, 6PM (6-week series, Mondays through April 11)

$8/class or $30 for the series

Grab your mat and let go of your stress! Sign up for this 6-week yoga series to refresh, re-focus, and re-invigorate yourself. Led by Fitness Formula Clubs instructor Noah Powell, each class will incorporate yoga poses, relaxation techniques, and meditation practices to help you stretch away stress! Please provide your own mat. Light refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market after each class.

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“The Internal Sacred Marriage of the Divine Masculine and Feminine,” a lecture and discussion by Andrew Harvey of Mindful Metropolis

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30PM

$15 online at or $20 at the door.
Join Mindful Metropolis for special evening with celebrated author and mystic — Andrew Harvey. Be challenged and inspired to reconcile the masculine and feminine within yourself. Learn how the separation of the divine masculine and feminine directly impacts all genders and communities with special attention to its impact on the LGBT community.

“When Romeo Was A Woman,” a presentation of the Out at CHM series

Thursday, March 10, Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. event at 6:30 p.m.
$12/ $10 students/CHM members
Charlotte Cushman, 1816-1876, was the nineteenth century’s most famous cross-dressing and woman-loving actress. Her performance of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lover was legendary, and she wowed male and female audiences alike at local theaters, like McVicker’s in Chicago, during her American tours. Join cultural historian Lisa Merrill for a behind-the-scenes look at how spectators and critics talked and wrote about sexuality on stage. Jill Austin, museum curator, will begin the program with a brief introduction to LGBT-related life and themes in mid-19th-century Chicago. About Face Theatre Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar and the Laramie Project’s co-author Leigh Fondakowski will join the discussion to talk about how gender-bending pioneers continue to impact our stages.

Speed Dating for Men 21+

Thursday, March 10, 7PM

$12 at the door

Looking to date, make friends or to meet that special someone? It’s time for some real-time, fun-time speed dating at Center on Halsted. You will have an opportunity to meet everyone and leave with contact information for your matches! Cash bar opens at 6:45 PM.

Microsoft Word Level 1

Begins Saturday, March 12, 4PM (3-week series)

$15. Sliding scale available.

Call (773) 661-0730 to register. Pre-registration required.

This class is designed for the beginning Word user and includes:

  • Understanding the Word windows and basics of entering text
  • Editing documents, opening, closing and saving files
  • Formatting text, copy & paste, drag and drop functions, and printing
  • Margins, tabs, page numbers and headers & footers

SAGE Women’s Coming Out Group

Saturday, March 12, 10AM-11AM (Saturdays weekly)

An ongoing group for women age 50+ searching for a safe, supportive environment to explore and embrace their true selves. Come and meet other, build a social network, and learn about available resources.

Microsoft Excel Level 1

Begins Tuesday, March 15, 4PM (3-week series)

$15. Sliding scale available.

Call (773) 661-0730 to register. Pre-registration required.

This class is designed for the beginning Excel user and includes:

  • Understanding the Excel worksheet and basics of entering data
  • Editing worksheets, opening, closing and saving files
  • Formatting worksheets and copy & paste
  • Creating and entering basic functions in cells
  • Previewing and printing worksheet data

Civil Unions: What You Need to Know, a conversation with Atty. Ray Koenig

Tuesday, March 15, 6:30PM


Beginning this summer, Illinois will offer civil unions to same-sex couples. Hear from legal expert Ray Koenig about what this will mean for you—whether you have partnership arrangements or not.
Ray J. Koenig III, is a member in Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group in its Chicago office. He practices in the areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, elder law and estate planning. Ray has represented individuals, families, financial institutions, medical institutions, and governmental organizations in all areas of his practice. Ray has extensive trial, appellate and mediation experience in state and federal courts.

Ray is frequently appointed Guardian Ad Litem and defense counsel by judges in guardianship cases, and has been appointed Special Administrator in probate matters. Ray has also been appointed Special Assistant Attorney General in numerous matters. Ray served on a task force formed by the Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department on Aging to develop and draft legislation to significantly revise the Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act.

Introduction to Computers (PC)

Begins Wednesday, March 16, 5PM (7-week series)

$35. Sliding scale available.

Call (773) 661-0730 to register. Pre-registration required.

Learn the basics of computers: hardware, software, mouse, keyboard, Windows operating system, files, folders, Microsoft Word, internet, and e-mail. No prerequisites. This class is intended for the beginning computer user and assumes no previous experience with computers.

Introduction to PowerPoint

Begins Thursday, March 17, 10AM (3-week series)

$15. Sliding scale available.

Call (773) 661-0730 to register. Pre-registration required.

This class is designed for the beginning PowerPoint user and includes: creating a presentation, working with text in slides, working with slides, using design templates, different presentation views, and printing presentations.

SAGE Early Bird Jazz Supper Club

Thursday, March 17, 6PM

FREE. Pre-registration required.

Interested in a night of fine dining, smooth live jazz, and apple martinis –and getting home by 10pm? Want an alternative to your traditional St. Patty’s Day celebration? Then come on out for the SAGE Early Bird Jazz Supper Club. Bring a date, rendezvous, or live on the edge and meet someone new! Come for the sumptuous cuisine prepared by Center on Halsted’s “What’s Cookin’” program and stay for our three sassy song stylists and apple martinis. Space limited to 36.

Bisexual Movie Night

Monday, March 21, 7PM (3rd Mondays)

A casual, FREE movie night with popcorn and refreshments.

SAGE Women’s Creative Writing

Thursday, March 24, 6PM (Thursdays weekly)

Experienced facilitator from Northwestern University will guide the group through expressions of self through poetry, fiction, and journal writing. Class is limited to 15; please call or e-mail (773) 472-6469 to register.

Speed Dating for Women 21+

Thursday, March 24, 7PM

$12 at the door

Looking to date, make friends or to meet that special someone? It’s time for some real-time, fun-time speed dating at Center on Halsted. You will have an opportunity to meet everyone and leave with contact information for your matches! Cash bar opens at 6:45 PM.

Support Groups Beginning in March

Pre-registration required by March 26

In order to join one of the 10-week Center on Halsted support groups, you must pre-register. Groups that begin in January include Coming Out, Women’s General, Men’s General, Rainbow (for mental health issues). For more information, visit or call (773) 472-6469, ext. 466.

LBTQ Women’s Movie Night

Saturday, April 2, 7PM


Join us for a Women’s Action Committee monthly movie night featuring a LBTQ-women themed film the first Saturday of every month. Light refreshments will be offered. Come on down for a film, a discussion, and some fun! This month’s movie is Fried Green Tomatoes.

Bisexual Social

Tuesday, April 5, 7:30PM

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

Music Tuesdays: A Free Concert with Lakeside Pride Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, April 5, 7:30PM

The Lakeside Pride Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks – Overture; Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

Men’s Fashion Premiere at Macy’s, 111 N. State St.

Thursday, April 7, 5:30PM

FREE but RSVP requested. Please RSVP to (800) 329-8667 

Macy’s is teaming up with OUT Magazine and Center on Halsted for an exciting evening! Enjoy great music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live fashion featuring the newest Men’s Impulse and Designer collections including Hugo Boss, Armani Jeans, French Connection and more! Let OUT Magazine’s Fashion Editor, Brent Coover, guide you through the most important trends of the season. Stop by and receive a complimentary skin care treatment from Lab Series and nail buffing from Kiva Salons. Take advantage of special offers and exclusive savings. Plus, with your qualifying purchase take home a designer gift bag!

HIV+ Support Groups Begin March 30

Pre-registration required by April 8

In order to join one of the 10-week Center on Halsted HIV+ support groups, you must pre-register. There will be three, age-specific HIV+ support groups beginning in March. For more information and scheduling, visit or call (773) 472-6469, ext. 478.

Legal Clinic at Center on Halsted

Tuesdays 4PM-7PM and Wednesdays 6PM-8PM

(please call to make an appointment)

Center on Halsted’s free legal clinic allows LGBT and Ally people to speak one-on-one with a licensed attorney about their specific legal concern and receive appropriate information and referral options. There is no fee for this service. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact 773.472.6469, ext. 290.

For more information about our events, please visit our online events calendar at

Center on Halsted is the most comprehensive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community center in the Midwest, and we strive to meet the social, recreational and cultural needs of people of all ages in a safe and nurturing environment. Every day, more than 1,500 people walk through the doors of our 60,000-square foot building, which includes a gym, theater, computer lab, two art galleries and a rooftop garden. We offer a variety of social services and public programs, including mental health services, support groups, and free HIV testing 7 days a week., 773.472.6469, open 8am – 10pm daily.