Every year Center on Halsted hosts a series of events to educate the broader community about our work and to help raise the funds necessary to offer our diverse and impactful programs. Through these events we acknowledge the great contributions of our benefactors and our shared work to build and strengthen the LGBTQ community for generations to come.

Human First

Each year Center on Halsted hosts its annual Human First Performance & Gala to recognize the contributions of individuals, businesses and other organizations to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in Chicago.

Human First provides an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate past accomplishments, while we look forward to the work ahead as we continue to build a human first work, together. In addition to raising vital funds to support Center on Halsted programs and services, the Human First Award and Community Spirit award will be presented to several outstanding civic leaders for their important contributions to the advancement of Chicago’s LGBTQ movement.

Join us for our upcoming Human First Gala on May 20th, 2017, where we will celebrate Center on Halsted’s 10th anniversary!

If you’d like to join the host committee or sponsor the event or please contact Yossi Held, Director of Development at

To learn more about this year's Human First click here.

LGBTQ Artists Gallery Openings

Center on Halsted is home to two art galleries which showcase different LGBTQ artists from the community. You can view the galleries on the second and third floors during normal business hours or join us for our opening night receptions, occurring approximately every six weeks, where you can mix and mingle with other community members and meet the featured artists. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the gallery openings to support Center on Halsted’s programming. A Cash Bar is available during the openings on the third floor.

Check our calendar for upcoming gallery openings.

If you are an LGBTQ artist based in Chicagoland and interested in being considered for a show, please contact our curator David Joseph at

Chicago’s Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run


Better yet, take it off – when you run with us this December. The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown is more than an excuse to hang out your holiday decorations – it’s a fun run and celebration to raise money for Center on Halsted. In 2015, its most successful year yet, the run raised $45,000 to support our Youth Housing Initiative. Save the Date – December 3rd, 2016 at Sidetrack.

For more information visit The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown website!

On the Red Carpet: A Night With Oscar

A staple at Center on Halsted for over ten years, our Oscars watching party welcomes donors, patrons and supporters to enjoy the Academy Awards presentation in a fun and festive atmosphere that includes.

In 2016, A Night with Oscar was attended by more than 300 participants and raised over $80,000 to support the many programs and services of Center on Halsted. 2017’s A Night with Oscar is scheduled for Sunday, February 26th. The Host Committee is currently in formation. If you’d like to join the host committee, sponsor the event or donate a silent auction item, please contact Yossi Held, Director of Development at
For more information about A Night With Oscar please click here.

To make a donation, please click here.

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