Center on Halsted hosts the following signature events to educate the broader community about our work and to help raise the funds for our diverse and impactful programs and services. Through these events, we acknowledge the great contributions of our benefactors, event partners/sponsors, and our shared work to build and strengthen the LGBTQ community for generations to come.

For additional information about our events, please contact Steve Sondheimer at or call 773-472-6469 ext. 442.

For event sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rhett Lindsay at or call 773-472-6469 ext. 479.

Human First

Each year Center on Halsted hosts its signature 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 4th, 2019.

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

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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. Some notable artists featured in our gallery have included Lily Wachowski, Sandra Antongiorgi, and the Orlando Traveling Memorial.

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



You’ve never looked better in a speedo…in December!

The Santa Speedo Run – Boystown is more than an excuse to hang out your holiday decorations – it’s also a fun run and celebration to raise money for the Center on Halsted. In 2017, speedo and holiday-clad runners raised more than $70,000! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Sidetrack!

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

A Night With Oscar

Center on Halsted’s signature event for over ten years, A Night With Oscar Academy Awards viewing party celebrates the past year’s film and actor achievements in style.

The event will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage, Chicago. The evening begins with red carpet arrival at 6:00 p.m., followed by live streaming awards ceremony including full buffet, cocktails, and silent auction. Funds raised support Center on Halsted’s LGBTQ+ programs and services.

For additional event information, including host committee opportunities or to donate a silent auction item, please contact Steve Sondheimer at For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rhett Lindsay, Director of Development at

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