2021 Chicago LGBTQ Hall of Fame

October 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, the only city-sanctioned LGBT Hall of Fame in the world, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was founded to honor people and entities, nominated by the community, who have made significant contributions to the quality of life or well-being of the LGBT community in Chicago. The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inductees for 2021 were selected from a slate of candidates submitted by Chicago's LGBT community.
See listing and descriptions for 2021 inductees here on Windy City Times.

Brunch, Mimosas and Maria Hadden - July 31, 2021

August 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Alderwoman Maria Hadden of the 49th Ward in Chicago held a fundraiser at Honeybear Cafe in Rogers Park on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Below is the thank you note as posted on Facebook:

"I am so grateful to serve a community like the one we have in the 49th Ward and to have the support of so many wonderful people. Thank you to everyone who came out, supported and made this an event to remember.

Thank you to Prudence, George and their team at Honeybear Cafe for a fabulous hosted event and delicious food, to Picnic Wine & Provisions for supplying the bubbly for the mimosas and to Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth for these fantastic photos!

Thank you to members of my Host Committee, Stacy Davis Gates, Erica N. Bland-Durosinmi, Hope Pickett, Sean Tenner, Rebecca BurWei, Joi Imobhio, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Sen. Mike Simmons, Sen. Heather Steans, Jane Ramsey and Network 49 for making this such a successful event.

A big thanks to the elected officials who joined me yesterday, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Rep. Greg Harris, State Rep. and Committeeperson Kelly Cassidy, Committeeperson Sean Tenner, Committeeperson Dean Maragos, Judge Pam Saindon, Judge Diana López, and Judge Rena Marie Van Tine.

And a giant hug to our event team, Jacqueline Anderson, Karri DeSelm, Holly Hahn, Megan Sit, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, Anna Mangahas, and of course, Natalia Vera for your ideas, time and talent. ❤️😊 I love Rogers Park, and I wouldn’t be here without all of you."

- Maria Hadden


Lawyers for Social Justice - July 28, 2021

July 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Gallery: July 28, 2021 Lawyers for Justice benefit for the Chicago Reader Institute for Community Journalism, the new nonprofit publisher of the Chicago Reader. Sponsored by City Winery and Haymarket Beer Company. 



Tracy Baim | Jim Bennett & Terry Vanden Hoek | Greg Cameron | Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation | Leonard C Goodman | Venu Gupta | Christie Hefner | Kim L. Hunt | Fritz & Rebecca Kaegi | Jackie & Ann Kaplan-Perkins | Lopp Mathias Law | Michael Leppen | Eileen Rhodes | Jan M. Saks & Emma Ruby-Sachs | Alex Sims


The Bernstein Law Firm, LLC | Judge Tom Chiola (Ret.) | Steven Cohen | David Daskal | Jan Dee & Janet Gutrich | Judge Julian Frazin (Ret.) | Georges & Synowiecki | Brenda Grauer | David Hiller | David Hoffman | Mark Ishaug | Johnson, Jones, Snelling & Gilbert, P.C. | Brian C. Johnson | Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP | Nancy Katz & Paul Hanover | Charles Katzenmeyer | Michael Kreloff | Law Offices of Marvin Husby | Loevy & Loevy | Joseph Loundy | Ed Mogul | Gail H. Morse & Lauren Verdict | David Ernesto Munar | Commissioner Larry R. Rogers, Jr. | Hadley Rue | Brendan Shiller | Coco Soodek | Scott Turow | George A. Zelcs | 


American Constitution Society - Chicago Lawyer Chapter | Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights



Eileen Rhodes, Board President, Reader Institute for Community Journalism

Christie Hefner, Chicago Reader "Century Fund" Advisory Committee

Karen Hawkins, Chicago Reader Co-Publisher, Co-Editor in Chief with 
Sujay Kumar, Chicago Reader Co-Editor in Chief and
Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader Managing Editor

Mara Dukmasova and Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader Senior Reporters

Tracy Baim, Chicago Reader President, Co-Publisher with
Jackie Kaplan-Perkins, Board member, Reader Institute for Community Journalism


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Windy City Tango Festival 2021

July 16, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Chicago welcomed dancers across the continent for the first Argentine tango dance festival since the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown in March 2020. The four day Windy City Tango Festival was hosted by 312 Movement at Dance Center Chicago over the July 4th weekend. 



Portrait by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth: Khoi Dang-Vu

June 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
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