Center on Halsted events for February

CHICAGO — The Center on Halsted, Chicago’s gay community center, has announced their events for February.

Valentine Bowl – Feb. 11

DATE Saturday, February 11, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
LOCATION Timber Lanes – 1851 W. Irving Park Rd.

Center on Halsted presents Valentine Bowl to benefit the Department of HIV/AIDS & STD Services

Timber Lanes
1851 W. Irving Park Rd.

$45 includes Shoes Rental, Bowling, Buffet, and entry in Mystery Pot!

Prizes Donated by Local Businesses! Space is limited! Purchase tickets at or at the event.


COH & Jewell Exclusive Pop-Up Dinner – Feb. 16

DATE Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
LOCATION Center on Halsted

Love runs deep with Center on Halsted and Jewell Events Catering. This exclusive pop-up dinner will bring to life the possibilities available for your special day, from impeccable cuisine to a fabulous event space and amazing entertainment. Enjoy quirky cocktails, creative dishes and tantalizing conversation while taking in the sights of surrounding Lakeview and the Chicago skyline from the Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall. Love Wins!

The evening’s pop-up dinner will feature Jewell Events Catering’s top chefs including Ben Holt and Dane Pausina with dessert by Ralph Dixon.

Tickets are $50.


LGBTQ Artists Gallery Opening – Feb. 17

DATE Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
LOCATION Center on Halsted

Join Center on Halsted staff, friends, and artists for another LGBTQ Artists Gallery Opening. Occurring every 6-7 weeks throughout the year, Center on Halsted opens its doors to community artists to display their work.

Enjoy a drink, immerse yourself in our local LGBTQ art scene, and find community. Cash bar available.

Ervin A. Johnson – 2nd Floor Gallery
#InHonor (mixed media paintings)
This show is in observance of Black History Month.

Robert Constant & Arcangelo Vincent Scalici – 3rd Floor Gallery
Sight Unseen (photo diptychs)


An Intimate Night: A Live Reading of Sycamore with Raven Theatre Company  – Feb. 17

DATE Friday, Feb. 17, 2017,6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION Center on Halsted


A free reading of a world premiere play

Advanced Registration Recommended:


By Sarah Sander

Directed by Devon de Mayo

Celia and Henry are teenaged siblings living in a Midwestern suburb who both become interested in their new next-door neighbor, John. This isn’t the first time Celia and Henry have been romantic rivals. Will trouble strike again? Meanwhile, Celia and Henry’s parents face stress in their own marriage. Sycamore is a warm and frequently funny look at family life in a world where all the rules have changed.


A Call to Rise – Feb. 22

DATE Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
LOCATION Center on Halsted

Join us on February 22nd for the next community meeting.

A Call to Rise #RiseWithUs
February22nd, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Center on Halsted

We are also inviting you to commit to #RiseWithUs over the coming years knowing we will have to redouble our efforts. In solidarity, please change your facebook profile picture for the LGBTQ and allied communities we continue to advocate for. Answer the call to #RiseWithUs.


Out in the Open Sleep In – Feb. 24

DATE Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:00 AM
LOCATION Second Presbyterian Church – 1936 S. Michigan Ave.

Youth homelessness is epidemic. Over 22,000 teens face housing instability in Chicago – up to 40% of whom identify as LGBTQ.

With brutal funding cuts looming for shelters and agencies, it’s time for Chicago to stop closing our eyes. OUT IN THE OPEN is an all-night charity event to raise awareness and money to help these nonprofits support Chicago’s most vulnerable.

Youth homelessness can seem like an invisible problem. But for more than 22,000 young adults in our own city, it’s all too real.

From Friday, February 24 at 6pm until Saturday February 25 at 7 am at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, we’ll come together for the second Chicago SLEEP IN. This all-night charity event will raise awareness and funds for local nonprofits on the front lines — and celebrate the survival and spirit of real teens. From all walks of life, let’s unite to wake up Chicago. For one night, we won’t close our eyes.


  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS) identified a record 22,144 students experiencing homelessness or housing instability in 2013-14
  • 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ, according to numerous national surveys
  • 78% of LGBTQ youth in the Department of Children & Family Services system are likely to experience homelessness at some point
  • 4 months: average time spent fighting homelessness by teens according to a national survey
  • 15: average age that teens first experienced homelessness, according to the same survey
  • Only 374 youth shelter beds exist for unaccompanied youth in Chicago

Support Center on Halsted’s Youth Housing Initiative by signing up or donating to someone on our team!

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