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  Smollett dropped from rest of 'Empire' season

The producers of the Fox TV show Empire are dropping Jussie Smollett's character from the final two episodes of this season "to avoid further disruption on set," WGN-TV reported. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we ...


  Gerber/Hart Library honoring AIDS stamps

In commemoration of the release of the U.S. stamp that honored the Red Ribbon for AIDS Awareness, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, 6500 N. Clark St., is hosting an exhibit that will honor awareness stamps from around ...


  Police: Smollett behind 'shameful' stunt, actor out on $100K bail (UPDATE)

At a Feb. 21 press conference that attracted a crowd of media, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that openly gay actor Jussie Smollett faked a threatening letter and then, a week later, staged a racist, ...


  Cook County Commissioner Condemns Administration's Treatment of Trans, GNC, Intersex

Cook County Commissioner Kevin B. Morrison today passed a resolution to condemn the Trump Administration's Treatment of Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Intersex Individuals. A public hearing was held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to address the ...


  ELECTIONS, 40TH WARD. O'Keefe looks ahead to election

Maggie O'Keefe is challenging incumbent 40th Ward Ald. Patrick O'Connor for his spot on the Chicago City Council. A digital marketer who identifies as queer, O'Keefe has worked to register voters locally. She spoke with windy ...


  DINING Hubbard Inn dinner, Dos Toros offers, Mardi Gras

—Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., will host a wine dinner Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m., featuring wines from Trinchero Napa Valley. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner ( with items like venison tartare and a ...


  More Smollett news, controversial letter, Foxx recuses self

More developments have taken place regarding the case of Jussie Smollett—the openly gay Empire actor who claimed he was attacked in a hate-motivated crime Jan. 29, CBS 2 Chicago reported. Ola and Abel Osundairo—the two brothers ...


  Arts alliance honoring Evette Cardona, others

Lesbian activist Evette Cardona will be one of three individuals who will receive the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance's Felisa Rincon de Gautier Distinguished Woman Award on Thursday, March 14, 6-8 p.m., at NBC Tower, 454 N. ...


  Smollett now officially a suspect in case (UPDATE Smollett turns himself in)

Chicago authorities have said openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect in a criminal investigation, reported. In a Feb. 20 tweet from Chicago Police Department's Anthony Guglielmi, he said, "Case Update: ...


  New biography details secret gay life of Eisenhower advisor

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 in April 1953, effectively banning gay people from working in the federal government. While thousands of gay men and women lost their jobs in what's now known as ...


  U.S. Supreme Court denies Schock case

The United States Supreme Court is not getting involved in the corruption case against former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, The Chicago Tribune reported. Schock—first elected to Congress in 2008 at age 27—resigned from the legislative body ...


  Symposium Marks 95 Years Since Clarence Darrow's Historic Defense of Leopold and Loeb

New two-location format, Wednesday, March 13

CHICAGO — The annual Chicago tradition marking the anniversary of the death of famed Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow will mark the 95th anniversary of the Leopold-Loeb murder case, which raised profound and disturbing questions about social ...


  Symposium to explore Clarence Darrow's Leopold and Loeb defense 95 years ago

New two-location format, Wednesday, March 13

The annual Chicago tradition marking the anniversary of the death of famed Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow will mark the 95th anniversary of the Leopold-Loeb murder case, which raised profound and disturbing questions about social class, criminal ...


  THEATER REVIEW Dear Evan Hansen

Authors: Steven Levenson ( book ), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ( music/lyrics ) At: Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets:; $85-$399 ( yes, you read that right! ). Runs through: March 12 Powerful ...


  THEATER REVIEW How I Learned to Drive

By: Paula Vogel At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St.; $41-$46. Runs through: March 24 Despite the script's Pulitzer-elevated status to canon classic, Raven Theatre's production of How I Learned to Drive seems as of ...


  Sporting Life, Kayla Cormier

Kayla Cormier is part of the reigning, three-time Spirit Champions kickball team through the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association ( CMSA ). Her Bagel Bumpers team started with a few friends and, over time, has grown—some who ...


  Black gay caucus seeks leaders

The Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus is looking for a program manager and an equity coordinator. The program manager is responsible for the success of the organization's community-engagement programs. These include Caucus Corps, its membership network; ...


  Report: Police focusing on Smollett, in latest twist

In the latest twist involving the Jussie Smollett case, a police-affiliated source has said Chicago authorities are investigating if the openly gay Empire actor paid two brothers ( identified by other media outlets as Olabinjo and ...


  AHF opens Boystown thrift store

With Congressman Mike Quigley in attendance, AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) President Michael Weinstein and others held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the organization's 20th overall thrift store Feb. 16 at 3311 N. Halsted ...


  Gallery opening celebrates trans art

On Feb. 14—in commemoration of Valentine's Day—The Chicago Therapy Collective presented the final exhibition of its series "Trans Art Is." The show, titled "Trans Art Is: Love and Liberation," shone a spotlight on intimacy, sexuality and ...


  Suspects released in Jussie Smollett case

Chicago authorities, on Feb. 15, released two brothers of Nigerian descent (identified by other media outlets as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo) who had been questioned about a reported attack on openly gay Empire star Jussie Smollett, ...



Authors: Stew and Heidi Rodewald At: The Den Theatre, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets:; $35. Runs through: March 10 Haven Theatre and About Face Theatre's The Total Bent is what comes from combining a ...


  Drag worship services Feb. 17

Both locations of Urban Village Church ( UVC )—at 1407 E. 60th St. and 1543 W. Division St. ( Chopin Theater )—will hold drag services on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 a.m. The South Side site ...


  Michael Jackson musical skipping Chicago

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced that a Michael Jackson stage musical are canceling a 2019 pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago, citing "scheduling difficulties" caused by the recently ended Actors' Equity strike, according to ...


  Police questioning people of interest in Jussie Smollett case (UPDATE)

Chicago authorities are questioning two people of interest who were seen on surveillance cameras in the area where openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett says he was attacked in Streeterville recently, The Chicago Tribune reported. Smollett ...


  NUNN ON ONE, MUSIC. John Cameron Mitchell bringing 'Hedwig'-inspired songs

Two-time Tony winner John Cameron Mitchell is bringing moments of Hedwig and the Angry Inch back to life for Chicago audiences. The musical has enjoyed a cult following all over the world telling the story of ...


  Nederlander Theatre lights marquee

Broadway In Chicago's newly named James M. Nederlander Theatre recently lit its marquee for the first time. The venue, at 24 W. Randolph, honors the late James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theater owner and producer, ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 49TH WARD. Joe Moore talks LGBT issues, ethics reforms

Joe Moore has been the 49th Ward alderman since 1991. His ward is among the most economically, culturally and racially diverse in the city. Prior to that, Moore worked at the City of Chicago's Department of ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 40TH WARD. Andre Vasquez on why running, LGBT issues

The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Andre Vasquez was born and raised in Chicago and is currently an AT&T area manager for Illinois. To give back to his community, Vasquez became a leader within Reclaim Chicago developing ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 35TH WARD. Ramirez-Rosa seeks second term, promotes economic reform

Seeking a second term serving Chicago's 35th Ward, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa offered Windy City Times a bold vision for the next four years. In a recent interview, he spoke about the issues facing his ward and ...


  DINING New Nico chef, DropShot, Valentine's Day options

—Joe Lambert has been named the new executive chef at Nico Osteria and the Thompson Chicago hotel, 1015 N. Rush St. Lambert has been at Nico with two-time James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan since the ...


  Trans art show launches Feb. 14

Chicago Therapy Collective is presenting the exhibit "Trans Art Is: Love & Liberation." An opening ceremony will take place at Andersonville Gallery, 5247 N. Clark St., on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Just some of the ...


  Gender pay-gap admission at MCA

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., will open "Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera," the first major survey of the work of artist Laurie Simmons. During the run of ...



NAME: "A long time ago, I had taken a hiatus from performing drag and when I decided to come out of retirement, I felt a need to recreate myself and dust off my packer. As ...


  The Baton Show Lounge at 50

Over the past fifty years, the Baton Show Lounge helped to set a new standard for female impersonation; heightening the polish, the professionalism, and the caliber of performance demanded of its cast members. The Baton took ...


  THEATER REVIEW Fulfillment Center

Playwright: Abe Koogler At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: $30-40; Runs through: March 24 These days, everyone's trying to make a statement. Theater companies have their reasons. These are trying ...


  LETTER Miscarriages of justice

Dear Editor: The lenient sentencing of Jason Van Dyke for his murder of LaQuan McDonald calls to mind the White Nights from May 1979, when Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter instead of first-degree murder ...


  THE AMAZON TRAIL How to celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is one of those do-it-yourself celebrations. There are no parades or feasts or family gatherings. When I was single, I could always count on a card from my mother and, needless to say, would ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 33RD WARD. Lesbian alderperson Deb Mell talks feats, LGBT issues

Deb Mell has been the 33rd Ward alderman since 2013 and previously served in the Illinois General Assembly as a representative for the 40th District. Prior to being an elected official, Mell worked for Christy Webber ...


  CFW announces 'Talk It Out' series

Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) announced the fourth annual Talk It Out—a week-long conversation series designed to spark understanding among women and men, girls and boys, about gender bias. The series will kick off ...


  ELECTIONS 2019 Guide to the LGBTs

This year's mayoral/aldermanic elections featured a record number of openly LGBT candidates thorughout Illinois. From those races, several of those individuals are vying for various political offices later this month: —Colin Bird-Martinez Race: Alderman ( ...


  'Chicago Magic Lounge: A Family Show' Feb. 16

"Chicago Magic Lounge: A Family Show" will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The Chicago Magic Lounge, located in Andersonville, is known for its stage and close-up ...


  Windy City Times Election Guide, candidate interviews and printable chart

PRINTABLE CHART ONLY For the printable chart only, please follow the link: . INTERVIEWS AND ELECTION NEWS For all candidate interviews, follow . ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. Gery Chico on LGBT issues, policing, Ald. Ed Burke

Gery Chico is a lawyer who is aiming to be Chicago's next mayor. He is a former Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners president and Illinois State Board of Education chair. This race is not the ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. Susana Mendoza on accusations, LGBT platform

Illinois state Comptroller Susana Mendoza is among the many individuals aiming to be Chicago's next mayor. Her supporters say she brings many assets to the table, including a fighting spirit ( telling Windy City Times she ...


  Daley discusses his mayoral run

Attorney and administrative official William Daley has a last name that, for many Chicagoans, instantly brings to mind the word "mayor"—his father and brother held that post for years. But Daley thinks his particular skill-set and ...


  ELECTION 2019, 47th WARD. Angie Maloney on hopes for aldermanic post

Educator Angie Maloney, who is one of several openly LGBT candidates running in the Feb. 26 citywide elections, hopes to win the 47th Ward city council post that's currently held by Ameya Pawar, who has mounted ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 44TH. Tom Tunney on accomplishments, LGBT issues, Wrigley Field

Tom Tunney has been alderman of Chicago's 44th Ward—which includes Lake View—for more than 15 years, and was the first openly gay person elected to city council. Tunney ( also known as the owner of the ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 44TH WARD. Austin Baidas on challenging Tunney for council seat

Lake View Austin Baidas is attempting to do something few have tried over the past 15 years: unseat Tom Tunney as 44th Ward alderman. Baidas—who, like Tunney is openly gay—has been known for his philanthropic work ...


  Bird-Martinez vies for 31st Ward City Council spot

Openly gay automotive software designer Colin Bird-Martinez is currently running to represent the 31st Ward in the Feb. 26 citywide elections. Bird-Martinez has done a great deal of activism work locally, and he now maintains that ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 50th WARD. Rowlas competes for city council seat

Openly gay retired educator Andrew Rowlas is running in the Feb. 26 citywide elections to replace longtime Ald. Debra Silverstein in representing the 50th Ward on the city's far north side. Windy City Times: Why did ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. Lori Lightfoot talks LGBTQ policy, police accountability

by Tim Peacock

Standing out in a crowd of qualified competitors can be difficult, but openly lesbian mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot is up to the challenge. As a Victory Fund- and Equality Illinois PAC-endorsed candidate with a comprehensive LGBTQ ...


  Cider Summit at Navy Pier benefits Heartland Alliance

Part of a tour that takes place throughout the United States, Cider Summit took place Feb. 9 in Navy Pier's Aon Grand Ballroom. The 7th annual Cider Summit Chicago featured more than 150 ciders, cider cocktails ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, 48TH WARD. Ald. Harry Osterman shares ward priorities

Harry Osterman has been alderman for the 48th Ward since 2011, serving parts of Andersonville, Uptown and Edgewater. For 11 years before being elected alderman, Osterman was the state representative for the 14th District. Growing up ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, Alderman, 48th Ward. David Earl Williams III challenges incumbent

David Earl Williams III was born in Evanston and grew up in Uptown, attending Senn High School in the 48th ward. In 2014, he ran as a Republican for U.S. House to represent the 9th District ...


  SAVOR Taureaux Tavern; Black Restaurant Week

DISH Dining Guide

Those fluent in French probably know what Taureaux Tavern ( 155 W. Van Buren St.; ) is all about—especially when its location is considered. Nestled in the Loops' financial district, the spot's name ( which ...



Playwright: Dominique Morisseau At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.. Tickets: $27-60; . Runs through: March 3 Thinking about Pipeline, here's what comes to mind: two incredible supporting characters and a Gwendolyn Brooks poem. ...


  THEATER REVIEW A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Playwright: Book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak At: Porchlight Music Theater at the Ruth Page Auditorium. Tickets:; 773-777-9884; $39-$66. Runs through: March 16 Those ...


  Critics' Picks

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porchlight Music Theatre at the Ruth Page Auditorium, through March 16. A score that hearkens to Gilded-Age whimsy, scenery like a Victorian greeting card designed by Monty Python and ...


  SPOTLIGHT on Underscore Theatre's Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

Is the next Hamilton lurking in Chicago? Stranger things have happened. Underscore Theatre's ambitious 5th Annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival includes nine concert readings of brand spanking new shows and two free workshop performances. Among the ...


  Patricia Nell Warren, author of first gay novel on NYT Best Seller List, dies

LOS ANGELES - Patricia Nell Warren, age 82, died on Saturday February 9th at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California after a long battle with cancer. Warren is best known for her groundbreaking novel ...


  The Jeff Awards to present panel on Latinx Theater

February 12, 2019, Chicago, IL - The Jeff Awards meeting on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Greenhouse Theater will include a panel discussion on Latinx Theatre. This is a rescheduled panel from Jan. 28. Latinx ...


  Duncan receives arts academy award

On Feb. 9, longtime choreographer/teacher Randy Duncan was honored with The Chicago Academy for the Arts Faculty Legacy Award during the Academy Showcase at The Athenaeum Theatre. In addition, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed Feb. 9 ( ...


  'FACES: Out and Proud' debuting March 1

The Center on Halsted is presenting "FACES: Out & Proud," an exhibition of the fine art photographs by Chicagoan Chuck Kramer. The show will open Friday, March 1, and run through Wed., April 10, in the ...


  Business workshop held on being an ally of trans, GNC people

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce ( ACC ), Praxis Group and Upswing Advocates hosted "Being a Stronger Ally: Trans and GNC Affirming Business Workshop," Feb. 6 at Reza's Restaurant in Andersonville. The event was also held Feb. ...


  Gay Van Dyke juror talks ex-officer's sentencing

Will Harpest—a gay man who this past fall sat on the jury that convicted Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke of the 2014 shooting of Chicagoan Laquan McDonald—had a complicated reaction to Van Dyke's January sentencing. ...


  Chicagoan among Pedro Zamora scholarship honorees

Karlo Manzo-Arroyo, a freshman at the University of Illinois in Chicago, is among 10 undergraduate students nationally who have been honored by The National AIDS Memorial, through its Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, according to a ...


  NUNN ON ONE, MUSIC. Donna Missal talks tattoos, Valentine's Day

Singer Donna Missal comes from a long line of songwriters in her family. Her career began in 2013 with writing songs for the film How to Be a Man. Her song "Keep Lying" became a viral ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. Amara Enyia on innovation and equity for Chicago

"What I would want 40 years from now is for 2019 to be a watershed moment in the city where anything was possible, where we actually valued ideas over personalities, where we actually looked to solve ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. Paul Vallas on background, minimum wage, LGBT issues

Paul Vallas ran as a 2002 Democratic gubernatorial candidate and was the 2014 Lieutenant Governor candidate alongside then Democratic incumbent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. He previously served as the CEO of Chicago Public Schools ( CPS ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. La Shawn Ford on Marshall Plan, LGBT issues

With a focus on fighting poverty, La Shawn Ford hopes to become the next mayor of Chicago. When he spoke with Windy City Times recently, he explained some of his plans for helping the middle class ...


  ELECTIONS 2019, MAYOR. Bob Fioretti seeks to be an LGBT ally in City Hall

In a recent interview, former 2nd Ward Ald. Robert "Bob" Fioretti told Windy City Times he wants to be "an ally in City Hall" if he becomes mayor of Chicago. Fioretti, a civil-rights attorney,- focused on ...


  PASSAGES Joseph 'Patrick' Miska

On Dec. 9, 2018, San Francisco resident Joseph "Patrick" Miska passed away unexpectedly in Chicago, The Bay Area Reporter noted. He was 64. MIska came to San Francisco in 1972 and fell in love with the ...


  Film on Chicago trans woman running Feb. 19

The ACLU of Illinois, Pride Action Tank and the Transformative Justice Law Project are hosting a special screening of Chicago Love, from the ACLU's documentary series Trans in America, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Dr. ...


  Auto Show humming along, runs through Feb.18

The Chicago Auto Show will take place through Feb. 18 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. North America's largest auto show, the event ( which was first staged in 1901 ) spans more than ...

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