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World AIDS Day events in Chicago
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2018-11-28

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A number of community organizations are hosting events this weekend in observance of World AIDS Day, which officially takes place Dec. 1. Below are some of them:

Wed., Nov. 28

—Roosevelt University will host a series of campus-wide events for a day of Education, Advocacy, and Action for those living with HIV and in support World AIDS Day. Events will include an advocacy letter-writing campaign, free confidential all-day testing and a community panel. See www.roosevelt.edu/news-events/events .

Thursday, Nov. 29

—At the Stand Up for Red event at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., attendees sample signature bites from Chicago's most creative chefs while sipping cocktails designed specifically for the event. Organizers also engaged Chicago's creative community to curate site-specific music, performances and art installations that respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The event takes place from 5:30-9:30 p.m. See bit.ly/2OJNXUO for tickets.

—The dance performance Volledig: Emptied of Shame: Full of Life represents the stories of the artists who experienced living through the AIDS Crisis, how they survived it, and how they are living in a world that still stigmatizes HIV and doesn't provide individuals with equal care. Performances begin tonight—and continue Nov. 30 and Dec. 1—at 7 p.m. at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com .

—The University of Illinois-Chicago ( UIC ) will mark the day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at its College of Nursing, 845 S. Damen Ave. See https://today.uic.edu/events/uic-world-aids-day-2018.

Friday, Nov. 30

—AIDS Foundation of Chicago's signature fundraiser World Of Chocolate goes at 6-9 p.m. at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market. Purchase tickets at http://aidschicago.org/chocolate.

Saturday, Dec. 1

—Vida/Sida will hold its 30th-anniversary gala and World AIDS Day commemoration 6 p.m.-12 a.m. at Gallery 3949, 3949 W. Armitage Ave. There will be a red carpet, cocktails, dinner, dancing and more—and attendees should dress to impress. Tickets are $40-$50; visit www.puertoricanchicago.org/new-events/2018/12/1/vida-sida-30th-anniversary-gala, email ricardoj@prcc-chgo.org or call 773-698-7438.

Sunday, Dec. 2

—The 10th Annual World AIDS Day Fashion Show, this year featuring designer Michel'Le Forrest and music by DJ Hugo H, starts at 6 p.m. at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. See bit.ly/2DIpxt2 or call 773-779-2399.

Monday, Dec. 3

—The one-day conference "Our Stories Are Here: Coming Together to heal and Get to Zero" explores innovative HIV and care strategies, traverses the intersections of racism and injustice faced by communities most vulnerable to HIV and debuts the draft plan for Getting to Zero Illinois. It takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th St. RSVP at bit.ly/2Sbr6n8 .

—To mark the 30th Annual World AIDS Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation will host an evening with musical guests and entertainment such as Frankie J and Jermaine Dupri. The event will take place at Lacuna Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., 6-10 p.m. See www.eventbrite.com/e/world-aids-day-chicago-tickets-52629233454 .


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