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Out At CHM 2017 Series Kicks Off With Exploration of LGBTQ Bar and Club History


Museum’s LGBTQ Series Celebrates 14 Years

Out at CHM, the Chicago History Museum’s annual three-event series exploring LGBTQ issues, kicks off its fourteenth year of programming with “Our Bars: Community, Safety, Violence, Sex, and Activism,” an exploration of the movement that developed from LGBTQ bars and clubs.

The program takes place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Chicago History Museum. The panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Author and historian Owen Keehnen moderates a panel to include community activists and bar owners Art Johnston of Sidetrack and Marge Summit of His ‘n Hers for an exploration of the movement that developed out of a few watering holes. The panel will discuss how bars in Chicago, since the 1950s and earlier, have been places of community and safety, sometimes broken by police violence and often determined by politics of gender and race.

This is the first program in the Out at CHM 2017 series followed by “Art, AIDS, and Activism in Chicago” on Friday, March 3, 2017 and “From New Town to Boystown to Lake View” on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Admission to each program is $20 for the general public and $15 for Museum members and students. To purchase tickets and for program and panelists updates visit .

Major support for Out at CHM comes from the Exelon Corporation with additional support from Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett and the Richard L. Ohlhausen Education Fund.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

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