OUT at CHM | Dancing for Life: Moving through HIV/AIDS

Thursday, June 23,  2022  5:30–8:30 p.m.

In June 1981, the CDC published its first report on what would become known as HIV/AIDS. Over the past four decades, many individuals and organizations have worked to support the fight to end HIV/AIDS, as well as provide resources and care for the estimated 38 million people living with HIV and 36.3 million individuals worldwide who have died from complications related to the virus.

The arts community has been especially present in these efforts. In honor of the city of Chicago designating 2022 as the "Year of Chicago Dance," we invite you to reflect on the history of HIV/AIDS in Chicago, the dance community's efforts to provide support to those impacted by the epidemic, and the future of HIV/AIDS advocacy in Chicago and beyond. The event includes a dance performance, panel discussion, and reception.

Upcoming Events

This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Chicago History Museum, the OUT at CHM advisory committee, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Chicago Dancers United/Dance for Life, Howard Brown Health, Center on Halsted, Giordano Dance Chicago, and Chicago Dance History Project. 

Chicago History Museum visitors are no longer required to show proof of vaccination. While masks are recommended and appreciated, they are no longer required. Learn more about the Museum’s safety policies and procedures.


Founder of Dance for Life and 

Chairman of the Dance Department at Chicago Academy for the Arts

Artistic Director, 

Joel Hall Dancers & Center

Clinical Lead, 

Howard Brown Health

Physician and Author

Senior Vice President of Community Partnerships and Special Projects,

AIDS Foundation Chicago

$35 premium admission, which includes a signed copy of Plague Years: A Doctor’s Journey through the AIDS Crisis by Dr. Ross A. Slotten; $15 general admission; $5 youth (18 & under) and seniors (65+). CHM is committed to welcoming all; if you would like to inquire about additional reduced pricing, please call 312.642.4600.

Featuring a dance performance by Giordano Dance Chicago, “All for You” duet, choreographed by Adam Houston.

Our Story

The Chicago History Museum is a platform for community voices that preserve the past and mold the future. To us, Chicago is more than just a city—it is a living historical entity, as dynamic as ever, always inviting exploration.

One of the main directives of the OUT at CHM committee is to tell the stories of people who live a range of sexual identities and gender expressions within the larger urban context of Chicago and to discuss how and why the physical body matters to LGBT history; the evolution of the queer family; the interaction of people in social spaces with political consequences; and the queer body politic, a movement full of promise and struggle.

This popular and provocative series delves into the storied history of Chicago’s LGBTQ communities. 

See Past Events

Fifteen years of stories of promises,

struggles, triumphs, and explorations.

Learn more about our previous programs, panelists, exhibitions, and join the conversation yourself on our Facebook page.

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In a collection of essays, the history of Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities is explored by leading historians and scholars.  Spanning the 1850s to the present, essays chronicle how the dynamic forces that made Chicago the great American city also fostered the development of its diverse LGBT communities.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Major support for Out at CHM comes from the Exelon Corporation with additional support from Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett, Kenneth O’Keefe and Jason Stephens, and the Richard L. Ohlhausen Education Fund.


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