About Face Theatre:
About Face Theatre’s annual Black & Tan Super Club Gala revives the 1930’s era known as the Pansy Craze. This period–during Prohibition and the Great Depression–was a historical highpoint for LGBTQ culture, which thrived openly in social clubs and cabarets in major cities across the country. In Chicago, these “pansy clubs” centered in Tower Town (now River North), Bronzeville, and Woodlawn. At AFT’s 2014 gala, guests reveled at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile and commemorated this era with period cocktails, dinner, and entertainment.
Chicago Wilderness’ annual Conservation and Native Landscaping Awards honor “sites and projects within the Chicago Wilderness region that demonstrate exemplary use of native landscaping, ecosystem restoration and protection, and/or conservation design.” The vast region comprises more than 545,000 acres of protected lands and waters across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Awardees were recognized for protecting and developing the habitats of native plants and animals, creating a positive environmental impact for humans and nature.
Art Institute of Chicago:
The Art Institute of Chicago’s After Dark series gives art aficionados late-night access to the museum’s famed Modern Wing to enjoy the exhibits along with live music, performance art, and refreshments. This event mixed grooviness and glamor to bring the 60’s and 70’s to life for The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980. Wild prints, green eyeshadow, and handmade protest signs were all the rage.
Photos by Cesario Magnifique.