Our exhibits are always free and open to the public. We graciously ask for a suggested $5 donation or a give-what-you-can to support our ongoing mission and free access to all.
The City That Werqs
A History of Chicago’s Drag Revolutionaries
While Chicago has the reputation as one of the most segregated cities in the country, the drag scene in Chicago has always held within it a diversity of performance and style. From anarchists and vaudeville queens at the Dil Pickle Club and the legendary Finnie’s Balls to the racially integrated club scenes of the 1960’s to the rise of the Miss Continental competition in the 1980’s and into the vibrant scene of today. The exhibit chronicles the drag scene through photographs, newspaper articles and performance attire. Chicago is the city that works, because Chicago is the city that werqs. The exhibit is in the Norman Sandfield Gallery and runs through April 2019.
Continuing in the Library Reading Room, Games We Play highlights LGBTQ-themed board and trivia games that began being produced in the 1980s. These include C’est La Vie, a lesbian version of LIFE where the goal is to get to the Lovely Lesbian Retirement Villa, Gay Weekend, where the player goes around the board picking up tricks, Gay Monopoly where players can buy streets in various gay neighborhoods around the county and instead of buying houses or hotels, the players purchase bars and bathhouses. Trivia games include Gay Trivia, D.Y.K.E. (Do You Know Enough) and That’s So Gay. The exhibit includes a brochure of trivia questions for you to take and share with others.
Red Ribbon for AIDS Awareness Stamps
The US stamp was released 25 years ago. More than 87 other countries and the United Nations have issued stamps with HIV/AIDS Awareness, prevention, and treatment themes. The exhibit contains many of these stamp and original stamp art work. The exhibit is in the library reading room and will run through February 2019.
Red Ribbon for AIDS Awareness Pins
On display in the Walgreens Pharmacy waiting area a selection of Red Ribbon for AIDS Awareness pins. These include Hard Rock Cafe pins, cultural and religious pins, and fantasy pins. This exhibit will run through February 2019.
Exhibits in Howard Brown waiting room and Walgreens are viewable during their open hours: Mon-Thur 9 am–6 pm, Fri 9 am–5 pm, and Sat 9 am–3 pm