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.
Lavender Women & Killer Dykes: Lesbians, Feminism, and Community in Chicago
In the 1970s and 1980s, as the women’s liberation movement was gaining momentum, lesbians worked both within and outside of the feminist movement to create a better, more inclusive world for all women. In Chicago, lesbians organized community centers, music festivals, bookstores, newsletters, publishing presses, and health centers that created spaces to benefit and centered women’s issues. While conflicts arose over what both a feminist space and a lesbian space meant (and who would be included or excluded), the vast number of spaces in this period of Chicago’s history reflects a truly diverse group of women fighting to create a better world.
The exhibit is in the Norman Sandfield Gallery and runs through March 2020.
Out of the Closets & into the Streets
Power, Pride & resistance in Chicago’s Gay Liberation Movement
This exhibit traces the Gay Liberation Movement’s presence in Chicago from its beginnings in the late 1960s to the city’s first large gay rights protest in 1977 at the historic Medinah Temple in downtown River North. As new organizations and events sprouted up on college campuses and a rising number of lesbian and gay publications emerged, the voice of the movement and the LGBTQ community grew louder and more visible, producing a rich portrait of gay liberation in Chicago that survives today. This exhibit offers a closer look at the tools and organizers of the Gay Liberation Movement, providing a glimpse into the national issues that Chicago’s LGBTQ community faced and their intersection with other societal and cultural movements of the time. The exhibit is in the Howard Brown waiting room and runs through April 2020.
The exhibit highlights highlights a selection of LGBTQ-focused clothing, book, and accessories catalogs from the 1960s through the 1990s. The exhibit is in the library reading room and runs through March 2020.
LGBTQ Slogan and AIDS-Themed Pins
On display in the Walgreens Pharmacy waiting room a selection of pins that include lesbian-themed, political issues and general slogans pins. AIDS-themed pins include Silence=Death pins in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Hindi, pins promoting safe sex, the Names Project, and Chicago organizations..
The exhibit run through November 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.