Center on Halsted is the Midwest's largest community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Movement.
Chicago has long been the center of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in the greater Midwest, and in 2001 a dedicated group of community leaders came together with a shared vision to create a united front and a focal point for this thriving community.
Through their vision and dedication, Center on Halsted became a reality in 2007, bringing a wide array of LGBTQ organizations and resources in the city together to collaborate, share resources and extend their reach. As the most comprehensive LGBTQ community center in the Midwest, our mission is simple: In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBTQ community that links and provides community resources and enriches life experiences.
Center on Halsted has become an exciting and highly visible symbol for the LGBTQ community of Chicago, serving diverse social, recreational, cultural, and social service needs of youth and adults in a safe, inviting and nurturing environment. It has office and meeting space for community organizations, drop-in space for youth and for older adults, gallery space, cultural programming and recreational space including basketball and volleyball courts along with parking, ground level retail and a rooftop memorial garden.
The Center offers support networks and programming to meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of the LGBTQ community and friends. Current services include support groups for youth and seniors, mental health services, an info line for LGBT individuals and a hotline for HIV and STD concerns, prevention, treatment, and advocacy related to domestic violence, community technology center providing internet access and technology training and a range of life-enrichment programs.
Center on Halsted also houses a number of organizations serving Chicago's LGBTQ community. Currently, numerous cultural, recreational and advocacy organizations that serve the LGBTQ community are Resident Community Partners at the Center, which acts as an incubator providing operational support and room for collaboration to the diverse community of nonprofit organizations that may otherwise find it difficult to interact.
The Center’s vision is to reflect “A thriving LGBTQ community, living powerfully in supportive inclusive environments.” Join us on this journey.