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The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame is privately funded through generous donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations.
Gold Sponsors
Phil Hannema
For many years Phil Hannema has provided ongoing and reliable volunteer support to a variety of Chicago gay and lesbian community organizations as staff member and officer, treasurer and photographer, cheerleader and fund-raiser, and constant donor. [More about Phil Hannema]
Grand Sponsors
Rick Aguilar Studios
Rick Aguilar’s expressive pictures combine the elegance and creativity of fashion and fine art photography. His unique ability to capture once in a lifetime moments of the wedding day result in a timeless record in his signature, graceful style. Rick’s candid, romantic black and whites illuminate all the beauty and emotion surrounding the wedding and his tremendous eye for the telling moment is aided by his sense of playfulness. [More about Rick Aguilar Studios]
Center On Halsted
Center on Halsted has become an exciting and highly visible symbol for the LGBT 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. [More about Center On Halsted]
Chicago History Museum
Out in Chicago spans diverse stories and perspectives and explores issues such as language, gender expression, formation of identity, the role of LGBT people in politics and culture, and family relationships. It balances private stories with public perspectives in relation to gender, community, and identity and spotlights the inspiring and charged heritage of this diverse Chicago community, whose history truly belongs to all of us. [More about Chicago History Museum]
Grab Magazine
GRAB Magazine, Chicago's Bi-Weekly LGBT Publication, 3712 N Broadway Ave #315 Chicago IL 60613 [More about Grab Magazine]
Hall's Rental
Since 1958... With more than four decades of experience, family owned and operated, Hall's is the premiere event rental service in the Midwest able to serve parties and events as intimate as 10 or as large as 10,000. [More about Hall's Rental]
House of Blues
House of Blues is a home for live music and southern-inspired cuisine in an environment celebrating the African American cultural contributions of blues music and folk art. Our commitment to serving the community will always be a priority. House of Blues® Chicago is located at 329 N. Dearborn Chicago, IL 60610 phone 312.923.2000 [More about House of Blues]
International Mr. Leather
Inducted 2010
International Mr. Leather, for 31 years of drawing worldwide attention and attendance to Chicago by way of its annual weekend of events for the international leather community, significantly contributing to Chicago’s tourism revenue; it has also been a pioneer in support of LGBT rights and health issues. [More about International Mr. Leather]
J and L Catering
For more than a decade, J&L Catering has been one of Chicago's most celebrated catering services. From private entertaining to executive food service management, J&L continues to bring freshness and creativity to Chicago's catering market. [More about J and L Catering]
Joe La Pat and Dick Uyvari
Their life partnership flourished for 39 years and five weeks, as did their ongoing business partnership. As openly gay urban pioneers, they helped revitalize Chicago's Sheridan Park neighborhood by buying and restoring properties and by activity in neighborhood associations. Their work was recognized repeatedly; in 1986, for example, four Sheridan Park buildings the partners had restored were cited as examples of historically significant structures in a petition for the neighborhood's designation as a National Historic Landmark District. [More about Joe La Pat and Dick Uyvari]
Michael A. Leppen
Inducted 2001
As philanthropist, fund-raiser, and board member, he has provided leadership and financial support for a large variety of nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area and elsewhere, many of them serving sexual-minority communities with regard to concerns such as HIV/AIDS, lesbian health, youth work and mass media. [More about Michael A. Leppen]
Napleton's Northwestern Chrysler Jeep Dodge
At Napleton's Northwestern Chrysler Jeep Dodge, located in Chicago, IL, we prioritize customer satisfaction. We're confident that our broad selection of auto parts, financing support and certified technicians will make your vehicle ownership experience a positive one! [More about Napleton's Northwestern Chrysler Jeep Dodge]
Bill Pry
Inducted 2012
Bill Pry, 64, for some 25 years of community service as a business owner, philanthropist, and advocate. He is an owner of BBJ Table Fashions and has donated tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of services to enhance local organizations’ programs and events. He has also been a vocal advocate for increased services to help LGBTQ youth realize their potential. [More about Bill Pry]
Inducted 2006
Sidetrack, for 25 years not only as an innovative, nationally known, and world-class music-video bar but also as an unparalleled backer of LGBT organizations and efforts of all stripes, ranging from social to social service to sports to cultural to political. [More about Sidetrack]
Supergurl Images
Since 1997, Supergurl Images has been creating art and graphics locally and abroad. Well known in the GLBT Community for work with many bars, restaurants, organizations, not for profits, retail and more, this "one gurl show" is your source for innovative, stand out logos, ads, posters, menus, flyers, invitations and more! Supergurl Images is proud to be a designer and sponsor of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. [More about Supergurl Images]
Waveland Bowl
Waveland Bowl was voted Chicago's Best Bowling Center by for TWO Years in a row! When you think of bowling in Chicago, do you have a vision of a smoke-filled bowling alley, or do you envision a non-smoking, clean, modern, facility with state-of-the-art features such as automatic bumpers and computerized scoring on every lane? [More about Waveland Bowl]
Windy City Times
Windy City Media Group serves the diverse communication needs of the gay and lesbian community. It is the only regional gay media group in the U.S. with multi-media projects, including an online podcast, two weekly publications, one monthly ethnic online magazine, and an online resource guide. And all of our products are available online. [More about Windy City Times]
Christy Weber Landscape
Hamburger Mary's
Northhalsted Area Merchants Association
Richard W. Pfeiffer and Timothy K. Frye
William L. Pry
Bryan Portman and Tommy O'Connell
Gregory C. Cameron
Velicity Metropolis
Stonewall Investments, Inc.

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