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The Welcoming Committee: Chicago


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

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The Welcoming Committee: Chicago


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

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The Welcoming Committee is a movement of LGBTQ people who want to experience the whole world, and not just gay bars, in outrageous comfort.

How do we do it? Easy. First, we build a huge community of LGBTQ folks. And then we simply bring hundreds of our members to concerts, theaters, sports games, nightclubs, and travel destinations in and around the city.

Join the movement to find out where we're headed next!


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Takeovers


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

Takeovers


Bringing hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences.

TWC's takeovers happen all over the city:

We're not just in bars - takeovers include professional sports, comedy shows, concerts, rock climbing, and even the opera. Become a member to find out what could be in store for Chicago.

REELING AFTER PARTY
September 24, 2015 | 7PM

We're the official hosts for the closing night reception of Reeling: Chicago's LGBTQ Film Festival! You can score a ticket to the movies here, and entrance to the party with be $10 at the door. 

Mean Girls
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 | 7PM

On Wednesday, we wear pink. Join us for a screening of Mean Girls that is too gay to function. In a sea of pink we will live-quote and relive the classic before heading to a giant after party with themed cocktails. Snag your tickets here.

guerilla queer bar
October 2, 2015 | 9PM

On the first Friday of each month, join hundreds of gays as we descend on a straight bar and make it ours for one night! Want to take back what's rightfully ours? Find out where here

Overhaul
October 17, 2015 | 9PM

On the third Saturday of each month, queer women show up at a straight bar to claim the dance floor and the drink specials. RSVP here! It's a party for LBTQs and all who love them, but only members find out where on our new site!

GIORDANO DANCE Chicago
OCTOBER 24, 2015 | 7:30PM

Join us as we support the all-local and all-star Giordano Dance Chicago. They're performing their high-impact fall repertory for two nights only and we have tickets!

Get Together
November 3, 2015 | 7PM

New to TWC? Want to learn more about the movement? Just want to hang out with awesome people? Join your Community Managers and the Corps at a Newbie Party! 

TWC TAKES VEGAS
OCTOBER 15-18, 2015

Tickets on sale now! Imagine Vegas dyed a new hue of LGBTQ. With unparalleled access to shows, pool parties, day trips and clubs. Join us on our trip to Sin City this fall. Earlybird prices end July 8! Viva, Las Vegas. 

 
 

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Have you own idea of places that need to be more LGBTQ-friendly (or just a lot more fun)? Let us know:

Previous Takeovers:

THE Cubs TAKEOVER
JUNE 11, 2015 | 7PM

Join us as we takeover the straightest American tradition: baseball. Sit with TWCers as we turn Wrigley Field into an LGBTQ bleacher party. Score your tickets!

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THe NutcrackeR
DEC. 11, 2014 | 7PM

It's time to make the Yuletide gay. We're taking over the Joffrey Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 11. 

Michael Clark Company at the MCA
OCT. 26, 2014 | 3PM

The MCA heard we like dancing. And we heard that you like the MCA. So we're taking it over and turning it into a gay bar... while the Michael Clark Company performs "come, been, gone."

COmedy Takeover:
Nate Craig

Jan 8 | 7pm

Shout YAASSS to belly laughs and jumbo pretzels when TWC takes over a comedy club featuring Nate Craig. Click here to listen to his rant on LGBTQ folks. It's actually amazing.

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SPEED DATING TAKEOVER: PROJECT FIX UP
FEB. 12, 2015 | 8PM

We're throwing a giant mixer with Project Fix Up, the latest in dating app technology. Mingle with singles in an LGBTQ-centric dating pool in your phone and in real time.

Wine tasting Planetarium Takeover
MAR. 19, 2015 | 7PM

Join us as we explore the science behind (and guzzle) the universe's oldest and most beloved fermented beverage. Why does it feel like the room is spinning? Because it's a planetarium. Blast off here.

SPRING BREAK TAKEOVER
MAR. 25-29

Let's cut to the chase. We're taking over an entire island. Puerto Rico is known for colorful tree frogs and rum, so naturally there's no place we'd rather be for the first beach days of the year.

red moon takeover:
The Devil's Cabaret

AprIL 10, 2015 | 9pm

Experience the Devil’s greatest accomplishments, the seven deadly sins, in epic proportions while enjoying an unlimited craft beer bar. And by epic we mean on a 30 foot crane. Find out more here.

SAINT LAURENT SCREENING
MAY 27, 2015 | 7PM

It ain't Laurent without Yves! Get early access to the biopic of the legendary mind behind French label YSL. 

Failure Lab
August 18, 2015 | 6:30PM

Storytellers, comedians, and musicians unite to share stories of breakdown. Who doesn't love an underdog. We're invited to watch, participate, and party with the performers for the one night only show! Did we mention it's for charity? Join in here!

 

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The Team


The faces, and hugs, of The Welcoming Committee

The Team


The faces, and hugs, of The Welcoming Committee

Meet Cynthia and Daniel, TWC Chicago's Community Managers, and Christine, TWC Chicago's Volunteer Alumni Manager. They help the city's LGBTQs meet each other and paint the town red (and orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet). Want to get in touch? Shoot them an email

Daniel Robinson

Meet Daniel: He is a TWC legend that has been around since the beginning in 2007, when he demanded to be a part of the action! He is the kinda guy that makes life better with him in it - this is the stuff TWC is made of. Be sure to ask for a history lesson!

Meet Daniel: Known for obscenely deep v-necks, he has the man patch to pull it off. Don’t let him be coy, another button is often only a drink away.

Meet Daniel: Tall and dapper, you won’t believe the heart, smarts, flirty banter, and genuine laughter that come with, but this is it folks, the whole package.

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Meet Christine: Her selfie game is strong, her hair game is even stronger, but her hugging game is unbeatable.

Meet Christine: By day she is a recruitment ninja, by night she's...just a ninja. But, like, a really friendly ninja that wants to do nice things for you.

Meet Christine: Because according to the internet smiling can make you live longer, and Christine will make you smile (A LOT), therefore Christine will make you live longer. SCIENCE!

 

Cynthia Holmes

Meet Cynthia: She's is a huge ball of energy in a small package who can make a hairpiece out of just about anything. Lover of bubbles (the alcoholic not bath kind).

Meet Cynthia: Social worker, problem fixer, open to anything that comes her way. The perfect mix of professional and diva you could ask for. 

Meet Cynthia: She has the brightest red lipstick, is the best glitterizer you've ever seen, and has the most welcoming laugh you've heard (never heard it? Come meet her!). 

 


THE CORPS, Chicago

What is the Corps? And why are you already so obsessed with them? 

The Corps is the TWC movement embodied. It is a group of people who represent the energy, diversity, welcoming nature, and strength of the movement. They show up early to all TWC events. Shake hands as people walk through the door. Take selfies with their phones. And post them on Twitter. And that’s just the beginning. You can see/hug/love the current Corps team below.

If you're new to Chicago, tired of your current friends, wondering where to find the best late night food, or just need to learn how to tie a bow tie, then you've arrived in the right place. Each Corps member has gone through extensive training on all of these fronts. Use them. Abuse them. And ask them hard questions. "I'm new to Chicago HELP AHHHHHH" is perfectly appropriate.


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Meet the Corps


Glitter guns blazing. War paint glistening. Smiles ready to kill. Meet The Corps.

Meet the Corps


Glitter guns blazing. War paint glistening. Smiles ready to kill. Meet The Corps.

The Corps is the TWC movement embodied. It is a group of people who represent the energy, diversity, welcoming nature, and strength of the movement. They show up early to all TWC takeovers and act as insta-friends for TWC newbies. They give hugs to strangers. Take selfies with their phones. And post them to Insta-Twitter-Tumblr-gram. Follow here!

Meet the current Corps team here. And if you're interested in applying, keep scrolling or simply click here.

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Matt
Faust

TWC Member #22930
Corgi lover. I grew up by the beach in a town discovered by the Germans in 1904. I take brunch very seriously. The hippo is my spirit animal

Javier
Velez

TWC Member #21936
I'm Javier. I'm a tried and true Hufflepuff who strives to find the silver lining in everything life throws my way.

Bliss
Muse

TWC Member #26660
I'm Bliss (yep thats my real name) Adventures are my favorite. Resourceful and sarcastic. I'm a lover of a good time, with great people. 

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David
Schuld

TWC Member #22609
My name is David but also go by Basel.  Despite saving the world from disaster on a daily basis, I find time for Zelda and the gym. NBD.

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Jeffrey
Stokes

TWC Member #18531
I'm Jeffrey.  I dig performing arts, road trips, camping and beards.  I'm known for staying out too late and making friends with strangers.

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Chanie
Redmond

TWC Member #19981

Hey! Hunter of dope snap backs, I pick fros not fights, & I'm a logophile. Also, I'll threaten ya with a good time. #SorryNotSorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Abby
Melia

TWC Member #20786
I'm Abby a proud Liverpudlian, hat lover and soccer fan.  My friends call me a stranger magnet because I love chatting to new people. 

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Sabrina
Prodhan

TWC Member #18519
Sabs here. Adrenaline junkie with a big heart! Always up for conversations about the world and beach adventures with some beautiful souls.

Chris
Way

TWC Member #21299
Good ol' Nebraska boy with a love for J. Crew, Beyonce, and wine. I'm a lover of life who is always up to get down and twerk the night away


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Join the Corps


It's quick and painless to apply, but the rewards are endless.

Join the Corps


It's quick and painless to apply, but the rewards are endless.

If you're eager to hug strangers, help give LGBTQs access to new spaces and places in your city, and welcome people into the national TWC community, then today's your day. Applications for the September-December, 2015 session of The Corps are now being accepted (until August 9 at noon).

Apply!


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Corps Alums


You've probably met them. You've likely hugged them. You've definitely loved them. Here are The Corps alums.

Corps Alums


You've probably met them. You've likely hugged them. You've definitely loved them. Here are The Corps alums.

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Charnetta
Brown

TWC Member #17441I'm Char! I'm super energetic and love to get "new" folks involved! Some call me a creeper because I'll approach anyone, but I think it's fun! #creeperstatus

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Chris
Hamilton

TWC Member #16459
I'm Chris. I'm an honorary Muppet and an aspiring Bling Ring member. I give Robyn a run for her money on the dance floor.

Drew
King

TWC Member #19595
Recently married & have a new Frenchie.Tired of BTown,so TWC seems ideal to meet new people & have a great time with my uber-sarcastic self. 

Kirk
Vaclavik

TWC Member #15901
Texas born lover of TJ’s Red Leicester cheese, TSwift, and jogger pants. Now let me see yall 1, 2 step.

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Christopher
Valera

TWC Member #16253
Chicago born & raised with a love for Disney tattooed on my heart (I literally have a Mickey Mouse tattoo over my heart).

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DeVan
Gardner

TWC Member #20106
I believe in Fairytales! Prince Charming, Vodka & Music = Endless Love.I live everyday as if the last. Flirting, dancing, Showstoppin #Hobbies. xxoDeVan

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Jim
Hennessey

TWC Member #17630
Jim's a brand strategist, #socialmedia enthusiast  & reality TV junkie who wears a lot of orange.

Liz
Flynn

TWC Member #15329
Liz is Irish & potato-hatin' (you can have my fries!), but lover of bow ties & collar tips. Life goal = marry Kate McKinnon.

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Keaton
Wilson

TWC Member #18623
I'm Keaton Wilson: advertising professional, avid explorer, self-appointed Celebrity Chef and lover of anything drenched in cheese. 

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Steffany
King

TWC Member #18402
Steffany is easy to see from afar: six-feet-tall with red hair. She likes hearing life stories and already wants to know more about you.

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Rob
Skosky

TWC Member #18795
Rob here. I’ve ALMOST watched every horror movie on Netflix. My first dog will be named Ravioli. I eat PB out of the jar with a fork.