Chicago Park District celebrates inclusivity with MasQUEERade Ball at Columbus Park

The Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks event series welcomes a new initiative into its fold, the teen-led Queering the Parks (QTP) initiative. Chicago youth from across the city, who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Plus) are collaborating to support safer public spaces for their communities by hosting inclusive events. The event series will culminate with a MasQUEERade Ball on Sunday, Nov. 17 at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. from 6 to 10 pm.

Get healthy in 2017

From Jan. 9-15th, check out the Chicago Park District’s 73 fitness centers, hundreds of classes and more than 20 park pools that offer lap swim.