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Windy City Times presents here some highlights of the first half of the 2014 calendar year in Chicago. Check back next week for the second half of the year. See full details and many more events in the online calendar for Windy City Times, posted here: .

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Saturday, Feb. 8

— Equality Illinois Gala, annual Freedom Awards Gala

Sunday, Feb. 9

— Chicago Her HRC Presents: Va~Va~Vaudeville

Wednesday, Feb. 12

— Lincoln's Birthday ( state holiday )

Friday, Feb. 14

—Valentine's Day

— The Vagina Monologues: Eve Ensler's epic taboo-breaker

— Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and Fulton Street Collective

Monday, Feb. 17

—Presidents' Day

Friday, Feb. 28

—Kiss for a DIFFArence Winter Ball: Celebrate, DIFFA AIDS benefit

Saturday, Mar. 1

—Lavender University: Lourdes Torres Making Familia from Scratch: Towards a History of Latina Lesbian Organizing in Chicago.

Sunday, Mar. 2

—On the Red Carpet Oscar event and fundraiser for Center on Halsted

Sunday, Mar. 3

—Casimir Pulaski Day

Wednesday, Mar. 5

—Ash Wednesday

Saturday, Mar. 8

—A Champagne Toast to Jazz Royalty

—shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble's Annual benefit

Sunday, Mar. 9

—Daylight Savings Time starts

Thursday, Mar. 13

—2014 Impact Awards Chicago Foundation for Women

Saturday, Mar. 15

—Chicago Flower & Garden Show: Do Green. Do Good. Navy Pier

—Women of the Western Suburbs Dance in Mount Prospect

—Congregation Or Chadash Annual Purim Celebration

Monday, Mar. 17

—St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, Mar. 18

—Primary elections

Saturday, Mar. 22

—Frontrunners/ Frontwalkers Chicago Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, Mar. 29

—Center on Halsted's Human First Gala, Union Station

—Strike Out Hunger Bowling Benefit for Vital Bridges

Saturday, Apr. 5

—Lavender University LGBTQ programs: Anne Balay Steel Closets: Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers

—Congregation Or Chadash Annual Gala

Friday, Apr. 11

—National Day of Silence/Night of Noise to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools

Saturday, Apr. 12

—British Invasion: Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band

Sunday, Apr. 13

—Palm Sunday ( Christian )

Tuesday, Apr. 15

—Passover begins

Saturday, Apr. 19

—Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowl to benefit the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame

Sunday, Apr. 20

—Easter Sunday

—Miss Continental Plus & Elite Pageants 2014 ( through April 22 )

Tuesday, Apr. 22

—Passover ends

Wednesday, Apr. 23

—Lambda Legal's Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration

Thursday, Apr 24

­—Dining Out For Life: Dine Out, Fight AIDS

Monday, Apr. 28

—Yom HaShoah ( Jewish )

Saturday, May 3

—Lavender University LGBTQ programs: Timothy Stewart-Winter: From Civil Rights to Gay Rights in Chicago

Monday, May 5

—Cinco de Mayo

Sunday, May 11

—Mothers' Day

Friday, May 16

—AIDS Foundation of Chicago Spring Event

—IDAHO Day: International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia

Saturday, May 17

­—Springfield, Illinois, Pride

Friday, May 23

—International Mr. Leather 2014 ( through May 26 )

—Bear Pride 2014 ( through May 26 )

Saturday, May 24

—Chicago Memorial Day Parade: Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band will march with the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights

—Grabbys gay adult film awards

Monday, May 26

—Memorial Day

Sunday, June 1

—United Latin@ Pride week ( through June 7 )

Friday, June 6

—Andersonville Midsommarfest Annual summer street festival ( through June 8 )

—PrideFest Milwaukee ( through June 8 )

Tuesday, June 10

—A Rainbow Rhapsody: shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble, annual Pride Concert

Saturday, June 14

—Windy City Gay Idol Semi-finals Competition at Sidetrack

Sunday, June 15

—Fathers' Day

Thursday, June 19

—Juneteenth Day

Saturday, June 21

—Chicago Pride Fest ( through June 22 )

Wednesday, June 25

—Windy City Gay Idol Finals Competition at Mayne Stage

Thursday, June 26

—15th Annual 30 Under 30 Awards Thirty by Windy City Times at Center on Halsted

Saturday, June 28

—Dyke March

—Proud to Run 10K run and 5K run and walk

Sunday, June 29

—Pride Parade Chicago Noon, Montrose/ Broadway

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