80′s Dance Party Plus Support of a Vital Organization

The L Stop will be having a Ladies’ 80’s Dance Party at Parlour on Clark this Friday, October 19th.  This will be more than just a dance party – it will be an opportunity for us to help support a vital organization which hits us all very close to home.

LGBT youth make up a large percentage of the homeless youth in Chicago and across the nation, and we at The L Stop want to do what we can to help. We will be collecting women’s undergarments, pajamas, and scrubs in all sizes.  These items will be donated to The Crib. The Crib is The Night Ministry’s overnight youth shelter in Lakeview, Chicago. Established in 2011, The Crib has grown substantially in its first two seasons and continues to be an overnight space for young people ages 18-24.  These young adults are able to get a hot meal, sleep, do yoga, dance, rest, and be safe. The space is welcoming to people of all genders and sexual orientations, and is open seven nights a week.

The philosophy shared by the dedicated individuals who run The Crib is simple and inspiring:

We recognize…
that we are all part of the human community. Each person is important and of value.

We believe…
that supportive relationships can build dignity, confidence and a foundation for self-empowerment.

We hope…
that the goods, services, and resources we offer will help people improve their daily lives.

Come dance with us at Parlour at 6341 N Clark this Friday, October 19th from 10pm – 2am. Don’t forget to bring us women’s undergarments, pajamas, and scrubs as part of your donation to The Crib.

The Crib is located at the Lakeview Lutheran Church on 835 West Addison, just east of the Addison Red Line CTA station. It operates seasonally from the beginning of October to the end of April each year. More information can be found on The Night Ministry’s website. Alternatively, The Crib Coordinator, Nate Metrick, will answer any additional questions you might have. He can be reached at or by phone at 773-506-3123.

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About JT

JT is originally from San Francisco, CA. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in psychology, focusing primarily on gender and sexuality research. Seeking a change in 2008, she moved to Chicago, and what a change it has been! She can been seen walking and yelping about various Chicago neighborhoods. JT identifies as queer and bisexual, and she is currently dating a straight man. She has an unapologetic love for civil rights, whether it’d be for racial, gender, sexual, or political socioeconomic equality. Occasionally, she volunteers with Howard Brown Health Center to promote safer sex in Boystown.


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