Halsted St., of Chicago’s “Boystown” neighborhood, Pride season is a festive time full of activity.
“I remember the first times I saw people bring their children to the parade, which was a great treat for me.One of the biggest pieces every year in pride is the PFLAG group.Pros Learn fundraising techniques in a fast-paced environment; Beautiful building with a Whole Foods and fantastic neighborhood; CEO is visionary and good fundraiser, especially with major donors and foundations/corporations Cons Low pay compared to average and very high rate of turnover; Staff is perpetually young, so learning on the job is a constant drain and institutional knowledge is lost continually; CEO is a poor manager and retreats into his office, only engaging staff when necessary; internal homophobia exists and privilege is unrecognized by the white male leadership (board of directors) Advice to Management Hire and retain development staff; merge programs with duplicate programs in the city; recruit diverse board members; implement leadership succession plan and cultivate future leaders Pros Center on Halsted is an excellent place to work.Everyone is very friendly and willing to help one another.
“Every stylist has at least, I would say, 12 to 13 people every day.” Shelly Rosenbaum, the retiring owner of former neighborhood pop culture collectibles store Gay Mart (now reopened under new management as Boystown T’s and Collectibles at 3453 N.
Halsted), has fond memories of Pride celebrations, especially being in New York City for the 25th anniversary of Stonewall, but found Chicago’s larger crowds started to affect business. We do look for extra help on the weekend because the amount of security and just hands on deck that we need almost triples.” “I believe for every gay-related business such as ours, this is by far the largest weekend of the year,” said Art Johnston, co-owner of Sidetrack at 3349 N. “Sunday is the busiest day any of us have all year long.