History

1979–1980 Windy City Gay Chorus (WCGC), founded by Jerry Carlson, met for the first time on October 9, 1979, and started rehearsals the following week under the direction of Richard Garrin. The chorus made its concert debut at Don We Now, a joint performance with the Chicago Gay Pride Band (CGPB), on December 16, 1979, at Stages Music Hall. WCGC sang its first solo concert on June 22, 1980, at Lake View High School. This season saw the birth of the long standing traditions of holiday caroling at neighborhood locations such as Illinois Masonic Medical Center and local “watering holes” and of WCGC participation in the annual Chicago Pride Parade. This season also saw the creation of Toddlin’ Town Performing Arts, Inc. (TTPA), the umbrella organization that included WCGC, CGPB, and the Artemis Singers.