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What Makes CGMC Special

Our Mission

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus is an inclusive, community-based performing arts organization that creates musical experiences to entertain and enlighten, inspire change, and build community. Through colorful performances that blend traditional choral music with musical theater, jazz and pop, and a gay aesthetic, we seek to delight our audiences, enrich our members and explore issues relevant to LGBT people and their allies—enlivening Chicago’s cultural landscape and creating a better community for all.

Our Vision

We Entertain and Enlighten

CGMC delivers a unique entertainment experience found nowhere else in the city. We produce professional-quality shows that combine the best elements of musical theater, cabaret and traditional choral performance. But only CGMC can add that special “twist of gaiety” that can make each show fun, moving and memorable.

We Inspire Change

CGMC serves as ambassadors and provides a positive image to countless thousands every year. Sometimes the message to take action can be delivered more effectively through song than through speech. 

We Build Community

CGMC is a safe haven from discrimination and judgment. And as part of a larger community, when asked to help, CGMC heeds the call. We’ve sung at the Auditorium Theater honoring the victims of Sept. 11. We sing at smaller memorial services honoring local community leaders… and sometime our own members. We’re humbled to realize that CGMC’s presence can bring comfort and healing to those around us. Whether you join us as a singer, a donor or an audience member, the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus cordially invites you to become part of our family.

Our Values

We Believe:

  • Unique performances celebrate the diversity and talents of ourselves and our community
  • Individual and group creativity is fostered through fun and entertaining musical theater
  • Human dignity in all of its forms deserves an environment of mutual respect, fair and ethical treatment, and a sense of community that is inclusive of all its members
  • Our songs and our stories change lives for the better