September 01, 2015

GREATER TOGETHER CULTURAL ACCESSIBILITY SUMMIT

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, Shawn Donnelley and Nora Daley have created Chicago’s first Cultural Accessibility Summit geared towards the leaders of cultural institutions. The summit will empower and motivate top level officials to make their cultural institutions accessible to visitors with disabilities.

September 01, 2015 - September 30, 2015

ACCESS FOR ALL: TOM OLIN’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

The Chicago History Museum is proud to host an exhibition of images by renowned disability rights photographer Tom Olin. The nineteen framed prints, on loan from the permanent art collection at Access Living, depict the activists who brought about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.

September 03, 2015

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present two main stage performers with disabilities as part of the 2015 Jazz Festival. Henry Butler will play from 8:00 – 9:00pm on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.

September 03, 2015

IN CONVERSATION WITH FRED HERSCH

CENTER ON HALSTED, JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, HOWARD BROWN HEALTH CENTERAIDS FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO

Join Center on Halsted and Jazz Institute of Chicago for a preview of the upcoming Chicago Jazz Festival performance of Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch in collaboration with ADA 25 Chicago in commemoration of this year’s 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fred Hersch will discuss his trailblazing career, life as a gay man living with AIDS, and his HIV/AIDS advocacy.

September 04, 2015

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present two main stage performers with disabilities as part of the 2015 Jazz Festival. Fred Hersch will play from 7:10-8:10pm on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park at the Jazz Festival.

September 06, 2015

THE RAINMAKER

AMERICAN BLUES THEATER

The Rainmaker: Sept 6th, 2015 @ 2:30pm

American Blues Theater opens their 30th Anniversary Season with a revival of N. Richard Nash’s THE RAINMAKER.

September 09, 2015 - September 13, 2015

REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL (RAFF)

REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL hosted by BACKBONES

ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the lives, stories and art of people with disabilities.

September 12, 2015

MUST-HEAR CHICAGO: A TOUR FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED SEPT 12

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION

On September 12, October 10, and November 7, the Chicago Architecture Foundation will offer special architecture walking tours for visually impaired or blind adults and their companions/friends.

September 12, 2015

MCA STUDIO: BARAK ADE SOLEIL, NEW & RE-INTERPRETED DANCES

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

An MCA Stage New Works Initiative presented as part of ADA25 Chicago

Barak adé Soleil is a disabled artist of color committed to exploring the beauty of the disabled, racialized body as an inherent reflection of humanity. Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the ADA, he is developing new repertory during a week-long residency at the MCA, which includes solo and duet works and a virtual collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Awilda Rodriguez Lora, who contributes choreography and media.

September 15, 2015

DREAMNIGHT AT THE ZOO: ANIMAL SUPERHEROES

LINCOLN PARK ZOO

Lincoln Park Zoo has partnered with Lurie Children’s Hospital, Comer Children’s Hospital, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation to invite children and their families to the zoo on the evening of September 15 for DreamNight at the Zoo: Animal Superheroes.

September 15, 2015

RENEW YOUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION

DONORS FORUM & GREAT LAKES ADA CENTER

Come to this learning session with Irene Bowen, author of the updated “Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits” published by the Chicago Community Trust, to learn about opportunities to be more inclusive in all your activities.

September 17, 2015

AUTISM 101 FOR LIBRARIES

REACHING ACROSS ILLINOIS LIBRARY SYSTEM (RAILS)

This webinar hosted by Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), is from 9:30-11:00 am.

September 18, 2015

FREE MOVEMENT WORKSHOP WITH ALICE SHEPPARD

MOMENTA PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

FOR DANCERS OF ALL ABILITIES – Friday, September 18, 1-3pm

September 19, 2015

COUNTER BALANCE

MOMENTA PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY

An Integrated Dance concert celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

September 19, 2015

TOUCH TOUR AT THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to introduce American Sign Language tours and Touch Tours at its historic sites:

Touch Tour Saturday, September 19 at 4:30 pm – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

September 23, 2015

ASL TOUR AT THE EMIL BACH HOUSE

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to introduce American Sign Language tours and Touch Tours at its historic sites:

ASL Tour Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30 pm – Emil Bach House

September 24, 2015

LIBRARIES AND AUTISM: WHY IT MATTERS!

REACHING ACROSS ILLINOIS LIBRARY SYSTEM (RAILS)

Libraries play a number of roles within their communities, which leaves them uniquely positioned to provide resources and services that can greatly benefit community members with autism spectrum disorder and their friends and families.

September 24, 2015

UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR NATURAL AREAS

CHICAGO WILDERNESS

Chicago Wilderness is recognizing the 25th anniversary of the ADA by hosting a free webinar to ensure that your park, preserve, nature center or natural area is welcoming to all visitors and volunteers. The webinar will feature Jack Catlin, partner of LCM Architects, and Mike Passon, Executive Director of Professional Trailbuilders Association.

September 26, 2015

CAF TEEN ACADEMY SATURDAY STUDIO: UNIVERSAL DESIGN

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION

Come work with great architects, designers, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area in hands-on studio-based workshops rooted in design challenges and problem solving.

September 26, 2015

8 8 8 Ways to (MIS) Handle Asian Americans with Disabilities a performance celebrating ADA 25

ACCESS LIVING & i2i

Join us in community, while we raise visibility and education; lessen stigma and ignorance through this original performance. Light refreshments provided.

September 28, 2015

DISABILITY ETIQUETTE: PROPER INTERACTION WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

DONORS FORUM & GREAT LAKES ADA CENTER

Who is included in the disability community in Illinois and how can non-profit leaders and staff interact most effectively and respectfully with them? Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, will share practical guidance through this interactive session.

September 29, 2015

LANDMARKS ILLINOIS & AIA CHICAGO PANEL DISCUSSION

LANDMARKS ILLINOIS & AIA CHICAGO

Landmarks Illinois and AIA Chicago present a discussion on adding and improving accessibility in the rehabilitation of historic buildings.