Chicagoans are being encouraged to trade their heels for wheels by the Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) for a skating event to remember.
“Queens on Wheels” is an event with performer-themed skates, featuring artists such as Whitney Houston (skate: “Whip it to Whitney”), Beyoncé (skate: “Bey Skate”) and Mamma Mia (skate: “Head Over Heels”).
Friday, September 8
Session One: “Peach” | 7-9 p.m.
Session Two: “Femme’s Room” | 10:00 p.m. – midnight
Saturday, September 9
Session One: “Bey Skate” | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Session Two: “Whip it to Whitney” | 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 10
Session One: “Every Queen needs a Pop King” | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Session Two: “Head Over Heels” | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
The weekend-long event is meant to pay homage to some of the greats, while also celebrating the hotel’s spirit of inclusive programming that highlights Chicago’s vibrant culture, the CAA shared on their website.
It also gives Chicagoans an excuse to dress up and skate around belting “Dancing Queen.”
That’s right, dressing up as your favorite queen is highly encouraged.
Hundreds of people are already interested in the event on Facebook. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the CAA’s website, and part of the proceeds go to the Transformative Justice Law Project, a local group of activists, social workers, and organizers who provide support and advocacy to transgender people in Illinois.