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Parties are a crucial part of the fabric of life in Chicago (and in any city, really). They’re the places where we gather to celebrate, tune out the world and find solace in music, movement and excellent company. While dance clubs and bars still rule the city’s nightlife, there are a growing number of parties that offer a super-welcoming environment for underrepresented communities. And at a time when our nation’s founding ethos of acceptance and inclusivity is being threatened, these gatherings are a more crucial refuge and support network than ever before. The following parties were founded in Chicago, by some of Chicago’s best-known movers and shakers, for all Chicagoans—regardless of their sexuality, color or gender—and they serve as proof that the dance floor can still be a revolutionary space.