In the early 1990s the Smelts joined with Frontrunners and Windy City Cycling, a gay bikers group in what was called the Smelts Triathlon Weekend. It was organized to unite gay triathletes and triathlon relay teams in a visible way within the very large Chicago Triathlon. Provided

For Decades, The Chicago Smelts Have Been Shattering Stereotypes With Every Backstroke: ‘We’re The Gay Swim Team, And We Kicked Your A–‘

The Chicago Smelts offered talented LGBTQ athletes a safe place to swim in the less tolerant '80s. And that mission remains today.

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As Trump Plans To Bring Border Patrol To Sanctuary Cities, Mayor Lightfoot Pushes Back: ‘We Will Not Be Bullied’

“If anyone thinks they can come here into our city and terrorize our residents into the shadows, let me say this: They have another thing coming," Lightfoot said.

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Here’s What You Can Buy At Gucci’s New Psychedelic Pop-Up Shop

The luxury retailer opened the disco ball-encrusted shop in an old drive-thru bank in the West Loop.