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5 Things to Look Forward to This Pride Parade Weekend

Pride Parade

If there’s one thing Chicago has, it’s Pride. The beautiful rainbow kind, I mean. This weekend, Chicago holds its annual Pride Parade, and I’m about to explode with glitter. That’s because Chicago does Pride right — big, bold and, well, proud. In this, the year that Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage, we celebrate how far we’ve come and the amazing community that surrounds us. Here are five things I’m

Weekend Alert: June 20-22

Buckingham Fountain

This weekend, we can finally say summer is officially upon us. Celebrate the start of the summer solstice with some great events happening around Chicago. Get to it!

Weekend Alert: May 2-4

Weekend Alert Bean

Happy first day of May, and more importantly, happy weekending, Chicago. If you can't wait until the weekend to check out awesome shows, kite festivals Cinco de Mayo parades and all that jazz, join Choose Chicago tomorrow afternoon at Goose Island Wrigleyville for a well-earned half day in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Register for the free event here, and while you're at it check out this week's Weekend Alert.

Chicago's Boystown Named World's Incomparable Gay Neighborhood

Boystown LGBT

Chicago's own Boystown has been voted to be the world's most "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood" by readers of Out Traveler magazine, a great way for Chicago to start off the new year! This well-deserved recognition for Chicago's gayborhood comes right on the heels of Illinois's recent legalization of same-sex unions in 2013. The nation's first officially-recognized gay village in the U.S. is feeling the love from gay travelers across the world.

Four Chicago Comedy Shows You Should See Right Now

That's What We Said

I see a number of comedy shows. I mostly watch improv and it takes a lot for me to fall for a sketch show, but I've recently become pretty excited about a couple. If you have a hole in your heart that only laughter will fill, check out these four comedy events you MUST see before it's too late.

Three of Chicago's Must-Visit Beercades

Headquarters Beercade

A beer arcade or "beercade" is an arcade that serves beer or a bar specializing in vintage video and pinball games. As opposed to Dave & Busters and Gameworks, these beercades are small and independently owned. It's not entirely a new phenomenon to serve alcohol at an arcade, but these three venues reclaim older machines in good repair like Atari's Caterpillar, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Mrs. Pac Man, Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Mortal Combat and a dozen pinball

Neighborhood Spotlight: Feasting Through East Lakeview's Newest Restaurants

Wood Chicago

These four new restaurants have top chefs, seasonal menus, and signature craft beers, but they all have one thing in common, you can only find them in Chicago's East Lakeview neighborhood within walking distance of Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre, Laugh Factory, and the Belmont Theatre District

Neighborhood Spotlight: A Day in Boystown


Rainbow pillars line Halsted street in East Lakeview, while businesses and residences proudly display their flags, Human Rights Campaign stickers, and Equality Illinois support. Chicago's Boystown was the first officially recognized gay neighborhood in the United States and from this rich history comes a vibrant, prosperous, and proud community that offers some of the city's best shopping, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. If you haven't

Three Must-See Plays for Pride Month

The Pride

June, also known as Pride month, may be coming to a close, but there are plenty of plays in Chicago to keep the pride spirit going through the summer. From drama to comedy to dramedy, check out these colorful selections.

Theater Spotlight: Two Can't-Miss One-Person Shows

Ben Rimalower in Chicago

Coming out to those you love is a potent right of passage. However, it's so much more than just sitting your parents down and telling them you're gay -- there's an entire process of discovering who you are and feeling empowered enough to embrace it and own it that must take place. And many of us, straight, gay, or somewhere in between, continue to work through this self-identity challenge on a daily basis. 

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