From Uptown to Boystown, this LGBTQ+ pride celebration travels Chicago’s neighborhoods each June. 

Celebrating its 47th year, Chicago Pride Parade caps off a very busy Pride Month 2018 in the city.


June 24, 2018, noon

Pride Month in Chicago culminates with a famous 4-mile parade held annually on the last Sunday of June. It has grown into one of the largest parades in the city.


Boystown & Neighboring Communities

The parade route kicks off at noon from Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street in the Uptown neighborhood; continues south on Halsted Street through Boystown; turns east on Belmont Avenue before turning south again on Broadway Street; and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.


Eye-popping costumes. Crowds topping a million people. And a spectacular procession involving over 200 floats, marching bands and community groups. Drawing everyone from drag queens and scantily clad dancers to proud parents and local politicians wearing big smiles, the Chicago Pride Parade brings everyone together in support of the LGBTQ community. Admission to the parade is free, and all ages are welcome.


Here are a few tips, from those of us who have been there and done that:

  • The stretch on Halsted Street is prime real estate for parade viewing. For more breathing room, carve out a space at the beginning of the route along Broadway Avenue or near the end at Diversey Parkway. Also, the east sides of the streets on the parade route — if you can get there early enough to cross at designated intersections — are generally less crowded.
  • Public transportation is highly recommended. Take the CTA ‘L' train, as traffic and parking are a challenge with all the street closures and bus reroutes. Red Line stops at Wilson and Sheridan, as well as the Brown Line at Diversey, are not as congested. Also, it's not a bad idea to load funds onto your transit pass on your way in to avoid the longer lines midday when leaving.
  • As with all outdoor Chicago events, be prepared with summer essentials such as water, sunblock, comfortable clothes, hats and walking shoes.
  • Pets are allowed but be thoughtful of the noise, crowds and heat exhaustion. And yes, the same can be said about bringing children! The parade itself lasts several hours, and with all the festivities, it's easy to tire quickly.
  • Consuming alcohol on public streets and sidewalks is illegal in Chicago, so be warned that parade goers with open containers can be ticketed.
  • City ordinance also prevents items from being tossed between parade participants and spectators. This means two things: If you want beads, better bring your own. And if you want any freebie handouts (rainbow buttons, colorful condoms, sponsor flyers, etc.) then stand close to the barricade to get them as they're passed out.
  • Lastly, dress up! Body glitter, wedding dresses, tutus, leather — whatever your look, play it up and have fun with it.

Other signature events not to miss:

Chicago Pride Fest® 

June 16-17, 2018: A two-day celebration along North Halsted.

Dyke March

Stay tuned for date and details.

Proud to Run 10K Run/5K Run-Walk

June 23, 2018: This event attracted over 2,000 runners and raised a record $65,000 in 2017.

For even more on the biggest Chicago events, check out the 2018 LGBTQ Chicago Pride calendar.

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