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CHICAGO PRIDE MONTH

Here are some of the city's top events in 2019.

Ready for Pride? The annual LGBTQ+ pride celebration takes over Chicago each June. You'll find the heart of the celebrations in Boystown. The north side community, one of the first official gay neighborhoods in the country, has been named the Best Gay Neighborhood in the World by Out Traveler magazine. Check out all the best Chicago Pride events here and throughout the city.

Crowd watching performance at Chicago's Pride FestPhoto Credit: ©Abel Arciniega

Chicago Pride Fest 

When: Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue
How to get there: If you're coming from downtown, take the Red Line 'L' train to the Addison stop. You can also take a cab, Uber, Lyft, or Divvy, but keep in mind there will be road closures.

This massive two-day celebration runs along North Halsted Street in Boystown. More than 100,000 revelers flock to the historic gay neighborhood to take part in the festivities, including three music stages (LeAnn Rimes and Betty Who are headliners), more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, food from local restaurants, drag shows, DJs, dancing, and more. 

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Pride Parade

Chicago Pride Parade

When: Sunday, June 30, starting at noon
Where: The parade starts at Broadway & Montrose, proceeds south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
How to get there: If you're coming from downtown, take the Red Line 'L' train to any stop between Wellington and Wilson; or the Brown Line 'L' train to the Diversey or Wellington stops. You can also take a cab, Uber, Lyft, or Divvy, but keep in mind there will be road closures.

The Chicago Pride Parade is one of the most popular LGBTQ+ events in the city. The Parade concludes the city's month-long celebrations with a famous 4-mile procession held on the last Sunday of June. Traversing through Boystown, Uptown, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, the annual event has grown into one of the largest parades in the country. This year marks the 50th anniversary, so its sure to be an extra special celebration.

Pride Parade in Chicago

Other signature Pride Month events:

Pride in the Park

June 29, 2019: This brand new festival is taking over Grant Park to celebrate 50 years of Pride in Chicago. Headliners include Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, Tamar Braxton, and more.

Chicago is a Drag Fest

June 28, 2019: Chicago is a Drag Festival is the city's first-ever outdoor festival that showcases Chicago's drag culture. The fest will feature 50 of Chicago's top drag queens, representing diversity across generations, neighborhoods, and performance styles. The inaugural event will be hosted by RuPaul's Drag Race winner Raja and Tiffany Pollard. Tickets are now available

Andersonville Midsommar Fest

June 7 – 9, 2019​The Andersonville neighborhood is one of Chicago's largest LGBTQ+ communities. The Midsommarfest celebrates that heritage, along with the area's Swedish roots. The fest features the Balmoral Pride Stage, which showcases local drag queens, cabaret performers, DJs, and more.

Back Lot Bash

June 28 – 30, 2019​: The Back Lot Bash Chicago kicks off with a Pride Family Fest and follows with two days of a signature outdoor music festival. The Andersonville event is one of the best-attended Pride events dedicated to women.

Chicago Dyke March

June 29, 2019: As a celebration of reclaiming the word "dyke," the Chicago Dyke March is a grassroots mobilization that honors dyke, queer, bisexual and transgender people. In 2017, Lea DeLaria, best known for the portrayal of Carrie "Big Boo" Black on Netflix' Orange is the New Black, acted as the march's Grand Marshal.

Second City's Salute to Pride

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June: This annual variety show is written and performed entirely by an all-LGBTQ identifying cast. Sashaying its way to UP Comedy Club at the legendary Second City, this colorful show will feature original sketch, improv, music, and drag.

Navy Pier Pride 

June 29, 2019: Kicking off the annual free event will consist of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. This event includes Storytime with Drag Queens, live performances, special film presentations, and a new “Queer the Pier” fashion and music show headlined by special guest CeCe Penistone.

Proud to Run 5k/10k/half marathon

June 29, 2019: Race along the lakefront for a great cause! This event has raised more than $600,000 for the local LGBTQ+ community.

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