June 22 - 23, 2024
The annual Chicago LGBTQ+ celebration takes over the city each June for a full month of festivities, with street fests, fabulous concerts, parties galore, and a massive rainbow parade throughout Boystown. You’ll find the heart of the celebrations in Northalsted (also known as Boystown), the first official LGBTQ+ neighborhood in the country, but festivities take place all over the city.
The history of Chicago Pride dates back to the 1970s, when a small group of brave individuals organized a march to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. This historic event marked the beginning of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and inspired others across the country to take action to create their own prides in cities all over the United States.
Today, Chicago Pride has evolved into one of the largest and most vibrant celebrations of LGBTQ+ culture and identity in the world. Chicago Pride includes a variety of other events and activities that are welcome to all. The festival, which takes place in Boystown, is a great place to catch live music, see amazing entertainers, DJs, dance performances, and even comedy shows. There are also plenty of food and drink vendors, selling everything from Chicago-style hot dogs and pizza to craft cocktails.
For those looking to take a break from the festival crowds, there are several other LGBTQ+ landmarks to check out around the city. The Legacy Walk in Boystown features 37 bronze plaques that honor notable LGBTQ+ figures throughout history. The Center on Halsted is a community center that offers resources, support, and social events for LGBTQ+ people of all ages.
Chicago Pride isn't just a celebration of LGBTQ+ identity - it's also a reminder of the struggles and challenges that the community has faced and continues to face. From the Stonewall Riots to the fight for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ people have been at the forefront of important social and political movements. Chicago Pride is a time to celebrate these victories, but also to acknowledge that there is still work to be done.
Chicago Pride is a weekend that promises to be full of fun, laughter, and love. Whether you're a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So put on your rainbow gear, grab some friends or make some new ones, and join the celebration!
The Chicago Pride Fest in Boystown features live music by top headline artists and local favorites, three stages of entertainment, food and drink, 150+ arts/crafts vendors, popular DJs and dancing, fabulous drag shows, games, giveaways and more. The festival will be located in Northalsted on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Street, rain or shine!
The Chicago Pride Parade closes out the city’s month-long celebrations with a famous four mile march held on the last Sunday of June. Crossing through Northalsted, Uptown, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park, the annual event has grown into one of the largest parades in the country and is one of the most magical parades in the United States. The parade kicks off on Broadway and Montrose, proceeds south on Broadway; then south heads on to Halsted; then east on Belmont; proceeding south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Get ready for lots of rainbow fun and for an amazing pride experience!
Pride in the Park is a two-day music festival celebrating equity, diversity, and fabulous times in Grant Park each June. Pride in the Park donates a portion of ticket sales to The Center on Halsted and provides free tickets to ensure LGBTQ+ youth can celebrate their pride openly and safely. Previous year’s lineups have included Chaka Khan, Tiesto, GRYFFIN, Betty Who, and more, so make sure to make it out to Grant Park for one of the highlights of Chicago Pride.
Andersonville Midsommar Fest is located in Andersonville, a neighborhood located in the Chicago north-side. The annual Midsommarfest celebrates LGBTQ+ heritage, along with the area’s Swedish roots. The fest features the Balmoral Pride Stage, which showcases local drag performers, cabaret performers, DJs, and lots of amazing vendors of food and arts. The festival takes place on Clark, from Foster to Gregory (just north of Catalpa). Get ready for Swedish delights and to celebrate our community!
Navy Pier Pride is an annual free event at the iconic Navy Pier consisting of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of our LGBTQ+ community. Festivities include live music, educational programs, performances from local LGBTQIA+ artists, on-site resources from community partners and of course a good time for all.
June 22 - 23, 2024
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