CHICAGO PRIDE MONTH
May 22 - June 29
THIS ANNUAL LGBTQ+ PRIDE CELEBRATION TAKES OVER CHICAGO EACH JUNE. HERE ARE SOME OF THE CITY’S TOP EVENTS IN 2019.
Named the Best Gay Neighborhood in the World by Out Traveler magazine, Boystown is known as one of the most inclusive LGBTQ+ communities in the nation, and as one of the first US gay neighborhoods to be recognized. And it’s at the center of the city’s Pride celebrations. Check out all the best Pride events here and throughout the city.
This two-day celebration from June 22 – 23 runs along North Halsted Street (Boystown’s “Main Street”), and will see the neighborhood bustle with more than 100,000 visitors. The festivities include three music stages (R&B star Mya and The Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle are headliners), more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, food from local restaurants, drag shows, DJs, dancing and more.
The Chicago Pride Parade on June 30, 2019 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.
OTHER SIGNATURE PRIDE MONTH EVENTS:
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 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.
June 7 – 9, 2019: The Andersonville neighborhood is one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly in Chicago, and Midsommerfest is a street festival for the arts, retail, music and more in the area.
June 14, 2019: Head to the Shedd for a celebration of the diversity within the natural world and our city. Tickets to this LGBTQ+ community night will include admission to all the Shedd’s permanent and special exhibits (including the rainbow-hued Underwater Beauty, live entertainment, and hands-on experiences. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
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 event is now in its 16th year and is one of the best-attended lesbian Pride events. See the Back Lot Bash website for events leading up to the main June festival.
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.
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.
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.
June 29, 2019: Race along the lakefront for a great cause! This event has raised more than $600,000 for the local LGBTQ+ community.
May 22 – July 20, 2019: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, this major new exhibit showcases the stunning diversity of queer art from historical to contemporary works. Presented in the new Wrightwood 659 designed by Tadao Ando, the surroundings are just as breathtaking as the art.