Chicago has always been a home for Pride Month, thanks to having the first recognized LGBTQ+ community in the country. Every year, people come together to celebrate in the streets and continue to fight for their rights. This year is no different, as there are plenty of events you can take part in with the rest of the community. Whether it’s watching a parade, dancing to the latest music or just enjoying the summer weather, you’ll find your own way to celebrate Pride in the city this year.
Pride Month in Chicago
Andersonville is a Chicago neighborhood with both a prominent LGBT+ community and a strong Swedish heritage. As a way to celebrate both, their 56th annual Midsommarfest is returning after a two-year hiatus. From June 10-12, visitors can spend the day taking part in a variety of Swedish customs as well as exploring the neighborhood. You’ll find a new, handmade treasure to take home with you at their many vendors and unique artisan stands, or you can explore the music scene thanks to their five stages hosting over 50 music and entertainment acts! If Pride is what you’re after, look no further than the drag queen performances and discussion panels hosted at the festival throughout the weekend.
The I|O Godfrey inside The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is partnering with Legacy Project Chicago for Pride Month. Part of the sales for every purchase of the Rainbow Sangria will go to Legacy Project Chicago, so enjoy your libation knowing it's helping a great cause.
Chicago Pride Fest
The neighborhood of Northalsted has become a haven for Chicago’s gay community over the years, and it’s going to ring in Pride Month with a bang. It’s best known for its Chicago Pride Fest, held a week before the annual parade through the city. This year, you can visit the neighborhood from June 18-19 and find this outdoor festival bursting to life on every street. You can celebrate any way you like, whether it’s enjoying delicious food, making arts and crafts or joining a pet parade with your dog. You’ll also find performances from local artists and drag queens such as Dorian Electra, Netta and CupcakKe. Make sure you arrive early, as there are expected to be over 60,000 people joining the fun with you during the weekend!
Navy Pier Pride
If you’re looking for some family fun this Pride Month, head to Navy Pier for their seventh annual Navy Pier Pride event. This outdoor event on the water honors the LGBTQ+ community with several kinds of family-friendly activities, so everyone can join in the party. Highlights include Storytime with Drag Queens, film presentations and a fashion and music show headlined by special guest CeCe Penistone. The best part about this event is it’s entirely free, so the only thing you need to bring is yourself and the ones you love.
Proud to Run
If you want to join the Pride festivities by staying active, look no further than Proud to Run. This annual marathon runs through the city to help the gay community, and this year is their 40th year on their feet. On June 25, head to Montrose Avenue to lace up your sneakers and run with Pride. You have the option of running a 5k, 10k or half marathon throughout the event, and all proceeds go towards local organizations that help Chicago’s gay community continue to thrive.
Pride in the Park
Pride Month festivities are always known for their music festivals, and Chicago is no exception. This year, head to Grant Park from June 25-26 for their third annual Pride in the Park. Some of the biggest LGBTQ+ names in music will be performing this year to celebrate Pride with the rest of the community. You’ll hear songs from major names like The Chainsmokers, Alesso and Rebecca Black, but you’ll also find more than music at this festival. Be sure to stop by some of their food vendors and check out their custom merchandise so you can take Pride with you wherever you go.
Chicago Pride Parade
Nothing says Pride quite like a parade, and Chicago always goes big with theirs. On June 26, head into the city to find the 52nd annual Chicago Pride Parade happening throughout the streets. Follow every float through Northalsted, Uptown, Lakeview and Lincoln Park for an afternoon of music, color and pure fun. You’ll find marching bands and other performances playing beside the floats that will keep the party going all day long. Whether using their own theme or the international theme of “Exist. Persist. Resist,” there’s always a reason to celebrate and keep marching at this parade.