is one of the nation’s premier events for LGBT activities. The entire month of June is filled with exciting Pride activities, with the main action this year occurring during the week of June 20th-June 28th. Here are just a few of the unique and incredible celebrations you’ll want to add to your must-do list.
Pride Fest, June 20th-21st
The opening weekend of Pride Fest 2015 combines big names and popular local bands such as Deb Gibson, The Veronicas, Big Freedia, Estelle and many more. Bring your energy and excitement to Boystown in this epic two-day party filled with great tunes and fantastic happenings.
Back Lot Bash, June 25th-June 28th
Located in Andersonville, one of Chicago’s most diverse and lively neighborhoods, is a huge inclusive-to-all women’s festival sometimes dubbed the “Ultimate Lesbian Concert.” Each day offers an eclectic array of music and entertainment, so you’re sure to find something for everyone to enjoy. Featured performers include musical acts such as DJ Ruby Rose from OITNB, Kristy Lee & Dirt Road Revival, Natalia Zukerman, and more. Also on hand will be comedians such as Bridget McManus and Fortune Feimster from Chelsea Lately.
Pet Pride Parade, Sun., June 21st 12:30pm
Bring your favorite furry friend to the ever-popular Pet Pride Parade hosted by Miss Foozie and presented by Petco. Cats, dogs, and other pride-enthused animals are welcome to this festive march commencing at the main stage area at 12:30pm. You’ll then venture through nearby streets and return to the Pride Fest grounds for judging. Awards such as gift certificates from participating retailers will be given out to the best contestants.
Color in Motion 5K, Sun., June 21st 9am-12pm
Have a blast and get some exercise at the located at Montrose Beach. Run, walk, dance or crawl along the route while you get blasted in bursts of vibrant color. Fun for all ages, this run also benefits the Special Olympics Illinois.
Gay Pride Parade, June 28th 12pm-4pm
The main event – which brought over one million revelers to the streets of Chicago last year – is this parade, a 2.5-mile route that starts in Uptown and ends in Lincoln Park. Marching bands, local community organizations, 200+ floats and much more are brought together in this joyous demonstration of unity and support for the LGBT population. You’ll see plenty of enthusiastic participants including a diverse mix of families, drag queens, and local politicians at this huge celebration.
Other notable parties include the Official Pride Fest After Party on Sunday, June 22nd at Hydrate Nightclub and the Chicago Pride Finale, Sunday, June 29th at NV Penthouse Lounge. Whatever you choose to participate in, you’re sure to have an amazing time and create some lasting memories at this year’s Chicago Pride.