Chicago Pride Fest 2021 was delayed, but not forgotten. Due to the pandemic, the June celebration was pushed all the way to October 1-3. Thanks to vaccinations, we gathered to celebrate love, strength and community once again.
Enjoy a day by day recap with images from media partner GoPride.com then click through for a full set coverage of all the festivities!
Cover Photo by Chris Perardi for GoPride.com & Northalsted
Friday October 1
Performances included Kristine W, Vincint, Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press, Catfight and more.
Day One Gallery – Chris Perardi
Saturday Oct 2
Saturday showcased powerhouse entertainers on the Bud Light Seltzer North Stage including Shangela, Katie Kadan, Brooke Eden, St. Panther & Mýa.
The T-Mobile South Stage gave us a rockin’ mix of iPop, Mel Senese, Bev Rage & the Drinks; closing out with a knockout punch of Boy Band Review w/special guest Toxic feat. Garek.
The Waveland Stage had a mind blowing, colorful DJ stage with top Chicago talent and beyond: Apollo Xo, Jesus Montanez, Diox, Miss DJ Meg, Avi Sic, Spencer H, Vlad, Janky, Rae Chardonnay, Zel, CaShera, ArianaDJ, Ehtan Cole, DJ Martin, VJ Bryan and DJ X-tasy.
Day Two Gallery – Chris Perardi
Sunday October 3
Sunday the T-Mobile stage featured an all day Peach Presents Takeover with Jamila Woods, Black Girl Magic & The Vixen, Supes Base, Roy Kinsey & Friends, Mother Nature, Selah Say, Unfriendly Black Hotties & more.
Day Three Gallery
Sunday October 3
Sunday opened with the much loved pairing of Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade and awards for the Proudest Pets at the Fest & the Chicago Spirit Brigade cheer squad.
More magic followed with Debbie Gibson, Dancing Queen: ABBA Salute, Mila Jam, Crystal Waters & Nina Sky.
Below clockwise from top:
Chris Perardi – Del Nakamura – Ken Brown
T-Mobile is a proud partner of the Chicago Pride Fest
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Thanks for making Chicago Pride Fest 2021 an amazing event! See you next June.
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Enjoy Elevate’s spooky fall coffee drinks and win scary prizes, including T-shirts, signed books, and Summerdale Crunch caramel corn from Candyality. Insta: @elevatecoffeechi
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An exclusive menu curated and executed by world-famous Chef, Jordan Andino, complete with tableside entertainment from our world-class Divas and Villa One Tequila cocktail pairings.
The creative mind behind Flip Sigi in New York City and the host of “Late Nite Eats” & Food Boats on Food Network, Chef Jordan will personally take you on a culinary journey through a 3-course Kamayan style feast modified for the ages. This is an evening you won’t want to miss! Experience a fusion of culture, flavor, and entertainment all in one night. Tickets are available now. Get yours before we sell out!