This Week in Boystown: order your official Boystown or Pride Fest Tshirt, get your Boystown Bar Bounce tickets to benefit Howard Brown Health, head to Cell Block for Dart Tournament Thursday, and check out Tens Monday Drag Competition at Splash.
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Chicago Pride Fest | June 22-23
Celebrate 50 years of Chicago pride & progress in historic Boystown at Chicago Pride Fest® 2019. Join us June 22-23 for a legendary two-day festival of LGBTQ+ life, culture & community. $10 suggested donation – all ages.
This year’s Halsted Street festival stretches from Addison to Sheridan, featuring a new house music stage, kids playland, OUT at Wrigley National Anthem Singing Contest, fashion show, pet parade, shopping, food & drink, and plenty of sunshine, rainbows, and dancing in the street.
Performing live: Multi-platinum Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes – Brazilian sensation Pabllo Vittar – Broadway star Alex Newell – dance music icons Ultra Naté and Inaya Day, with Jaimie Wilson – Leland – Adam Barta – Too White Crew – The Txlips and more!
More info at PRIDEFESTCHICAGO.COM
Chicago Pride Fest 2019 Sponsors
Boystown Bar Bounce
Boystown Bar Bounce is a new pub crawl with 100% of ticket proceeds benefiting Howard Brown Health. This year’s sponsors include MillerCoors and Tullamore Dew.
Now even bouncier with a seventh location at Replay!
Tickets are only $10 and includes awesome giveaways at participating bars.
Bar crawl locations will have drink specials, happy hours, drag shows, games and unique beers and cocktails throughout the day (purchased separately).
Locations: The North End, Progress Bar, The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge, Splash Chicago, Roscoe’s Tavern & Sidetrack The Video Bar.
Get tickets at: boystownbarbounce.com
Kit Kat Lounge & Supperclub
FRIDAY 5/17 6-8:30pm – Join the ACS CHICAGO WALK COMMITTEE and BERLIN NIGHTCLUB for a special reception benefiting AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, hosted by Chicago Nightlife personality KAT SASS featuring pop-up drag performances. Music & video by DJ GREG HAUS.
Pride Arts Center
S. Asher Gelman’s drama AFTERGLOW is a hit! Now extended to June 5. The story of an intense relationship between three men enters it’s third month, and is recommended for audiences 18 and older. Pride will also have several special events for Pride Month in June including cabaret, films, and more! pridefilmsandplays.com. (866) 811-4111.
Northalsted Annual Meeting
The Boystown business community gathered for the Northalsted Annual Meeting, Monday May 6, to review the year and look ahead to the future.
Special thanks to Dessert Table Sponsor RCN Business & Valerie Dys, Thomas Duran & Whole Foods Market Catering, James Stevens & Jonathan Alvarez with Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles & Tico Valle and Paul Helfen with the Center on Halsted
Boystown Pride Award
Congratulations to Jean Leigh of the The Leigh Gallery receiving the Boystown Pride Award in recognition of 14 years of service & commitment to the neighborhood, as a business owner & Northalsted Board Member for many years.The gallery will be closing as Jean & her partner Denise are retiring later this year. Her colleague Joe Canup gave a heartfelt introduction speech & The Chicago Diner‘s Mickey Hornick presented the award.Rainbow Pride Crosswalks Coming SoonNorthalsted Business Alliance, Chicago Department of Transportation, Alderman Tunney & Alderman Cappelman have been working to bring 14 pride themed crosswalks to the Boystown community.Targeted for installation during June pride month, the project is the culmination of months of development, made possible by generous donations from attendees at Chicago Pride Fest & Northalsted Market Days.Additionally, the Chicago Landmarks Commission recently voted unanimously to designate the Boystown Rainbow Pylons, including the The Legacy Project memorial, a Chicago Historic Landmark. This is an important acknowledgement of the LGBTQ+ community’s contribution to the city’s cultural history.For more information on the crosswalks project click below. Boystown truly is Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood!Read More