About Pride Fest 2019.
The weekend before the 2019 Chicago Pride Parade in Boystown, the Chicago Pride Fest® starts the celebration!
The 19th annual Chicago Pride Fest®, June 22-23, 2019, is a legendary two-day street festival held the weekend leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade with up to 100,000 expected to attend, celebrating LGBTQ+ life, culture and community. This year marks a milestone as we honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and the birth of the Pride movement.
The festival features live music by popular artists, 4 stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/craft and merchant vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, Out At Wrigley National Anthem Singing Contest, sponsor booths and more.
Join us this summer for a love-filled celebration of diversity, equality, and the Chicago LGBTQ+ community at Halsted Street and Addison in Boystown, America’s first recognized gay village.
The festival is easily accessible via the CTA Red Line Addison station at historic Wrigleyfield, also multiple bus lines, and rideshare car/cab services with convenient access to downtown hotels and other lodging.
Click below for the 2019 Boystown Pride Guide showcasing the events leading up to and after Chicago Pride Fest!
Now Available! Official Chicago Pride Fest T-Shirts!
Chicago Pride Fest® benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance, a 501(c)(6) non-profit chamber of commerce for Boystown, Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood.
Video by Glam Tie Media
01 Event Information
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages
Location: Boystown on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace St.
Hours: 11am – 10pm, June 22-23, 2019
Public Transportation: Trains – Addison Red, Belmont Red/Purple/Brown, Sheridan Red. Buses – 8, 22, 36, 77, 80, 146, 151, 152. CTA Trip Planner
Weather: Open rain or shine, please be advised that severe conditions may delay or cancel performances
Security: No large bags/backpacks allowed, all bags will be inspected prior to entry. No coolers or outside beverages. Clear plastic sealed bottled water is allowed.
02 Street Closure & Parking Information
(details subject to change) Halsted Street between Addison and Grace will close at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 21 and will reopen on Monday, June 24 at 4:00 AM. Street closures will also impact Waveland between Halsted and Broadway, as well as Bradley Place.
NO PARKING will be allowed from 8:00 AM Friday, June 21 through 4:00 AM Monday, June 24 on the following streets:
800-858 W. BRADLEY PL.
744-820 W. WAVELAND AVE.
732-847 W. GRACE ST.
3600-3768 N. HALSTED
Vehicles left on the street will be ticketed and towed at owner’s expense.
No access to Halsted Street surface parking lots or parking garages (this includes Halsted Flats)
beginning Friday, June 21 at 11:59pm through Monday, June 24th at 4:00am.
The Whole Foods parking lot will remain open for customers, with access on Waveland west of Halsted during regular operating hours.
03 Official Merchandise
04 Out At Wrigley Contests
In 2001, The Chicago Cubs featured the first gay day, Out at the Ballgame, now an annual event called Out at Wrigley. Event organizers Market to Market Chicago and Supergurl Images are sponsoring contests to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch with additional prizes. There are two preliminary rounds prior to the semi-finals at Chicago Pride Fest 2019 (followed by the Finals at Northalsted Market Days 2019). For more information please see the website outatwrigley.com
05 Pet Pride Parade
Sunday June 23 at 12:00pm starting from the Papa John’s North Stage. Register your proud pet starting at 11:30. Gift Card Prizes! Winners presentation at the Nissan Partners of Progress Stage at Addison Street at 1:00pm.