About Pride Fest 2018.
Thanks to everyone for a fantastic celebration. Mark you calendars for next year: June 22-23, 2019.
The weekend before the 2018 Chicago Pride Parade makes it’s way through Boystown, the Chicago Pride Fest® starts the celebration!
Chicago Pride Fest®, June 16-17, 2018, is an exciting 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.
The festival features live music by popular artists, 3 stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/craft and merchant vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, 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.
Chicago Pride Fest benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance, a 501(c)(6) non-profit chamber of commerce for Boystown, Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood.
The Boystown Pride Guide has the neighborhood specials and event listings for your pre- and post-Pride Fest celebration.
01 Event Information
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages
Location: Boystown on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace St.
Hours: 11am – 10pm, June 16-17, 2018
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
Halsted Street between Addison and Grace will close at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 15 and will reopen on Monday, June 18 at 4:00 AM. Street closures will also impact Waveland between Halsted and Broadway, as well as Bradley Place.
Parking Restrictions (updated June 13, 2018 – details subject to change)
NO PARKING will be allowed from 8:00 AM Friday, June 15 through 4:00 AM Monday, June 18 on the following streets:
800-860 W. BRADLEY PL.
750-820 W. WAVELAND AVE.
800-815 W. GRACE ST.
3600-3780 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 15 at 11:59pm through Monday, June 18th 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 VIP Pet Care Pet Parade
Sunday June 17 at 12:00pm starting from the Bud Light North Stage. Register your proud pet starting at 11:30. First prize $100 Proud Purchase Gift Card, Second prize $50 gift card, Third prize $25 gift card. Winners presentation at the Uncle Nearest South Stage at Addison Street at 12:15pm.
04 Pride Fashion Show Information
Sunday June 17 at 1:00pm at Waveland Stage. Click for more information
05 Lost and Found
06 Chicago Pride Parade Information
This will take you to the PRIDEchicago website.
Waveland DJ Stage
|12:00 PM||DJ Xtasy|
|2:00 PM||DJ Bryan Smith|
|3:00 PM||Miss DJ Meg|
|5:00 PM||DJ Brryce Fersher / KC Ortiz|
|6:00 PM||DJ Vlad|
|7:00 PM||Porn N Chicken|
|8:30 PM||DJ Metro|