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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!

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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

General Information

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.

Parking Restrictions
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

Now Available! Official Chicago Pride Fest & Boystown Merchandise, T-Shirts & Poster. SHOP NOW.

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

QUALIFYING DATES:
June 2 – SoFo Tap – 7pm
June 10 – Roscoe’s Tavern – 7pm
June 18 – Sidetrack – 7pm

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.

06 103.5 KISS FM Rainbow Run

Register for 1035 KISS FM‘s first ever Rainbow Run presented by BudLight! This high heel run would be the perfect start to your Pride Fest. Follow the link below to sign up to run, walk, or strut your way down Halsted on June 23rd for a chance to win $1000! REGISTER NOW!

07 Lost and Found

For lost and found during the festival please visit the Festival Command Center tent located on Waveland East of Halsted (towards Walgreens).
For lost and found after the festival please contact Chicago Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010 or email [email protected]

08 Chicago Pride Parade Information

The 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade is a separately organized event the weekend after Chicago Pride Fest® on Sunday June 30, 2019 starting at noon. For parade information contact Richard Pfieffer (Parade Coordinator) at [email protected] or (773) 348-8243.

Parade Website: chicagopridecalendar.org

Top 2019 Performers.

Schedule.

Papa John’s North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

1:00 PM  Drag Show
2:30 PM  Pabllo Vittar
3:15 PM  Drag Show
5:30 PM  Jaimie Wilson
6:00 PM  Inaya Day
7:00 PM  Drag Show
8:15 PM  Ultra Nate
9:00 PM  Alex Newell

Nissan Partners of Progress Stage

at Halsted & Addison

12:00 PM  Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
1:15 PM  The Txlips Band
2:45 PM  Hello Weekend
4:45 PM  The Jersey Girls
6:30 PM  Catfight
8:30 PM  Too White Crew

Bud Light Waveland Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

12:00 PM  All The Way Kay
1:30 PM  Rae Chardonnay
3:00 PM  Bryan Smith
5:00 PM  Kirk
6:00 PM  X-tasy
7:00 PM  Miss DJ Meg
8:30 PM  Metro

Papa John’s North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

12:00 PM   Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade Start
1:00 PM   Drag Show
2:30 PM   Betty Who
3:15 PM   Drag Show
4:50 PM   Emergency Tiara
5:10 PM   Morgan McMichaels
5:30 PM   Adam Barta
6:00 PM   Out at Wrigley Singing Contest
7:00 PM   Drag Show
8:00 PM   Leland
9:00 PM   Leann Rimes

Nissan Partners of Progress Stage

at Halsted & Addison

12:00 PM  Chicago Spirit Brigade
1:00 PM  Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade Awards
1:45 PM  Don’t Speak
4:00 PM  Boy Band Review
6:00 PM  Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press
8:15 PM  Sixteen Candles

Bud Light Waveland DJ Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

12:00 PM  Howdy Doin
2:00 PM  Ian Osborn
3:00 PM  Cindel
5:00 PM  DJ Scheiny
6:30 PM  Vlad
8:00 PM  Avi Sic

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See you June 22-23, 2019 for Chicago Pride Fest®!

Halsted Street, between Addison and Grace St.