Chicago Pride Fest 2020.
Gay Pride Parade in America’s most vibrant LGBTQ community
The Chicago Pride Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. The Boys town neighborhood, America’s first recognized gay village, hosts the legendary parade which happens on Halsted Street. Chicago’s pride comes to life during these Summer events and is one of the best things to do in the city! General information about the Gay Pride Parade can be found here.
About Pride Fest 2020.
The weekend before the 2020 Chicago Pride Parade in Boystown, the Chicago Pride Fest® starts the celebration!
The 20th annual Chicago Pride Fest®, June 20-21, 2020, 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.
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 20-21, 2020
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 19 and will reopen on Monday, June 22 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 19 through 4:00 AM Monday, June 22 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 19 at 11:59pm through Monday, June 22th 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 sponsored contests to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch with additional prizes. There were 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 21 at 12:00pm starting from the North Stage. Register your proud pet starting at 11:30. Gift Card Prizes! Winners presentation at the stage at Addison Street at 1:00pm.
07 Lost and Found
08 Chicago Pride Parade Information
The 51st Annual Chicago Pride Parade is a separately organized event the weekend after Chicago Pride Fest® on Sunday June 28, 2020 starting at noon*. For parade information contact Timothy Frye (Parade Coordinator) at [email protected] or (773) 348-8243. *typically Please see event website for latest information.
Parade Website: chicagopridecalendar.org