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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 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. This year marks a milestone as we honor the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

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.

Video by Glam Tie Media / Red Bull

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:
800-860 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 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 Pet Pride Walk

Sunday June 23 at 12:00pm starting from the Bud Light North Stage. Register your proud pet starting at 11:30. Gift Card Prizes! Winners presentation at the Uncle Nearest South Stage at Addison Street at 12:15pm.

05 Lost and Found

For lost and found during the festival please visit the Festival Command Center tent located on Bradley Place, just west of Halsted near PetsMart.
For lost and found after the festival please contact Chicago Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010.

06 Chicago Pride Parade Information

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

This will take you to the PRIDEchicago website.

2018 Performers.

Check back for 2019 performer line up

For information on applying to Perform at Chicago Pride Fest® 2019, please click HERE


2018 Schedule.

South Stage

12:00 PM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
1:15 PM  Hello Weekend
2:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
3:00 PM Don’t Speak
4:45 PM Catfight
6:45 PM TL Williams & Band
8:30 PM The Four C Notes

Bud Light North Stage

1:00 PM Pride Drag Show
2:30 PM La Bouche
3:15 PM Carlito Olivero
4:00 PM Pride Drag Show
6:00 PM Frenchie Davis
7:00 PM Pride Drag Show
8:15 PM Kim English
9:00 PM Jessica Sanchez

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

South Stage

12:00 PM Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra
1:30 PM One Night Band
2:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
3:30 PM Abba Salute
5:15 PM Boy Band Review
7:45 PM 16 Candles

Bud Light North Stage

12:00 PM VIP Pet Care Pet Parade
1:00 PM Pride Drag Show
2:30 PM Belinda Carlisle
3:15 PM Blake Lewis
4:00 PM Pride Drag Show
6:00 PM Thea Austin
6:45 PM Pride Drag Show
8:00 PM Brian Justin Crum
9:00 PM Mýa

Waveland DJ Stage

12:00 PM DJ Xtasy
1:00 PM Pride Fashion Show
2:00 PM Michael Sefafini
3:00 PM Joe Gauthreaux
5:00 PM Avi Sic
6:00 PM DJ Rae Chardonnay
7:00 PM DJ King Marie
8:00 PM DJ All The Way Kay

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

Halsted Street, between Addison and Grace St.
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