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Chicago Pride Fest.

2021 Gay Pride Event in America’s first recognized LGBTQ community

The weekend of the 2021 Chicago Pride Parade (October 3), the Chicago Pride Fest starts the celebration, October 1st and 2nd.

The festival features live music by headline artists and local favorites, 3 stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/crafts vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, sponsor activations, games, giveaways and more.

Performer lineup and vending information coming soon.

Also celebrate the 51st Chicago Pride Parade. Two of the biggest and longest running Pride Events are in Chicago!

The annual Chicago Pride Fest® is a legendary two-day street festival, historically held the weekend before the Chicago Pride Parade (last Sunday in June). With up to 100,000 expected to attend, join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ life, culture and community.

A $15 recommended donation for entry helps cover festival costs, supports local charities, and funds community programming. Generous public donations paid for the Chicago Pride Crosswalks; 14 rainbow paved intersections installed in 2019 make up the longest installation of it’s kind in the world, cementing Northalsted as Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood. The Northalsted district’s iconic rainbow pylons and LGBTQ+ Legacy Project memorial, is a Chicago historic landmark.

Virtual Chicago Pride Fest 2020

LGBTQ+ Live Streaming Event & Fundraiser

On June 20 and 21 2020, from 7-9pm, the Northalsted Business Alliance brought Virtual Chicago Pride Fest® to the world, celebrating love, life and diversity of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community.

The streaming event featured a full line-up with entertainment, activism, greetings and raised over $8,000 to benefit LGBTQ+ communities.

General Information

01 Event Information

Admission: $15 Suggested Donation – All Ages

Location: Northalsted on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace St.

Hours: Fri Oct 1, 2021 – 4pm-10pm, Sat Oct 2, 2021 – 11am-10pm

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) EVENT WEEKEND:

Halsted Street between Addison and Grace will close at 9:00 AM on Friday and will reopen on Monday,  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, through 4:00 AM Monday, 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 at 11:59pm through Monday 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 Hotels & Transportation

The closest hotels and lodging will be found near the 60613 and 60657 zip codes. You may also check out options in 60640 and 60614.

Also check out airbnb.com.

Due to heavy vehicle traffic, we recommend public transportation. You may research hotels near the CTA Red Line Addison or Sheridan Stations. The event is a few blocks from either.

Buses – 8, 22, 36, 77, 80, 146, 151, 152. CTA Trip Planner

Ride services Uber, Lyft, and taxicabs are also available and Chicago has Divvy bikes for rental.

04 Pet Pride Parade

Sunday 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.

05 Lost and Found

For lost and found during the festival please visit the Festival Command Center tent (location TBA).
For lost and found after the festival please contact Chicago Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010 or email [email protected]

06 Chicago Pride Parade Information

The Annual Chicago Pride Parade is a separately organized event taking place on Sunday October 3. For parade information contact Timothy Frye (Parade Coordinator) at [email protected] or (773) 348-8243.

Parade Website: chicagopridecalendar.org

Top 2019 Performers.

2021 Performer Lineup Coming Soon!


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Halsted Street, between Addison and Grace St.
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