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Chicago Pride Fest.

Chicago’s landmark LGBTQ community 2023 Pride Event

Chicago Pride Fest® is June 17-18, 2023 the weekend before the Chicago Pride Parade (June 25)

The 2-day street festival in the Northalsted neighborhood features live music on 3 stages, a Youth Pride Space for teens, best of Chicago drag performance, Proud Pet Parade, dance exhibitions, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, high heel race for prizes, guest speakers and over 150 food and merchandise vendors.

Upwards of 60,000 attendees are expected at the 22nd annual Chicago Pride Fest, a celebration of LGBTQ+ life, culture and community.

A $15 suggested donation for entry helps pays performers and festival workers, and funds community programs. Generous public donations paid for the Chicago Pride Crosswalks; 14 rainbow paved intersections installed in 2019 that make up the longest installation of it’s kind in the world.

Presented by Cutwater Spirits

General Information

01 Event Information

Admission: $15 Suggested Donation – All Ages

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

Hours:  Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18th: 11am – 10pm, 2023

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.

COVID-19: Attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated.

02 Street Closure & Parking Information


Attention Residents & Businesses: the City of Chicago will begin towing cars:

  • Friday June 16 at 8:00am
  • 800-860 W. Bradley
  • 750-820 W Waveland


  • Friday June 16 at 11:00pm
  • 3600-3800 N Halsted St

Streets will reopen Monday June 19 at 11:00am

No access to Halsted Street surface parking lots or parking garages (this includes Halsted Flats)
beginning: 11:59pm on Friday June 16.

The Whole Foods parking lot will remain open for customers, with access on Waveland west of Halsted during the festival and 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 Lost and Found

For lost and found during the festival please visit the Festival Command Center tent at 3620 N Halsted (just South of Whole Foods)
For lost and found after the festival please contact Chicago Special Events Management at (773) 868-3010 or email [email protected]

05 Proud Pet Parade with Miss Foozie

The Proud Pet Parade with Miss Foozie, Sunday at 12:00pm starting from the North Stage. Register your proud pet from 12:00-12:30, then at 12:30 Miss Foozie will lead the contestants to the Winners presentation at the South Stage at 1:00pm. Prizes & Fun!

Pride Fest 2023 - Foozie Pet Parade

06 Youth Pride Space

Look for Chicago Pride Fest: Youth Pride Space, a new space for LGBTQ+ teens (age 12-18).

  • Waveland & Broadway (in the festival area)
  • Performance
  • Free entry
  • Socialize, Food & Drinks
  • Live DJ, Dancing
  • Games & Giveaways
  • Counseling Support

MORE INFO – Contact [email protected] to participate in the planning committee!

Youth Pride 2023 0417_Social

07 Chicago Pride Parade Information

The Chicago Pride Parade is a separately organized (non-Northalsted) event scheduled for June 25, 2023. For parade information contact Timothy Frye (Parade Coordinator) at [email protected] or (773) 348-8243.

Parade Website: chicagopridecalendar.org

Top 2023 Performers.

Schedules Below

2023 Schedule.

North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

12:00 PM DJ Laura B
1:00 PM Drag Show
2:00 PM Eureka O’ Hara
2:30 PM Drag Show
3:45 PM Servin’ Fysh Dance Co.
4:00 PM Meet Me @ The Altar
5:00 PM UltraBeat
6:45 PM Drag Show
8:00 PM Shab
8:30 PM Nick Osin
9:15 PM Heather Small

Waveland Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

Host Sasha Love

1:00 PM Barker
2:30 PM Miss Toto
4:00 PM DJ Martin
5:30 PM Alexis Tucci
7:00 PM DJ Bryan
8:30 PM DJ Ca$h Era

North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

12:00 PM Register Pet Parade (12:30)
12:30 PM Lakeside Pride
1:00 PM Drag Show
12:00 PM DJ Laura B
1:00 PM Drag Show
2:00 PM Slayyyyter
2:30 PM Drag Show
4:00 PM Ultra Nate
5:15 PM Dancing Queen
6:50 PM Drag Show
8:00 PM Ariana and the Rose

Waveland Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

1:00 PM Blu9
3:30 PM Chomper
5:00 PM Dom Brown
6:30 PM DJ X-tasy
8:00 PM DJ Diox

South Stage

at Halsted & Addison

12:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
1:00 PM Proud Pet Parade Awards
Peach Presents:
1:30 PM AZN INVZN ft. Chess Knight+Supes Base
2:30 PM Bonita Appleblunt
3:00 PM BbyMutha
3:45 PM AZN INVZN ft. Chess Knight+Supes Base
4:30 PM Cookiee Kawaii
5:00 PM Don Cresando
6:00 PM C*nty MeMe
6:30 PM TBD
7:00 PM MochaMocha2.0 Body Confidence Queens
8:00 PM Sw33tLov3
8:45 PM The Vixen’s Black Girl Magic


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