Chicago Pride Fest.
2021 Gay Pride Event returns to America’s first recognized LGBTQ community
The weekend of the now cancelled 2021 Chicago Pride Parade (October 3), the Chicago Pride Fest returns for 3 days: October 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
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, sponsored presence, games, giveaways and more.
The annual Chicago Pride Fest® is a legendary 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 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 Bud Light Seltzer
01 Event Information
Admission: $15 Suggested Donation – All Ages
Location: Northalsted on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace St.
Hours: Fri Oct 1: 5pm-10pm, Sat Oct 2: 11am-10pm, Sun Oct 3: 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.
COVID-19: Attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated or will be issued a mask to wear. Free testing and vaccinations will be offered before and at the festival. Indoor establishments in the area may require proof of vaccination (or digital copy) or recent negative test result for entry.
02 Street Closure & Parking Information
Halsted Street between Addison and Grace will close at 11:59 PM on Thursday and will reopen at 4:00 AM on Monday. Street closures will also impact Waveland between Halsted and Broadway, as well as Bradley Place.
NO PARKING will be allowed from 8:00AM Thursday 9/30, through 11:00 AM Monday, 10/4 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 Thursday 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
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 from 12:00-12:30, then Miss Foozie will lead the puppy parade to the Proudest Pet Winners presentation at the T-Mobile South Stage Street at 1:00pm.
05 Lost and Found
06 Chicago Pride Parade Information
07 COVID-19 Information
Walk-in 12-6pm at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. starting Wednesday 9/24 through Sunday 10/3.
Northshore Clinical Labs is offering the testing 100% free, no insurance required, to maximize the number of tests available. For more info contact 773-570-6510 or [email protected]
Free Rapid testing will also be available at the Pride Fest main gates during the festival with results in under 15 minutes.
The Northshore Clinical Labs vaccination booth inside the festival will be offering the Pfizer vaccine. Second doses, testing, and vaccinations are available to the public at the NSC laboratory at 4751 N. Kedzie.
COVID-19 protocols that were in place for Northalsted Market Days will be repeated: attendees of Chicago Pride Fest should be fully vaccinated or wear a mask. Many establishments on Northalsted require proof of vaccination for entry or a recent negative test.
Top 2021 Performers.
Bud Light Seltzer North Stage
|12:00 PM||Register for 12:30 Pet Parade|
|12:00 PM||DJ Laura B|
|1:00 PM||Pride Drag Show|
|2:30 PM||Debbie Gibson|
|3:15 PM||Pride Drag Show|
|4:30 PM||Dancing Queen::ABBA Salute|
|5:30 PM||Pride Drag Show|
|6:30 PM||Mila Jam|
|7:00 PM||Pride Drag Show|
|8:10 PM||Crystal Waters|
|9:00 PM||Nina Sky|
T-Mobile South Stage
|12:30 PM||Chicago Spirit Brigade|
|1:00 PM||Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade Awards|
|1:30 PM||Peach Takeover w/Supes Base|
|4:00 PM||Jamila Woods|
|7:00 PM||Roy Kinsey & Friends|
|8:00 PM||Peach Takeover w/Supes Base|
|8:45 PM||The Vixen / Black Girl Magic|
*UPDATE* Sixteen Candles will not be performing Oct 2 due to a postive COVID test in the band, please see the revised schedule for the TMobile South Stage on the SATURDAY tab.