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 htat 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: 4pm-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 will be requiring proof of vaccination (digital copy allowed) or recent negative test result for entry.
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.
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
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.