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Chicago Pride Fest Adds Debbie Gibson, Jamila Woods, Katie Kadan, Nina Sky and More to the Lineup

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Chicago Pride Fest Adds Debbie Gibson, Jamila Woods, Katie Kadan, Nina Sky and More to the Lineup

September 20, 2021 | Press Release | Chicago Pride Fest | More Headliners | Performers | Lineup | Street Festival | Live Music | Events

Chicago Pride Fest®, now spanning 3 days from October 1-3, will be packed with even more live music and entertainment! Newly added headliners include: Debbie Gibson, Jamila Woods, Katie Kadan (photo by Vin Reed), Nina Sky & Mila Jam. The festival recently announced adding Sunday October 3, following the cancellation of the Chicago Pride Parade.

Newly added headliners include: Debbie Gibson, Jamila Woods, Katie Kadan, Nina Sky & Mila Jam.

Previously announced artists also appearing are: Mýa, Shangela, VINCINT, Crystal Waters, Kristine W, Brooke Eden and St. Panther.

The entertainment also includes local favorites such as: Black Girl Magic with The Vixen and other artists produced for Sunday by Peach Presents, Dancing Queen: ABBA Salute, Sixteen Candles, Boy Band Review w/special guest Toxic feat. Garek, Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press, CATFIGHT, iPop, Bev Rage & the Drinks and MORE!

Above: CATFIGHT at Chicago Pride Fest – photo galleries

Above: Avi Sic, Janky, DJ Zel – photo galleries

The Waveland Dance Stage is likewise loaded with Chicago’s proudest DJs and special guests. Full stage schedules and lineup details at pridefestchicago.com

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. The majority of bar and restaurant establishments on Northalsted require proof of vaccination for entry (with a few requiring a recent negative test). Free COVID testing will be available at both the north and south gates prior to entry into the festival and both testing and vaccinations will be available from Northshore Clinical Labs prior to and at the festival. More information on testing and vaccination availability prior to the festival is available at northshoreclinical.com.

Northalsted Business Alliance Vice-President and festival organizer Mark Liberson is excited for the return of the festival.

“We’re grateful that vaccinations have enabled the return of events this year, allowing LGBTQ+ people and allies from all over the midwest and beyond a meaningful opportunity to celebrate life and community together.”

Above: Katie Kadan (photo by Vin Reed)

A $15 suggested donation for entry helps pay performers, festival workers, and funds community programs. Entry donations from previous festivals also helped to pay for the Chicago Pride Crosswalks: 14 rainbow paved intersections that make up the longest installation of its kind in the world.

About the Northalsted Business Alliance

Founded in 1980, Northalsted Business Alliance represents more than 100 businesses along Chicago’s Halsted Street corridor from Belmont to Irving Park/Broadway. The organization works to enhance economic vitality, foster a welcoming community, celebrate LGBTQ+ culture, and promote tourism through programs, services, and events including Chicago Pride Fest®, Northalsted Market Days®, the Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade, and more. For information visit northalsted.com.

Chicago Pride Fest

What: Chicago Pride Fest®, street festival est. 2001
Where: Halsted St. from Addison to Grace St, Chicago IL
When: Oct 1-3,2021:  Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-10pm
Why: A celebration of pride in Chicago’s Proudest Neighborhood
Who: Northalsted Business Alliance & Chicago SSA#18
Admission: suggested $15 donation, all ages
Website: pridefestchicago.com
Contact: [email protected] (773) 883-0500

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