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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

bud light seltzer chicago pride fest

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: 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.

Parking Restrictions
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.

PRide FEst Tow Info

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 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.

PRide Fest 2021 Foozie_Miss Foozie

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 Chicago Pride Parade is a separately organized event and has been cancelled for 2021. For 2022 parade information contact Timothy Frye (Parade Coordinator) at [email protected] or (773) 348-8243.

Parade Website: chicagopridecalendar.org

07 COVID-19 Information

Northalsted is partnering with Northshore Clinical Labs to offer free COVID testing and vaccinations in advance of, and at next weekend’s Chicago Pride Fest.

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.

2021 Schedule.

Bud Light Seltzer North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

12:00 PM DJ Laura B
1:00 PM Drag Show
2:30 PM Shangela
3:15 PM Katie Kadan
4:15 PM Drag Show
5:30 PM Brooke Eden
6:30 PM Drag Show
8:00 PM St. Panther
9:00 PM Mya

T-Mobile South Stage

at Halsted & Addison

*UPDATED* Sixteen Candles will not be performing
due to a postive COVID test in the band family.

12:45 PM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
2:10 PM Mel Senese
4:00 PM iPop
6:45 PM Bev Rage and the Drinks
8:15 PM Boy Band Review w/Toxic, Garek

Waveland Dance Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

11:00 AM DJ Vlad
1:00 PM Spencer Huff
2:30 PM ArianaDJ
4:00 PM Ethan Cole
5:30 PM DJ Ca$h Era
7:00 PM Diox
8:30 PM Miss DJ Meg

Bud Light Seltzer North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

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

at Halsted & Addison

12:30 PM Chicago Spirit Brigade
1:00 PM Miss Foozie’s Pet Parade Awards
1:30 PM Peach Takeover w/Supes Base
3:00 PM TBA
4:00 PM Jamila Woods
4:45 PM TBA
6:00 PM Orisun
7:00 PM Roy Kinsey & Friends
8:00 PM Peach Takeover w/Supes Base
8:45 PM The Vixen / Black Girl Magic

Waveland Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

12:00 PM DJ Martin
2:00 PM Rae Chardonnay
3:30 PM Janky
5:00 PM Jesus Montanez
6:30 PM DJ X-tasy
8:00 PM Apollo Xo

*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.

chicago pride fest schedule full revised

Bud Light Seltzer North Stage

at Halsted & Grace

5:00 PM DJ Laura B
6:00 PM Pride Drag Show
7:00 PM Kristine W
7:45 PM Pride Drag Show

T-Mobile South Stage

at Halsted & Addison

8:15 PM Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press

Waveland Dance Stage

at Halsted & Waveland

5:00 PM DJ Zel
6:30 PM VJ Bryan
8:30 PM Avi Sic


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Halsted Street, between Addison and Grace St.
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