Pride Guide

Chicago Gay Pride - June 25-27, 2010

By: Christopher Donaldson

Chicago’s Midwestern sensibility of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," assembles what is an unquestionably progressive maneuver from its obsessive commitment to the gay community—which is probably why no one was surprised when the city decided to devote the entire month of June to Pride.  Whether you come for the pizza, the wind-swept cityscape and suburban jocks, or the aesthetic expression of blue-collar bears, there has never been a better time to observe the golden rule than during Chicago Pride 2010 (festivities peak June 25-27).

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Chicago PrideFest Street Festival
Waveland at Halsted
Friday, June 25, 2010, 3-10 PM

Meet and greet the Northalsted Business Alliance for this always raucous celebration of everything queer and queer-friendly. Showcasing arts & crafts, food and beverage and live entertainment.

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Hannah Free playwright Claudia Allen with Tracy Baim and Jorjet Harper
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark
Friday, June 25, 2010 7 PM

Actors, writers and celebs will be kicking off the novel-tie-in for the lesbian flick Hanna Free.

Genderblind Movie Premiere
Portage Theater
4050 Milwaukee Avenue
(773) 736-4050
Friday, June 25, 2010, 7 PM

Directed and produced by Lanita Joseph, Genderblind is a story of a young Christian black woman who decides that salacious sins, rather than moralistic fervor, make her worthy of the title artist. There's an after-party immediately following the film complete with booze, food and DJs.


Pride Run & Walk
Start/Finish at Montrose Ave (4400 North)
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 8:00 AM

Kick off Pride weekend with a 5k and 10k run and/or walk presented in association with Frontrunners/Frontwalkers Chicago. Proceeds benefit local community organizations. Awards ceremony and raffle at 10 AM.

Chely Wright Performance and Signing
2817 N. Clark St.
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 4-7 PM

Since her debut as queer country musician on the cover of People Magazine, Chely Wright has been busy building her very own gay empire. She was named Grand Marshal of this year's Chicago Annual Pride Parade, released the album Lifted Off the Ground, and penned her new memoir Like Me. Need something to do before catching that first drink of the night? Watch Wright perform and sign books.

Choral Concert 
Nettlehorst Auditorim
3252 N. Broadway
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 3 PM & 8 PM

Camp songs and gay men. Need we say more?

Pride Prom
Mary's Attic
5400 North Clark Street
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 9 PM

Camptastic props and classic tunes make this the Pride event to see and be seen. Drink specials for those who come dressed in proper prom attire.


Broadway United Methodist Church 
3338 N. Broadway
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 10:00 AM

Feast on hamburgers and hot dogs before heading to the Pride Parade.

Chicago Pride Parade
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 12:00 PM

The parade begins at one of the most gay-centric corners in Chicago, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, and continues north on Halsted, then south on Broadway, then east on Diversey, and then onto Cannon Drive where it ends in Lincoln Park. Highlights to include The Stanley Cup and a member or two from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Since crowds have increased in recent years on Halsted Street, spectators are being asked to try other sections of the parade route to view the parade (for example, West Diversey Parkway or Broadway from Wellington to Diversey).

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2924 N. Broadway
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4-11 PM

Hosted by Chicago's Ronnie Kroell. Bring your appetites, dry whistles and booty shakes because killer margaritas, Tex-Mex fare, DJs and dancers are in da house.

Berlin Nightclub
954 W. Belmont Ave
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 4 PM

Special guests Hercules and Love Affair and Chances Matinee.

Pride Party
Visions Night Club
632 N. Dearborn
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 8 PM - 2 AM.

DJ/producer/artist Hector Fonseca with DJ Theresa and surprise celebrity guest appearance.

Official Pride Weekend After Party
Le Passage
937 N. Rush St.
Sunday, June 27, 2010, 9 PM - 4 AM

Neatly packed with socialites, models, hipsters and club kids (hosted by CT Hedden & Aurora Sexton).


For more information check local gay papers, such as Chicago Free Press and Windy City Times.

Gay nightlife in Chicago ranges from clubby and cruisy to mellow and sedate. Most of the Chicago gay bars and clubs are conveniently located on North Halsted, an area know as Boystown.  Another cluster can be found in Andersonville with the rest scattered throughout downtown and the suburbs.

Parking in the area is limited, so walk, take public transportation (or if you must drive, then car pool). For CTA/PACE/Metra transit information, call 773-836-7000; Web Site:

Be warned: Alcohol consumption should not take place along the parade route. Bring plenty of bottled water and sun screen, and dress lightly.