Pride Parade and more gay events for Chicago Pride month 2014

The Pride Parade through Boystown is just the capstone to a month full of gay events. Here's your guide to June's gay fests, LGBT-friendly shows and more.

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Pride Parade 2013: More than 200 parade entries and hundreds of thousands of spectators descended on Lakeview for the 44th annual gay celebration.

Pride Parade 2013: More than 200 parade entries and hundreds of thousands of spectators descended on Lakeview for the 44th annual gay celebration. Photograph: Ellie Pritts

The 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade is only the culmination of a busy Pride Month full of gay celebrations—and with June marking the advent of full marriage equality across Illinois, there's much to celebrate. Pride Fest kicks off a weeklong buildup in Boystown with performances by Jennifer Hudson and Betty Who, while events like the Dyke March and Back Lot Bash offer Pride weekend partying in alternative gayborhoods (Humboldt Park and Andersonville, respectively). But those are just the major events—June offers a wealth of gay-oriented and LGBT-friendly shows, parties, readings and more. Plus, the big question: Where to go for brunch (or Bloody Marys) the day of the parade? Find all your answers, and a look back at last year's festivities, right here.


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Pride Parade 2013: Photos of the floats and faces in the crowd

Photos of the floats and faces in the crowd.

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Denise W
Denise W

If you are going to the Gay Games in Cleveland/Akron - check out the Hawthorn Suites/Akron/Fairlawn - close to all events in Akron!