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.
RECOMMENDED: All LGBT events in June
The main events
The 45th annual Pride Parade, Pride Fest, Dyke March and more
Where to drink near (but not too near) the Pride Parade
When you're ready to escape the rainbow, head to these establishments just far enough away.
Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs
Get ready to celebrate with our list of gay anthems to stir the heart and move the hips.
Pride Month concerts and dance parties
Morrissey, Tegan & Sara and Queen in the same week? That can't be a coincidence.
Pride Month 2014 theater & performance
Gay and gay-friendly plays and comedy shows abound this June
Best gay bars
Boystown is the center of the gay scene in Chicago. But great gay bars can be found everywhere from downtown to Uptown.
Gay nightlife: Chicago's best gay parties in Boystown and beyond
The best gay nightlife isn't necessarily found at gay bars. These queer-friendly regular nights are where the party's at.
10 things you need for your same-sex wedding
Congrats, you're engaged! We've found 10 special items made especially for a same-sex wedding
The Legacy Walk
Soak up the city’s queer history while taking in the new Legacy Project.