The 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade is only the culmination of a busy Pride Month full of gay celebrations. Pride Fest kicks off a weeklong buildup in Boystown, while events like the Dyke March, Back Lot Bash and Pride North offer Pride weekend partying in alternative gayborhoods (Humboldt Park, Andersonville and Rogers Park, 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 previous years' festivities, right here.
When is Gay Pride in Chicago in 2017?
Gay Pride events take place throughout the month of June, culminating in the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
Gay Pride Chicago 2017
Chicago Pride Parade and more major gay events for Pride Month
Save these rainbow-colored dates
Where to eat near the Pride Parade route
If you're watching the Pride Parade or taking part in the weekend's festivities, you're going to need to eat some brunch
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
Best gay bars in Chicago
From Uptown to downtown, these are our favorite LGBT watering holes
Gay nightlife: Chicago's best gay parties in Boystown and beyond
Keep the party going year-round at these weekly and monthly nights
Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs
Get the party started with our list of gay anthems