Gay Pride Chicago 2018

Here’s your guide to Gay Pride in Chicago: 2018’s gay festivals, LGBTQ-friendly parties, best gay bars and more

Pride Parade and more gay events for Chicago Pride month 2014
Photograph: Ellie Pritts

The 49th 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 (Little Village, Andersonville and Rogers Park, respectively). But those are just the major events—June offers a wealth of gay-oriented and LGBTQ-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 2018?

Gay Pride events take place throughout the month of June, culminating in the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Gay Pride Chicago 2018

Chicago Pride Parade and more major gay events for Pride Month
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Chicago Pride Parade and more major gay events for Pride Month

Save these rainbow-colored dates

Where to eat near the Pride Parade route
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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
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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
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Best gay bars in Chicago

From Uptown to downtown, these are our favorite LGBTQ watering holes

Chicago's best LGBTQ parties
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Chicago's best LGBTQ parties

Keep the nightlife going year-round at these weekly and monthly get-downs around town

Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs
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Ultimate Pride playlist: The 50 best gay songs

Get the party started with our list of gay anthems

Past coverage of Gay Pride Chicago

Photos from the 2017 Chicago Pride Parade
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Photos from the 2017 Chicago Pride Parade

Photos from the 2016 Chicago Pride Parade
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Photos from the 2016 Chicago Pride Parade

Photos from the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade
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Photos from the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade

Photos from Pride Fest 2015
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Photos from Pride Fest 2015

Photos from the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade
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Photos from the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade

Photos from Pride Fest 2014

Photos from Pride Fest 2014

Illinois marriage equality celebration at Sidetrack: photos
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Illinois marriage equality celebration at Sidetrack: photos

Photos from the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade
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Photos from the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade

Photos from Pride Fest 2013

Photos from Pride Fest 2013

Pride Month 2013 theater & performance

Pride Month 2013 theater & performance

Photos from the 2011 Chicago Pride Parade
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Photos from the 2011 Chicago Pride Parade

Your perfect Pride on Windy City Live

Your perfect Pride on Windy City Live

The four stages of Pride

The four stages of Pride

2011 Pride Parade preview
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2011 Pride Parade preview

Best of the Fests | Pride Fest 2011
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Best of the Fests | Pride Fest 2011

2010 Chicago Dyke March

2010 Chicago Dyke March

Charitable LGBT products for Gay Pride Month
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Charitable LGBT products for Gay Pride Month

10 things you need for your same-sex wedding
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10 things you need for your same-sex wedding

The history of boystown's rainbow pylons
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The history of boystown's rainbow pylons

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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!