The Chicago Pride Parade is a Chicago tradition spanning more than four decades, but celebrations of gay pride have long since expanded beyond just the Boystown parade. The big event on the last Sunday in June is now accompanied by Pride weekend festivities in alternative gayborhoods like Andersonville and Rogers Park. And LGBTQ-themed cultural offerings including theater, comedy shows and queer-friendly concerts dot the June calendar. Crank up your favorite gay anthem and start planning out your Pride. We’ll keep adding to the list as dates firm up and new events are announced.
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Chicago Pride Parade 2018 and more Pride Month events
Prep for the following weekend’s annual Pride Parade with Chicago’s LGBTQ community at this celebration. The event offers musical entertainment—this year’s highlights include Mya, Belinda Carlisle and American Idol alums Blake Lewis, Frenchie Davis and Jessica Sanchez—and food and drinks from local vendors, right in the heart of Boystown.