Chicago Pride Parade and more LGBTQ events for Pride Month 2018

The 2018 Chicago Pride Parade is just part of a busy month of LGBTQ-related events and parties in Chicago

Photograph: Max HermanThe 43rd Annual Pride Parade, June 24, 2012

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

Chicago Pride Parade

Chicago's LGBT community comes out to celebrate with a parade that attracts over one million attendees. You'll want to head to the parade route early to grab a spot before the procession starts rolling down Halsted and Broadway between Montrose and Diversey.

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Pride Parade Route , Uptown Sunday June 24 2018

Chicago Pride Fest

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. 

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Halsted and Roscoe Sts , Boystown Saturday June 16 2018 - Sunday June 17 2018

Back Lot Bash

This annual outdoor Pride weekend party features music and entertainment with Sapphic appeal. The weekend opens with a “Whiskey, Wine and Women” tasting event.

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Cheetah Gym Andersonville , Andersonville Saturday June 23 2018 - Sunday June 24 2018

Proud To Run

This Pride weekend 10K run and 5K run/walk, now in its 37th year, raises funds for LGBTQ causes. This year proceeds go to Care2Prevent, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative and Test Positive Aware NetworkTPAN.

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Montrose Harbor , Uptown Saturday June 23 2018