Chicago Pride Fest
With the recent passing of the Illinois Civil Union law, Pride Fest takes on a new meaning. The Northalsted Business Alliance presents the 9th annual fest as a precursor to Sunday's main event—the 42nd annual Pride Parade. Halsted Street is bound to be overflowing with food, drink, and arts and crafts vendors, with festival favorites like Deborah Cox set to entertain the masses. Check out our Guide to Pride 2011 to arrange your perfect pride weekend. F
For good music, head to the fest on July 1: At 5pm, Dixie Chicks spin-off Court Yard Hounds takes to the stage followed by country maven Loretta Lynn. Festival-goers can feel at least a little safer this year, with CPD sending more undercover officers to monitor fest activities. Fri 24–Jul 3, 11am–8:30pm. Columbus Dr from Balbo Dr to Monroe Dr. El: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams; Blue, Red to Jackson. Bus: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 26, 28, 126, 145, 146, 147.
Sat 25, Sun 26, noon–10pm. Damen Ave between North Ave and Schiller St (312-850-9390). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. $5.