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Chicago Pride Fest brings big summer fun to the
heart of Boystown June 16 & 17, from 11am-10pm.
The annual festival is hosted by the
Northalsted Business Alliance and
celebrates pride, diversity and community in
the Chicago’s famed LGBTQ neighborhood.
Three stages deliver non-stop entertainment options with drag queens, DJs and iconic divas.
Featuring Belinda Carlisle, Mya and more, Pride Fest is packed with both national and local acts.
More festival fun is found among the 100 plus food, drink and shopping vendors lining the street,
offering an eclectic array of options including the annual VIP Pet Care Pet Pride Parade, which
brings pets and their people together for a Sunday strut down Halsted. ($10 Suggested Donation)
Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt explains what makes
Pride Fest stand out in a crowded summer festival season. “No neighborhood puts on a better
party than Boystown. But more importantly, Pride Fest fosters an atmosphere of celebration,
appreciation and hope that is special to this event.”
For more information on Chicago Pride Fest, visit their website at www.pridefestchicago.com.
Saturday, June 16 Sunday, June 17
North Stage North Stage
Drag Show 12:30PM
VIP Pet Care Pet Pride Parade
3:15PM Belinda Carlisle
South Stage 3:15PM South Stage
4:00PM Blake Lewis
Drag Show 12:00PM
Gay Men’s Chorus 4:00PM 12:30PM
6:00PM Drag Show Chicago Spirit Brigade
Frenchie Davis 1:15PM
Hello Weekend 6:00PM 1:00PM
7:00PM Thea Austin VIP Pet Care Pet Pride Parade
Drag Show 3:00PM 6:45PM Finish
Don’t Speak Drag Show 1:30PM
8:15PM 8:00PM One Night Band
Kim English 4:45PM Brian Justin Crumb 3:30PM
Cat Fight 9:00PM Abba Salute
9:00PM Mya 5:15PM
Jessica Sanchez 6:45PM Boy Band Review
TL Williams &
The Four C’s
CHICAGO'S 49th ANNUAL PRIDE PARADE
2018 Grand Marshal: Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz
Sunday, June 24 at 12 Noon
Orlando “El Fenomeno”Cruz, the first openly gay
active professional boxer, is scheduled to serve as
Grand Marshal of the Chicago 49th Annual Pride
Parade on Sunday June 24 at 12 Noon.
When he came out in 2012 he stated, “ ....I want to be
true to myself. I want to be the best role model I can be
for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a
professional career. I have and will always be a proud
Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a
proud gay man.”
He received great support from fellow boxers, as well
as singer Ricky Martin and actress Sonia Braga,
among others. In an interview at the time, he said
that he received great support from the Puerto
Rican people, “ They gave me their support, their care
and their love.” LGBTQ communities also embraced him, as more and more
celebrities across different fields have been coming out in recent years.
His talents enabled him to represent Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympics
in Sydney, Australia, and to win the World Boxing Organizational
Featherweight Title in 2016. He has held four world boxing titles. He was
among the first class of inductees into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports
Hall of Fame in 2012.
Cruz currently operates a gym in Puerto Rico where young athletes train to
improve and potentially become professional athletes themselves. He will
be fighting in the near future again for another World Title in boxing.
June 16 , Orlando Cruz is honored by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center as
“King” of the Chicago Puerto Rican People’s Parade. A week later, on June
24, Orlando will serve as Grand Marshal, leading the procession in the
Chicago Pride Parade.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org
Their website will be continually updated throughout the June Pride Month.
JUNE 15 - SCIENCE EXPERIMENT - “Rainbow JUNE 17 - LITURGY & CELEBRATION - 46th
Roses” at Albany Park Branch Library, Anniversary of Dignity/ Chicago at Broadway
3401 W. Foster in Chicago. 2 pm. Celebrate United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway in
Pride Month at YOUmedia. Dye white rose/ Chicago. 5 pm. Inclusive Roman Catholic Liturgy
carnations and then turn them rainbow in the followed by light refreshments during Social
fun science experiment. Info: Maggie Miller; Hour. Come celebrate 46 years of welcoming
[email protected]; 773-539-5450. and affirming ministry to the LGBT community,
JUNE 16 - CHICAGO PRIDE FEST - A street our families and friends. www.dignity-chicago.
festival with vendors and entertainers by the org; [email protected]; 312-458-9438.
Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA). 11 am JUNE 23 - OUTDOOR WOMEN’S MUSIC &
to 10 pm. Location: Halsted (from Addison to ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL - “Backlot Bash
Grace.) $10 suggested donation, all ages. Two- 2018.” The 15th annual festival is produced
day festival continues on June 17. by Spotevents, LLC. Today (only) is the “Pride
www.northalsted.com Family Fest” from 11 am to 2 pm. Afterwards:
JUNE 16 - PRIDE BRUNCH - “Sharing Light, All-day bash.The festival continues on June 24.
Sharing Faith in Divided Times” by the Chicago Information: www.backlotbashchicago.com;
Coalition of Welcoming Churches (CCWC) at [email protected] 773-368-6225.
Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. JUNE 23 - PIER PRIDE - “Navy Pier’s 3rd
Keeler in Chicago. 10 am to 2 pm. Consisting Annual Pier Pride”. Location: 600 E. Grand Ave.
of 80+ Open and Affirming congregations Noon (all day). Free and open to the public.
in the Chicagoland area, the CCWC’s brunch Family-friendly. Performers and events to be
celebrates Pride Month and provides an announced. www.navypier.org
opportunity for reflection, fellowship and JUNE 23 - RUN & WALK - “Proud To Run”-
building solidarity. No cost to members 37th annual event includes 5 K and 10 K
of coalition congregations. Any donation race/walk. 8:04 am from Montrose Harbor.
appreciated for members of the public. Benefit for community organizations, including
www.chicagowelcomingchurches.org; Care2Prevent (University of Chicago); Illinois
[email protected] Safe School Alliance; Pediatric AIDS Chicago
JUNE 16 - PRIDE CHORAL CONCERT - “MyLife: Prevention Initiative (PACPI); and Test Positive
A Mix Tape” by the Windy City Gay Chorus Aware Network (TPAN). The event is USA
and Windy City Treble Quire at St. James Track and Field-certified, CARA-certified and
Cathedral, 65 E. Huron in Chicago. 7 pm. presented in association with Frontrunners/
The concert will take the audience through Frontwalkers Chicago. For fees, exact location &
a memorable journey of songs connected registration information: www.proudtorun.org
to significant moments in the lives of choral JUNE 24 - FESTIVAL - “Pride North”- DJs/
members woven together to tell a story dancing. Noon to 2 am on Glenwood Ave.
of diversity, humanity and pride. Tickets at between Morse and Lunt in Chicago. Updated
Brown Paper Tickets. www.windycitysings.org; information to be announced.
[email protected]; 773-661-0928. www.facebook.com/pridenorth626
JUNE 17 - AURORA PRIDE PARADE - Inaugural JUNE 24 - PRIDE PARADE - “Chicago 49th
parade in downtown Aurora, Illinois. Noon. Annual Pride Parade” coordinated by
Family-friendly, all ages welcome. For more PRIDEChicago. Noon.
information: www.aurorapride.org www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org;
JUNE 17 - CHICAGO PRIDE FEST - A street [email protected]; 773-348-8243.
festival with vendors and entertainers by the JUNE 24 - OUTDOOR WOMEN’S MUSIC &
Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA). 11 am ENTERTAINMENT FESTIVAL - “Backlot Bash
to 10 pm. Location: Halsted (from Addison 2018.” 15th annual festival is produced by
to Grace.) $10 suggested donation, all ages. Spotevents, LLC. “Post-Parade Outdoor Music
www.northalsted.com. Fest/Post Parade Bash” Information:
20 boiMAG [email protected]; 773-368-6225.