Dates: June 16-17, 2018
Location: On North Halsted Street at Waveland
Demographics: GLBT A25-54
- Two music stages (One Main Stage)
- Continuous live music
- National name music headliners each night
- Pet Pride Parade
- Local entertainment
- Wide variety food and drink
Chicago Pride Fest returns for its 16th year in 2018 and – because of its growing popularity – is expanding again. Bigger name entertainment…more vendors…more interactive displays…and longer hours are just a few of the things in the works for 2017.
Held a week before Chicago's Pride Parade, the event's purpose is to offer organized, quality outdoor entertainment for gay/lesbian/Bi/transsexual Chicagoans as well as out-of-town visitors throughout Pride Weekend.
Chicago Pride Fest features non-stop musical entertainment on two stages, food and drink and more than 100 vendors offering fine arts, crafts, world market goods and merchandise targeted to the gay/lesbian community. National musical acts featured on one of the event's two stages in the past have included Jennifer Hudson, RuPaul, Zelma Davis of C & C Music Factory, Crystal Waters, Linda Clifford, Suzanne Palmer, Irene Cara, Hugo, Big Freedia, and many more big names. The second stage features local musicians, deejays and performing artists.
One of the most popular and unique components of this festival is the Pet Pride Parade- a junior version of Sunday's Chicago Pride Parade in which proud owners parade their costumed pets on a short route throughout the events' surrounding blocks.