Chicago hosted the nation's first gay pride march on June 27, Since then, it's grown from a small parade in Boystown to a Chicago tradition that brings more than one million people together from around the world. The parade's theme this year is "Stonewall Millions of Moments of Pride.
Note: Information on this page is about an event that has passed. Information will be updated again in advance of the Pride Parade once confirmed and available. Avoid long lines at vending machines at stations near the parade and buy your fares in advance.
Chicago knows how to party for Pride. Check out all the best Chicago Pride events in Boystown and beyond. This massive two-day pride celebratio n takes over Boystown every June.
Anyone who sent us an e-mail asking to be on the parade list for next year can be assured that we have added you to the list. However, we already had 75 potential entries on that list from previous years and another 75 that we could not register this year, so it could take a few years to come up on the list again. But we have added you. Have a great summer and remainder of the year!
Our city recently elected its first openly gay mayor and pronoun buttons are gaining popularity, but the Pride parade is still just as much a gathering of people fighting for a cause as it is a celebration of what's been won. This year is particularly special as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, when Stonewall Inn patrons protested New York City police raids and started the gay liberation movement. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate on the sidelines as over-the-top entries parade by and Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over it all as grand marshal.
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The Pride Parade is one of Chicago's biggest events of the year, with 1 million people expected to line the route. Authorities are taking extra precautions to keep all paradegoers. Full Story.
Chicago's Pride Parade is one of the largest, by attendance, in the world. This event is taken place outside and celebrates Equal Rights for lesbiangaybisexualtransgender and queer people. Daley Plaza.
The 50th annual Chicago Pride Parade is only the culmination of a busy Pride Month full of gay celebrations. But those are just the major events—June offers a wealth of gay-oriented and LGBTQ-friendly shows, readings and parties at the best gay bars in Chicago. Plus, the big question: Where to grab brunch in Chicago before the Pride Parade?