Ultimate List of 2022 Chicago Pride Month Events

CHICAGO — From partying with the penguins at the Shedd to making bagels with drag queens before the Pride Parade, there are dozens of events to celebrate Pride Month in Chicago.

Block Club has pulled together everything from drag brunches and story time for kids to name change clinics and street parties.

We know that this list is not exhaustive. Want us to add an event? Email [email protected]

Outside the office
Twentieth Annual LGBTQ Networking Event
4:30 p.m. June 1
The Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St.
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Shedd Pride Night
Pride party with DJs, animal spotlight, and ocean-themed drag performance
6 p.m. June 1
Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
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Slide story time
Story time for kids with books read by drag performers.
6:00 p.m. June 1 at the West Lawn Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 4020 W. 63rd St.
11 a.m. June 3 at the Sulzer Library Branch, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
1 p.m. June 8 at the Bezazian Library Branch, 1226 W. Ainslie St.
10:30 a.m. June 13 at the Library’s Commercial Club Park, 1845 W. Rice St.
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Or Chadash LGBTQ+ Shabbat
Pride month Shabbat celebration.
7:45 p.m. June 3
Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive
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Brunch Dim Sum & Drag
Brunch and performance by Asian drag performers
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 4
Furama, 4936 N. Broadway
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Jerk
A semi-staged reading of Robert Chesley’s 1986 play “Jerker” by artists Maxe Crandall and Emmett Ramstad.
7 p.m. June 4
Leather Archives and Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave.
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shoot for pride
Weightlifting event to raise funds for Brave Space Alliance
June 4
Han Formation, 743 W. Irving Park Road
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Illinois Pride for Equality Launch Brunch
Brunch to celebrate the start of Pride month with the LGBTQ-focused organization
11:30 a.m. June 4
West Location, 221 N. Paulina Ave.
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drunk tea
Tea time with drag performers. Service at noon and 2:30 p.m.
June 4-5with Claire Voyant
June 11-12with Angelica Grace
June 18-19 with Platinum Carrington
June 25-26 with Olaysia
The Gwen Hotel, 521 N. Rush St.
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Lesbian/Queer Women’s Pride Picnic
A lakeside picnic for lesbian and queer women to celebrate Pride
11 a.m. June 5
Andersonville
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Name Change Clinic at Broadway Youth Center
Illinois’ Transformative Justice Law Project will provide free legal services to help people change their names and update their gender markers
12 p.m.-5 p.m. June 6
Broadway Youth Center, 1012 W. Irving Park Road
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Pride Pub Crawl
A pub crawl at eight locations with an afterparty
4 p.m. June 11
The North End, 3733 N. Halsted St.
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Open and Assertive Celebration Picnic and Networking
Hyde Park United Church will celebrate joining the Open and Affirmation Coalition. LGBTQ people and their allies are invited
12 p.m. June 12
Hyde Park United Church, 1448 E. 53rd St.
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Reclaim Pride Manifestation
Dram March for Change and Pride Without Prejudice protests merge for this year’s Reclaim Pride protest
1 p.m. June 12
Northalsted

Author Reading of “Gaybash” and “Summerdale”
Author David Collins reads from his LGBTQ novels
7 p.m. on June 16
Elevate Coffee, 3344 N. Halsted St.
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Building LGBTQ-Inclusive Spaces in Chicago
A virtual conversation with queer activists Abhijeet, Jo MaMa and Milani Varela moderated by Jake Wittich of Block Club Chicago.
7 p.m. on June 16
Block Club YouTube Channel
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Family Reunion BBQ Picnic
Affinity 95 will host an afternoon of food, music and live performances to celebrate Pride and Juneteenth.
1-4 p.m. June 18
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd Street and Western Avenue
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Drag me to the Fairmont
Drag show with headlining performances from bunny lady and Miz cookie
7 p.m. on June 18
Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive
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The Chicago Drag Show Presents: PRIDE
Dragster show with specialty cocktails and speakeasy atmosphere
9:30 p.m. June 18
The Newport Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave.
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People dance at Chicago Pride Fest 2019.

Chicago Pride Festival
Music, food and arts festival, including a popular pet parade
11 a.m. June 18-19
Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Streets
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Trans-Affirming Name Change Clinic
The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois and Brave Space Alliance will provide free legal services to help people change their names and update their gender markers
12 p.m.-5 p.m. June 21
1515 E. 52nd Place, 32nd Floor
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AAC Folies
Drag performance to benefit the Athletic Alliance of Chicago
7:30 p.m. June 22
The Baton Show, 4713 N. Broadway
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Adult outing: Pride Party!
After-hours party at Lincoln Park Zoo with drag bingo and live DJ
6:30 p.m. June 23
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.
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bowl of pride
Annual flag football tournament for the National Gay Flag Football League
June 23-25
Montrose and Margate Fields along the lake
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Chicago is a Drag Fest
Performances by drag kings, queens and local queer artists.
4 p.m. June 24
Cheetah Gym parking lot, 5248 N. Clark St.
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Pride North
Big Neighborhood Pride Festival on the North Side
June 24-26
Off the Morse CTA Red Line stop, 1358 W. Morse Ave.
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proud to run
Annual 5 km run, 10 km run or 5 km walk.
8:00 a.m. June 25
601 W. Montrose Ave.
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90s Pride Brunch
90s themed drag brunch.
10 a.m. June 25
The Nut Room, 111 N. State St.
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Pride Drag Brunch
Have brunch at a beer bar in Wicker Park
12 p.m. June 25
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St.
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Navy Pier Pride
Free Annual Pride Festival at Navy Pier
12 p.m. June 25
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
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Together we raise
Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire Annual Pride Concert
2 p.m. June 25
Holtschneider Performance Center, 2330 N. Halsted St.
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pride sounds
A Pride party and a performance by the Chicago Fringe Opera
6 p.m. June 25
1312 N. Leavitt Street
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Back Lot Bash
Women-focused music festival
3 p.m. June 25-26
5238 N. Clark Street
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Sober and proud
Ascension Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance will host an event with music, food and performance.
3pm-9pm June 25
Maison Bonaventure parking lot, 825 W. Wellington Ave.
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Pride in the Park
Outdoor LGBTQ music, performance and arts festival
June 25-26
Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
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How much is that drag in the window?
This drag brunch with PrideArts will include raffles and a performance by cabaret artist Scott Gryder. Drag queen Ramona Mirage and Joan Rivers impersonator Tim Murphy to preview Pride Parade
10 a.m. June 26
PrideArts Center, 4139 N. Broadway
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Pride Parade Drag Queen Make Your Own Bagel Brunch
A pre-parade drag show and cooking class in one
10:30 a.m. June 26
Enter the Kitchen!, 3617 N. Broadway
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Chicago Pride Parade
The 51st Annual Chicago Pride Parade
12 p.m. June 26
Kick off at Broadway and Montrose
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TRQPITECA Queer Pride
Pride Festival celebrating Chicago’s underground queer house and techno scene
3 p.m. on June 26
Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W. 19th St. near the pagoda and playground
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ENERGY Pride
Pride party centered on queer black women and transgender and gender non-conforming people.
4 p.m. June 26
The Headland, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
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Credit: Jake Wittich/Block Club Chicago
Jae Rice, a trans-male DJ and communications director for the Brave Space Alliance, leads protesters during Drag March 2021.

Story Jam Celebrate Pride
A Queer storytelling event with original music for each story.
7:30 p.m. June 29
Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.
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Chicago Black Pride Launch Party
9pm-2am July 1-2
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Pride South Side at Du
12 p.m.-5 p.m. July 2
DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl.
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Exhale by Pride South Side
9pm-2am July 2-3
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Chicago Black Pride, Ubuntu in the Park
12pm-7pm July 3
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Chi’s Black Pride: Mini Ball
7pm-midnight July 3
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