My 2010 Chicago Gay Pride Events Guide
Featuring Chicago’s Gay & Black Gay Pride Events Tailored For Lesbians.
JUNE 25 – STREET FESTIVAL– “Chicago Pride Fest” by Northalsted Business Alliance, Waveland at Halsted; 4 PM to 10 PM. $7 suggested donation goes to Northalsted Business Alliance. Live music, food, arts/crafts, vendors etc. ( Two day fest continues June 26, from 11 AM to 10 PM). www.chicagoevents.com 773-868-3010.
JUNE 26 – PERFORMANCE & CD/BOOK SIGNING– Chely Wright, popular country singer/songwriter and Grand Marshal of this year’s Chicago Annual Pride Parade, will be at Borders, 2817 N. Clark St. 4 PM to 6 PM. Her new album is called “Lifted Off the Ground” and her new memoir is titled “Like Me.” 773-935-3909 (Borders).
JUNE 26 – OUTDOOR LESBIAN PARTY – “7th ANNUAL BACKLOT BASH” at 5238 N. Clark St. (right behind Cheetah Gym). Hosted by DJ Nikki from B96 & actress & comedian Niki Lindgren. Also: Chicago’s own Betty Fords & Crazy Rocket Fuel, Shy Violet, DJ KT and Black Betty headliner. Rain or shine. Age 21+. Tix at door: $10 cover before 5 PM ( $15 after). Thousands of women come out to this two day event each year (also on June 27). www.backlotbashchicago.com.
JUNE 26 – STREET FESTIVAL – “Chicago Pride Fest”by Northalsted Business Alliance, Waveland at Halsted; 11 AM to 10 PM. $7 suggested donation goes to Northalsted Business Alliance. Live music, food, arts/crafts, vendors, etc. (Second day of two day fest). www.chicagoevents.com 773-868-3010.
JUNE 26 – DYKE MARCH – rally first, then the march at 2:30 PM at new south side location. Post-march festivities in the park . For location & more information: www.chicagodykemarch.wordpress.com.
JUNE 27 – CHICAGO 41st ANNUAL PRIDE PARADE– coordinated by PRIDEChicago. Line-up: corner of Halsted Street (800 West) and Belmont Avenue (3200 North). Step off from the Halsted/Belmont corner at 12 Noon, proceeding north on Halsted (to Broadway); then south on Broadway (to Diversey); then east on Diversey (to Cannon Drive) in Lincoln Park. Grand Marshal, country singer/songwriter, Chely Wright. www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.orgPrideChgo@aol.com 773-348-8243.
JUNE 27 – DANCE PARTY – “GIRLBLAST” annual event by Lynn Malec at Ann Sather Parking Lot, 909 W. Belmont Ave. Expanded this year, it will be hosted by comedienne Jessica Kirkson (Tonight Show, Comedy Central, Joy Behar show, etc.) with special appearances by Dani Campbell (MTV) and Natalie Garcia (afterellen.com, Nat& Meg Show, new L Word). DJ : All the Way Kay (Chicago Dirty Girls) & DJ Alena (dotbleep). Wet t-shirt contest w/prizes. Kissing booth w/ Natalie Garcia. Dance, eat drink: 2 PM to 10 PM. Twitter address is girlblastchi. Pre-sale tickets: www.chicagogirlblast.com.
JUNE 27 – OUTDOOR LESBIAN PARTY – “7th ANNUAL BACKLOT BASH”at 5238 N, Clark St. (right behind Cheetah Gym). Features a hot duel by DJ Kristin! and Deseree Fawn, Gina Glockson, DJ KT & Dot Dot Dot (headliner). Hosted by Mariah Hanson of Club Skirts/The Dinah & Flo from Bad Girls Club. Rain or shine. Age 21+. Tix at door: $10 cover before 5 PM ($15 after). Thousands of women come out to this two day event each year. www.backlotbashchicago.com.
Gay Black Pride Chicago 2010
JULY 3: Poetry Slam, South Loop Hotel, 11 West 26th Street, Chicago, IL., from 6pm until 10pm.
JULY 4: Park Festival, Sherman Park, 5440 S. Racine, Chicago, IL., from 11am until 7pm.