Chicago Pride Fest

Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 21-22
Time: Saturday: 11am to 10pm | Sunday: 11am  9pm
Location: Halsted & Waveland | Chicago
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Beneficiary: Northalsted Business Alliance

Pride Fest, which celebrates June’s Pride Month, returns for its 12th fabulous year in 2014. It’s held the weekend before Chicago’s iconic annual Pride Parade (which this year takes place on Sunday, June 29).

Highlights include non-stop entertainment for gay/lesbian Chicagoans as well as for out-of-town visitors. Pride Fest features music top dance and pop/rock music acts on two stages, food and drink and more than 60 vendors offering arts, crafts and unique merchandise tailored to the gay community.

The fest is hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, which also sponsors the world-famous Northalsted Market Days in August.

Saturday, June 21
South Stage
1:30pm – Girlband
3:30pm – Crush on Radio
5:30pm – Windy City Cowboys
6:00pm – Betty Who
7:30pm – Wedding Banned

Sunday, June 22
South Stage
1:00pm – PetSmart Pet Pride Parade with Miss Foozie
2:00pm – The Personnel
3:30pm – Chicago Spirit Brigade
4:00pm – Catfight
6:30pm – Sixteen Candles

North Stage
12:30pm – Pride Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
2:30pm – Jennifer Hudson
3:30pm – Pride Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
4:45pm – Kaci Battaglia
5:30pm – Pride Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
6:30pm – Nikki Williams
8:00pm – Inaya Day
9:00pm – Thelma Houston

North Stage
12:00pm – PetSmart Pet Pride Parade with Miss Foozie – Registration & Start
12:30pm – Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
1:30pm – Mya
2:00pm – Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
2:30pm – Carlito Olivero
3:30pm – Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
4:30pm – Alex Newell
5:00pm – Drag Show featuring Chicago’s Best Female Impersonators
7:00pm – Kathy Sledge
8:00pm – Amber

DJ Stage on Waveland
12:00pm: DJ Luna
2:00pm: DJ Katy
4:00pm: DJ Konsept
5:00pm: Stage Host Trannika Rex
6:00pm: DJ Scotty T
8:30pm: Captains of the Industry
12:00pm: DJ Smokey
2:00pm: DJ Majr
4:00pm: Dance Floor Junkies
5:00pm: Stage Host Trannika Rex
6:00pm: Ryan Kenny
7:30pm: Big Once and Trentino
VIP Tickets
Limited tickets are available (150 ONLY a day) for the Ultimate VIP Experience at this year’s Chicago Pride Fest.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets 

What You Get:

  • Official event T-shirt
  • (2) Beverage Tickets (proper ID required)
  • Access to the VIP section located near the North/main stage
  • Gate Donation
Beneficiary – Northalsted Business Alliance
Your gate donation benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance.

The Northalsted Business Alliance works cooperatively to maintain a diverse, safe and thriving shopping and entertainment district. In 1980, a small group of retailers in a four-block area along Halsted Street joined forces to promote the street and improve business conditions.

Since its inception, the Northalsted Business Alliance has grown to represent more than 80 businesses along North Halsted Street from Barry Street to West Irving Park Road. The Association has been recognized by the media, the City of Chicago and local residents as a major force in the community, championing positive change and growth.

PetSmart Pet Pride Parade!
Another fun-filled highlight at this year’s Chicago Pride Fest will be PetSmart’s Pet Pride Parade. Everyone’s welcome to bring their dogs, cats and other animal kingdom friends to this festive procession that starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, from the stage area.

The short parade route will be on nearby streets before returning to the Chicago Pride Fest grounds where a panel of jurors will honor the best participants with gift certificates from local retailers.

How To Get There
Limited street parking may be available on surrounding streets. Public transportation is encouraged as the best way to get to the festival. The CTA Red Line “L” (Belmont, Addison stops) or Brown Line “L” (Belmont) are conveniently located just a few blocks from the festival. For routes, directions and connections, call 773.836.7000 or visit
Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities
Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 773-584-6684 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.
Event Logistics
Still have questions regarding event logistics? Please contact Crini McCarthy at 773-584-6615.
Exhibitor Opportunities
Click here for more information and applications on how to exhibit at this event and others. If you have additional questions, please contact Rosy Robinson or at 773.584.6642.
Music Bookings
Any bands or entertainers wishing to be considered for future bookings must submit the following information via email only. Please email us your website, your MySpace links, any other promotional links, a bio is also appreciated. If you are currently playing any Chicagoland venues or clubs, that’s important information to include. Last but not least, give us a price range on the band. If you feel your act is especially suited for one specific event, tell us why you’re a great fit for that event! Please email to Gehrig Peterson, our Music Director at

How to Register

Click on the below link to register by going to our website. Just enter your detail and pay the registration fees.

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