Things to do this weekend from Pride Parade to neighborhood festivals

Things to do this weekend from Pride Parade to neighborhood festivals

Pride is being celebrated from Boys Town to Grand Park this weekend with over 1,000,000 expected to participate in the festivities. But that’s not all.

Here’s a rundown of happenings around town this weekend starting with Pride.


The 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off at noon, Sunday, June 30 from Broadway/Montrose and will proceed south on Broadway to Halsted; south on Halsted; east on Belmont; south on Broadway and east on Diversey to Cannon for disbanding.

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal of this year’s parade, the theme of which is “Stonewall 50: Millions of Moments of Pride.” The Stonewall rebellion that took place on June 28, 1969 and the street demonstrations that continued for the next several days gave rise to the modern day LGBTQ+ rights movement.

PLEASE NOTE; Residents, attendees and participants should anticipate street closures as early as 8:00 a.m. for participant staging areas and parade route closures beginning as early as 9:30 a.m., or as the crowd dictates for safety issues, including Montrose, Irving Park and Wellington at Broadway and Addison, Grace and Roscoe at Halsted. Streets are expected to fully reopen by 8:00 p.m. or when deemed safe to do so. Traffic Control Aides will be assigned to assist with traffic.

Public transportation is highly recommended. Parking restrictions in the area, which will be in effect and strictly enforced, will begin at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning for the assembly area at Broadway/Montrose and parade route. Parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the area so drivers are urged to read signage before parking. To locate a towed vehicle, call 3-1-1.

Additional larger-scale events taking place this weekend throughout the city include:


This first-ever outdoor festival will showcase Chicago’s drag culture on Friday, June 28, and will take place in the Cheetah Gym Parking Lot, 5238 N. Clark St., beginning at 4 p.m. The lineup will represent drag from across generations, neighborhoods, and performance styles, in addition to diversity in race, gender and sexuality.


The Ferris Wheel and bronze statue of the Captain On The Helm located just south of the entrance to Navy Pier. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

The Ferris Wheel and bronze statue of the Captain On The Helm located just south of the entrance to Navy Pier. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Pride is on view on June 29 at Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave. with an all-day event featuring family-friendly activities starting at noon in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. 



A hip-hop festival will take place on June 29 and June 30 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento. Doors open at noon and the festival ends at 10 p.m. each day. Now in its second year, the 2019 Summer Smash has expanded to a two-day event and increased the number of performances.


The Millennium Park Art festival returns to downtown Chicago for the 11th year, taking place right off Michigan Avenue on Lake Street. Festival goers will see an array of original artwork from more than 110 artists, including paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, furniture and more. Doors open on Friday, June 28 at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.; on Saturday, June 29, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, June 30, doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission is free.


The 10th annual Logan Square Arts Festival will take place June 28 – June 30 in the Logan Square Circle, located at the intersection of Kedzie, Logan Blvd. and Milwaukee Ave.  The three-day event celebrates the diversity and vitality of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood and will feature two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, food, and drinks. Doors open on Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m., and 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 – and close each night at 10 p.m.


Billed as the largest mariachi event of its kind in the U.S., the fifth annual festival will take place on Sunday, June 30 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Millennium Park. The festival is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.


Smaller events such as the Backlot Bash and Proud to Run 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon will also occur over the weekend. 


If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of Bridgeview. The Chi-town Hot Sauce Expo features live music, Hot Sauce Tastings, eating challenges and the world’s hottest pepper. 7000 Harlem, Bridgeview. Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30.

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