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Your Ultimate Guide to Chicago Pride 2024

As one of the oldest and largest Pride celebrations in the country, Chicago's annual Pride Parade is not just an event; it's an explosion of color, culture, and community. An event that celebrates love, equality, and diversity, this event is a vibrant and colorful spectacle that transforms the city into a kaleidoscope of rainbow flags, glitter, and joy. Whether you're a long-time attendee or a first-time visitor, this guide will help you navigate the festivities with ease. Here's everything you need to know about Chicago Pride 2024, from the parade to the parties, and everything in between.

The Historical Significance of Chicago Pride

The annual Chicago Pride Parade, organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance, is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. This event has grown from a small gathering to a massive festival that attracts millions of people from around the world. The parade route winds through the Northalsted neighborhood, known as Chicago's "Boystown", which is the first officially recognized gay village in the United States.

The Heart of the Celebration: Chicago Pride Parade June 30

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 30, 2024. The 53rd annual Chicago Pride Parade kicks off at 11 a.m., starting in the vibrant Uptown neighborhood. The parade weaves through Lakeview before concluding in the beautifully park-like setting of Lincoln Park, Chicago, near the freshly rainbow-paved intersections installed along Halsted St.

This year, 125 contingents, including the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, will march under the powerful theme "Pride is Power," celebrating the spirit, life, culture, and community of the LGBTQ+ community. Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets, so pick your spot early, especially along the bustling N. Halsted Street, or find a quieter view in Uptown where the parade begins.

Navigating the Parade

The best way to reach the parade is by using public transit, as parking is nearly impossible and streets are closed off. The Red and Brown CTA lines have several stops along the parade route including Wilson, Addison, Belmont, Wellington, and Diversey. Remember, Belmont tends to be the most crowded stop. Ride-share services can also be an option, but plan to walk a few blocks to reach the parade due to street closures.

Chicago Pride Fest

The weekend before the parade, June 23-24, don’t miss the annual Chicago Pride Fest in Boystown. This festival features three music stages, a Youth Pride Space for teens, best of Chicago Drag performance, arts and crafts, and food from local eateries. It’s a perfect place to experience the city's vibrant gay culture and history.

Food and Festivities

The Chicago Pride Fest 2024 is filled with live music, vendors, and food. The festival features a variety of cuisines, from classic Chicago hot dogs to international delicacies. The area around the parade and throughout the city, particularly along Halsted St streets, bursts with activity, with Chicago pride crosswalks painted in rainbow colors, further enlivened by the two-day street festival.

Local vendors line the streets, offering everything from quick bites to gourmet treats. Whether you're in the mood for something light like a salad or something indulgent like a deep-dish pizza, you'll find it all here.

What to Wear to the Parade

Don't forget to dress up! When it comes to what to wear, anything goes at the Chicago Pride Parade. Many attendees wear colorful costumes and accessories, adding to the festive atmosphere. Revelers typically wear costumes, rainbow-colored clothing, and lots of glitter. Given the typically sunny weather, don't forget to wear sunscreen, bring a hat, and maybe an extra layer of glitter just for fun.

Parade Day Essentials

It’s usually sunny and hot during the parade, so pack sunscreen, water, and perhaps a portable fan. With limited shade along the route, these items will keep you cool and protected.

The Atmosphere and Other Activities

The atmosphere at Chicago Pride is electric, filled with love, acceptance, and pride. The event features live music performances, drag shows, and the Proud Pet Parade, a delightful spectacle where participants show off their pets in adorable costumes. The event culminates in the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30th, a vibrant procession of floats, performers, festival workers, and community groups.

Bag Policy and Safety

To keep the event safe and enjoyable, large bags are discouraged along the parade route. If you must bring a bag, opt for something small like a fanny pack. First aid and cooling stations are strategically placed along the route, ensuring that attendees can receive quick medical attention or a place to cool down if needed.

Why Bounce Luggage Storage is Convenient at Chicago Pride 2024

When you're exploring the city or joining the Pride celebration, the last thing you want is to be weighed down by your luggage. That's where Bounce comes in. As the largest luggage storage platform, Bounce offers short-term luggage storage in over 2,000 cities worldwide, including Chicago

With Bounce, you can drop off your bag at one of our 10,000 facilities and enjoy the Pride events without having to worry about your belongings. Our friendly and accessible service ensures that your stuff is safe, giving you your day back. Each item stored through our platform comes with $10,000 in BounceShield™ Protection, so you can have peace of mind as you celebrate Pride.

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Our platform is simple to use. Just download our luggage storage app or visit our website, find a convenient location, and book your storage. We partner with local businesses, such as souvenir shops, hotels, and restaurants, to provide secure storage areas. And with our flexible cancellation policy, you can change your plans without any hassle.

Things to Do in Chicago

While you're in town for Chicago Pride, take the opportunity to explore the city. Visit the iconic Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean," in Millennium Park. Enjoy a stroll along the Lake Michigan shoreline, or take a boat tour for a unique view of the city's impressive skyline. Don't miss out on Chicago's renowned food scene, from deep-dish pizza to gourmet dining

See You in Chicago?

With its vibrant atmosphere, diverse activities, and the convenience of Bounce luggage storage, Chicago Pride 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ+ community or attending your first Pride event, Chicago welcomes you with open arms. See you in Chicago!

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All you need to know

  • What day is pride this year in Chicago?

    The Chicago Pride Parade for 2024 is scheduled for Sunday, June 30. This event concludes the month-long celebrations of Pride in Chicago.

  • Where is the Chicago Pride Parade 2023?

    The Chicago Pride Parade for 2023 followed a route beginning in the Uptown neighborhood and proceeded through the north side of the city, concluding near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

  • What streets are the pride parade on in Chicago?

    The Chicago Pride Parade follows a route that begins at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood. From there, the parade moves south along Broadway, then heads east on Halsted Street. It continues on Halsted until it turns east again on Belmont Avenue, then moves south on Broadway once more, and finally heads east on Diversey Parkway, where it concludes near the intersection with Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. This route covers several key streets within the Lakeview and Uptown neighborhoods, making these areas focal points for the celebration.

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