Lakeview East Guide to Eat, Drink, Party and Shop.
It’s that time of year again, Pride Month! Where everything is a little more colorful, music and life fill the streets and we honor our neighborhood and all of our vibrant LGBTQ+ businesses. We are proud to support our local neighborhood businesses that contribute so much to the LGBTQ+ community, and we’ve compiled a list of all the amazing specials to help you celebrate Pride Month while shopping locally.
PRIDE PARADE AND FEST INFO
The 51st annual Chicago Pride Parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 26 at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in the Uptown area and marches through the city’s Boystown neighborhood. The parade travels across the city’s north side, culminating near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.
Date: June 26th 2022
Location: Parade route map
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeview East Community Partnership Proudly Sponsoring The Second City Outlaws
The Second City Outlaws welcome you to be a part of the Pride parade march in celebration of the fun and fabulous LGBTQ+ diversity with the largest pride event of the year. Click here to sign up to walk with the Second City Outlaws!
The Second City Outlaws are an organization sponsored by Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce that takes great PRIDE in being a Mainstream Country Dancing Performing Group that is OPEN and Inclusive to ALL Country Dancers regardless of age, race or gender identity throughout Chicagoland.
Walk with Chicago Sugar Daddy at Pride Parade
Walk with Chicago Sugar Daddies at Pride & show support to another local LGBTQIA+ organization that they are supporting and/or donate so they can continue their awesome initiatives in promoting equality and inclusion! Reach out to the Daddies here to sign up to walk with them! They are also releasing their Sugar Daddy Tees this month and proceeds go to the Asian and Friends Chicago organization.
Walk with the daddies by reaching out to them on Instagram.
BARS TO VISIT ON HALSTED
Lakeview has some of the best bars in the city, whether you’re searching for a fantastic place to sing karaoke, watch a drag show, play bar games, or just relax before, during, or after the pride fest. Take a peek at our selection of favorite local bars and stop by!
The North End | 3733 N Halsted St.
Chicago’s neighborhood gay sports bar since 1983! Offering cold drinks, a great beer selection, pool, darts, and all the games on TV.
Charlie’s Chicago | 3726 N. Broadway St.
Charlie’s offers the best variety in entertainment 7 days a week. From its award-winning country programming, and best after-hours dance party, to its Bingo, and Karaoke, even free Dancing Lessons
The Lucky Horseshoe Lounge | 3169 N Halsted St
This lounge at the corner of Halsted and Belmont is the city’s only bar featuring a daily lineup of male dancers. The Lucky Horseshoe is an icon of North Halsted. Bring some spare singles to tip the local talent!
Kit Kat Lounge | 3700 N Halsted St.
The Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club is a premier destination venue for every type of occasion and every demographic. With an innovative martini and cocktail list of more than 200 offerings, upscale contemporary cuisine, entertainment by the world famous Kit Kat Divas and sleek “South Beach meets Hollywood” inspired décor, Kit Kat is truly a world-class entertainment hotspot.
Replay Lakeview |3439 N. Halsted St.
Your neighborhood hangout with free vintage arcade games, an extensive rotating craft beer list with 26 beers on tap, and live DJs.
Lark | 3441 N Halsted St.
Lark is a friendly and fun restaurant perfect for date night, groups, weekday dinner or weekend brunch. At Lark, everyone is welcome. During the weekend, join Lark for their lively drag shows and rotating weekly entertainment
Roscoe’s |3356 N Halsted St
Roscoe’s is an entertaining gay bar and restaurant with a welcoming environment for anyone and everyone. Whether you come to get a drink, dance all night or grab a bite there’s something for everyone.
Sidetrack | 3349 N Halsted St
Sidetrack is dedicated to providing entertainment and hospitality in a respectful, safe, and inclusive space for the LGBTQIA+ communities. Sidetrack was named the Most Visited Bar in Chicago by LYFT, the Best Gay Bar in Chicago by TimeOut and the #1 Gay Bar in the U.S. by Yelp in 2021.
Hydrate | 3458 N Halsted St
Hydrate is a Chicago destination for shows, music, dancing, and the best late-night party in the city. Plus, they’ve got a national and international reputation for bringing the best the best DJ’s to Chicago.
WHERE TO EAT
Looking for a Pride Fiesta? El Jardin is celebrating their 55th Anniversary this weekend! Cool off from all the festivities and enjoy one of their classic colorful margaritas on the beautiful outdoor patio
For the month of June, 3% of sales from Shake Shack’s new shake trio will directly benefit their long-time friends at The Trevorproject and their critical support of LGBTQ+ youth.
*with a minimum donation of $75K
Bittersweet’s rainbow layered cake is perfect for celebrating Pride Month! Vanilla cake with a rainbow drip and rainbow sprinkles, sandwiched with cream cheese frosting and topped with cream cheese buttercream is exactly what you need this month!
Klein’s Rainbow 🌈 Bagels 🥯 are back to celebrate in the month of PRIDE so make sure you grab yourself some for a fun colorful breakfast or snack!
Epic Kitchens is inviting all of their customers to donate to a local LGBTQ+ group during Pride Month. Epic Kitchens will give you a coupon code for 20% off your next order for every donation made.
Epic Kitchens will also be hosting an all day Pride Parade party and they have a lot planned for you for the day. Lots gifts, activities, food and fun!
They have also partnered with some businesses in the area for some fun giveaways!
Family-owned for nearly 70 years, The Bagel sits on the parade route at the corner of Broadway and Barry and is proudly LGBTQ+ Owned. The classic Jewish deli makes steaming hot oatmeal, lox and fried matzos just like Bubbe. Stop in before, during, and after the parade as they’re right on the route and are open from 8AM – 9PM parade day!
Come ‘brunch’ with Swift and Sons on the weekends and enjoy exclusive sweets from their pride pastry basket featuring four new desserts through the end of June.
Additionally, $1 from their pastry basket will be donated to Howard Brown Health!
Drew’s on Halsted will be hosting a full lineup of cabaret shows all throughout pride weekend. Relax on their tucked-away patio and enjoy a cold drink while listening to some incredible live music!
WHERE TO DRINK
In honor of Pride Month, The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville will host a month-long fundraiser for the nearby Center on Halsted. For $35, guests can enjoy a Rainbow Shot Flight, solo or with friends, featuring six shots colored red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. A portion of proceeds from all Rainbow Shot Flights lights sold in June will be donated to Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of LGBTQ Chicagoans.
Local LGBTQ+ Friendly and Owned bar Shaker’s on Clark recently reopened! Sip on their colorful collection of 21 different flavored Long Island Iced Teas and Martinis! This neighborhood bar is for everyone, so whether you’re looking to relax and play some pool or get things started with a few drinks for the evening, you’re going to want to stop by this brand new neighborhood bar!
The Closet is the perfect place in Chicago for a drink in a cozy gay/lesbian setting. From video bowling, darts, bingo, karaoke nights, and other assorted games, you will scarcely run out of things to do. The Closet is one of the oldest LGBTQ+ Bars in the neighborhood and for pride month, every Saturday from 8PM to 10PM they will have live music and LGBTQ+ performers!
Get your wristbands to party all weekend long at Berlin! Weekend wristband passes include entry to Berlin Nightclub on June 24th, 25th, and 26th. Save $10 on entry for the entire weekend!
Cheba Hut is offering a can of Oberon plus a shot of Exotico for just $5.50! Available everyday through the end of June!
Donation of the proceeds go to Human Rights campaign.
WHERE TO PARTY
Kit Kat is hosting a VIP Pride Fest Weekend! All tickets include entrance to the VIP dance patio at Kit Kat Lounge, as well as a full bar and easy views of the Waveland DJ stage. Get your tickets now before they’re all gone.
Houndstooth Saloon will be hosting a Pour Decisions Drag Brunch on June 25th.
There will be raffle tickets available for purchase and proceeds go to benefit Life is Work.
Join D.S Tequila during the Chicago Pride Parade! Each ticket includes access to their patio directly on the parade route, tex-mex brunch buffet, and mimosa package from 11am-1pm.
Happy Camper will be doing drink pouches all weekend for Pride and they will also be having Spice Girls F*ckin’ Bingo on June 21st at 7pm. It’s a $10 suggested donation to play that will be benefiting YEPP (Youth Empowerment Performance Project.)
Looking to meet new people, make new friends and simply have a good time?
Bonus Round Café hosts a monthly LGBTQIA+ mixer so make sure you visit them for a good time.
Come enjoy Pride Night at Wrigley Field, June 29th. A portion of the proceeds from each Pride Day ticket will go to Cubs Charities to support LGBTQI+ community partners.
Get a pump before Pride in the Park and support a great cause! Join Archetype CrossFit -Saturday, June 25th, 10am – for an all-levels workout that will get you feeling strong and looking ripped
All are welcome! 50% of all drop-ins will be donated to support the Howard Brown Broadway Youth Center and its mission to provide affirming healthcare and wellness services to Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community and allies
Link for more details and to sign up: https://qrco.de/acfp4p
Learn more about Howard Brown Health and ways you can support: https://howardbrown.org/
Queen! PRIDE feat.
Residents Michael Serafini * Garrett David
Guests Nita Aviance (The Carry Nation) * Ariel Zetina b2b Miss Twink USA * DJ Wawa
Hosted by Lucy Stoole * Jojo Baby * Nico
Guest hosts Sal-E * King Molasses
$20 Adv / $25 DOS / $25 Door Before 12AM / $30 Door After 12AM / 21 & Over // Doors: 10PM / Show: 10PM
On Sunday, June 26th, Pride weekend, The River Kitchen Bar will be celebrating pride with our drag brunches, and they would love for all of the neighbors and friends to come out and support some local queer drag artists:)
Celebrate PRIDE WEEKEND at Lark! Enjoy $5 Hornitos Shots to keep your rainbow running!
June 25th: Brunch starts from 11am to 3pm and night dance party starts at 10pm.
June 26th: Watch the 2022 Chicago Pride Parade out front or on their 14 screens (live feed!)
Got Pride plans already?
How about a Post Parade Pick-Me-Up? Swing by Gman SUN 6/26 for a DJ set with Zeetus Lapetus from 3:30 – 6:30 pm
WHERE TO SHOP
CRAM Fashion’s Pride Tee is here! Designed by them and available exclusively at CRAM in store or online. Get in the spirit this season 🏳️🌈
Shop local LGBTQ+ owned with us this Pride month! Not only is Foursided LGBTQ+ owned and operated, but their merchandise is also stocked with work from Queer artists and creatives. Stop by for gifts, pride gear, and so much more!
Lovers to enemies? Enemies to lovers? Unabridged has curated a Pride themed reading list for your enjoyment.
For every bottle of True Colours Cava sold, Bottles Up will donate $5 to Howard Browns Health. True Colours also donates to organizations that help LGBTQIA people.
And on June 23, their Whiskey Us Away Class will feature LGBTQIA-owned businesses and will be taught by their own socialist Lauren, who is a member of the LGBTQIA group.
Good vibes and good causes! Sunnyside Dispensary has their Good News Pride Line and proceeds benefit Center on Halstead to support LGBTQIA+ community gathering and recreation spaces
Foxtrot presenting “Say Gay” Series.
The Say Gay Series in the spirit of visibility for LGBTQ+ youth now more than ever, they’ve partnered to donate 100% of total sales from their “Say Gay” Series to GLSEN and The Brave Space Alliance. Along with featuring a growing lineup of small Queer-owned brands, they’re proud to collaborate on the “Say Gay” Series to stand for diverse makers, the power of community, and the human truth that joy is found in every voice every day.
All Care Clinical Services are offering 5 EMSCULPT NEO treatments for 50% off the original price. Plus receive a 6th treatment free AND if you mention PRIDE month, you’ll receive a 7th treatment free as well!!