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.
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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 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.
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
Rise Up has is offering their EQUALI-TEA drink and with every purchase they will be donating to their neighbors & friends at Center of Halstead, who’s mission advances community & secures the health and well-being of the LGBTQ 🏳️🌈
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.)
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
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!)
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!
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!!