This weekend is the first OFFICIAL weekend of summer! We have been given plenty of sunshine, and that familiar Chicago heat has come back full force. There are plenty of events going on this weekend, to help you stay cool and savor the summertime.
The biggest pride event in Chicago is happening THIS Sunday, The Chicago Pride Parade! This year marks the 51st anniversary of the parade, and the whole community will come together to provide support and love for the LGBTQA+ community. The parade annually falls on the last weekend of June every year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. As always, there will be live music, food and drink vendors, dancing, and everything rainbow. The parade is always one of the most anticipated summer events and is a guaranteed blast! Grab your most colorful attire, stay hydrated, and wear your pride on your sleeve.
No tickets are necessary.
2019 Chicago Pride Parade, photo by Steven Koch for GoPride.com
“If you’re looking for drag, glitz, glamour, glitter, gays, and sickening queer comedians, then look no further than “Sashay! Queer Comedy”! A show about celebrating queerness in all its forms by giving a platform to the most exciting queer comedians in the city. An experience you’ll never forget, “Sashay”, lets the audience in on the fun by giving them the opportunity to win prizes and letting audience volunteers show off their pride in over-the-top gay challenges!” The show begins at 11:30 pm this Friday night. Celebrate Pride month in all its glory, and dare to volunteer at a live comedy show.
Start your Saturday the fabulous way! Houndstooth Saloon is hosting a drag brunch Pour Decisions with doors opening nice and early at 11 am. Join as the wonderful and talented Platinum Carrington and XO Carrington host a morning full of performances, raffles, brunch, and most importantly drinks. All tickets include an entry for a raffle to win various gift cards to businesses around the neighborhood, and proceeds will benefit the Life Is Work foundation. “As the first Black and Brown Trans-led social services and advocacy organization in the Midwest, Life Is Work has a mission to support and uplift trans people of color through direct services, activism, and advocacy. To accomplish this mission, Life Is Work provides case management-guided programs assisting with employment, legal services, and safe residential options.” Heading to Pride in The Park Saturday? Houndstooth is offering a bus ride after the event! Be sure to grab your tickets before they sell out.
Whether you’re familiar with Uncut Gems from Julia Fox going viral, or you’re a diehard Adam Sandlar stan, we know you’re familiar with the 2019 comedy drama. This Saturday, attendees have the opportunity to see Uncut Gems the Musical Parody at the Annoyance Theater! The show begins at 8pm, but come by early to mingle and enjoy a cocktail at the bar. Vaccine cards must be presented at the doors.
Calling all Dead Heads (or fans of John Mayer). This weekend are the annual Dead and Company shows over at Wrigley Field! Get your groove on and go back to your hippie roots while enjoying Americas most beloved revived jam band. If you’ve been craving a 15-minute drums in space set, or have been holding in the urge to belt out lyrics to Casey Jones, these shows are for you. The shows are taking place on Friday and Saturday night, and tickets are still on sale. So, if you’re a Friend of The Devil or looking for a Touch of Grey, look no further.
Finish your long work week at Moe’s Cantina for Rumba Fridays! Every Friday from 9 pm to 2 am, V5 Group DJs will be spinning the best Reggaeton, Latin music, and Today’s Hits. Spend your Friday dancing and drinking the night away!
Pro tip: Order the Patron Margarita Tower. Liquid courage is included.
Get a pump before Pride in the Park and support a great cause! Come join us at Archetype CrossFit – Saturday at 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 whose mission is to provide affirming healthcare and wellness services to Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community and allies.
Saturday, Old Crow Smokehouse is hosting Summer Wine Fest! For just $25 a person, enjoy three hours of wine tastings, a live country band, and access to the rooftop bar. Participate in a photo contest for a chance to win tickets to tasting festivals, cocktail cruises on Lake Michigan, and more! Come celebrate the first weekend of summer with a glass of wine in your hand (or two).
Looking for something educational this weekend? The Japanese Culture Center, Japanese Arts Foundation, and Aikido International Foundation sponsor an annual public exhibition featuring pieces from its kimono collection. At its heart is the Nakashima Kimono and Obi Collection. Learn about the traditional Japanese garment, and admire the beauty in person. The exhibition will be from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free, and donations will be very appreciated.
Hop into the weekend! Head over to Cuddle Bunny for some good old fashion morning yoga, with an adorable twist. Instructor Kathy Wild will be leading a de-stress all levels yoga course, with bunnies to accompany you. The class starts at 9 am and will go until 10 am! Make sure you bring your own mat, and masks are still required to participate.