Pride celebrations reimagined: Virtual and car parades in Chicago, suburbs

Chicago Pride

Pride celebrations may be modified this year due to pandemic, but Pride continues to shine through. Virtual parties and pride drives are scheduled in Chicago and the suburbs, so everyone can take part – no matter where you are.

Now, more than ever, we can all relate to the path forward through adversity and challenge that gave birth to Pride. Sponsored by Jewel-Osco, local since 1899.

BG Pride Drive: Parade Around Town (In Your Car)!
June 7, Noon – 3pm
Buffalo Grove

All the fun of a pride parade, from the convenience of your vehicle! Residential lawns in Buffalo Grove will be decorated with pride décor, activities-to-go, balloon art by Balloons by Tommy, music, rainbow treats, and more. Wave to friendly folks outside their homes from 12-3pm, or drive around any time to check out the décor! There are 12 different paths to follow, so you can choose your own route. In the event of inclimate weather, the BG Pride Drive will move to June 14, Noon – 3pm.

Aurora Pride Drive
June 14 at Noon

Homes and business in Aurora will be decorated. Visit Aurora Pride for a list of houses to visit by car! The parade route starts at E. Benton Street and S. Broadway.

Can’t Stop Our Pride!: One Day One Illinois
Saturday, June 20, Noon – 5pm

Equality Illinois will host Illinois’ first statewide Pride. This virtual event will be broadcast on Equality Illinois’ YouTube channel and will feature elected leaders, community leaders, performers, chefs, activists, and many others. We will continue to honor the legacy of the 1969 Stonewall riots and the 50+ years of LGBTQ activism and celebration that they inspired. This broadcast will offer LGBTQ Illinoisans and our allies inspiration, entertainment, and solidarity. The cost of a ticket serves as a donation to Equality Illinois, which works to achieve equal treatment for LGBTQ+ individuals throughout Illinois. Purchase tickets at https://www.equalityillinois.us/

Virtual Chicago Pride Fest®
June 20 – 21

The Northalsted Business Alliance brings Boystown to the world with a virtual streaming Chicago Pride Fest® celebrating the love, life, and diversity of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community. Running from 7pm to 9pm on June 20 and 21, the live streaming Twitch event will feature a full line-up with entertainment, activism, greetings, and more. Viewers can make a donation to support Northalsted’s community programming, the Center on Halsted, and Howard Brown Health.

The Neo-Futurist Theater presents their annual Pride show
June 25 at 8pm, live-streamed on Twitch

With a long-standing tradition of performing a weekend of spectacularly glitter-filled, loud-and-proud, queer plays for Pride month, The Neo-Futurists present The Infinite Wrench Gets Prideful: 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes. The online show of all-new works will be live-streamed on the Twitch platform on Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Brave Space Alliance, the first Black- and trans-led LGBTQ center located on the South Side of Chicago. Tickets go on sale on June 15 at www.neofuturists.org.

Virtual “Global Pride” Virtual Celebration, spearheaded by InterPride  
June 27, 24-hour live-streamed event

“Exist. Persist. Resist.” is the theme for 2020 Pride. Pride organisations from across the world will celebrate Global Pride 2020. With musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures, 24 hours of conten that reflects and celebrates the beautiful diversity of LGBTI+ people everywhere will be live streamed.

“We need community and connection more than ever,” said J. Andrew Baker, Co-President of InterPride. “This gives us an opportunity to both connect and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community’s resilience in the face of this pandemic and the true spirit of Pride,” continued Baker. “Pride 2020 represents a milestone for Pride events, with many honoring the 50th anniversary of their first gatherings and marches, such as New York to the first Gandhinagar Pride this year and we would not let that pass without recognition and celebration.”

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