Chicago, your favorite weekend of summer is approaching, and you should probably start hydrating in preparation as you read this. The Chicago Pride Parade starts at noon on Sunday and the forecast is sunny (woot) with a 100 percent chance of rainbows and glitter.
Brace yourself because we’ve got your guide to the best bars and restaurants to celebrate at in Boystown, Lincoln Park and beyond. Here we go!
Brunch with a Side of Pride
Bring your girlfriends to a classy brunch on parade day at Angelina Ristorante’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, also known as ‘gay church’ in Boystown. Chose from brunch items like the Italian Frittata and Traditional French Toast with a bottle of champs for $21. Head to the ATM early, this spot is cash-only and tables will fill up fast! 3561 North Broadway, Chicago, IL. (773) 935-5933.
Drink Specials that will Make You Dance
The parade on Sunday conveniently ends close to Duffy’s Tavern in Lincoln Park, which is a sure sign you should head there. The Pride Parade Party will feature two live DJs to set the mood for dancing. Sip on 32 oz. vodka lemonades for $10 and $4 bud and bud light drafts. Plus, dine on a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 420 West Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL. (773) 549 – 9090.
Halsted’s Sunday champagne brunch features $4 screwdrivers, $3 mimosas and a $5 bomb of the week. Plus, for $24.95 you’ll get a carafe of juice, a bottle of champagne, and any brunch menu item you desire. We suggest arriving right at 11 a.m. to secure a table. 3341 North Halsted, Chicago, IL. (773) 348 – 9696.
Pride on the Patio
Can’t wait for Sunday to indulge in a little day drinking? Head to Sidetrack in Boystown for the Stoli Big Deck Party featuring a rooftop wading pool, specialty Stoli cocktails and no cover. Doors open at 1 p.m. Sidetrack will also be open on Sunday for prime parade views starting at 11 a.m. Watch the ridiculous action from the windows while sipping on colorful alcoholic slushies all day long. 3349 North Halsted, Chicago IL. (773) 477 – 9189.
Any bar that hosts a Britney Spears music night is a winner in our book. Head to Roscoe’s for a big patio in the heart of boystown on parade day. The pride party starts at 12 p.m. on Sunday with drink specials like $12 Long Island pitchers and $5 Jameson shots. 3356 North Halsted, Chicago, IL. (772) 281 – 3355.
Post-parade, walk over to Dive Bar’s ‘Great Big Deck’ party for the grand unveiling of their nautical themed patio. Boat shoes and navy stripes are totes appropriate for this event. 3445 North Halsted, Chicago, IL. (773) 770 – 4618.
Brunch in Drag
Add a little pizzazz and flair to your Sunday brunch, too much is never enough when it comes to pride! The Kit Kat Lounge will serve up a “Divalicious Brunch” starring Madam X from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunch consists of two course prix fixe menu and build your own mimosas, bloody martinis, bellinis, and sangria for $29.95 a person. 3700 North Halsted, Chicago, IL. (773) 525-1111.
Party with Pride
Chicago wouldn’t end pride weekend without a closing party to remember. The epic dance party at The Mid hosted by drag queen Kim Chi and featuring DJs Ivan Gomez and Queen Bee Ho is not to be missed. Pace yourself at the parade because this party doesn’t start until 11 p.m. (there goes your productive Monday). Tickets are $30 and may sell out. 306 North Halsted, Chicago, IL. (312) 265 – 3990.
Hop on the Red Line to celebrate pride at the Pride North Festival in Rogers Park between Morse and Lunt on Glenwood Ave. The street fest is one of the largest pride celebrations in the city featuring bands and DJs all day long with a Burlesque Vertical Show from 6 – 8 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested at the door.
The Main Event
The 46th annual Chicago Pride Parade is a summer staple not to be missed, not to mention a great excuse to wear that ridiculous crop-top. Celebrate with a four mile long party through Boystown and neighboring communities. This year, the Chicago Pride Parade starts at noon on June 28th. The fun costumes (or lack thereof) will begin their strut through town at Montrose Ave and Broadway Street in Uptown. The parade will continue south on Halsted through Boystown, turn east on Belmont Avenue before turning south again on Broadway Street. The final destination of the parade is at the intersection of Diversey and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.