The Chicago Pride Parade, which first marched out of Washington Square Park in 1970, now attracts hundreds of thousands of people—revelers and spectators, queer folks, allies, and more than a few politicians—along its Lakeview route. The parade kicks off Sunday morning, but the weekend, the culmination of Pride Month, also offers pre- and postparade parties, concerts and DJ sets, street fairs, block parties, and more. —Sam Worley
Birdhouse Art Auction and Cocktail Party Chicago House, which runs housing programs and support services for people affected by HIV and AIDS, auctions off birdhouses—and functional art geared toward other pets—created by dozens of local artists and designers. 6-9 PM, Room & Board Furniture, 55 E. Ohio, 773-248-2300, ext. 303, chicagohouse.org, $75, $65 in advance.
Northalsted Pride Festival Headlining musical acts at this year's street fair include Taylor Dayne and Tiffany. In between, there are drag performances, a couple of pet parades (hosted by Boys Town stalwart Miss Foozie), and a pavement packed with food stands, arts and crafts vendors, and a whole lot of gay people. Through 6/26. 3-10 PM, Halsted and Waveland, northalsted.com, $7 suggested donation.
Pride Celebration Party held in the Center on Halsted's rooftop garden. The cover charge includes three drink tickets and light hors d'oeuvres. 5:30 PM, 3656 N. Halsted, 773-472-6469, centeronhalsted.org, $20.
Genderblind A movie about a young Christian woman whose beliefs are challenged by her friendship with a lesbian, premiering at Portage Theater. There's a VIP reception at 5:30 PM, and an afterparty following the screening. 5:30 VIP reception, 8 PM screening, 4050 N. Milwaukee, 773-807-3546, genderblind.eventbrite.com, $15-$20.
For the Bible Tells Me So Broadway United Methodist Church screens this acclaimed 2007 documentary, which examines the experience of LGBT people in Christian communities. There's free popcorn. 7 PM, 3338 N. Broadway, 773-348-2679, broadwaychurchchicago.org.
Summer Camp Chicago Gay Men's Chorus kicks off its performance season, as well as Pride Weekend, with a "frothy trip through memories of summer camp and campy summers." Through 6/26. 8 PM, Nettelhorst Auditorium, 3252 N. Broadway, 773-296-0541, cgmc.org, $27.
Proud to Run Proceeds from this annual run/walk benefit the Pride Youth Program at Links North Shore Youth Health Service and the Gerber/Hart Library. There are 5K and 10K runs and a two-mile walk. The event starts and ends at Montrose Harbor. 8:04 AM, 312-409-8991, proudtorun.org, $25-$30.
Block Party Lake View Lutheran Church hosts a two-day block party just steps away from the rest of the festivities, with live music, food, and drinks. Through 6/27. 11 AM-9 PM, 835 W. Addison, 773-327-1427, lakeviewlutheran.com.
Open House New Town Alano Club, a support group for LGBT people struggling with substance abuse, hosts a sober party to coincide with its 30th anniversary. Noon, 909 W. Belmont, 2nd floor, 773-529-0321, newtownalanoclub.org.
Hannah Free DVD Release Party Cast and crew members will attend the DVD release of locally produced lesbian drama Hannah Free, including actor Sharon Gless, (Queer as Folk, Cagney & Lacey), writer Claudia Allen, director Wendy Jo Carlton, and producer Tracy Baim. Tickets include a copy of the DVD, a copy of the novelization of the film, and hors d'ouevres. Noon-2 PM, Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, 312-726-7500, hannahfree.com, $50.
Dyke March After leaving its longtime Andersonville digs in 2008, the Dyke March moved to Pilsen and has now landed in South Shore. Compared to its more corporate-friendly cousin, the Pride Parade, the march is smaller and way more political: its mission statement describes it as a "celebration of dyke, queer, and transgender resilience." It starts at 7054 S. Jeffery, with a rally and party afterward in Jackson Park (63rd and Hayes). 2:30 PM gathering, 3 PM step-off, 4 PM rally, chicagodykemarch.wordpress.com.
Summer Camp See 6/25 listing. 3 and 8 PM, Nettelhorst Auditorium, 3252 N. Broadway, 773-296-0541, cgmc.org, $27.
Backlot Bash A woman-focused party offering two days of live music and dancing; performers this year include Dot Dot Dot and Black Betty. Through 6/27. 3-10 PM, behind Cheetah Gym, 5248 N. Clark, 773-368-6225, backlotbashchicago.com, $15, $10 before 5 PM.
Northalsted Pride Festival See 6/25 listing. 11 AM-10 PM, northalsted.com, $7 suggested donation.
Chely Wright The Pride Parade's grand marshal, country singer Chely Wright, made a minor splash earlier this year when she came out as a lesbian in her memoir, Like Me. She'll perform and sign books at this appearance. 4 PM, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909, borders.com.
Pride Mass Dignity Chicago, a Catholic LGBT organization, hosts its annual service at Broadway United Methodist Church. 5-6 PM, 3338 N. Broadway, 773-348-2679, dignity-chicago.com.
Pride Prom The first portion of this event is ticketed, with appetizers, two included drinks per person, and live music; proceeds benefit Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. After 9:30, there's no cover, and Pride Prom continues all night with Prom Punch, the designation of a king and queen, and other festivities. Drink discounts are available for the costumed. 6:30 PM-3 AM, Mary's Attic Theatre, 5400 N. Clark, email@example.com, $50, free after 9:30 PM.
The Paper Machete: Special Pride Edition The weekly "live magazine" organized by Christopher Piatt throws a party at the Neo-Futurarium. It features musical guest JC Brooks (of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound) and queer performance artists Sharon Greene, Coya Paz, Jay Torrence, Tim Paul, Phil Dawkins, and Jack Tamburri. Proceeds benefit Test Positive Aware Network. 7:30 PM, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $10 suggested donation.
aChurch4me? Worship Service Metropolitan Community Church moves up its regular all-inclusive Sunday service to accommodate the parade. 9 AM, Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, 773-661-0936, achurch4me.com.
Pride Festival Service and Picnic Prior to the parade kickoff, Broadway United Methodist Church holds a worship service with guest preacher Sue Laurie, an LGBT activist who married her partner at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth. The service is followed by a potluck on the parsonage lawn at 11:30 AM. The church will provide hamburgers and hot dogs but asks attendees to bring a dish to share. 10 AM, 3338 N. Broadway, 773-348-2679, broadwaychurchchicago.org.
Pride Parade A rollicking mass of 250 floats, decorated vehicles, bands, and assorted others that moves through Boys Town every June. This year, the parade's 41st, country singer Chely Wright serves as grand marshal, kicking things off at Halsted and Belmont. The parade moves north on Halsted to Broadway, south on Broadway, then east on Diversey to wind up in Lincoln Park on Cannon Drive. Sun 6/27, noon, chicagopridecalendar.org.
Block Party See 6/26 listing. Noon-9 PM, 835 W. Addison, 773-327-1427, lakeviewlutheran.com.
Backlot Bash See 6/26 listing. 2-10 PM, Cheetah Gym, 5248 N. Clark, 773-368-6225, backlotbashchicago.com, $15, $10 before 5 PM.
Afterparty at Cesar's The party at this popular restaurant features a meet-and-greet with former Playgirl model Ronnie Kroell. 2 PM, Cesar's Tacos, 2924 N. Broadway, 773-296-9097, killermargaritas.com.
Girlblast Held yearly in the parking lot behind Ann Sather, this afterparty is hosted by comedian Jessica Kirson and features appearances by musician Natalie Garcia and reality TV star Dani Campbell. Music is provided by DJs Teri Bristol, All the Way Kay, Alinka, and Fenom. 2-10 PM, 909 W. Belmont, 773-348-2378, chicagogirlblast.com, price TBA.
Lesbian Pride Afterparty DJ Unique, DJ Castro, and DJ Whodat spin at this party produced by Doll House Entertainment. 2 PM-2 AM, Fiesta Cantina, 3407 N. Clark, 773-975-5980, $10.
Afterparty at Berlin The Chicago Reader, Chances Dances, and Stardust present a party headlined by Jessica 6 front woman Nomi Ruiz, who's also done vocals for Hercules and Love Affair. DJs from the popular queer dance party Chances spin; door proceeds benefit the Chances Critical Fierceness grant, which provides financial assistance to queer artists, as well as Decibelle, the women-oriented arts and music festival that comes to Chicago in October. 4 PM, Berlin, 954 W. Belmont, 773-348-4975, berlinchicago.com, $10.
Afterparty at Vision Featuring Hector Fonseca and DJ Theresa, as well as a "surprise live performance." Tickets are available at wanttickets.com. 8 PM-4 AM, Vision, 632 N. Dearborn, 312-266-1944, visionnightclub.com, $10, $5 in advance.
Glitter The monthly dance party Glitter celebrates the end of Pride Month with a party featuring Aurora Sexton, C.T. Hedden, Precious Jewel, Mercedes Tyler, and special guest Playgirl model Ronnie Kroell. Advance tickets are $15; organizers say the charge at the door "may vary." 9 PM-4 AM, Le Passage, 937 N. Rush, 312-255-0022, glitterdanceparty.com, $15 advance.