Pride 2021: Chicago Pride Parade postponed, but plenty to do this weekend

Wed. June 23, 2021 9:44 AM by Kevin Wayne

2019 pride in the park

photo credit // mark gurgone

Chicago Pride Fest and the Chicago Pride Parade are postponed until October, but there's still plenty to do in June!

June marks Pride month in Chicago and around the globe. This year, many celebrations have resumed as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more people receive a coronavirus vaccine.

One event not returning to the June 2021 calendar is the annual Chicago Pride parade.

As first reported by, the parade would be moved to October 3 and Chicago Pride Fest is now taking place on October 1 and 2.

Pride is a protest

The People's Pride march takes place on what would have been Pride parade day, Sunday, June 27. The march will take place noon at the Belmont 'L' station, 945 W. Belmont Ave.

More to do this Pride weekend

Navy Pier Pride returns on Saturday, June 26 from noon to 11:30 p.m. The free, full-day event includes live music, performances and a special Pride-themed fireworks show.

The Eye Eaters Society—a not-so-secret supper club and visual arts group—hosts its third annual 'Eating Rainbows' festival on Saturday, June 26 from 6 to 10 p.m in the Fulton Market neighborhood. Proceeds from the 21+ event will help Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ center working in Chicago's South Side communities.

The hometown Major League Soccer team—Chicago Fire Football Club—is hosting its Pride Night game on Saturday, June 26 at Soldier Field. The event will also benefit Brave Space Alliance.

And Chicago Red Stars—the women's pro soccer team—will play a Pride Night game on Saturday, June 26 at Seatgeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. The team is offering a Pride Pack ticket with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Howard Brown Health.

Chicago Pride Bowl—hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association—is back on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26 on the city's lakefront. Watch flag football from your own camp chairs and picnic blankets.

Pride in the Park is back in 2021 with a two-day outdoor music festival at Butler Field in Grant Park on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27. Headliners include Chaka Khan, Gryffin, and Tiësto. General Admission tickets start at $80.

Wrapping up Pride month, DJ Guy Scheiman comes back to Chicago for the official after-party, CircuitMOM Take-Over: PRIDE, which starts at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 at Joy District (112 W. Hubbard Street).

Related: CircuitMOM wraps up Pride month with International DJ/Producer Guy Scheiman

Complete LGBTQ Chicago Events Calendar