Chicago Pride Fest returns in June; headliners announced

Tue. April 12, 2022 10:06 AM by News Staff

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Alaska Thunderf*ck, Dorian Electra, Cupcakke and Netta headline iconic fest (June 18 - 19)

Chicago Pride Fest is coming back to the Northalsted neighborhood this June. The annual festival was canceled in 2020 and moved to October in 2021 due to the pandemic.

“I'm excited that our community will gather again this year in June as we have historically, with heightened appreciation of togetherness and resilience in celebration of the rights we have secured and motivated to ensure that we retain them into the future,” said Northalsted Vice-President and lead event organizer Mark Liberson.

Alaska Thunderf*ck, Dorian Electra, CupcakKe, Eurovision winner Netta, The Aces, and “Queen of the Universe” winner Grag Queen are among this year's headliners organizers confirmed to on Tuesday.

The lineup also features Inaya Day, Mila Jam, Madison Rose, Sixteen Candles, Boy Band Review, KIYOMI, Queen Explosion, Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute, and more.

Three stages of live music and performers, Sunday “Peach Presents” produced stage, 150+ vendors, and the Proud Pet Parade with Miss Foozie, round out the weekend's attractions.

The street fest's attendance is upwards of 60,000 visitors and is organized by Northalsted Business Alliance, the neighborhood's chamber of commerce.

Chicago Pride Fest is slated for June 18 and 19, the weekend before the 2022 Chicago Pride Parade.

PRIDEChicago previously announced the parade would be held on June 26 for the first time since 2019. 

A $15 suggested donation at entry helps pay Chicago Pride Fest performers, event workers, and funds community programs. Generous public donations paid for the Chicago Pride Crosswalks: 14 rainbow paved neighborhood intersections make up the longest installation of its kind in the world. 

A full lineup and schedule of the festival will be announced soon.

Related: Chicago Pride Parade returning in-person after two years of COVID-19 impacts