Photos: Jennifer Hudson at Chicago Pride Fest

Wed. June 25, 2014 8:25 AM by News Staff

photo credit // ken brown
It's being called by Pride Fest and Market Days organizers the biggest act ever secured for a Boystown summer festival: Jennifer Hudson. The Chicago native, LGBT-community advocate, Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning musician returned back to her roots in the Midwest to give an explosive performance during Chicago Pride Fest on Saturday, June 21.

"That's where I started. I always say it was the gay community that loved me first," Hudson told about her appearance in Boystown. "It feels good to come full circle and get back into that. I am so excited! ...Chicago is home. Obviously, family, and it's all I know. I don't care where I go in the world, there is no place like home. Every time I come home, I get to come home to Chicago."

While Hudson has already lived out her life on cameras – from her rise on American Idol to Dreamgirls, the tragic murder of her family members to her remarkable weight loss – it's now time to see a different side of the Chicago diva. Her third album, due out shortly, will explore another facet of Hudson's life, collaborating with names like Pharrell and Timbaland.

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