Chicago Pride Fest benefits community organizations

Fri. June 19, 2015 12:04 PM by News Staff

#KeepPrideProud echoed in charitable efforts that are a big component of annual Pride festival

Chicago, IL - Chicago Pride Fest organizers Friday announced community partners that will benefit from the two-day street festival, which opens Saturday at 11 a.m. in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood.

According to the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA), a portion of the suggested $10 gate donation will go to La Casa Norte, which serves youth and families confronting homelessness by providing access to stable housing and comprehensive services that help transform lives and communities.

"Chicago Pride Fest provides an exceptional opportunity to partner with organizations that are important to the community and offers a platform for their messages," said Northalsted Business Alliance executive director Christopher Barrett Politan. "It's important that fest goers understand that the $10 donation goes beyond helping to cover costs of the festival but can truly impact an organization."

Additionally, two beverage booths will be staffed by The Chicago Smelts swim team and the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) respectively. Each organization will receive donations directly at the tents.

The declaration comes as a part of the Northalsted Business Alliance's #KeepPrideProud initiative. NBA represents more than 80 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Day, the Halloween Parade, and Frost Fest.

Chicago Pride Fest is Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, on Halsted Street between Addison and Grace. A $10 donation is recommended. The Chicago Pride Parade is the following Sunday, June 28, at noon.

Chicago Pride Fest: Saturday, June 20 | Sunday, June 21

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