Navy Pier’s Pride celebrations will feature special performances by the Vogue School of Chicago and Radio Gaga, beautiful mural art, on-site resources and more!
Chicag0’s annual Pride Parade may have been canceled and the festivities may be looking a little different this year but there’s still plenty of ways for us to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! While Pride Fest went virtual this past weekend, this Saturday, June 27, Navy Pier will be holding its own Pride celebration featuring public art, live music performances, on-site resources and more. The “free and safe” all-day event is set to take place on Saturday starting at 1 pm until 10 pm.
At the lakefront Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Wave Wall Performance Platform, you’ll be able to dance and sing along to live performances by some of the hottest DJs in town including DJ All the Way Kay, DJ VitiGrrl, DeeJay Alicia, DJ Rae Chardonnay, DJ Mwelwa, and DJ Audio Jack. Radio Gaga will take the stage at the end of the night for a special finale.
If you’re feeling peckish food and drinks from some of Navy Pier’s hottest establishments will also be available for your enjoyment. Rainbow ice cream cones and to-go margaritas anyone?
On-site resources will include community groups TaskForce Prevention and Community Services and The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine who’ll be on-site sharing information and resources about their programs helping youth throughout Chicago from 1 until 5 pm. Vogueing featuring members of TaskForce Prevention and Community Services and the Vogue School of Chicago will happen at 2, 3 and 4 pm at the Wave Wall Performance Platform!
Colorful LGBTQ banners by queer, Chicago-born artist Sam Kirk will also be on display throughout Navy Pier. These, which are part of her series “Pride” along with her beautiful murals at Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile, will be displayed at the Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion and Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion. The banners represent people of different ages, races and genders in “bright and colorful ways.” You can’t miss out on them!
So this Saturday, June 27, make sure to get your mask on (face coverings are required for everyone wishing to go to Navy Pier) and head on to the Pier to celebrate love, equality and the LGBTQ+ community!
For more info make sure to visit Navy Pier Pride’s page here.
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