THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Wrapping Up the End of Pride Month!

Chicagoans will be wrapping up the end of Pride Month this last weekend in June with a host of Chicago Pride celebrations and other events as another month of weekends comes to an end as well!

More than a dozen performers take to Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.) in The Loop for the two-day Pride in the Park festival on Saturday (2 p.m. – 10 p.m.) and Sunday (3 p.m. – 10 p.m.). This celebration of Pride Month, the city’s LGBTQ+ community is excited to feature two stages with top international and local musical talent; performers and activist speakers; and a wide variety of food, drinks, merchandise vendors, and more!  Plus, there are plenty of pre- and after party events taking place as well!!

Navy Pier’s annual day-long celebration of LGBTQ+ culture, Navy Pier Pride returns this Saturday (12 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.) to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) in the Streeterville neighborhood. Besides celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and support for the LGBTQ+ community, this free event features festivities that include live music, dancing, storytelling, and more for the entire family to enjoy all day and night!

Following a two-year hiatus, the 51st annual Chicago Pride Parade returns to the streets of Chicago’s Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods on Sunday stepping off at Noon from Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street. Since this parade typically attracts over one million attendees, it would be wise to plan on staking out your spot along the parade route as early as you can! Also, bar and restaurant celebrations follow the parade and continue throughout the night in Boystown!!

This weekend is the last one for the Taste of Chicago pop-ups that returned this year to three Chicago neighborhoods. The Taste of Chicago Little Village will be featured on Saturday (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.) at Ortiz De Dominguez School (3000 S. Lawndale Ave.) in the Little Village neighborhood.  This pop-up features an exciting array of local and citywide food vendors showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s culinary scene.  Not only will attendees’ taste everything from authentic Mexican desserts to Auntie Vee’s mac & cheese, and more, but also enjoy a full lineup of free musical performances!  It’s an event not to be missed!!

Returning to the Logan Square neighborhood and celebrating its 12th year, the Logan Square Arts Fest takes place this Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. – 10 p.m.) at Logan Square Monument Park (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.). This year’s event features two stages of live music, food and drinks from neighborhood restaurants, and locally produced beer and cocktails for a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the most iconic green spaces in Chicago! And it all takes place on the first official weekend of summer!!

From June through September this year, dozens of movies will screen in parks all over Chicago as part of the city’s annual Movies in the Parks program.  From recent blockbusters to classics, you’re sure to find something good to watch for free beneath the stars this summer.  Screenings typically begin at 8:30 p.m. each evening.  Here’s this weekend’s choices:

“Spider-Man – No Way Home” – Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St.) – West Town

“Encanto” – Unity Park (2636 N. Kimball Ave.) – Logan Square

“Legally Blonde” – Bartelme Park (115 S. Sangamon St.) – Near West Side

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago