Pride South Side returns with parties, family activities and more for LGBTQ pride


CHICAGO — This year’s Pride South Side festivities will include three days of parties, performances and activities for all ages from July 1-3.

Pride South Side celebrates Pride Month with a variety of activities including a mini prom and dance party. Some events are chargeable; go online for more information.

The weekend begins at 6 p.m. on July 1 with a community discussion at the Haven Event Center, 932 E. 43rd St., about the state of the black LGBTQ+ community, according to the organizers’ website. Shortly after, DEVIANT will host a launch party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the same location.

Another event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on July 2 at the DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th St., with vendors and activities for families. That evening, smallWORLD Collective will host a dance party called Exhale from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., while Always Gentlemen will host a white party at the Haven Event Center with performances by DJ Semaj and DJ Mel.

UBUNTU in the Park returns for its fifteenth annual Black Pride event on July 3, featuring vendors, performances and cultural activities from noon to 7 p.m. on East 43rd Street between South Drexel Boulevard and South Ellis Avenue.

Midwest Mother Ayanna BALENCIAGA will host the Chi Black Pride Mini Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Haven Event Center.

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