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Where to Dine and Drink During Pride in Chicago

14 great ways to taste the rainbow and support LGBTQ causes

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Find rainbow treats and cocktails all over town.
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Pride is finally here again, providing many fun and tasty opportunities for locals celebrate and appreciate LGBTQ communities. The 2021 celebrations are especially sweet for many, as most events were canceled last summer due to the pandemic.

June remains the official Pride Month, but the waning pandemic has resulted in a split among events: Pride in the Park will return Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 featuring performances from Chaka Khan, Betty Who, and more. The Chicago Pride Parade, however, is delayed until October. Chicago Pride Fest is also postponed, though it could return in the fall.

Just as restaurants faced immense challenges due to COVID-19, LGBTQ organizations also struggled as they worked to support Chicagoans. Check out Eater Chicago’s collection of community spots, rainbow food and cocktails, and delicious ways to raise funds for these vital groups.

As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Rewired Pizza Cafe & Bar

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1100 W Thorndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 360-1621
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Friendly Edgewater cafe Rewired is putting a little extra pep in everyone’s step this this Pride season with a playful rainbow latte make with Fruity Pebbles-flavored syrup and edible glitter. A portion of sales go to Stand Up for Kids Chicago, a non-profit working to end youth homelessness — an issue that disproportionately impacts young LGBTQ people.

2. Gadabout

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5212 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-0429
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Global street food spot Gadabout is also hitting a sweet note for June celebrations: pastry chef Meg Pedersen is featuring Pride Puffs, colorful cream puffs with creamsicle-flavored filling and a generous helping of sparkly sprinkles. Proceeds from the puffs are donated to Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center, which serves young members of LGBTQ communities.

3. Cheesie's Pub & Grub Lakeview

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958 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 388-1574
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Grilled cheese hotspot Cheesie’s in Lakeview is offering an Instagram-friendly rainbow edition of its crowd-pleasing ultra-cheesy sandwich, with $1 from each sandwich going to South Side Black- and trans-led LGBTQ center Brave Space Alliance. Those who prefer their rainbows in pizza form can snag a multi-colored pie (also benefitting Brave Space Alliance) at sister spot Slice of Cheesies.

4. Farm Bar

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1300 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-2599
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Midwestern-themed Farm Bar will donate 20 percent of proceeds from every bill on Tuesday, June 29 (and all month long) to Brave Space Alliance as part of its Giving Back Tuesday program to support Chicago charities.

5. The Goddess and Grocer

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1649 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-3200
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Bakery and cafe mini-chain Goddess and Grocer is back with its mega-hit rainbow cake, plus new ROYGBIV kebabs with yellow peppers, green zucchini, purple cauliflower, and more. The team is donating $1 from the sale of each slice or kebab to Center on Halsted, the LGBTQ service and community center.

6. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

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2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-9577
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Patrons can do good in style at Heritage, where $1 from every Slony Makarons cocktail (gin, grapefruit, lemon, serrano-berto bitter, cilantro, salty rim) goes to Center on Halsted’s Anti-Violence Project.

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Here’s to the ladies who lunch.
Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar [Official Photo]

7. Gene & Georgetti

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500 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-3718
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Downtown steakhouse institution Gene & Georgetti is doubling the celebrations on Sunday, June 27, marking its 80th birthday with a Pride brunch and cabaret performance from LGBTQ nightlife legend Honey West. Reservations are required — book a spot online or call the restaurant.

8. Travelle at The Langham, Chicago

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330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
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Travelle at The Langham is toasting to Pride 2021 with a new cocktail: the Oh Snap (sugar snap pea and sage-infused vodka, honey shrub, lemon, goji berry cordial). Each drink sale contributes $1 to Center on Halsted.

9. Eating Rainbows

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1400 W Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

Food and art society Eye Eaters will on Saturday, June 26 hold its third annual Pride event Eating Rainbows outside at the lot at 1400 W. Carroll Avenue. Public relations pro Jenna Lieberman and artist Paul Octavious organized the event that features rainbow-colored food and beverages from chefs Kelly Ijichi (Mom’s) and Ollie Walleck (Heritage Bicycles) plus Dana Salls Cree’s Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Participants can also expect drag performances, “Go-Go Go Karts” (think Mario Kart meets go-go dancers), DJ sets, and more. Tickets ($75 for LGBTQIA family members, $85 for allies) and more details are available online. Some proceeds will benefit Brave Space Alliance.

10. Gaijin

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950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-1348
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Chef Paul Virant’s (Vie) hip okonomiyaki restaurant touts an adorable Pride-themed kakigori (Japanese shave ice dessert) that hits all the super-sweet notes: rainbow sherbet, birthday cake syrup, white chocolate crunch, a rainbow sugar cookie, and whipped cream. A portion of sales from the dessert go toward Howard Brown Health.

11. The Dearborn

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145 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 384-1242
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LGBTQ-owned upscale spot the Dearborn joins the sugary parade of Pride desserts with a Fruity Semifreddo Pop (pineapple, raspberry, orange semifreddo dipped in a white chocolate rainbow shell) and the Rainbow Dust cocktaill (rose, cherry liqueur, Cocchi Americano, mint syrup, lime, edible glitter).

12. Justice of the Pies (Daley Plaza Farmers Market)

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50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, run — don’t walk — to the Daley Plaza Farmers Market for a slice of baking superstar Justice of the Pies’ rainbow pie with Bailey’s Irish Cream whipped cream. Bailey’s is also seizing sponsorship opportunity and donating $15,000 on behalf of Justice of the Pies to Brave Space Alliance.

13. Marz Community Brewing Company

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3630 S Iron St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 579-1935
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Marz knows how to get into the spirit of the season, and this June released its double-dry hopped hazy Gay IPA with lactose especially for Pride. It promises flavors of ripe apricot, papaya, and mango, and proceeds will be donated to Howard Brown Latinx Community and Brave Space Alliance.

14. Jeffery Pub

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7041 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 363-8555

Jeffery Pub in South Shore has served LGBTQ Chicagoans since the mid-’60s, making it one of the oldest gay bars in the U.S. It’s also the only Black-owned gay bar in the city. Pride month is an especially festive time to stop by for drinks, dancing, and reveling with the vibrant crowd.

1. Rewired Pizza Cafe & Bar

1100 W Thorndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Friendly Edgewater cafe Rewired is putting a little extra pep in everyone’s step this this Pride season with a playful rainbow latte make with Fruity Pebbles-flavored syrup and edible glitter. A portion of sales go to Stand Up for Kids Chicago, a non-profit working to end youth homelessness — an issue that disproportionately impacts young LGBTQ people.

1100 W Thorndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Gadabout

5212 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Global street food spot Gadabout is also hitting a sweet note for June celebrations: pastry chef Meg Pedersen is featuring Pride Puffs, colorful cream puffs with creamsicle-flavored filling and a generous helping of sparkly sprinkles. Proceeds from the puffs are donated to Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center, which serves young members of LGBTQ communities.

5212 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Cheesie's Pub & Grub Lakeview

958 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Grilled cheese hotspot Cheesie’s in Lakeview is offering an Instagram-friendly rainbow edition of its crowd-pleasing ultra-cheesy sandwich, with $1 from each sandwich going to South Side Black- and trans-led LGBTQ center Brave Space Alliance. Those who prefer their rainbows in pizza form can snag a multi-colored pie (also benefitting Brave Space Alliance) at sister spot Slice of Cheesies.

958 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Farm Bar

1300 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Midwestern-themed Farm Bar will donate 20 percent of proceeds from every bill on Tuesday, June 29 (and all month long) to Brave Space Alliance as part of its Giving Back Tuesday program to support Chicago charities.

1300 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

5. The Goddess and Grocer

1649 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Bakery and cafe mini-chain Goddess and Grocer is back with its mega-hit rainbow cake, plus new ROYGBIV kebabs with yellow peppers, green zucchini, purple cauliflower, and more. The team is donating $1 from the sale of each slice or kebab to Center on Halsted, the LGBTQ service and community center.

1649 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

2700 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A pink cocktail in a small glass
Here’s to the ladies who lunch.
Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar [Official Photo]

Patrons can do good in style at Heritage, where $1 from every Slony Makarons cocktail (gin, grapefruit, lemon, serrano-berto bitter, cilantro, salty rim) goes to Center on Halsted’s Anti-Violence Project.

2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Gene & Georgetti

500 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654

Downtown steakhouse institution Gene & Georgetti is doubling the celebrations on Sunday, June 27, marking its 80th birthday with a Pride brunch and cabaret performance from LGBTQ nightlife legend Honey West. Reservations are required — book a spot online or call the restaurant.

500 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Travelle at The Langham, Chicago

330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Travelle at The Langham is toasting to Pride 2021 with a new cocktail: the Oh Snap (sugar snap pea and sage-infused vodka, honey shrub, lemon, goji berry cordial). Each drink sale contributes $1 to Center on Halsted.

330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Eating Rainbows

1400 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

Food and art society Eye Eaters will on Saturday, June 26 hold its third annual Pride event Eating Rainbows outside at the lot at 1400 W. Carroll Avenue. Public relations pro Jenna Lieberman and artist Paul Octavious organized the event that features rainbow-colored food and beverages from chefs Kelly Ijichi (Mom’s) and Ollie Walleck (Heritage Bicycles) plus Dana Salls Cree’s Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Participants can also expect drag performances, “Go-Go Go Karts” (think Mario Kart meets go-go dancers), DJ sets, and more. Tickets ($75 for LGBTQIA family members, $85 for allies) and more details are available online. Some proceeds will benefit Brave Space Alliance.

1400 W Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

10. Gaijin

950 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Chef Paul Virant’s (Vie) hip okonomiyaki restaurant touts an adorable Pride-themed kakigori (Japanese shave ice dessert) that hits all the super-sweet notes: rainbow sherbet, birthday cake syrup, white chocolate crunch, a rainbow sugar cookie, and whipped cream. A portion of sales from the dessert go toward Howard Brown Health.

950 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

11. The Dearborn

145 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602

LGBTQ-owned upscale spot the Dearborn joins the sugary parade of Pride desserts with a Fruity Semifreddo Pop (pineapple, raspberry, orange semifreddo dipped in a white chocolate rainbow shell) and the Rainbow Dust cocktaill (rose, cherry liqueur, Cocchi Americano, mint syrup, lime, edible glitter).

145 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60602

12. Justice of the Pies (Daley Plaza Farmers Market)

50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, run — don’t walk — to the Daley Plaza Farmers Market for a slice of baking superstar Justice of the Pies’ rainbow pie with Bailey’s Irish Cream whipped cream. Bailey’s is also seizing sponsorship opportunity and donating $15,000 on behalf of Justice of the Pies to Brave Space Alliance.

50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

13. Marz Community Brewing Company

3630 S Iron St, Chicago, IL 60609

Marz knows how to get into the spirit of the season, and this June released its double-dry hopped hazy Gay IPA with lactose especially for Pride. It promises flavors of ripe apricot, papaya, and mango, and proceeds will be donated to Howard Brown Latinx Community and Brave Space Alliance.

3630 S Iron St
Chicago, IL 60609

14. Jeffery Pub

7041 S Jeffery Blvd, Chicago, IL 60649

Jeffery Pub in South Shore has served LGBTQ Chicagoans since the mid-’60s, making it one of the oldest gay bars in the U.S. It’s also the only Black-owned gay bar in the city. Pride month is an especially festive time to stop by for drinks, dancing, and reveling with the vibrant crowd.

7041 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

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