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.Read More