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Where to Party in Chicago All Pride Month Long

20 great ways to taste the rainbow and support LGBTQ causes

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Tallboy Taco will donate $1 to Center on Halsted from the sale of each boozy “Rainbow Paleta”
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Chicago Pride is back and better than ever. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, one of the seminal events of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Month-long festivities and the world-famous Pride parade will bring live music, drag shows, and rainbow-colored food and drink to restaurants and bars around the city to celebrate LGBTQ community and culture.

The parade takes place over a four-mile-route starting at noon on Sunday, June 29, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street in Uptown and ends near Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Much of the action is concentrated in Boystown, but there’s a variety of options available city-wide. Chicagoans can celebrate Pride at these 20 spots near the parade route and around the city.

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Hamburger Mary's

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Known for its drag events and creative burgers, Hamburger Mary’s Chicago is a one-stop spot for fabulous food and entertainment. The “Hula Girl” burger, for instance, is piled high with two types of cheese, pineapple chutney, and a teriyaki glaze. Don’t forget to tip your queens.

Brass Heart

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Brass Heart’s Pride dessert cocktail, the “Whiskey and Framboise Flip” ($12) contains Nikka coffey grain whiskey, Massenez creme de framboise, lemon juice, and raspberry simple syrup, and egg white. Beverage director Sarah Traynor dreamed up the drink as an ode to revered gay chef James Beard, who once wrote “I have a great love of scotch. As a matter of fact, it’s my tipple.”

Brass Heart’s “Whiskey and Framboise Flip”
Tom Gavin

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

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For one of the most extensive martini menus in Chicago, look no further than Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club. Start the party at this Halsted Street spot with expertly named cocktails, from the “Berry Manilow” to the “Sake-It-To-Me.” It also has a lineup of Pride-themed performers throughout the month.

Furious Spoon

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Tokyo-style ramen shop Furious Spoon is offering a special “Pride Bowl” all month long at all locations, including Wicker Park, the Loop, and Lakeview/Boystown near the Pride Parade. Dig into a helping of rainbow ramen while knowing that $2 from every bowl will go towards Howard Brown Health.

Furious Spoon’s Pride Bowl
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Tied House

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Tied House is offering a colorful summertime cocktail for Pride, the “Summer Crush,” for $12. It includes Hangar One vodka, elderflower liqueur, blood orange and lemon, topped off with a rainbow fruit skewer. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

The “Summer Crush”
Austin Isaac Peters

Bucktown Filipino restaurant Cebu is offering a $12 Pride-themed cocktail named for groundbreaking gay politician and activist Harvey Milk. The “Harvey Milk Shake” includes dry gin, three types of milk (condensed, coconut, and rice), pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, calamansi extract, and edible gold glitter.

The “Harvey Milk Shake”
Cebu [Official Photo]

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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James Beard Award-winner Jeni Britton Bauer and drag superstar Nina West (of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame) teamed up to create “Nina West’s Dream Puff,” a slightly salty vanilla custard ice cream with pastry flakes and strawberry sauce. 100 percent of profits will go to the Nina West Foundation, which then donates money to organizations including the ACLU and LGBTQ youth nonprofit Kaleidoscope Youth Center Inc.

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Juniper Spirits & Oysters

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Claridge House Chicago’s Juniper Spirits & Oysters is celebrating with a cocktail called “the Parade” (Tito’s, prosecco, blue curaco, grenadine, orange juice). It’s available for $10 all month, and 20 percent of all proceeds will go to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Juniper Spirits & Oysters’s “the Parade”
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360 Chicago

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For a Pride-themed cocktail that comes with a view, head up to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor of the Hancock Building. The Rumhaven coconut rum-based “Over the Rainbow” drink (rum, orange juice, grenadine, and blue curacao) is priced at $10, with a portion of proceeds going toward Howard Brown Health.

360 Chicago’s “Over the Rainbow”
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The Peninsula Chicago

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For a more luxe dining experience, pop into the Lobby, Pierrot Gourmet, Shanghai Terrace, and Z Bar inside the Peninsula, a slice of stunning rainbow cake, Pride-themed drinks, and rainbow shumai. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Trevor Project.

Celebrate #PrideMonth at The Peninsula Chicago with colorful treats from The Lobby, Pierrot Gourmet, Shanghai Terrace and Z Bar—a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project.

Posted by The Peninsula Chicago on Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tallboy Taco

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Fuel up on tacos and then finish off with a “Rainbow Paleta,” spiked with Brugal rum, from June 24-29. They cost $3 a pop, with $1 from each sale going to Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ community center in the Midwest.

Tallboy Taco’s “Rainbow Paleta”
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Baptiste & Bottle

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In honor of Pride, Baptiste & Bottle in the Conrad Chicago will donate $1 from each $15 “Blue Dream” cocktail (Cruzan rum, blue curacao, Tempus Fugit crème de cacao, absinthe) to Center on Halsted.

Baptiste & Bottle’s “Blue Dream”
Carrie Plungis

This rooftop spot at the Conrad Chicago is offering a $15 Pride “Hakori Snowball” this month, a shaved ice treat with Tanteo jalapeño tequila, Montelobos mezcal, Cointreau, prickly pear, lime, and ginger beer. $1 from each sale will be donated to Center on Halsted.

Noyane’s “Hakori Snowball”
Carrie Plungis

Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago

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On June 26, Broken Shaker is throwing a Pride party called “Hall Pass” with drinks, drag, art, and music. Customers can expect complimentary cocktails and shaken shots. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to Chicago House. Tickets are available here for $20.

We are celebrating PRIDE with the best way we know how...HALL PASS House party at Broken Shaker and the Freehand Chicago...

Posted by Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago on Sunday, June 16, 2019

Riva Crabhouse

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Riva Crabhouse is offering its “Riva Rainbow Cocktail” for $10 this month, with a portion of proceeds going to local LGBTQ charities. Find out more details and activities for Navy Pier Pride Day on June 29 here, featuring drag queen story time, a performance from the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and a nighttime firework display.

This month, Eno launched drag brunch series Pour Decisions, held every Sunday through the end of June. The show runs from noon to 2 p.m., and diners can expect drinks (bottomless mimosas, sangria, wine spritzes, or beer) and an entree such as brioche French toast with basil-balsamic strawberries and Chantilly cream or fried chicken and waffles with Burton’s maple syrup. Tickets cost $45 and are available here.

You can't have a royal brunch without a queen. Stop by our Pour Decisions, Drag Brunch this Sunday—and every Sunday in...

Posted by Eno Wine Bar on Friday, May 31, 2019

Cold Storage X Big Gay Ice Cream

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The teams at Cold Storage and Big Gay Ice Cream have joined forces for a special collaboration June 24-28. Customers can try sweet treats ($6-$8) including “Pride Pops” (rainbow sherbet pops served with a tequila shot) and chocolate and peanut butter ice cream pie. The dairy-free “Pride Sunday” with rainbow sherbet sundae and coconut whip is available all month long. A portion of proceeds will go to Howard Brown Health.

Cold Storage X Big Gay Ice Cream’s Pride offerings
Ally Straussner

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

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LGBTQ-owned business Pastoral with locations in the Loop, the Chicago French Market, and Lakeview East, is offering a “Salute to Stonewall” party tray stocked with three cheeses and “gourmet accompaniments.” It’s available in three sizes: the small feeds 8-12 ($85), the medium serves 14-18 ($125), and the large serves 20-26 ($170). Proceeds from the sale of bottles of Paco & Lola Albarino ($19.69), a Spanish white wine, will go to Lambda Legal.

Pastoral’s “Salute to Stonewall” party tray
Pastoral [Official Photo]

Intelligentsia Coffee

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Intelligentsia Coffee created a celebratory Pride pin, available for $6 at all six Chicago locations. 100 percent of proceeds will go to Trans Student Education Research.

Intelligentsia Coffee’s Pride pin
Taylor Morabito

Goddess and the Baker

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All locations of coffee shop and bakery Goddess and the Baker celebrate pride all month long with multicolored menus. Stop by for slices of signature rainbow cake, rainbow lattes (available with or without glitter), and even rainbow latte accessory pins. They’ve also joined forces with Metric Coffee to design a special rainbow blend, which includes notes of red fruit and brown sugar. A portion of proceeds will go to Center on Halsted.

Hey, Wisconsin! Show a “latte” of pride with us this month! ☕️ pride month lattes, pins, cookies - and our special Rainbow Blend coffee are now available at The Corners of Brookfield location. ❤️

Posted by Goddess and the Baker on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Hamburger Mary's

Known for its drag events and creative burgers, Hamburger Mary’s Chicago is a one-stop spot for fabulous food and entertainment. The “Hula Girl” burger, for instance, is piled high with two types of cheese, pineapple chutney, and a teriyaki glaze. Don’t forget to tip your queens.

Brass Heart

Brass Heart’s Pride dessert cocktail, the “Whiskey and Framboise Flip” ($12) contains Nikka coffey grain whiskey, Massenez creme de framboise, lemon juice, and raspberry simple syrup, and egg white. Beverage director Sarah Traynor dreamed up the drink as an ode to revered gay chef James Beard, who once wrote “I have a great love of scotch. As a matter of fact, it’s my tipple.”

Brass Heart’s “Whiskey and Framboise Flip”
Tom Gavin

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

For one of the most extensive martini menus in Chicago, look no further than Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club. Start the party at this Halsted Street spot with expertly named cocktails, from the “Berry Manilow” to the “Sake-It-To-Me.” It also has a lineup of Pride-themed performers throughout the month.

Furious Spoon

Tokyo-style ramen shop Furious Spoon is offering a special “Pride Bowl” all month long at all locations, including Wicker Park, the Loop, and Lakeview/Boystown near the Pride Parade. Dig into a helping of rainbow ramen while knowing that $2 from every bowl will go towards Howard Brown Health.

Furious Spoon’s Pride Bowl
Furious Spoon [Official Photo]

Tied House

Tied House is offering a colorful summertime cocktail for Pride, the “Summer Crush,” for $12. It includes Hangar One vodka, elderflower liqueur, blood orange and lemon, topped off with a rainbow fruit skewer. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

The “Summer Crush”
Austin Isaac Peters

Cebu

Bucktown Filipino restaurant Cebu is offering a $12 Pride-themed cocktail named for groundbreaking gay politician and activist Harvey Milk. The “Harvey Milk Shake” includes dry gin, three types of milk (condensed, coconut, and rice), pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, calamansi extract, and edible gold glitter.

The “Harvey Milk Shake”
Cebu [Official Photo]

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

James Beard Award-winner Jeni Britton Bauer and drag superstar Nina West (of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame) teamed up to create “Nina West’s Dream Puff,” a slightly salty vanilla custard ice cream with pastry flakes and strawberry sauce. 100 percent of profits will go to the Nina West Foundation, which then donates money to organizations including the ACLU and LGBTQ youth nonprofit Kaleidoscope Youth Center Inc.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams [Official Photo]

Juniper Spirits & Oysters

Claridge House Chicago’s Juniper Spirits & Oysters is celebrating with a cocktail called “the Parade” (Tito’s, prosecco, blue curaco, grenadine, orange juice). It’s available for $10 all month, and 20 percent of all proceeds will go to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Juniper Spirits & Oysters’s “the Parade”
Juniper Spirits & Oysters [Official Photo]

360 Chicago

For a Pride-themed cocktail that comes with a view, head up to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 94th floor of the Hancock Building. The Rumhaven coconut rum-based “Over the Rainbow” drink (rum, orange juice, grenadine, and blue curacao) is priced at $10, with a portion of proceeds going toward Howard Brown Health.

360 Chicago’s “Over the Rainbow”
360 Chicago [Official Photo]

The Peninsula Chicago

For a more luxe dining experience, pop into the Lobby, Pierrot Gourmet, Shanghai Terrace, and Z Bar inside the Peninsula, a slice of stunning rainbow cake, Pride-themed drinks, and rainbow shumai. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Trevor Project.

Celebrate #PrideMonth at The Peninsula Chicago with colorful treats from The Lobby, Pierrot Gourmet, Shanghai Terrace and Z Bar—a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project.

Posted by The Peninsula Chicago on Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tallboy Taco

Fuel up on tacos and then finish off with a “Rainbow Paleta,” spiked with Brugal rum, from June 24-29. They cost $3 a pop, with $1 from each sale going to Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ community center in the Midwest.

Tallboy Taco’s “Rainbow Paleta”
Tallboy Taco [Official Photo]

Baptiste & Bottle

In honor of Pride, Baptiste & Bottle in the Conrad Chicago will donate $1 from each $15 “Blue Dream” cocktail (Cruzan rum, blue curacao, Tempus Fugit crème de cacao, absinthe) to Center on Halsted.

Baptiste & Bottle’s “Blue Dream”
Carrie Plungis

Noyane

This rooftop spot at the Conrad Chicago is offering a $15 Pride “Hakori Snowball” this month, a shaved ice treat with Tanteo jalapeño tequila, Montelobos mezcal, Cointreau, prickly pear, lime, and ginger beer. $1 from each sale will be donated to Center on Halsted.

Noyane’s “Hakori Snowball”
Carrie Plungis

Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago

On June 26, Broken Shaker is throwing a Pride party called “Hall Pass” with drinks, drag, art, and music. Customers can expect complimentary cocktails and shaken shots. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to Chicago House. Tickets are available here for $20.

We are celebrating PRIDE with the best way we know how...HALL PASS House party at Broken Shaker and the Freehand Chicago...

Posted by Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago on Sunday, June 16, 2019

Riva Crabhouse

Riva Crabhouse is offering its “Riva Rainbow Cocktail” for $10 this month, with a portion of proceeds going to local LGBTQ charities. Find out more details and activities for Navy Pier Pride Day on June 29 here, featuring drag queen story time, a performance from the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and a nighttime firework display.

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Eno

This month, Eno launched drag brunch series Pour Decisions, held every Sunday through the end of June. The show runs from noon to 2 p.m., and diners can expect drinks (bottomless mimosas, sangria, wine spritzes, or beer) and an entree such as brioche French toast with basil-balsamic strawberries and Chantilly cream or fried chicken and waffles with Burton’s maple syrup. Tickets cost $45 and are available here.

You can't have a royal brunch without a queen. Stop by our Pour Decisions, Drag Brunch this Sunday—and every Sunday in...

Posted by Eno Wine Bar on Friday, May 31, 2019

Cold Storage X Big Gay Ice Cream

The teams at Cold Storage and Big Gay Ice Cream have joined forces for a special collaboration June 24-28. Customers can try sweet treats ($6-$8) including “Pride Pops” (rainbow sherbet pops served with a tequila shot) and chocolate and peanut butter ice cream pie. The dairy-free “Pride Sunday” with rainbow sherbet sundae and coconut whip is available all month long. A portion of proceeds will go to Howard Brown Health.

Cold Storage X Big Gay Ice Cream’s Pride offerings
Ally Straussner

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine

LGBTQ-owned business Pastoral with locations in the Loop, the Chicago French Market, and Lakeview East, is offering a “Salute to Stonewall” party tray stocked with three cheeses and “gourmet accompaniments.” It’s available in three sizes: the small feeds 8-12 ($85), the medium serves 14-18 ($125), and the large serves 20-26 ($170). Proceeds from the sale of bottles of Paco & Lola Albarino ($19.69), a Spanish white wine, will go to Lambda Legal.

Pastoral’s “Salute to Stonewall” party tray
Pastoral [Official Photo]

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee created a celebratory Pride pin, available for $6 at all six Chicago locations. 100 percent of proceeds will go to Trans Student Education Research.

Intelligentsia Coffee’s Pride pin
Taylor Morabito

Goddess and the Baker

All locations of coffee shop and bakery Goddess and the Baker celebrate pride all month long with multicolored menus. Stop by for slices of signature rainbow cake, rainbow lattes (available with or without glitter), and even rainbow latte accessory pins. They’ve also joined forces with Metric Coffee to design a special rainbow blend, which includes notes of red fruit and brown sugar. A portion of proceeds will go to Center on Halsted.

Hey, Wisconsin! Show a “latte” of pride with us this month! ☕️ pride month lattes, pins, cookies - and our special Rainbow Blend coffee are now available at The Corners of Brookfield location. ❤️

Posted by Goddess and the Baker on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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