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Chicago Pride Fest continues Sunday; lineup includes Belinda Carlisle and Mya

Jun. 17, 2018 - , Chicago Pride Fest kicked off Saturday with sun, fun, entertainment and plenty of pride. An excessive heat warning failed to stop the crowds and slow the spirit in Boystown as the two-day festival continued without missing a beat. Chicago Pride Fest re-opens Sunday at 11 a.m.

International R&B idol Mýa and iconic diva Belinda Carlisle are among the entertainment lineup for Sunday.

"This is always my favorite time of the year – Pride Month – to perform, so I'm really looking forward to Chicago, which is such a beautiful city, particularly in the summer," Mýa told ChicagoPride.com.

Other performers slated for Sunday include Blake Lewis, Brian Justin Crum, ABBA Salute, Boy Band Review and local favorite 16 Candles.

In addition to the non-stop entertainment, the festival includes 60 vendors offering arts, crafts and unique merchandise tailored to the gay community. Plus the popular Pet Pride Parade starting at noon from the North Stage.

High temperatures in the mid to upper 90's are forecast for today. An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until 7 p.m. Monday as humidity could make it feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Chicago Pride Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. down North Halsted Street from Addison to Grace. Organizers suggest a $10 donation upon entering.

The festival is coupled with other major LGBT celebrations in June, like the 37th annual Proud to Run 5K/10K run/walk and Navy Pier Pride Day, both slated for June 24.

The 49th annual Chicago Pride Parade, which now brings more than a million visitors to the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods, is next Sunday, June 24 at noon.

Chicago Pride Fest schedule: Saturday, June 16 | Sunday, June 17

Interviews: Belinda Carlisle | Carlito Olivero | Jessica Sanchez

Chicago Pride Fest opens Saturday to 'excessive' heat warning
Jun. 16, 2018 - , As Chicago Pride Fest kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m., an oppressive heat wave is set to hit the Chicago area, with heat indices up to 105 degrees expected to linger during the afternoon hours.

High temperatures in the mid to upper 90's are forecast for the busy festival weekend. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning until 7 p.m. Monday as humidity could make it feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Even the sunset won't bring much relief, as the heat indices were expected to remain in the 90s in the evenings and possibly into the overnight hours, the weather service said.

The high temperatures and humidity could lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, forecasters warned. The risk is higher for the elderly or people with preexisting health conditions.

Doctors urge caution when playing and working outside in extreme heat to avoid injuries and life-threatening illnesses. They urge people to dress for the heat, drink water, eat small meals and eat more often, slow down, stay indoors when possible, and be a good neighbor.

The two-day festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. down North Halsted Street from Addison to Grace. Organizers suggest a $10 donation upon entering.

Chicago Pride Fest is organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA), the organization behind Northalsted Market Days, Frost Fest and the Halloween Parade. 

Everything you need to know for Chicago Pride Fest 2018

Everything you need to know for Chicago Pride Fest 2018
Jun. 15, 2018 - , Spectacular live entertainment, delicious food, endless shopping and plenty of people-watching marks the onset of the annual Chicago Pride Fest to be held Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17 in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood.

Opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the two-day street festival turns North Halsted Street into one enormous Pride party with 2 entertainment stages, plus a dance music stage featuring some of Chicago's favorite DJs and drag queens. Plus a whole lot of queer and queer-friendly folks in attendance.

Where's the party?

One word: Boystown! Once there, follow the herd of excited revelers, or the gaggle of drag queens, or just follow the music. But seriously, Pride Fest is located on North Halsted between Addison and Grace. Gates open both days at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Is there a charge for admission?

Not officially, but a $10 donation is suggested. Your donation will support the Northalsted Business Alliance, which hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Northalsted Market Day, the Halloween Parade and Frost Fest, and will go towards keeping Boystown safe and fun for all. 

What acts are performing?

Along with International R&B idol Mya and iconic diva Belinda Carlisle names including Chicago-native Carlito Olivero, Frenchie Davis, Kim English, Blake Lewis, Brian Justin Crumb, and Jessica Sanchez will take to the entertainment stages at Chicago Pride Fest.

(Related: Mya set to close out Chicago Pride Fest, June 17)

We can't forget Chicago's own bands who will represent, including the all-girl band Catfight and local favorites 16 Candles.

Other performers include Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, Chicago Spirit Brigade, Boy Band Review, One Night Band, and Abba Salute.

And of course, what's a festival without drag queens and female impersonators!

Is there's a complete schedule that I can look at?

Check out the full entertainment schedule: Saturday, June 16 | Sunday, June 17

Our team has scoured the full lineup and has these recommendations for you.

Are there other things to do or see?

If people watching is your thing, grab a refreshment watch the throng of festival attendees. With over 50,000 are expected to attend, there will be no shortage of eye-candy for sure.

In addition to the live entertainment, Pride Fest will include 60 arts and craft vendors, as well as sellers of unique merchandise tailored to the LGBTQ community.

I hear bears will be at Pride Fest, will there be other furry animals?

We hear bears, cubs and otters will be at the festival too. But if you're not into two-legged furry animals, there will be a fun event for the four-legged kind. The always popular Pet Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 17, at 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the North Stage. 

Will there be a Pride Parade?

Gay pride without a parade is like a gin and tonic without the gin ... bitter! The 49th annual Chicago Pride Parade will be held the following Sunday, June 24, at noon.

What should I wear?

It's going to be hot, hot HOT! So be prepared. High temperatures in the mid to upper 90's are forecast for the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch as humidity could make it feel like 100 to 105 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Dress accordingly, but look fierce!

I want to tweet and instagram Chicago Pride Fest. Is there a hashtag for the event?

#ChicagoPrideFest is the official hashtag for Northalsted Business Alliance, the event organizers. 

We want to see all of you using it! If you want to reach ChicagoPride.com we are @GoPride on Twitter and Instagram. #chicagopride #gopride 

Anything else I should know?

No large bags/backpacks allowed, all bags will be inspected prior to entry. No coolers or outside beverages. Clear plastic sealed bottled water is allowed.

Interviews: Belinda Carlisle | Carlito Olivero | Jessica Sanchez

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