Celebrate Pride Month in the Loop
With Pride Month in full swing, you might be wondering where you can observe the month. Fortunately, Chicago has no shortage of rainbow-arched events for all interests leading up to the 49th Annual Pride Parade. Check out what’s happening in the Loop.
Tuesday, June 5 | 6 – 8 p.m.
The American Writers Museum hosts playwright and activist Ana Simo, author of the new novel Heartland. She will appear in conversation with genderqueer Appalachian poet C. Russell Price, whose book Tonight, We Fuck the Trailer Park Out of Each Other is "series of jagged turns through the streets of Chicago exploring relationships and self-harm [through] a queer writing lens."
Playwright and essayist Simo's first novel is the uproarious story of a thwarted writer’s elaborate revenge on the woman who stole her lover, blending elements of telenovela, pulp noir and dystopian satire.
Simo is the author of a dozen plays, a short feature film and countless articles. A New Yorker most of her life, she was born and raised in Cuba. Forced to leave the island during the political/homophobic witch-hunts of the late 1960s, she first immigrated to France, where she studied with Roland Barthes and participated in early women’s and gay/lesbian rights groups. In New York next, she co-founded Medusa’s Revenge theatre, the direct action group the Lesbian Avengers, the national cable program Dyke TV, and the groundbreaking The Gully online magazine, offering queer views on everything.
Friday, June 15 | 8 - 11 p.m.
INDISTRY takes over the 25th and 26th floor of the Virgin Hotels Chicago with "INDISTRY Presents: Artists' Pride," an event to celebrate and show our support for diversity, equality and Chicago's LGBTQ community. Hosting the evening will be TV Host, Danielle Robay as she brings on stage our Featured Artist for the evening, Michael Blume and Special Guest, Shea Coulee ( RuPaul's Drag Race) to perform.
As a proud supporter of The It Gets Better Project, the INDISTRY Presents: Artists' Pride event will be available to stream for remote viewers. INDISTRY's innovative interactive platform will allow people to watch the event directly from their mobile device or web. At the click of a button, viewers can donate to the organization right on their screen as they watch.
Saturday, June 16 | 1 p.m.
Macy’s is featuring a Pride Pop-up Shop on the second floor of the State Street store throughout the month. You can shop special Pride fashions designed with outstanding graphics and rainbow flag colors from several brands.
In collaboration with Kenneth Cole for the TIED WITH PRIDE campaign, Macy’s is offering the limited-edition capsule collection that supports the LGBTQ community and helps to raise awareness about organizations committed to equality. The gender-neutral collection features T-shirts, hats and socks, along with the iconic Pride KAM sneaker in black and white, each designed with Pride rainbow details.
Macy's is also inviting you to enjoy live entertainment, decorate your own Pride tote and sunglasses, indulge in sweet treats, strike a pose in a photo booth, take home giveaways, and more on Saturday, June 16 at its Water Tower store.
For more information about Macy’s Pride + Joy campaign, visit Macys.com/Celebrate.
Sunday, June 24 | 9 p.m.
As an advocate for the arts since its inception in 1910, The Blackstone is continuing to support Chicago’s artist community with local LGBTQ artist showcases “Creations & Libations” at the hotel in celebration of Pride Month. Chicagoans and art enthusiasts can enjoy the final gallery pop-up in The Blackstone’s lobby from Center on Halsted with artists Adam Thomas and David Joseph. The hotel is offering complimentary bubbly to kick off the celebratory events, and guests can also enjoy a 1960s-inspired cocktail for purchase at Timothy’s Hutch, the lobby cocktail bar. Guests are also invited to visit The Blackstone’s Art Hall to see the works by Chicago artists currently on display in the rotating, public art gallery. For more information, visit The Blackstone’s event page.
Sunday, June 24 | 9 p.m.
Discover techniques and products that fit and empower your beauty. Get skincare advice tailored to your needs. Learn to smooth texture and color-correct areas of concern, plus pick up complexion tips and find your best shade of foundation with Sephora's Color iQ system. All sessions are taught by trans-sensitive instructors. Friends, families, and allies are welcome to join.