For the past 16 years, ABC 7 has been the only Chicago station to proudly
produce and broadcast the Pride Parade. Although the parade will not take place
this year, the celebration of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ will continue on ABC 7 during a fun
hour of musical performances, tributes, zany highlights of past parades and
celebrity appearances from some of the biggest names who call Chicago home.
Hosted by ABC 7’s entertainment reporter/190 NORTH host Janet Davies, and
ABC 7 Eyewitness News morning anchor Terrell Brown, the program is being dedicated to Chicago LGBTQ+ First
Responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of these everyday heroes will share
their first-person experiences. There will also be a special tribute to Richard
Pfeiffer, founder and organizer of Chicago’s Pride Parade for 50 years until his
death last October. His courage and pioneering spirit made the parade possible.
Entertaining performances from 16 Candles, Chicago’s premiere 80’s cover
band; Katie Kadan, Chicago native and 2019 “The Voice” finalist; and Haley
Reinhart, Wheeling native and former “American Idol” finalist will be a special
The Northalsted Business Alliance bring’s Boystown’s Virtual Chicago Pride
Fest® to the world, celebrating love, life and diversity of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community.
The live streaming Twitch event will feature a full line-up with entertainment, activism, greetings and
more. Viewers can make a donation to support Northalsted’s community programming, the Center on Halsted and
Howard Brown Health.
Founded in the bedroom of seventeen-year-old Kiara Fox, Virtual Pride has snowballed into a youth-driven
grassroots movement, arising from the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. While we can no longer gather in
person, we know that now more than ever, the LGBTQ+ community needs to come together to celebrate our lives
and our love. Virtual pride unites creators from around the world and across media platforms to provide not
just a party but a movement, featuring viral artists, activists, and educators. Virtual Pride provides a
month-long event that allows each person to participate, celebrate, and show off their pride.
WheatonProud is a coalition of businesses in Wheaton vowing to openly support LGBTQ+ people. This is huge
because Wheaton is usually conservative and anti LGBTQ+ this coalition of businesses really shows unity for
the LGBTQ+ community especially during such a difficult time.
During the month of June, everyone can show their pride in diverse ways. Whether you submit creative work,
donate to the Trevor Project, contribute to the playlist, submit to the question box, or participate on a
LGBTQ+ panel, you can rock your pride! Please check out
our website for ways to get involved.
Have a laugh and learn how to make a few cocktails with Chicago drag queens and mixologists for the
Chicago House Pride Variety Show. Co-hosted by Dixie Lynne Cartwright and Lucy Stoole, this virtual event
features live drag and comedy performances with Aunty Chan, Kelly Lauren, and Joan Jullian and will bring
our community together for fun night. You’ll also learn to make a few cocktails with local guest mixologists
like David Sikora, of Crystal Head Vodka.
We'll be will be hosting two free live baking videos to celebrate pride. We will post on the website on
Monday what everyone will need to make (if pre baking is needed) and what recipes to use and what to buy.
Then we will go live and show how it’s make or put together. That way everyone can decorate and make their
own pride creations and share it with #swallowyourpride to have a chance to be featured on the website. It’s
important for us to stay together and focused and this gives everyone a chance to learn from a popular Chicago
chef that graduated Le Cordon Blue and been on Food Network for free!!