Saturday, June 23, 2018
Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines is coming through with flying colors this year! The third annual free event will consist of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Plus, don’t miss our other Pride programming, including a free screening of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, on Monday, June 18, and free go-go dancing lessons and live music at Live on the Lake on Thursday, June 21. View all scheduled events in honor of Pride Week at Navy Pier.
Artist travel made possible through the generous support of American Airlines.
Media Sponsor: WBEZ Chicago 91.5
The station gives guests the opportunity to learn about the Museum’s resources for LGBTQ+ families and participate in pride-themed arts and crafts activities.
Story Time With Drag Queens, presented in partnership with Chicago Children’s Museum
West Performance Platform
12pm – 1pm
Enjoy a special reading of classic children’s books by a few of Chicago’s fun and fabulous drag queens.
Information & Resource Village
1pm – 5pm
Browse the Resource Village along the South Dock, which offers information and resources from LGBTQ+ organizations, such as Howard Brown Health, PFLAG and more.
Lakeside Pride Marching Band
1:30pm – 2pm
Join us for a festive musical procession down the South Dock!
Wave Wall Wax: DJ Rae Chardonnay
Wave Wall Performance Platform
2pm – 4pm
Vocalo Resident DJ Rae Chardonnay performs at the Wave Wall Performance Platform as part of Wave Wall Wax, a free live DJ series presented every Saturday through Labor Day weekend.
Chicago Gay Men’s Choir Performance
Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion Grand Staircase
3pm – 4pm
Enjoy a special performance by Chicago Gay Men’s Choir in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.
Image credit: Miss Meadows
Queer the Pier: Live Music & DJs Produced by Kristen Kaza of No Small Plans Productions
With Special Guest CeCe Peniston at 9:15pm
Miller Lite Beer Garden
5pm – 12am
New to the lineup this year, Navy Pier teamed up with No Small Plans’ queer party impresario Kristen Kaza to produce Queer the Pier, a special program that travels sonically and visually throughout the history of queer club culture. Audio Jack – resident DJ of Slo ‘Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam, one of Chicago’s longest running LGBTQ+ dance parties – kicks off the festivities in the Miller Lite Beer Garden at 5 p.m. with R&B, disco and house favorites. Other artists include Puerto Rican vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor, MICHA, at 7 p.m., followed by local R&B vocalist, Adam Ness, and special guests performing “queer club anthems” with a live band. The program also features a fashion show highlighting queer club looks through the decades, modeled by Chicago nightlife personalities, emceed by bearded beauty Lucy Stoole and devised by vintage shop Kokorokoko, with additional creative direction by performer and choreographer Darling Shear. Special guest Cece Peniston, celebrating 20 years of the LGBTQ+ anthem, “Finally,” headlines the program. Lady D will close out the evening post-fireworks with a classic house set.
Screening: Signature Move, presented in partnership with NewCity
With Star & Screenwriter Fawzia Mirza
Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park
7pm – 8:30pm
Head to the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park to catch a special screening of the 2017 indie comedy-drama, Signature Move, presented in partnership with New City. The film’s Director Jennifer Reeder and Producers Brian and Jan Hieggelke are scheduled to be in attendance.
Aon Summer Fireworks
10:15pm – 10:25pm
Gather on the South Dock for Navy Pier’s signature Aon Summer Fireworks – synchronized specially to house music in honor of Navy Pier Pride presented by American Airlines – to end the evening with a bang!
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