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Jun. 15, 2021

Navy Pier Pride Returns for Sixth Annual Celebration of Diversity, Inclusivity and Love

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination and nonprofit institution, is hosting its sixth annual Navy Pier Pride, supported by ComEd and Ørsted, on Saturday, June 26 from noon to 11:30 p.m. This free, full-day event celebrates diversity, inclusivity and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Festivities include live music, educational programs, performances from local LGBTQIA+ artists, on-site resources from community partners and a special Pride-themed fireworks show.

The event will kick off with Muffy Fishbasket’s Drag Queen Story Hour, featuring a live reading of popular children’s books by one of Chicago’s famous drag queens, Miss Mini Pearl. This program promotes an early understanding of gender fluidity through glamorous, positive queer role models. After story time, guests can enjoy a series of live DJ sets, a dance showcase via the Pier’s weekly Wave Wall Moves program, and a performance by Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. The full event schedule is outlined below.


Saturday, June 26

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Muffy Fishbasket’s Drag Queen Story Hour Ørsted Wave Wall Platform
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. DJ: TBD Ørsted Wave Wall Platform
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. DJ Rae Chardonnay ComEd Stage in the Beer Garden
3 p.m. Wave Wall Moves: Joel Hall Dancers Ørsted Wave Wall Platform
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus Ørsted Wave Wall Platform
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. DJ Cash Era ComEd Stage in the Beer Garden
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wave Wall Wax: DJ Readerz Ørsted Wave Wall Platform
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. DJ All the Way Kay ComEd State in the Beer Garden
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Radio Gaga ComEd Stage in the Beer Garden


On-Site Resources

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., TaskForce Prevention and Community Services and PFLAG will be available at booths on the South Dock to share key resources and provide information about local community programs. There will also be Vogue Demonstrations from the Vogue School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Young adults and teens from the TaskForce Prevention and Community Services will offer guests tutorials of the iconic dance form at the Ørsted Wave Wall Platform.

Guests are also invited to snap a picture of Navy Pier’s new Pride Flag decals on the grand staircase in the Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and near the Ørsted Wave Wall Platform.


Pride-Themed Fireworks Show

In celebration of Pride month and the LGBTQIA+ community, Navy Pier will host a free Pride-themed firework show at 10:15 p.m. The vibrant and colorful 10-minute display will be synchronized to a special playlist, heard across the Pierwide speakers.


Other Things to Do

While at Navy Pier Pride, guests are encouraged to check out other Pier-wide experiences, including the iconic Centennial Wheel and other Pier Park rides and attractions. The Pier also features more than 70 local businesses in dining, retail, boat cruises and more. Guests can now extend their visit with an overnight stay at the new Sable hotel. Please visit Navy Pier’s website for a full list of open and available establishments.

Navy Pier Pride is a part of the nonprofit destination’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, year-round arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Please note, all events and programs are subject to change.

Navy Pier is operating in accordance with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan and City of Chicago’s “Protecting Chicago” outline that is currently in Phase 5, as well as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Click here to view Navy Pier’s COVID-19 operations and updates.

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Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual guests. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial WheelPolk Bros ParkFifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts—including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurants and partnerships, and thrilling additions to Pier Park. The Pier is also proud to continue providing free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit


Navy Pier Mission Statement

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

About Navy Pier

Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier’s 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2022, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.


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