Chicago Reader Pride Block Party

June 23, 2019

$10 donation. All ages; Kids under 10 free | wheelchair accessible | Free Parking

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3279603228731801/

Proceeds of the day’s ticket sales will be donated to Chicago organizations whose mission is to support LGBTQ communities:
Brave Space Alliance, Affinity Community Services, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, ALMA Chicago, Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), The Legacy Project, Equality Illinois.

We are teaming up with our friends at Chicago Reader to celebrate our city’s rich and diverse fifty years of LGBTQ+ community legacy at an all-day, all-ages block party at Marz. Featuring a diverse array of artists, communities, and small businesses, the block party aims to be an intergenerational, cross-community effort to honor the people doing the work in our city to amplify LGBTQ+ people and stories, as well as pay homage to Chicago’s LGBTQ+ history and the icons who made it.

This inaugural daytime intentional turn up features a diverse array of programming that highlights music and culture threaded through LGBTQ+ generations, including: Drag Queen Story Hour, salsa dance lesson with DJ Sandra Suave, and house music dance lessons.

Get your heart rate up with dance lessons & DJ sets featuring house, latin beats and R&B with Chicago legends like Boogie McClarin & DJ Duane E Powell, give some snaps to Young Chicago Authors (YCA) Queeriosity slam poets, get your drag history on with Chicago’s Drag Mom Lucy Stoole & a cast of intergenerational queens, bop to the beats of Chicago’s emerging queer hip hop prodigies, and dance it out to queer dance party Slo ‘Mo’s musical dedication to queer icon Janet Jackson performed by the all-women & trans band Femme/Slash with surprise special guests.

Peruse LGBTQ+ historical archives from The Legacy Project and the Reader’s own Publisher Tracy Baim’s collection from over 35 years of LGBTQ+ community documentation. Inside, hear from Chicago queer thought leaders of today and yesteryear with intergenerational panel conversations.

This party is supported by: Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Ms. Blakk for President, Old Town School of Folk Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sprint, Vocalo, Young Chicago Authors, and Windy City Times.

Marz and other local vendors will have food for sale all day, as well as a bar hosted by the beloved Maria’s Packaged Goods. The bar will feature custom Maria’s cocktails, Marz brews, wine and a variety of spirit-free options including Marz kombucha, mate, coffee and CBD beverages, and Redbull varieties. Tokens will be sold at the event for $3 each and can be purchased with cash or card.

This is an all-ages event and those 21 and over wishing to drink alcohol must present a valid ID and wear a wristband to be served.

Parking info:
Free street parking is available all along Iron Street, 36th Street, and 37th Street except where otherwise posted. Our neighbors at 36 Squared (3636 S Iron Street) will also be allowing us to use their main parking lot along 36th and Iron as well.

Accessibility info:
Wheelchair accessible parking an entry is available in our neighbor, 36 Squared (3636 S Iron Street) parking lot.