Northhalsted Market Days returned to the Lakeview area of Chicago. A music lineup on five stages with acts such as Russian protest group Pussy Riot and queer Australian singer Betty Who.
Lollapalooza held four days of festivities with new and seasoned music makers. Check out these memorable backstage photos of artists, including LGBTQ+ talents such as J. Worra, Kidd Kenn, Tyler Christian and Leandra Earl of The Beaches.
Christmas came early this year as singer Steve Grand sold his swimwear and met with fans at the Christmas in July Santa Speedo Run, the popular fundraiser for Center on Halsted's social services.
Tens of thousands of people came to the Chicago Pride parade to show support to the LGBTQ+ community. With over 150 floats covering a four-mile procession, this was quite the event.
Over the course of two days, Chicago's Pride in the Park held their annual celebration in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Entertainment company Dreambrite Presents hosted the festivities with performers Zedd, Saweetie, Zara Larsson and Years & Years.
Presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance, Chicago PrideFest took over the Lakeview area of the Windy City. This two-day street festival featured over 150 vendors, British talent Heather Small from the dance act M People and bisexual singer Slayyyter
International Mr. Leather celebrated a Sapphire Anniversary in Chicago at The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. For the 45th year, the popular market once again had vendors and attendees from all across the globe mingling and cruising.
POW! Superhero Fetish Party was held at The Congress Plaza Hotel, home of the International Mr. Leather market. The crowd enjoyed Crocodile Rockstar playing Elton John tunes on the piano, DJ's spinning music, and a cabaret performance by PennyTration.
Roscoe's Tavern presented a RuPaul's Drag Race season 15 viewing party with two cast members, Princess Poppy and Irene "The Alien" Dubois. Season 12 contestant Naysha Lopez and local drag queen Batty Davis hosted the performance segment of the evening.
Santa Speedo Run returned to Sidetrack the Video Bar. This Year's proceeds went to Center on Halsted's youth housing project. The event, where participants run around the neighborhood in festive attire, has raised over $600,000 since beginning in 2011.
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