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Gay Pride Weekend 2008

by Matt B on June 27th, 2008

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' Congregation Or Chadash hosts a Pride Shabbat service in the Edgewater neighborhood. Stop by the potluck dinner beforehand, and bring a kosher side dish or dessert. (June 27)

' The 27th annual Proud to Run is a 10K run, 5K run, and 2-mile fun walk that celebrates GLBTQ pride. Everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, is invited to run and/or show support. Sponsorships and donations benefit the Pride Youth Program of LINKS ' North Shore Health Service and the Gerber-Hart Library (the Midwest's largest GLBTQ circulating library). (June 28)

' The Chicago Pride Fest is a day-long, non-stop party, showcasing local restaurants, bars, live music, arts & crafts vendors, and more. Headliners include Kimberley Locke, Inaya Day, Martha Wash, and Tiffany. (June 28)

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' The Chicago Dyke March is a grassroots celebration of lesbian, 'dyke,' queer, and transgender resilience. It is an effort to bring together people of all labels and categories, no matter what their race, age, sex, orientation, culture, spirituality, class, size, gender, ethnicity, citizenship status, or ability. It travels west along 18th Street between Halsted Street and Damen Avenue, ending at a rally in Harrison Park. (June 28)

' Located behind the Cheetah Gym, the 5th annual Back Lot Bash has expanded to two days this year and is a celebration of food, drink, music, and lots of dancing. (June 28-29)

' The annual Chicago Pride Parade is one of the most highly attended parades in the city, with nearly half a million spectators last year. The 39th annual festive event will include over 200 floats, bands, cars, and other participants. This year's Grand Marshal: Eric Alva, the first American to be wounded in Iraq, the war's first Purple Heart recipient, and an openly gay ex-Marine and activist. (June 29)

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' The Chicago Razors triathlon team hosts a bike ride that begins at 7:45 a.m. at the totem pole at Addison Street and Lake Shore Drive, continuing north to the suburbs of Evanston and Wilmette. Brunch is held afterwards, and you'll return in time to enjoy the Pride Parade. All levels are welcome; bring your helmet! (June 29)

' The Second Unitarian Church is a place of worship and hope for all people: young and old, rich and poor, gay and straight. Join the community for service from 10:30 ' 11:30 a.m. (June 29)

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' Too young for the bars? Broadway Youth Center hosts a Youth Pride Zone, a youth-only space (24 years old and under) for those who want to watch the Pride Parade among folks their age. (PDF details) (June 29)

' The lesbian hangout Girlbar may be no more, but Girlblast lives on. The outdoor women's dance party begins immediately after the Pride Parade in the parking lot behind Ann Sather. ($12 cover; 312-493-7123) (June 29)

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