Back Lot Bash
5238 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Price: $20 at the door on Thurs and Fri, $15 on Sat and Sun
Back Lot Bash, an outdoor live music and entertainment festival, has been a highly anticipated annual event for lesbians around the country since its inception 2004. Featuring a range of performers including Chely Wright, C-Factor, Daphne Willis, and Hairbanger’s Ball, Back Lot Bash offers late-night entertainment throughout Pride weekend. Back Lot Bash’s Comedy Kickoff on Thursday, June 21, will be at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago) featuring Bridget McManus, Ever Mainard and Fortune Feimster. Friday is acoustic evening, Saturday hosts an all-day bash with the band Dot Dot Dot and Sunday closes out the weekend with the Pride Day Bash, which features great live music.
954 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Celebrate Pride weekend at Berlin Nightclub, the “neighborhood dance bar of the future,” with theme nights and fun. Berlin Nightclub is considered one of the top clubs in Chicago, making this Wrigleyville fixture a must-see during Pride weekend. Friday features a live performance by Shuteye at 10:30 p.m. while Saturday is a twisted dance party with tunes from DJ Chester until 5 a.m., and Sunday is Block Rockin’ 90s Night.
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5024 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640
Price: No cover charge, but cash only
Accessible by the Red Line in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Big Chicks features dancing, food, and fun until the wee hours. Whether you like beer or mixed drinks, Big Chicks is sure to keep your thirst quenched with drinks such as Beermosa, Redhound, and Blue Velvet. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Big Chicks’ Some Like It Effin’ Hot Bloody Mary, a spicy take on the old standby. Fill up at the bar’s restaurant, which features typical pub fare including sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and Mexican dishes. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, get your day started on the right foot with Big Chicks’ brunch.
3726 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
If you want an after after-party, consider Charlie’s Chicago. Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Charlie’s is open until the early morning hours every day and features a country-western theme. It is the only bar in the neighborhood to feature a cryogenic system, where freezing liquid nitrogen fog is blasted into the air over the dance floor and instantly cools down dancers. Weekend events include Cool Country on Saturday and Hot Dance Party on Sunday, and drink specials are available all weekend long.
3356 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Price: Cover after 10 p.m. on Sat.
Roscoe’s Tavern considers itself to have a bit of something for everyone. Customers can drink, dance, sing, shoot pool, or dine al fresco, all in one location. Roscoe’s regularly scheduled events on the weekend include drink specials and Male Call on Sunday. You can also find live band karaoke, wet boxer contests, drag races and sin Thursdays, hosted by the Mistress Mercedes with burlesque and sideshow performers. The premium wells include Absolut Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Bacardi Rum, El Jimador Tequila, and Wild Turkey 81 Whiskey.
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SPIN Nightclub Chicago
800 W. Belmont Ave.
Price: $1 cover charge on Fri. after 10 p.m.
SPIN Nightclub Chicago offers a comfortable and friendly environment for all patrons. The nightclub was recently expanded and now offers two dance floors, four full-service bars and several lounge areas. Get ready to be dazzled with SPIN’s disco balls and sound and lighting system. VJs, DJs, pool tables and live entertainment are also available and the nightclub even hosts trivia and dance events.