Even though Chicago’s Pride parade is canceled, there are still lots of ways to celebrate and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. For starters, consider donating to local organizations like Brave Space Alliance, Howard Brown Health, Chicago House, the LGBTQ Immigration Rights Project, and national organizations like The Okra Project, The Transgender Law Center, and G.L.I.T.S.
One more way to support? Order something delicious from one of the following LGBTQ+ owned spots this weekend. For even more ideas, check out this list of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ owned businesses.
Thanks to Chicago’s “Make Way” program, Hamburger Mary’s has been able to extend its front patio out into the street. Which is great, because that gives Mary’s drag queens more space to perform while you eat. If you prefer carry out, their Drag Queen Drive Thru is still open, and one of their queens will deliver food straight to your car.
First off, Jenivee’s is amazing. Their ube layer cake is one of the best desserts in Chicago, period. And right now, they have a special trans pride rainbow cake dedicated to the black trans lives who have been victims to bigotry and racism.
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This pretty cake has so much personal meaning . In these scary times that we live in, we dedicate this TRANS PRIDE CAKE to the many black trans lives who have been been victim to bigotry and racism . We see you, we love you, and you are ALWAYS welcome here. 💕💕💕🏳️🌈#blacktranslivesmatter #blacklivesmatter #transpride #transflagcake #lemoncakestrawberryfrosting #lgbtqsmallbusiness #chicagopride2020 #chicagobakery #eastlakeviewchicago #jenniveesbakery
Split Rail, a LGBTQ-owned fried chicken spot in Humboldt Park, is donating 1% of all their sales to the Brave Space Alliance. They’re also acting as a donation spot for the organization.
Tweet, and their next-door LGBTQ+ bar Big Chicks, are now serving dinner and weekend brunch out on their cute-yet-still-socially-distanced back patio. They have touchless menus you access through a QR code and have transitioned Big Chicks from counter to table-service. And, if you want, you can get your food and cocktails to-go.
Thanks to the “Make Way” program, this Boystown bar has a large outdoor cafe. And this weekend, they have their “Who Said Pride Is Cancelled” event, with live DJ’s and other performers. To keep things safe, there will be touchless menus and every table is limited to two-hour seatings.
During June, DS Tequila has a special burger: the LGBTQ (lettuce, guacamole, bacon, tomato, and queso). And a portion of its proceeds goes towards the charity Affinity, which supports the Black LGBTQ+ community. You can order the burger for carryout and delivery, or eat in out on their patio.