Chicago is hot like Mexico this time of year and so are the following 10 events. Organized by date, all are equally fabulous in their own respective ways. Four of the 10 are completely free – now that I got your attention, check out the list! Juuliike?

SAT July 09  –  Fa$hion: A Love Story

Hot damn, it’s hot outside! What better way to cool off than inside a cool theater. This play created by Coya Paz examines the modern-day face of fashion – with lesbian love triangles, racist moccasins, and Botox. Count me in! Better hurry, this play is in fashion and almost sold out!

TIME: 2:30 pm

WHERE Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

COST: $10-$25

SAT July 09  –  Dancing with the Queer Stars

Over a dozen Chicago LGBTQ celebrated individuals have been hand-picked to compete for the coveted title of being a dancing queen.  Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? According to the organizers, the event will help raise funds to send 10-20 students to Anita Davis Dance Camp.  Evacuate the dance floor, anyone?

TIME: 7 – 10 pm

WHERE: Lives on Target Archery Center, 1529 W. Armitage.

COST: $20

SUN July 10  –  Ride for AIDS Chicago 2011 (Closing Ceremonies)

Always dreamed of being a cheerleader? Here is your chance. Welcome back riders from their 200 mil journey by bringing  signs, noise makers and friends to the closing ceremony.  The annual long distance bike ride event will help raise funds for TPAN and other community partners.

TIME: 3:30 – 6:00 pm

WHERE: The Norris Lawn, 1999 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL  (The Norris Center at Northwestern University).


SUN July 17  –  Field Day Fiesta!

Beyondmedia Education, a media arts, social-justice organization is hosting a cook out a la summer day at the park. The event  teases with a tug of war, arm wrestling and a  3-legged race – so butch! We’re hoping this fiesta has a piñata, I’m just saying.

TIME: 3 – 9 pm

WHERE: 6119 N. Hermitage

COST $20

SAT July 23  –  Disability Pride Parade

The Chicago Pride parade is over, but pride is a rainbow of movements; and people with disabilities also want to show their pride. This year’s theme is Disability is Contagious, so pass it on. Check out their countdown! We can’t wait!

TIME: 11:00 – 2:30 pm

WHERE: 401 S. Plymouth Court (Plymouth Court & Van Buren).


SUN July 24  –  Wheelie Bar Crawl

You don’t need a licence to roll around the city in skates, but you do need a “Dirty Roller Derby name” to join this Andersonville Wheelie Bar Crawl. First stop is SoFo at 3 p.m., with a costume and dirty roller derby name contest. The group stops at T’s, @tmospher and ends at The Call for a roller disco party. The fun isn’t limited to roller skates, you can also bring your roller blades or scooters.

TIME: 3 pm

WHERE SoFo, 4923 N. Clark St. (Uptown)

SAT July 30  –  AHHH!!! Pilsen Music Festival

Simone’s bar (18th & Morgan) in Pilsen is throwing a block party from noon to 8 p.m., but after eight the party continues indoors. The fest includes a mix of music genre’s like Hip-hop, Folk, Electronic and more. Check out the music line-up.

TIME: 12pm – 3 am

WHERE: 960 W. 18th Street.


SAT July 30  –  Latin@ LGBTQ Pride Picnic

What better way to close off the Pride season than in Humboldt Park with a grill, a couple of queens and lots of Latinidad. The picnic was moved to July this year in hopes that it wouldn’t rain, hmmm – nice try.  Don’t forget your lawn chairs!
Make sure to congratulate Orgullo En Acción – it’s their 7th annual Latino LGBTQ Pride Picnic!

TIME: 12:00 pm

WHERE: Humboldt Park (1400 N. Sacramento).


SAT July 30  –  Project VIDA Health Fair

If you or someone you know is uninsured and would benefit from a free dental, vision and cholesterol screening – attend Project VIDA’s health fair in Little Village (27th & Kedvale).  This is the perfect opportunity to get those costly check ups for free. Do it, you’ll feel good about it!

WHERE: Little Village, 27th Street & Kedvale.


THURS – SUN July 28-31st – Fiesta del Sol

One year shy of its 40th anniversary, this summer festival in Pilsen has become a staple family friendly favorite for la comunidad. Throughout the year, Fiesta del Sol offers young people in the community scholarship opportunities and higher education information. To that we say, “Salud!” with orange juice of course, all In the spirit of this non-alcoholic event. Check out the new Fiesta del Sol logo. Juuliike?

TIME: See schedule

WHERE: 1400 W. Cermak Rd.

THESE ARE JUST 10, but feel free to share your event suggestions in the comment section below. You know you want to!


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