Gee, just as we were done with the metrosexual thing, a new cultural buzz phrase hit the press this week: "gay vague." You know, the whole is-he-or-isn't-he? debate. Mary, please. Right now, we're all being as gay as possible. How gay? That's right: Totally, totally gay. But no matter where you stand on the Kinsey scale, at least one of these Chicago Gay Pride parties will get your motor running.
You've done the Friendster thing. You've tried its gay cousin, connexion.org. Now do some social networking F2F (uh, that's face-to-face). Bank One is sponsoring an afterwork Pride on the Plaza meet and greet. So whether you're looking to find a new client or a new LTR, this DJ-fueled shindig attracts all kinds of Loopsters--from bike messengers to CEOs. And don't worry, straighties: The free appetizers and free cocktails are open to all.
You know what's missing from your favorite summer guilty pleasure, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"? (Well, apart from actual stars, that is.) That's right, same-sex couples. (Judge Bruno, you know what we're talkin' about). Until then, the Gay Pride Steppin' Contest & Jam Party will do just fine. This event caters to lesbians (and guys) 25 and older who still like to get out there and move their thing to back-in-the-day classics from the Whispers, Patti LaBelle and, of course, Aretha. Cash awards and free food, too! Doors open at 10 p.m.; contest starts at midnight. $15.
Those who don't view dancing as a competitive sport can check out Pride Dance. Slip on your stilettos, stacked heels and chic sneaks to ring in the weekend festivities by dancing in the streets on the grounds of Center on Halsted. 5-10 p.m.
Boystown may rule on Sunday, but Andersonville grabs some gay glory today. The ever-popular Dyke March welcomes all lesbian allies--regardless of gender or sexual identity--to gather at Trumbull School (5200 N. Ashland Ave.) at 2 p.m. The event takes off at 3 p.m., heading east on Foster Avenue, north on Clark Street and east on Bryn Mawr Avenue, culminating in a lakefront rally with DJs, comediennes and speakers (www.chicagodykemarch.org). Still in a partying mood? The Back Lot Bash rocks the rear parking lot of Cheetah Gym.
But if you're in a Boystown mood, Pride Fest runs long and strong from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Come out for DJs, performers, food and drinks. Oh, and did we mention Miss Super Model of the World herself, RuPaul, is going to be kickin' out her classics at 4 p.m.? "Naked Boys Singing," Circuit Mom and more help nurture this alfresco fiesta. $5 donation. Click here for a full music schedule
Pride Parade Info
Starts at Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue, and proceeds north on Halsted Street to Broadway, south on Broadway to Diversey Parkway, and east to Cannon Drive. Noon - 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 773-348-8243.
Looking for a chick-friendly postparade blast? La Tache owner Lynn Malec, who also owned the sorely missed Girlbar, trades bistro fare for "a big ol' dance party with burgers and beer" as she hosts Girl Blast, with DJ Beth spinning a mix of Top 40, Latin and house beats in the Ann Sather's parking lot. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. $10. A portion of the proceeds benefit Musclar Dystrophy Association.
Put a classy seal on your Pride revelry by setting sail on the Annual Pride Spirit Cruise. The Spirit of Chicago, docked at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.), plays host to this splashy send-off, where partygoers can nosh appetizers and enjoy a cash bar, live band and entertainment.
Fauzia Arain contributed to this story.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times