The four stages of Pride
From the geeked-out first-timer to the been-there-done-that ditcher, Pride-goers can expect fun for all phases.
There’s a lower-key way to spend Pride weekend, and having been to 20 or 30 of these, you and your wife/husband have discovered it. Friday night equals a dinner party held annually at the Berwyn home of your favorite lesbian couple Chris and Chris (you love what they’ve done to the place!). After discussions of what Atlantis/Olivia Cruise you’ll all be taking together in the fall, you make your way to Marty’s (1511 W Balmoral Ave, 773-561-6425) for chocolate martinis—you opt for the “grande”-size drink because it’s Pride weekend and your significant other lets you splurge.
On Saturday, you discover the real meaning of Pride at the Chicago History Museum’s “Out in Chicago” (1601 N Clark St, 312-642-4600), an exhibition of LGBT history running through March 2012. Afterward, you hit Downtown Lounge (440 N State St, 312-464-1400) to sip cocktails among the joint’s eclectic mix of theatergoers, straighties and on-the-DL out-of-towners.
Is it 10pm already? You hit the sack so the two of you can be the first ones to plant your lawn chairs either in front of the Jewel on Broadway and Waveland (the place where you’ve been watching the parade for eons), or at Montrose Harbor, where you and 15,000 other mostly African-American and Latino folk will spend the day grilling and chilling at the annual Rocks Party. After that, it’s late in the day, so you hurry home to pay your sitter and get your kids to bed.