What should I wear?
Check the weather for the whole day before you run out the door, and make sure you’re going to be comfortable in what you choose. Rainbows, glitter, and makeup are encouraged. And just remember: No matter how ridiculous you think your outfit is, it won’t be the craziest thing you see all day. Just go for it.
How do I get there?
If you’re traveling within the city, your best bet is to take the L to the Wilson Red and Purple line station. If you must drive, Chicago Pride recommends booking parking in advance with SpotHero.
If you’re coming from the suburbs, use Metra or Pace (find your route at transitchicago.com). Driving might seem easier at the start of your journey, but public transportation is the way to go with an event as huge as this one.
Where should I stay?
If you’re coming from outside the city and you think you’ll need to spend the night in Chicago recovering (spoiler alert: you probably will), it’s best to look into nearby places to stay as soon as possible. You can go the traditional hotel route or check out Airbnb, depending on your budget and what kind of lodging situation you’re comfortable with.
As far as locations go, staying in Boystown will be best for the party animals who prefer to be able to stumble home at the end of the night. Andersonville is a quieter LGBTQ enclave for those who want to have a quaint, authentic Chicago experience. And, of course, staying downtown may be the easiest option, as the variety and density of lodging is truly out of this world.
If you want to use your Pride visit as an excuse to check out Chicago in general, maybe take the opportunity to stay in one of Chicago's underrated neighborhoods.