Show Up And Show Out For AFC This Pride

May 30, 2023

Join AIDS Foundation Chicago and the community this Pride Month at various celebrations and fundraiser extravaganzas! Can't make a certain event? Don’t worry – there are month-long opportunities for you to get involved and show out!  

Special Events 

PRIDE: The Next Decade, hosted by Bernstein Private Wealth Management on Wednesday, May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00pm CT. 

What will the next decade mean for LGBTQ+ Chicago? Join Bernstein at Sprout Social (131 S. Dearborn, Ste. 700) for a conversation moderated by Franco La Marca with notable LGBTQ+ nonprofit leaders. A panel about the future of healthcare services, HIV/AIDS, trans rights, and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship will be followed by a cocktail reception. Proceeds from the event will support 4 local non-profits, including AFC! 

RSVP for this free event here:  



PRIDE Brunch Sunday, June 4th from 11:30-1:30pm at Venue West, 221 N. Paulina Street

Join Equality Illinois on Sunday, June 4, for the annual Equality Illinois Pride Brunch Kick-Off! We will bring together more than 300 community leaders and champions to celebrate our LGBTQ+ communities and support our critical advocacy work to build a better Illinois for LGBTQ+ people.

Help Equality Illinois launch Pride Month with a celebration of the community who help us advance LGBTQ+ equality all year round. The proceeds go towards the LGBTQ+ civil rights advocacy work of Equality Illinois.

Admission $50 Get your tickets here: Pride Brunch 2023 – Equality Illinois




HIV and the Journey Toward Zero Exclusive Screening on Sunday, June 4th from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. 

In honor of HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day

This is a Free Event! Reserve your free ticket here:




Spring Fling Fundraiser Extravaganza for the Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus on Sunday, June 4th from 11:00-4:00pm at 450 N. Leavitt St.  

Celebrate the start of Pride Month with the induction of the newest members into the Chicago Black Gay Hall of Fame! AFC is proud to sponsor this event. Join for celebrations, food, and cocktails!  

Get your tickets here: CBGMC Presents: A Spring Fling Tickets, Sun, Jun 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite 



Community Conversation: Surviving and Thriving with HIV on Monday, June 5th from 6:00-7:00pm CT on zoom. 

To commemorate HIV Long-term Survivor's Awareness Day, join the Ryan White Community Advisory Board for a cross-generational discussion on what their experiences have been like surviving and thriving with HIV. 

RSVP for this free event here:  



CODE RED Operation Fashion Show Friday, June 9th from 6:00pm -8:30pm at Row 24 2411 S. Michigan Avenue

Celebration of survival and teaming up for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Get tested for HIV or STI's and recieve 1 Free Admissions Ticket

This is a Free Event!! 

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Southern Illinois Pride Saturday, June 10th from 8:00am - 10:00am at Carbondale, IL  

This is a Free Event! For more information visist here



Artemis Singers Concert: Better Times Will Come Saturday, June 10th at 7:00pm at The Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago 4626 N. Knox Ave

Join us this June for our Pride Concert and Dance: Better Times Will Come.

The concert will mark a return to our format of a Pride Concert followed by a Dance.

A wealth of woman-generated work, performed by a chorus focused on performing music written or arranged by women. This concert aims to be an uplifting, upbeat evening — a celebration of hopefulness highlighting our opportunities to create a better world and our better selves in it. Please make a plan to attend!

General Admission: $25, w/ Student ID: $20, Children under 12 FREE

For Tickets and more info visit here: Artemis Singers – Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus since 1980




Quad Cities Pride: Pride Party at Bass Street Landing Saturday, June 17th 1601 River Dr #306, Milione, IL, 61265

Please join us for Drag Performances, Live Music and Food. This is a Free Event!! For more information please visit: Unity Pride Week (



Pridefest from Saturday, June 17th through Sunday, June 18th on Halsted between Belmont and Grace Street. 

Volunteer with AFC at Pridefest! We are still seeking fun and enthusiastic people to volunteer for a 4 hour shift (or two!) at the north gate entrance. It’s fun on your feet, welcoming folks into the festival and collecting donated entrance fees. A percent of entrance fees will benefit AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. 

Unable to volunteer? Visit our beverage tent while at the festival and tip our fabulous volunteers to support AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. 

Volunteer sign-up here: 



Wendy’s Friends & Family Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 21st from 4:00 – 8:00pm CT 

Join us at any of the listed participating Wendy’s locations and 15% of all sales will benefit AIDS Run & Walk Chicago!  

RSVP here:  



Sounds Of Pride: A Celebration of Pride Benefiting Chicago Fringe Opera & The Voice Lab on Friday, June 24th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm CT The Wagner & Zeng Residence 1312 N. Leavitt St.

Returning for a third year, Chicago Fringe Opera will celebrate the immeasurable contributions of the LGBTQ+ community to the world of performing arts with a pride party featuring specialty cocktails by Spice Note Tequila, & a brief, intimate musical program composed and performed by members of the LGBTQ+ community, featuring new music by composer Lucas Van Linden.

All proceeds will go directly to support the missions of Chicago Fringe Opera & to establish a new scholarship at The Voice Lab, designated for queer/non-binary/trans voice students.

For tickets please:



MLK Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Event on Friday, June 24th from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm CT

FREE Community Event! Food, Raffle & Prizes, Live Entertainment, Local Talent, Fun & Games, Cook-Off Contest, Family, Friendly, Diverse Atmosphere and More. Celebrating the legacy of the late Mrs. Jettie Rhodes and her commitment to serve her community. Help us pack the park!!

This is a Free Event!! For more information please visit: MLK Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood Day | City of Urbana (



Chicago Urban Pride Picnic on Saturday, June 25th from 12:00 noon – 8:00pm CT at Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island Ave

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Dine Out to Give Back at Range on Wednesday, June 28th from 4:00 pm – 9:00pm CT at Range, 1119 W Webster Ave, Chicago 

Enjoy a delicious meal at Range, a New American Restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park for their Pride Community Night benefitting AIDS Foundation Chicago. Make a reservation: Range Restaurant – Farm to Table, focusing on midwest, and local. (

20% of proceeds from Range Restaurant will go to AFC


Southside Pride on Saturday, July 1st from 12:00 noon – 7:00pm CT at The Dusable Museum 740 E. 56th Pl.

For the past 5 years, Pride South Side has been a myriad of Black and brown bodies living in our truth and celebrating who we are as a collective! Come show your Pride spirit and Join us this year on Saturday, July 1, 2023 We are excited for Our 5th annual Pride South Side: Present and Beyond. Join us as we embark on a journey to a #fearless future of LGBTQI+ folks on the Southside of Chicago.

This is a Free Event!! for tickets and more information please visit here: Pride South Side | LGBTQ+ | Bronzeville, Chicago, IL, USA


AFC sponsors The Esteem Awards on Saturday, July 1st from 1:00pm – 3:00pm CT 

A free event to recognize National and Local Award finalists at Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted street), open to the public. Since 2007, the Esteem Awards have honored local and national organizations and individuals for their continued support of African American and LGBTQ+ communities in entertainment, media, civil rights, business, and art. 

Learn more here:



Month-Long Opportunities 

Molson Coors’ Tap Into Change program, June 1st through August 31st  

Purchase a Molson Coors beverage (or a few) at Splash! (3339 N. Halsted) this summer to support AIDS Foundation Chicago. Molson Coors has committed to donating $50,000 to Chicagoland LGBTQ+ non-profits, including AFC, during the 12th year of their Into Change program. Cheers, friends! 



Dessert (and a donation!) at Ocean Prime, June 1st through June 30  

Purchase a rich and delectable slice of coconut cake at Ocean Prime (87 E. Wacker Drive) this Pride month to support AIDS Foundation Chicago. $3 per slice will benefit AFC and all staff members will wear our new strategic plan pin to spread the word about Unifying for Impact



Scoot while supporting AFC with Lime Scooters, June 1st through June 30  

Scoot around the city this Pride month utilizing Lime Scooters! A limited number of AFC branded scooters will be available city-wide—if you spot one, be sure to tag @aidsfoundationchicago on Instagram and @aidschicago on Facebook. Lime Scooters has also committed to donating $5,000 this Pride month to AFC. 


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