The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches and The Night Ministry will be partnering to march together in the Chicago Pride Parade this year. Northminster is a longtime member of the Coalition and a longtime supporter of The Night Ministry. We will march behind a sign with the church’s name on it and all are encouraged to wear their new Northminster T-Shirts.
The parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, June 25th, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. We will receive instructions about where to meet to line up for the parade sometime next week when those positions are assigned. It’s roughly a 3.5 mile walk and it usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours from start to finish. You will need sunscreen, possibly a good hat and all are encouraged to bring a water bottle or two. Comfy shoes are a must! Those participating can either be picked up in Lincoln Park or return on public transportation.
On Sunday, the 25th, after the ASP Welcome-Home Service (with special guest Howard Levy), those who plan to march will find their way to the Purple Line (the closest station is on Central) to travel south first to Howard to transfer to the Red Line and then on the Red Line to the stop closest to the area we will gather to march. That stop will likely either be Wilson, Argyle or Berwyn, depending on how far back we are in the parade. Pastor Michael thinks Argyle is most likely. Final instructions will be printed and available in church on June 25th. More details about the parade are at this link and the participation of the Coalition of Welcoming Churches information can be found at this link. If you have questions, contact Pastor Michael (by email since he is leaving on on ASP Saturday and he will try to answer any questions in the evenings). See below for a map of the parade route: