While June is officially Pride month, Chicago celebrates Pride all yearlong. Rogers Park is home to dozens of LGBTQIA+-owned enterprises. You can support and celebrate year-round Pride while also enjoying some of the area’s best food, drinks, shops, services and entertainment.
Food & Drinks
R Public House: “A community-driven pub that welcomes everyone,” R Public House serves comfort food for dinner and weekend brunches, along with beer, wine, and cocktails. It often features unique entertainment or fundraising for community causes. 1508 W. Jarvis Ave.
Rogers Park Social: Local residents founded this neighborhood bar/lounge that serves craft beers and seasonal cocktails in an industrial but cozy setting. If you’re planning an evening in, you can order cocktails to go! 6920 N. Glenwood Ave.
South of the Border: Enjoy Latin cuisine of all kinds, from arepas and enchiladas to Cuban sandwiches and Tex-Mex burgers. The drink menu is equally diverse and festive, and the owner believes its cocktails are “the best in Chicago.” 416 W. Morse Ave.
Bark Place: Pups can celebrate Pride too! Bark Place is a retail/service combo, so you can shop for high-quality pet food while your dog gets groomed. Bark Place also offers boarding and walking services.1775 W. Greenleaf Ave.
Taste Food & Wine: Located in the Jarvis Square area, Taste Food & Wine offers a wide range of international wines, including sustainable and organic wines. You can pick up snack items like artisan cheeses and charcuterie to pair with your vino. 1506 W. Jarvis Ave.
Cally’s Curls: Before heading out to one of Rogers Park’s eateries, you can stop in for a style, color, or cut at this “alternative to the average salon.” It specializes in naturally curly hair of all types and encourages self-expression. 1627 W. Howard St.
GingerSlam Nail Bar: This salon offers a full-service nail menu, including the standard mani/pedi, nail art, gel overlays and more. It also takes a civic-minded approach to its business, partly choosing its location to help “establish a viable and sustainable Clark St Corridor.” 6622 N. Clark St.
Visit the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives for the Midwest’s most extensive collection of Pride-related history. Its exhibits range from complex issues like Nationalizing Gay Rights to lighter subjects like five decades of Pride Parade pins. Outside of Rogers Park, people can delve into the organization’s archives via its online collection. 6500 N. Clark St 2nd Floor.
While not exclusively LGBTQIA+, the Glenwood Avenue Arts District is home to an experimental theater scene known for pushing boundaries and welcoming marginalized voices. You have your choice of entertainment options at Babes with Blades Theatre Company, BoHo Theatre, The Factory Theater, or Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater. Save the date for their 21st annual fest on Aug. 19-21, 2022. 6900-7100 N. Glenwood Ave.
TAWANI Enterprises, Inc. welcomes the LGBTQIA+ community as hospitality guests, tenants, business owners and neighbors. This list of businesses is by no means exhaustive – and we encourage residents and visitors to explore the area even further.
Happy year-round Pride!
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