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June 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA announced its rail and bus service changes for Sunday's Pride Parade, which begins at noon and winds between Montrose Avenue and Broadway and Diversey Avenue and Sheridan Road. In addition to changes because of the parade, some Loop trains will see reroutes from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday because of track renewal work. Brown and Orange line trains will run as one route between the Kimball and Midway stations in both directions along the Lake and Wabash tracks.
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February 6, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
We all know how crowded Lakeview gets the day of the Gay Pride Parade. So could you imagine if there was a Cubs home game on the same day and all that traffic that would come into the neighborhood? Well crisis averted. The Cubs were supposed to play at Wrigley Field on June 29, which is when the pride parade is planned. But the team changed the game schedule and moved the Sunday game against the Washington Nationals to Saturday, June 28 for a day-night doubleheader, the Cubs wrote on its Facebook page.
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NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
For years, Wade Davis closely guarded his secret. The former NFL player feared the impact it would have in the locker room and front offices. The ex-Tennessee Titan, Washington Redskin and Seattle Seahawk didn't come out as gay until after his playing days were safely over. After all, he wanted to be known as an athlete, not a gay person. Today, Davis is better known as a speaker, activist, writer and educator. You can find him tirelessly raising awareness and support for LGBT rights, not cracking pads on the gridiron.
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January 2, 2014 | RedEye
Chicago has the best gay neighborhood in the world. Don't believe it? Out Traveler readers voted Boystown the No.1 Incomparable Gay Neighborhood in the world, beating San Francisco, L.A., Barcelona and Madrid. The site singled out the 'hood's Pride Parade, Market Days and a planned rehab of bar Hydrate. Get the full story: outtraveler.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Nice timing, Supreme Court. As anyone with an internet connection likely saw this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, meaning that federal law can no longer deny benefits to same-sex couples who are married in states where gay marriage is legal. The historic ruling comes five days ahead of Chicago's Pride Parade, an event that the city estimates drew 850,000 spectators last year. Parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer expects that number to grow this year in light of the Supreme Court's ruling.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Now that you've had more than a month to practice your fest skills, it's time to really put them to the test. This jam-packed last weekend of June is home to two huge Pride Month events, a new country music-focused fest, a gigantic block party and yes, a mechanical bull in Lincoln Park. Grab your water bottle and saddle up, partner. kbernot@tribune.com @redeyeeatdrink Pride Parade Where: Begins at Broadway and Montrose Avenue, travels south along Broadway to Halsted Street, then travels south on Halsted until turning east on Belmont Avenue to...
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | RedEye
Chicago has the best gay neighborhood in the world. Don't believe it? Out Traveler readers voted Boystown the No.1 Incomparable Gay Neighborhood in the world, beating San Francisco, L.A., Barcelona and Madrid. The site singled out the 'hood's Pride Parade, Market Days and a planned rehab of bar Hydrate. Get the full story: outtraveler.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
2013 may have been a year of firsts for the gay athlete, but not in the Pride Parade. Wade Davis Jr. will be the fifth Grand Marshal since 1998 representing pro sports. Here's a breakdown. > Dave Kopay (1998) – The former football player was a Detroit Lion, Green Bay Packer, New Orleans Saint and Washington Redskin during his career. He came out in 1975 – one of the first pro athletes to do so – after retiring in 1972. . > Billy Bean (2003) – Bean played baseball for the Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres from 1987 to 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye and RedEye
This weekend is pretty much the quintessential snapshot of Chicago summer fests: You've got the rainbows, neon and barely-clothed partiers of Pride Fest, the jams of Green Music Fest and the, well, beer of Chicago Craft Beer Fest. New this year is the separation of Pride Fest (June 22-23) and the Pride Parade (June 30), so remember that Halsted Street won't welcome the carnival of floats until next weekend. Now rally your friends and hit the streets - and don't forget to take some photos to remember it all. kbernot@tribune.com @redeyeeatdrink ...
NEWS
June 15, 2012
When you move to Boystown, you earn a badge. A badge of being awesome. Everyone in Chicago knows people who live in our 'hood know how to party. It's kind of what we do. It's easy when you live here though: There are awesome restaurants (Frog N Snail, Taverna 750), epic clubs (Sidetrack, Roscoe's), a never-ending supply of beer, and did we mention Market Days? In fact, it's so easy to live in B-town, you might find it hard to leave. It's something that all your friends who don't live here will remind you of constantly.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Wade Davis Jr., former NFL player and gay activist, will be grand marshal of this year's Pride Parade and will later this year launch You Can Play, a youth basketball and leadership camp aimed at promoting tolerance in sports. He spoke with RedEye about being gay in pro sports and the future and significance of gay athletes. When did you know you were gay? When did you come out publicly? A: I knew I was gay since the 10th grade, and I came out publicly in June of last year.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
2013 may have been a year of firsts for the gay athlete, but not in the Pride Parade. Wade Davis Jr. will be the fifth Grand Marshal since 1998 representing pro sports. Here's a breakdown. > Dave Kopay (1998) – The former football player was a Detroit Lion, Green Bay Packer, New Orleans Saint and Washington Redskin during his career. He came out in 1975 – one of the first pro athletes to do so – after retiring in 1972. . > Billy Bean (2003) – Bean played baseball for the Detroit Tigers, L.A. Dodgers and San Diego Padres from 1987 to 1995.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Wade Davis Jr. knew he was gay his sophomore year of high school. But throughout his career as a professional football player, it was a secret to his teammates. After all, 2003 - the year he retired - was a different time, as he puts it. A national conversation surrounding gay athletes' place in professional sports was unheard of. But today, Davis is public about his sexuality. He has been living as an openly gay man since 2006, and he came out to the media last June. One of many former professional athletes to come out after retirement, the advocate and activist will represent LGBT athletes of all...
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and For RedEye
My first thought when I saw a pair of pasties at the Pride Parade five years ago was a blunt and bro-y, "Whoa! Boobs!" It was a decidedly non-feminist thought. It wasn't even rational, given that bare breasts were not particularly "sexy" to me as a heterosexual woman, nor were they a rare sight, given that I had a pair of my own. But when I saw those bravely brazen pair of bare breasts at Pride, all I could think was Breasts! Boobies! Ta-tas! Out in the open! And they looked so ... real, all floppy and pale.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Nice timing, Supreme Court. As anyone with an internet connection likely saw this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, meaning that federal law can no longer deny benefits to same-sex couples who are married in states where gay marriage is legal. The historic ruling comes five days ahead of Chicago's Pride Parade, an event that the city estimates drew 850,000 spectators last year. Parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer expects that number to grow this year in light...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Now that you've had more than a month to practice your fest skills, it's time to really put them to the test. This jam-packed last weekend of June is home to two huge Pride Month events, a new country music-focused fest, a gigantic block party and yes, a mechanical bull in Lincoln Park. Grab your water bottle and saddle up, partner. kbernot@tribune.com @redeyeeatdrink Pride Parade Where: Begins at Broadway and Montrose Avenue, travels south along Broadway to Halsted Street, then travels south on Halsted until turning east on Belmont Avenue to...
SPORTS
May 10, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, for RedEye
As society continues to evolve from Neanderthal to something resembling the advanced state of being we all claim to be wherein all are treated equal so long as you play by the rules, professional sports remains in the dark ages. Or in the closet, so to speak. For years, homosexuality has been verboten in locker rooms around the world. Words like gay, sissy, and that other "f" word have been used as terms of derision by fans and athletes alike who pride themselves in their machismo.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and For RedEye
My first thought when I saw a pair of pasties at the Pride Parade five years ago was a blunt and bro-y, "Whoa! Boobs!" It was a decidedly non-feminist thought. It wasn't even rational, given that bare breasts were not particularly "sexy" to me as a heterosexual woman, nor were they a rare sight, given that I had a pair of my own. But when I saw those bravely brazen pair of bare breasts at Pride, all I could think was Breasts! Boobies! Ta-tas! Out in the open! And they looked so ... real, all floppy and pale.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA announced its rail and bus service changes for Sunday's Pride Parade, which begins at noon and winds between Montrose Avenue and Broadway and Diversey Avenue and Sheridan Road. In addition to changes because of the parade, some Loop trains will see reroutes from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday because of track renewal work. Brown and Orange line trains will run as one route between the Kimball and Midway stations in both directions along the Lake and Wabash tracks.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye and RedEye
This weekend is pretty much the quintessential snapshot of Chicago summer fests: You've got the rainbows, neon and barely-clothed partiers of Pride Fest, the jams of Green Music Fest and the, well, beer of Chicago Craft Beer Fest. New this year is the separation of Pride Fest (June 22-23) and the Pride Parade (June 30), so remember that Halsted Street won't welcome the carnival of floats until next weekend. Now rally your friends and hit the streets - and don't forget to take some photos to remember it all. ...
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