Pride Month 2021 Guide for Chicago Families

Read LGBTQ books, make a Pride Flag and attend a local event.

Now is when pride goes big, bold and beautiful in June when Pride Month kicks off, bringing together members of the LGBTQ community and allies to not only celebrate love for all people but to continue the push for equality and acceptance.

Yet, despite gains over the years, the community remains on guard. Just this year, more than 25 states proposed laws that impact the rights of transgender people.

At a time when gender fluidity is garnering more discussion in mainstream media than ever before, gains the LGBTQ community has achieved are still at risk.

Sow seeds of greater acceptance in your kids — who already are the most accepting generation of LGBTQ issues to date — by supporting businesses and organizations that support the LGBTQ community, by attending Pride events and by flying that rainbow flag high.

Here, you’ll find events, crafts, books and more to celebrate Pride all month long.


Family Story Time: Celebrate Pride Month with a Rainbow Story Time (Virtual)

June 5, 2021

  • Hosted by: Thomas Hughes Children’s Library
  • Cost:Free, registration required

Join the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library staff for a 25-minute Rainbow Story Time featuring books, finger plays, movement activities, rhymes and music to celebrate Pride Month for ages 0-5.

Pride Workshop with Do It Together Workshops

June 6, 2021

Choose from two specially designed planter boxes with a beautiful flower included – the perfect way to brighten up your home. The event is hosted by Do It Together Workshops and the Elmhurst Pride Collective.

Navy Pier Pride

June 26, 2021

Families with kids of all ages can enjoy this family-friendly event that spreads pier-wide. Social distancing measures will be in place as required by CDC and state and local governments at the time.

Find more Pride Month events listed in our roundup.


DIY Pride Flags

 Make your own Pride flags at home with Queer Kid Stuff and Drag Queen Story Hour. Your kids can also learn about different pride flags as well. Save your flags for a future Pride parade near you.

Get the tutorial at Queer Kid Stuff.

Rainbow Bracelet Craft

 Kids will love to assemble these easy rainbow bracelets. They can wear one all month long to celebrate Pride.

Get the tutorial at A Crafty Life.

3D Heart Mobile

All you need is construction paper and some string to recreate this rainbow heart mobile. Maybe you can even hang a few by your window for neighbors to see! The kids can also make small signs like “Love is Love” and “Happy Pride Month” to encourage positive messages.

Get the tutorial at Twitchetts


My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

Some families have two moms or two dads. This board book celebrates loving families by showing two busy moms doing everyday activities, like eating breakfast, going on a playdate and reading a book before bedtime.

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

When Julián sees women dressed up in mermaid costumes, he wants to recreate the costume at home with a curtain and potted fern. But what will his Abuela think of him? This book encourages kids to love themselves. 

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Your whole family can learn more about LGBTQ history starting with this picture book. Pride takes you back to 1978 where you see how the Gay Pride Flag began with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker, and how the flag impacts the world today.

Here are more LGBTQ children’s books to read with your family!

More Activities

The Legacy Walk

Head to the Lakeview neighborhood, also known as Boystown, to take in some LGBTQ history in this outdoor exhibit. Your family can walk down Halsted Street to find pylons sharing information about LGBTQ leaders such as Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring and Marsha P. Johnson.

Watch Out on Disney+

If you’re looking for a movie or TV show for kids of all ages to watch, start with this Disney short film, Out. Greg has a loving family, friends and dog, but he also has a secret. Follow along as a young gay man discovers the courage to come out to his parents. Families will find some great children’s TV shows featuring LGBTQ characters on Common Sense.

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