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Both Boystown and Dadville will be hopping this weekend. Pride Fest kicks off on Saturday, and Sunday is Father’s Day. So welcome, allies of LGBTQ rights and, um, dad’s right to strut naked in the racquet ball locker room, to a gorgeous Chicago weekend of celebratory things to do. (We’ve compiled a complete list of this month’s Pride events as well.)
Through 6/18: Four days. 80 shows. Plenty of funny women. This year’s Chicago Women’s Funny Festival takes place at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont), and features performances by improv duo Katie Rich and Holly Laurent, stand-up comedian Dina Nina Martinez, and improv masters Susan Messing and Rachel Mason. Fri 8 PM, Sat 4:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, $15-$100
Fri 6/16: Author Sharon Solwitz discusses her new novel, Once in Lourdes, the story of four teenage girls who make a life-altering pact. Joining Solwitz at Women & Children First (5233 N. Clark) is local author S. L. Wisenberg. 8 PM, free.
Fri 6/16: The Vic (3145 N. Sheffield) welcomes accomplished comedian W. Kamau Bell, whose credits include Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Conan, and United Shades of America. Bell’s sociopolitical stand-up marries comedy and activism. 8 PM, $28-$56
Sat 6/17: Bask in the sun, go for a swim, and celebrate the beauty of Chicago’s transgender community at the Trans Beach Party at Ardmore Hollywood Beach (5800 N. Lake Shore). Not only is this a great opportunity to socialize, it’s also a way to reclaim a space that has often been hostile toward trans people. 10 AM-5 PM, free
Sat 6/17: Members of the LGBTQ community are welcome to attend the Five Fingers of Self Defense Workshop at Thousand Waves Martial Arts (1220 W. Belmont). Participants will be given useful techniques and encouraged to feel more confident and less afraid. 1:30-4:30 PM, $15-$25
Sat 6/17: A literature enthusiast’s heaven, the Chicago Book and Paper Fair at the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W. Washington) offers the opportunity to snag rare copies of your favorite novels. Photography, posters, and vinyl records will also be available. 10 AM-5 PM, $6
Sat 6/17-Sun 6/18: Gold Coast Art Fair (100 S. Lake Shore) celebrates its 60th year by displaying works of art from over 300 artists from around the world. Food, refreshments, and live music round things out. 10 AM-6 PM, $5 suggested donation
Sun 6/18: Enjoy barbecue and other southern-style bites at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Father’s Day BBQ Brunch (5700 S. Lake Shore). The celebration also includes a cash bar and a chance to win a backyard smoker. 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, $35, $18 for children, free for infants
Sun 6/18: Feel the music at Duet Dance Studio’s (2515 W. North) Beauty and the Beast-themed Father’s Day dance party. No previous dance experience is required, so dad can scar you with his uncomfortable moves. 1-2:30 PM, $15
Sun 6/18: Spend Father’s Day sipping scotch and bourbon at Whiskey by the Water at the South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore). A ticket will get you brunch, 12 samples, and a souvenir glass. Noon-5 PM, $10-$75