Best of Chicago Celebration Talent Line-Up

CHICAGO, IL — Best of Chicago Celebration is back! On June 1 at Metro Chicago, the Chicago Reader is thrilled to host its iconic event of celebrating the Best of Chicago–nominated and voted by the people of this great city.

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Where: Metro Chicago
3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

When: Thursday, June 1
5:30-7 PM: VIP Party at GMAN
7-10:00 PM: Main Event at Metro
10 PM: Pride Kickoff Party at smartbar

Dress: Creative cocktail / you-do-you, but make it fabulous

Tickets: $20 – $125


  • Levels of entertainment and fun celebrating the Best of Chicago poll winners
  • A VIP reception with a decadent buffet
  • Metro stage with live music and DJ’s curated from Best of Chicago winners and nominees
  • Pride Kickoff party at smartbar with DJ line-up curated from Best of Chicago winners and nominees
  • Photo booth
  • And much more!

Emceed by: Jacoby Cochran

Featured Artists:

  • Shermann ‘Dilla’ Thomas (aka 6FiggaDilla) – Presentation in VIP/GMAN only
  • Blesstonio – DJ
  • Bonita Appleblunt – DJ
  • Dos Santos – International band
  • Irregular Girl – drag artist
  • Jacoby Cochran – Host
  • Joseph Chilliams – Hip Hop artist
  • Lillie West – Artist
  • Lucy Stoole – drag artist
  • Rae Chardonnay – DJ
  • Ryan the Person – DJ
  • AJ Sacco – magician
  • Vitigrrl – DJ

Presenting Sponsor


  • Goose Island
  • Maplewood Brewery