As the clouds broke and gave way to blazing sunshine, the fifth annual Pride North festival kicked off and welcomed hundreds of post-parade-goers, locals of all stripes and two stages of popular local DJs.
The festival took place along Glenwood Avenue, on one block from Morse to Lunt avenues. Stages were set up at either end, each featuring a slate of DJs who spun from noon until 10 p.m.
The Miller Lite stage was co-sponsored by Clandestina Chicago and featured all female DJs, including Sandra Suave, Cqqchifruit, Samone, Katie Kirby, All the Way Kay and BK Web. Before the DJs took to the decks, the crowd was treated to singing and poetry from Lee Spears and John Shcelli, the top two from this year's Pride Idol competition, as well as the series' host, Marvin Ausby.
The Stoli stage boasted a variety of Chicago's favorite club DJs, including Andrew Aragon, Jerry Featherston, DJ Psycho Bitch, DJ Teri Bristol, Ron Geronimo, Laura B and Foxfonix.
The festival is run by Colm Treacy, owner of The Glenwood and Pub 626, both of which were open and packed throughout the festival, providing a welcomed respite from the sun.