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Queer the Pier: A Sonic & Visual Journey through Queer Club Culture

  • Navy Pier (Miller Lite Beer Garden) 700 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL, 60611 United States (map)

Free | All ages

As part of "Pride at Navy Pier Presented by American Airlines"

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride at “Queer the Pier," a sonic and visual journey through the history of queer club culture. Join us when over 50 of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ artists & entrepreneurs for an evening of free performances headlined by the legendary Cece Peniston, celebrating 20 years of the gay anthem “Finally.”  

Slo ‘Mo’s Audio Jack kicks off the festivities in the Miller Lite Beer Garden  with R&B, disco and house favorites. Puerto Rican vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor MICHA performing latin rhythms followed by “queer club anthems” from Diana Ross to Robyn performed by Adam Ness & special guests, including Ric Wilson, Bethany Thomas, Tasha, Alexa Grae & Angele Anise and other secret surprises. Following the concert, Kokorokoko presents a fashion show highlighting queer club looks through the decades in the categories of Disco, Leather, Vogue and Club Kid modeled by over 20 Chicago LGBTQ+ nightlife personalities, emceed by bearded beauty Lucy Stoole with choreography by Darling Shear, historical research by Miss Meadows and a live soundtrack by Hijo Prodigo.  Legendary performer Cece Peniston headlines the evening, followed by the Navy Pier Aon Summer Fireworks set to house music, with Lady D closing the show spinning house & disco classics.

5-7pm - Audio Jack of Slo ‘Mo

7pm - Micha

8pm - Adam Ness & friends

9pm - Queer Club Fashion Show

9:30pm - Cece Peniston

10:15pm - Navy Pier Aon Summer Fireworks

10:30pm - DJ Lady D

“Queer the Pier” is a part of the Pride at Navy Pier Presented by Bank of America daylong program. Click here For a full listing of events at the Pier beginning at 11am. This event is free and all ages and takes place in the Navy Pier Miller Lite Beer Garden at the most eastern end of the Pier. Plan ahead: 10,000 people attend the Navy Pier fireworks and the journey is long down to the beer garden. The Pier is wheelchair accessible, though may become very crowded with high attendance, so please contact so we may connect you for additional accommodations should you need them. Parking is available for $28. CTA,  bikes and ride shares are recommended! 

“Queer the Pier”  is produced under No Small Plans Productions by Kristen Kaza. Photography by Miss Meadows with graphic design by Ruby Western, featuring: Adam Ness, Darling Shear, Sky Cotton and Benji Morino. Our thanks also go to Shannon O'Brien for  makeup design and queer owned salon Logan Parlor for hairstyling Queer the Pier. 


Earlier Event: June 21
Slo 'Mo: I Feel Love
Later Event: June 28
Wild Wild CUNTry