Want to watch the Pride Parade and avoid the crowds? Here are bars and restaurants with beautiful views

CHICAGO — The city’s Pride Parade draws tens of thousands of people to the North Side to line the route and celebrate Chicago’s large LGBTQ+ community.

But not everyone enjoys navigating crowds.

Block Club has collected restaurants near the road where you can try to find a place to see the parade and its celebrations, but in a slightly quieter setting. Nevertheless, expect a lot of people on the sidewalks and trying to join you in the bar or restaurant of your choice.

The parade takes place on June 26 and begins at noon at Montrose Avenue and Broadway. It will follow Broadway to Halsted, then go from Halsted to Belmont. It returns to Broadway and down Diversey, ending in Sheridan. Click here for the map.

The parade is very popular, so if you want to watch from a nearby restaurant, you’ll probably need to make a reservation as soon as possible and arrive early. Many surrounding streets will be closed, so public transport and walking will be your easiest options for travel.

Here’s where you can see the parade:

Klein’s Bakery and Cafe, 426 W. Diversey Parkway: This location opens at 7:30 a.m. and has a small patio outside. It’s pretty close to the start of the parade, so you should be able to spy part of the setup and the whole parade unfolds as it begins.

North Buena Deli and Wine, 4200 N. Broadway: This sandwich spot is Klein’s Kitty Corner and has an intimate patio along Buena. You can see it all from your perch around the corner with a sandwich in hand.

Michael’s Original Pizzeria and Tavern, 4091 N. Broadway: Notice to sports fans: if you want to watch a game before or after the parade, take a seat on the small terrace. You can grab a slice as the floats parade by the starting point, then head to one of this sports bar and pizzeria’s 39 TVs.

El Mariachi Tequila Bar and Grill, 3906 N. Broadway: El Mariachi has a private patio, but that’s not where you want to sit for the parade. Try to get a seat at the bay windows along Broadway for the show.

Kit Kat Lounge, 3700 N. Halsted St.: What better place to watch the parade than from a location known for its drag performances? Kit Kat has a small patio on Waveland, so even if you won’t be right on the parade route, you can watch it go by with a little less stress — and plenty of cocktails. Be sure to arrive before 11 a.m., as brunch seating is only at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Sundays.

queen with two hearts, 1201 W. Roscoe St.: For light snacks and a nice cup of coffee before and during the parade, sit by the window with your cup of tea at this LGBTQ-run coffeeshop. You will be right in the heart of Northalsted, probably the most popular location for the parade. So arrive early!

Lark3441 N. Halsted St.: Lark is hosting the Pride Parade party with food starting at 11:00 a.m. and a DJ from noon to 6:00 p.m. Grab a pizza and head to the seats near the window, or stay more inside and watch the live stream of the parade. on one of the restaurant’s 14 televisions.

Wood Chicago, 3335 N. Halsted St.: Who doesn’t want a window of walk-in fries to accompany the Pride Parade? Wood can offer you just that. Or, you can grab a seat on the terrace or inside by the floor-to-ceiling windows with a fun cocktail and brunch.

DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway: DryHop’s huge windows to the street allow you to watch the parade while enjoying a beer. Arrive early or stay after the parade to tour the brewing process and sample a beer you can only get in Chicago.

Wilde Bar and Restaurant, 3130 N. Broadway: Take the kids with you to Wilde, where they can enjoy their own literary-themed Irish pub brunch menu in addition to the wild festivities happening right outside the doors. For the best viewing opportunity, sit on the small patio in front.

Stella’s dinner, 3042 N. Broadway: This is one of those classic Chicago eateries, full of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street outside – where the parade will walk. The milkshakes are just the thing to cool you off from all the action.

Caesar’s Killer Margaritas, 2924 N. Broadway: You can mimic the colors of the parade with the colors of your margarita and enjoy the event with your drink in one hand and tacos in the other. Cesar’s opens just as the parade begins, so be sure to get there early enough to get a seat.

At Renaldi’s, 2827 N. Broadway: This classic pizzeria has been serving pies since 1971. There’s a spacious outdoor patio where you can try to find a table to watch the parade. The kitchen opens as the procession leaves. Be sure to arrive early in case there is a line.

Duffy’s Tavern and Grille, 420 W. Diversey Parkway: This neighborhood sports bar is right at the end of the parade route. Try to sit in the windows for brunch – but if you can’t sit down, you can go outside and talk with the parade participants to enjoy Pride even more.

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