Purpose of the Coalition

Pride Flag.

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of more than 80 churches and other ministries in the Chicago metropolitan area which welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have two goals:

  • To spread the message of our members' LGBTQ-inclusion across the Chicago metropolitan area, mindful that a positive message about sexual and family diversity is a gift to all people.
  • To connect the leaders, members, and guests of our partner churches for fellowship and education, enabling support and resource-sharing for the practices of faithful welcome.

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Coalition News and Events


Chicago's Pride Parade

From Chicago's 2019 Pride Parade.
From Chicago's 2019 Pride Parade.

We are excited that you’ll be walking with us!

This year, our lineup number is #53.

Our van–-with the church signs-–will be located near 4500 N. Broadway. Plan on arriving to the area no later than 10:00 a.m.

We recommend you use the Wilson Stop on the CTA Red Line. Driving and parking is not recommended.

The parade route is about three miles long. The Parade will end at 2800 N. Cannon Drive.

We are not offering transportation to, from, or during the parade.

The Coalition's Pre-Pride Service

From Chicago's 2015 Pride Parade.
From Chicago's 2015 Pride Parade

The Coalition, with pastors from several local congregations, will be leading an ecumenical worship service at 11:00 a.m.

The Pride Service will be held at the southeast corner of Clarendon and Wilson. This location is quite near our starting point. We plan to be done by 11:45 a.m.

At the end of the parade, please bring your congregation's sign to our van so we can pack it and return it to our storage facility. These signs are expensive. Please do NOT discard them.

Volunteer Needs

From Chicago's 2018 Pride Parade.
From Chicago's 2018 Pride Parade

The parade organizers require us to have several parade monitors. A monitor assists our entire group to stay together so we are able to complete the parade route in an orderly, timely fashion. If a CCWC Volunteer asks you to be a monitor, please consider assisting us.

We will need some help at the end of the parade packing up signs into our van and unloading signs at our storage facility. We’d appreciate if you or a group from your congregation can assist us with this.

Our 2020 Pride Video

2020 video.
The 2020 Pride Video.

We created a video montage for Pride 2020. We invited all of our member congregations to submit a short video greeting to everyone celebrating Pride 2020 virtually. A great many of our partner congregations send greetings and best wishes for this very unusual Pride season.

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Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches

Purpose of the Coalition

Pride Flag.

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of more than 80 churches and other ministries in the Chicago metropolitan area which welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have two goals:

  • To spread the message of our members' LGBTQ-inclusion across the Chicago metropolitan area, mindful that a positive message about sexual and family diversity is a gift to all people.
  • To connect the leaders, members, and guests of our partner churches for fellowship and education, enabling support and resource-sharing for the practices of faithful welcome.

Join or Renew Your Partnership

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