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Chicago Pride Guide 2012: Parties, Concerts & More (PHOTOS)

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CHICAGO PRIDE GUIDE 2012
Participants during the 2011 Chicago Pride Parade. | Ryan L. Williams

The arrival of June can only mean one thing.

OK, Father's Day is, of course, around the corner and most schools will be letting out for summer, but for many Chicagoans the month of June is synonymous with LGBT pride -- and with good reason. Events throughout the month and throughout the city lead up to the main event: The ever-raucous parade through the heart of the city's Lakeview neighborhood.

For those panic-stricken at the mere thought of rubbing shoulders with hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans and visitors on a hot, late June day, HuffPost Chicago has compiled our annual guide to a number of Pride alternatives that offer slightly different ways to feel the pride this month. From brunches to comedy shows, to DJ nights and -- of course -- drag shows, we've got you covered.

In addition to our guide, the Chicago Pride Parade's community calendar offers details on dozens of other events happening around town in June.

Know of other LGBT and LGBT-friendly events that Chicago should feel proud of this month? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo by Ryan Williams.

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