Back Lot Bash is Chicago’s Standout Pride Event for Women

The Midwest’s most-attended women’s festival taking place every Pride in Chicago, is back for its 15th anniversary with an incredible lineup of performers.

Sarah Shahi, heartthrob Carmen from The L Word , is the headlining DJ. You’ll also hear KITTENS, Brooke Candy, rapper and Chicagoan Jade The Ivy, Bridget Lyons, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia & Chicago’s own rock goddesses, Catfight.

Back Lot Bash has established itself as one of the nation’s top destinations during Pride Weekend celebrations. Since 2004, the event has grown from one wild day for lesbian and bi women, to multiple stages and activities in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. Back Lot Bash is set apart — for one thing the party spans over two weekends — June 15th and June 22-24. It also features Chicago’s first LGBT family day.

You’ll see and hear a mix of genres from local and emerging talent alongside those headliners. Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality and inclusiveness with a proud female focus. It’s no wonder that it draws immense crowds — organizers expect 6000 attendees from the Midwest and across the US.

Back Lot Bash is more than a party. In spite of its rager dimensions, the founders aim for an intimate, family feel. Co-founders Christina Wiesmore Roberts and Amie Klujian strive to bring the community together and to be active citizens by raising money for community organizations.

Co-founder Christina Wiesmore-Roberts says “Our goal is for our attendees and performers to leave inspired and to stay invigorated and involved in the community throughout the year.”

In 2017 HRC recognized Back Lot Bash by awarding the duo with an esteemed Chicago Community Service Award. The founders were also featured in GO Magazine’s 2017 list of 100 Top women influencers, tastemakers and trendsetters who are making a difference for the LGBT community.

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