Chicago Trans Pride is an independent and public gathering to celebrate the beauty, diversity, and resilience of the transgender community in Chicago. Chicago’s trans community has a lot to be proud of in 2016 and what better way to celebrate than a lakefront beach party.
While beaches are traditionally not trans affirming or body positive spaces, we will stake claim and join together in to be present, visible, and proud! We hope you can join us for this celebratory gathering to celebrate our trans community and remember those we have lost.
This space aims to celebrate all Trans folks however they may come! Bring your friends, bring your beach towels, and come ready to simply have fun!
Location: Hollywood Beach —-look for the trans pride flags*******
What to bring: your coolers, chairs, beach wear & any trans pride flags or other visibility is welcome but not required!
Trans Pride is a visibility gathering with no formal program.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING BEACH TIPS:
Parking is not great in Edgewater but you can park on side streets a few blocks away (no permit needed).
CTA – Thorndale is the closest redline stop (with a healthy walk to the beach following).
The Sheridan bus will take you right up to Ardmore where the main entrance is located
Bikes- there are bike racks located at both Hollywood and Ardmore. You can bike right up the beach lakefront path to arrive.
What the park district doesn’t allow:
-The beaches do not allow alcohol*****
-The beaches do not allow smoking****
-The beaches do not permit amplified music. So, if you were planning on bringing your PA system, please leave it at home! Small bluetooth device speakers are probably okay.
What the beaches DO have:
-There are gendered bathrooms and a **family restroom** please be mindful and use the buddy system when accessing restrooms (when possible).
-A restaurant where you can buy food if you wish. You can also purchase alcohol but it must stay on their patio.
-Beach umbrella and lounge chair rental located in between Ardmore and Hollywood on the sand. You’ll see a big blue tent. These can be rented and prices range around $5 for each item.
If you want to contribute, you can bring the following to share:
-trans pride flags (you probably have at least 4 or 5 sitting around)
-any extra food or snacks that you would like to share!
-any other beach party time materials you would be willing to share
*There is a boardwalk for accessibility needs closest to the water near the Hollywood beach.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info