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Lakeside Pride’s Inaugural “Take the Stage” Gala

Take the Stage gala banner

Lakeside Pride hosts its inaugural Take the Stage gala to celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses, and other organizations to the LGBTQ music community in Chicago. This event will also be a significant fundraiser for Lakeside Pride, with all support going direct to fulfilling our important mission of fostering acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ community through the universal language of music.

Join us for beautiful views of the city on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage with glass doors closed creating a climate-controlled environment. Enjoy a complimentary open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and food stations while our Strayhorns Jazz Combo, Brass Quintet, and exciting new Latin Band set the mood. Koval Distillery will host a special tasting station and offer a raffle with prizes including round trip domestic business class air travel and hotel for two.

Take the Stage provides an opportunity to reflect upon past accomplishments while looking forward to continuing to represent our community and express ourselves through music. The evening will honor Modesto Tico Valle, CEO of the Center on Halsted, with our first ever Spotlight Award for Community Support.

Suggested attire is a dress, suit, or slacks and blazer; cocktail attire to formal.

Lakeside Pride is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Community Sponsors

  • Alto Realty
  • Shimmy Braun with Guaranteed Rate

On Stage Sponsor

  • Mary Spalding & Joseph Burns

Tech Crew Sponsors

  • Vios Fertility
  • Lisa & David Peterson
  • Michael Plageman Agency, American Family Insurance

Beverage Sponsors

  • Sidetrack Chicago
  • Center on Halsted
  • Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • KOVAL Distillery

Raffle Sponsors

  • Center on Halsted
  • Aloft Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • Corboy and Demetrio Law Firm

Lounge Seating Sponsor

  • Studio TK

Host Committee

  • Modesto Tico Valle
  • Michael Plageman
  • Tony Marino
  • Kaitlyn & Heather Hollysmith
  • Alex Ripley & Ted Steinemann
  • Therese Wos & Simone Azure
  • Seyi Adeyemi & Jeff Wigen

Get tickets


Mar 09 2019


7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Pritzker Pavilion
55 N Michigan Ave


Bradley Fritz