Lakeside Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
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Lakeside Pride has enjoyed great success, growth, and stability for many years, but these features are dependent on financial resources necessary to fund our work. As the organization mission statement says, our nonprofit hopes to empower an affirming LGBTQ and ally community by engaging audiences and inspiring change through music. We can only fulfill that mission with the financial contributions of generous community members. Here are some things that your donation yields:


Each year, Lakeside Pride performs at over 50 events across the Chicagoland area! From intimate Brass Quintet accompaniment at weddings, to roaring Jazz Orchestra performances at the Chicago History Museum’s annual gala, to our Marching Band performance to over 1 million listeners at the Chicago Pride Parade, Lakeside Pride’s sound and presence can be felt across our beloved city.


As our membership continues to grow, so does interest in expanding our reach into additional genres of music. In recent years, Lakeside Pride has supported the growth of several new ensembles, including the sultry Wilde Cabaret vocal group, the adorable Tiny Bubbles Ukulele Ensemble, the smile-inducing Queer as Polka Band, and our newest primary ensemble, the Pops Ensemble.

Membership Engagement

With a proud history as a founding member of the Lesbian Gay Band Association, Lakeside Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ music organizations in the country! With over 250+ active members, our community reaches deep into the heart of Chicago.


Lakeside Pride partners with community organizations across Chicago that align with our values. Through performance engagements with the City of Chicago, The Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Red Stars, and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, alongside many other venues, our music has touched thousands upon thousands of Chicagoans. We’ve also helped other organizations advance LGBTQ causes, including the Center on Halsted, American Veterans for Equal Rights, Connections for the Homeless, and the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association.

Lakeside Pride greatly appreciates donations at any level, which can be made online or by sending a check to our mailing address. No matter how small or large, your contribution directly impacts our community, and we value you as a part of the Lakeside Pride family.

Special Donor Tiers

Lakeside Pride band members who donate at the following levels may designate a friend or family member to receive the complimentary admission benefit.


Do you want to give back to Lakeside Pride – something tangible that you can see and hear on stage and know that you provided it for us?  Then look no further, for our Amazon wish list is your source to see what Lakeside Pride needs now.

From a simple music stand to a new timpani, there is something at every level that will help us provide you with a more enriching musical experience.

Purchases may be made through Amazon or other merchants and will be delivered directly to Lakeside Pride.

Our Wishlist

Silent Auction

The Lakeside Pride symphonic band derives a large portion of its budget from silent auctions at each performance. This fundraiser is a highly visible way for Chicagoland businesses to show their support for the LGBTQ community and Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles. The most successful items are often gift certificates for restaurants, spas, salons, and event or entertainment tickets.

Businesses that support our silent auction are listed in our concert program books and on social media.

Donations can be mailed to us, or delivered to us through a Lakeside Pride member that you may know personally.

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