Save the date! – we’ll be back again on June 14, 2025


…making Lake County a place for LGBTQ+ folx to thrive!

 Haciendo el Condado de Lake un lugar para que la gente LGBTQ+ prospere! 

4th annual community celebration

Lake County PrideFest 2024

Lake County PrideFest is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in Lake County, drawing thousands.

This FREE, family-friendly outdoor festival will feature: music and performances, food trucks, a beer and beverage tent, craft and artisan vendors, a resource fair, games and entertainment for children, multiple drag shows, dancing and more!

A $5 donation at the door is suggested but not required.

Join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ life and culture & show your support for Lake County’s LGBTQ+ community.

Drag Show!

Drinks & Drag

Join the LGBTQ+ Center Lake County, Highwood Pride and 28 Mile Distilling Co. for our first ever Drinks and Drag Celebration! Come out and get your queen on with Auntie Heroine, Sebastian and more for an amazing night of drinks and drag.

This is a ticketed event with 2 options: VIP or general admission.

Both ticket options include an OPEN BAR featuring exquisite craft distilled spirits by 28 mile, a full buffet to feed your enthusiasm, 50/50 raffle, a balloon raffle featuring amazing prizes and some of the best drag queens and kings the area has to offer. 

Stick around after the show for live music and a dance party at Pride After Dark (free & open to all) to take us into the morning!

We fully expect to sell out of this event so get your tickets ASAP — you do NOT want to miss this experience!

Doors: 5:30PM
Show: 7:00PM

28 Mile Distilling Co.
454 Sheridan Rd., Highwood, IL 60040

Support Groups – Every Monday night!


This peer-led support group is a safe space for LGBTQ+ adults (18+) to support each other, share resources, and offer encouragement. 

Every Monday 7:00-8:30pm
Joy Lutheran Church
749 S Hunt Club Rd. Gurnee, IL

Contact the Center with questions.
[email protected]

Safe-Space Community-Building Events

Queer Happy Hour

Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at rotating locations throughout Lake County. See our Facebook for more information!

Eat, drink, and be gay as you make connections and express yourself authentically in a safe and relaxed atmosphere!

All are welcome! This is a 21+ event.