About PrideArts

Rich Holton (left) and Jesse James Montoya in AFTERGLOW.

Huffington Post called Pride, “A powerful and empowering entity.”

With gay issues still so complex in this country, Pride was founded in 2010 to change lives by improving the quality of LGBT theater and film for this generation and those to come. Utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, we create powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.

We accomplish this mission through a season of Jeff eligible productions, film screenings, and special events.

PrideArts is a non-profit theater company, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donations can be made online here, or checks made out to PrideArts and can be mailed to Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613.


The Broadway is in what would have been the ballroom when our building was built as a hotel.

We aspire to be a year round facility where people from the neighborhood and from around the globe can see excellent queer centric works which are essential viewing for all.

The Ballroom Clock in the Broadway

Chicago theater lore insists the ballroom, which is now the Broadway theater, was once a speakeasy, and the basement had tunnels to the lake (long before LSD was filled in) so they could get booze to the joint easily.