Best of Chicago Celebration is back! On June 1 at Metro Chicago, the Chicago Reader is thrilled to host its iconic event of celebrating the Best of Chicago–nominated and voted by YOU.
VIP Tickets - All Access Ticket includes entry to GMAN, Metro, and smartbar • 5:30 PM
The party kicks off with VIP at GMAN, hosted by 6 Figga Dilla, winner of Best of Chicago’s Best TikTok Influencer category for his engaging programming on Chicago history. VIP tickets include catered food and an open bar from 5:30 - 7 p.m. VIP ticket holders can re-enter GMAN and Metro at any time. GMAN provides two additional bars, accessible bathrooms, seating, and a quieter retreat from the main event.
General Admission Tickets - Metro Event • 7 PM
General admission starts at 7 p.m. at Metro, hosted by Jacoby Cochran, award-winning host of City Cast Chicago (winner for Best Podcast). Enjoy performances by Joseph Chilliams, Dos Santos, Bonita Appleblunt, Lillie West, and Ryan the Person. Sample complimentary food and drink tastings from Best of Chicago winners and local favorites.
Pride Kickoff Afterparty - smartbar • 10 PM
Put on your boogie shoes and get ready to dance! Join us for the grand finale Pride Kickoff afterparty at Smartbar at 10 p.m. Your DJ lineup: Rae Chardonnay, Blesstonio, and VITIGRRL. Performances by Lucy Stoole and Irregular Girl, made possible by Red Bull.
Event is 21+
Metro has stairs to reach the main event space. Attendees of the main event space will be standing for the majority of the event while enjoying refreshments and visiting vendor booths. For guests who use wheelchairs or need to avoid stairs, we have reserved an accessible area nearby with live feed of the event with captioning. To reserve a place for you and any guests, please contact BOCaccess@CHICAGOREADER.COM as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket. Entry instructions will be provided after you contact us.
Open captioning of the performances and spoken announcements will be available at the main event space at Metro. There are stairs to reach this main event space. For the best sight lines of the captioning and the main event stage, limited reserved seating is available for people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing and their guests in the mezzanine, which requires additional stairs to reach. Email BOCaccess@CHICAGOREADER.COM as soon as possible to reserve this seating after purchasing your ticket.
If you use a wheelchair or need to avoid stairs and need to access captioning, note that captioning of the event will be available in an accessible nearby location that will have a live event feed. To reserve a place for you and any guests, please contact BOCaccess@CHICAGOREADER.COM as soon as possible after purchasing your ticket. Entry instructions will be provided after you contact us.