Chicago Pagan Pride is one of the Pagan Pride Project events that occur world wide. The Pagan Pride Project is a non-profit organization. The primary purposes of this corporation shall be the advancement of religion and elimination of prejudice and discrimination based on religious beliefs.
Our Pagan Pride event history began in September, 2002, on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. At that time, the Sanctuary of the Crescent Moon, a Dianic Wiccan Temple, saw the need to promote the ideals of Pagan fellowship. We moved the event to Oak Park in 2009 and have experienced a warm welcome every year.
Since then, Chicago Pagan Pride has evolved and represents all Pagan paths, faiths, and traditions.
We’ve collected food goods for Chicago-area food banks, raised hundreds of dollars for the TLC Animal Shelter in Homer Glen, Illinois, supported charity fund drives for the Katrina and Tsunami victims and battered women’s shelters, as well as collected religious items and books for Wiccan, Pagan, and Heathen soldiers overseas.
Our base of volunteers now spreads to the greater Chicagoland and NW Indiana areas, and so we’ve now become the Greater Chicagoland Pagan Pride Committee.
Several goals of past Pagan Pride events has been to celebrate a main ritual, feature the many artisans, merchants, readers, and healers from around the Illiana area, as well as host countless educational workshops and seminars. We strive each year to full fill these goals while growing as a community.