Pride 2020 did not look the same as Pride celebrations in years past. Most events became virtual, although there were a few safe, socially distant festivities. Here's how we celebrated Pride in Elmhurst and surrounding communities throughout the month of June.

Share Your Photos and Win Fun Prizes!

Wear your EPC or other Pride gear out in Elmhurst throughout June, snap a selfie, and share it on social media. Tag #ElmhurstPrideCollective and #ElmhurstPrideInside.

Decorate your home or business for Pride, and share a photo of it on social media. Tag #ElmhurstPrideCollective and #ElmhurstPrideInside.

The best, most creative, and most fun photos each week will win delicious prizes from Brewpoint CoffeePilot Pete's Coffee & Treats, and Rough Edges Confectionery.

Virtual Fitness Classes

Log in to these Pride-themed classes throughout June! All classes are free and open to the public (some require registration in advance). We only ask that you consider a donation to Youth Outlook, a local social service agency serving LGBTQ+ youth that recently opened their newest teen Drop-In site in Elmhurst, and has continued to serve families across northern Illinois online since shelter-in-place began in March. You can donate directly through their website at youth-outlook.org/donate.

Tuesday, June 9, 5:30 PM --- Intro to Boxing with Arti, of Title Boxing Club Elmhurst. (NEW DATE)

Hosted on Instagram Live, available through Friday, June 12 on Instagram TV.

Find it at @TitleBoxingElmhurst.

No registration necessary.

Equipment needed: mat and towel, weights optional.

Work through the 6 standard punches to create short combinations and fight for your best version of you. This will be a mix of cardio, boxing, and strength training using only your body weight or optional light hand weights (or water bottles!) for resistance. Arti will offer modifications and challenges for all fitness and mobility levels so you can feel free to work at your own pace! Come as you are and leave with a new skill, feeling stronger than ever. (Rescheduled from June 2)

Wednesday, June 3, 7 PM --- Cardio Hip-Hop with Kristin Rozmus. (WILL BE RESCHEDULED)

Hosted on Zoom. Register by emailing elmhurstpridecollective@gmail.com. We will send you your Zoom log-in before class begins. Or follow @krroz on Instagram. She'll share the link too.

Equipment needed: just an attitude.

You may have taken her class at FFC, Evolution Dance Studio, or Fitt 60126 (formerly Fitt-Rx). Now's your chance to dance (at home) like no one is watching, until we ask you to turn on your Zoom video so we can see a few of your moves! Kristin will lead you through an hour of hip-hop classics and a few Pride-themed hits. Then we will stay on to share a few cocktails. Log in decked out in your EPC tee or your best Pride gear - rainbows, glitter, the works! 

Wednesday, June 10, 8:15 AM --- Pilates with Shawna Roubitchek.

Hosted on Zoom. Register by emailing elmhurstpridecollective@gmail.com. We will send you your Zoom log-in before class begins. Or follow @shutterbugshawna on Instagram. She'll share the link too.

Equipment needed: a mat.

Always wanted to try Mat Pilates? Now's your chance - for a great cause and in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy a 45-minute class with Shawna, perfect for  beginner to intermediate level.

Saturday, June 13, 9 AM --- Yoga with Cassie Quick.

Hosted on Instagram Live, available on Instagram TV for a week. Find her at @quickcassie.

No registration necessary.  

Equipment needed: a mat.

Elmhurst is for everyone - just like yoga! Join local teacher Cassie for 1 hour of feel-good yoga flow to start off your Saturday. This special class is appropriate for all levels and is a celebration of community, acceptance, and, of course, Pride! 

Thursday, June 18, 6 PM --- Cardio/Strength with Niko, of Ignite Fitness.

Hosted on Zoom. Register by emailing elmhurstpridecollective@gmail.com to receive your Zoom log-in.

Equipment needed: nothing.

Follow along as Niko leads you through 40 minutes of cardio and strength training, using only your own body weight for resistance. Bonus points if you wear your Pride-themed Ignite tank top available only through the Ignite Fitness store. These custom tees are available for a limited time, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Elmhurst Pride Collective!

Sunday, June 21, 10 AM --- Pilates with Beth, of Pilates Room Elmhurst.

Hosted on Zoom. Register by emailing elmhurstpridecollective@gmail.com, or contact Beth at 312-310-9416. We will send you your Zoom log-in before class begins. 

Equipment needed: a mat.

Join Beth, a Master Trainer with 2 decades of experience, for 45 minutes of intense Mat Pilates. It's a full-body workout for anyone who loves a little extra challenge on a Sunday morning.

Wednesday, June 24 --- Pride Day at FITT60126.

Members can choose from the day's scheduled mix of outdoors and Zoom classes. Non-members can try a free outdoors class at 10:30 am. Register for the free class at elmhurstpridecollective@gmail.com by 6/23. 

Equipment needed: a mat.

Members know what to expect from these intense FITT workouts. On this special day, non-members can also join a Pride Day workout led by Bridget, featuring a mix of cardio and strength training. Bring a mat, towel, and lots of water to get you through the morning. On FITT's Pride Day, donations are encouraged for Brave Space Alliance. Bring cash or check to your class or donate directly to the website.

Thursday, June 25, 6 PM --- Pride Diva Dance with Dominick, of FFC.

Hosted on Facebook Live. Find it at @FFCElmhurst.

No registration necessary.

Equipment needed: nothing.

Log in for a dance workout that will fire up every muscle group while jamming to hip-hop, EDM, Top 40, and Pop, all set to our favorite Diva artists. Fun and easy to follow.

AND....

Get a free EPC sticker with your purchase at

Order Pride treats from

Get 15% off nutritional supplements at

Every Friday in June, enjoy a free First Class Fly By Coffee when you say "Pride" with your order at 

Throughout June, get 25% off your drink order when you say "Pride" at the walk-up window or enter the code "PRIDE" with your online order at

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Chalk Art for Pride --- Saturday, June 13, 10 am - 2 pm

Show your support for Pride by decorating the First United Methodist Church (232 S. York, Elmhurst) parking lot with chalk! The church will provide the chalk and will assign spaces to allow for social distancing. Wear a mask and your Pride gear, and come out to draw inspiring messages, colorful rainbows, anything that represents Pride to you! Fun for the whole family!

3rd Annual Pride Fest --- Saturday, June 20, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Meet at the Elmhurst Presbyterian Church (367 Spring Rd.) and get ready for a car parade celebrating the LGBTQ community! Decorate your car and follow the route, honking your horn and making noise for Pride. Best decorated win prizes from sponsors Brewpoint Coffee and Glass & Grain Photography!

PLUS.... SO MUCH MORE AROUND US!

The BG Pride Drive --- Sunday, June 7, 12-3 PM

Parade around Buffalo Grove, in your car! Visit the Pinta Pride Project for details.

The Aurora Pride Drive --- Sunday, June 14

Parade around Aurora, in your car!

Visit Aurora Pride for details.

The Elk Grove Pride Drive --- Sunday, June 28

Parade around Elk Grove Village, in your car!

Visit the Elk Grove Pride Facebook page for details.

JOIN THE COLLECTIVE
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