Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your hours?
A: A: Registration for the public begins at 11a.m. and the event concludes at 6:00 p.m. Vendors are invited to arrive and begin setting up from 8a.m to 10 a.m. We will have workshops and plenty of activities throughout the day. All must pack up and be able to leave the grounds by 7:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: As this is a historical site, there is NO SMOKING INSIDE Pleasant Home AT ALL. You can however step outside of the gates and smoke.
Q: What is parking like around Home Avenue?
A: There is a lot of FREE available street parking, not only around the entire block, but also one-half blocks away. There are free structures and lots throughout Oak Park, which are only 2 blocks away.
Q: What about transportation by train and bus?
A: All information about transportation can be located here (including nearby hotels): Location
Q: Is the building wheelchair accessible?
A: Most definitely, yes! We suggest that those who require assistance with walking or wheelchairs to please enter by the WEST ENTRANCE.
The driveway can be used for accessible drop off.
Q: Is there an admission charge for this event?
A: Yes, there is an admission charge of canned and/or non-perishable food goods to be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help the needy in the community. There are several food stores in the immediate area where you can make your purchase.
Q: Are there any restrictions regarding this Pride event?
A: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, open flames, illegal substances, weapons, or adult content items ARE NOT ALLOWED onto the premises. Please remember, this is a family-friendly event, so everyone is asked to use good judgment regarding their attire and behavior during this event. Security will be on hand for your assistance.
Q: Will food be available throughout the day?
A: Yes. There are food vendors from Oak Park who will be selling a variety of delicious food including a vegan option.
Q: Are there restrooms?
A: Yes, there are Portable toilets located in the back west corner of the house.
Q: What should I do when I arrive at the event?
A: Please register at the Information table, located directly in front of the Pleasant Home. Additional information including our Event Program will be provided there.
Q: What’s this I hear about Raffle prizes?
A: There will be two types of raffles. A goods raffle which you will have a chance to win items that local vendors have donated. And, a 50/50 cash prize raffle.
We will be selling tickets for the raffle prizes when you check in at the the registration desk. Additional tickets may be purchased up until the time of the raffle.
Q: How do I know what there is to do and see?
A: Our Pride event offers many activities and vendors for your enjoyment. Please check out the PROGRAM link on the website prior to the event. Also, there will be a printed program booklet available at the welcoming Information sign-in table when you register.
Q: Will there be a photographer?
A: This is a “Camera-Friendly” event. There will be an event photographer taking pictures for possible publication on our website. If you do not wish to be photographed, please avoid the camera. It is also possible that we will have photographers from the media there.
By attending and entering Mills Park and Pleasant Home. you authorize GCPP to photograph or record you and/or your minor child’s image, voice, likeness and/or performance on film, tape, still images or otherwise. You grant permission to GCPP to edit such photos or recordings as it may desire, and incorporate such recordings into all promotional materials that are related to its business. GCPP may use and authorize others to use the photos or recordings, or any portions thereof, in all markets, manner and media including but not limited to printed reports, books, screenings, festivals, education programs, websites, and broadcast.
You understand and agree that these photos and recordings may be duplicated, distributed with or without charge, and/or altered in any form or manner without future/further compensation or liability, in perpetuity.
By entering the park grounds, you waive any right that you may have to inspect and/or approve the finished photos, recordings or other materials produced in connection with this release. You release GCPP from any claims associated with the above release and you understand that under no circumstances shall you have any right to maintain any cause of action regarding the photos or recordings, against Renaissance or anyone else, by virtue of the terms of this release.
Q: Are the canned food donations just for people, can I bring some donations for the animals?
A: YES, we have two cat rescues and a reptile rescue that would love any items that you donate!
Please check back often for more updates!
The Pagan Pride Project is a global non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of anti-Pagan bias, prejudice, and religious discrimination through education, activism, charity and community. Pagan Pride Project global event attendance has broken records every year, with nearly 60,000 people attending Pagan Pride events in many countries around the world. Pagan Pride attendees have donated thousand pounds of food and goods to local food banks, women’s shelters, animal shelters, and other charities. In addition to the material collections, Pagan Pride events also raised thousands of dollars in cash donations for local and regional charitable causes.