The Chinatown leg of the Chicago River will be overrun with dragons today, all in service of a good cause. This year 26 teams will compete in the Chinese Dragon Boat Race, honoring a 2,000-year-old tradition while supporting and promoting local literacy as well as cultural and diversity programs.
Printers Ball, now in its tenth year, is "a casual celebration of the printed medium," according to the Reader's Brianna Wellen. The event includes hands-on printmaking workshops, readings and performances of printed material, and a beer garden with brews curated by Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar. Local comics collective Brain Frame and graphic designer Chip Kidd are among the guests.
Join the Chicago Dyke March Collective as it partners with Orgullo en Accion in celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. That rallies and performances that follow the mile-long march take place at 4 PM at the Humboldt Park Boathouse, where it meets up with the Latina/o PRIDE Picnic.
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.