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Chicago Cubs Release Pride-Themed Clothing Collection Designed By Local Queer Artist Sam Kirk

Sam Kirk designed the shirts and bucket hats by imagining what a Pride-themed evening at Wrigley Field would look like.

The Chicago Cubs' Pride Month collection (left) was designed by local queer, multiracial artist Sam Kirk (right).
Left: Provided. Right: Hannah Alani/Block Club Chicago
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WRIGLEYVILLE — The Chicago Cubs have rolled out a Pride-themed collection of gear designed by local queer artist Sam Kirk that raises money for the Center on Halsted.

The collection, released Wednesday, features long-sleeve shirts, tank tops and bucket hats with colorful designs created by Kirk, a biracial, queer artist whose work focuses on a call to celebrate diversity and enact change.

Proceeds from the collection will benefit the Center on Halsted, Chicago’s largest LGBTQ community center located at 3656 N. Halsted St.

“The collection was inspired by the joy and energy of the LGBTQ community and is meant to inspire people to enjoy the journey, love themselves and always be proud of who they are,” the Cubs wrote about the collection on their website. “Kirk imagined what an evening at the ballpark during Pride could feel like if it transformed into an experience.”

The long-sleeve shirts are $39.99, the tank tops $34.99 and the bucket hats $37.99.

More information, including the inspirations behind each item’s design, can be found in the Cubs’ online store.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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