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Ballard Nature Center
Just minutes away from the city but a world away, Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks round out the outdoor experience.
Bubby and Sissy’s
Located just a few blocks from the riverfront Argosy Casino Alton, this bar hosts drag shows every weekend, karaoke on Thursdays, amateur drag queen and king shows the last Wednesday of the month, and dancing to DJ-driven music.
Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours
Learn about local, Underground Railroad sites on a shuttle tour with J.E. Robinson Tours and the Alton Regional CVB on the last Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon). The two-hour guided shuttle tours will stop at some of the sites that were part of the Underground Railroad system including the Old Rock House, Rocky Fork Church and more. Alton’s riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the northern states. Buried beneath the streets of Alton and Godfrey, remnants of this period in history still exist. For more information on the Underground Railroad shuttle tours or to make advance registrations, please contact the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 258-6645.
Davie School Inn
This 1910 schoolhouse features spacious suites with nine-foot-tall windows overlooking Anna Park. Each guest room contains an original chalkboard and bookcase from the old school days. Located near Carbondale, the Davie School Inn makes a great base for exploring the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Giant City State Park.
In business since 1998, this Belleville gay bar features karaoke on Wednesdays, and dancing to live DJs on select Saturday nights.
Everyone is welcome at FitzGerald's a nationally-known music venue located in Berwyn just minutes from Chicago and Oak Park. The venue also is available for weddings, parties, school functions, etc. Whether you want the main club, the smaller party room and SideBar or the outside beer garden, we can transform each to party specifications. Check out examples of parties and music on our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/109186657@N03/sets/72157637847655283.
Wire is located on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. Just west of Chicago, something is growing... a facility for music production, performance, education and distribution unlike any other. Come experience this first class venue, boasting top notch audio equipment, as well as full service modern lighting and video production. A place every artist will want to play and every fan will want to see. This very modern venue is available to rent for your especially unique event. A must see!
FitzGerald's, just across the street from Oak Park in Berwyn, has built a legendary reputation for an eclectic mix of music in a casual, comfortable setting that attracts music fans of all ages. The New York Times calls the club "a musical gem" and it has consistently been ranked among the top five music venues in Chicago. For special events, FitzGerald's offers a unique setting for all types of gatherings from 30 to 300. The family's award-winning restoration and classic look extends from its intimate private party room to the courtyard and legendary music club next door. An in house event planner can assist with any and all aspects of your event as needed.
One of the oldest gay clubs in Central Illinois, The Bistro features friendly bartenders, dancing, drag shows and DJs in downtown Bloomington.
This south suburban gay club features DJ-driven dancing, male dancers, karaoke and monthly drag shows.
CITY: Blue Island
Holiday Inn & Suites Bolingbrook
With it's ideal location, you'll find yourself just minutes away from great places to eat, shop and play. We're the perfect choice for your next getaway and the area's only full-service hotel. Find comfort with our traditional decor and hospitality. Experience our warmth and welcome while enjoying our inviting lobby, large indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sun deck, gift shop, event facilities and the Remington Street Bar & Grill. Thoughtful touches include our one bedroom, whirlpool and Presidential suites.
Aloft Bolingbrook is a sassy, savvy, hip, trendy hotel located at The Promenade Bolingbrook. Mix & mingle with friends at the WXYZ lounge, stay and play at our indoor pool or fitness center, and breeze into an Aloft room featuring custom amenities.
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Bolingbrook Golf Club combines the elements of a world-class facility and championship golf. Featuring an Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest designed golf course, a learning academy, clubhouse with lounge, two full-service restaurants, and banquet facilities.
Weddings at Brookfield Zoo
Say I Do at Brookfield Zoo! Imagine a breathtaking water fountain as the backdrop for your ceremony. Enjoy "Cocktails with the Animals" in one of our magnificent animal habitats. Savor an elegant dinner in one of our beautiful dinner venues. Let your Brookfield Zoo Consultant assist you to create the celebration of your dreams!
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail features 12 award-winning wineries located along a 25-mile scenic drive along highway 127 and highway 51 in the Shawnee National Forest. Along the way have a picnic, go on a hike, visit a shop, and stay in a cozy B&B or cabin. Many of the wineries host special events throughout the summer and fall.
Two Thirteen East
The only gay club in Carbondale features drag shows, Salsa Night on Thursdays and ‘80s dance music on Saturdays.
Charlotte West Stadium
Charlotte West is a Stadium built for champions. During its eight years of existance, the stadium has played host to three MVC Softball Championship and one NCAA Regional Championship. The SIU Softball Team alone is nationally ranked and an overall treat to watch. Not to mention the Stadium itself is recognized as being the best collegiate Softball Stadium in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The quintessential cocktail lounge of the Champaign-Urbana community. Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, Boltini offers a great selection of liquor, food, entertainment and fun. It's very welcoming to any and everybody from the downtown hipster to the professional enjoying a happy hour cocktail and everybody in between.
Chester Street Dance Club
Located in downtown Champaign, this huge dance club features DJs spinning everything from Top 40 remixes to electro-industrial dance. Cool down on the outdoor patio.
Emerald City Lounge
The Emerald City Lounge is a clean, contemporary Martini Bar welcoming diverse communities to the venue. A place where family and friends of all communities can feel welcomed and at home!
An eclectic district filled with dining and multi-cultural attractions, Midtown Champaign, with the beautiful Boneyard Creek flowing, connects Downtown and Campustown Champaign.
Residence Inn by Marriott Champaign-Urbana
The new Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign is located just off I-74 and just minutes from the University of Illinois. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of Champaign-Urbana. The spacious suites feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 37-inch HD flat panel televisions. Our luxury bedding includes crisp linens, comfy mattresses, custom comforters, and fluffy pillows, guaranteeing a blissful nights rest. Upon waking, join us in the Gatehouse for a complimentary, full-American breakfast buffet offering hot and cold favorites. Business and extended stay travelers will appreciate complimentary wired, wireless Internet access and dual-line phone system. Whether you are here to work or play, the Residence Inn by Marriott® Champaign warmly invites you to make yourself at home.
Quality is a simple bar with a big-city vibe that can only be described oxymoronically as "rustic modern." Quality offers a wide selection of American craft beers on tap and new beers are introduced every week.
Radio Maria is a restaurant and tapas bar run by artists. Head chef, Brian Wong, creates the eclectic dishes that suit the vibrant ambiance, such as his Coffee Crusted Filet and Green Curry Hot Pot.
Pear Tree Estate
Five generations ago the Murray family settled in Champaign County and continues the farming tradition still today. With an inherent appreciation for the beauty and rich history of this area, they are bringing modern American celebrations back to the farm. Pear Tree Estate is excited to share the rustic beauty of the country from the comfort of an elegant space. Pear Tree Estate offers a beautiful canvas inside and out for your special event to be completely unique and easily planned with an onsite coordinator, elegant lighting, linens and chairs. It is a culmination of the highest quality catering, service staff and now a premier venue to make any event memorable.
Hyatt Place Champaign
The Hyatt Place Champaign-Urbana is opening in 2014. This nine-story hotel features 3,200 square feet of meeting space and 145 well-appointed, modern guestrooms. The hotel is located in the vibrant heart of downtown Champaign, featuring 36 restaurants within a two block radius of the hotel. The eclectic dining scene is sure to provide you with numerous choices to dazzle your taste buds with their distinctive twists on worldly cuisine. The Official Hotel Partner of Fighting Illini Athletics, Hyatt Place is conveniently located in downtown Champaign, only minutes from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Campus.
Hatch: A Creative Re-Use Art Festival
What happens when you mix artists with unwanted materials destined for the landfill? You get Hatch, a Creative Re-Use Art Festival from the I.D.E.A. Store in Champaign, a marketplace of ideas from recycled materials. In its third year, the event will kick off with a “Trashion” Show, where designers use only recycled materials to make the latest in fashion. An exhibit filled with inspired, recycled pieces follows and concludes with an art fair where you can purchase the artwork that you just can’t live without.
Farren's Pub & Eatery
Farren's is an underground pub in Downtown Champaign that's known for its signature burgers and large selection of craft beers.
I Hotel & Conference Center
A total guest experience— It’s in the attention to detail: The stylishly distinctive aura and upscale room essentials. Innovative spaces and dining that’s a little classic, a little daring. The desire to exceed your expectations. The commitment to “wow.” It’s more than just a stay—it’s a multi-sensory, total guest experience. Welcome to the I Hotel.
Swissotel Chicago offers 632 luxuriously oversized rooms and suites. The all-glass triangular hotel, wedged into the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan has wrap around views from Navy Pier to Grant Park. Swissôtel has long been a favorite destination among VIPs, but we're quickly becoming the city's No. 1 choice for VIKs – Very Important Kids, that is. Every kid is a V.I.K at Swissôtel Chicago. See why we're known as the finest among Chicago’s kid-friendly hotels, and treat your own Very Important Kid with benefits that include: Fun-filled welcome packet, detailing fun things to see and do VIK check-in, which provides an area for kids to draw, color, read and play with our St. Bernard plush toy Enhance your next Chicago family vacation with our Swissôtel Kids Suite, and experience a stay that's specifically designed to ensure your children are happy campers. Before arriving, guests will choose from one of three area museums: Shedd Aquarium, featuring the brand-new Polar Play Zone, a hands-on exhibit especially for kids; Adler Planetarium, with its renowned sky shows; or Field Museum, featuring the world-famous Sue dinosaur exhibit.
Art Institute of Chicago
The second-largest art museum in the United States is home to more than 300,000 works of art, including “American Gothic” by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper's “Nighthawks” and more. Renowned for its rare master works, at The Art Institute visitors can experience one of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. With the addition of its Modern Wing, the museum now features an impressive showcase for its contemporary artworks.
JW Marriott Chicago
This hotel has 610 rooms. 128 suites. One restaurant. Lounge. Valet/laundry. Business center. Exercise facilities. Indoor pool. Room service. 20,000 sq. ft. upscale spa and fitness center. Located in the heart of Chicago's Financial District and walking distance to the Theater District, museums, shopping and nightlife.
The Second City
Celebrating 50 years as the home of Chicago-style improv and sketch comedy, The Second City has launched the careers of John Belushi, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and many others.
Downtown Bar and Lounge
Windy City's newest and premier gay and lesbian destination located in the heart of Downtown Chicago. The place to relax and meet new friends.
About Face Theatre
For the past 15 years, this innovative theater has presented original plays that challenge audiences and seek to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity.
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) creates musical experiences that entertain and enlighten, inspire change, and build community. CGMC has been an integral part of Chicago’s cultural and gay communities since 1983. For the last three decades, CGMC has entertained audiences across the continent with innovative musical programming and features an active membership of over 200 singers. Among CGMC’s performances are traditional choral concerts, musical revues, original commissions, and full-length book musicals.
This inclusive dance bar features some of Chicago’s best DJs spinning everything from new wave to disco music, theme nights and live acts.
A long-time Boystown favorite, Roscoe’s features live events (including live band karaoke on Monday nights and Sin Thursdays with burlesque performers), a huge dance floor and a sidewalk cafe that serves a full menu in the summer months.
This beautiful bar is decked out with stained glass windows, antique furniture and cozy banquettes. The Sunday Liquid Brunch (with $12 bottles of champagne) starts at a reasonable 2pm.
The Call Bar
This dance bar, located in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, plays music that ranges from retro to pop and show tunes. Themed video nights include Britney Spears videos all evening long on the last Friday of the month.
Doubletree by Hilton Chicago
Located between the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, this newly refurbished hotel features The Lobby Bar with infused organic vodkas and H2O, a seasonal poolside cocktail bar and restaurant with panoramic skyline views. The hotel’s Markethouse restaurant offers seasonal American fare.
Collaboraction creates original works of theatre that emphasize high production values, push boundaries, and highlight issues that are socially relevant to a diverse community of Chicagoans.
Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Surprising luxury at affordable rates! From our beautiful exterior to our fashionably remodeled lobby and guest rooms, Red Roof Inn - Chicago Downtown boasts Windy City convenience at surprisingly suburban rates.From designer fabrics and furnishings to friendly staff willing to help you explore our exciting hometown, Red Roof Inn - Chicago Downtown offers even more reasons for you to stay with us!
Minibar Ultra Lounge
In the heart of Halsted Street, Chicago, is minibar. We are a luxurious nightclub in a contemporary, urban "hotel lounge" environment. Inviting guests to wrap up the day or usher in the night, minibar is the perfect spot for freshly infused vodkas, bottle service, exciting wines and premium liquors that highlight minibar's drink menu. DJs and curated music collections will sooth and groove your soul, while concierge services and cocktail servers make sure you don't have to work to enjoy your self. Check in any time...?
A Boystown staple, Hydrate features late-night dance parties, shirtless men, high-energy beats and drag queens galore. Check out their resident DJ's and weekly events. Open until 4am Sunday-Friday/5am on Saturdays.
Located in the heart of Boystown, Elixir is a mellow spot to relax and enjoy the evening. From classic, pre-prohibition mixed drinks to Elixir signature cocktails, the highly-trained bartenders take their time to create perfection. It's more than a lounge, it's an experience.
Named best new boutique by Time Out Chicago, Milk Handmade is a women’s clothing boutique that specializes in small-run, handcrafted goods. Whether you’re looking for the softest tee, the perfect handbag, or your new favorite Saturday-night top, Milk has the one-of-a-kind piece for you. Come on in, hang out, and prepare to fall in love.
Found: Vintage Living
Located on Chicago’s north side, found-vintage living is a lifestyle store specializing in vintage furniture, barware, lamps, art and accessories. Serving as Andersonville’s destination for affordable vintage pieces, it is a haven for authentic home décor from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Rad Vintage is a 1700 square ft store that has a large selection of Women’s and Men’s Vintage Clothing & Accessories from the 1940s to 1990s. Our goal is to provide the world with the best selection of vintage clothing. Rad Vintage isn’t just a clothing store. We also have a large selection of vintage toys, clocks, character glasses, beer glassware, and 80s vintage telephones, such as the Lego, Mickey, Garfield and the Alf Phone.
North Halsted Halloween Parade
This iconic Halloween happening—now in its 17th year—is one of Chicago's largest celebrations of ghosts, goblins and costumes galore! Colorful and festive doesn't start to do justice to this iconic Halloween party that draws thousands of spectators of all ages who line the streets of Halsted to enjoy the evening's festivities. The parade receives widespread media coverage, and one of its highlights is the costume contest that draws scores of outrageously attired parade participants.
Expect bumping beats and go-go dancing boys at this GLBT bar in Andersonville. A 30-foot-long bar and an elevated seating area overlook the dance floor, often set in motion by a DJ spinning dance hits and house standards. Exposed brick walls, galvanized metal and hardwood floors and warm lighting create an inviting upscale ambiance.
Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Center on Halsted's Community and Cultural team creates and hosts a wide array of fun, interactive and engaging programs enjoyed by members of the entire community. Events range from volleyball games in our gymnasium to dance recitals in our theatre. We host regular receptions showcasing local LGBTQ artists and special events for LGBTQ families and friends.
Inspired by the regional flavors of the Italian Tre Venezie, Ombra is a space you can make your own. It’s where the casual comfort of the neighborhood meets the energy of possibility. You just might encounter the new and unexpected — whether the flavors, the wine list, or the conversations and people around you.
Your neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant. Celebrating the rich diversity of American food and drink. Our produce and meats are sourced almost exclusively from small family farms in the Midwest. The menu is seasonally focused and our casual dining room features a spectacular Brunswick bar, as well as comfortable booths and tables.
Overlooking Lake Michigan & Grant Park at this iconic downtown Chicago hotel featuring free lobby WiFi, seasonal outdoor sun deck, indoor pool and more!
W Chicago Lakeshore
Overlooking Lake Michigan, this hip hotel is close to Navy Pier, Oak Street Beach and the Magnificent Mile. Indulge in the hotel’s Bliss Spa, sip a cocktail at the 33rd-floor Whiskey Sky bar that offers amazing panoramic views and dine on Mediterranean dishes at Wave.
W Chicago City Center
Located in the Loop, the W Chicago is close to downtown theaters, the Willis Tower, Millennium Park and The Art Institute. The hotel offers in-room spa treatments and the 24-hour Sweat Fitness Center.
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile
This 300-room hotel is located just half a block from North Michigan Avenue shopping and dining. Amenities include an indoor pool with city views and 24-hour fitness center. The hotel is within walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Navy Pier.
City Suites Hotel - Neighborhood Inns of Chicago
This vintage Boystown hotel features turn-of-the-century architecture and art deco furnishings. Gay-friendly restaurants and nightclubs are close by (Berlin dance club is right down the street), and hotel guests have access to Bally’s Total Fitness. Popular with entertainers, musicians and savvy travelers.
Hyatt Regency Chicago
This huge Hyatt hotel is conveniently located between Magnificent Mile shopping and the Loop’s cultural institutions. The hotel features six restaurants and lounges, along with a 24-hour gym.
Chicago's Essex Inn
Floor-to-ceiling windows afford beautiful views of the Museum Campus at this South Loop hotel. Chicago’s Essex Inn is close to downtown shopping and museums, and features an all-season, sky-lit rooftop pool with an adjacent outdoor garden. Dine in at Tribute, a classic American restaurant with a modern culinary edge. Offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as “grab and go” options for on-the-go business people.Free shuttle to the exclusive Magnificent Mile shopping district.
Courtyard by Marriott - Chicago Downtown
"Full service" Courtyard Marriott, 337 rooms, with 37 suites recently renovated, 2 blocks from Michigan Ave. in the River North district.
Overlooking the Chicago River, this stylin’ hotel is within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, State Street shopping and Millennium Park. Hotel Monaco is extremely pet friendly, with no fees or size restrictions for your furry friend.
Allegro Chicago, A Kimpton Boutique Hotel
This whimsical boutique hotel is located in the Loop Theater District (the Cadillac Palace Theatre is right next door) and close to State Street shopping, Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago. The adjacent 312 Chicago offers creative Italian cuisine.
Best Western Hawthorne Terrace
This Boystown vintage hotel is located close to historic Wrigley Field (home of Chicago Cubs baseball), as well as gay-friendly restaurants and nightclubs. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace during warm-weather months.
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown Lakefront
Chicago's newest hotel is also the closest to Navy Pier. 455 luxury suites are only 2 blocks from Michigan Ave. and minutes from the Museum Campus.
Located in Boystown, this European-style boutique hotel offers suites with butler pantries equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and wet bar. The Majestic is located close to Belmont Harbor, and within walking distance of Boystown bars and restaurants.
Embassy Suites Hotel Chicago Downtown
This atrium hotel offers two-room suites equipped with a wet bar and mini-fridge. A cooked-to-order breakfast and two-hour evening Manager’s Reception with free drinks and appetizers are offered daily. The hotel is close to Magnificent Mile shopping and the River North gallery district.
Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel
Historic landmark building on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Minutes from the city's most famous shopping and dining. We offer experienced staff to cater to your highest expectations.
Renaissance Chicago Hotel
Located in the heart of Chicago's North Loop, the stylish and elegant Renaissance Chicago Hotel is a four star, four diamond rated property - within walking distance to the Central Business District, Theater District, and the "Magnificent Mile" shops.
Fairfield Inn and Suites - Chicago Downtown
Beautiful 15 story, 185 contemporary style guestroom hotel. It is 1 1/2 blocks off of Michigan Ave.
Fairmont Chicago, The
This 687-room hotel overlooking Millennium Park includes the 11,000-sq.-ft. mySpa, New World Asian cuisine at Aria and the Eno Wine Room. The Fairmont is close to the lakefront and is within walking distance of The Art Institute.
Chicago Marriott Downtown
Soaring 46 stories into the Chicago skyline above the famed Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Marriott Downtown rises to every occasion, providing incomparable service and an optimum location for business, leisure, and meeting needs.
Originally designed by legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham as an office building, this hotel is a beautifully restored architectural landmark. Hotel Burnham is just steps away from State Street shopping, Loop theaters, Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago. The hotel’s acclaimed Atwood Café puts a modern twist on comfort food.122-room luxury historic hotel with 19th century detailing in deep mahogany, frosted Tiffany glass, Terrazzo mosaic tiling, and a wrought iron and marble staircase. Guestrooms are appointed in warm tones of burgundy, gold and cobalt blue with canopy beds.
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
This lux hotel attracts an international clientele. The Sofitel is close to Rush Street bars and restaurants, and within easy walking distance of the Magnificent Mile, Museum of Contemporary Art and Oak Street Beach. The hotel’s chic Café Des Architectes features French cuisine.
Willows Hotel, The - Neighborhood Inns of Chicago
This boutique hotel is located in a historic landmark decorated with nineteenth-century French reproduction furnishings. Willows Hotel is close to Boystown bars and restaurants, as well as Lakeview and Lincoln Park shops.
Amalfi Hotel Chicago
A luxury boutique hotel located in downtown Chicago’s River North district, the Amalfi Hotel Chicago offers the ultimate in modern style and hospitality. Boasting a central location near Michigan Avenue and the Loop, the Amalfi is a distinguished downtown escape for both business and leisure travelers. Discover the perfect blend of elegant design, luxury amenities and attentive service at a hotel designed around the guest experience. 215 rooms. 5 suites. 197 nonsmoking rooms.
The Blackstone - A Renaissance Hotel
Among downtown Chicago hotels, the Renaissance Blackstone stands out as one of the finest, most elegant historic hotels. Near Grant Park and a mere 3 blocks from Michigan Lake, our distinguished guests find themselves in the most convenient location for visiting Chicago's celebrated sights. The Chicago Institute of Art, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Field Museum are all within minutes of our Chicago hotel. 332 rooms. 12 suites. 10 meeting rooms. One restaurant. Exercise facilities. Business center. Room service.
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
381 rooms. 14 suites. 305 non-smoking rooms. 9 meeting/conference rooms. 2 restaurants. On-site health club. Room service. Special amenities include CD/DVD player in room, complimentary CD, hair dryer.
Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast
This fanciful boutique hotel is located in the upscale Gold Coast neighborhood. Walk to shops on Oak Street and North Michigan Avenue, or head to Oak Street Beach. Have a glass of wine and casual fare at the hotel’s Phi Lounge or check out the many Rush Street restaurants nearby.
Hotel Sax Chicago
Located on the Chicago River, this elegantly bohemian hotel is part of the Marina City complex that includes the House of Blues, Smith & Wollensky steakhouse and the acclaimed Bin 36 restaurant/wine bar. The hotel’s Crimson Lounge features a cool cocktail menu and DJ-driven music nightly.
Inn at Lincoln Park
This European-style boutique hotel features 71 guest rooms and three suites. Located on the border of Lincoln Park and Lakeview, the Inn is within walking distance of hip shops, bars and restaurants, and close to Boystown.
The Renaissance Chicago O'Hare Suites Hotel
Located near O’Hare Airport, the Renaissance offers roomy suites with bedroom and living areas. The hotel also features an indoor pool and fitness center. Roll the dice at the new Rivers Casino nearby.
Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago-Downtown
221 suites. On-site health club. Complimentary breakfast buffet every day. Two blocks from Water Tower Place and John Hancock Observatory and one block from Oak Street beach.
The Conrad Chicago hotel is situated on the Magnificent Mile, just off Michigan Avenue. This prestigious location offers easy access to the Westfield North Bridge shopping corridor and is adjacent to Nordstrom.
Dana Hotel and Spa
This chic hotel offers a beautiful spa, the Asian-inspired Aja cafe, and the 26th- floor Vertigo Sky Lounge, with breathtaking city views, nightly DJs and cool cocktails. Dana is close to River North’s gallery district.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants in the city offers dishes that include a macrobiotic plate and vegan desserts.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
With year-round programming across three stages, Steppenwolf is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theater known for innovative, artist-driven theatrical productions. Founded by Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Gary Sinise in the mid-1970s, the organization evolved from performing in a Highland Park church basement to gaining recognition as the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Steppenwolf is where great acting meets big ideas.
Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue/Loop
This 27-story hotel offers oversized studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and complimentary American breakfast. Comfort Suites is within walking distance of Magnificent Mile shops and restaurants, as well as Millennium Park.
Chicago Getaway Hostel
This boutique hotel-like hostel is in a great Lincoln Park location, close to lakefront biking and running trails, Lincoln Park Zoo and North Avenue beach. Clark Street bars, restaurants and shops are just steps away. Free breakfast, weekend barbecues and social events are offered, along with bike rentals.
Andersonville & Edgewater: Chicago Neighborhood Tours
Discover the gay-friendly shops and restaurants of Andersonville, then head to Edgewater to see Art Deco and Tudor Revival architecture in the Bryn Mawr Historic District. Tours depart from the Chicago Cultural Center.
This friendly bar in the Uptown neighborhood caters to a lesbian and gay clientele. Try Big Chicks’ next-door restaurant, Tweet, for a delish breakfast, lunch or brunch made with organic ingredients.
This gay sports bar has been a neighborhood staple for more than 25 years, offering pool, darts, all the games on giant flat screens and a great beer selection.
This multi-level gay bar spans eight storefronts and has room for 1,000 revelers. Be sure to check out the chic courtyard, along with U-Video Request Night on Tuesdays featuring all ’80s songs.
This huge club features two dance floors, four bars, several spacious lounges, drag queen hosts and music spun by live DJs. Regular live events include singers (complete with go-go boy dancers) and special theme nights.
Crew Bar & Grill
This sports bar and grill features 20 hi-def TVs showing the latest games, a selection of more than 60 beers, and an extensive menu that offers sandwiches and flatbread pizza.