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Travel with pride in Illinois.

Illinois is the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, paving the way for all couples to say “I Do” here. Now LGBT visitors can plan an unforgettable wedding in Illinois, or simply experience the fabulous side of the state with travel ideas that include everything from pride celebrations to B&B retreats.

Upcoming LGBT Events

Nothing says “welcome” like parades and festivals held in your honor.

Experience Illinois hospitality firsthand during charitable runs, rollicking parades, film festivals and more. You’ll also find plenty of venues here that set aside special days for LGBT visitors and their families.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Feel miles from home—and right at home—in Chicago’s vibrant LGBT communities.

Andersonville

This Swedish neighborhood on Chicago’s north side has quietly become an LGBT favorite with its quaint restaurants, eclectic shopping and laid-back bars that favor a touch of sophistication over blinding disco balls.

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Boystown

By day, Boystown is a friendly neighborhood of specialty shops, alfresco dining and coffee houses. At night, it’s a raucous party featuring everything from glam drag queens to show-tune sing-alongs.

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Out & About in Galena

Home to B&Bs, quaint shopping, wineries… and Miss Kitty.

  • Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape

    Step inside the world of Miss Kitty at her Grape Escape lounge, a local favorite that’s home to smart cocktails, a diverse wine list, a Bloody Mary buffet—and a touch of sass just to keep things interesting.

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  • Historic Main Street

    Explore nineteenth-century storefronts along Galena’s Historic Main Street that are now home to eclectic shops, art galleries and farm-to-table dining. No wonder Midwest Living magazine named it “Best Main Street in the Midwest.”

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  • Inn at Irish Hollow

    Old World charm meets modern amenities in these quaint cottages that dot a real working farm. Wake up to views of rolling hills and freshly prepared cuisine served with plenty of Midwestern hospitality.

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  • Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard

    Add some local wine to your B&B retreat with a tasting downtown at Galena Cellars Winery. Or venture out to their vineyard where wine tastings come with views of the rolling countryside and a guided tour.

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Pride Month

Celebrate the heritage, comradery
and fabulousness of just being yourself.

It’s a rite of passage for some—an annual party for others. But everyone agrees that Chicago’s Pride Month is one of the largest LGBT celebrations anywhere. Two weeks of June events culminate with a pride parade featuring 200 outrageous floats and more than 800,000 revelers cheering every step of the way.

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Saying “I Do” in Illinois

Wedding bells chime here for LGBT couples, too.

Illinois has legalized same-sex marriage—a step that honors vows between all couples. So when you’re ready to say “I Do” this summer, you’re invited to exchange vows in Illinois at venues that include a wide range of settings.

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Nightlife
Oh So Fabulous

Enjoy dining, dancing and the occasional drag show.

Experience the LGBT side of Chicago’s nightlife. Savor exquisitely prepared dishes while being serenaded by female impersonators. Dance well into the night—at bars you thought only existed in the movies. And explore the outrageous, like amateur drag queen contests. Here, anything is possible.

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TAG Approved® Hotels

Stay with confidence at LGBT-friendly hotels.

Illinois is home to more than 50 hotels that have been certified by the Travel Alternatives Group for their diverse staff and commitment to the LGBT community.

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See LGBT travel ideas throughout Illinois.

Discover more ways to experience the LGBT-friendly side of Chicago,
along with the rest of Illinois.

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