IL ♥ LGBT
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.
Welcome to the Neighborhood
Feel miles from home—and right at home—in Chicago’s vibrant LGBT communities.
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.Go Here
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.Go Here
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.Go Here
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 wonderMidwest Livingmagazine named it “Best Main Street in the Midwest.”Go Here
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.Go Here
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.Go Here
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.DO THIS
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.SEE VENUES
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.DO THIS
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.SEE HOTELS