Travel with Pride in Illinois


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A couple enjoys a walk along the lakeshore at Oak Street Beach with the waters of Lake Michigan and the buildings of Chicago in the background.

From fabulous nightlife to quaint retreats, Illinois greets LGBTQ travelers with trip ideas that start in Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ neighborhoods and continue to attractions and festivals around the state.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Feel right at home—even miles from home—in Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ communities.

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Out & About in Galena

Home to B&Bs, quaint shops, and wineries.

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Pride Month

Celebrate the heritage, camaraderie, and fabulousness of being yourself.

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It’s a rite of passage for some. For others, it's an annual chance to party. But everyone agrees that Chicago’s Pride Month is one of the largest LGBT celebrations anywhere. Every June, two weeks of celebrations culminate with the Chicago Pride Parade—a four-mile route featuring 200 outrageous floats and more than 800,000 revelers cheering every step of the way.

In Illinois, Pride extends way beyond Chicago, with celebrations springing up in places such as Springfield, Peoria, and Southern Illinois.

While you're in town for the parade, enjoy everything an Illinois summer has to offer. Find summer things to do in Illinois.

Nightlife Oh So Fabulous

Enjoy dining, dancing and the occasional drag show.

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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 LGBTQ-friendly hotels.

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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 LGBTQ community.

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Saying "I Do" in Illinois

Wedding bells chime for LGBTQ couples.

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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.

We've compiled a list of 11 Unique Same-Sex Wedding Venues in Illinois to help you find your dream wedding venue in the Land of Lincoln.