Travel with Pride in Illinois


Photo courtesy IOT Adam Alexander.

A couple walking hand in hand along the Chicago lakefront.

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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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. Visit Miss Kitty's.

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.”

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. Visit Irish Hollow.

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. Visit Galena Cellars.

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.

While you're in town for the parade, enjoy everything a Chicago summer has to offer. For more on what to do in the city, read our interviews with LGBTQ leaders on their favorite summer activities.

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.

Nightlife Oh So Fabulous

Enjoy dining, dancing and the occasional drag show.

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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. Find TAG approved hotels in Illinois.

PDF: Travel with Pride in Illinois

A downloadable LGBTQ itinerary for Chicago, Oak Park, and Galena