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.
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.
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.
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.