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Pride Month in Illinois is not to be missed! From Galena to Springfield, Peoria, and of course, Chicago, the state comes alive with color.

During June, explore Chicago's LGBTQ neighborhoods and find vibrant events, and activities all across the state. Discover trip itineraries, LGBTQ+ Illinois Makers and more! We embrace diversity and welcome everyone to experience the people and places that make Illinois so amazing.

Pride flag at galena

Pride Festivals in Illinois

Mark your calendar for this summer’s celebrations of love and equality!

The Puerto Rican Flag Sculpture in Humboldt Park

Embrace Illinois’ Vibrant LGBTQIA+ Community

Illinois welcomes LGBTQIA+ travelers with sights, spirit and culture. Stroll down Northalsted’s Legacy Walk, the only outdoor queer history exhibit in the world. Support a LGBTQIA+ friendly business. Then head outside Chicago to explore the vibrant charm of Galena, one of Illinois’ many welcoming cities.

Galena Bakehouse

Using local ingredients, Geoff & Alex Arroyo-Karnish bring fresh flavors to Galena. Their menu features gourmet pastries, cupcakes, empanadas, and more.

Hewn Bakery

Making your way into the kitchen, you’ll see that all of Hewn’s breads are held to a high standard. Bakers naturally ferment and hand-mix the dough before baking it in an old German oven.

Edgewater Candles

Using only simple materials, with no additives or dyes, their candles are clean burning and long lasting. In their Evanston studio they also teach candle making classes.

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