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LGBTQ ITINERARY

Chicago is a city that's welcoming to everyone.

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Welcome your clients to Chicago, a city with a longstanding tradition in equality and social justice. A friendly city for the LGBTQ community, Chicago is home to some of the largest pride celebrations in the country, and Illinois was proudly the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Our many diverse neighborhoods also offer TAG-approved hotels and exciting options for sightseeing and entertainment.

BREAKFAST

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With so many delicious options, those bites in the morning are an essential part of your complete Chicago visit.

Big Jones
5347 N. Clark St., Chicago
Every Saturday and Sunday, this sustainably-sourced restaurant in the Andersonville neighborhood serves up Southern heirloom-style brunch dishes, such as sweet potato pancakes, gumbo ya-ya, Andouille and corn griddle cakes.

The Chicago Diner
3411 N. Halsted St., Chicago
This vegetarian diner in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood has been meat-free since 1983, dishing out delectable brunch items daily, such as scrambled tofu with kale and quinoa, vegan cinnamon rolls and country fried seitan "steak" and eggs.

SHOPPING

Clark Street
As the main thoroughfare of Andersonville, a diverse neighborhood with LGBTQ focused businesses and a European vibe, Clark Street touts everything from traditional Swedish gift shops to European bakeries to female-focused boutiques.

The Magnificent Mile
For luxury splurges, this stretch of high-end boutiques and retail chains offers everything a shopper could want. Shop 'til you drop all in one place at spots like 900 North Michigan ShopsWater Tower Place and The Shops at North Bridge, or hit up the stand-along stores, from fine jewelers to designer boutiques. 

North Halsted Street
With eccentric boutiques, LGBTQ focused bookstores, drag queen apparel shops and fabulous home décor stores, this energetic main strip is the spot for diverse retail. An abundant choice of bars and restaurants on this strip also offers a reprieve for post-shopping refreshments.

LUNCH

Hamburger Mary's & Andersonville Brewing
5400 N. Clark St., Chicago
This popular burger joint boasts a playful atmosphere and a lineup of sandwiches, wraps, specialty burgers and delicious sides. Craft beer lovers will want to check out Hamburger Mary's adjacent microbrewery, Andersonville Brewing, to enjoy lunch and a pint of freshly brewed beer.

The Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St., Chicago
This Belgian-inspired kitchen and bar is the spot for mussels, house-made sausages, charcuterie and an extensive lineup of specialty imported beers, ciders and wines. This venue is ages 21 and over, and a private party room is available for large groups.

PERFORMING ARTS

Groups will love experiencing the dynamic theater scene of Chicago. Book tickets at an upcoming performance.

About Face Theatre
Various Locations
This thought provoking theater ensemble promotes dialogue about gender and sexual identity with fun, adventurous plays that both challenge and entertain audiences.

Broadway In Chicago
Multiple locations
Visitors can experience all the excitement of a Broadway production right here in Chicago. Hit musicals, moving dramas and sidesplitting comedies are all on the lineup. Group tickets are available before public on-sale dates.

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus
Various Locations
This community-based performing arts organization masterfully blends traditional choral music, cabaret, musical theater, pop and jazz for an enriching and entertaining experience.

DINNER

Bar Pastoral
2947 N. Broadway St., Chicago
This intimate neighborhood bistro in Lakeview serves gourmet yet rustic European-inspired plates, such as cured meats, artisan cheeses and flavorful main dishes. Private accommodations are available for seated and cocktail-style parties.

The Brixton
5420 N. Clark St., Chicago
Creative American fare and handcrafted libations are on the menu at this Andersonville gathering place. From short rib and rabbit to risotto and gnocchi, the flavorful dishes and artful presentations are sure to satisfy groups.

Ceres' Table
3124 N. Broadway St., Chicago
Regional, Italian-inspired cuisine is the draw at this East Lakeview restaurant, where wood-fired pizza, house-made cured meats and high-quality seafood and meat dishes are paired with a 100-percent Italian wine menu.

Taverna 750
750 W. Cornelia, Chicago
Dining and nightlife collide at this sultry spot, featuring a menu of shared small-plates, signature martinis and house made liquors in a fabulously glam environment. Group options are available for 10-125 guests.

Wood
3335 N. Halsted St., Chicago
At the heart of this charming restaurant is its wood-fired oven, imparting a full, rich flavor to everything from its roasted chicken breast to its house made sausage dishes. Plan a memorable evening for clients at this Michelin Bib Gourmand-wining spot.

Yoshi's Café
3257 N. Halsted St., Chicago
For an elegant meal, this French-Asian fusion restaurant delivers, offering upscale dishes and a well-curated wine list in a cozy atmosphere. Special pre-theatre dinner packages are available.

NIGHTLIFE

Once the sun goes down, the dance clubs and bars come to life. Groups looking to let loose and have a good time can find just the thing at these lively spots.

Hydrate
3458 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Late-night dancing, shirtless men and drag queens are the draw at this high-energy dance club. 

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
3700 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Decadent drinks, divine dishes and dazzling drag queens come together at this sassy supper club and nightlife hotspot in Boystown.

Roscoe's Tavern
3356 N. Halsted St., Chicago
The LGBTQ community gravitates to this popular bar, where dance music, karaoke and amateur drag contests provide endless entertainment.

Sidetrack
3349 N. Halsted St., Chicago
This popular Boystown video bar is known for its show tune themed events and draws an energetic crowd looking to sing, dance and drink specialty drinks like fun, frozen concoctions and colorful shots. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Pride Fest
June 20 - 21, 2015
Waveland Ave. & Halsted St., Chicago
Over-the-top costumes, craft and food vendors, live music performances and flamboyant fun abound at this Boystown extravaganza.

Pride Parade
June 28, 2015
Broadway to Halsted St., between Montrose & Diversey, Chicago
This 46th annual LGBTQ celebration features floats, marching groups, costumed participants and thousands of spectactors.

Northalsted Market Days
August 8 - 9, 2015
N. Halsted St. and Belmont Ave.
More than 150,000 people flock to this annual street festival, which is one of the largest outdoor events in the country. Music, food, art and people-watching provide plenty to see at this LGBTQ festival.

Northalsted Halloween Parade
October 31, 2015
Halsted St., from Belmont to Addison
This annual Halloween extravaganza features a procession of costumed revelers as they make their way down Halsted Street.

TAG APPROVED HOTELS

Chicago offers a number of TAG Approved hotels, denoting a gay-friendly atmosphere and business practices. View all TAG Approved hotels in Chicago

ACME Hotel
15 E. Ohio St., Chicago
Just half a block from The Magnificent Mile, this boutique hotel is perfect for visitors looking to experience Chicago's shopping and nightlife.  

Best Western Plus - Hawthorne Terrace
3434 N. Broadway, Chicago
Along with convenient access to Boystown, this amenity-packed hotel offers a free breakfast buffet, pet-friendly accommodations and a fitness center with a European dry sauna and theraputic whirlpool. 

dana hotel and spa
600 N. State St., Chicago
This boutique hotel and spa features luxurious in-room amenities, a 24-hour fitness center and the breathtaking Vertigo Sky Lounge, offering spectacular city views, nightly DJ music and craft cocktails.

Hotel Lincoln
1816 N. Clark St., Chicago
This boutique hotel with a stylish vintage aesthetic offers beautiful views of Lake Michigan, especially from its sophisticated rooftop bar, J. Parker.  

W Chicago - Lakeshore
644 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
An indoor pool, on-site health club, Bliss Spa and 24-hour room service ensures a relaxing and luxurious stay for visitors looking to relax and feel refreshed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Block 37
108 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 261-4738
Yoshi's Cafe
3257 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6160
ACME Hotel Company Chicago
15 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 894-0800
dana hotel and spa
660 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 202-6000
Wood Restaurant
3335 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-9663
Bar Pastoral
2947 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-4781
Big Jones
5347 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5725
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