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.
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.
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.,
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.
The Magnificent Mile
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
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 Shops
, Water 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.
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
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.
Groups will love
experiencing the dynamic theater scene of Chicago. Book tickets at an upcoming
About Face Theatre
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
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
performing arts organization masterfully blends traditional choral music,
cabaret, musical theater, pop and jazz for an enriching and entertaining
2947 N. Broadway St.,
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.
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.
3124 N. Broadway St.,
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.
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.
3335 N. Halsted St.,
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.
3257 N. Halsted St.,
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
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.
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.
3356 N. Halsted St., Chicago
The LGBTQ community
gravitates to this popular bar, where dance music, karaoke and amateur drag
contests provide endless entertainment.
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.
Pride Fest (June)
Waveland Ave. & Halsted
Over-the-top costumes, craft
and food vendors, live music performances and flamboyant fun abound at this
Pride Parade (June)
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)
N. Halsted St. and Belmont
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)
Halsted St., from Belmont to
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.
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.
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.