Gay Travel in Chicago

Discover culture, nightlife and events — from Boystown and beyond
Named City of the Year in 2013 by GayCities.com, Chicago is home to some of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. Adding to that are major accolades such as the award from Out Traveler magazine, which voted the city's Boystown neighborhood the "best gay neighborhood in the world" in 2014. And now, with Illinois becoming the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, there is even more reason to plan your getaway to Chicago.

 

EXPLORE BOYSTOWN

The first officially recognized gay community in the United States, Boystown is host to the biggest pride celebrations and events, and boasts enough entertainment, culture, dining and nightlife to fill your itinerary from day to night.

DISCOVER ANDERSONVILLE

A neighborhood that celebrates diversity and exudes small town charm, Andersonville is home to a large LGBTQ population and an eclectic collection of hip, independent shops and locally-owned restaurants.

 

 

 

OUT & ABOUT IN CHICAGO

CHICAGO ITINERARY

An LGBTQ guide to exploring the city
The range of things to see and do in Chicago for the open-minded adventurer covers all the scenes — between daytime excursions such as brunch and antiquing to after-dark diversions that involve disco balls and drag queens. Browse our LGBTQ Chicago itinerary to get a start on your plans.

LGBTQ EVENTS IN CHICAGO

Parades, festivals & more
Save the date for some of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country! The Boystown neighborhood hosts Chicago Pride Fest® and Pride Parade each June, as well as Northalsted Market Days® in August. Chicago's Dyke March rallies in a demonstration of inclusion and solidarity, as does the Proud to Run 10K along the lakefront. In Andersonville, catch Midsommarfest, a 3-day LGBT-friendly fest filled with food, shopping and entertainment. And throughout the year, more events include Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival and the Northalsted Halloween Parade.

 

Chicago LGBTQ Wedding Venues

Where to celebrate in the city
Chicago is a great destination for weddings. The same-sex marriage law is now in effect in Chicago, so start planning your special day and book one of the city's spectacular venues. Memorable spots to tie the knot include everything from historic hotels, beautiful theaters, stunning rooftops and charming gardens.

 

Chicago TAG Approved® Hotels

The very best in the world of hospitality
A variety of hotels in Chicago have applied and been approved for TAG® certification, indicating they meet the standards for being gay-friendly. The city is proud to boast over over 40 TAG Approved® hotels, from sleek River North boutiques to big name Loop hotel chains to charming neighborhood options.

 

 

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