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GAY TRAVEL IN CHICAGO

Discover LGBTQ culture, nightlife and events in Chicago.

Named "City of the Year" by GayCities.com, Chicago is home to some of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. Adding to that are major accolades such as Out Traveler magazine voting the city's Boystown neighborhood the "best gay neighborhood in the world" in 2014. And with Illinois being the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage, there is even more reason to plan your getaway to Chicago.

Learn more about gay Chicago history and its earliest pioneers, stroll the Legacy Walk, and meet the friendly faces behind Chicago's most notable LGBTQ-businesses — from the dynamic force that is Women & Children First Bookstore to the fun-for-all watering hole Big Chicks.

Spend a day in our thriving LGBTQ neighborhoods, or take our Chicago itinerary with stops that include the community hub Center on Halsted and surrounding Boystown nightlife. Also check out 2017 OUT! Visitor's Guide, produced by Windy City Times, which offers even more to explore all across Illinois.

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, dining and nightlife to fill your itinerary from day to night.
 

EXPLORE NEIGHBORHOOD

Legacy Walk Pylon, symbol of Boystown Chicago

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.
 

EXPLORE NEIGHBORHOOD

Swedish flag, symbol of Andersonville Chicago

FACES OF CHICAGO PRIDE: A COMMUNITY OF LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES

OUT & ABOUT IN CHICAGO

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GAY CHICAGO ITINERARY

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.
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LGBTQ EVENTS IN CHICAGO

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 .
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Chicago LGBTQ Wedding Venues

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.
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Chicago TAG Approved® Hotels

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.
Legacy Walk
LGBTQ Outdoor History Museum: The Legacy Walk
Located in the heart of the Lakeview neighborhood, the award-winning Legacy Walk, spans a half mile of the North Halsted corridor, stretching from Belmont Avenue to Grace Street. The walk currently features 37 bronze memorial markers. Each of these distinguished plaques commemorates either...
Jane Addams Hull House Museum
Explore Gay History: LGBTQ Landmarks Tour
Learning about Chicago's vibrant LGBTQ history makes for a great cultural excursion and is a terrific way to see and experience different parts of the city. Starting on the south side in the Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods and moving north to Rogers Park, here is a listing of...
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Best Burger Bargain: Buck Burgers at Big Chicks
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Neighborhood Spotlight: Andersonville
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