Celebrating Pride in Chicago
Chicago is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and with good reason. The city is a global business center and as a melting pot of American culture, there is something for every style, taste and budget. With so much to see and do, it's important to do your research ahead of time before your Pride vacation.
When most people think gay Chicago they envision Lakeview, affectionately referred to as "Boystown". This lively and energetic neighborhood features a large collection of restaurants, shops and clubs that cater to the LGBTQ community. From casual corner bars to frenetic dance clubs, the party goes into the wee hours of the morning... every night!
A short taxi ride uptown is the cozy Andersonville neighborhood. This eclectic area is a true melting pot of Chicago culture. Scandinavian and Asian restaurants, Jewish delis and one-of-a-kind antique shops intermingle with a variety of LGBTQ owned and operated establishments. This enclave is where you will find the locals.
Chicago is a world-class city with a wide variety of lodging options for your Pride visit. From 5 star luxury to budget conscious chains you are sure to find the right location to rest your weary head.
The central city includes the historic Loop, artsy and urbane River North and the glittering Magnificent Mile. These bustling neighborhoods boast one of the densest concentration of hotel rooms in the world. Every major hotel company is represented along with unique boutique properties to make you feel at home in the city.
One of the newest and most exciting hotels to open downtown is the Radisson Blu on Columbus Drive. The luxury hotel is housed in the stunning, Jeanne Gang-designed, Aqua Tower. The undulating balconies on the building's facade emulate the beautiful waves on the nearby Lake Michigan.
Paying tribute to Chicago's architectural prowess, Kimpton's Hotel Burnham puts you right on State Street... That great street! Named for legendary architect Daniel Burnham, who implored Chicagoans to Make no little plans... They have no magic to stir men's blood, the hotel sits in close proximity to State Street shopping and the Loop Theatre District.
If pampering is what you seek, look no further than North Michigan Avenue where luxe accommodations can be found on the Magnificent Mile. From the Peninsula to the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton to Park Hyatt, you are sure to not go wrong here.
If traveling ease is important consider the O'Hare-Rosemont area for your base of operation. Adjacent to O'Hare International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, Rosemont provides a wealth of hotel and entertainment options. Easily accessible to downtown and Lakeview via the CTA's O'Hare Blue Line subway, the O'Hare-Rosemont area makes it easy to come to and enjoy Chicago.
Midway International Airport is a budget travelers dream. As Southwest Airlines' largest hub, the airfares into this convenient airport are very affordable. Midway is surrounded by several affordable, well-known budget hotel options and is a short subway ride to the loop via the CTA's Orange Line.