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Asians and Friends Chicago’s “Under the Sea” theme represents the source of power from which many Asian Pacific Islanders feed their bodies and souls. The ocean and its creatures represent a breadbasket of bounty, not just as lobster bisque or poki bowls, but as the root of legend and spirituality. This year’s Pride float also celebrates 40 years of service to LGBTQ communities of Asian descent, providing safe and supportive environments in the form of social gatherings, cultural events and holiday celebrations.

WCPT 820 am is Chicago’s Progressive talk, and the largest progressive talk radio station in the country, supporting the LGBTQ+ community for years, even having one of the longest running LGBTQ+ radio shows in “Out Chicago” hosted by Scott Duff and Ellen Miller.

5800 N DuSable Lake Shore Drive | Edgewater

Osterman Beach, commonly referred to as Hollywood Beach, is officially named after Kathy Osterman, the Chicago politician who fought for gay rights in the 1980s. The sandy beach along Lake Michigan attracts a diverse group. The southernmost portion of the beach is marked by pier painted as a pride flag.

6500 N Clark St 2nd Fl | Rogers Park

The Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, founded in 1981, is the largest circulating library of gay and lesbian titles in the Midwestern United States. Located in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, it houses over 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.

Lakefront at Belmont Ave | Lakeview

AIDS Garden Chicago is the city’s first public monument to memorialize the early days of Chicago’s HIV epidemic, and to honor those who continue to fight against the disease today. The garden’s centerpiece is the massive Keith Haring statue “Self-Portrait.” Around the garden, QR codes lead visitors to videos from survivors, activists, doctors, and more.

6418 N Greenview Ave | Rogers Park

Take a self-guided tour through eight fascinating exhibition galleries, including the Dungeon, featuring S&M and bondage equipment, a leather bar diorama, a leather history timeline, a guest artist gallery, and 20 murals by the celebrated erotic artist Etienne. The museum is open to patrons 18 years of age and over.

800 S Halsted | Little Italy

A National Historic Landmark, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum remains dedicated to peace advocacy and social justice, while also featuring an impressive display of furniture, photographs, and artwork from the period. Explore with a guided or self-guided tour.

3245 – 3703 N Halsted  | Northalsted

The Legacy Walk features 35 memorial markers, which are fixed to 25-foot rainbow pylons in Chicago’s historic Northalsted (also known as Boystown) neighborhood.  The markers commemorate the life and work of notable LGBTQ heros.

Grab a drink at one these fabulous LGBTQ+ bars and clubs.

203 N Wabash | Loop
(312) 940-4400
Located in the famous Chicago Loop, you will never be far from the action at this LGBTQ-friendly and supportive destination.

4416 N Clark | Uptown
(773) 728-3397
LGBTQ-friendly American grill and bar featuring high-energy drag shows and theme nights, plus a menu of queen-themed cocktails.

5404 N Clark | Andersonville
(773) 271-9382
A source for fashionable finds, home décor, and everyday vintage style. All proceeds support LGBTQ+ healthcare at Howard Brown.

13126 Western Ave | South Side
(708) 597-8379
LGBTQ nightspot offering DJs, dancing, karaoke, game nights, drag shows and more.

555 W Surf | Lakeview
(773) 528-8400
Enjoy French country charm, the friendly staff, and plush, comfortable bedding all while being steps away from exciting Chicago experiences.

66 W Illinois | River North
(312) 755-1600
This informal, 16-story hotel is a 4-minute walk from Grand (Red Line) subway station and 1 mile from the iconic Willis Tower.

800 N Michigan Ave | Mag Mile
(312) 335-1234
This upscale hotel is a mile from Millennium Park and 2 miles from The Art Institute of Chicago.

1816 N Clark | Lincoln Park
(312) 254-4700
This funky vintage-style hotel is set in the Old Town Triangle off Lincoln Park.