Things to do for LGBT in Chicago, Illinois 

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  • 21

    The Magnificent Mile

    89 reviews

    It is everything you've dreamed it was and MORE. Its a shoppers paradise.

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  • 22

    Brown Elephant Resale Store

    3 reviews

    Owned by the Howard Brown Health Center, one of the largest LGBT organizations in the nation, the Brown Elephant Resale stores (4 locations in the Chicago area) donate their proceeds to provide care for their network of over 18,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual clients and patients. Whether you're looking to ditch some of your belongings on the road or ...

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  • 23

    Gold Coast

    5 reviews

    Fantastic area of downtown Chicago. Gorgeous churches, tree lined streets, and great shopping.

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  • 24

    City of Chicago

    17 reviews

    We loved it here so much, we contacted a real estate agent. To see everything easily and cost effectively, purchase the city pass online. You can then collect your booklet at the will call desk at a number of different locations. It was the best advice we received and thus felt the need to pay it forward.

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  • 25

    Myopic Books

    9 reviews

    If you love poetry (I love poetry) then you know it can be hard to find contemporary poetry in bookstores. It's mostly the usual subjects: Dickinson, Whitman, maybe a Mary Oliver or John Ashbery thrown in for good measure. But at Myopic, a used bookstore in Wicker Park, the poetry section is huge and delightful. I can't speak for the ...

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  • 26

    Cloud Gate

    87 reviews

    One of my favorite Artist's, Indian born & London based, Anish Kapoor

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  • 27

    Millennium Park

    268 reviews

    This beautiful space combines outdoor art installations with greenery and fantastic views of the Chicago skyline. An easy add-on to a visit to the Art Institute, Loop, or Grant Park. A great example of how this city has undergone a renaissance in the last 15 years.

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  • 28

    Wrigley Field

    167 reviews

    One of the most incredible ball parks in America. Just being in the neighborhood to hear the roar of the crowd is a treat. Even if you don't like baseball, a sunny afternoon in the bleacher seats is a Chicago highlight.

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  • 29

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    101 reviews

    One of the most well put together aquariums that I've ever visited! The set up takes you around the World's oceans and freshwater systems, introducing water life along the way. FYI- there are lockers in the basement for you to keep your valuables in while you walk around for a minimal fee! Loved it!

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  • 30

    Lakefront Path

    19 reviews

    Used to ride my bike along the path. Love this trail!

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  • 31

    Lincoln Park

    28 reviews

    Gorgeous park with great views of the city, lake, and a lovely zoo. The park also features frequent special events. A nice place for a run or stroll that connects Lincoln Park to the Gold Coast / Michigan Avenue.

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  • 32

    Signature Lounge

    10 reviews

    Enjoy the view that you'd get from the observation deck but do it with a cocktail. A really lovely bar offering one of the best views in the city. Yes, it is touristy but it really is special.

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  • 33

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    88 reviews

    The Lincoln Park Zoo is a well put together and fee free location. This zoo is user friendly, lush and green, set right on Lake Michigan. During our visit we lucked out and were able to see the butterfly exhibition as well!

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  • 34


    55 reviews

    Founded in 1983, Chinatown is a fantastic example of a culturally progressive neighborhood. Though people from all over the world visit- the locals manage to keep the energy, and vitality of the Asian culture alive with no apologies. A walk through Chinatown can be an educational history lesson on the customs of the Chinese American community.

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  • 35

    Willis Tower

    207 reviews

    Pro tip: show up when they open in the morning so you won't wait over an hour in line. I was there during the winter and I still waited at least an hour in line during the day. Can't imagine how crazy it'll get during the summer. It does get pretty warm in there. Once you get through the long ...

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  • 36

    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    61 reviews

    Love the history to Navy Pier and the views, but the lines to get on the Ferris wheel made it a one time only type destination. Still a lot of fun, but just not worth the cost or the lines. The views are beautiful at night indeed though!

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  • 37

    Clarence Buckingham Fountain

    60 reviews

    Located where Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive meet near Lake Michigan. Overwhelmingly sized, this is one of the largest fountains of it's kind. Makes for a great photo op!

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  • 38

    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    32 reviews

    If you like learning, you'll LOVE the Adler. With one of the best skyline views of Chicago, this museum is as visually beautiful as it is mind-enriching. Check out "Alder After Dark" for a unique cocktail hour held here on the third Thursday of every month.

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  • 39

    Goodman Theatre

    10 reviews

    Chicago has a spectacular theater scene that rivals NY and this this is the premier theater in the city. Less commercial than Broadway. What theater should be.

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  • 40

    Architectural & Historical Cruise

    11 reviews

    Uncover hidden gems in one of the country's most architecturally unique cities. Even design enthusiasts will learn something new on these popular guided tours.

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