The Illinois Office of Tourism has launched two new LGBTQ brochures to assist travel agents selling to this growing market.

Entitled ‘Travel with Pride in Illinois’, the brochures feature itinerary suggestions and places to eat, drink and stay, top attractions and shopping and popular summer festivals taking place across the gay-friendly state. Starting in Chicago’s vibrant LGBTQ neighbourhoods, Boystown and Andersonville, the trip ideas continue to attractions and festivals around Illinois.

Suggestions for Chicago range from the Legacy Walk Tour to Lake Michigan’s Hollywood Beach and Broadway in Chicago. Popular annual summer festivals include the Chicago Pride Parade (one of the world’s first and the largest of its kind), International Mr Leather (IML), Northalsted Market Days, CU Pride Festival in Champaign-Urbanan and Springfield PrideFest, a street fair focused on a day of embracing diversity and celebrating Central Illinois’ LGBTQ community.

Illinois also offers many LGBTQ-friendly accommodation options, including Galena’s Jail Hill Inn, a modern bed-and-breakfast that was once the county jail; the design-led, high-tech boutique hotel ACME Hotel in Chicago; and the historic Drake Hotel which offers easy access to dining, nightlife and world-class shopping along one of America’s most famed shopping boulevards.

Another feature in the brochures is Illinois Made which details artisans, makers and small businesses across the state and celebrates the products and experiences that are unique to the state and are helping to drive tourism.

For more information visit enjoyillinois.co.uk/lgbtq

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