Chicago in Color
Far from the noir gangster films and gritty crime that once put it on the map, Chicago is now consistently a top rainbow havens in the U.S., inspiring a deserving sense of pride and loyalty from its citizens, especially after hosting the Gay Games in 2006.
As summer heats up to a humid drip elsewhere in the country, it's also a cooler and convenient long weekend getaway -- O'Hare bustles with low-cost fares while Lake Michigan fills her sprawling, beautifully landscaped cityside park with breezes.
Coming up in June in the "Boystown" or Lakeview neighborhood, there's Chicago Pride on the 28th and 29th and MidSommarfest -- a sizeable international foodie, arts and culture festival -- in the low-key "Girlstown" or Andersonville neighborhood. Market Days -- as festive as Pride, but more neighborhood-y -- is another annual favorite in August.
Throughout the rest of the year, however, Chicago is also home to great queer theater at About Face Theater; cutting-edge exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art; the massive Reeling Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in November; and the long-standing gay Hollywood Beach.