Sponsored: Illinois is truly the perfect place for LGBTQ weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways.
You’ll find an array of welcoming hotels and attractions perfect for loved-up couples throughout the Land of Lincoln.
Many are opulent and luxurious, while many reflect the state’s pioneering spirit: exciting, imaginative and creative.
But all offer a piece of authentic, down-to-earth Americana. Plus, of course, a plethora of perfect photo ops for setting #relationshipgoals on social media!
In particular, the cosmopolitan city of Chicago, and the quaint, historical town of Galena are ideal destinations for romance. And both boast thriving queer communities ready to welcome you with open arms.
Here’s the cream of the crop for an amorous escape in Illinois, from city offerings to off-the-beaten-path delights…
Home to world-recognized gayborhoods Boystown and Andersonville, Illinois’ largest city is known for its epic gay nightlife and LGBTQ-friendly attitude.
There are also numerous ways to make a romantic trip memorable. You could steal a kiss in front of The Bean, one of America’s most iconic attractions. Or do the same atop the 442.1m-tall Willis Tower, home to the Skydeck Chicago observation point.
Or, if you really want to impress your beau, show them the sights on an exhilarating Chicago Helicopter Experience. Followed perhaps by some R&R at one of the following romantic boltholes…
For one-of-a-kind accommodations, check out the Emil Bach House.
This cute vacation rental home is designed by famed late architect Frank Lloyd Wright. (He also designed the unforgettable Dana-Thomas House in downstate Springfield). It’s also available as a remarkable setting for parties and events.
Another option is the Lang House Bed & Breakfast which offers fine in lodging and a delicious extended continental breakfast. Freshly baked items are procured from local sources.
It can also accommodate small groups for private receptions or catered events for up to 80 guests.
Galena is a favorite LGBTQ wedding and honeymoon destination because of its beautiful scenery and small town charm. Then there’s its proximity to Chicago – it’s just over three hours drive away.
Not far from the Mississippi River, it boasts beautiful rolling hills and a wide selection of locally-owned restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.
If you are looking for something a bit more quaint, Galena abounds with charming B&Bs.
The Inn at Irish Hollow is located in a gorgeous countryside setting and offers hiking trails and an outstanding seven-course candlelight dinner.
One of the most popular hotels in Galena is the Jail Hill Inn, a 135-year-old, four-story brick building.
It served as the county jail for nearly 100 years has now been completely renovated in 2015 with amenities that will thrill any traveler.
Meanwhile, the Goldmore Inn is a beautiful estate overlooking the Mississippi River offering elite amenities, elegant dining, spa services and beautiful gardens.
Not far from Chicago is Stone Porch by the Lake in Evanston, Illinois is a gorgeous mansion on Lake Michigan.
It boasts easy access to local dining and shopping, while downtown Chi-town is a 30-minute drive away.
Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois is a recently renovated historic, riverfront hotel with a variety of luxury suites, restaurant and bar.
Furthermore, St. Charles, is a 19th-century historical town in the Fox River Valley a region just west of the Chicago Metropolitan area known for excellent dining and a lively nightlife scene.
Outside of Galena in northwest Illinois is Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, known for its spectacular golf course. Streams, ponds, generous bunkers and shot-bending doglegs make for unforgettable rounds.
Off the course, the resort fills a day with an indoor pool, tennis courts, 20 miles of cycling and hiking trails, a fitness center and six restaurants
Finally, one more dream wedding site is Starved Rock Lodge, with its variety of indoor and outdoor venues.
It offers a host of amenities and is set in the stunning, natural environment of Starved Rock State Park.
Illinois Office of Tourism is a client of Gay Star News.