Chicago is one of the most gay friendly cities in America, it should therefore be no surprise that you will find many gay friendly and gay hotels in Chicago.
Given this is the case, from our experience you can count it as a given that wherever you stay in Chicago, you will be openly welcomed – the midwest is known for it’s hospitaility after all!
That is perhaps the reason why, unlike other places like Miami or Puerto Vallarta, there are not (yet) any full on gay hotels akin to the likes of hotel chains like Axel (which brand themselves as heterofriendly).
Our best advise for finding a gay hotel in Chicago is:
- Focus on area, check out these gay areas in Chicago as a guide.
- Focus on the reputation and the brand. Some hotels such as Hilton and Kimpton are well known globally for the work and effort they go to to support the LGBTQ community
- Take some inspiration from our list of gay hotels in Chicago below!
Also check out our complete and detailed Travel Guide to Gay Chicago.
Gay Friendly & Gay Hotels in Chicago
Kimpton the Gray
This is the hotel we stayed at and we loved it.
The service was excellent, the style was luxurious, trendy and modern and the location ideal for exploring the city. We also loved the fact it was a pet friendly hotel for those of you who want to bring your furry friend!
We highly recommend this hotel based on our own experience. You can check rates and book here.
LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton
If you want a brand known worldwide for its inclusivity, check out any of the Hilton options including this one.
, LondonHouse features Chicago’s only tri-level is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Millennium Park (where you can find the iconic bean).
Other points of interest nearby include Navy Pier and the Art Institute of Chicago.
The rooms have all the mod cons, are spacious and some include Chicago skyline and historic landmark.
The Guesthouse Hotel
Ranked within the top ten hotels in Chicago on Tripadvisor and in one of the gay neighbourhoods, Andersonville The Guesthouse Hotel is a family owned boutique style hotel for both short and extended stays.
They offer: one, two and three-bedroom suites including gourmet kitchens, inviting living and dining areas, private balconies, elegantly decorated bedrooms, spa-like master bathrooms and a fitness room.
I think we could easily live here!
Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites
This hotel is well located for many tourist attractions such as the Water Tower Place, the Lakefront Trail, Navy Pier and ‘The Bean’ at Millennium Park.
The have a top-floor indoor pool and fitness center with views of Lake Michigan.
Best Western Grant Park
If you are on more of a budget, consider the Best Western. It is an older hotel, simple in design and its main selling point is its location right next to many popular attractions including the Field Museum.
You can see more and book here.
Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace
As above, a good affordable option. The main pro with this hotel is that it is located in Boystown so there is no need for expensive taxi journeys if you are in Chicago for the gay nightlife (check out these gay bars in Chicago)!
City Suites Hotel
This hotel is in Lakeview/Boystown so perfectly located for a night out. It’s an small Art Deco style hotel, gets excellent reviews and TripAdvisor and is next door to the ‘L’ train which is very convenient.
Take a look and book here.
The amount of gay friendly hotels in Chicago is a little overwhelming with Chicago being such a large and bustling city. The likelihood is that you will often be out seeing all the sights and enjoying what Chicago has to offer, so our final advice would be location, location, location!
To find out more about what Chicago has to offer and to get familiar with the city check out our Complete Gay Guide to Chicago.
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