June is Pride Month and we’re joining forces with Jewel Osco to celebrate Pride Together. This theme celebrates the importance of community and acknowledges that we are stronger together as we work to spread love, acceptance, and empathy.
During Pride Month, WGN Radio will bring you conversations with voices from the LGBTQ+ community, from business owners to leaders and others.
The curated list below names organizations that outreach to the LGBTQ+ community and also offer a variety of ways you can get involved. And you’ll also find a listing of local LGBTQ+ owned and operated small businesses you can support.
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Get to know these organizations and the work they do in the LGBTQ+ community:
- Andersonville Chamber of Commerce – Neighborhood on the north side with one of Chicago’s largest LGBTQ+ communities.
- Brave Space Alliance – The first Black-led, trans-led, LGBTQ+ center on the South Side of Chicago designed to create and provide affirming and culturally competent services for the entire LGBTQ+ Chicago community.
- Center on Halsted – 3656 N. Halsted
The Midwest’s most comprehensive center offering advocacy, support, and educational services for the LGBTQ+ community in Chicagoland.
- Gay For Good – LGBTQ volunteer network. Each month, the organization selects a different non-profit to donate time for a community service project. Get involved today at www.gayforgood.org/chicago.
- Howard Brown Health – The Midwest’s largest LGBTQ health center with several Chicago locations.
- Human Rights Campaign – The HRC works locally, nationally, and globally on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. They strive to end discrimination and achieve equality for all.
- The Legacy Project – Non-profit dedicated to researching and promoting the contributions LGBTQ people have made to world history and culture. Explore The Legacy Walk, an outdoor exhibit in Northalsted featuring bronze markers commemorating the life of notable LGBTQ individuals.
- Project Fierce Chicago – A grassroots response to LGBTQ youth homelessness. They work to create affirming transitional housing for LGBTQIA+ youth that is responsive to their needs and provides a path to independence.
- Northalsted Business Alliance – Non-profit chamber of commerce for the neighborhood within Lakeview that was America’s first recognized gay village.
Shop LGBTQ+ businesses in Chicago
Shop these local businesses that are LGBTQ+ owned and operated. Did we omit a business from the list that should be featured? Send us an email and tell us about the business at WGNRadio-Marketing@nexstar.tv.
- Andersonville Galleria – 5247 N. Clark
Features over 100 vendors, artists, and makers on three floors in one building.
- Andy’s Art, Antiques & Oddities – 1253 W. Devon Ave.
Art, unique decor, and home furnishings.
- Asrai Garden – Wicker Park (1935 W. North Ave.) and West Loop (309 N. Morgan St.)
Retail outpost with apothecary products, home goods, and floral arrangements.
- The Brown Elephant Resale Shops
Locations in Lakeview (3020 N. Lincoln Ave.), Andersonville (5404 N. Clark), and Oak Park (217 Harrison St.). The proceeds from this resale shop benefit Howard Brown Health, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ health center.
- Dapper & Urban – Bow ties for all genders
- Equality Illinois – The ‘Out + About: Good Business Network’ features businesses across Illinois that have signed the Good Business pledge for LGBTQ equality. Browse the directory to find welcoming businesses near you.
- Foursided – Andersonville (5061 N. Clark) and Lakeview (2939 N. Broadway and 2958 N. Clark)
Art, prints, gifts, framing, kitschy finds, and shop exclusives.
- Gerber/Hart Library & Archives – 6500 N. Clark
Founded in 1981, it’s the largest circulating library of gay and lesbian titles in the Midwest and houses more than 14,000 volumes, 800 periodical titles, and 100 archival collections.
- Humboldt House – 1045 N. California Ave.
West Town shop with jewelry, home decor, and more.
- Jameson Loves Danger – 5208 N. Clark
Independent pet supply, grooming, and neighborhood go-to store for all your pet’s needs.
- Jennivee’s Bakery – 3301 N. Sheffield Ave.
Made-to-order cakes plus cakes by the slice, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, bars, and pastries.
- LGBT Chamber of Commerce Illinois – Search for LGBT businesses by category on their website
- Out of the Closet – 3311 N. Halsted
Nation’s largest not-for-profit retail fundraiser for HIV/AIDS medical care. Ninety-six cents of every dollar goes to patient and homeless care.
- Pride Candle Company – Fragranced candles with a blend of natural soy and beeswax made by hand from a studio in Ravenswood. 10% of proceeds go to organizations and projects that support the LGBTQ+ community.
- Rogers Park Provisions – 6928 N. Glenwood Ave.
Local boutique filled with craft beer, liquor, wine, artisan cheese, charcuterie, and locally made gifts.
- Women & Children First – 5233 N. Clark
Opened in 1979, the bookstore in Andersonville is one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country with the best LGBTQ+ literature and more.