New Things to Do in Chicago

Published Date Author: , November 9th, 2013

Chicago, IllinoisWhen the Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that the federal same-sex marriage ban called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, roaring cheers were heard throughout our nation. In Chicago, however, the celebrations lasted days, up until the 44th Annual Chicago Pride Parade that weekend. More than a million people showed up on June 30 to celebrate diversity–a record-breaking number in attendance. Former NFL player Wade Davis (who came out last year) served as the parade’s grand marshal and several elected officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and US Senator Dick Durbin, participated in the festivities.

Not only was the turn out historic with every good reason to celebrate, it also served as a powerful rally to lobby for same-sex marriage in the state, which the LGBT community has been advocating for years. The repeal of DOMA served as a precursor to the state’s eventual passage of marriage equality on Nov. 5.

Chicago, the destination, has high expectations for an increase in tourism. The Chicago tourist office, Choose Chicago (, has a mission to elevate Chicago to be among the top-five US cities for inbound international travel by 2020. Hotel occupancy increased four percent in 2012, and there are 4,500 more hotel rooms in Chicago today then there were in 2007. Chicago has also added a Choose Chicago mobile app and Chicago Like a Local blog for visitors who seek invaluable resources.

Authored By Jimmy Im – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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