Belle Aire Mansion Guest House – Galena Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 21st, 2018

Belle Aire Mansion Guest House - Galena Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

The Belle Aire Mansion is a Pre-Civil War, Federal style home, located on 11 well-groomed acres, featuring a barn, windmill and many beautiful trees and flowers. For accommodations we have two suites and three rooms, all with private baths.

The guest rooms are warm and inviting, furnished in antiques and reproductions. All our rooms have Dish satellite TV and VCR’s and we have a large video tape library for our guests enjoyment.

Guests are welcome to gather at the kitchen table to talk, or use the parlor to read, relax, or share conversation with other guests. They may feel free to browse through our books and magazines, walk down a tamarack-lined driveway, or just sit on the porch and enjoy the day.

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Chicago Chosen as 2013 Location for IGLTA Conference

Author: , October 28th, 2010

IGLTA in ChicagoChicago has been chosen to host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s annual convention in 2013. The city was selected at the organization’s board meeting in Florida last week.

The 2013 event will mark the first time Chicago has hosted the convention.

Travel association board chair Tanya Churchmuch says Chicago is a good fit both because of its “vibrant and diverse” gay community, but also for its air access for members.

Full Story from The Chicago Tribune

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Author: , October 8th, 2010
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Adler Planitarium, Chicago, IllinoisWe just returned from the Windy City where we had a great 7 days of fun. First of all, Chicago is THE friendliest cities in the country. From people on the street, bus drivers, customers in bars or anywhere, this IS the friendliest city!

Ashland Arms B&BAlthough you can have fun anywhere in the city, Boystown and just to the north on Clark Street is where the main gay action is. There are dozens of gay owned bars, restaurants and shops in the area. We stayed at the Ashland Arms Guest House Bed and Breakfast which is just north of Boystown.

Ashland Arms B&BIt is located in an old hotel from the 1920’s however it has been completely been renovated to perfection. The rooms are spacious and beautiful. On weekends they serve a full breakfast which is wonderful. The hosts, Michael, Eric and Jimmy are very professional and friendly.

Walk out the front door and take a few steps is the city bus stop which will take you anywhere in the city and just a few minutes to the heart of Boystown.Their address is 6408 North Clark and their website is

There is a leather bar on both sides and a fantastic neighborhood bar across the street. We really enjoyed the Jackhammer Bar next door. The owner and staff were extremely friendly. Their website is:

Chicago Art Institute - Chicago, IllinoisAcross the street is a new bar that recently opened called the Parlour, It is one of the nicest and most friendly neighborhood bars we have visited anywhere from coast to coast. Their address is 6341 North Clark. A very special thanks to Jay and Jason who made us feel very welcome. We wish the new owners, Nikki and Jennifer much success.

Chicago is full of culture. We were busy every morning and afternoon visiting the Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Field Museum, the John Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can purchase a “City Pass” which lets you go to all of these places at a greatly reduced price.

Chicago Zoo - Polar BearYou really do not nor need a car when visiting Chicago. Take the El or bus from the airports. We took Amtrak there and the station is right downtown. Yes, it is “touristy” but you do need to go up in the old Sears Tower which is now the Willis Tower. Standing at 1,490 feet and 110 stories high, it is the tallest building in the western hemisphere.

For fine dining, we highly recommend Jack’s on Halsted, 3201 No. Clark, We had one of the best steaks that we have had in years. Everything is made fresh and they have a great ambiance.

For Mexican food, be sure and dine at Las Mananitas, 3523 No. Clark. It is one of the finest Mexican restaurants in the entire Midwest. We used taste buds that we have not used in a long time. Service and ambiance was terrific.

Sears Tower, ChicagoFor casual dining, we enjoyed Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 No. Clark, We have dined at several Hamburger Mary’s around the country and this is the best. It’s fun, campy and outrageous plus they have great food. The bar scene in Chicago runs the entire range of whatever you are into including a piano bar, leather bars, dance clubs, neighborhood bars and meg-bars.

Public transportation in Chicago is one of the best in the nation. The Bus system as well as the El takes you within 3 or 4 blocks of anywhere in the city. They are safe and clean.

Chicago SkylineDowntown Chicago is a treat to itself with the magnificent shopping and architecture. The performing arts is alive and well. We got to see the Broadway show, Billy Elliot when we were there. They also have the Chicago Opera Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Joffrey Ballet, the Music of the Baroque as well as others.

Sightseeing tours around the city as well as on the Tall Ship Windy which takes a cruise out to Lake Michigan can be quite an adventure. Of all the cities in the country, it is easier to get around in Chicago than anywhere. Their public transportation system is simply the best and the city is laid out so well so that you can get anywhere quickly and safe. Chicago really does have it all. Enjoy and savor every minute you are there!

For more information on Chicago, go to, to get more information on the bar scene and has great maps to check out. For a complete listing of things to do when in Chicago, visit

Don & ray - Gay TravelersAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at and visit their website at