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Explore Gay Chicago History: LGBTQ+ Landmarks Tour

Learn about Chicago's vibrant LGBTQ+ history on this cultural excursion through various parts of the City. This tour covers the historic markers and residences of some of Chicago's top LGBTQ+ luminaries. Find out how they left their marks from Washington Park and Woodlawn all the way up north to Rogers Park.

  • 1.

    Pearl Hart Residence

    Pearl Hart Residence

    The stunning stone townhome of Pearl Hart, one of the first female criminal attorneys in Chicago.

  • 2.

    Margaret Anderson Residence

    Margaret Anderson Residence

    Margaret Anderson, lesbian publisher and editor, is honored with a marker outside of her former home.

  • 3.

    Henry Gerber Residence

    Henry Gerber Residence

    The home of Henry Gerber, founder of the first-known homosexual rights organization in the US.

  • 4.

    Valerie Taylor Residence

    Valerie Taylor Residence

    Pioneering lesbian author, Valerie Taylor, called this ornate 1929 courtyard building home for a decade.

  • 5.

    Burr Tillstrom Residence

    Burr Tillstrom Residence

    Visit the former home of puppeteer and and children's television pioneer Burr Tillstrom.

  • 6.

    Lorraine Hansberry Childhood Residence

    Lorraine Hansberry Childhood Residence

    Visit Lorraine Hansberry's large brick childhood home which her father purchased in 1909.

  • 7.

    Lorraine Hansberry Residence

    Lorraine Hansberry Residence

    The home of beloved playwright, civil and gay rights activist, Lorraine Hansberry from 1945 to 1950.

  • 8.

    Jane Addams' Hull House

    Jane Addams' Hull House

    Hull House—settlement house turned museum—is a beautifully restored tribute to its founder, Jane Addams.

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