Founded in 1996 by Chicago LGBTQ+ activists and journalists Tracy Baim and Kevin Boyer, LGBTCCIL has grown its membership from 80 businesses in its early days to over 300 members in 2021, with new businesses joining almost daily.
“To witness the Chamber grow and thrive over the past 25 years has been a wonderful privilege,” said Tracy Baim, the Chamber’s co-founder and co-founder of Windy City Times. “We celebrate all business owners and organizations who work tirelessly to heighten awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and successes in our state, helping to promote unity and inclusion.”
For 25 years, the LGBTCC has been a dedicated voice and resource for the LGBTQ+ business community and looks forward to building its membership while serving and empowering the LGBTQ+ community both socially and economically.
“As we celebrate how far we’ve come as an organization, we look forward to a bright, prosperous future for all Chamber members,” said Rico Ricketson, marketing and website chair of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “The key to this vision is unity, which we continue to foster through promotional, networking, and advocacy programs.”
LGBTCC and TZO are committed to growing its strategic partnership as valued business partners to support the chamber’s programs to foster pride in diversity, equality and inclusion.
LGBTCC also recognizes and is grateful for continued support from its 25th anniversary partners, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Events With A K.
To download the new LGBTCC 25th anniversary logo click here.