LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

661 West Lake Street, 1N, Chicago, IL 60661


Our Mission

To promote economic opportunities for the LGBT community by being an advocate and resource for all member businesses that encourage equality.

Promote Member Businesses

The Chamber works tirelessly to promote our Members through marketing initiatives, public relations campaigns, and cooperative advertising that reach local, regional, and national markets.

Champion LGBT Business Interests to State and City Government

As a voice of advocacy for the LGBT community, the Chamber has built the strong foundations necessary for our programs and initiatives to succeed.

Encourage Businesses and Individuals

The Chamber functions as a support system that empowers the LGBT community, both socially and economically.

Increase Exposure

Our committee structure garners free publicity for Members by promoting them on our website, at events, and to local media. We also highlight Member businesses at networking events and in our monthly newsletter.

Serve the Community

We will continue strengthening our ties to the community-at-large with educational projects and neighborhood initiatives that benefit everyone.

Support LGBT Activities

We sponsor and maintain a presence at LGBT events and celebrations throughout the Chicago area, year round.

Foster Pride

We are always working to heighten awareness of LGBT issues and successes. This creates an increasingly positive public image that gains respect for LGBT businesses and consumers.


Jerome' Holston


LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Alli Eck

Administrative Assistant

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Board of Directors

Matt Phillips

Board Chair

Membership Committee
Lynfred Winery

Colin Gorman


Business Banking Center Manager, VP
PNC Bank Lakeview Branch
NMLS ID 573743

LaTonya Fourté-Lyles


Supplier Diversity/ERG Committee
Health Care Service Corporation

John Lashmett

Board Member

Supplier Diversity/ERG Committee
NGLCC Procurement Council
iCandee Marketing

Jeff Kessler

Board Member

Supplier Diversity/ERG Committee
Baker & McKenzie

Olin Eargle

Board Member

Events Committee
@properties - Olin Eargle

Rico Ricketson

Board Member

Mental Health Half Hour, Mental Wellness on Demand

David Tucci

Board Member

Membership Committee
Mutual of Omaha

Michael Nordman

Board Member


Brian D. Johnson

Board Member

The CommonWealth Initiative (CWIMoney)

Christopher Egger

Board Member

EAB Solutions

Simone Koehlinger

Board Member

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Our History

In 1995, Tracy Baim of Lambda Publications and Kevin Boyer of Communications Management, Inc. saw a need for a local chamber of commerce dedicated to gay and lesbian owned businesses. Joined by three other business owners, they launched the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Their goal was to have 30 Members by the first organizational meeting in March 1996.

By the time that meeting was called to order, the Chamber had grown to include more than 80 businesses.

Today the Chamber serves a roster of over 300 Members, a number that increases almost daily. These members are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business owners, as well as gay-supportive businesses. Together they employ over 2,000 people in the Chicago area, with gross revenues that exceed $200 million.

Since gay and lesbian tourism brings an estimated $300 million a year to Chicago, it’s no surprise that the city has discovered the viability of supporting the LGBT community.

Currently, a portion of the Chamber’s funding comes from the city government which is a far cry from the days when the city of Chicago sought to close gay and lesbian owned businesses.

We envision a bright, prosperous future for all Chamber members. The key to this vision is unity, which we foster through promotional, networking, and advocacy programs. We believe that by aligning our common interests, Member businesses will continue to grow and thrive.