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Chicago - 2025 Grand Invitational


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Lake Michigan Region is proud to announce RidwitPride!”, the LCCI 2025 Grand Invitational!  It will take place on June 25th – 29th near Chicago during Pride week and, among its many events, will include the opportunity to attend one of the world’s largest Gay Pride parades in Chicago’s famous Boystown/Northalsted neighborhoodOur host hotel is located in suburban Lombard, IL which is approximately 25 miles west of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. We have five days of exciting activities planned  and we hope you can join us to celebrate people, cars and Pride in an experience only Chicago can offer.
The base registration package includes events on Thursday through Saturday with the option for additional activities on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday Customize your event to meet your specific interests. Vehicles of all classes and years are welcome including modern day vehicles. You do not need to own or bring a collectible car to enjoy our Grand Invitational, but we love to see them!

Below is information related to:

  • LODGING & TRANSPORTATION
  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • REGISTRATION & FEES 

To register, click the   Sign Me Up!   button.

LODGING
2025 GI Host Hotel

Our host hotel is the Westin Yorktown, a dog-friendly hotel, located at 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL It features all the luxury amenities that you deserve including complimentary indoor parking, fitness center and indoor pool. It is conveniently located just steps away from major shopping and restaurantsIt is also centrally located to many Chicago-area attractions should you choose to arrive early or extend your stay beyond this event

Please book your room separately by May 25
th, at the group rate of only $149 per night, by contacting the hotel and using the booking ID ________.


Car
Parking
- Free secure indoor car parking is available on three dedicated floors of the parking garage.


Trailer
Parking
- ..............

TRANSPORTATION
2025 GI Map

Lombard, IL (Chicago) is centrally located from all coasts and is easily accessible by car or public transportation (airplane or train).   
By car - The Westin Yorktown Hotel is located near the intersection of I88 and Highland Ave. at 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL 60148

By airplane – You can fly into either the O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport.  From there, you can take a suburban taxi We recommend you prearrange a taxi from American Taxi at 1-630-305-0700. American Taxi’s flat-rate from O’Hare is $43 and from Midway is $51.

By train – Take the BNSF Aurora train from Union Train Station to the Downers Grove Station (50 minutes) or take the Union Pacific West Metra Train from the Ogilvie Transportation Center to the Lombard Station (40 minutes).  Contact the Westin at 630-719-8000 for their complimentary shuttle to the hotel.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

We have selected a variety of exciting events that we think will appeal to both the car enthusiast and anyone interested in transportation, architecture, history and music. You will find high-level information below along with a link to the venue if available.   More detailed information including times, locations and transportation will be provided with your welcome packet upon your arrival at the hotel.

EVENTS AT A GLANCE

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
MORNING Ride to Wright!
or
Ride to Riches!
See Fabulous Rides! Show Pride In Your Ride! Ride to Pride!
AFTERNOON Ride the Rails! Start the Ride! Cher the Ride! Membership Meeting
EVENING Light Up Your Ride! Ride the Waves! The Rides of Our Lives!



THE IMPRESSIVE PACKAGE: Thursday - Saturday  ($389)

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
MORNING Show Pride In Your Ride!
AFTERNOON Start the Ride! Cher the Ride! Membership Meeting
EVENING Light Up Your Ride! Ride the Waves! The Rides of Our Lives!

2025 GI Welcome Party



Thursday6/26 Evening: Start the Ride!


It’s been a long day.  Probably hot, too. 
So it’s time to do what “the gays” do best.  Actually, what they do sec…er…third best: And that’s whoop it up.  Gather at the Welcome Party to quench, snack, talk, laugh, vamp and relax in the bosom of old friends.  Or maybe in the bosom of that new friend across the room.  ‘Cause chatting up mysterious strangers is what the gays do fourth best.








Thursday, 6/26 Evening: Light Up Your Ride!



It’s time to sparkle, Neely, sparkle – because we can’t have a Grand Invitational without the famous Taillight Glow.  From the roof of the parking garage the lights of Chicago should be glistening in the distance, but you may just be preoccupied wondering why it is that everybody looks so much better bathed in red light on a hot summer night.
2025 GI Taillight Glow
2025 GI Cher the Ride



Friday6/27 Afternoon'CHER’ the Ride!


If there’s one thing Dark Lady’s shown over 60 years in showbiz, it’s that variety is the spice of life.  Inspired by her “try anything once” attitude, here’s an opportunity to check off new experiences in cars of different marques, eras and styles.  Ever ridden in a new Porsche?  A 1940s car?  A Rolls-Royce?  If not it’s time to cross off lines on your bucket list: club members and invited guests will provide rides in special cars around a course in the hotel’s parking lot, creating a shared…sorry…
Cherd experience to remember!




Friday, 6/27 Evening: Ride the Waves!


Spirit of Chicago
After so much time riding on wheels, it’s time to ride something else.  Travel by motorcoach to legendary Navy Pier to board the “Spirit of Chicago.”  It’ll be a night of
dinin’ and dancin’ o’er the waves of Lake Michigan, cruising the length of – if we may be so bold – America’s most breathtaking skyline.
2025 GI Ride the Waves


2025 GI Car Show



Saturday, 6/28 All DayShow Pride in Your Ride!


You bought it, you brought it, now show that you’ve got it: Pride in Your Ride.  The Car Show starts now!  Provoke your fellow gays to seethe with white-hot envy at the quality of your car, accessorizing, staging and presentation – and at how you make it all look so damn easy.  Wash stations within the covered parking garage provide you what you need to detail your ride…and shoot for a coveted trophy.  (Lunch included)



Saturday, 6/28 Afternoon:
LCCI Membership Meeting


The membership meeting will be held in
the Magnolia Room at the Westin Hotel and hosted by LCCI National Board President, David Baker and other national Board members. This 1-hour meeting is your chance to hear about current and future news/plans for LCCI and ask questions
2025 GI Member Meeting
2025 GI Cocktail Party

2025 GI Banquet

Saturday, 6/28 Evening: The Rides of Our Lives!

Park the cars and brace yourself for an evening of entertainment, trophies and maybe a catfight or two at the Awards Banquet.  It promises to be a lotta fun, and there’ll be a tribute to the special rides of our lives – those movable machines that hold special memories and made us who we are today.  Will there be a dry eye left in the house?  Stick around to the end to find out!



FOREPLAY (optional)
ACTIVITIES: WednesdaySunday (Additional cost as shown)

WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
MORNING Ride to Wright!
or
Ride to Riches!
See Fabulous Rides! Ride to Pride!
AFTERNOON Ride the Rails!
EVENING
2025 GI Ride the Rails


Wednesday, 6/25 Late Morning/AfternoonRide the Rails!


Illinois Railway Museum
What’s long, hard and gleams in the sun?  Rails!  Caravan to the Illinois Railway Museum – the largest working railway museum in the U.S. – to see rails
a’plenty and the machines that ride ‘em!  So are locomotives – and if you think a ’73 Imperial is big you’d better gird your loins. (Lunch included)

Cost $35

Pick no more than one of the next 2 Thursday All-Day events

2025 GI Ride to Wright - Studio
2025 GI Ride to Wright - Temple

Thursday, 6/26 All-Day: Ride to Wright(Limited to 150 people)

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio and Unity Temple

You can’t go wrong with Wright.  Caravan to Oak Park to tour famous edifices designed by America’s first starchitect, Frank Lloyd Wright – his Home and Studio, and Unity Temple – along with a guided walk among private homes also designed by the master.  And given Wright’s zesty private life filled with debt, infidelity and murder, there might be a pinch of gossip shared as well!  (Lunch included)


Cost: $75


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2025 GI Ride to Riches - PWM
2025 GI Ride to Riches- Sanf

Thursday, 6/26 All-Day: Ridto Riches(Limited to 150 people)

Park Ward Motors and Sanfilippo Place de la Musique
F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that the rich “are different from you and me;” let’s find out what he meant.  For starters, they demand exquisite materials and craftsmanship – so you’ll caravan to Park Ward Motors for a hands-on workshop to see how wood and leather found in the world’s most-prestigious cars are restored.  The rich also collect things, so you’ll further caravan to Sanfilippo, a mansion filled with an enormous collection of automatic musical instruments – including the world’s largest indoor organ, which goes up and down.  And up and down!  And up and…!  (Lunch included)

Cost $60











Friday, 6/27 Morning:
See Fabulous Rides! (Limited to 300 people)


Klairmont Kollections
Kar klusters don’t get more eklektik than the 300+ that komprise the Klairmont Kollections, only recently opened to the publik.  A motorkoach will whisk you to this kompliation of award-winners, from mikro-kars to Kadillaks, kustoms to klassiks, hyperkars to komponents.  (Lunch on Your Own)

Cost $40
2025 GI Klairmont


2025 GI Pride Parade

Sunday, 6/29 Morning
/Early Afternoon
Ride to Pride!

Boystown/Northalsted

Wait…it’s already Sunday?  Sure is – and after the weekend you may be ready to burst.  But if you’re bursting with Pride, travel by motorcoach to join up to one million of your best friends at Chicago’s famous Gay Pride Parade.  We’ve got a reserved viewing area along the parade route.  It just doesn’t get more civilized than that, which shouldn’t be a surprise, since everyone knows that gays invented civilization. (Lunch included)

Cost $40


REGISTRATION & FEES


EARLY Registration ends on Sunday, February 25th.

FINAL Registration ends on Sunday, May 25th(or when the registrations reach 350, whichever occurs first)

Just four easy steps to secure your spot:
#1 Click on the   Sign Me Up!   button
#2 Follow the prompts to select any optional activities and answer all the questions

#3 Book your own hotel room
#4 Prepare your car or plan your transportation







When:
Wednesday, June 25, 2025, 8:00 AM until Sunday, June 29, 2025, 5:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Where:
Westin Yorktown
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL  60148
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Tom Bierzychudek
Registration Committee
 
Rolland A Rahr
Registration Committee
Category:
Invitational Event
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Sunday, May 25, 2025 at 11:59 PM
Cancellation Policy:
(Who incurs the 3.5% cc fee and will it be refunded?)

Cancellations must be received in writing via email by the cancellation date (May 25, 2025 at 11:59pm) in order to be eligible for a full refund.

Changes to your registration that involve partial refunds must also be requested in writing via email by the cancellation date. Send your cancellation or change request to (Jimmy Legan?).

Refunds will be made in the forms of either: Zelle, or a Bank check sent via U.S. Mail to your current home address on file in your LCCI profile.

Off-site Auxiliary Parking fees are non-refundable after the cancellation date, even if you attend and decide to not use a parking space you have paid for, as the club cannot get a refund from the parking provider after advance payment is made to them.

Hotel reservation cancellations/changes are separate. You must contact the hotel directly to make any changes or cancel your reservation (within the deadlines specified in the hotel reservation policies).
Activities/Items    (Click the down-arrow to view details )
The Impressive Package
Ride the Rails!
Ride to Wright!...............................................................(Select only one)
Ride to Riches!...............................................................(Select only one)
See Fabulous Rides!
Ride to Pride!
Ride With Pride! Chicago 2025, Souvenir T-Shirt