Is Joliet gay-friendly for weddings?

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idrawstuff

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My partner and I are looking for places to get married. We're from KY so we can't get married here and so we're looking in Illinois since it is the closest to us. We happened across the Joliet website and thought it looked pretty cool. What we want to know is whether or not Joliet is the type of town that would run us out if they saw us holding hands or if they just don't give a crap and let us do our thing.

Any advice would be awesome and if you have any better suggestions, let us know!
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homo's are welcome
idrawstuff

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Jan 6, 2014
 
Hooray! I think... O.o
Miss E

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Jan 6, 2014
 
Joliet may be 'gay-friendly', but do you know anything else about Joliet? It is gang-ridden, dirty, and dangerous in many areas. I do not live there,(though I have been there and I was not comfortable in some of the areas I drove through), so I don't want to say too much. Just do some research before you book anything. Your wedding day should be special and I wouldn't want you to be disappointed. I will say that a friend of mine (Pietro) who owns 'Villa Verone' in Geneva, IL just had a gay reception at his restaurant and from what I saw on Facebook it went great. Maybe look into? He could maybe find out for you who married that couple. Best of luck to you and congratulations.
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Miss E wrote:
Joliet may be 'gay-friendly', but do you know anything else about Joliet? It is gang-ridden, dirty, and dangerous in many areas. I do not live there,(though I have been there and I was not comfortable in some of the areas I drove through), so I don't want to say too much. Just do some research before you book anything. Your wedding day should be special and I wouldn't want you to be disappointed. I will say that a friend of mine (Pietro) who owns 'Villa Verone' in Geneva, IL just had a gay reception at his restaurant and from what I saw on Facebook it went great. Maybe look into? He could maybe find out for you who married that couple. Best of luck to you and congratulations.
free sample of K-Y for those that attend, or carpet clipper for for the munchers
Go Elsewere

Bolingbrook, IL

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Jan 6, 2014
 
idrawstuff wrote:
My partner and I are looking for places to get married. We're from KY so we can't get married here and so we're looking in Illinois since it is the closest to us. We happened across the Joliet website and thought it looked pretty cool. What we want to know is whether or not Joliet is the type of town that would run us out if they saw us holding hands or if they just don't give a crap and let us do our thing.
Any advice would be awesome and if you have any better suggestions, let us know!
Joliet is an OK place, but if you want a town that actually is good and aesthetically pleasing, then you might want to look at some of the other surrounding areas that are a little more upscale (and I use the term loosely), like Naperville or possibly Downers Grove. Heck, head a little further north to Elgin or Hoffman Estates.

Bottom line: Joliet is ok, but as another person said, it has a lot of gangs, beggers, or and all manner of nonsense that could easily ruin your ceremony. Going to a place more upscale would not only give you a better experience, but also a better experience for your friends and family in attendance.
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I'm so proud to live in a state with not only a gay Governor, but our gay President is from here as well! We are so more advanced than other states! Still have homophobic republicants though.
Nicole

Joliet, IL

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Jan 6, 2014
 
Joliet isn't as bad as most people suggest. It's working class. You won't get shot, for Christ sake.

It's probably more socially conservative than you may expect. I'd suggest Andersonville (aka Boystown) in Chicago for a really gay friendly environment. There's some interesting places to take pictures, especially if you're into big limestone buildings or the joliet iron works site (industrial ruins, basically). Pilcher park is pretty, but there are prettier places, like Starved Rock or the lakefront.
idrawstuff

Canton, OH

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Jan 6, 2014
 
Thanks so much for the great replies. I definitely am open to suggestions and love to hear from locals. You guys definitely know more than I do :)
Miss E

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Jan 6, 2014
 
Love it wrote:
<quoted text>free sample of K-Y for those that attend, or carpet clipper for for the munchers
I'm actually a card carrying conservative. I like guns and Christianity and Capitalism. I'm far from gay, nor I have even ever 'experimented' in my younger years. I'm just trying to be nice and offer some advice. It is not my preference that gay couples use the term 'marriage', But I have no issue with a 'civil union'. The world we live in however refers to it as marriage so I reluctantly accept the use of the term. That said, your comments are amusing, keep them up!

PS I'm juicy as Hell, no KY required.
Mike

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Mar 1, 2014
 
Take a chance and see just what happens.....

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