And with strong, inexpensive pours, the Anvil makes it easy to get to that place. Check out the whole space for a laid-back, authentic Chicago experience. . The Chicago Pride Parade the third Sunday in June draws huge crowds of spectators. There are many gay and gay friendly hotels, resorts and guesthouses in the area for a comfortable stay. The winters are harsh and the sun only comes out in April after 9 months of winter. The wait staff is very helpful with recommendations and have never been wrong.
Take in incredible views from the top of the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier or The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago. It recently underwent renovations that brought the bar up to date and enhanced its sound system for maximum musical impact. It's open till 10 pm, and it's also a favorite in the morning for breakfast. Or perhaps more to the point, the live-music venue at Schubas pulls in a wide range of folks from all over metro Chicago to see live blues, rock, and alternative music. Not to mention, the perfect frozen margarita to pair with your meal. It's a fun place early or late, and you can always count on interestig, dance-worthy music. After the sun comes out, the gayborhoods come to life with outdoor seating and gorgeous people flooding the streets.
Make your trip both fun and educational with a trip to the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago or the Shedd Aquarium. This is one of the city's must-see gay hangouts for visitors, and it's along a busy block of gay nightlife that includes several other clubs and bars, including Hydrate and Roscoe's Tavern. Since then, it has added a rooftop bar, deck, lounge, and more -- taking over eight storefronts and multiple levels and boasting the ability to host about 1,000 people at once. Chicago gays pay just as much attention to sports as their hetero counterparts, and at this Boystown bar you can not only cheer on the Bears, the Cubbies and other local faves, but also partake in pool and dart tournaments. The owners also operate the similarly esteemed music venue , in Lincoln Park. Since 1983, the seemingly old-school 3411 N. If you come before April, then you need to be sure to dress warm.
Definitely recommended for anyone who wants to dance and have great drinks. It's a relatively intimate space as Boystown dance clubs go, but that makes it all the more fun if you're wanting to get close to somebody you admire on the dance floor. The drinks are cheap and stiff, the genders are evenly mixed, and the live acts are off the charts. The emphasis is on colorful tropical-inspired cocktails that you might expect to find at some waterfront lounge by the sea. Other low-attitude, fun hangouts in the neighborhood include Kit Kat Lounge and The Closet. The interior boasts a menu of boozy frozen margaritas and decent tacos and burgers.
The video screens on the wall make for great entertainment and often provide humor. Check out Kylie Condon's travel journal exploring the lesbian culture in Chicago. A legendary night is out there just waiting to be had. Since taking over the Gentry place about a decade ago, gay-bar-hoppers have very much enjoyed 3320 N. Check out Halsted if you are in the mood for gay and lesbian bars and restaurants. Look no further than Elixir. The staff is particularly friendly and nice, and the mood festive.
The staff is really fun and friendly and they have a decent drink menu. The intimate upstairs joint throws all kinds of events, from retro dance parties to stand-up comedy to drag shows. Travel from midtown, north, country, west, south, downtown, east, uptown, city, or central - driving directions from your address to the location of the new Chicago, Illinois gay watering hole. Nowadays it is no longer segregated with homosexuals and lesbians living in both parts; and best of all, they all know how to have a good time! It's a good spot to meet up with friends at happy hour before dinner, or to wind down an evening. Lakeview stretches from Lake Michigan's shoreline west for about 2 miles to Ravenswood Avenue, and extending north above Lincoln Park neighborhood at Diversey Parkway about 2 miles to Sheridan Park at West Montrose Avenue.
Much of it is clustered around a half-mile stretch of North Halsted Street and Broadway in East Lakeview, long known as Boystown. The bar runs down the center of the space, though it's just one-sided—the other side of its rear wall is lined with video game consoles. Kit Kat also has the gay-popular. Andersonville is another area that is a must see for any dedicated gay traveler. This spot has been around for 30 years for a reason.
Plenty of the guys who hang out here also party at Sidetrack, and you may also see a few of these fellas at later in the evening. Try the guava-basil cooler with tequila and St Germain, or the ginger-infused house mojito. The gritty Lincoln Square dive features karaoke on weekends and damn cheap drink specials every night. Much of the gay scene is focused along north-south-running Halsted Street as well as east-west-running Belmont and Addison streets. This Uptown spot features a relatively mixed-gender clientele in the scheme of gay bars. It's not surprising this club is so popular - rates are a bit higher, too, but for what you get, especially in the private rooms, it's a good value.
Offering a combination of Mexican and American fare, this place is bound to have something for almost everyone. Six big rooms—we like the bustling Glass Bar—are all packed with cute, frisky boys distracting themselves with the same three things: the videos on the wall, the drink in their hand and the ass in your jeans. This list will give you some good ideas on where to start. Enjoy the signature slushie drinks carefully—you don't want brain freeze to impair your flirting. The vibe will remind you a lot of Euro Industrial House with very friendly mixed group and on some nights you'll be luck enough to see some flash backs to the Club Culture Kids. If size matters, there's no better bar in Boystown than this well-hung hot spot.