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Best gay bars in Chicago: Berlin

This freak-friendly dance destination in Lakeview built its reputation back in the mid-’80s with a mix of German new-wave music, art installations and even drag shows. These days, it’s still quirky, blending modern electro with retro, with nights devoted to Madonna, Björk, Depeche Mode and Robyn. Goths and gays are extra welcome, but the scene here is made up of almost everyone. Thursday night's Stardust a major locus of creativity in nightlife, especially in its trippier monthly Total Therapy incarnation, the last Thursday of each calendar page.

Venue name: Berlin
Address: 954 W Belmont Ave

Cross street: between the El tracks and Sheffield Ave
Opening hours: Tue, Sun 10pm–4am; Wed–Fri 5pm–4am; Sat 5pm–5am (closed Mon)
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 22,77.
Price: Average cocktail: $5
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  • Thursday December 3 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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  • Dance and electronic Friday December 4 2015 - Saturday December 26 2015
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  • Sunday December 6 2015 - Monday December 7 2015
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