If size matters, there’s no better bar than this Northalsted juggernaut. Despite all that space, six big rooms and a gorgeous rooftop deck are packed for weekend dance parties, summer day-drinking and, of course, the legendary "Musical Mondays," where regulars belt along to videos of their favorite showtunes. Grab one of their strong and sweet boozy slushies and join in the fun.
Chicago has a vibrant LGBTQ+ bar scene, and has for decades. Much of it is clustered around a half-mile stretch of North Halsted Street and Broadway in East Lakeview, long known as Boystown. The North Halsted bar culture started there with Little Jim’s in 1975, and followed over the next decade by many bars now long since gone and others—like Sidetrack and the North End—that have survived for decades. These days, Northalsted is still a prominent gay playground, but long-running queer nightlife spots can be found all over the city, from Andersonville to the Loop to South Shore. From several of the best nightclubs in Chicago to dive bars to sports bars, there’s an LGBTQ-oriented watering hole in Chicago to fit every interest—these are some of our favorites.
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