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The Closet

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This teeny taproom is a good stone’s throw from the hustle and muscle of Halsted Street’s rowdy boy bars, and that’s just the way this clientele likes it. Plenty of ladies hang here until the midnight hour, but the boys crash the party shortly thereafter, creating one of the few truly mixed queer scenes in the city.


Venue name: The Closet
Address: 3325 N Broadway St
Cross street: between Aldine Ave and Buckingham Pl
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–4am; Sat noon–5am; Sun noon–4am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 8, 36, 77.
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