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A complete guide to the Boystown neighborhood

Explore the North Side neighborhood with our guide to Boystown's best bars, restaurants and things to do

Morgan Olsen
Written by
Kris Vire
Morgan Olsen

Chicago's Boystown neighborhood is home to one of the most vibrant LGBTQ communities in the world. In fact, it was the country's first officially recognized gay 'hood. Beyond hosting annual Pride celebrations and being a safe haven for the best gay bars in Chicago, Boystown has much to offer locals and out-of-town visitors. Cruise its vibrant selection of vegetarian restaurants, see a show at a storefront theater or comedy club, or shop the area's top-notch thrift stores. Boystown is conveniently accessible by way of the Brown or Red Line, bus or a quick drive up Lake Shore Drive. Here's the best of the neighborhood.

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Things to do in Boystown

Best bars in Boystown

Best bars in Boystown

Whether you're looking for the best gay bars in the city or a quiet beer bar, here's where to drink.

Where to shop in Boystown

Where to shop in Boystown

Boystown is a fabulous area for shopping, whether you're looking for cheap thrift stores or fashionable boutiques.