Sure, the Boystown strip's nearly always bustling, and Andersonville has its share of LGBT attractions. But those hotspots hardly reflect the full diversity of Chicago's gay party scene. Many of the city's best LGBT good times can be found not just at Chicago's best gay bars but at queer-leaning weekly or monthly parties at bars far removed from Halsted Street. We've listed some of our favorite regularly recurring nights here (including, yes, one or two in Boystown).
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Best LGBT nights in Chicago
We don't know if they're painting smiles on people's faces at the door or if they're mixing something into the booze, but everyone seems to be in a good mood at this energetic and inclusive queer party that's been going strong since 2008. It's worth getting there early, or else risk getting stuck in a line running down the block.Read more
The greatest house institution in town, Queen! is the electronic musical equivalent of "the Bean." If you are in Chicago and you consider yourself a dance-music fan, you owe it to yourself to witness Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini and Garrett David spin grooves deeper than our stupid pizza.Read more