And the nightlife extends well beyond the typical dance spots. Here are the best gay bars and clubs in Chicago, in Boystown and beyond. Once inside, they can socialize at the main bar area while pop hits play from the speakers, or head further back past two more bars for epic dancing.
In fact, more and more LGBTQ collectives and event series have emerged over the years to provide more inclusive spaces for those with intersecting identities, including trans and non-binary people, women, and people of color. With this evolving scene in mind, this list includes some of the best LGBTQ bars in Chicago, along with recurring parties and events from some of our favorite queer collectives who party with intention. Dance, belt out a few show tunes, or sit back and simply bask in the scene.
I feel really fortunate to be a small part of Dancin' Feats' legacy profiling dancers and topics of interest from the LGBTQ community, and we are still finding plenty of "gay dance things" to cover. Windy City Times is 30 years old this year, and has covered dance all of that time. The column Dancin' Feats is now 10 years old.
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Sunshine Tucker. When it comes to gay nightlife in Chicago, the Lucky Horseshoe occupies a category all its own. My ritual is always the same: scoop up an empty stool and scan the room to figure out which comely lad in a jockstrap shall be the recipient of the wad of singles the bartender has handed me.
By Lawrence Ferber. Head to the Windy City for some Chicago-style pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and Chicago-style gay bars! Marty's Martini Bar.
Sidetrack T. Show Tunes pm - For singing out loud Sidetrack Favorites 9pm-2am. Baton Show Lounge Shows at pm, pm and am.
Afternoon Follow up your walk through history with artisanal cheese, charcuterie boards, and fine wines at Bar Pastoral. Sidetrack is a popular, multi-level spot with frozen drinks, a packed dance floor, and a rooftop deck. Morning Travel north of Boystown along the lake through UptownEdgewaterAndersonvilleand Rogers Park — all recognized as super-diverse and inclusive neighborhoods with independent shops, charming restaurants, and a dynamic nightlife and theatre scene that Chicago locals love.
Renaissance One will showcase of-the-minute artists in an event paying homage to the city's first public same-sex dance. A Pride concert in Chicago this week will offer a mix of past and present — showcasing cutting-edge music from contemporary artists while honoring the queer pioneers who laid the groundwork for the freedom LGBTQ people enjoy today. For much of the 20th century, in Chicago as in other cities, gay bars were often raided by police, and dancing with a member of the same sex could get you arrested for so-called public indecency.
It's one of the most promising new alt-queer party outposts in town. If you like your gays in skinny jeans, queer heaven awaits at this offshoot of Chances Dances the original is currently on hiatuswith the same inclusive spirit as its sib but a more conversational vibe. 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 It's worth getting there early, or else risk getting stuck in a line running down the block.