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Chicago Gay Bars

Chicago has a large, lively gay nightlife. Many of Chicago’s gay bars can be found in an area known as “Boystown”, a half-mile stretch of North Halsted and Broadway in East Lakeview.

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Boystown

Boystown is Chicago’s famous gay and appropriately named gay area. It’s packed with gay bars, cultural attractions and interesting people.

Sidetrack
Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago

+1 773 477 9189
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weekday: 15:00 - 02:00

weekend: 13:00 - 02:00

The biggest and perhaps the most popular gay bar in Chicago. Sidetrack has multiple bars and dance floors that can accommodate 1,000+ people, and a rooftop deck – great for people watching.

Mixed/gay crowd, mostly 30’s-40’s. Regular themed events range from a Beyonce Dance & Lip-sync Party to a Tony Awards Viewing Night. The bar upstairs serves celebrated slushy cocktails.

Located in Boystown gay village. This is the place where locals and visitors usually end up on a night out.

features: bar, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar
Scarlet Bar

3320 N Halsted St, Chicago

weekday: 20:00 - 02:00

weekend: 20:00 - 03:00 / 14:00 - 02:00

A proud LGBTQ bar in Chicago’s Laketown. Allow your inhibitions to escape you in this buzzy neon-lit space, with exposed brick walls, disco ball and funky décor.

Music is the main highlight at Scarlet with 5 resident DJ’s on rotation. Check their website or Facebook for details of their weekly themed events.

Voted ‘Best Gay Bar’ by Chicago Magazine, Mint Male Magazine and Top 100 Bars in Chicago.

features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge
The Elixir Lounge

3452 N Halsted St, Chicago

+1 773 975 9244
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weekday: 18:00 - 02:00

weekend: 18:00 - 02:00

This classy bar in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown creatively mixes up premium cocktails that showcase eclectic, fresh ingredients in an accessible and delicious way.

In addition to cocktails, Elixir Lounge serves a variety of craft beer and premium wine that will satisfy even the pickiest of imbibers. Small plates and sophisticated bar snacks are available.

features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine
Joie de Vine

1744 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago

+1 773 989 6846
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weekday: Tue-Thu 17:00 - 00:00

weekend: 17:00 - 02:00 / 03:00 / 00:00

Upscale LGBT-popular Chicago bar, frequented largely by the city’s lively lesbian crowd. Joie de Vine serves a selection of craft beers, as well as speciality wines.

Located in Andersonville, close to Chicago’s lesbian scene and gay nightlife. Closed on Mondays.

features: bar, music (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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Progress Bar
Progress Bar

3359 N Halsted St, Chicago

+1 773 697 9268
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weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 13:00 - 02:00

Progress Bar

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One of the premier gay bars in Boystown. Progress Bar features a massive, voice-reactive cloud sculpture made of 19,000 light bulbs, and serves craft beer and seasonal cocktails.

Mixed/LGBT crowd gather in the low-lit, rustic-industrial setting with a two bars and a dance floor. The bar hosts weekly themed events, details of which can be found on their website.

features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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The North End

3733 N Halsted St, Chicago | map

+1 773 477 7999
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weekday: Mon-Fri: 11:00-02:00

weekend: Sat: 11:00-03:00 Sun: 11:00-02:00

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Long-running gay sports bar in Boystown, Chicago. Gays love their sports too – as well as Drag Race and Gaga, obvs! This is a laidback, unpretentious bar. If you like sport and you have “masc, non-scene” on your dating profile, you’ll do well here.

features: sports bar, games, karaoke (卡拉OK) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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WANGS

WANGS

3317 N. Broadway, Chicago | map

+1 773 296 6800
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weekday: 18:00 - 02:00

weekend: 16:00 - 23:00

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LGBT-popular lounge bar & restaurant in Boystown. WANGS’ intimate space is highly stylised, with lush, floral wallpaper and woodwork, the likes of which you’ve seen only in an opium den.

Famous pear Martini’s top the list of refreshing cocktails. This dimly-lit venue also hosts private events and live music.

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The Closet

3325 N Broadway, Chicago | map

+1 773 477 8533
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weekday: Mon-Fri: 16:00-04:00

weekend: Sat: 12:00-05:00 Sun: 12:00-04:00

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The Closet is a small gay bar in Boystown that attracts a prominently lesbian crowd, although everyone is welcome. It’s been going since 1978 and it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a more intimate gay bar in Chicago.

It’s open seven days a week until the early hours.

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Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N Halsted St, Chicago | map

+1 773 525 1111
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The Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club provides interactive entertainment and food six days a week. The style is ‘Old Hollywood meets South Beach’.

You can dine on a range of cuisine, from hearty American to European fare, and choose from over 200 cocktails. Drag queens perform as eat. Cocktails include the Berry Manilow and the Lady Gaga.

features: restaurant, bar, music, drag (酒吧, 音乐, 餐厅) | Updated: 18-Jun-2019

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Andersonville

Andersonville is one of the most happening neighbourhoods in Chicago. It has some of the best restaurants in town and several gay bars.

The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap
The SoFo Tap

4923 N Clark Street, Chicago

+1 773 784 7636
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weekday: 17:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 02:00

Gay bar in South of Foster, located at the corner of Clark and Argyle in Chicago.

The SoFo Tap has a huge backyard-style beer garden with a wooden fence, string lights, greenery and a fully stocked bar, built out of a vintage garage. Dog-friendly.

Enjoy a game of darts, hang out in the outdoor patio, play your favourite song on the jukebox or check out the videos on flat panel TV’s.

features: bar, musi (酒吧) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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Marty’s Martini Bar

1511 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago | map

+1 773 561 6425
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weekday: Mon-Thurs: 17:00-02:00

weekend: Fri: 16:00-02:00 Sat: 16:00-03:00 Sun: 17:00-00:00

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Marty’s is a gay-popular bar in Andersonville that draws a mixed crowd. It’s a small, intimate setting with friendly – dare we say, handsome, bartenders. Not to mention strong drinks. The martinis will get you ready for a proper kiki.

A good place to start your gay night out in Chicago.

features: cocktail bar (酒吧) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson
REPLAY Anderson

5358 N Clark St, Chicago

+1 7736541369
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weekday: 11:30 - 02:00

weekend: 10:00 - 02:00

Gay bar in the Anderson outpost of Chicago’s Boystown. REPLAY is a great spot to meet friends, mingle with the locals, enjoy a great drink and arcade games.

REPLAY has an extensive craft beer list, with 26 beers on tap and a huge selection of bourbon and whiskey.

features: bar, music, arcade, cafe, restaurant (酒吧, 音乐, 咖啡馆, 餐厅) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s
Hamburger Mary’s

5400 N Clark St, Chicago

+1 773 784 6969
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weekday: Mon-Fri: 11:30-23:00

weekend: Sat-Sun: 10:30-23:00

The USA’s favourite gay hamburger chain, Hamburger Mary’s, has one of its most popular outlets in Chicago. Located in the Andersonville neighbourhood – which has many gay residents – this is the place to be for hearty American fare served up with a side of sass. It’s known as “an open-air bar & grille for open-minded people” so come along “Eat, Drink and be… MARY!”

Upstairs you’ll find Mary’s Attic, a popular gay bar and cabaret that opens until the early hours. The drag shows are not to be missed.

Serving burgers and fries fit for queens. The portions are huge so maybe skip breakfast – or just have a cracker or something!

features: bar, music, restaurants, cabaret (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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Atmosphere Andersonville

5355 N Clark St, Chicago | map

+1 773 784 1100
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weekday: Mon-Tues: Weds: 18:00-00:00 Thurs-Fri: 18:00-02:00

weekend: Sun: 13:00-21:00

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Old school gay strip bar in Andersonville. It’s a small and unpretentious place to have a drink, but it can get livelier at the weekends.

Cash only.

features: bar, music, go-go dancers (酒吧, 音乐) | Updated: 18-Jun-2019

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Uptown

Uptown Chicago is a diverse residential area with a sizeable gay community. The main gay bar in the area is called Big Chicks.

Big Chicks
Big Chicks

5024 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago

+1 773 728 5511
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weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 09:00 - 02:00

Lively, colourful, cash-only LGBT bar in Chicago with basic eats & weekend DJs amid art-lined walls.

There’s a small dance floor that is almost always in use, a convenient coat check, a small pool table, and benches along the wall for all the non-dancers and cheap drinks.

features: bar, music, dancing (酒吧, 舞蹈, 音乐) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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Elsewhere In Chicago

Chicago is a big city and it has gay-popular bars all over the place – not just in Boystown.

Second Story Bar

157 E Ohio St #2, Chicago | map

+1 312 923 9536
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weekday: Mon-Fri: 13:00-02:00

weekend: Sat: 13:00-03:00 Sun: 13:00-02:00

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Second Story is a small, dingy gay dive bar. It’s unpretentious, not remotely fancy but lots of fun. All kinds of Windy City gays end up in here, so you’ll often find a real mix of people.

It’s close to the Mag Mile so you can pop in here for a drink after a shopping binge. You’ll find it above Sayat Nova restaurant. Cash only.

features: bar (酒吧) | Updated: 17-Jun-2019

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The Glenwood

6962 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago | map

+1 773 764 7363
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weekday: Mon-Fri: 15:00-02:00

weekend: Sat: 15:00-03:00 Sun: 11:00-02:00

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TODAY Karaoke Night

TOMORROW Trivia Night

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The Glenwood is a gay sports bar in Chicago. Although it’s a gay bar it does a mixed crowd. It’s popular with locals. The drinks are also fairly cheap.

Worth checking out if you’re in the Glenwood area.

features: sports bar, games, jukebox (酒吧) | Updated: 18-Jun-2019

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Scot’s Bar – CLOSED
Scot’s Bar – CLOSED

1829 W Montrose Ave, Chicago

Reported CLOSED.

Easygoing neighbourhood gay bar in Ravenwood district. Play darts while listening to a jukebox music, or simply relax a choose from a variety of beers and cocktails.

Scot’s accepts cash only and is a short journey from the main gay scene in Lake View.

| Updated: 19-Sep-2018

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2019-06-19

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