Boi’S LIFE In this issue it is all about pampering. As in, taking time out for youself to relax or indulge yourself. Pampering in the fetish world may be whole other matter all together, but we’ll leave that for another day. In “The Artist’s Way”, Julia Cameron contributes an essay on small luxuries. She discusses how different people have different things that make them feel rich, but aren’t actually very expensive. Little treats that, while they might not cost much, make’s the person feel better. Simple acts such as always buying fresh berries every week, or buying that luxury soap. Cameron states that indulging in these simple pleasures is one way to nurture the soul, to take care of ourselves so that we remain creatively inspired and resilient. In this issue, we look at ways to pamper yourself, to renew your spirit, whether it be a “blow the budget” day at a spa, buying that top of the line bicycle or making a small purchase, such as some designer underwear. We all must take time to nourish our own soul, for as that great philosopher, RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love anyone else?” Can I get an “Amen”? boi
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PAMPER YOURSELF By Anita Taylor In our busy lives, we sometimes forget to set aside time for ourselves. Taking time to treat yourself well is not a luxury it is an investment. The better you feel, the better you’ll perform, whether it is at work, a hobby or just life in general. In this issue, we offer some suggestions for ways to reward yourself for a life well lived.
Pamper Your Body
Pamper Your Wardrobe
A well-made piece of clothing can make you feel like a million bucks. If you’ve got the cash, splurge on a top of the line custom tailored suit. Think of it as an investment, a well fitting suit will make you look more successful. If your budget is a bit tighter, splurge on some quality underwear or swimwear. It is easy to do so without breaking the bank and a well fitting swimsuit can get you some extra attention at Hollywood Beach.
There are any numbers of ways to pamper your body, from things as simple as setting aside time to take a bubble bath to enjoying spa services. Everyone has their own idea of what pampering themselves means. My friend Carrie says putting aside an hour each day to run is how she pampers herself. For me that sounds like agony, I’m more the 90 minute massage type, but to each their own. Whether it Egoist, 3706 N. Halsted, carries a full line means hiring a personal trainer, buying of swimwear including this tasty item yourself a bike or getting that expensive from AussieBum (the suit, not the model) haircut, treat yourself now and then, it’s good for you.
Cram carries many pieces from the Emporio Armani line, ranging from casual wear to suits and accessories.
Pamper Your Home Flashes offers a variety of massage techniques, including Thai style. Thai massage involves stretching and deep massage allowing for greater range of movement.
Even if you live in a pint-sized studio filled with IKEA knockoffs, you can indulge in a bit of luxury now and then. Buy a bouquet of fresh flowers every few days. The $3.99 bunches at Jewel or Dominick’s are a treat that nearly everyone can afford. Look for art in thrift stores and second hand shops. (Continued on Next Page)
PAMPER YOURSELF I discovered a signed and numbered print by Ed Paschke similar to the one below at the Brown Elephant.
Wednesdays at Hamburger Mary’s treat yourself to $2 all Specialtease cocktails. It was in perfect conditioned and beautifully framed and I got it for $25. I went on line and similar prints are selling for ten times that amount.
Pamper Your Palate
Treat yourself to a fine dining experience. If you’ve got the green, dinner at Tru, priced at about $250$400 a person is the experience of a lifetime. Alternatively, check out some of the higher-priced restaurants at lunch. Joe’s Stone Crab can easily run more than $100 a person. We enjoyed lunch there for $25 each and that included a shared dessert, tax and tip! If you haven’t that much cash, a little research on the Internet can find great deals on prix fixe meals that cost little more than a bucket of chicken. For example, all martinis are half-priced all day Sunday at Kit Kat. Big Chicks offers burgers for a buck on Monday nights, indulge yourself and get the baby lettuce salad or fries for only a buck!
Angelina is a popular place in Boystown which will get Lakeview residents a 20% discount on Wednesday nights.
Pamper Your Soul
Make time in your schedule to do things you want to do. Go to church or temple, if that’s your inclination. If lying around reading trashy novels gives you a sense of peace, enjoy it! Buy those tickets for a circuit party, such as the “Superhero Revolution” at House of Blues or “Alegria” at the Nikki club during Market Days weekend and party the night away. (Continued on Page 12)
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If you yearn for culture, hit the museums. All museums in Chicago have free days. Some once a month during the fall and winter (check out the schedule at choosechicago.org), others on a more regular basis (some are free only for Illinois residents.) Among some of the more regularly scheduled free days are: Museum of Contemporary Art; every Tuesday, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; every Thursday, Swedish American Museum; 2nd Tuesday of the month, and the Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier-every Thursday, 5-8pm.
And, if you ever wondered what it was like in those mansions in the Gold Coast, check out the Charnley-Persky House, 1365 N. Astor, with free tours every Wednesday on a first come first served basis. Two powerhouses of Chicago architecture, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright collaborated on the design for this mansion. 12 boi
any of the daily special web promotions such as those at DailyCandy, Groupon, Livingsocial, Youswoop or GiltCity. Just add a .com to any of those and you’ll get daily alerts to deals and specials, and having extra money in your pocket may be the best way to pamper yourself after all.
If it’s free you’r looking for, take a nice relaxing bath. Dim the lights in your bathroom so it’s darker or just go by candle light. Cleopatra put milk into her bath, some celebrities use wine, some use bath bombs, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. Try slowly burning essential oils or by a oxygen rejuvenating machine that lets steam gently float around the room.
A FOODIE’S PARADISE Chicago Gourmet 2012, presented by Bon Appétit on Sept. 28-30 at Millennium Park is a celebration of food and wine. They will be showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world. Guests will enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers. Tickets are $159 per day or $265 for a weekend pass. However, free passes are available to those participating in the Illinois Restaurant Association’s “Dine Around” program (see next column>). Kicking off the weekend on Friday, September 28, is the Hamburger Hop, a tasty burger showdown. Top area chefs do battle in a friendly competition on the rooftop of the Harris Theater to create the city’s best burger. Ticket holders for this event will sample, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine and, of course, spectacular city views as a celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s best burger. Tickets for the first of what is expected to be many events promoting Chicago Gourmet, Les Amis du Chef are now on sale. This multi-course dinner features guest Chef Dirk Flanigan of Henri and The Gage and Chef Justin White of Small Bar who will join Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy in presenting a delicious tasting menu of the season’s freshest ingredients. Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado from Southern Wine & Spirits will also be on hand to pair wines with each course. Cost is $90. Tickets are on sale at www.eventbrite.com. 14 boi
Dine Out To Receive A Free Ticket for Chicago Gourmet From Saturday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 30, special prix-fixe menus will be available at nearly 100 participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event. Dine in five participating restaurants, save your receipts, and redeem them for a complimentary oneday Chicago Gourmet ticket at registration. Enjoy the special prixfixe meal, or dine from the regular menu; either receipt is valid toward the free ticket if the meal total is a minimum of $35. To receive your complimentary ticket, simply present the Dine Around receipt holder, with the five original, qualifying receipts attached, at registration the day of the event. For a list of participating restaurants, go to; www.illinoisrestaurants.org/ associations/2039/chicagogourmet/
BOI’S BEST RESTAURANTS AMERICAN___________
Horizon Café 3805 N. Broadway 773.883.1565.
5207 N Clark 773.271.6627 & 3411 N Broadway 773.305.0024. These bustling hot spots, serving traditional Swedish pancake house fare, are best known for hearty fare and delish cinnamon rolls.
This long-time popular Lakeview family restaurant serves up big portions of creative homestyle dishes as well as healthy fare (broth-based soups and whole wheat tortilla wraps) and at affordable prices. Breakfast served all day long. Delivery available.
The Bagel 3107 N. Broadway 773.477.0300
IHOP 3760 N. Halsted 773.296.0048. More than a
The quintessential Jewish style deli is the perfect spot for a corned beef or pastrami sandwich, some chicken soup, lox and bagels or a full dinner that tastes as if someone’s Jewish momma made it.
pancake house, this 24-hour Boystown institution serves up affordably priced appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees that are sure to satisfy varying after-bar wants and needs.
Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted 773.935.6696
Jury’s 4337 N. Lincoln 773.935.2255. Watch all
This world famous vegetarian restaurant offers vegan and organic offerings. Organic beers, wine, and spirits are also available.
the poplular sports at this friendly neighborhood sports bar. Known for their killer burgers. They offer a late night menu along with daily specials and even brunch on Sundays.
Clark Street Dog 3040 N. Clark 773.281-
Kit Kat Lounge 3700 N. Halsted 773.525.1111.
Ann Sather 929 W. Belmont 773.348.2378.
6690. Open until four in the morning and serving up all the deliciousness you can imagine after you leave the bar.
Crew 4804 N. Broadway 773.784.2739. More
than just a sports bar, the menu includes a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, salads & comfort food.
Jimbo’s Red Hots 3617 N. Broadway 773.868-
9700. Steamed jumbo hot dogs from Red Hot Chicago with toppings such as pickles, lettuce, tomato, celery salt, onions & hot peppers; char dogs & foot longs too. Open 24 hours. Signature Pizza located in the same spot, serving pizza, pasta & burgers, also open 24 hours.
Golden Nugget Family Restaurants
2720 N. Clark 773.929.0724. 2406 W. Diversey 773.252.8903. 1765 W. Lawrence 773.769.6700. A great option for after bar dining as they are all open 24-7, and have free parking. The large menu is sure to please, especially the classic breakfast and hearty dinners. Everything is housemade, known for fluffy buttermilk pancakes,
Halsted’s Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted
773.348.9696 This Boystown eatery serves up a wide array of tasty appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, and popular comfort food items at very reasonable prices in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Beers on tap are aplenty and the weekend brunch draws an attractive crowd.
Hamburger Mary’s 5400 N. Clark
773.784.6969. “Eat, Drink and be... MARY” at this fun and popular Andersonville restaurant which features a wide array of burgers and sandwiches, along with an interesting selection of tasty appetizers. Wash it all down with one of Mary’s home-brewed ales.
Providing the best of diva entertainment along with a full dinner menu, they offer ½-price cocktails and Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree on Wednesdays.. On Monday nights get 50% off your entire bill.
Nookies Tree 3334 N. Halsted 773.248.9888 and Nookies Edgewater1100 W. Bryn
Mawr 773.516-4188. A regular haunt for the locals of Boystown (also Edgewater) and popular with hangover recoverees, the diner serves made-to-order omelets, pancakes, waffles and other brunch fare all day. And it’s open 24 hours on weekends.
Melrose 3233 N Broadway 773.327.2060. This
Lakeview institution has been catering to the afterbar crowds for decades, serving breakfast anytime along with typical diner fare. Open 24 hours
Philly’s Best 907 W. Belmont 773.525.7900.
Authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich. Their meat is brought directly from Philadelphia. Also, medium crust pizza, oven baked grinders & fresh salads.
Pie Hole Pizza 3477 N. Broadway 773.525.8888. Their “hole” is open Sunday-Thursday from 11ammidnight and Friday & Saturday until 3am. Grab it and go or have it delivered.. your pizza, that is!!
Stella’s Diner 3042 N. Broadway 773.472.9040. Friendly staff serve up delicious diner fare, such as; fresh salads, a large selection of wraps, sandwiches, hearty entrees, pastas, and homemade desert Wilde Bar & Restaurant 3130 N. Broadway
773.244.0404. This cozy upscale Irish pub offers a laid back and warm atmosphere and a wide ranging menu that is sure to please. Expect updated versions of pub favorites such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, fish & chips, burgers and salads. boi 17
BOI’S BEST RESTAURANTS ASIAN__________________
Ba Le 5014 N. Broadway 773.561.4424. The
Andies 1467 W. Montrose 773.348.0654. 5253 N
original and still the best bahn mi sandwich in town. In addition to the traditional style, there are a number of vegetarian options. The bright clean dining area is inviting and the staff is eager to explain all your options.
Dragon Lady Lounge 3188 N. Elston
773.267.1970 Serving Korean-Latin fusion dishes from delicious fresh Bi Bim Bop and Kim Chi Veggie burgers, to delicious tofu tacos and beef Kim Chi burgers. ITALIAN_________________
Anna Maria Pasteria 4400 N. Clark
773.506.2662. Owned by sisters who hail from the Basilicata region of southern Italy, this neighborhood gem creates homemade modern and traditional Italian dishes that are authentic, delicious & inexpensive.
Angelina Ristorante 3561 N. Broadway
773.935.5933. Hosting the coolest and hippest Sunday brunch crowd in Lakeview, the menu includes Eggs Benedict, fritattas, Croque Monsieur and mufaletta sandwiches, almond-crusted stuffed French toast, and the free flow of Champagne mimosas. Brunch here is loud, raucous and FUN! Great for dinner, as well.
Club Lucky 1824 W. Wabansia Ave. 773.227.2300. Popular Bucktown/Wicker Pk. restaurant & unique cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian specialties and daily specials. Outdoor patio.
Clark 773.784.8616. Specializing in Mediterranean and vegetarian cuisine, specialties of the house include steak kabobs, gyros, and poultry dishes such as Greek Chicken and Lebanese Style Chicken Kefta Kabob. And as befits the cuisine, desserts include a very tasty baklava. The Sunday buffet brunch is extravagant and reasonably priced.
Gyro-Mena 905 W. Belmont 773.935.2600.
Augments the Athenian Gyros by satisfying the American desire to pick our own toppings! True Athenian Gyros is a choice of all natural non-ground meat (pork or chicken) stacked and cooked on a rotisserie. MEXICAN/LATIN__________
Cesar’s 2924 N. Broadway 773.296.9097 and at
3166 N Clark 773.248.2835 This family-owned operation offers an enticing menu full of delicious Mexican recipes, popular house specialties, irresistible desserts, and their signature “Killer Margaritas.”
El Mariachi 3906 N. Broadway 773.549-2932
and at 3420 N. Broadway 773.549-7020. Quickly becoming one of the very best Mexican restaurants in the city, the focus is on using fresh, high-quality ingredients for its “south of the border” cuisine. Full bar featuring over 100 brands of tequila.
El Nuevo Mexicano 2914 N. Clark 773.528.2131.
Panino’s Pizzeria 3702 N. Broadway
Cozy dining room along with authentic Mexican cuisine makes this a great place for delicious dining. Open for lunch & dinner, great patio for summer outdoor dining. Delivery available too!
Piehole Pizza 3477 N. Broadway 773.525.8888. From their hole to yours. Traditional pizza served in untraditional ways. Delivering until late at night.
Las Mananitas 3523 N. Halsted St. 773.528.2109. Traditional & regional Mexican dishes along with freshly squeezed limes for margaritas. Nice place to eat, drink and window watch people on Halsted St. Has a full bar & plenty of hardy dishes to satisfy any appetite. Serving the community for over 28 years.
Mia Francesca 3311 N. Clark St. 773.281.3310.
Fiesta Mexicana 2423 N. Lincoln Ave 773.348.4144
773.472.6200. Panino’s has established itself as a Boystown favorite with its varied menu selections, including gyros and burgers, pasta entrees, and of course pizza. Delivery available.
Celebrating over 20 years in Lakeview. A zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. Encourages the lively art of dining with a contemporary, casually sophisticated trattoria ambiance, simple, rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. Beautiful private outdoor patio and weekend brunch.
(2nd Location) 4806 N. Broadway 773.769.4244. Traditional favorites along with great ambiance. Nice place to bring your family, friends or bring a date to. The Lincoln location has daily specials & live music. Is your target market is in our distribution area?? ADVERTISE YOUR RESTAURANT IN BOI MAGAZINE Call 773.975.0264 or email us at boiADS@aol.com
Chicago spotlight: RICK AGUILAR Interviews with leaders in Chicago’s GLBT community By Gregg Shapiro Since he is a photographer, and often behind the camera, you might be able to identify Rick Aguilar’s photos before you recognize him. A talented and prolific shutterbug, Aguilar can often be seen at a vast array of community events, from galas to parades and marches. He also donates a great deal of his time to notfor-profits providing publicity photos. The proprietor of his own photo studio (rickaguilar.com), some of Aguilar’s recent portraiture was featured on VH1’s “My Big, Fat Fabulous Wedding.” A member of professional organizations such as Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and Photographers of America (PPA), the genial Aguilar took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Boi Magazine. When did you come out and what was the experience like for you? I was in my 20s. It seemed a bit harder then, not as common as today. Once I did come out, I really did feel whole. (Of course, years later my family all told me, “We always knew you were gay!”)
Please name five of your GLBT heroes and say a few words about why you chose them. Gary Chichester, one of Chicago’s own, for the tireless work he does for the community and for officiating our wedding last year! Harvey Milk for standing up for what is right. Barney Frank for his high political profile. Ellen Degeneres for the big risk she took by coming out on TV in the ‘90s. All the fed up gays at the Stonewall Inn in 1969! What do you consider to be your most significant contribution to the GLBT community in Chicago and at large? My photography of course! I have been donating my skills to the GLBT community for 20 years and continue to do so. What are your future goals and aspirations? To be an inspiration to as a gay business owner and helping to make gay weddings more accepted through my photography. Words of wisdom to the next GLBT generation. Be proud of who you are, and make a difference in the world some way.
in the Know, on the Go Pssssssst!
Happy Birthday to Tajma Hall, now celebrating her membership in AARP with a party at Hydrate on July 25. Just kidding girl, we know you got your AARP card ten years ago… Turn off the cartoons and put down the Fruity Pebbles and head over to Kit Kat where the “Divalicious” brunch is offered on Saturday mornings too... If it’s the last Saturday of the month that means it’s time for some “Erotika” at Circuit… No, that wasn’t Usher at Queen at Smart Bar last Sunday. But, whoever it was, sure looked like him... Gay Chicago’s demise does not mean the end of Gay Day at Great America. I can’t give all the info now, but soon children, real soon.
Is it me, or are the guys at Hollywood Beach getting hotter every weekend? Thank goodness Touché holds an “After the Beach” party on Sunday starting at three, because I am seriously dehydrated after drooling in the hot sun all day… If that’s not your cup of B&D, stop in at Hamburger Mary’s where the post beach crowd can be quite entertaining… Or for later night fun, check out the half-priced cocktails at Uptown Lounge.
Pie in the Guy
Sidetrack hosts its annual Celebrity Pie Toss on July 28, to benefit EQIL. New this year will be hotties from the Chicago Fire soccer team. Some of the team’s players also stopped by at the bar’s monthly “First Friday” event. There’s going to be a “Pride Night” game on Aug. 4. Gee, good-looking jocks in tight shorts, now why would that draw a gay crowd?
Getting’ All Disco on Your Ass
Uh, huh. That is exactly what they’re doing at Hydrate on July 21 with a “Staying
Alive” party… Touché will be hosting Mr. Chicago Rubber July 21 and 22 so pick up a fresh box of cornstarch and start dieting… Ashley Morgan is gathering all of her friends for a “Bad Girls” show Saturday, July 21 at The Call. You know what they say, “Good girls go to heaven and bad girls go everywhere else!”… Looking ahead, Circuit’s gearing up for Market Days and has booked DJs Anton & Gucci Roxx for the Urbano Meat Market on Friday, Aug. 10.
Talk about niche marketing there’s a Deaf Lesbian Movie Festival on Friday, July 20, at the Center on Halsted… Pow Wow’s GLBT open mic and poetry slam gathers on July 24 at The Jeffery Pub… Parlour on Clark’s Friday July 20 “Lipstick” party features DJ Teri Bristol. Followed the next night with “Hip Hop + Queerness” with DJ Swaguerilla… Thank you for being a friend. The city of New York has committed $3.3 million to help renovate a residence for homeless GLBT youth. The residence will be named for Golden Girl Bea Arthur, the star who left $300,000 to the Ali Forney Center in her will
Stage Business from Gregg Shapiro
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s scaled down production of Disney’s Tony Award-winning “Beauty and the Beast,” runs through Aug. 26 at Navy Pier… Steppenwolf’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” runs through August 26… Pauletta Washington (wife of Denzel), Felicia Fields and E. Faye Butler, lead the cast of the musical “Crowns,” Taylor, at Goodman Theatre... About Face Theater presents the world premiere of “What’s the “?” on July 20. The play is based on true stories and interviews from GLBT youth and adults in and around Chicago. boi 25
Relationship & sex
Perplexed in South Shore
My boyfriend and I thought it would be fun to go out in drag last Halloween (neither of had ever done it before). It was a blast, but once was enough for me. He’s totally into it now. He’s a sweet man and kind of androgynous looking anyway, so he made a pretty girl, beautiful actually. He got lots of attention that night and I think it kind of went to his head. Now he wants us to have sex while he’s in drag. I did it once, but I don’t really like it. I just found out that he’s meeting straight dudes on the Internet and not telling them he’s a dude. He says he’s not interested in anything more than flirting with them and that I have nothing to worry about, he’s not going to cheat on me. I don’t know what to do.
Wow, you have a lot to deal with. Let’s sort them out and tackle each problem one at a time. The big one is your boyfriend’s newfound (or so it appears) gender identity issues. My guess is that is a feeling that he’s kept bottled up inside for a while. Someone doesn’t put on a dress once and suddenly change their entire orientation. He’s probably going through a huge emotional upheaval. The acting out aspects of this are the most troubling, when you say he’s flirting with dudes he’s met on the internet, I assume that means he’s meeting these men face to face. That is a dangerous practice. See if you can get him to stop doing that while you two work this out. Use it as a bargaining chip.
either of these options and you should not feel guilty. Both you and your boyfriend are dealing with major upheavals in your lives and relationship and should seek help, individually and jointly, from counselors familiar with GLBT and gender identity issues.
My girlfriend is always asking me if an outfit makes her look fat. She is fat, but I don’t care, I love her the way she is. How should I answer her question?
Say, “You look perfect to me.” You won’t be lying.
Grossed Out On Neva
My roommate constantly “forgets” to flush the toilet after he has a bowel movement. I have mentioned this enough times to him that I’m beginning to think he does this on purpose. We get along great otherwise and have been living together for almost six years. I am the point where I’m thinking of moving out, but I love our apartment and the location is perfect. How can I break him of this habit?
There can only be two reasons for him to continue to do this after you have asked him to stop repeatedly; he wants you to move out, or he’s doing it to annoy you on purpose. Your choices are similarly numbered, 1) Move out or 2) Stop complaining about it and just flush before you look down. Actually, there’s a third option, though I really can’t endorse it. Get a The next step is for you to get some help paper cup, scoop up his “present” and place in sorting out your feelings about how the cup on her bedside table or desk. That is a this impacts your relationship. If you love totally inappropriate response, but then, so is him, but don’t want to participate in his fantasies, you have every right to say so. Then his behavior. I’m chastising myself right now for even mentioning it, but I’m also betting you have to decide how to proceed from it works. If it doesn’t, start looking for a new there, as a caring friend or as a boyfriend. place or leave some “presents” of your own. It is perfectly legitimate for you to choose boi 29
CHICAGO BARS & CLUBS Boystown / Lakeview
3160 3160 N.Clark G&L, LM,DS Berlin 954 W. Belmont G&L, D, 4 Bobby Love’s 3729 N. Halsted G&L Buck’s Saloon 3439 N. Halsted G Cell Block 3702 N. Halsted G, LF Charlie’s 3726 N. Broadway G, D, W Circuit 2.02 3641 N. Halsted G&L, D, 4 Cocktail 3359 N. Halsted G, GB Elixir Lounge 3452 N. Halsted G, 4 F. O’Mahony’s 3701 N. Broadway G&L, R Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted G, D, DS, 4 Kit Kat 3700 N. Halsted G&L, DS, R Little Jim’s 3501 N. Halsted G, V, 4 Lucky Horseshoe 3169 N. Halsted G, GB Manhandler 1948 N. Halsted G, W, 4 Minibar 3341 N. Halsted G, R North End 3733 N. Halsted G Roscoe’s 3356 N. Halsted G, D, V, DS Scarlet 3320 N. Halsted G Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted G, V Smart Bar / Metro 3730 N. Clark MS, D, 4 Spin 800 W. Belmont G&L, V, 4 The Closet 3325 N. Broadway G&L, V, 4
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Chicago Downtown-Near north
Baton Show Lounge 436 N. Clark DS 312.644.5269 Club 720 720 N. Wells MS, D, 4 312.787.8720 Crimson Lounge 333 N. Dearborn MS, D, R 312.923.2473 Downtown Bar & Lounge 440 N State G 312.464.1400 Dragon Lady Lounge 3188 N. Elston 773.267.1970 Excalibur/Vision 632 N. Dearborn MS, D, 4 312.266.1944 Funky Buddha 728 W. Grand Ave. MS, D 312.666.1695 House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn MS, LM, 4 312.923.2000 Krush/Prop House 1657 N. Elston G&L, D, 4 773.486.2390 Nikki 1543 N. Kingsbury St. MS, D, 4 312.857.5009 Second Story Bar 157 E. Ohio G, V 312.923.9536 Sound Bar 226 W. Ontario MS, D, 4 312.787-4480 Spy Bar 646 N. Franklin MS, D, 4 312.587.8779 Underground 56 W. Illinois MS, D, 4 312.644.7600 Vibe 1543 N. Kingsbury MS, D, 4 312.266.1900
The Anvil 1137 W. Granville G, V @mosphere 5355 N. Clark G&L, V, GB Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan G&L, D, R
773.973.0006 773.784.1100 773.728.5511
G------------------------------------------------------------------Gay Male L---------------------------------------------------------------------Lesbian G&L-------------------------------------------------Gay Male & Lesbian D-------------------------------------------------------------------Dancing V-----------------------------------------------------------------------Video GB-------------------------------------------------------------Go Go Boys DS--------------------------------------------------------------Drag Show R--------------------------------------------------------Restaurant, Food
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Crew 4804 N. Broadway G&L, V, R 773.784.2739 Davenport’s 1383 N. Milwaukee G&L, LM 773.278.1830 Debonair Social Club 1575 N. MilwaukeeAve. MS, D 773.227.7990 Fat Cat 4849 N. Broadway MS, R 773.506.3100 Green Dolphin St. 2200 N. Ashland G&L, D, LM, 4 773.395.0066 Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway MS, LM, 4 773.878.5552 In Fine Spirits 5420 N Clark MS, R 773.334.9463 Jackhammer 6406 N. Clark G, D, V, GB, LM, 4 773.743.5772 Joi de Vine 1744 W. Balmoral L, R 773.989.6846 Kinetic Playground 1113 W. LawrenceMS, D, LM, 4 773.769.5483 Marty’s 1511 W. Balmoral G&L 773.561.6425 Mary’s Attic 5400 N Clark G&L, D, V, R 773.784.6969 Parlour On Clark 6341 N. Clark 773.564.9274 Mary’s RecRoom 5402 N Clark G&L, D, V, R 773.784.6969 Scot’s 1829 W. Montrose G&L 773.528.3253 SoFo Bar 4923 N. Clark G 773.784.7636 T’s 5025 N. Clark G&L, R 773.784.6000 The Call 1547 W Bryn Mawr G&L, D, DS, V, LM 773.334.2525 The Glenwood 6962 N Glenwood G 773.764.7363 Touché 6412 N. Clark G, V, LF, 4 773.465.7400 Uptown Lounge 1136 W. Lawrence 773.878.1136
Club Escape 1530 E. 75th G&L, D Escapades 6301 S. Harlem G&L, D, V, 4 Inn Exile 5758 W. 65th G&L, D, V Jeffrey Pub 7041 S. Jeffrey G&L, D, V, 4
773.667.6454 773.229.0886 773.582.3510 773.363.8555
Hideaway 7301 W. Roosevelt Forest Park G, D, V, DS, GB Club Krave 13126 S. Western Blue Island G&L, D, V, DS, GB, 4 Hunters 1932 E. Higgins Elk Grove Village G, D, V, GB, 4 Mission 209 E. Chicago Downtown Elgin G&L, D, V Encompass 24215 Rush St. Lake Station, IN G&L, D, R, DS Velvet Rope 728 Lake St Oak Park G&L, D, V, R
Banana Video 4923 N. Clark G, BK Bijou Theater 1349 N. Wells G, GB, BK Man’s Country 5017 N. Clark G, GB, BH Steamworks 3246 N. Halsted G, BH, FC The Ram 35111/2 N. Halsted G, BK, D
708.771.4459 708.597.8379 847.439.8840 847.488.0320 219.962.4640 708.358.8840
773.561.8322 312.943.5397 773.878.2069 773.929.6080 773.525.9528
4-------------------------------------------------------------Open til 4am MS--------------------------------------------------------Mostly Straight LF---------------------------------------------------------Leather / Fetish W-------------------------------------------------------------------Western LM--------------------------------------------------Live Music / Cabaret BH--------------------------------------------------------------Bath House BK----------------------------------Adult Book, Booth & Video Store FC-------------------------------------------------------------Fitness Club