Let's be honest - sometimes people (especially tourists) think that all there is to gay life in this city is on Halsted Street. Luckily, there's plenty of queer to go around in Chicago. There are GLBT-friendly bars all over the place, from Rogers Park to the Loop. The crowds are friendlier and more diverse, the drinks are almost universally better and you won't usually have to fight that diva twink for a seat.
This is the smallest, most oddly charming gay bar in the city. It's also probably the oldest. Ok, it's a little worn around the edges. But everyone is friendly, people want to talk, and the slightly-older crowd is a little less worried about their hair than the usual gays.
A gay bar with a diverse crowd? Surely not. If you're a bear-trans-cub-hipster-drag queen-femme-dyke-admirer, you'll feel at home here.
Looking for a boystown sort of bar outside of the gayborhood? Atmosphere has dance music and go-go boys, but also has a more diverse clientele.
The oldest gay bar in chicago. It's a dive, there's porn on the TVs, there are no straight-girl bachelorette parties - it's just a great place to hang out and have a drink.
If you're a gay jock, this is the bar for you. Heck, if you're into gay jocks, this is the bar for you too. A standard sports bar with a queer flavor and a friendly atmosphere, where no one will look at you strangely when you're checking out the football players tight ends.
A great dim, cozy, intimate cocktail bar. The martinis are big, cold and perfectly made, and there isn't a techno track within earshot.
Lesbian dive bar right off the Brown Line in Lincoln Square. Chicago would be a better city if we had about 200 more places like this. Plus, karaoke!
The most comfortable gay bar in Chicago. A great beer list, a slightly older (but still awesome) crowd and a nice, tucked away location.
This is the closest thing to a boystown bar outside of boystown. If you're just coming off work or are visiting from out of town, stop in, grab a cheap drink and hit on some cute bartenders.