Oh Chicago. We know it for its dazzling architecture, lively jazz scene, and storied history. There’s more to discover, as the Windy City has recently made another list and this one ranks the best gay bars in the country.
According to Esquire, three Chicago spots make the list of the ‘most fun and inclusive LGBTQ+-friendly bars’ in the U.S. The highlights include:
The Boystown bar is known for its lively atmosphere, dance music, and a crowd of young and old patrons. Esquire notes that it’s the place to go when “you just want to throw decorum out the window and dance…and drink…and scream-sing.” Which, true. Serving up red velvet cake slices at the bar, and known for blasting Celine Dion, Big Chicks is the place to be on a night out. Ps: They also have a full lunch menu and seating area for a casual happy hour.
Address: 5024 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
The Uptown bar is actually a country western dive bar, and while it isn’t ‘explicitly a gay bar’ so to speak, it still has the right vibes. With daily drink specials and live music performances, Carol’s Bar is always a hot spot.
Address: 4659 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
The lesbian bar in Andersonville, is known for its low-key vibe and dart and pool tables. While the bar itself isn’t decked out in Pride flags but the music on the jukebox spells it out for you.
Address: 5240 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Three other Midwest bars made the list– like Indianapolis’ English Ivy, and two others in Kansas City and St. Louis. Chicago is a place where everyone, no matter who you are, can find a place to feel at home in the city. Esquire’s list only serves to highlight this sentiment, and in doing so, spotlights three safe, inclusive, and exciting spaces in Chicago’s nightlife scene.