Chicago being the third largest city in the US, it needed a descent gay scene, and it has it! It’s more than just descent and it’s called Boystown, also known officially as East Lakeview or Northalsted neighborhoods. It hosts among the best gay venue in Chicago, with a great diversity of bars and clubs to fit any taste, and all close by which is event more convenient for visitors.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Boystown, you can explore Andersonville, another gay neighborhood in Chicago with a great deal of cool bars. Chicago being located by the lake Michigan, if you’re coming here in Summer, you should explore the gay beaches on the lake for a chilled afternoon surrounded by hot guys. The most famous one is Hollywood Beach, also known as Osterman Beach, especially popular on Sundays. Gay events in Chicago include the Gay Pride Fest in June, a major celebration that sees the city covered by rainbow flags and with major parties organized at the same time. But there is also Bear Pride for bear lovers and International Mr. Leather or IML, which is held in May. If you want a more cultural event you also have Reeling, an international gay film festival in September. Explore the map to discover all gay places in Chicago, and don’t hesitate to add new ones or comment and rate the existing ones.