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    The surprising Second City shelters a vibrant lesbian and gay community. Come see everything this Midwestern hub has to offer. You'll find iconic sights, raucous nightlife, and even a gay beach—all within the Chicago city limits.

    Where to Stay

    If you're here to party, pick a gay hotel in Boystown. Try the up-and-coming SoWa (South of Washington) neighborhood for a more romantic stay.

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    Things to Do

    • Browse through Unabridged, one of the last independent gay bookstores.
    • Get cultured at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. Don't miss the famed French Impressionists collection.
    • On warm days, gays and lesbians gather on the shores of Lake Michigan at Edgewater's Hollywood Beach.
    • Attend the theater! Try the award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company for plays or giggle through a Second City improv show.
    • Browse gallery exhibits and cultural programs at the Center on Halsted.


    Summer nights, cozy up near the Joseph Petrillo Band Shell for music under the stars or head to SummerDance in Grant Park. From October–April, hold hands while circling the Millennium Park Ice Rink.


    North Halsted Street in Boystown is the epicenter for gay clubs, restaurants, discos—and drag shows! There are 30+ places to choose from, including the famed Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club! Hipster-favorite Andersonville is becoming quite popular as well.

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