Celebrate how far you’ve come and prepare for the work ahead by enjoying libations and release at some of these Chicago gems:
954 W. Belmont
Welcoming everyone since 1983, Berlin is an inclusive place to dance, drink and flirt.
5024 N. Sheridan
Visit Big Chicks for Sunday brunch and some mimosas to cure a Saturday night hangover, or pop in late at night for a raucous time.
3729 N. Halsted
A longtime Boystown—ehrm, Northalsted—staple, this neighborhood watering hole never disappoints.
3702 N. Halsted
A kinky bar with no dress code – explore the back bar at your own risk.
A longtime South Shore staple for LGBTQ+ cocktails and drag shows.
3548 N. Halsted
The best DJs ply their trade for your dancing pleasure until late at night.
Jackhammer (reopening summer 2022)
6406 N. Clark
Not for the faint of heart. Jackhammer accurately bills itself as Chicago’s leather and fetish show. Welcoming and friendly, Jackhammer is a quintessential leather bar in the heart of the Chicago community. The Hole at Jackhammer is more than a short cruise; it’s a playground for Chicago’s kink scene.
A neighborhood institution in South Shore since the 1960s, this community-focused bar serves drinks, community, viewing parties and DJs in a friendly environment that welcomes multiple generations of LGBTQ+ Chicagoans.
2229 S Michigan
Offering a prix fixe menu and a la carte drinks, Lips offers trolling dining. Every meal is a party and you can’t leave without your ribs hurting from laughter.
No one is darling
1744 W Balmoral
Offering exquisite cocktails in a glamorous and sexy space, Nobody’s Darling is a worthy addition to the neighborhood.
3733 N. Halsted
A must-visit friendly sports bar, serving the gay district since 1983.
3359 N. Halsted
Offering a fun time and an incredible light sculpture, Progress Bar is a modern gay bar ideal for flirting, fun and more.
Second floor bar
157 E. Ohio
An old-fashioned, cash-only hideaway on the second floor above an Armenian restaurant that has been serving downtown customers and friendly regulars since the 80s.
3349 N. Halsted
Sprawling across multiple buildings, it’s easy to get lost when trying to find your groove, though the lineup and $6 drinks more than make up for the growing bar.
3339 N. Halsted
continue on drag race at Splash Social on Friday night, with lots of fun and a $25 all-you-can-eat food and drink package.
6412 N. Clark
Since 1977, Touché has been sharing its living history as one of the country’s finest leather cruise bars.