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Where are (actually) the bars

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Celebrate how far you’ve come and prepare for the work ahead by enjoying libations and release at some of these Chicago gems:

Berlin

954 W. Belmont

berlinchicago.com

Welcoming everyone since 1983, Berlin is an inclusive place to dance, drink and flirt.

fat chicks

5024 N. Sheridan

bigchicks.com

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.

Bobby likes

3729 N. Halsted

bobbyloves.com

A longtime Boystown—ehrm, Northalsted—staple, this neighborhood watering hole never disappoints.

cell block

3702 N. Halsted

cellblockchi.com

A kinky bar with no dress code – explore the back bar at your own risk.

Club getaway

1530 E.75th

clubescape.com

A longtime South Shore staple for LGBTQ+ cocktails and drag shows.

Hydrate

3548 N. Halsted

hydratechicago.com

The best DJs ply their trade for your dancing pleasure until late at night.

Jackhammer (reopening summer 2022)

6406 N. Clark

jackhammerchicago.com

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.

Jeffrey Pub

7041 S.Jeffery

instagram.com/jefferypub

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.

Lips

2229 S Michigan

lipschicago.com

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

nobodysdarlingbar.com

Offering exquisite cocktails in a glamorous and sexy space, Nobody’s Darling is a worthy addition to the neighborhood.

North end

3733 N. Halsted

northendchicago.com

A must-visit friendly sports bar, serving the gay district since 1983.

Progress bar

3359 N. Halsted

progressbarchicago.com

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

312-923-9536

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.

baffle

3349 N. Halsted

sidetrackchicago.com

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.

Splash

3339 N. Halsted

thesplashchicago.com

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.

Hit

6412 N. Clark

touchchicago.com

Since 1977, Touché has been sharing its living history as one of the country’s finest leather cruise bars.