Chicago

With a marked sense of humour, The Big Onion awaits for you to peel its layers and discover a pumping beat underneath its aloof exterior.

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Beaches

Hollywood Beach

It is apt that the gay beach in Chicago, popularly called Hollywood Beach, is officially named after Kathy Osterman, the Chicago politician who fought for gay rights in the 1980s. It is argu..read more

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Gay Venues

Dance club

Spin

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Dance club

Berlin

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Dance club

Minibar

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Restaurant

Nacho Mama’s

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Scene

Chicago does not come to mind as an immediate gay destination, but that it’s a big shame, because this is a metropolis that will appeal to everyone.

The city has a skyline to rival Manhattan, art in museums and public squares, jazz, pop and dance music aplenty and a superlative theatre tradition. It also has a nightlife to rival New York, the dynamism of LA and a gay past to match San Francisco’s.

Friendly gay scene

The scene is devoid of snobbishness and it’s less ring-fenced between various gay tribes than elsewhere. Here, bears, twinks, grizzlies and musclemen will all make you feel at home, whatever your preferences and predilections.

Beach Destination? Yes

To cap it all, with a total of 36 kms of lakeside beaches and summer temperatures equal to those in the Mediterranean, Chicago can rightly lay claim to being a major beach destination waiting to be discovered.

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Where To Stay

In Boystown.

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Villa Toscana

Good rates. Antique Furnishings. In Boystown.

Very affordable.

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Best Western Hawthorne Terrace

Near Boystown. Good gym. Very affordable.

Central Location.

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Hyatt Regency Chicago

Supporter of Gay Pride. 24/7 Shopping. Central Location.

Old Classic.

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Majestic Hotel

Quiet lake district. Friendly staff. Old Classic.