Chicago features some of the most inclusive LGBTQ+ populations in the United States of America, and you always find the city friendly no matter who you love. In a city fuelled by culture and food and features the most capricious public art and relaxing lakefront. With deep-dish pizza, vibrant music-festivals, and soaring skyscrapers, the city attracts thousands of tourists every year. To its uniqueness, the city includes the first every official gay village.
Attractions in Chicago
Although crimes have declined sharply in Chicago, mugging at night is still common in some subways, and you have to be careful with valuables. The upscale areas including the Boystown and Northside are very safe, but shady areas in downtown empty pretty fast as the night comes and you have to be careful about these areas. In this section of Chicago Nightlife Guide for LGBTQ Community, we will highlight some of the attraction for the Gay within Chicago city that you can visit at night.
1. Cloud Gate
This is an iconic sculpture by Sir Anish Kapoor, and you can not complete a trip this the Windy city should end without capturing this design. The design is inspired by liquid mercury, and its service is designed to reflect and distorts the city’s skyline.
2. Helicopter Flight
A ride over the glorious city of Chicago in a helicopter and have a panoramic view of the city. You can have a Day
time tour, Nighttime tour or Twilight tour. Although they all offer the great and mesmerizing experience we recommend the Twilight helicopter flight.
3. Willis Tower Skydeck
If you find the helicopter trip a little unaffordable, you can get almost the same experience at the Willis Tower Skydeck. At the 103rd floor, you will surely enjoy the thrill at the ledge, glass balcony.
4. Chicago male salon
At the center of Boystown is Chicago male salon, popularly known as go-to for men. If you want something a little
over the top, you can get it here. The salon offers a wide range of services ranging from hair styling, body hair removal to facial skin care treatments.
Other attractions for Gay within Chicago include:
- Sir Spa
- Hamburger Mary’s Chicago
- underground Donut Tour
- Navy Pier
- Chicago Prohibition Tour
- Chicago Food Tour
- Chicago Gay Beach
Just to mention a few!
Annual Gay Events in Chicago
As an LGBT friendly community, Chicago City has an amazing line-up of events for lesbians, gays, and transgenders. In this Chicago Nightlife Guide for LGBTQ Community, we will discuss some most popular gay events.
International Mr. Leather: this global contest for selecting winners of Mr. Leather and Mr. Bootblack. It is normally health on the weekend in May of every year and attended by a multitude. The events are built around expansive businesses filled with vendors and attended innovators from different parts of the world. Make sure to book accommodation in advance to avoid staying out throughout the night.
Andersonville Midsommarfest: it is normally held no June and is one of the most renowned street festival and yearly celebration in Chicago. The cultural festival was born out of Swedish heritage and has been celebrated for more than 50 years. The event is normally held for two days and three nights.
Chicago’s Dyke March: Chicago’s Dyke March is a grass root celebration as well as sensitization about bisexual, transgender as well as lesbian-friendly. It is a great celebration, which is anti-racist and violet. The celebration often features great festivals and normally done at night. Other events that you can attend in Chicago city includes Chicago Pride Fest, Reeling and Northalsted Halloween.
Nightlife Clubs and Bars in Chicago
Chicago being the third largest and LGBT-friendly city in the country features some of the incredible LGBT-friendly nightlife scenes. You can access anything ranging from relaxed cocktail to all night dance party club. Here are some of the most popular night clubs at the within the City:
1. Progress Bar
Progress Bar is popular for its craft beer, upscale vibes, beautiful bartenders, and fabulous DJs. It is great for late night dancing as include overhead sculpture installing with over 19000 glimmering lights bulbs.
It offers a great experience for Gay who wants a celebration mood. It features unique music videos programming, world famous frozen cocktails, and multiple bar spaces. Get to the rooftop deck, which is open throughout for better experience.
3. The lucky-horseshoe lounge
This is popular for hottest gay dancers in Chicago. In fact, it is the only known gay male strip club in Chicago, and each experience at this club is highly dictated by the gay dancers you interact with.
Other popular night clubs that you can visit within the city include
- Scarlet Bar
- Little Jim’s Tavern
- Charlies Cell Block
- Kit-Kat Lounge & Supper Club
- Bobby Love’s
- The Closet
Planning Your Trip
If you are planning on doing a ‘pub crawl’ or some other tour of the city to visit these destinations, it might make sense to plan ahead with some transportation. You certainly don’t want to put yourself in the position of driving drunk or intoxicated. For large groups, Chicago Party Bus Pros is a charter bus service that can provide nightly tours throughout the city, and you can define which stops to take. If you are a smaller group, just consider leaving the cars at home and going for Uber’s and other ride shares. Google Maps gives great customizable maps that can help you plan the trip and minimize on ride times.