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“It's a neighborhood”
Review of Boystown

Ranked #136 of 647 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Recognized as the biggest gay neighborhood in the city, Chicago's Boystown features some of the hottest nightlife and street culture for locals and tourists alike.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“It's a neighborhood”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

There is great food and good shopping in this neighborhood - just don't go there expecting the Chicago version of SFs Castro ghetto of the 1980s. It's just a neighborhood.

1 Thank shallow_shoals
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great Social Life Potential If You Are Gay”
Reviewed 26 December 2011

If you are gay, visit! If not, it is not that interesting. Good bars. Some fine restaurants.

1 Thank MarshBruce
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Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
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“Bars, bars, bars!”
Reviewed 3 December 2011

Boystown has every kind of bar you could imagine. My favorite was a dive of a bar called Little Jim's. Awesome bartender (Thanks, Bryan!) and clientele (Hey, Orlando!) This is NOT a dance club. It's more of a locals neighborhood bar, which is k=my kind of place. Loved it! North End and Halsted's Bar and Grill are also excellent.

Visited November 2011
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Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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“The assumption that everyone gay has money drives me crazy”
Reviewed 15 April 2010

The first post explains it all - the prices - and it's not the straight people who have driven the prices up in places like Boystown. It's the assumption that gay men (in particular) have loads of money and nothing to do with it, and unfortunately gay men will pay whatever it takes to be able to live in these neighborhoods all the while knowing they are being gouged. No other minority groups does this to it's own people - do whatever possible to keep as many of their own priced out and never be able to afford to live in their own community. It's shameless.
While Boystown is very nice, and the people are very fun to watch and everything else, it of course comes with a big price tag. Because most of the residents don't have kids, you don't have to worry about groups of kids causing trouble or hanging out or being disruptive. It's mostly adults with money who are shopping or just relaxing. Which, of course is nice, but again, if you are a gay man with no masters degree or trust fund, forget about living here. Just enjoy the sights and sounds and have a good time.

3 Thank FortFrances807
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fun for a Stroll”
Reviewed 29 December 2008

Besides the bars, this strip offers gay-oriented clothing shops, a gay sauna, a variety of ethnic restaurants and a good selection of specialty gift stores, as well as a brand new gay community center. The population - as opposed to the businesses --is actually more straight than gay as prices have skyrocketed. The neighborhood is recognized by a series of rainbow themed pylons along Halsted Street. In addition to the businesses on Halsted, it is also worth noting that some of the streets between Halsted and Broadway contain beautiful Victorian homes and greystones.

Gay and lesbian travelers should also check out Andersonville, Chicago's other GLBT strip.

Two noteworthy events are the Gay Pride Parade on the last Sunday in June and the Halsted Market Days street fair the first weekend of August.

As far as size goes, this is a larger and longer strip than the Castro in San Francisco.

4 Thank JohnTheBear
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