For the past 36 years, it has been a safe space for the LGBTQ community in a conservative, midwestern city of about 41, people located five hours southwest of Chicago. Last month, the bar held a final night of dancing and entertainment before closing its doors one last time. He looks forward to retirement. Clow recounted that in , Kaufman was robbed, beaten and left for dead in his own home. The beating was so bad that it had dislodged his eyeball and left him permanently deaf in one ear. There were several unsolved murders of gay men in the area from around that time, according to Clow.
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And the nightlife extends well beyond the typical dance spots. Here are the best gay bars and clubs in Chicago, in Boystown and beyond. Once inside, they can socialize at the main bar area while pop hits play from the speakers, or head further back past two more bars for epic dancing. Fog machines, disco balls, and pulsing lights make it one of the hottest spots in town. Away from the Boystown crowds, The SoFo Tap is a laid-back neighborhood bar where locals go any day of the week.
As one of the busiest industrial centers and transportation hubs in the United States, Chicago at the beginning of the twentieth century attracted thousands of single women and men with new employment opportunities and nonfamilial living arrangements in the lodging-house districts of the Near North and Near South Sides. The anonymous and transient character of these neighborhoods permitted the development of Chicago's lesbian and gay subculture. During the early years of the century, much of this subculture was centered in the Levee, a working-class entertainment and vice district. Here, several saloons and dance halls catered to gay men and featured female impersonation acts.
Minibar is a gay bar in Chicago , Illinois, in the United States. The magazine said of the bar, "Attentive and, more importantly, hot model-esque guys serve your every whim—from delicious cotton candy martinis to paninis. In the heart of the gay filled Halsted Street, walk upstairs and tilt your head back for a stunning light show in this attractive, modern lounge.