Solo in Gay Chicago – 2TravelDads

Author: , February 17th, 2018

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The USA has several cities that are known around the world as being iconic or embodiment of America. We think of New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. We haven’t all gotten to to each of the cities as a family, but finally I got to do Chicago solo… and I wish I would’ve had the family with me.

Chicago solo travel is a great city adventure. Museums, food, historic buildings and tours, it’s a perfect weekend escape or easy to explore as a business traveler. 2traveldads.comChicago solo is really awesome though and totally easy to do in two or three days; you could even do Chicago solo in one day if you were really in a pinch and wanted to. It’s an easy, walk-able city with unlimited potential and unforgettable sights.

1. Walk the streets of Chicago

Doing Chicago solo is so easy because it’s such a walk-able city. Most of the key sights and museums are all around either the Chicago River or the Magnificent Mile, aka Michigan Ave. Walking the Magnificent Mile will let you see some of Chicago’s incredible architecture, maybe let you do some shopping, grab food, and the get you to any museums you want to visit.

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What’s New in Gay Chicago

Author: , January 18th, 2016

Chicago Boystown

The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness. On a bustling weekday afternoon each one will be flattened by Midwestern butts–which are arguably more voluminous during the winter months. Dee Dee Warwick’s “A Fool for Love” is playing on a record player, not on the vintage Select-O-Matic 100 jukebox hiding in the corner, which works only about half of the time. Meanwhile, gratuitous wood paneled walls give the whole place a kind of 70s dive bar vibe and provides the requisite cue that we are deep in the heart of hipster country. But the real draw at this newly opened throwback diner from superstar chef Paul Kahan (Big Star, the Publican) is the menu whose Tex-Mex inspired standouts include smoked brisket with avocado, pico de gallo, chicarones and green chile vinaigrette rolled into a large flour tortilla, or chicken fried chicken drenched in chorizo verde gravy and topped with sweat peas and pearl onions. It is joints like this that remind the world why gay Chicago is everyone’s kind of town.

There is much to be excited about in gay Chicago these days. Yes, it’s still cold December through March (and sometimes November and April), yes the crime rate is higher than residents would like it to be (although way down overall when measured against previous decades), and yes the Cubs still suck (but does anybody really honestly care?). On the other hand, a spate of enchanting new public parks are slated for 2015 arrival (two of which are profiled below), neighborhoods like the West Loop, Fulton Market, Pilsen, and Logan Square that were quiet a mere decade ago are now chockablock with bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the city’s queer scene has gotten so big that Boystown on weekend summer nights rivals places like the French Quarter and Ybor City in terms of exuberant revelry.

Be on the lookout for many new buildings, public projects, and exciting cultural offerings from Chicago in the coming months, and come prepared for amazing food and libations

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What the Locals Love/Hate About Gay Chicago

Author: , January 19th, 2011

Gay ChicagoIn honor or our Love/Hate Chicago issue, we asked local LGBT Chicagoans what they both like and dislike about our local queer community. View more entries online, then check out a sampling of opinions below.

Winston Alexander, 22, Lakeview:

Loves: “I recently discovered 2nd Story Bar downtown. It’s a fantastic gay spot to escape the tourism and ‘hardcore’ vibe of Boystown.”

Hates: “I feel like the majority of folks in Chicago’s gay clubs tend to be a tad anti-social. That is, it is rare to be out and have someone initiate a conversation with you or even appear inviting enough to approach, making it difficult to use these locations as a means to make new friends.”

Full Story from Time Out Chicago

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