Gay Chicago, An Insider’s Guide

Published Date Author: , June 27th, 2014

Mark RobertsA proud member of Les Clefs d’Or since 2006, Mark Roberts is a veteran hospitality industry professional who has worked in New York City, Atlanta, Montreal, and his hometown of Chicago. Les Clefs d’Or (pronounced “lay clay door” and literally translates to keys of gold) is a global, professional association representing approximately 4,000 hotel concierges working in more than 60 countries. Its aim is to promote the concierge profession and to educate its members of professional service standards. Members are considered experts and ambassadors of their regions, and the selection process is highly competitive…

Where are the coolest places in gay Chicago to go for cocktails?

The Violet Hour (1520 North Damen Ave. Tel: 773-252-1500. is a James Beard Outstanding Bar Program nominee, serving handcrafted artisanal cocktails in the heart of Wicker Park. You can find just about any type of cocktail here and the atmosphere is very reminiscent of a speakeasy. Mixologist Toby Maloney invented a cocktail with gin, mint, cucumber, a pinch of salt, some drops of rosewater, and Angostura bitters called Juliet & Romeo, which is one of my absolute favorites.

The Aviary (955 West Fulton St. Tel: 312-226-0868. features delicious handcrafted cocktails served by a knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. It’s also considered one of the top craft cocktail bars in the world. The cocktail menu of thoughts and ideas is meant to inspire a conversation between you and the mixologists who will create the perfect cocktail for you. The food is full of amazing flavor, and beautifully presented. It is expensive (cocktails start at $20) but worth it for the experience. Advanced reservations are taken, but every night 50 to 60 percent of seating is reserved for walk-ins.

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