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Sidetrack

3349 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL (Lakeview)
773-477-9189
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Ranked #5 of 496 nightlife in Chicago
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Traveler Description: Largest gay bar and club in Illinois, famous for its Sunday afternoon sing-a-longs to videos.  Very popular. more »
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Chicago
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

very mixed crowd, which is good. Its a gay bar but there are many non gay people there. Its a Chicago institution. Its usually pretty crowded but its HUUUUUUUGE so theres always a place and a vibe for everyone. they also have an upstairs patio which is nice as well. Each night of the week is a different theme for... More

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Thornbury, ON
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This place was fun. Really gorgeous bartenders. Especially in the little bar upstairs. Worth a visit if you are in Chicago for a couple of days. We went on Friday night and there was a good mixed crowd, which is always nice. I would go again ;)

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The entire gay community in Chicago converges in the biggest (and arguably best) gay bar in the Midwest. This bar is not only a centre for the gay community but is a huge supporter of gay rights and activism and gay pride. Gorgeous bartenders, lively crowd and huge expansive space makes this a must-do for any gay visitor. Weekends and... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Always a great time...clean, fresh modern atmosphere....of course the slushy drinks are far superior to the imitations elsewhere on Halsted....My straight guy friend commented that his shoes didn't stick to the floor and my straight girl friend asked how many model agencies are supplying bartenders to this place. LOL!

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

After arriving at 10pm into Chicago, we were at Sidetrack by 11pm for a drink. We had heard such great things about this bar and we weren't disappointed. The bar staff were very friendly, the bar was beautifully presented and the themed nights were a lot of fun. Monday night was Showtunes, which went off. Tuesday night was 80's and... More

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London UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Out in boystown this very large bar is fun with lots of space to cruise, drink relax with show-tunes either in your face on the big screen or in the background. Clean and pleasant It's a gay bar but they don't discriminate. It's a taxi ride from down town a bit of a walk from the train Remember you need... More

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Granville, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Me and a ton of my friends went here for Pride. I was excited because of they didn't charge a cover, which is something I absolutely love. Well the night started with us making a dance party wherever we were because this bar was playing all the best Top 40 & Dance hits. The drinks weren't too over priced which... More

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Top Contributor
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

This is a huge bar. There is a little different vibe & event going on depending on what section of the bar you are in. We spent the bulk of our time on the rooftop. Very cool! Drinks were reasonably priced. This place gets packed! Great music, cold drinks on a rooftop!

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Dallas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Thursdays are Comedy Night where the club plays comedy outtakes and shorts from a collection spanning 50 years. Old SNL meets Tosh.0 meets Carol Burnett. If there's anything bad, it's a general comment about gay bars being overrun with straight people (especially women) to the point where some are becoming straight bars that allow men to kiss.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Best gay bar I've ever been to. It's huge, laid out in an interesting way, and really well decorated. The staff an incredibly friendly and courteous. Unlike many bars, no attitude from any of them. Very refreshing. The place was packed on a Thursday night. Drinks are priced right and mixed very well. Can't wait to visit Chicago again to... More

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