It has come to my attention that many of the descriptions used in this article come off as offensive and demeaning to those who frequent the Boystown community. I assure you that was not my objective. I have nothing but respect and adoration for this community which is why I wanted to write about it. I'm not some decorated journalist. I'm just a simple twenty-something girl that likes to go out and see new places in our great city. I for one am proud to say my city has Boystown and I deeply apologize if I made anyone feel small or cheapened from it. I originally wanted to delete some of the post but felt as if it would be as if I spilled the paint and tried to hide my hands. So I left it up and instead struck out the things I would have chosen to be deleted.
Once upon a time....in a city known for its famous skyscraper, multitude of sport teams and obsession with incredibly fatty foods....lived three fabulous ladies who just so happened to share a workspace as well as an affinity for girl talk and stiff drinks.
So one evening they decided to venture out to a rare place filled with the city's most fabulous and sharply dressed men. A place so bursting with men that live for sick fashion, 24 hour gyms, glitter and ferocity, as well as the entities known as Barbara-Madonna-Cher, they named a whole town after them. Chicago's Boystown is a beacon for those same sex loving and subversive patrons. So can a place meant for the boys be an appropriate girls night out option? 4-Star Explorer thinks so.
Geographically speaking Boystown has it's own quadrant cut around the Lakeview neighborhood with streets like Belmont and Broadway lying as proverbial markers of gay-friendly territory. But everyone who's anyone knows that Halsted is the epicenter of this progressive area. This trendy strip which in my opinion could rival that of Vegas on a good night (have you seen the annual Pride Parade?) host many of the areas restaurants, shops, and importantly their bars. Enlisted to help me out in my exploratory pursuits were my water cooler mates Tonantzin Gamboa and Alexis Morales, whether work or play these ladies have been there to lend words of wisdom and a good laugh.
As I headed madly down Lake Shore Drive, always on the heels of Father Time, on what had been a mostly rainy Monday night I expected to see the trademark droves of people hopping from bar to bar wearing some type of tightly fit pants. I was shocked to see that the strip was uncharacteristically quiet. It seemed muted. As I walked from my car I shrugged it off as a case of the Monday blues. As I was suddenly pummeled by a surge of raindrops I realized why no one was out.
Petco may be where the pets go but all good kittens, along with their mittens of course, head over to the Kit Kat. The Kit Kat Lounge plays hosts to both guys and dolls offering the famous California trend of chic supper clubs for a Chicago audience. Offering tasty choices in both culinary and cocktail creations, the Kit Kat Lounge succeeds in multiple arenas of hospitality. Sporting a 50s Old Hollywood theme patrons don't know whether they're in a lounge or a movie house what,with the multiple images being displayed over the snazzy white walls.
And if the Kit Kat wasn't already a retro throwback to food and film du jour they offer dinner and a show. Included with your meal and drinks is a short campy but classy show from that day's resident female impersonator. The ladies and I ordered the baked macaroni and the chicken skewers from the streamlined menu and marveled at the 200 plus drink options. Alexis nursed the potent Cucumber Martini, Tona liked a bit of the sweet stuff with the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle,and I felt transported to the orient with the Sake-It-To-Me featuring both sake and triple sec.
Not wanting to end the night just yet despite the soggy weather the ladies accompanied me to my favorite spot in Boystown, Roscoe's Tavern.
There are so many great things I can say about this bar. Some of the best times I've ever had and some I can't even remember. Roscoe's headlines daily events like Weekly Drag Races including the annual Rupaul's Drag Race tour (of which I've been going to for three years now), Wet Boxer Contest, and two types of Karaoke! It's truly a place for boys and girls of all club attending ages. Not partaking in the usual heart pumping dancing antics that the bar is known for, our trendy trio took in the local talent showcasing their singing chops for the masses. Now this isn't your usual mechanized sing-a-long patronized by zany townies and aging out-of-town corporate schmoozers. These people can really sing! I was nervous to get up and do my thing I mean the last solo I'd had was senior year Show Choir and that was some time ago....a lady never discloses. I got over my nervousness and sung for my life. Luckily the band was so loud the crowd nor I could hardly hear my voice. Whatever! I went with it. I was glad it was over and even partook in a live band rendition of "Gin and Juice" with another caroler.
It was a great night out and even better for ladies wanting to liven up a dull Monday night. In Boystown, there's no need to rehash the age-old Battle of the Sexes.
There's no boys against girls just a shared love of club music and designer shoes....
Support our local Boystown bars! Visit here:
Kit Kat Lounge
3700 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
3356 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
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