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As one of the na­tion’s largest gay com­mu­ni­ties, Boys­town has some­thing for ev­ery­one. Just fill in the...


Hands down the dan­ci­est spot in the gay­bor­hood, Scar­let is a high-oc­tane night­club with DJs spin­ning up-tempo pop hits (and gay clas­sics), laser lights and smoke ma­chines. 3320 N. Hal­sted St., 773.348.1053, scar­let­


Re­play is the place to be to grab a beer, watch sports or play ar­cade games like Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and Mor­tal Com­bat. They’ve got 26 beers on tap and over 50 bour­bons and whiskeys to choose from. Plus an out­door back pa­tio makes it a great af­ter­noon chill spot. 3439 N. Hal­sted St., 773.661.9632, re­play­lake­


A low-key craft cock­tail joint that’s the per­fect respite from the bus­tle of Boys­town, Elixer is the best bet in the neigh­bor­hood for a re­lax­ing ne­groni or a mar­tini done right. 3452 N. Hal­sted St., 773.975.9244, elix­er­


Chicago is the king­dom of drag queens, and ev­ery Tues­day it’s like “Game of Thrones” at Roscoe’s Tav­ern as am­a­teur queens com­pete in the weekly lip sync con­test. They bring the moves and the at­ti­tude, you bring some dol­lar bills and be pre­pared to shout “Yaas, kween!” The bar is also home to a mas­sive dance floor and reg­u­lar events like Slave For Brit­ney Sun­days. 3356 N. Hal­sted St., 773.281.3355,

Hon­or­able men­tion: Though it’s not in Boys­town, we’d be re­miss if we didn’t call out The Ba­ton Show Lounge, where Chicago’s most sea­soned drag queens, like the famed Chilli Pep­per, have been putting on shows for nearly 50 years. 436 N. Clark St. 312.644.5296, the­ba­ton­

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