The city's Boystown neighborhood is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the United States. The neighborhood, located within the East Lakeview community, has profoundly affected the cultural fabric of Chicago with the Center on Halsted, a distinguished community center that welcomes over 1000 people per day.
The area's banner events, the Chicago Pride Parade and Market Days, attract more than one million spectators and visitors of every background and sexual orientation each summer. With streets that are adorned with colorful pylons and eccentric boutique shopping, the area has an energy all its own.
The party never stops in Boystown, with a flourishing stage show scene and lively nightlife. Catch thoughtful works by the Strawdog Theatre Company and Oracle Productions, as well as stimulating performances by the long running "Blue Man Group" at the Briar Street Theatre. After the show, enjoy a night out on North Halsted's bar and restaurant district, which features gay-friendly staple Spin and show tune institution Sidetrack, as well as outstanding dining options from Spanish to Asian to American cuisine.