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When most Chicago residents and visitors think about the city's LGBT community, the bars and restaurants of Boystown are the first things that come to mind. While a fun Saturday night along Halsted is never a bad plan, don't limit yourself. The Chicagoans that make up our LGBT population are a proud and talented group with much more to offer than dinner and drinks. Take an eye-opening peek into of the most anticipated cultural events of the year when Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival kicks off tonight.

Pride Parade

If there’s one thing Chicago has, it’s Pride. The beautiful rainbow kind, I mean. This weekend, Chicago holds its annual Pride Parade, and I’m about to explode with glitter. That’s because Chicago does Pride right — big, bold and, well, proud. In this, the year that Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage, we celebrate how far we’ve come and the amazing community that surrounds us. Here are five things I’m looking forward to this Pride weekend!

Weekend Alert: May 2-4

Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:00 AM by Emmy Carragher

Weekend Alert Bean

Happy first day of May, and more importantly, happy weekending, Chicago. If you can't wait until the weekend to check out awesome shows, kite festivals Cinco de Mayo parades and all that jazz, join Choose Chicago tomorrow afternoon at Goose Island Wrigleyville for a well-earned half day in honor of National Travel & Tourism Week. Register for the free event here, and while you're at it check out this week's Weekend Alert.

Three of Chicago's Must-Visit Beercades

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 12:00 AM by Sawyer J. Lahr

A beer arcade or "beercade" is an arcade that serves beer or a bar specializing in vintage video and pinball games. As opposed to Dave & Busters and Gameworks, these beercades are small and independently owned. It's not entirely a new phenomenon to serve alcohol at an arcade, but these three venues reclaim older machines in good repair like Atari's Caterpillar, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Mrs. Pac Man, Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Mortal Combat and a dozen pinball machines ranging from Jurassic Park to a new Metallica and Avatar game. 

Neighborhood Spotlight: A Day in Boystown

Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Rainbow pillars line Halsted street in East Lakeview, while businesses and residences proudly display their flags, Human Rights Campaign stickers, and Equality Illinois support. Chicago's Boystown was the first officially recognized gay neighborhood in the United States and from this rich history comes a vibrant, prosperous, and proud community that offers some of the city's best shopping, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. If you haven't explored Boystown yet, not is the perfect time. It's Pride month (yes, we have a whole month of Pride), so it's the perfect time to get going!

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