Chicago's own Boystown has been voted to be the world's most "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood" by readers of Out Traveler magazine, a great way for Chicago to start off the new year! This well-deserved recognition for Chicago's gayborhood comes right on the heels of Illinois's recent legalization of same-sex unions in 2013. The nation's first officially-recognized gay village in the U.S. is feeling the love from gay travelers across the world.
As a stand-out victor in gay travel magazine Out Traveler awards, known as "the standard of gay travel," Boystown was voted to be the winner for Incomparable Gay Neighborhood by Out Traveler readers around the globe, beating out areas in cities such as San Francisco's The Mission, West Hollywood's Boystown, Barcelona's Eixample and Madrid's Chueca - no small feat, Boystown! And the neighborhood shows no sign of slowing down.
Boystown's famed Hydrate Nightclub (3458 N Halsted) is undergoing extensive remodeling to revamp the club to a more upscale feel, including crystal chandelier, and will be closed from January 5th through late February. But not without going out temporarily with a bang; on its final night of operation tomorrow night, the nightclub will host a Dragilicious Show, followed by a "Hard Hats and Sledgehammers" party.
Chicago's LBGT community is also host to the Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, now in its 13th year and the nation's largest event of its kind. The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival will be taking place the two weekends surrounding January 9-19, 2014, and will include highlights such as Johnny Knoxville, Danny Pudi from Community, local Chicago groups and guests from around the country.
While Chicagoans are well aware of the welcoming, vibrant and diverse community of Boystown, Out Traveler's award of Incomparable Gay Neighborhood is testament to the kind of friendliness that Boystown exudes to domestic and international travelers alike. Chicago's Pride celebration, Market Days and the upcoming LGBT-focused hotel set Boystown apart on an international level, one that is not soon to be outdone.