With LGBT Pride Month underway, you might be looking for a few places to party and celebrate. Whether you’re looking for a gay bar in your neighborhood or a bar to grab a few drinks after the Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade on June 28, there are plenty of places to unwind and have fun with your friends in Chicago. Have a designated driver on hand or make plans to take a cab or public transportation, and you and your friends can have a great night out. Check out these Chicago bars for celebrating LGBT Pride Month.
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(Photo Credit: bigchicks.com)

Big Chicks
5024 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-5576

Located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, Big Chicks has just about everything you need for a good time during Pride month. The bar hosts a number of themed nights, including a showdown featuring classic songs from the 1970s and 1980s. Big Chicks also has a full food menu, including sandwiches, burgers and more. But what about the drinks? The bar offers a rotating selection of brews, including Half Acre Beer Company and 21st Amendment Brewery. Remember to make a pit stop at the ATM before heading to Big Chicks, as the bar takes only cash. The bar is also located a quick walk from the Argyle stop on the Red Line of the “L,” making it a convenient destination after the parade and other festivities.

Crew Bar
4804 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-2739

If a sports bar is your cup of tea, then consider making plans to check out Crew Bar. Bar patrons can choose from a wide selection of beer, with about 15 different types of brew available on tap alone. Don’t drink beer? Don’t worry. Mixed drinks and Bloody Marys are also on the menu. In addition to a full food menu that includes burgers and salads, the bar has a brunch menu so you can refuel after a long night on the town. Crew Bar hosts weekly events, including pub quizzes on Mondays and karaoke on Thursdays, and has more than 20 TVs so you can catch your favorite sports team. The bar is located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and is near the Argyle and Wilson stops on the Red Line on the “L.”

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(Photo Credit: scarletbarchicago.com)

Scarlet Bar
3320 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-1053

If you plan to spend any amount of time in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, then consider stopping in at Scarlet Bar. The bar offers a number of weekly events, including Frat Night on Thursdays, as well as hosting resident DJs. If you want to add some fun to your Sundays, then keep Scarlet Bar’s liquid brunch in mind with drink specials that start at 1 p.m. on Sundays. Scarlet Bar is near the parade route, so you can stop in and have a few drinks after the parade. For an interesting take on the background behind the bar’s name, take a look at Scarlet Bar’s website.

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3349 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-9189

After the parade, keep that party vibe going by making your way to Sidetrack. Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Sidetrack is a video bar with space on multiple levels, including outdoor seating. Patrons can take part in an array of fun activities, with viewing parties, show tunes singalongs and more on the calendar. The bar, which has a long and illustrious history since it first opened its doors in the 1980s, has also hosted a number of celebrities over the years.

Slo’Mo Presents: Paradise
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. W.
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 801-2100

Price: $20 in advance/$25 day of event
Date: Friday, June 19 at 9 p.m.

Head to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and get ready to dance with your friends old and new when Slo’Mo hits the stage at The Promontory. The Chicago-based group will perform a number of slow jams by Sade, Chaka Kahn and more covered by a band and vocalists. The acclaimed Slo’Mo (which was named Best Queer Dance Party by Chicago Magazine in 2013) is inclusive, too, and all are welcome and invited to hit the dance floor. In addition to its entertainment venue, The Promontory offers an extensive selection of drinks and food.

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