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There is also a lot of suburban derby springing up all over Chicagoland, like Rockford Rage and the Aurora 88s.
And for those interested in maybe dipping a toe into derby before diving literally headfirst into the full contact sport, there is Derby Lite at various city and suburban locations.
It’s okay if you show up looking like the morning after, the staff is quite friendly and the environment is chill. The breakfast is always a solid choice, and I enjoy their milkshakes and desserts. Clarke’s is great for those times when it’s 3AM, my code won’t compile, and I really want some Swedish pancakes. Located on the north edge of Boystown, this IHOP is open 24 hours and almost always packed full of queers with the munchies, especially after the bars close.
(Chistraddler Editor Note: Let’s be real, WCF is really kind of a parody of a feminist bookstore.
I grew up in a Chicago suburb, but traveled to and through the city frequently to visit relatives and hang with friends.
It’s open late, which is nice, but IMO it’s not worth the (weekend) cover price. I’ve never been to any of the events myself, but I’ve heard a bit about it. Stop in for a burger and some beer, and then dance the night away! Oh, and while you are eating, a hilarious female impersonator comes out and performs for you.
That being said, I encourage you to check it out for yourself, preferably on a Thursday night for the Stardust party or bring your friends to Robyn night on Sunday. I’ve never been to any LGBTQ bars/clubs on the South Side or in the suburbs, but it’s definitely on my to-do list (after Natalie Portman, of course). Halsted St.) A good choice after a night of partying in Boystown, the Chicago Diner is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. Pick Me Up Cafe (3408 N Clark St) For a laid-back dining experience, stop by Pick Me Up Cafe. Belmont Ave.) The menu here is really diverse, and they serve booze, too. Halsted St.) Speaking of pancakes, yes, I’m serious on this one.
Personally, this is my favorite dance party because of the completely welcoming (and nice) environment, regardless of gender identity. Halsted St.) has recently been taken over by lesbians.
If you want to meet Effingdykes writer, Krista, you can usually find her here. Chicago Ave.) There used to be bi-weekly Saturday parties, but so far this year, there has only been one. They serve great margaritas and yummy tacos (that’s what she said), and it can get really crowded really fast so sit on the patio for more space.
We Fest (formerly She Fest, formerly Lez Fest) is becoming one of the most anticipated evenings of the theatre season, and in Chicago’s queer community.