Sidetrack is the mecca of gay bars in Chicago. With more than eight store fronts and two levels, outdoor patios and tons of TV's, Sidetrack is always packed. The bar appeals to all age groups and never has a cover.
3pm-2am sunday - friday; 3pm-3am saturday
video, gay/lesbian, mostly male
atm, coat check, full bar, mostly men, neighborhood, neighborhood parking, outdoor/patio, pop music, valet parking, video
Sundays cocktail hour videos 3-8 p.m., showtunes 4-9 p.m., best of the 60s-80s, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Mondays cocktail hour videos 3-8 p.m., showtunes, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Tuesdays u-video, all request night
Wednesdays cocktail hour videos 3-8 p.m., classic sidetrack, 8 p.m.-2 am
Thursdays cocktail hour videos 3 - 8 p.m., laugh track comedy night hosted by adam guerino and bradley thomas 8-9 p.m.
Fridays showtunes 5-9 p.m., best of sidetrack 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Saturdays sidetrack classics 3 - 9 p.m., best of sidetrack 9 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Sidetrack is probably Chicago's largest gay club without a dance floor. Shining woods and exposed brick contrast against the silvery polished steel stools and metallic wall coverings.
Screen after screen lines the wall of this modern and ultra-clean video bar, the bathrooms feel like they've been beamed directly down from an orbiting rocket ship. The space is divided into four separate bars, the newest addition juts upward in an expansive launch towards the sky, glass doors separate it from the adjacent patio.
Special nights include show tunes Sundays, comedy Thursdays, '80s night, and the very crowded weekends. Best bet is to grab one of their famous slushy drinks and settle down--with all the cruising, who even needs a dance floor?
The staple gay club on the strip. Videos/music is interesting and thematic per night. Crowd is mainly eclectic, which may be it's biggest fault: it is a little TOO inclusive and becomes undefinable if you are looking for a certain "type" of guy.
Drinks are well prepared and bartenders are very nice.
I enjoy going to Sidetracks when finding myself a Sugar Daddy for the weekend. I also enjoy just sitting around and hanging with my friends there. Always a fun place.
Showtunes on Monday can't be beat... no better way to start your work week!
I visited San Francisco just because of the "gay meca" rep, Chicago (Sidetrack) has the city beat hands down!!!
LOVE SIDETRACK!!! MUSICAL MONDAYS IT UNBELIEVABLY WONDERFUL FOR ME AND ALL OTHER THEATRE FAGS!!!!
This is by far my favorite bar in Chicago. I love everything about it!
I was at Sidetracks a few weeks ago. I'm a curious male and heard this is a fun bar. Went there in the early evening. Went upstairs and sat at the bar and noticed the bartenders were hot!! I also noticed there were a lot of women(fag hags)and they were hot too. I was an observer all night but this cute guy(Michael from Michigan) talked to me. Would love to go back there.