Roscoe's celebrates 24 years of community and memories
by Brett Anthony
CHICAGO, IL -- Roscoe's Tavern and Cafe, one of Boystown's first gay bars, celebrated its 24th anniversary during a special cocktail reception and party on Thursday.
Owner Jim Ludwig celebrates with the Roscoe's staff credit :: frank failing
When Roscoe's was first opened by owner Jim Ludwig, it was a small watering hole occupying just the front half of the space at the corner of Roscoe and North Halsted. A gourmet grocery was located in the other half of the property.
At the time there were only a handful of bars on the North Halsted strip and Roscoe's was the first to install the expansive windows which gave exposure in-and-out of the bar, essentially creating a new era of openness for gay bars in Chicago.
Over the years Roscoe's expanded into the remainder of the space with 5 different bar areas, an outdoor cafe, indoor food service patio and dance floor. Today Roscoe's remains an anchor for Chicago's LGBT entertainment and nightlife district known as Boystown.