Boystown bars welcome crowds on Black Wednesday

Wed. November 26, 2014 12:33 PM by News Staff

black wednesday at roscoe's, 2011

photo credit // anthony meade
Chicago, IL - The night before Thanksgiving is unofficially considered the busiest night of the year for bars and taverns, so much so that the night is often referred to as Black Wednesday.

Boystown neighborhood bar owners and managers agree that Black Wednesday often rivals New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day as popular party nights.

"It's really the last big party before New Year's Eve," Hydrate Nightclub general manager Sean Kowta told "Many take the opportunity to go out and party with their friends and catch-up."

The extended four-day weekend coupled with the influx of out-of-town friends and college students returning home makes the pre-holiday revelry especially popular with twenty-somethings.

"All the college kids are back in town," said Roscoe's promotion and marketing manager Shawn Hazen. "All the patrons and locals who have moved to other cities are back for the holiday. Black Wednesday is always a fun night out in Boystown."

The popular North Side neighborhood is not the only Black Wednesday destination for Chicago's LGBT population, Northwest suburban PhoenixBar is also expecting a capacity crowd at its Turnt Up Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Calendar: Black Wednesday events in and out of Boystown