Boystown bars welcome crowds on Black Wednesday

Wed. November 23, 2016 3:00 PM by News Staff

roscoe's black wednesday, 2011

photo credit // anthony meade
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 bar owners and managers tell that the night often rivals New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day as popular party nights.

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 twentysomethings.

"It's the perfect mix of regular customers and holiday visitors all looking to have a few drinks and have a lot of fun before getting stuffed," said Roscoe's promotion and marketing manager Shawn Hazen.

Roscoe's celebrates Black Wednesday with International dance floor mashup kings, DJs From Mars.

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 Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

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