Lesbian themed bar StarGaze closing

Thu. December 31, 2009 12:00 AM by ChicagoPride.com News Staff

stargaze bar in andersonville

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Chicago, IL - Star Gaze, one of Chicago's few bars that caters predominately to lesbians, will close its doors tonight following a bittersweet New Year's Eve celebration.

Located at 5419 N. Clark in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, Star Gaze will say its final goodbyes during tonight's closing bash. Mamie Lake and Dusty Fermin opened the LGBT bar in 1998.

While Star Gaze attracted a diverse clientele over the years, the bar mostly catered to lesbians. Even though a handful of lesbian-friendly in Chicago, such as T's and The Closet, remain, Star Gaze's closing is just one of many recent losses to the local lesbian nightlife scene. Two other predominately lesbian bars—Franklin Park's Temptations and Chicago's Lost & Found—have closed in the past two years.

In 2006, Star Gaze was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for its strong support of various GLBT and HIV/AIDS organizations. Owners Lake and Fermin frequently hosted fundraisers, often free of charge.

In 1999, the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce named Star Gaze the best new business of the year.

According to the blog Edgewater Community Buzz, the Edgewater Development Corporation said the owners of Lincoln Park's Four Shadows Tavern & Grill are interested in acquiring the space and turning it into a neighborhood bar.

There is a $10 cover for tonight's party, which includes a champagne fountain, party favors and beats by DJ Gloria. Star Gaze opens at 7 p.m.

Visit www.stargazechicago.com or call (773) 561-7363 to learn more.

Written by: Amy Wooten