Boystown and Lakeview
The LGBT center of Chicago
Boystown is an LGBT enclave, officially dedicated by the City of Chicago to the LGBT community, within the larger Lakeview neighborhood. With its main corridors along North Halsted Street and North Broadway near the lakefront, and its numerous bars, clubs, restaurants and boutiques, Boystown is the busiest entertainment district in all of Illinois.
Among the Boystown landmarks, the most recognizable are the rainbow pylons that line the Northalsted business district. Boystown is also home to the historic Town Hall Police Station—now a pioneering housing project for LGBT Older Americans. Along the same block is the Center on Halsted, the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest.
Edgewater and Andersonville
The most diverse zip codes in America
Edgewater and Andersonville is where the largest concentration of LGBT persons and families call home. Largely residential with single family homes and apartment buildings, it boasts an eclectic mix of eateries and boutiques.
The Clark Street corridor was once the center of Swedish life in Chicago. It is now the main street for college students, single young professionals and service workers, and couples of all ages.
Granville Avenue and the Bryn Mawr Historic District boast several LGBT-owned bars, shops, and eateries.
The North Shore starts here
Rogers Park is the northernmost lakefront neighborhood of Chicago, bordering the City of Evanston along Howard Street. Like its neighboring Edgewater neighborhood, Rogers Park, long a bastion of progressive social values, has seen an increase in residents who identify as LGBT.
Rogers Park is home to Loyola University, a Jesuit institution that has been active in redeveloping the neighborhood with new construction projects and streetscaping. The university owns the historic Hotel Sovereign on Granville Avenue and the site of the historic Granada Theatre on Sheridan Road.