Boystown is really a pocket of Lakeview, but it's better known as Chicago's premier LGBT community. Marked by pride flags and rainbow pylons lining Broadway, Boystown is the hotspot for LGBT businesses and clubs like Spin and Hydrate. The annual Chicago Pride Parade brings thousands of onlookers and participants to the neighborhood every July. Boystown also has plenty to offer the non-LGBT crowd, including independent bookstores, upscale bars, and clothing retailers. It's home to comedy clubs including Chicago's Laugh Factory Chicago, which draws national talents. Chicago once housed America's biggest meatpacking district, but now local crowds pack into Boystown's Chicago Diner, a vegan eatery that makes everything on the menu from scratch (expect at least an hour wait at night).
Getting Around Chicago
The best way to get around Chicago is on the elevated "L" train. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Orange Line "L" runs from Midway to downtown Chicago from 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day. Fare starts at $2.25. The Blue Line "L" runs from O'Hare to downtown Chicago 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Most CTA "L" lines run from 4 a.m. until 1 a.m. every day.
Nearby Airports
  • Midway International Airport-MDW
  • O'Hare International Airport-ORD
Airport Taxis
  • $30 (from Midway) $40 (from O'Hare)
Things to Do and See Near Boystown
  • Navy Pier
  • Willis Tower
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Wrigley Field
  • Chicago Theater
  • Lincoln Park
  • Michigan Avenue
  • Millennium Park
  • Cloud Gate
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • United Center
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Millennium Park
  • Northwestern University
  • John Hancock Center