“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
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).