CHICAGO QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

How did Chicago become a major city?

In 1830 platted lots for the future city were sold to help finance the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The 1832 Black Hawk War ended the last Native American resistance in the area. Chicago was incorporated as a town in 1833 and as a city in 1837, when its population reached 4,000.

How many miles long is Chicago?

As of 2010, the city of Chicago has an area of 227.63 square miles, including 26 miles of lakefront land and 15 miles of beaches. Chicago has a population of 2,695,598 people, or 11,841.8 persons per square mile, making it the third largest city in the United States.

Is Lake Michigan man made?

Hydrologically Michigan and Huron are the same body of water (sometimes called Lake Michigan-Huron), but are normally considered distinct. Counted together, it is the largest body of fresh water in the world by surface area.

What creatures live in Lake Michigan?

Trout, salmon, walleye, and smallmouth bass fisheries are prevalent on the lake. The lake is also home to crawfish, freshwater sponges and sea lamprey, a metallic violet species of eel

What is on Goose Island?

Goose Island is the only island on the Chicago River in Illinois. It is an artificial island, formed by the North Branch of the Chicago River on the west and the North Branch Canal on the east. It covers 160 acres (0.65 km2), and is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.80 km) across at its widest point.

Is Illinois flat?

Illinois is flatter than every state but one, according to researchers, and is less hilly even than Kansas, a place once proven to be flatter than an IHOP pancake. Jerome Dobson, a University of Kansas geographer, set out to compare how flat states actually are with how flat people think they are.19 Jun 2014

How was Chicago founded?

The first settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable who built a farm at the mouth of the Chicago River in the 1780s. He left Chicago in 1800. In 1968, Point du Sable was honored at Pioneer Court as the city's founder and featured as a symbol.

What is the meaning of Chicago?

Word History: The name Chicago is first recorded in 1688 in a French document, where it appears as Chigagou, an Algonquian word meaning "onion field." In explanation of this name, the document states that wild onion or garlic grew profusely in the area.

Where did the name of Chicago come from?

The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, known to botanists as Allium tricoccum, from the Miami-Illinois language. The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir.

 

 

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Villa Toscana

3447 N. Halsted Street (Cornelia)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Enjoy Villa Toscana's antique-filled European charm with suites such as the Neo-Classic, Venetian, and Moroccan. The accommodations are lush and elegant and the location can't be beat.

Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace

3434 North Broadway (at Hawthorne Pl)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

It might look unassuming, but this Best Western is an affordable and comfortable choice for staying in the heart of Boystown.

City Suites Hotel

933 W Belmont Ave (at N Wilton Ave)
Chicago, IL 60657
Lakeview

City Suites is in a great location for experiencing the Boystown, Wrigleyville and Lakeview neighborhoods.

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 E Wacker Dr (East of Michigan Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60601
North Loop

A city within a city, that links guests to blues, jazz, irresistible cuisine, Grant and Millennium Parks, Lake Michigan beaches, Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Hyatt supports the local Pride fest.

Majestic Hotel

528 W Brompton Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Set up to resemble an English estate, the Majestic offers a great alternative to mainstream hotels without sacrificing any comfort. Also a good location for enjoying Chicago's Boystown nightlife.

Days Inn Chicago

644 West Diversey Parkway (Clark and Broadway)
Chicago, IL 60614
Lakeview

Days Inn's budget offerings give travelers an option for lodging closer to Boystown, Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville.

Allegro Chicago

171 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
North Loop

Surrounded by theaters and shopping, the Allegro offers luxurious and comfortable Art Deco rooms, a full service spa and personalized amenities. They also offer guests a yoga basket and yoga classes, and a 24-hour fitness center. The pet-friendly package provides guests' furry friends with their own gift basket.

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown

Clean and modern hotel. For guests with environmental sensitivities, book one of the new hypoallergenic, allergy-friendly Fairmont PURE rooms and suites. Breakfast served daily to get your morning off to a good start.

dana hotel and spa

660 North State Street (State & Erie)
Chicago, IL 60654
River North

The expression dana translates from Sanskrit to mean the pleasure of giving. Dana offers pleasurable feelings of tranquility, well-being and harmony.

Magnolia Studios

5705 North Magnolia Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
Edgewater

Two studios have fully equipped kitchens, plasma TVs with DVD players, ultra modern showers, laptops with free wireless internet, and in unit laundry. The queen sized beds are exceptionally comfortable, with high end mattresses and quality linens. Five minutes from the beach and thirty minutes from downtown Chicago

House 5863

5863 North Glenwood Ave. (Magnolia Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60660
Edgewater

This LGBT-oriented place is so hip you might forget it's a B&B. It features modern, stylish rooms and a fabulous location near gay nightlife and Hollywood Beach. It's perfect for someone who is looking for an independent, apartment-like experience.

Palmer House Hilton

17 East Monroe Street (btwn State & Wabash)
Chicago, IL 60603
North Loop

The Palmer House is an infamously gorgeous hotel, and one of the oldest continuously-operating hotels in the country. Every U.S. president since Grant has stayed here.

W Chicago - Lakeshore

644 North Lake Shore Drive (Ontario St.)
Chicago, IL 60611
River North

Hip and stylish, the W-Lakeshore offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Downtown, with access to everything the city has to offer, including great food and bar scene.

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

20 East Chestnut Street (at Wabash Ave)
Chicago, IL 60611
Gold Coast

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower is minutes from the Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute, and trendy boutiques. Designed by the French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the downtown Chicago Illinois hotel is a 32-floor prism of glass, boasting 415 rooms, including 33 luxurious suites.

Restaurants

Hamburger Mary's Chicago

5400 North Clark Street (at W Balmoral Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60640
Andersonville

The Chicago outlet of the chain features fun nights such as bombs away!, lipstick club and hamBINGO on Mondays. The Mimosa Sunday brunch is popular.

Wood

3335 N Halsted St (W Buckingham)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Nestled in the heart of Boystown, Wood has a focus on local produce and meats.

Las Mananitas

3523 N Halsted St (South of Addison)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

While the food here is standard Mexican fare, the margaritas and subtly strong and tasty. One too many and you'll get yourself into trouble, but that's ok since you can stumble down the street to any number of bars.

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club

3700 N Halsted St (at W Waveland Ave)
Chicago, IL 60613
Boystown

Dinner and a Movie, why Bother! Hit the Kit Kat Club for Dinner that comes with a show by some of Chicago's finest Gender Illusionists!

Yoshi's Cafe

3257 N. Halsted (at W. Aldine Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Yoshi's Cafe is known as a great place to bring a date, especially on Valentine's Day. They are exceptionally known for their vegetarian courses, although meat-lovers will have their options at this French-inspired, Asian-influence bistro.

Nookie's Tree Restaurant

3334 N Halsted St (at Buckingham Pl)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Whether you're looking for a little post-club four in the morning grub or a post-club one in the afternoon brunch, Nookie's satisfies. This popular Halsted location is crawling with Boystown locals anytime of day.

Ann Sather Cafe

3411 N. Broadway (W. Roscoe St.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

At Ann Sather's there is a bevy of amazing sweet and savory breakfast eats to be sampled, all served up in traditional Swedish style. This isn't the restaurant at IKEA, but rather a trusted Chicago institution with four locations throughout the city.

Joy's Noodles & Rice

3257 North Broadway (at Aldine Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Great, Authentic noodles in a sparse but inviting setting. An old standby for casual Boystown diners and it's BYOB.

Melrose Diner

3233 N. Broadway (at Melrose St.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Melrose Diner is a 24 hour establishment in Boystown, making for the perfect antidote for your late night ailments (ahem). Somehow, chili fries are never quite as good for lunch.

Frontera Grille/Tompolobampo

445 N Clark St (at W Illinois St)
Chicago, IL 60654
Downtown

Whichever restaurant you choose, you can count on a few things: quality ingredients, impeccable execution, and great service. As an aside, you won't find much of a gay scene here.

Taverna 750

750 W. Cornelia (Just off Halsted)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

This Boystown newcomer is destined to become a culinary destination. Owner Paul Cannella is also the proprietor of the popular bar Scarlet and his new venture boasts an appetizing menu of Italian-style tapas. When theres nice weather, dine in the outdoor sidewalk caf, which features a beautiful garden. Brunch is also a good bet.

Angelina Ristorante

3561 N Broadway St (W. Addison St.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

This intimate and cozy Italian restaurant serves delicious classic Italian recipes in a cozy atmosphere. The wine list is available by the glass at reasonable rates, and the dishes are prepared to perfection. The Sunday champagne brunch is also a popular event.

Jack's on Halsted

3201 N Halsted St (at Belmont Ave)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

A Boystown favorite, Jack's is popular anytime of day but especially brunch. There are also wonderful food and drink specials.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

6649 N. Lincoln Avenue (at Prarie Rd)
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Suburbs

Like there is any other style of pizza in Chicago except deep dish...

Restaurants

 

Taverna 750

750 W. Cornelia (Just off Halsted)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

This Boystown newcomer is destined to become a culinary destination. Owner Paul Cannella is also the proprietor of the popular bar Scarlet and his new venture boasts an appetizing menu of Italian-style tapas. When theres nice weather, dine in the outdoor sidewalk caf, which features a beautiful garden. Brunch is also a good bet.

Angelina Ristorante

3561 N Broadway St (W. Addison St.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

This intimate and cozy Italian restaurant serves delicious classic Italian recipes in a cozy atmosphere. The wine list is available by the glass at reasonable rates, and the dishes are prepared to perfection. The Sunday champagne brunch is also a popular event.

Jack's on Halsted

3201 N Halsted St (at Belmont Ave)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

A Boystown favorite, Jack's is popular anytime of day but especially brunch. There are also wonderful food and drink specials.

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

6649 N. Lincoln Avenue (at Prarie Rd)
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Suburbs

Like there is any other style of pizza in Chicago except deep dish...

Chicago Gay Bars

Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St (Between Roscoe and Buckingham)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Another stop on the "musts" tour of Boystown. Videos fill the joint with pop dance tunes. Be sure to check out the great rooftop beer garden, open in the warm months. With seven large rooms, lounges, and one very cool balcony, Sidetrack is the biggest gay bar in the city and claims selling the most vodka of any bar in the U.S. And, yes, the boys can be plied with ample helpings of the the Russian elixir. At any rate, it will certainly fend off the frigid winter that can envelope the city.

Roscoe's

3356 N Halsted St (W. Roscoe St.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Roscoe's is one of Chicago's must stop bars/clubs with a young fun crowd. Stop here before heading to Hydrate or Circuit (or heck, just stay). Food is served in the attached cafe next door and the outdoor patio gets packed in the summer. Check out the wet underwear contest the last Thursday of each month at midnight hosted by Frida Lay.

Hydrate

3458 N Halsted St (Cornelia Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Hydrate filled a dance-bar void on Halsted near the center of Boystown. Usually no cover before midnight, which is when it starts to fill up. Go early and avoid the line when the bars close at 2 am.

Jackhammer

6406 N Clark St (Devon)
Chicago, IL 60626
Rogers Park

Rogers Park gay bar catering to leather and bear scene, but not exclusively. Dancing and go-go weekends, live entertainment nights, nightly drink specials.

Berlin

954 W Belmont Ave (Sheffield, under the eL)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Less than a block from the Belmont CTA redline stop, you find the world famous Berlin Night Club. Every night, drink specials compliment a different dance party. Berlin is home-away-from-home for an eclectic mix of party kids, euro trash, queens and performance artists all creating a rather futuristic vibe. Think Ke$ha meets Adam Lambert at a Boy George themed after party.

Minibar Ultra Lounge & Cafe

3341 N Halsted St (Halsted and Buckingham Place)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Minibar Ultra Lounge & Cafe draws an upwardly mobile, somewhat pretty-boy crowd. The bartenders are all hot and usually take off their shirts as the bar fills up. Great drinks (a little pricey) and excellent wine list.

Cellblock

3702 N Halsted St (Waveland)
Chicago, IL 60613
Boystown

Casual levis/leather in front; serious leather in the back bar. For those craving visual stimuli, check out the porn video showing in the back.

Big Chicks

5024 N Sheridan Rd (W. Argyle St.)
Chicago, IL 60640
Uptown

Michelle Fire runs one of the most successful and oldest gay bears (oops, we meant bars) in all of Chicago. Every square inch of wall space is dedicated to her extensive art and photography collection. This bar is a favorite for locals and out-of-towners alike of all ages. Make sure to check out Michelle's restaurant next door, Tweet, for brunch the morning after.

Touche

6412 N Clark St (W. Devon Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60626
Rogers Park

One of Chicago's true leather bars, Touche welcomes all kinds. Swing by for "Dungeon Master" night or all-day Sunday beer bust. Feeling frisky? Hit the back room.

The Phoenix

1932 E Higgins Rd (at Commerce Dr.)
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Suburbs

Probably the most popular out-of-town club; packed on weekends with overflowing dance floor. Come to dance to the beat or visit on Thursdays when "Hunters Hunks" perform.

Manhandler Saloon

1948 N Halsted St (Armitage)
Chicago, IL 60614
Lakeview

The Manhandler is an old-school mainstay from the days when that area of Lincoln Park was the gay strip. It's a throwback to a different time and attracts a crowd looking for cheap drinks and cheap thrills. Its outdoor patio accommodates up to 40 people on nice nights.

Lucky Horseshoe Lounge

3169 N Halsted St (Belmont Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Go-go boys and strippers are the attraction here, though of course attraction is a subjective term. Most will find something to their liking. So if you're up for checking out the male natural scenery, pop in here.

Circuit Nightclub 2.0

3641 N Halsted St (Just North of Addison St. on Halsted St.)
Chicago, IL 60613
Boystown

Circuit, which was completely remodeled in the mid-2000s with a brand new sound system and new layout, caters to a largely Latino crowd but boys of all races and ethnicities come to dance their asses off. Theme nights and a large dance floor are big draws. Check out circuit girls.

North End

3733 N Halsted St (Between Waveland & Broadway)
Chicago, IL 60613
Boystown

Just down the street from Wrigley Field, the North End is a great spot to catch baseball games all season -- not to mention basketball, football, and more. Enjoy daily drink specials and a friendly bar staff, karaoke, and meet-and-greets with sports teams.

Atmosphere (@mosphere)

5355 N Clark St (Balmoral Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60640
Andersonville

Atmosphere's large dance floor and daily drink specials -- not to mention the nearly-nude male dancers Thursday through Saturday -- beckon North Side boys to the bar, which also offers free WiFi. Now hosting a drag show every Sunday. Located in the heart of the far north geighborhood, Andersonville.

Closet

3325 N Broadway St (Buckingham)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

Cozy bar on Broadway in Boystown near great restaurants like Ping Pong and Wakamono. Fun lively crowd that gets pretty rowdy and drunk on weekends -- especially after 2 a.m. when other bars close. Lots of lesbians but welcoming to gay boys. Bingo night on Thursday.

Little Jim's Tavern

3501 N Halsted St (Cornelia Ave.)
Chicago, IL 60657
Boystown

This bar started it all when it was the first gay bar to open in the North Halsted area (Boystown). Picks up after other bars close as folks look for that last chance hook-up -- and the daily drink specials make it that much easier.

Chicago Gay Beaches

Hollywood Beach

W Hollywood Ave & Lake Shore Drive (Bryn Mawr Exit)
Chicago, IL
Uptown

Hollywood Beach (the new name is actually Kathy Osterman Beach) is a popular beach for all Chicagoans, but the gays and their friends hang out on the south side of the beach (the right side). Most popular on Sundays during the summer, but you are always bound to find people here when the weather is warm.

North Avenue Beach

1600 N. Lake Shore Drive (Lake Shore Drive)
Chicago, IL 60613
Gold Coast

During summer, North Avenue Beach is a mecca for straight boys showing off their chiseled bodies playing beach volleyball, biking, running or working out at the outdoor gym. The ever-active Castaways is a fun open-air bar and grill. Be careful not to tip back too many margaritas and hit on the straight boys!