The Evolution of Chicago’s Gayborhood

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As the Halsted Street area hosts another Northalsted Market Days street festival Saturday and Sunday, the heart of the gay business district — Boystown — is enjoying hearty economic vitality and a renewed sense of optimism.

From 2007, the depths of the recession, through last year, at least a half-dozen gay bars expanded, and gay-owned businesses in Boystown succeeded in a variety of formats, ranging from hair salons and wine stores to restaurants, vintage boutiques and technology startups.

“When the whole world was shutting down in the past five or six years (during the recession), Boystown thrived, with several bars and nightclubs remodeling, opening additional locations or doubling or even tripling in size,” said Zach Haller, CEO of Found In Town (, citing as examples Minibar, Roscoe’s, Scarlet, Sidetrack and Spin.

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