Gay Boystown Neighborhood Walking Tours


Whether you live here and think you know it all or maybe newly relocated and want to learn more,  or  just visiting –  This  90-minute walking tour highlights  the  Boystown gayborhood, presented by improviser Margaret Hicks of Chicago Elevated, and  lends a deeper, historical perspective to the area known for its overwhelming gayness and well-endowed rainbow pylons.


-that when the rainbow rocket-shaped pylons were installed in 1998, Boystown became the first officially recognized gay neighborhood in the country?

-that Little Jims was the first gay bar in Boystown?

-that Roscoes was the first bar to open their windows to the public?

Come join me in a trip through one of Chicago’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Boystown was the first officially recognized gay village in the country and believe me, it has a lot to show for it. We’ll start at one of Boystown’s oldest bars – Roscoe’s.

We’ll taste some wine at Kafka and learn about “queer space.” We’ll talk about the pansy craze of the 1920’s and end at a bar that survived one of it’s own Chicago Fires, Scarlet. The price for the tour includes a wine-tasting and other gifts, drinks at bars will not be included in the price!”

 Margaret loves Chicago and its many unique neighborhoods, and if you’ve ever been fortunate enough to take one of her walking tours, you no doubt agree.

Hicks’s excitement for and understanding of Boystown, gay rights, and Chicago history creates a contagious enthusiasm as you travel through the neighborhood. Yet, it’s not just a history excursion, but an interactive, sometimes hilarious, evening of engagement with local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Boystown Tour runs until October 31st!

Reservations are required and the tour is cash only.
Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 5:00PM – 6:30PM – $20.00

Call 773.593.4873 or email     margaret @   for reservations.

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