Planning a trip to Chicago?

Foursquare can help you find the best places to go to.

Sidetrack

Sidetrack

Gay Bar and Nightclub$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
Save
Share
9.1/10
782
ratings
151 Tips and reviews
Filter:
  • slushies
  • gay bars
  • boozy drinks
  • cocktails
  • lively
Log in to leave a tip here.

Sort:
  • Popular
  • Recent
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the largest, nicest gay bars I've been to. Very sleek and modern. One disappointment was the upstairs patio closing early... It's a shame in nice weather. Great bar other than that!
  • Viral P.
    Viral PRDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The atmosphere and holiday decor are a welcome treat after a long day at the office or for a fun night on the town. And yes, slushies are still awesome in the winter.
  • J. C.
    J. ChicagoOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    this is the premier gay bar for a reason. great videos, friendly staff, strong drinks. only complaint is that they don't have daily drink specials. at least there is never a cover!
  • David S.
    David SolisMay 10, 2016
    Great slushie drinks. Really neat RuPauls drag race paintings throughout. Would visit next time in town, thanks to the friendly bartenders.
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeJanuary 2, 2016
    Love. This. Place. Showtune Sundays are the best. Vodka slushies are amazing. Friendly staff. Lots of fun. A must to go to
  • Agustin Z.
    Thanks so much everything was so nice, we loved the place and the atmosphere there, definitely going back, greeting from PV
  • Jai M.
    Jai MyersFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    For Boystown, Sidetrack is has the most spacious venue. The perfect bar to move around with friends and do a 'Fruit-Loop' ... you know checking out the scene.
  • Jai M.
    Jai MyersFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hold on to your nickers girls!!! Sidetrack is a great place to gather with friends on the patio OR it's a great place to go alone and people watch spontaneous.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    A beautiful interior, multiple bars and an outdoor space makes it spacious enough to hit the dancefloor or find a quiet corner to sip down a few alcoholic slushies. Read more
  • Wes C.
    Wes CardwellSeptember 5, 2011
    This is not your typical gay bar. Wait! Maybe it is?!?! It's fantastic! Get the Ketel One Crush and come back on Sunday night for the showtunes. You won't regret. Follow me on Twitter @nzformation
  • Rick F.
    Rick Fromm1 week ago
    Pro tip for a budget queen or those strapped for cash: coat check is a dollar, but bag check is free and mandatory. Stuff your coat in your bag, and save yourself a buck or a trip to the ATM!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuhaimeJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    In the warmer months, the upstairs patio is beautiful! There are two bars up there as well, so no need to go back down for a drink.
  • Evan M.
    Evan MavrommatisAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best bars in Chicago, friendly staff, good drinks and music. Just beware of queeny bitches who will literally steal the seat from under you!
  • Gal O.
    Gal OppenheimerDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Whipsical is by far the best frozen slushie drink I have ever had. I strongly recommend it along with a shot of Honey Wild Turkey!
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LumpkinJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is awesome here! Got a Effen Vodka Black Cherry Buzz mixed with Stoli Pink Lemonade
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LeMasterMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The northern bar (to the left when you're facing the front of the building) is generally a little less crowded & has more seating.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 9, 2011
    Jaegger is for dumb Freshmen jocks. Try a chilled shot of locally-made 70 Proof hum, The World's Most Unique Rum created by Chicago's own Adam Seger. Gurl,It was featured for Oprah's 25th Anniversary!
  • Mike V.
    Mike ValdezJune 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Frozen drinks are great! Good bar, but they need a better sound system. My biggest gripe is the bartender with the glasses who's balding. Everyone hates him, including the workers. A real @sshole. Ge
  • Beth A.
    Beth AllemanOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try: slushies, any flavorGreat music videos on the weekendsShowtunes on SundayMusical MondayComedy night on Thursdays
  • Appliance Repair Chicago
    Great place to hangout with friends or family from out of town. Read more Read more
  • Andrew I.
    Andrew InmanApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get an equality slushy at sidetracks! (It's just two flavors layered together)
  • Fabio R.
    The biggest place with bars I've ever seen
  • Rohan H.
    Rohan HareJune 17, 2013
    This bar is really big, and a lot of fun. Great place to meet some new people.
  • Brittney D.
    Brittney DiseroadOctober 18, 2013
    Go on showtunes night, best night ever...the slushies are fantastic as well
  • Jason T.
    Jason TJanuary 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    There's a bar upstairs that has the frozen drinks that are on the way out that they stopped carrying downstairs ...sometimes
  • Michael F.
    Michael FettersSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Showtunes, Showtunes, Showtunes! Find out the nights and times for Showtunes and make sure you get your friends there! Always a top priority when I get back to town.
  • Phil T.
    Phil TouchetteMay 27, 2014
    Amazing slushy drinks and Monday Night Showtunes was worth the extra night stay in Chicago once Bear Pride ended.
  • GuySpy A.
    GuySpy AppNovember 11, 2012
    Make sure to try their signature Frozen Drinks! Really good!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuJanApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amy makes the world's best White Russians. Seriously. Find her and order one of these babies. She also makes an unbelievable oatmeal cookie shot. Fun times.
  • Jordan B.
    Jordan BouvierSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have St. Germain, get it mixed with gin and champagne or gin and soda.
  • Adam D.
    Adam DApril 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ketel One Crush, a grape-flavored, sugar-filled, tart slush drink that will make you orgasm. Or at least drunk. Yeah it's loaded with calories but it's damn good!
  • Phoenix J.
    Phoenix JimenezAugust 10, 2015
    This place is amazing, make sure and check out the rooftop patio and all of the different bars.
  • zoomvacations.com
    zoomvacations.comMay 31, 2011
    Come to Sidetrack for friendly people, a nice open space, and the best videos in the country!
  • Francois F.
    Francois FOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    strong drinks reasonably priced. if you need to get your night started, start here... my drink: midoori long island
  • Dillon J.
    Dillon JayAugust 14, 2010
    visited from nyc and was less then impressed. Stand atound and stare is basically the formula, with less interesting nightlife. Frozen drinks are the plus and patio. Plus its close to other gay bars i
  • Buzz Evolution
    Buzz EvolutionOctober 10, 2011
    Rosie O'Donnell just checked out Sidetrack's Showtunes Sunday (10/9) this evening, according to @sidetrackbar on Twitter. Cool that she is getting to know her new home city!
  • Zach F.
    Zach FelsensteinMay 22, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Slushie, for sure. Go for the smaller one or you'll get brain freeze.
  • Gary L.
    Gary L.August 16, 2011
    My go-to bar while in Chicago. Showtunes nights are silly and fun... Nothing else like it anywhere...
  • Jason A.
    Jason AstorgaDecember 16, 2012
    Great bar, make sure you get your drink from Paul, great and handsome!
  • Eddy V.
    Eddy VelazquezFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to order margaritas without salt. Damn good and strong! Make sure to go when Kathy is there
  • Joey C.
    Joey CumleyMay 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on Sunday or Monday evening for Showtunes and during the summer have the ketel one crush, a grape slushy drink! yum!
  • Fidel C.
    Fidel CalderonMay 15, 2010
    Visiting from California -- Sidetrack is much better than most SF and LA venues hands down but your soundsystem sucks! Drinks are just as cheap as SF!
  • Mallory
    MalloryFebruary 4, 2013
    when in doubt find Stewie Griffin.....he knows the guy that owns this place :-D
  • A D.
    A DelFebruary 27, 2016
    Huge club with amazing bartenders
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoSeptember 14, 2010
    On warm summer nights, the two bars at this multi-tiered rooftop are bustling with Boystown boys. Read more
  • Wookash
    WookashAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Come on Thursday night at 10pm for Comedy Night! They show funny clips from Family Guy, MadTV, and other shows!
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you go at 7pm, it looks like an AARP meeting. If you go at 12pm, it looks like a NAMBLA meeting.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing show tunes night! And get the purple slushie!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew McFarlandApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    David Oaks is legitimately best bartender, Calvin is best bar back, and Kevin is the #1 security!!!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Multiple rooms each boasting its own clubby personality. Read more
  • Rick R.
    Rick RappSeptember 14, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Always clean and non-threatening. More fun in a group.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MillerJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If its summer go for the slushies. Always a good choice.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LynnAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Agreed- stay away from the jerk bartender (the aforementioned balding guy with glasses) named Rick. Otherwise wonderful place for showtunes!
  • Joel M.
    Joel MorrowAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't mess with the Showtunes Queens. This is their religion, cardio and lifestyle. They'll cut you!
  • Bram S.
    Bram SchumerJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    In the words of Stefan, "it's built by gay scientists." My favorite bar.
  • Carlos J. C.
    Carlos J. CruzAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge place with all sorts of "entertainment" inside.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PadronNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Going to go celebrate my 4th Scorpio friend's birthday. Wow those crazy Scorpios!
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    There is a theme each night. Monday is showtunes.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Take time to walk around and explore. The bar is huge!
  • Chicago Bar Bracket
    Chicago Bar BracketMarch 21, 2015
    Friendly for the straight crowd too. Beware having too many Purple Slushies. Read more
  • Chicago Bar Bracket
    Chicago Bar BracketMarch 21, 2015
    Friendly for the straight crowd too. Beware having too many Purple Slushies.
  • M@ D.
    M@ DMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vincent is an amazing bartender! He know how to work it.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WilliamsJune 4, 2013
    You have to go to Musical Mondays!
  • Saya D.
    Saya Diaz DeleonOctober 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Have the "cum in a hot tub shot" it always leads to an amazing night!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Kettle One Krush...the best slushie around!
  • David R.
    David ReinwaldMay 30, 2010
    Showtune Sundays is sassy and fun! I love the variety of frozen drinks.
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany StruchenApril 10, 2014
    Black cherry slushy drinks and showtunes...GAY HEAVEN!
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SerranoSeptember 26, 2015
    My second favorite bar at Boystown
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NicholsFebruary 6, 2013
    show tunes on monday night is a lot of fun!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McDonaldJuly 8, 2016
    Frozen drinks and martinis
  • Vicki G.
    Vicki GerentesFebruary 26, 2015
    What's good here?!? Musical Mondays, of course!
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like sweet drinks, get a slushie. I have a friend that always says "I got drunk on purple!"
  • Shane B.
    Shane BlanchettSeptember 2, 2011
    Biggest and cleanest gay bar I've been to.
  • Mark T.
    Mark ThunemanOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    check out Night of 100 Drag Queens, Oct 19-20 2010 ...... Dragtastic good time! Attention straight guys .... girls LOVE drag shows ;-)
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVJune 22, 2010
    Sidetrack was nominated for the "Best Gay Bar in the World" by Logo's 2009 TripOut Gay Travel Awards! Check out the winners & other nominees at http://www.tripoutgaytravel.com/awards/
    Upvoted Apr 1
  • Boystown Live
    Boystown LiveAugust 8, 2011
    Enjoy a drink at one of the many bars in one of the most talked about gay bars in the world.
  • Chip P.
    Chip PecchioJune 25, 2011
    Ketel One Crush is the way to go!
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DuJanApril 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Glee shown in Glass Bar every Tuesday at 7pm CST. Fun to watch with a crowd.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GeigerJune 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get up on the roof in the summer. It's great.
  • Philip A.
    Philip AApril 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Kevin is the best security guy ever!!!!!
  • Lukas C.
    Lukas CondieJune 26, 2011
    Ask for Norbert! Great bartender :-)
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HerekDecember 21, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    There is never a good reason to have a second slushie
  • Bee D.
    Bee DJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a light-skinned black man, these white men aren't checking for you... unless they're wasted.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They don't have draft beer and their weekday drink prices are a huge ripoff. Go elsewhere on a weeknight.
  • Altagracia M.
    Altagracia MontillaAugust 9, 2014
    So much fun. Mark the bartender is great.
  • Rolo T.
    Rolo T.February 21, 2012
    Be prepared for Monday nights showtunes... "Fix your hair Shelley"
  • Andrea G.
    Andrea G.September 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by on Tuesday nights for Glee viewings
  • Cameron A.
    Cameron ArkseyJanuary 6, 2016
    Ask for the slushy!
  • Adam Scott S.
    Adam Scott SmithMarch 26, 2015
    Hey Sidetrack, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me. Read more
  • Stephen
    StephenMay 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I can't go and not order a Kitchen Sink.
  • Bill
    BillJuly 27, 2016
    Best gay bar in the country
  • Austin D.
    Austin DuusOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for a glass and an orange wedge with your Blue Moon.
  • Court P.
    Court PassantSeptember 25, 2009
    Best gay bar in town. Hot boys, great music. Sundays are especially fun for tea
  • Corey A.
    Corey AMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Keep your fag hag at home . It's a gay bar.... Keep it gay! ;)
  • Chad K.
    Chad KagenFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite gay bar in Boystown.
  • Ernie I.
    Ernie IzaguirreMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    David is adorable says Ernie!! ❤
  • James G.
    James GeigerAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Boystown staple with the best priced drinks
  • Vincent J.
    Vincent JamesJune 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Rooftop patio is the place to be.
  • Ernie I.
    Ernie IzaguirreOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Only go to Norbert!!! He is the best
  • Nic B.
    Nic BerryDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ohhhh Myyy Goddddddd!!!!
    Upvoted Apr 8
826 Photos

Related Searches

  • sidetrack chicago
  • sidetrack chicago photos
  • sidetrack chicago location
  • sidetrack chicago address
  • sidetrack chicago
  • boystown summerstorm 2011 chicago
  • boystown: summerstorm 2011 chicago
  • evening of broadway event at sidetrack chicago
  • i want to go to sidetrack chicago
  • same spot same showtunes... chicago
  • side track chicago
  • sidetrack chicago
  • sidetrack back bar chicago
  • sidetrack bathroom chicago
  • sidetrack coat line chicago
  • sidetrack lake view east chicago

Foursquare © 2017  Lovingly made in NYC & SF