Chicago Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

Low angle view of a tower, Boys Town, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicago has several venues geared to men looking to hook up, including one of the most popular gay bathhouses in any major U.S. city, Steamworks Chicago (3246 N. Halsted St., 773-929-6080), which is right on lively Halsted Street - in the city's Boystown neighborhood - close to dozens of gay bars and other businesses popular with the community. Part of the Steamworks brand that has other locations in Toronto, Berkeley, Vancouver, and Seattle, this well-equipped establishment has a slew of amenities beyond the usual lockers, private rooms, gym equipment, and play areas.

Amenities include USB ports in the more deluxe rooms, stations in bathrooms stalls for douching (you can by douche hoses from vending machines), a mouthwash drinking fountain, flatscreen TVs in the rooms, dry saunas on two floors, and plenty more. It's not surprising this club is so popular - rates are a bit higher, too, but for what you get, especially in the private rooms, it's a good value. Check the official Steamworks Chicago site for more details about rates and features.

Long-running Man's Country (5017 N. Clark St., 773-878-2069) is not too far from Boystown, in the city's other very GLBT-popular neighborhood, Andersonville. Racially and age diverse, Man's Country has a strong following among bears, daddies, leather dudes, and the like - it's an eclectic crowd. Options include single, double, deluxe, and fantasy rooms, and in the common spaces you can play around with everything from glory holes to a large steamroom.

Cool art and murals on the walls, including Tom of Finland works, add to the sauce-y vibe. For more, visit the official Man's Country website.

Sadly, the long-running and quite famous Bijou Theater and Sex Club (1349 N. Wells St.), in the city's Near North neighborhood, is no more - the facility closed after a few decades in business.

This 24/7 facility was without sauna or gym facilities but rather had an area with a sling and toys, a cruising "alley", glory holes, an outdoor garden area, and - of course - lots of areas for watching adult movies.

You'll also find a great variety of gay nightspots and gay-friendly restaurants throughout the city. Here are three useful resources on finding these: