Chicago Gay 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.

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: