100% love it
Where bigger is always better

This behemoth bar has been a standout in the community since 1982. Today it draws in a large and diverse crowd. Enjoy the tunes, large balcony & incredible staff. Being the biggest bar in the city, it gets packed with cuties!

1st place in Best of GayCities 2022 - Nightclub


    • helmsianm
      helmsianm 6 months ago
      Loves it

      Sidetrack is my go-to on the weekends or when I have friends in town. It's a spot to start the night with well-priced, strong drinks, the best music, and tons of space to spread out. It's all one place but there are at least seven or eight different bar areas where you can switch up the vibe and people-watching/connecting. There is a diverse mix of gays that hang out here, so you're almost guaranteed to find your flavor. They also NEVER have a cover (which can SOMEtimes lead to longer, but fast-moving lines). Their boozy slushies are on the sweeter side, but will definitely put you in a great mood.

    • aes92975
      aes92975 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun place. Great drinks. Great vibe.

    • Chaud003
      Chaud003 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      video bar
      I've been to a lot of gay bars thru out the USA, but this is one of my favorites. Owners continually put money into the bar to keep it fresh and up to date. Clean. Modern. Sophisticated. Go to the roof bar on weekends

    • TravisW
      TravisW Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Always. Fun. Welcoming
      I love the staff, the variety of programming, and support of our community. I always feel comfortable bringing any friends here and enjoy each day. Kudos to the crew!

    • Cmhguy
      Cmhguy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Sidetracks is now a drag bar. If you want to hang with twinks and their bff girlfriends at a drag bar, this place is for you. If you want to hang with men, look elsewhere!

    • rb60614
      rb60614 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      MEN beware ... now Dixie Lynn's Drag Bar
      Shame on the owners. Chuck Hyde's legacy is dead. Sidetrack used to be a great place to hang out and see and talk to MEN and a pillar of the gay community. Now it's just a capitalistic (in the worst sense if the term) drag bar in partnership with VH-1 - Dixie Lynn literally runs the place - twinky boys and their bff girlfriends, and straights who think they're cool hanging with the gay folk. Sad. Complained to our favorite - for years - bartender and as was told "look around ... the cash registers are ringing, that's all we care about." Note to management: read any analysis of millenials as consumers ... they are fickle; they will leave as quick as they came and in the meantime you have alienated your core customers (Oh but that's ok I guess as one of the drag queens told me that my generation is the one with the problem). A look around tonight and the regulars who have supported and built this bar's business for years were no where to be found. A great business model. Good luck with that. Great real estate though for when that's all it's worth for condo development 18 months from now. Maybe I'll speculate on that .....

    • Jules_Collins
      Jules_Collins Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Brit on Business l Looking for Tour Guide
      Hey Guys! - Hitting Chicago in late feb and looking for someone to hook up with and show me the sites - knows the good places to go.

    • KarimW
      KarimW Over a year ago
      Loves it

      So big
      This place has so many areas . It's huge and the staff are super nice. There's a drag show with almost 100 queens !! Fierce ! It's a must go and see and everything is within walking distance . Please see my favorite bartender Cesar !! He's awesome ! Tell him Karim. Sent you from New York !!

    • jchubb123
      jchubb123 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love it.....
      Specially the up stairs, with a nice group it makes aa balance..........

    • nivri
      nivri Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One of Chicago's most popular and biggest gay bars
      For the 30-40 crowd (on average), on the clean-cut side of the spectrum. Sort of the default, go-to bar for locals and visitors alike. Very spacious, with multiple, slightly different vibed halls.

    • Pjfchicago
      Pjfchicago Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best gay bar in Chicago
      Absolutely love this place!

    • Chigeek1138
      Chigeek1138 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome place love it
      It is always a riot at Sidetracks! They are always have something interesting going on.

    • jayjay198517
      jayjay198517 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The one place I have to stop at when in the area

      STANLEEZ Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One of the best bars in the country!
      A great crowd and environment. Mixed ages and great music and videos. Awesome videos as well

    • oldman57
      oldman57 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The best place I've been in years
      It's the epitome of what I remember gay club life was everywhere else..........people enjoying themselves and the company of I wish I could tele-port to be there every weekend.........and it's everything everyone told me it would's the #1 bar in Illinois for a reason.....