99% love it
A place to wear Levis

Since 2003, Jackhammer has been serving LGBTQ+ communities by creating and preserving a safe space for exploration, education, leisure, and community engagement for visitors and locals throughout Chicagoland and across the globe.

Catering to leather lovers, bears, and their friends, this multi-level nightclub is a good spot for dancing and go-go boys.



    • DouglasKondor
      DouglasKondor Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I used to go here with an old partner of mine We had an absolutely amazing time Dancing and drinking The music was awesome and I been there for multiple Fundraising benefits for Chicago House and the Translife Center Absolutely lovely

    • hornymouth
      hornymouth Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Hole parties are awesome!
      I've been going the past few years to their semi-private BNC and Cumunion parties. These parties are REALLY fun. It's just one big orgy. Tops, bottoms... there is enough for everyone.

    • DKon1982
      DKon1982 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I love the service I love the shows when I went for the benefit for Chicago House The bartender was super cool The bouncer was kind and welcoming The people in there created such a very positive and friendly atmosphere

    • PLeMaster
      PLeMaster Over a year ago

      Get there before midnight on the weekends to get in before the crowd & often avoid a cover charge.

    • DiscoverMe
      DiscoverMe Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Hot Guys Cruising till 5 A.M.

    • nd_native
      nd_native Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Not what I expected.
      From reading the profile descriptions on various websites, I was expecting leather and levi bears and cubs all over the place, especially when I visited the connecting leather and fetish store. I found a lot of very sexy and cute little twinks, all dressed very pretty and trendy. I'll still come back, the staff were extremely friendly and made me feel like i've been a regular for years, the decor was clean and inviting, kinda trendy, and the twinks are pretty to look at, but just not what I expected.

    • john4
      john4 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      nice bar, a real gay bar , refreshing to go to a gay bar that full of gays.

    • JasonK
      JasonK Over a year ago
      Loves it

      good bar
      Good atmosphere, cute baternders

    • postcub
      postcub Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Great neighborhood bar.
      PROS: Very nice and open space. Bartenders are cute and crowd was nice. The back area the best spot. CONS: Jeeze.. kill the lights. It is like an interrogation lights up in the front bar. Yes having bands play is a unique touch, but all the bands I saw sucked ( 3 different nights ) and you couldnt talk to anyone next to you because the music was so loud. OVERALL: This place needs to determine what it wants to be. A cool indi concert bar, or a gay bar. I would just pass on the upstairs and go to the other bar downstairs instead.

    • JA237
      JA237 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      History lesson,,,,
      A few years ago, this bar went through a major remodeling, and transformed from a dive bar catering to bears and leathermen to a cute neighborhood bar catering to bears and leathermen. It's a lot brighter and cleaner now, with wall-length windows that look out onto Clark Street, an upstairs bar and dance floor, and a small back deck. In addition to the requisite male dancers and amateur strip nights, Jackhammer now hosts live music and other events. The clientele is still gay, but the bar now attracts a wider variety of gays and some straight folks. Be aware that the back bar on the main floor may not, not safe for casual viewing, and the men's room -- while all clean and shiny, with new fixtures -- lacks any dividers between urinals -- or what would normally be stalls. So if you don't want guys checking out your material while you pee -- or worse -- you'd better hold it.

    • metalboi420
      metalboi420 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      GREAT neighborhood bar!!
      My hubby and I went here several times in years past and were even comped drinks on our anniversey!! it is a GREAT bar very friendly staff and wonderful atmosphere!!

    • brandonhaley
      brandonhaley Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great bar
      ill for sure be going again

    • gefen53
      gefen53 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Don't miss the underwear party
      Been going regularly for the past couple of years so it's about time I write something !! If your from out of town and planning a visit....and it's the 3rd saturday nite of the month ...this place is a must spot to visit. The underwear party and contest is about as sexy, horny and wild as the law allows !! The main fun is in the downstairs level and you must have the proper attire to enter.....either some leather jacket, vest or pants...or check your cloths in and strip down to your undies....don't worry in the course of the nite those will slip off too ..lol, !! Have fun...I have pictures of the underwear contest...just ask ....I love to share.

    • marqtte
      marqtte Over a year ago
      Loves it

      nice place
      nice place with nightly specials. very friendly people.