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Old 02-12-2021, 03:23 PM
 
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My fave neighborhood is - unfortunately gone - 1970's Old Town! was fortunate to enjoy it while it lasted, and i mean the true Bohemian Old Town of the 1970's!

My other fave current neighborhood is East Lakeview, formerly known as Boystown, now they have had to rename it to Northalsted because someone thought that "Boystown" was not inclusive of women and other people - smh! but it was my fave place to go dancing and enjoy the people, and there will never be another place like it was when i enjoyed it.. but now like old Old Town, it is going thru changes like condos, the old bars have moved out, and so its not the same.

My other fave is - anywhere i can sightsee some of the old buildings because i feel like im seeing history - i.e. Taylor Street where all the restaurants are, (look down the side streets over there); Pullman where you can see actual history with the row houses that were built in the 1800's or early 1900's, south/west Loop where immigrants first lived there (i think it was the 1st Chinese immigrants); and a few streets like Altavista in Buena Park, and Astor Street in the Gold Coast, wow!!! walk down that street and you will see absolutely stunning homes!!
WOW! I was not aware of this Bohemian era of Old Town...which makes sense. What was it like back then?? I reckon I got to see a bit before it started becoming a generic neighborhood with overpriced spots like Plum Market!

Yes, the South/West part of the Loop was actually the "Red Light District" but also the first Chinatown of the city. The area is beautiful because of all the old skyscrapers that were way nicer than the ones today and the entrance to Printer's Row! Chinatown was demolished and the city moved it to its current location and destroyed the Red Light District...which who knows where that is these days? The remnants of Chinatown are a Mexican restaurant that has their signage in a Pagoda style sign but for tacos...my friends call it the "Mexicali Spot" because of the large Chinese community in Mexicali, Mexico. Taylor Street has so much potential I hope they develop it with the Italian community in mind and the homes around the Quebecois church are so beautiful.

Funny enough I lived behind Altavista and not far from Astor Street...which is why I love both The Gold Coast and Buena Park. And how could I forget Pullman?? Love that place! It's so beautiful. Immortalized in The Polar Express with a creepy Tom Hanks animation!

I also don't understand why it had to be changed from Boystown?? There were rumors that a part of Andersonville was going to be referred to as "Girlstown" because of the many establishments catering to the lesbian community there, but like the Sears Tower...I don't think many people will refer this to "Northalsted" or whatever? Berlin is a cool spot, great music off Belmont stop!
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Old 02-12-2021, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Dorian22, an idea:

Get your favorite Chicago pizza. Rest. Then march or jog in place, in your warm living area, and burn those calories!

Win-Win!!
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Old 02-12-2021, 04:00 PM
 
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whats goin on master jay,

According to a lesbian friend of mine...andersonville was once indeed girlstown...they were the first to move in when the old swedish community faded out. then at some point, a bunch of gay guys who got too old for boystown moved in and overran it.
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Old 02-12-2021, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Manson Lamps, it is cold up here. But I'm taking the kids to Mama Mia's. The owner is from Chicago. I need to get clarification from WHERE in Chicago!

Yes, several years ago I understood Andersonville was transitioning to be the "lesbian counterpart" to Boystown.

I've been to Andersonville a couple of times, but it was a couple of years ago. And it was to go to the Swedish American Museum. I believe it is on Foster and Clark. A very nice museum. And there are a couple of Swedish bakeries nearby. So, it still holds its Swedish history.

You know me, I prefer to be west of there in Lincoln Square if I'm in that part of town.

I was debating on coming down for Valentine's Day. Since I LOVE Chicago
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Old 02-12-2021, 04:53 PM
 
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sadly the main swedish bakery has been gone for a few years now though svea is still there. theres some other good (non-swedish) spots on clark though..calo ristorante being our favorite by far.

also on foster nearby is fat chris' which is fire...my first exposure to detroit style pizza.

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Old 02-12-2021, 05:33 PM
 
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haha marching in place is always a good workout! Chicago Pizza...Taylor Street Pizza hands down!
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Old 02-12-2021, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Dorian22 you go and GET that pizza!

If you ever go to Rosebud, ask for Patrick. I hope he's still there.

He may know me as Master Jay. Or he'll know me as Jay from Milwaukee who rides his bicycle here.
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Old 02-12-2021, 11:06 PM
 
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I LOVE Rosebud!!! I will for sure do that next time I'm out there! Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2021, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago =)
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Dorian22, Porn and Chicken was held at EvilOlive on Mondays. I am so glad you brought up that dance party. It was equal amounts raucous and ridiculous. Too many blackout moments there. I remember the guy dressed like a chicken would pour shots into your mouth, as the crowds would writhe to bass music, and there was porn on the screens...and waitresses with fried chicken. I miss the ratchetness...

Did you ever go to Trap House Tuesdays at Crocodile? That place was seedy as hell and a freakin bacchanal.


Master Jay, East Lakeview is prime for dancing. Berlin and Smartbar were the highlights. Berlin for its interesting crowd, and Smartbar, particular Sundays, for it's quality house music!

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Old 02-13-2021, 11:37 PM
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ChicagoMeO, no time to get TOO political. But I thought calling that section Boystown was supposed to celebrate the strength and pride that gay men were finally able to be open about, making Chicago on the map for having one of the first gay community areas. And there were obviously women around back then!

Well maybe people from the south side of Chicago will be offended and excluded by the name NORTHalsted?!?! I don't get very political as you have probably gathered. But it seems petty to me... Moving on...

You mentioned Taylor Street and Buena Park, areas on both NORTH and SOUTH that are indeed nice to spend some time walking through.

Pullman needs to go on my list when I take my far south journey!
Yep! this is what i read on a website explaining it. people are too sensitive, back when i went out dancing, it was just a cute name for a neighborhood. it was celebrating people. now some people want to make it so generic so as not to offend someone smh!!

yep go to Pullman, and go to that one place that is a landmark, you'll feel like your back in time 100 years!
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