Photo: (above) Pat Nabong
Jeffery Pub
Photo: Max Herman

For Black, Gay Chicagoans, It’s Always Been Jeffery Pub

In the first installment of our series on the city’s oldest gay bars, we visit the South Shore stalwart — Chicago’s only black-owned establishment of its kind.

Little Jim’s Tavern
Photo: Pat Nabong

Little Jim’s Tavern Is Big on History

Forty-five years on, the Boystown mainstay is an intergenerational mosaic of Chicago’s gay community.

Second Story
Photo: Pat Nabong

Second Story Honors Streeterville’s Queer Past

Closing out our historical gay bar series is this under-the-radar downtown hideaway, which has provided a refuge for locals and tourists alike for 35 years.