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Trending Topic: Kit Kat Lounge as a reality show?

(Courtesy of Kit Kat Lounge)  There are a lot of characters at Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club. The nightclub-cocktail bar hybrid at Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue bubbles with the antics of co-owners Edward Gisiger and Ramesh Ariyanayakam, bartenders, cooks, wait staff, the cast of regular patrons–from the Boystown set to the hundreds of…

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Go, See, Do: The Blackout Party

This isn’t your usual party where the top 10 songs are played on repeat. The Blackout Party at Hydrate will feature DJ Phil DaBeatz. Every time I attend this party, it becomes a crazy dance party, the music just flows through you and makes your feet move. I also never forget to bring a few…

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I brought my mom to Boystown and…

My mom recently visited Chicago for the first time in two years. During her visit, she kept remarking on how friendly Boystown is. It’s been a long time since I was a new-comer to the neighborhood, and it made me wonder, what is it like for an outsider? I’ve been contemplating how best to write…

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Being A Straight Female in the Boystown Gay-borhood

Recently I was asked, “Why do you write for the Boystown blog? You’re not gay.” Since I understand this is probably more out of genuine confusion than judgment, I’ll clarify. Although I’m straight, Boystown is the neighborhood in which I feel most comfortable. But, being a straight woman in a gay man’s world isn’t always…

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Boystown Biz Spot: The rise of Scarlet after the fire

*BizSpot is RedEye’s unbiased look into new, interesting and noteworthy businesses in the ‘hood. (Courtesy of Scarlet) Scarlet 3320 N. Halsted St. 773-348-1053 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sun: 1 p.m.-2 a.m.  Stepping into Boystown bar Scarlet is like stepping into an era of speakeasies, drag galas and jazz halls from…

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Neighborhood Fail: Man charged in tall bike theft

The police get the report first; RedEye is not far behind. MAN CHARGED WITH BIKE THEFT July 23, 2:45 p.m. An officer arrested a man in front of Whole Foods at Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue for attempting to steal a bike. The officer became suspicious after seeing the 30-year-old male try to flee the…

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Open House: $499,000 gated townhome near Broadway

*RedEye spotlights an open house in Boystown every Friday. Why we would live here: The beautifully landscaped park-like courtyard would be a peaceful sight to come home to. Just off Addison Street on tree-lined Pine Grove Avenue, this single-family townhome is just around the corner from a Jewel-Osco and the Broadway nightlife. SEE A PHOTO…

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Trending Topic: Boystown’s 4 Flavors of Drag

(Photo by John Lendman/ RedEye) Ricardo Avila, also known as Freda Lay in the bars of Boystown, has seen it all.  The drag performer has hosted bingo nights at Charlie’s and a shower contest at Spin, and currently she’s running an amateur drag competition and a wet boxer contest at Roscoe’s. “At one point I…

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