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Gary Hotze

Boy about Boystown

  • Age: 26
  • 'Hood: Boystown
  • Fave spot: Sidetrack Rooftop Patio

One of my favorite things to do is make a person laugh, but the truth is I just love the rush I get when I get someone to laugh even if it comes at the cost of my dignity. I am very sociable and I love gatherings of people in a central location. I love to dance and workout. My favorite color is green. I enjoy reading and the movies. I like when people make random hand motions that serve no purpose and when people talk in stream of consciousness or use catch phrases to excess. I am a Notre Dame graduate in English and native Houstonian. I came to Chicago to make a better life aka live the “American Dream”. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have a storied background in journalism from high school (yearbook editor/ dork) to today working as an editorial assistant and freelance writer for CS Magazine, Chicago Tribune and now the RedEye. My future goals include aging handsomely like Robert Redford, monetizing my insanity and creating the next Angry Birds so I can retire to the coast of Italy.

Nancy Drew and the door to door deception

Nancy Drew and the door to door deception

I would never  rejoice in the  shuttering of a business in our fine neighborhood UNLESS of course it was Mr. Taco or the new Walmart Express, in both cases I would relieve myself upon the ashes. Lately though the turnover clip has picked up some serious amphetamine-like speed. Paradise Empanadas and Sura didn’t even make…

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The iceman cometh

The iceman cometh

The mercury is dropping and according to every news outlet on the planet we’re in for a particularly brutal winter. My steady life in denial, stuffing my face with Sour Patch and Haribo Gummy Bears and burning frozen pizzas in the oven has begun its inevitable collapse.   The clock is ticking and you can…

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Chicken wars

Chicken wars

I can’t say I was astonished to see a large “for lease” sign in the windows of Crazy Chicken (Broadway & Barry), which recently opened this summer only to shutter by the fall. While it may have offered a variety of flavorful treatments to its chicken, it couldn’t compete with the majestic calorie bomb of…

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Bipolar on Broadway

Bipolar on Broadway

Broadway is a bit schizophrenic. I’m not just talking about when I leave LVAC off my medication.  Take for example the corner of Buckingham and Broadway, between the gawking one-size fits all underwear on the sidewalk at Cram, the glorified temple shrine to Madonna, Borderline Music and the tragic Mr. Taco with its 1982 garage…

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Falling leaves and crushed dreams

Falling leaves and crushed dreams

It’s not always about the summer here in Chicago or the gayborhood. Despite the rainy Seattle-esque weather lately, the fall has brought its own distinct pleasures.  It’s also in the fall that I find I’ve left the Boystown ICU visits of the summer behind and often venture out into the great beyond of what this…

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Summer musings pt. 3

Summer musings pt. 3

Good afternoon dear readers! It has been AWHILE since my previous post. Since that time, I have four newly minted puncture wounds in my lower stomach, a hernia-less abdomen and delusional sneaking suspicion that a diet of hydrocodone,  ice cream and Haribo gummi bears is all I will need to survive. Yes, the weekend after…

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Musings on summer pt. 2

Musings on summer pt. 2

This summer has brought its many amusements.   Besides the usual bachelorette parties  puking out the back of Boystown bound buses, drag costume changes at Hollywood Beach and dance floor make-outs at Madonnarama, there have been two notable new haunts added to our humble homo strip, Taverna 750 and Elixir.  In part two of my…

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Musings on summer pt. 1

Musings on summer pt. 1

I just looked at the calendar and refuse to admit it to myself.  Summer is nearly over.  Whether that means the end of warmer weather is up to Mother Nature (come on Indian summer).  But as Labor Day nears, gradually my fears are turning from dying alone to dying frozen AND alone bundled in an…

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Über full on Broadway

Über full on Broadway

FÜL 3310 N. Broadway Opened for bulimic homos since July 25th, 2011 Price < $10 per entree Yes, the name conjures up thoughts of an underground leather bar in Berlin.  For some of you that may be inviting, but I would definitely not want to eat there.  I think the lack of lighting would be…

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A river of tears down Halsted

A river of tears down Halsted

Lately, it’s been raining like the tropics here in Boystown. It always appears to do so after a lengthy time out for drinks too. Last Friday I ran through it giddy at 2 AM from Sidetrack because the siren call of the Closet was damn near irresistible.  But this week I’ve been just a little…

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