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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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Chicago church objects to new Pride Parade route

Chicago church objects to new Pride Parade route

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church is not happy with the new route that has been suggested for Chicago’s gay pride parade: Leaders of one of Chicago’s oldest Roman Catholic churches are objecting to a newly-proposed route for the city’s annual gay pride parade, saying the event will draw large crowds outside the church entrance…

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Talking Chicago & LGBT issues with singer Kaya Jones and designer Traver Rains: Celebrities come to Boystown for day long benefit

Talking Chicago & LGBT issues with singer Kaya Jones and designer Traver Rains: Celebrities come to Boystown for day long benefit

Lakeview sister establishments Taverna 750 and Scarlet Bar Chicago are gearing up to celebrate their four year anniversary, Sunday Dec. 4, with a star-studded, day-long fundraiser sponsored by Belvedere (RED). Using their anniversary as a way to raise funds and awareness for charities of choice, proceeds will benefit Project (Red) and Test Positive Aware Network…

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Proposed development riling up residents

Proposed development riling up residents

A newly planned residential and commercial development located at Halsted and Bradley—just steps away from the heart of Boystown’s popular bar and restaurant district—has prompted a spirited grassroots initiative to vocalize the concerns of the community regarding the gleaming, 15-story glass and metal structure. “The residents of the community that will be adversely affected by…

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Previewing Chicago's first affordable LGBT senior housing

Previewing Chicago’s first affordable LGBT senior housing

Curbed Chicago has some preliminary information about plans for LGBT-friendly senior housing in Boystown: A loose rendering of the proposed affordable LGBT Senior Home at 3600 N Halsted has been brought to light by the man with the right connections, Skyscraper Page’s Spyguy. Read more: Previewing Chicago’s First Affordable LGBT Senior Housing – Rendering Reveals…

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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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Guardian Angels considering Boystown for new headquarters

Guardian Angels considering Boystown for new headquarters

The Guardian Angels may land in Boystown as early as next spring.  The unarmed, all-volunteer crime fighters are carefully considering the neighborhood for the location of the Chicago chapter’s headquarters. The Chicago chapter—which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month—has been without a central office for almost a decade, according to Miguel Fuentes, 40, chapter leader…

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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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