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Chicago Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

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Chicago Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

Steamworks, in Chicago, is one of the most popular gay bathhouses in the country

photo by Andrew Collins Chicago Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

Man's Country is a long-time bathhouse in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood

photo by Andrew Collins

Chicago has several venues geared to men looking to hook up, including one of the most popular gay bathhouses in any major U.S. city, Steamworks Chicago (3246 N. Halsted St., 773-929-6080), which is right on lively Halsted Street - in the city's Boystown neighborhood - close to dozens of gay bars and other businesses popular with the community. Part of the Steamworks brand that has other locations in Toronto, Berkeley, Vancouver, and Seattle, this well-equipped establishment has a slew of amenities beyond the usual lockers, private rooms, gym equipment, and play areas. Amenities include USB ports in the more deluxe rooms, stations in bathrooms stalls for douching (you can by douche hoses from vending machines), a mouthwash drinking fountain, flatscreen TVs in the rooms, dry saunas on two floors, and plenty more. It's not surprising this club is so popular - rates are a bit higher, too, but for what you get, especially in the private rooms, it's a good value. Check the official Steamworks Chicago site for more details about rates and features.

Long-running Man's Country (5017 N. Clark St., 773-878-2069) is not too far from Boystown, in the city's other very GLBT-popular neighborhood, Andersonville. Racially and age diverse, Man's Country has a strong following among bears, daddies, leather dudes, and the like - it's an eclectic crowd. Options include single, double, deluxe, and fantasy rooms, and in the common spaces you can play around with everything from glory holes to a large steamroom. Cool art and murals on the walls, including Tom of Finland works, add to the sauce-y vibe. For more, visit the official Man's Country website.

Far more convenient to downtown visitors than Man's Country or Steamworks, the Bijou Theater and Sex Club (1349 N. Wells St., 312-943-5397) is in the city's Near North neighborhood, close to Gold Coast and Michigan Avenue hotels. As opposed to a bathhouse, this virtual institution among gay porn theaters has been around since the 1970s and is without sauna or gym facilities but does have an area with a sling and toys, a cruising "alley", glory holes, an outdoor garden area, and - of course - lots of areas for watching adult movies. You can also buy porn, gear, and the like from the on-site sex shop. The Bijou is open 24/7, and the crowd is truly diverse, from business travelers to students to local bears and twinks to guys from the city's African-American and Latino gay communities.

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