Boystown, in Chicago, has been voted the worlds most ‘incomparable’ gay neighborhood by the readers of Out Traveler, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid to be named the world’s best gay neighborhood.
Chicago beat other cities nominated by Out Traveler’s staff including West Hollywood’s similarly named Boystown, Madrid’s Chueca district, Barcelona’s Eixample district and San Francisco’s The Mission district, receiving the most votes from readers.
San Francisco’s The Mission was voted the second most popular gay neighborhood
Writing why they had nominated Boystown, Out Traveler staff wrote, ‘Chicago’s Boystown, centered around Halsted Street, was the nation’s first officially-recognized gay village in the US and is the home to a large Pride celebration, as well as Market Days, an unrivaled August street party.’
‘The neighborhood has everything you could want: bars, clubs, restaurants, architecture, walkability, its own El stop, and now marriage equality
‘It also seems more welcoming than some other gayborhoods that shall remain nameless. On the horizon: a remodeling of the famous Hydrate nightclub, an LGBT-inclusive comedy festival, and a gay-themed hotel.’
In 1998 the city of Chicago erected a series of art deco pillars decorated with rainbow rings as gateways to the Boystown district in the same way as it has erected gateways to recognize districts that are home to different ethnic communities.