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Friday, February 12, 2010

Chicago's Last Full-Time Bar, Stargaze, Closes, But Options Remain

Chicago's last full-time lesbian bar closes - chicagotribune.com

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It's been awhile since Anastasia and I have been to Stargaze. In fact, we never managed to stop by after their remodel. When I lived in Chicago and Anastasia would come to my end of town, Stargaze was usually a stop on a night out. We knew the owner Mamie and her longtime partner Dusty. When they were behind the bar it was hard not to get to know them and they you. When I'd go out on a Friday nights solo because Anastasia had her caregiver gig they would ask where my redhead was.

I was so shocked when I read this. When I first came out Girlbar on Halsted Street and Stargaze on Clark Street were my haunts. On the weekends it was a bit like a meat market, but being so new it was such an adventure to be 'out' amongst so many women. I think Girlbar closed in 2001.
Reading this article I found out that Lost & Found on Irving Park in Chicago closed. I had been there a few times. It was more a lesbian sports bar. Baseball teams, dart teams. It still was a nice place to be among 'friends'.

Girlbar, Stargaze and Lost & Found were all great places for a lesbian new to town or someone newly coming out. Temptations in Franklin Park closed for awhile and has re-opened. I guess now it's the only lesbian bar around now. Anastasia and I went there once for a Halloween party. We had a nice dance on the dance floor.

Circuit on Halsted still has special events catering to women. Their website apparently doesn't exist anymore, but if you are interested in finding out what's going on there, you can find them and become a fan on Facebook at "Circuit Night Club".

There's still @mosphere and T's Bar on Clark. T's Bar was a favorite haunt of mine and Anastasia's. Their burgers are awesome and the fish and chips on Fridays were da bomb. Tarter sauce with hardboiled egg in it...so good.

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