Thursday, September 22, 2011


3445 North Halstead today


Location: 3445 North Halstead Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opened/Closed: early to mid 1980s

Ladybug was reputedly the only lesbian bar to hold her own on Halstead Street, which is right in the heart of the Boystown (gay male) neighborhood. Ladybug sometimes gets mentioned in the recollections of various Chicago lesbian activists, but there isn't much detail.

By 1986, she was gone--only to be replaced by a gay male bar called Rick's Retreat.

Rick's Retreat was later replaced by Tapas Gitana and Arco de Cuchichillos, both of which were Spanish tapas places.

Photo: Arco de Cuchichillos, 3445 North Halstead, a "gay friendly" eatery

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