Big Gay Road Trip: Sidetrack

We heard that tonight was showtunes night at Chicago’s “premiere video bar” Sidetrack and the thought of seeing a room full of homos singing along to a big video screen of Ethel Merman performing “No Business Like Show Business” proved too enticing for us to stay away.


So after a delicious dinner at local gay pan-Asian eatery Ping Pong (on N. Broadway and Buckingham), we strolled over to Sidetrack to catch a few tunes. There we met up with fellow blogger Rod 2.0 and shared a bit of catty blogosphere gossip that anyone else would find dreadfully boring.

But back to the scene: Sidetrack has an 80s futuristic decor that some would consider a bit cheesy, but we will let the photos speak for themselves. We really loved the wrought iron bathroom because walking in felt like leaving show choir rehearsal and entering a Falcon dungeon. We giggled at the contrast.

The bar is decked out with video screens everywhere and, as promised, they were showing video footage of showtune performances from all eras. Not as many patrons knew the words as we expected, but they were doing better than we were. Take the full tour after the jump.

Find the person who knows the words.

We expected to find Han Solo sitting here, but instead found these gays.

These girls knew all the words and choreography to “Poor Unfortunate Souls” by Ursula the Sea Witch. No joke.

We could not find the sex swing, but suspect it drops down from the ceiling on other nights of the week.

Visit the Chicago city guide provided by , the sponsor of Queerty’s Big Gay Road Trip: Northern Edition.

Sidetrack [Official Site]

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