Visiting Sidetrack

Sidetrack is an LGBTQIA+ establishment in the heart of Chicago Proudest Neighborhood.  When planning your visit, here are a few things to remember: 


“Is Sidetrack 21+?”

Yes, you must be 21+ to visit Sidetrack (valid ID required).  


“Are you open today?”

Sidetrack is open 3pm-2am Monday-Friday, 1pm-3am Saturday and 1pm-2am Sunday.  

We are open 365 days a year, but there are certain holidays and special occasions for which the bar may open earlier or later than regularly scheduled.  We do our best to list this on the website whenever possible.  


“Is there a cover?”

No. Except for special events, such as New Year’s Eve, there is normally not a cover at Sidetrack. 


“Do you have Coat Check?”

Coat Check is $2, we accept cash or credit cards

Coat Check and Bag Check Policy 
All bags, purses, coats and packages will be inspected prior to entry.  Bags and large purses must be checked into bag check (complimentary).  Sidetrack staff will determine which bags and purses must be checked in.   We will also ask people to open large coats upon entrance.  We strongly suggest that all coats be checked for your safety and the security of your items.


“Is there parking at Sidetrack?”

We no longer offer Valet Parking.  There are pay-for-parking lots on Northalsted:
3224 N. Halsted Garage – Legacy Parking
3514 N Halsted St – MidCity Parking

The 44th Ward has begun to place parking restrictions on North Halsted in front of Sidetrack during weekends and busy event times.  Please remain alert to signage for parking restrictions on Halsted Street. 


“Do you have a drink special tonight?”

Our well cocktails are only $7 all day/every day.


“Do you accept credit cards?”

We proudly accept all major credit cards.  We do not run tabs, or leave tabs open. 


“Where can I get that shirt?”

Sidetrack partners with the Men’s Room Chicago to carry Sidetrack shirts including our Sunday Funday, Musical Monday and Trans Equality shirts.


“When do you have Show Tunes?” 

We have Show Tunes three times per week:  Friday from 4-9pm, Sunday from 4-9pm and Monday from 8pm-2am. Schedule subject to change for specialty programming (such as RuPaul’s Drag Race on Fridays, or holidays).


“Are you showing RuPaul’s Drag Race?”

Our viewing party has the most screens in Chicago including our giant screen in the Main Bar.  Get here early to get a good spot, and stick around after for Chicago’s best local queens! Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 9 at 7pm starting Friday, May 17, in all bars with your hosts  Veronica Pop & Boy J! No reservations, No cover.


“I think I may have lost something at Sidetrack, what should I do?”

You will need to call the bar.  In order to get in touch with Lost & Found, please call 773-477-9189 after 11am and ask for help with Lost & Found.


“Are you hiring?” 

New hires don’t start as bartenders.  You are welcome to fill out an application in person at Sidetrack Monday-Friday between 3 and 8PM. 


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