Visiting Sidetrack

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


“Is Sidetrack 21+?”

We welcome everyone over the age of 21 (with valid ID).  


“Are you open today?”

Sidetrack is 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.  Sidetrack is open Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Saturday 1pm-3am and Sunday 1pm-2am. 


“Is there a cover?”

Except for special events such as New Year’s Eve (which benefits The Legacy Project), there is 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?”

Valet ($10) is available Thurs-Sun after 7PM.  MidWest Valet is a business independent of Sidetrack and can be contacted at 312-296-1159 and 312-933-7173. 

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 $6 every day, and our specialty frozen cocktails are $8. 


“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 and Musical Monday shirts.


“When do you have Show Tunes?” 

We have Show Tunes three times per week, Fridays from 5-9, Sundays from 5-10 and Monday 8-close.  Schedule subject to change for specialty programming (such as RuPaul’s Drag Race on Fridays, or holidays).


“Are you showing RuPaul’s Drag Race?”

Yes!  Hosted by Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Aunty Chan and DiDa Ritz, our viewing party has the most screens 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!


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

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.  Most new hires begin on the door or as a barback.  You are welcome to fill out an application in person at Sidetrack Monday-Friday between 3 and 8PM. 


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