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: 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“Is Sidetrack 21+?”

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

 

“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.  

 

“Covid-19 Precautions”

Beginning Friday, August 20, the City of Chicago will require masks be worn indoors (when not actively drinking). The city has NOT added any other rules to the mask mandate. Customers have been asking if this means the Mayor is requiring us to return to seated table service/occupancy limits, and the answer is no.

This new rule is specific that everyone mask-up while inside and not actively drinking. Masks will be optional in our outside areas: the rooftop deck and the front patio.

As of Tuesday August 3, Sidetrack resumed requiring patrons show a valid photo ID and proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested negative within the last three days to enter. This policy will continue until further notice.

Proof of being fully vaccinated is a physical vaccination card or a picture on your phone of your vaccination card or other electronic proof.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adapt to new rules and policies for public safety.

Thank you for your continued support during this past year and a half with the ever-changing rules and limitations that we were operating under. Sidetrack is open Monday-Friday 3pm-2am, Saturday 1pm-3am, and Sunday 1pm-2am.

 

“Is there a cover?”

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 – ParkChirp
3514 N Halsted St – MidCity Parking

Tow-Zones
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 $6 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, Trans Equality, Musical Monday and Love Is Love shirts.
https://shopthemensroom.com/

 

“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 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!  Chicago’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 3 Viewing Party is every Thursday at 7pm and then we watch Canada’s Drag Race at 8pm, after UK.

 

“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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