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I grew up in a Chicago suburb, but traveled to and through the city frequently to visit relatives and hang with friends.
It wasn’t until five years ago when I actually moved to Chicago that I came to appreciate its diverse, albeit segregated, culture.
And what better way is there to spend a Saturday night than watching a bunch of strong women (of all sizes, body types, ethnicities, etc.) kicking ass and taking names.
Not to leave anyone out, there is a men’s derby league getting started back up, The Chicago Bruise Brothers, and they are also comprised of straight and gay skaters.I don’t know if they/MRDA (Men’s Roller Derby Association) have any separate policies on transmen skaters, but they follow the WFTDA rules set, so I would assume that they are just as inclusive.Rugby (Chicago Women’s, North Shore, and Chicago Sirens) Of the teams, North Shore has the reputation of being the most intense; they won DI national chamionships in 2011, followed by Chicago Women.There is, however, a wonderfully extensive LGBTQ section, covering everything from culture to humor to history. On the flip side, there are lavender walls and baskets of fake ivy that haven’t been dusted since 1989, the year after that logo was created.
However, I’m still dating the girl who gave me a stellar Murakami recommendation. Take it for what it is, I guess.) I need not emphasize the massive amount of male-dominated professional sports teams, so I’ll discuss the teams that don’t get much action […on TV… Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) The coolest, most organized, queer social sports league in all of America!Sangamon St.) A weekly 18 LGBTQ dance party that serves alcohol (if you’re 21 )! Clark St.) Located in Lesbianland (Andersonville), T’s is a good choice on pretty much any night.The best times are after CMSA softball on Sundays and on Saturdays for the newly instated “Tease Her at T’s” dance parties.That being said, I encourage you to check it out for yourself, preferably on a Thursday night for the Stardust party or bring your friends to Robyn night on Sunday. I’ve never been to any LGBTQ bars/clubs on the South Side or in the suburbs, but it’s definitely on my to-do list (after Natalie Portman, of course). Halsted St.) A good choice after a night of partying in Boystown, the Chicago Diner is completely vegetarian and mostly vegan. Pick Me Up Cafe (3408 N Clark St) For a laid-back dining experience, stop by Pick Me Up Cafe. Belmont Ave.) The menu here is really diverse, and they serve booze, too. Halsted St.) Speaking of pancakes, yes, I’m serious on this one.