Undeniably, the NYC bear scene has moved from subculture to the gay mainstream in the past few years, thanks in part to large-scale events like Urban Bear Weekend and Provincetown, Massachusetts's Bear Week. At this point, bearded, husky guys dominate much of gay clubs and nightlife, from gay bars like Stonewall and Rockbar to mega dance parties including Horse Meat Disco and the Fur Ball. So what makes a bear? These days, it's pretty much anyone with face fuzz and a bit of extra meat on his bones. We're not generally hung up on labels around here, but there's no denying that these guys throw some of the best parties around.
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By Andrew Collins. Chicago has several venues geared to men looking to hook up, including one of the most popular gay bathhouses in any major U. Halsted St. Part of the Steamworks brand that has other locations in Toronto , Berkeley , Vancouver , and Seattle , this well-equipped establishment has a slew of amenities beyond the usual lockers, private rooms, gym equipment, and play areas. Amenities include USB ports in the more deluxe rooms, stations in bathrooms stalls for douching you can by douche hoses from vending machines , a mouthwash drinking fountain, flatscreen TVs in the rooms, dry saunas on two floors, and plenty more. It's not surprising this club is so popular - rates are a bit higher, too, but for what you get, especially in the private rooms, it's a good value.
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We stayed just down the street and stopped in here several times for a few beers. Very friendly Older crowd. Expensive drinks.
This area of River North is a great location to go bar hopping with friends. The scene is mostly concentrated on Hubbard from State to LaSalle. Seriously, try walking here on a Saturday night after 10 pm.