LGBT specific shops around the world have been hubs, not just for buying gay-specific merchandise, but for community activism and support. Chicago is no exception, and these shops are both a convergence of like-minded people as well as great places to purchase some cool stuff.
If you’re walking around Boystown, chances are you passed by Beatnix, and there’s no chance you didn’t notice it. From vintage outfits to wigs to jewelry to costumes, this place has it all. Check them out the next chance you get, even (and especially) if you’re not looking for anything in particular.
One of the more popular and most unique stores in the area, Egoist Underwear offers some of the sexiest underwear out there, specifically tailored for both comfort and looks. The wide range of options in various styles, sizes, designs, and material makes it a one-stop-shop, and the fantastic supply of swimwear is just an added bonus. They cater to all egos, whether you’re shy or as outgoing as they come.
Unabridged Books isn’t specifically a gay bookstore, but they have some of the best selection of homoerotic literature in the city, along with an excellent selection of other books, from new releases to the classics. They have plenty of poetry and short story collections, textbooks, and, of course, a bunch of LGBT books outside of the erotic vein as well. They also host awesome events, including fundraising for the community and book signings from both local and touring writers.
Early to Bed & The Pleasure Chest
Early to Bed and The Pleasure Chest are the two most popular sex shops in the city, and they do it professionally, discreetly, with the utmost class, and have the best selection. The knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you make a decision that’s right for both men and women, and they host classes to really make the most of bedroom time.