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Eater's first documentary explores Boystown's changing identity through its restaurants, bars

Is Boystown losing its sparkle?

Vox Media's food blog Eater's first documentary takes a look at the gentrification happening in the hospitality industry in Chicago's Boystown, America's oldest gayborhood.

Boystown in Chicago is a 23-minute documentary that explores the rapid changes happening to Boystown's bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

From the documentary's description:

"On the Northside of Chicago, sandwiched just east of Wrigley Field and west of Lake Michigan, is Boystown. Established in the late 1960s as the Nation's first official gay neighborhood and one of the only safe spaces for LGBTQ people to openly live their lives in the entire city. It has become one of the city's well known areas. Seemingly overnight rent prices have skyrocketed, resulting in many people in the area being pushed out. Gay bars have begun to close and are being replaced by trendier and more mainstream restaurants that cater to all. Programs for LGBT homeless people have vanished. It is the first government designated 'gayborhood' by any US government, and the Pride Parade attracts over 1 million people annually to its streets."

"As this community continues to make great strides towards full equality in the United States – even under the Trump administration – the future for this neighborhood that was always a beacon of gay hope may be losing its sparkle."

Boystown in Chicago is hosted by Zach Stafford, editor-in-chief of INTO, a new digital LGBT magazine launched by Grindr, a dating app for gay and bisexual men.

Related: Grindr launches 'Into' with news, more - led by Zach Stafford


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photo neighborhood from 1998 to 2003 - very fond memories of a special time in my life...
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Look what happened to spin \ud83d\ude1e Ashly Williams ol' stomping grounds
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Cuyler Switalski hurry better move back.
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Interesting perspectives, but not entirely accurate.
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Boystown has faded...
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