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Big Chicks, Chicago, Illinois

5024 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago , Illinois
Tel: 773 728 5511's insider take:

Don't be fooled by the name: This unpretentious uptown bar caters equally to lesbians, gays, and straights of all sizes (many are students from nearby Loyola and Northwestern). The narrow main room is awash in red light and decorated with artwork—some of it by extraordinary artists like Diane Arbus—featuring women in various stages of undress. (It's the personal collection of owner, and namesake big chick, Michele Fire.) Bartenders pick the tunes during the week, but DJs take over on the weekends, and the side room, called the Salon, morphs into a dance floor. Though there's no food served (except on Sunday afternoons), Fire's organic restaurant, Tweet, is right next door and open through dinnertime most evenings.

Open Mondays through Fridays 4 pm to 2 am, Saturdays 3 pm to 3 am, Sundays 10 am to 2 am.

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