6920 N. Glenwood Ave. 773-764-2826
Rating: 2 (out of four) Give it some time
The scene: Sidecar used to be under-the-Red-Line-honky-tonk bar Duke’s, and judging by the comments from the crowd on a recent Saturday, the place has really changed. Most of the bar space was filled by 7 p.m. with mostly older gay couples, with a few groups even spreading out to tables in the side room. You won’t see a rainbow flag waving out front, but the bar’s LGBT-friendly and ran by Colm Treacy (who also owns T’s in Andersonville) and his partner Tom Hoang. It's dark—so dark you might think it’s closed when you walk by—and kind of hard to find (No, you’re not going down an alley. The bar really does face the wall holding up the Red Line), but an easy walk from nearby draws like the Mayne Stage Theater.