Chicago was once a staple for lesbian bar and party goers. There was even a neighborhood known as “Girlstown” in Andersonville. As time passed, the lesbian population diminished and now married gay male couples are the majority in that area. And as far as finding a place to unwind and have a drink with other lesbians, that is now becoming non-existent as lesbian bars close their doors and shut down. Many are asking, “Where has the lesbian bar scene gone?”
Morning Shift sits down with Kristen Kaza, creator of the exhibit Lost & Found: An Exhibit Exploring Chicago’s Dyke Spaces of the ’70s and ’80s, and Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor at Windy City Times, to discuss the rich history of dyke spaces in Chicago and how the exhibit caters to elevate the conversation of LGBTQ issues and rights.