What’s In A Name? ‘Boystown’ Renamed Northalsted.

Chicago’s “Boystown” neighborhood changes its name to Northalsted to promote inclusion. But not everyone thinks the name should change.

Boystown crosswalk
Business owners and alderman gathered to celebrate the installation of Pride-themed crosswalks. Northalsted Business Alliance
Boystown crosswalk
Business owners and alderman gathered to celebrate the installation of Pride-themed crosswalks. Northalsted Business Alliance

What’s In A Name? ‘Boystown’ Renamed Northalsted.

Chicago’s “Boystown” neighborhood changes its name to Northalsted to promote inclusion. But not everyone thinks the name should change.

Boystown” is the nickname first used in the 1980’s to describe Chicago’s North Side LGBTQ neighborhood around Wrigley Field. But LGBTQ activists are asking the name be dropped, arguing it excludes lesbian, transgender and other queer residents and visitors.

Reset explores the debate over renaming “Boystown” to Northalsted.

GUESTS: Lake Alen, executive director Northalsted Business Alliance

Jonathan Pugh, Northalsted resident, president of Allegrezza and former vice president of Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

Devlyn Camp, podcaster and author of the “Boystown” name change petition