Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-07-10
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicago Whispers
by Sukie de la Croix
2004-01-21

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


I received an e-mail from 'a long-time Chicagoan' about his experiences in local bathhouses. This is Part 1.

'A few months ago you ran some memories of the baths, and I wanted to add my memories of the baths and, perhaps at another time, of some of the gay cruising areas that used to exist. These places were popular before there were as many gay bars as there are now, as well as GLBT religious groups, athletic groups, musical groups, writing groups, places to volunteer, etc., where one can meet people.

'I think the first bathhouse I went to was the Devon Baths which was on Devon Avenue in Rogers Park, a couple blocks west of Broadway and on the north side of the street. This would have been around 1973. I was 27 and had been out about 3 years, but was still very new to 'the scene.' I had just moved to Rogers Park and overheard someone talking about this place, so I tried them out once. There weren't too many people there, which was fine with me. There were a few people in the shower and steam room, some of them eyeing each other, but nothing 'special' going on. Somehow I hooked up with someone and we ended up in one of the small rooms. He seemed to be about my age and was a little bigger and more muscular than I was. He wanted to screw me but I was not interested in doing that. However, he was quite insistent and started to get a little rough with me—twisting my arm and trying to force himself on me. At that point, my only interest was in getting out of the room as soon as I could without agitating the guy but certainly without letting him get what he wanted. (I was so tight anyway I don't think he could have gotten in with a crowbar.) I considered calling out, but decided if I played it cool I could achieve my goal in less dramatic fashion. I managed to placate him and maneuver myself towards the door, and then told him I really did not want to continue and quickly got out. I dressed quickly and never went back.

'About a year after that, I made my way to the Club Baths, which were on LaSalle Street around 600 north. It was the only big bathhouse in town at the time and was part of a national chain. I went there twice within a year or so. I went around midnight after having been at a bar or two, and there were lots of people there. They had an orgy room, and I remember hearing one guy talking about being on his knees and 'doing' a bunch of guys. I was in the orgy room for awhile but did not partake of any of the action—I was still not comfortable with that kind of scene. I also did not hook up with anyone in any of the rooms. No one that I was attracted to seemed interested in me, and I also did not know how to act in this environment. I remember thinking after I left my second visit, that I had had two unsatisfying visits to this place, and if it happened again it would be the last time I would go to the baths—'three strikes and you're out.''

More bathhouse stories from 'a long-time Chicagoan' next week.

If you have memories to share, contact Sukie de la Croix at Windy City Times. You can leave a message on his voicemail at (773) 871-7610. He collects memories and interviews over the phone, in person, or via e-mail sukie@windycitymediagroup.com .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Adler Planetarium Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing 2019-07-17 - Adler Planetarium Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Three Days of Special Programming this Thursday-Saturday WHAT: ...


Gay News

'Stonewall' exhibit extended through Aug. 10 2019-07-11 - "About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and New Queer Art"—being shown at Wrightwood 659, 659 W. Wrightwood Ave.—has been extended through Saturday, Aug. 10. A ...


Gay News

Larry Kramer gives us one more chance to wake the f*ck up 2019-07-10 - Our friend Larry Kramer, the godfather of the AIDS activism movement, hasn't lost his edge. That should surprise no one. In his speech ...


Gay News

Two Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Sites get World Heritage Desnignation 2019-07-08 - CHICAGO, IL ( July 8, 2019 ) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is proud to announce that the Frederick C. Robie House ...


Gay News

ART Darling Shear on artistic journey, making history 2019-07-07 - Mixed-media artist Darling Shear will become the first transgender artist to receive a grant from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum at the organization's annual ...


Gay News

Nadler, Haaland, Baldwin Honor Stonewall Uprising Ahead of Historic 50th Anniversary 2019-06-27 - Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Jerrold Nadler ( D-NY ) and Deb Haaland ( D-NM ), Vice Chairs of the Congressional Equality Caucus, ...


Gay News

'Before Stonewall' at Siskel on July 5-10 2019-06-26 - The 1984 film Before Stonewall will run at the Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on July 5-10. Given a new digital ...


Gay News

Bipartisan Stonewall bill introduced in Congress 2019-06-26 - On June 26, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin ( D-Wisconsin ), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer ( D-New York ) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ...


Gay News

Wrightwood 659 adds time and programming to About Face: Stonewall exhibit 2019-06-26 - ( CHICAGO, IL — June 26, 2019 ) Wrightwood 659 is proud to announce a two-week extension for About Face: Stonewall, Revolt and ...


Gay News

Generation Stonewall, the courage of generations 2019-06-26 - The journey to LGBTQ equality in Chicago—to the point where we have an openly lesbian mayor—was made possible by the courage of several ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.