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Tribune article on Star Gaze closing

From the Chicago Tribune:

Mamie Lake was away from her Andersonville bar and social hub for Chicago’s lesbian community for a total of only 14 days from the day it opened in 1998 to last call in the wee hours of this new year.

“I opened the bar knowing there was a need for it,” said Lake, 62. “It went big time. We had people moving into the neighborhood because of the bar. It was like a gay Mayberry.”

For more than a decade, the bar — Star Gaze — had been an icon in the gay community, so much so that many gay women still can’t believe it’s gone. It was, by many accounts, the last full-time lesbian bar in Chicago.


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