"There are lesbian book groups and other kinds of social spaces now where people can find each other," said Jennifer Brier, associate professor of history and gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Amy Maggio, a longtime Chicago gay and lesbian activist, agreed that there are other options.
"Maybe 20 years ago, when people were not as out and about, there were a number of lesbian bars in Chicago," she said. "It was one of the only ways to gather. I think now there are so many different opportunities and so much more openness in society that the bars aren't as necessary as they once were."
Still, some feel the loss of Star Gaze will leave a significant void, particularly for women new to the city or those just embracing their sexuality.
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