Well, a bragging right is a bragging right, this of which I'm proud of, since I live in East Lakeview too. I would have posted this in the Economic thread, considering that both the parade and Market Days contribute considerable millions to the local economy, however this is still the more relevant location.
Best of Travel
Out Traveler Awards 2013
Out Traveler Award Winner: Incomparable Gay Neighborhood
By OUTTraveler Editors
We nominated, you voted, and now we have a winner for Incomparable Gay Neighborhood.
Incomparable Gay Neighborhood: BOYSTOWN (CHICAGO)
Runner-up: The Mission (San Francisco)
"Are you surprised? Chicago's sizeable and friendly LGBT neighborhood, referred to as "Boystown," was voted best gay neighborhood in the world, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid. Chicago's Boystown, centered around Halsted Street, was the nation's first officially-recognized gay village in the U.S. and is the home to a large Pride celebration, as well as Market Days, an unrivaled August street party. The neighborhood has everything you could want: bars, clubs, restaurants, architecture, walkability, its own El stop, and now marriage equality (Illinois legalized same-sex unions in 2013). It also seems more welcoming than some other gayborhoods that shall remain nameless. On the horizon: a remodeling of the famous Hydrate nightclub, an LGBT-inclusive comedy festival, and a gay-themed hotel."
Also, the Windy City Times had a small blurb today about the Out Chicago Hotel still being 'in the works,' according to the developer.