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Banana Video

Category: Adult store with arcade Hours / Entry Fee: Sun - Thu: Noon - Midnight; Fri - Sat: Noon - 4 am Directions: Located between Ainslie and Argyle Street. Take the 'L' train to either Lawrence or Argyle. The bookstore is located on the second floor.
Submitted: Aug 04 2002 (Edited 01/10/24)
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3.2/5 based on 45 votes. The median rating is 3.
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Address: 4923 North Clark Street
City: Chicago
State: Illinois
ZIP/Postal Code: 60640
Country: United States of America
Phone Number: 773-561-8322

GPS Approximate Latitude & Longitude: 41.9724,-87.6675
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Posted Jan 10 2024:
Recently remodeled and crowds are much better. Always manage to find a warm mouth or ass. Very dark with many new gloryholes and booths. Wish they were 24/7 but hopefully that will happen with it being busier.

Edited on 01/10/24
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Posted Sep 16 2022:
Only arcade in city outside of Loop. Younger crowd now. Changed after COVID-19. No trannies. No females and very rarely couples. Very very very gay.

Edited on 09/19/22


Posted Aug 13 2022:
How's this place for CDs? Don't have a lot of experience, but like to be the center of attention. What type of crowd? What outfit and lingerie will draw attention? Thanks.

Edited on 08/14/22

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Posted Jun 17 2021:
Always had a great blowjob here. Gloryholes are awesome. Somewhat dark and takes awhile to acclimate to the light. Hope one day to see a nice big dick come my way also.

Edited on 06/17/21


Posted Aug 09 2020:
The banana is open for business. However as you would expect things are different.

They are trying to keep it around ten people at a time and you have a maximum two-hour limit to get your business done and get out. When you walk in, pay your ten dollars and pick a name from the box. That's you code name during your visit. If they call your code name it's time to move along and out.

As for upstairs everything is open as before. I will say the few people walking around all seem to adhere to the mask rules. Of course we know that goes out the window once in a booth.

It's a difficult call honestly. I went twice recently and had two good experiences just jacking off at arms length with some super hot men. We never removed our masks.

After five months of doing nothing I have to say the release was awesome! I think you can play but you need to just stay on guard and not take too many risks. I will also note I got in and out in less than thirty minutes – keep the visit short.

Edited on 08/11/20


Posted Jul 11 2020:
In response to those asking about cruising with the COVID pandemic, I am not an epidemiologist but I just read an article yesterday that stated the virus has been found in semen. I would also think that if guys are moving from booth to booth like they tend to do and a guy with COVID sucks some cock and then the guy he was sucking moved onto someone else the second sucker might become infected but this is just my thought process.

I'm playing it safe right now and taking care of myself, but I am missing the gloryhole action.

Edited on 07/13/20


Posted Mar 14 2020:
Are places like this remaining open? How busy has cruising been at Banana lately, and other sites, since COVID-19 preventative measures such as "social distancing" have been announced?

Is it lower risk if there's no facial touching followed by 20-second hand washing? Or handjobs only, as long as we keep 1-2 meters apart? With so many workplaces/transit facilities/universities, etc. deserted, there'll be fewer opportunities to connect anonymously for months.

Editor: Any observations or predictions to share from a higher level view? Any epidemiologist cruisers willing to share practical guidance?

It seems to be a very fluid situation, and not in the sense of "fluid" I like. :-( The messages, warnings, and closings we get seem to be changing every day, or even from morning to evening. For example, I've wondered if closings in some cities specifically of bars and restaurants leave ABS's open. Other cities seem to be ordering broad closing of most businesses with specified exceptions, such drugstores and supermarkets. It truly varies.

Here in Houston some gay bars have started offering hand sanitizer at the door, using disposable cups instead of glasses, having the bartenders wear gloves and (again) use hand sanitizer several times an hour — all while somehow encouraging "social distancing" in a potentially crowded bar setting. I haven't been out except to go to my seasonal part-time job, but that's just me being overworked and overtired. I don't know to what extent others are still going out.

Update: Harris County, including Houston, just now announced live on local TV that all bars and restaurants will be closed for in-house business effective 8 am Tuesday 3/17. Restaurants will be able to deliver. I'll follow the story for detail. Please follow developments in your state and local area.

I'd love to hear other cruisers' thoughts on this, especially if they work in epidemiology or on the front lines of advising or helping patients or the worried well. ~ Editor

Edited on 03/16/20


Posted Feb 27 2020:
Subject: Banana very worthwhile
Chidirtdog's review is pretty accurate, and I write to second his recommendation. Wide array of ages — not too many early 20s, but occasionally — and body types. Not in the league of Bijou, sadly. The reviews for Bijou I thought I had read were to have been memorialized in these listings, but not found.

The opening hours on Saturday and Sunday are, I believe, from noon.

Thanks for the correction for the weekend hours. I've updated them based on what Google says.

About Bijou, I finally had to archive that page because it had closed several years ago. I've considered making a way to make those reviews accessible to CFS Members, but generally cruisers want to see places that are open now. Keeping on top the ones that closed which need to be archived is a challenge, and I am a bit behind. ~ Editor

Edited on 02/28/20

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Posted Feb 27 2020:
Last post 2016? That's insane and absolutely does not do this place justice. I expect Banana got a bad rep when it was sharing the same dickpool as Man's Country. But since it's shuttering, Banana's business has grown significantly, and late at night it can be pretty wild.

Much like Bijou, as mentioned below, it's no holds barred upstairs much like a mini bathhouse. No direct line of sight with the clerks though all the staff there have been stellar and very nice from my experiences. As a result you can fuck in the gloryholes, booths, community seating area, hallways, the urinal they have installed in a booth, with your ass half out of the booth into the hallway, etc. One night I got pulled into three separate threesomes, most with the doors open, and that was after being fucked in the gloryhole twice.

The gloryhole booths are almost completely dark, which I prefer, and the booths with the videos streaming are huge and can accommodate three or more. Ten dollars, I think that gives you in and out privileges for the day or you have to pay a small fee.

The few hours before closing tends to be the rough trade — my pref, last night had nothing for an hour, then twenty minutes before closing three guys absolutely destroyed my ass through the gloryhole, all dropping loads in my now gaped hole. Sundays from opening till evening tends to have a lot of married guys and regulars who Sunday Funday downstairs at Sofo.

Edited on 02/27/20
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Posted Oct 21 2016:
Since Bijou closed — a major loss — I've been searching for a substitute popular enough to make it worthwhile to patronize. Banana can be quite good, though it's layout is much smaller than Bijou.

During three visits in the past month, great times:

One Saturday night I was able to deep-throat two mid-40's guys, serially, and enjoyed cum pumped with great enthusiasm. There's a small screened room that looks into the larger video screens where I kneeled as the guys allowed me to suck and lick back and forth.

More recently, again Saturday about 9 pm to 11 pm, two other early to mid-40 guys: I was sucking one while we both were in a booth, but with the door open, so the other guy watched until the first man unloaded after 10 minutes or so.

After the first guy left, the second immediately came in, pulled out his stiff cock and slid it down my throat. I loved watching his cock enter my mouth down to his cockring, bonus reason to lick his balls. Ultimately he also pumped a full load, from a lovely mushroom head. After he shot, I continued to suck and massage with my tongue for a few more minutes. Two loads taken, but the night ended with me heading over to the Ram — where I swallowed another load, and got fucked by a thick, gloved, cock up my ass. Perfect outing!

Last week I not only enjoyed sucking a couple of young 20-to-30's guys gathered in a dark hallway, but one has a very talented thick cock which was the focus of several guys. Nothing like a crowd gathered to enjoy an event!

In a private booth later he fondled my cheeks with his hands down my briefs, pulling down my pants before getting us both sweaty as he filled my ass with his long thick raw cock, shooting a creamy load. We took a few minutes to chat, holding each other, and me appreciatively grasping his still-thick cock--before he did me again. Been a long time since my last bareback load, but this was one of the hottest I enjoy reimagining. Dripping precum even now as I write...

If you're looking to get deep sucked and swallowed, or to fuck (bb or condom), this is a great place for average horny guys. And only ten bucks.

Edited on 10/25/16
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Posted Aug 29 2016:
It was ten dollars admission to the upstairs. The clerk was nice enough. It's a decent size. Nice and dark. There are many booths with gloryholes. Some of them have videos inside the booths. The other booths are concealed in the darkness. There is also a sling behind a chain-linked area.

There were only two guys there when I went. I needed a quick fix before I headed home so I wasn't disappointed. I sucked one of the guys off. After I finished him off and he left, the other guy took me in a booth and I was sucking him off, a nice 9 or 10 inches. He reached down and started playing with my hole.

I had to help buddy out and let him slide up in my hole. He had pressed up against the booth wall while he drilled my hole and shot his essence up inside my hole. Was kinda hot, my hole was dripping like crazy when he pulled out. He had a lot of nutt, nice.

I would revisit this place but I would want to know when the best hours are so I could have more options.

Edited on 09/12/16


Posted Apr 07 2015:
Went in here late Saturday, a cold night. The guy behind the counter was nice and took my coat. I was wearing tight jeans, no underwear, and a cock ring.

I went upstairs to the video rooms right away. There were only a couple guys in there. Then a guy about in his 30's went in the booth next to me and sucked my cock. We went into a larger booth where I dropped my pants around my ankles and fucked his face while he sat on the bench. I got tired of that since he wasn't that hot.

I hung out for about 15 minutes more, posing and waiting. It was dead, but it was cold outside.

Edited on 04/13/15


Posted Feb 24 2013:
February 2013, $10 admission upstairs. Midweek at 5:30 pm. Two guys there. Not good but only tried once.

Edited on 02/28/13


Posted Dec 18 2010:
Still not many guys but they have added a nice piss room if that is your thing.

Edited on 12/21/10


Posted Feb 21 2010:
Not a bad place for weekend afternoon group action.

Edited on 02/21/10

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Posted Feb 04 2010:
Recently I have been there several times and only a handful of guys, all mostly posing. In the past I have been gangfucked here, but that must have been a fluke.

Edited on 02/04/10


Posted Mar 20 2009:
Hot, masculine guys with no attitude and no hassles from staff. It's clean and the sex is great. There are private viewing booths, some with cabanas.


Posted Dec 11 2008:
Spent $10 to get in and left after five minutes. My problem with this place is the lack of privacy or ability to be discreet or choosy. It's all out in the open, no private areas. Everyone there was way older than me, and no one interested me at all. They followed me around and two of them were begging me to let them suck me off. It was also dirty and way too dark. It's more of a back room than an arcade.


Posted Nov 13 2007:
The old guy who works nights is very rude and management has the bathroom locked at all times. You have to ring the bell, ask for the key from the rude old guy just to use the bathroom. I notice some people have been pissing on the floor. Very unsanitary!


Posted Oct 16 2007:
Not worth the entry fee. I went there one night and no more than three guys showed up while I was there. Save your money and use it on Man's Country instead.


Posted Oct 05 2007:
Lame. I went on Saturday night around midnight and there were only two or three guys. Half the TVs don't work and the 'theatre' is a joke.


Posted Jan 23 2007:
This place used to be a great place but with the smoking ban has become a problem between smokers and non-smokers. The smokers will threaten you if you say anything to them and the staff won't do anything to stop it!


Posted Oct 31 2006:
Save your money and don't waste your time here. There's not that much going on.


Posted Jul 05 2005:
First time's a charm! I went there last week, late and very horned up. First guy I saw was a hot bald dude, but I walked by him to check the place out. I walked back up front and found the bald dude, took him to the back booth and had a fucking hot time! Definately will go back!


Posted Jun 16 2005:
Not a bad place for quick sex. Has some great gloryholes and large booths for more private encounters. You pay a flat rate to get in the back and anything goes! I've been fucked, sucked, and completly naked while guys watched. Gets a mixed crowd of all different types. Worth a visit.


Posted Apr 28 2005:
Very, very poor. Don't waste your money. Even at midnight on Saturday, there are only a few trolls.


Posted Feb 05 2005:
This place sucks! Everyone just stands around like the junior high dance.


Posted Nov 24 2004:
This place is still the best for bookstore sex in the city. You may need to wait for someone to get there, but I rarely leave disappointed. I usally can have three to five guys no problem. All types hang out here, and at times the guys do seem a little too selective. I defenitly recommend this place for those who enjoy public, gloryhole, or casual sex. It sure beats a drive to Ottowa or Stone Park.


Posted Jul 01 2004:
It was rather slow on Tuesday, but I was not there five minutes and had a nice nine-incher to suck on and a couple more after that. It's very clean, but they're not open too late. I think on the right night this place could be lots of fun.


Posted Apr 22 2004:
There weren't many guys here, but I managed to have a great time with a smooth, athletic type who sucked me and ate my ass. We did it with the door open. It was hot! The staff was friendly too.


Posted Feb 11 2004:
I went on a Sunday at 9 pm and there weren't a lot of guys, but the ones there were hot and with little attitude. At one point i was sucking a short muscled guy off and playing with his hairy ass while he jacked off a Henry Rollins look-alike who was sucking one of the biggest cocks I've seen on a white guy. This place rocked. Ten dollars and that's it, no tokens and no problems from employees.


Posted Dec 24 2003:
I stopped in last night and a bare assed couple started an orgy in the third floor viewing area right on the floor. It was an hour of fucking and sucking. Voyeurs got off as well. I could not believe the crowd that joined in. All gay videos were showing. What a hot night!


Posted Jul 03 2003:
I had a few drinks at the small bar downstairs then went up and sucked three guys before leaving. I went about two weeks back and had anal sex with one guy.


Posted Dec 12 2002:
A lot of old guys when I went.
The clerk was a cute straight boy.


Posted Oct 16 2002:
This place gets a bad rap. I've had many hot encounters there with all types of guys. There are gloryholes, private rooms and open spaces. Weekends are usually busiest, but weeknights have been hot, too.


Posted Aug 16 2002:
Close to the Eagle and Man's Country. I have tried it many times and there was not one good-looking man to even look at my cock, much less suck it. Pass this one by, guys!

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