Rock Hudson, Marshall Field's, and the Father of Gay Chicago

The "founding father of gay Chicago" documents a one-time sexual encounter with movie star Rock Hudson.


In the 1940s, Chicago department store Marshall Field & Co. was known as a gay cruising ground. At least that's how author Justin Spring describes it in his book on Chicago cult artist and writer Samuel Steward: Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2011).