Maybe you've seen the famous "Saturday Night Live" sketch about Chicago's sports "Superfans." It shows beer-drinking, sausage-eating guys with heavy Chicago accents (sausage is pronounced "sah-sige") with fierce loyalty to their teams, "Da Bears" and "Da Bulls." Real-life versions of these characters definitely exist, and can be found in the hundreds of sports bars, big and small, across Chicago. This city is serious about its sports teams. Every sports bar tunes their big-screen TVs to Chicago's pro baseball, football, basketball and hockey games. Fans then gather to fixate on the screens while cheering, jeering, eating and drinking. But the biggest party takes place in the summer, around Wrigley Field. The historic, north side ballpark, where the Chicago Cubs play, spawned an entire neighborhood of sports bars and restaurants, known as Wrigleyville. The area, particularly along Clark Street, buzzes with activity longer after the game's over. Elsewhere in the city, some bars are team-specific, but most welcome fans of every sport. Just be aware of the city's baseball rivalry between the north side Cubs and south side White Sox. Even if you happen to come alone, you can count on finding a crowd to hang with, as long as you're wearing the right colors and logos. 10Best readers give a thumbs-up to the Wrigleyville bar Murphy's Bleachers, and cheer for WestEnd Bar & Grille for its fun crowd and proximity to the United Center. The best sports bars in Chicago? Game on!
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