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Enjoy game day at Chicago's best sports bars



Although the old "Saturday Night Live" sketch about Chicago's sports "Superfans" and their "Da Bears" and "Da Bulls" refrain represents a real Chicago culture, there are so many sub-categories of sports loving characters cheering in the the hundreds of sports bars, divey and upscale, across the city. Every sports bar tunes big-screen TVs to Chicago's pro baseball, football, basketball and hockey games. Fans 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 spawned an entire neighborhood of sports bars and restaurants, known as Wrigleyville. The area, particularly along Clark Street, buzzes with activity long after the game's over. Elsewhere in the city, some bars are team-specific, but most welcome fans of every sport. We've chosen some sprinkled across town from Streeterville to Logan Square. 10Best readers give a thumbs-up to Murphy's Bleachers, and cheer for WestEnd Bar & Grille  for its fun crowd and shuttle bus to the United Center. The best sports bars in Chicago? Whether you lean toward riotous or completely laid back, this bar's for you! 


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Newly a Michigan and a Mizzou bar for college sports plus official Bears (NFL), and Blackhawks (NHL) bar, Fatpour has a name that tantalizes beer, wine and cocktail fans. Expect all the games you're looking for broadcast on 30+ TVs. Video DJ's play music or screen funny video's in between commercials. Regulars love the raffles, giveaways, and mascots running around the space. Daily as well as game-day specials aplenty, the bar has two floors, with 60 beers on tap, 200 in bottles and cans, an extensive food menu and a signature see-through two-story keg cooler in the middle of the building. Favorite noshes include bacon meatballs, chicken and waffle bites, build-a-pizza, burgers and "Fat Plates" like wood-roasted Korean chicken. Go to the website to check on daily specials for food, beer and cocktails.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: A comfortable sports bar with an accent on college football, Fatpour has an outdoor area, cheerful atmosphere and a serious beer, cocktail and food menu.

Jacky's expert tip: Call about private rooms, for 15-60 people, and catering packages.

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Plenty of sports fans come simply for the 90-plus beers on tap at the Old Town Pour House. There is a rotating roster of regional, national and global brews from small producers, after all. But the huge flat-screen TVs and dark wood interiors lending an old-fashioned pub vibe are also a part of the charm. Complementing one of the biggest and best beer lists in Chicago, the grub menu has surprising options. You can get your pretzel bites, half-pound burgers and cheese curds but also duck nachos, forest mushroom flatbread, Gochujang braised short rib tacos and pan-seared red grouper. There's also a hearty brunch served until 3 pm every Saturday and Sunday, perfect for college and professional football games. Don't miss The 20-oz. Churchill Bloody Mary with house-made bloody mix and a skewer bearing grilled shrimp, cubed pepper jack, cornichon, cherry tomato, Gibson cocktail onion and a Slim Jim stir stick.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Excellent service, creative menu, 15 gigantic HDTVs and state-of-the-art A/V,and more than 90 beers add up to one fine sports bar in Old Town.

Jacky's expert tip: Take a look at the "How We Serve Beer" booklet - it explains why your beer comes in a snifter rather than a pint glass and what nitro taps are all about.

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The stretch of Clark Street near Wrigley Field is lined with new upscale bars, but this longtime Wrigleyville sports bar doubles as a mini indoor sports complex. Not only can you watch baseball, but you can also hit a few yourself. The second floor has batting cages, Skee-Ball, golf, electronic basketball, air hockey, hoops and more. And that's in addition to the standard video games, pool tables and dartboards. Music, dancing and drinking go on all night long here, too. While primarily a Chicago Cubs bar, it's owned by two Indiana University alumni, so Indiana Hoosiers games are also broadcast. Count on over 30 TVs, six 10-foot screens and HD Plasma TVs throughout the bar. Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, wings, pizza, salads round out the typical sports bar menu.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: In a neighborhood filled with sports bars, this one stands out for its second floor filled with sports activities.

Jacky's expert tip: There's a dueling piano show every Friday and Saturday night and after every Cubs home game.

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The sports bar displays vintage images of 1920s' boxers, a pommel horse and even a high school gym scoreboard from a local school. You won't miss any of the game with 14 60-inch TVs inside and three 60-inch TVs on the expansive patio that sports bonfire pits and bocce ball courts. Expect game-day specials for every Chicago team. Fans seem to go for Buffalo nuggets and mini steak sandwiches, especially on football Sundays. You won't spy a corporate food company truck delivering pre-made menu items - Park & Field features gourmet pub grub with ingredients sourced from local growers and producers. Hungry vegans can find some satisfying items, too. There's a complete line-up of expertly-made cocktails and 50 craft beers to cry into just in case of a loss.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Park & Field will remind your parents of their high school gymnasium and the gourmet pub grub will make you glad you've brought them along.

Jacky's expert tip: The spacious patio is kid and dog-friendly and a bottomless boozy brunch ensues every Saturday/Sunday 10am-2: 30 pm.

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Since every sports bar is serving its own rendition of tacos, why not go all-in at this agave and whiskey-focused, Tex-Mex sports bar in Logan Square. Referencing what was once another name for Milwaukee Avenue, The Old Plank has plenty of televisions for game day viewing from booths, high and low top tables, and barstools. Executive Chef Jesus Castillo and Chef de Cuisine Juan Ramirez offer authentic Tex-Mex flavors among the menu items: homemade chips, salsa and guacamole; roasted corn sprinkled with Cotija, cream, cilantro and house seasoning; tacos stuffed with smoked brisket; tempura Baja shrimp; Asada; fried avocado or mushrooms. But that's not all! There are sandwiches, salads, plates of chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos and a couple of desserts. Complement with agave and whiskey cocktails, frozen drinks, shots and suds from 16 taps of local brews. Alfresco dining will keep your head clear.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Plenty of TV's, extended weekend brunch hours and authentic Tex-Mex flavors in food and drink will compel you to walk this plank.

Jacky's expert tip: No need to get up early for weekend brunch: it's served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Old Plank. Taco Tuesday is $2 tacos all day and $4 cans of Finch TacoCat beer.

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This sports bar is almost as much of a landmark as it's next-door neighbor, Wrigley Field. Located on the corner outside the famed bleachers, Chicago Cubs fans pack the indoor and outdoor patio area on game day, drinking beer out of oversized cans. But the bar is not only for baseball fans. A bevy of monitors keeps you posted on competitions across the globe. Sports memorabilia lines the walls, reminding folks that Murphy's is a shrine to all things athletic. Daily drink and grub specials make for a great value, they're open for lunch every day and join bingo, trivia and karaoke nights for even more fun.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: One of Chicago's oldest and most legendary sports bars, Murphy's sits just outside the bleacher gates at the famed intersection of Waveland and Sheffield.

Jacky's expert tip: No worries! Even though the legendary bar gets swamped during games, there are multiple bars, an outdoor patio and a rooftop with a view of the park.

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WestEnd Bar & Grille
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WestEnd Bar & Grille is a decent place for pre-game partying for United Center sporting events, particularly Chicago Blackhawks hockey games. Thirty-three plasma TVs broadcast the games throughout the friendly two-level bar. The best seats for sports fans are the leather, TV-equipped booths. It gets crowded on game days, but that's because fans can count on the bar food, including tacos, burritos and burgers and something from the expansive beer menu, filled with craft and locally brewed ales. Feel free to order another if you're hopping on the bar's free and regularly-running shuttle back and forth to the United Center. Brunch is favorite here often offering bottomless Mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Close to the United Center, it's the best spot for pre- and post-game parties, particularly for Chicago Blackhawks games.

Jacky's expert tip: Try to get there early, to snag one of the TV-equipped leather booths. Take the bar's regularly-running free shuttle to and from the United Center.

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Just two blocks from the United Center, The Ogden is a chef-driven sports bar with a scratch kitchen; plenty of 75" screens including individual TV's in every booth; and subscriptions to everything a fan might want from NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings to NBA League Pass, B1G Ten Network and Showtime Boxing Series. Upscale but never snooty, The Ogden lists wings that are brined and smoked in-house in garlic Buffalo and sweet bourbon BBQ versions and burgers that are certified Black Angus beef hand-formed patties nestled on a bakery fresh brioche or pretzel bun. Flatbreads, assorted sliders, sandwiches and a few salads round out the menu. The official Blackhawks bar has nearly 20 beers on tap plus more in bottles and cans and brunch adds eggs and sweet dishes Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: An easy walk to or from the United Center, The Ogden elevates the sports bar experience with a chef-driven, from-scratch kitchen.

Jacky's expert tip: Scope out a spot next to the fireplace in the winter to watch football or a hockey game.

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Public House has perfected comfort food without pretension and priciness and the gastropub simultaneously outdoes legions of other sports bars in its viewing capabilities. There's a 30-foot video screen, spanning the length of the bar providing a genuine sense of being field-side at a football game or courtside at a basketball game. More than 25 other TV's throughout means you won't miss a play if you are stuck in the corner of the bar. Sports and drink hoppiness is always within reach because, In addition to more than 100 beers, the gastropub also includes 12 table TAP booths with two types of beer on one and a liquor tap on the other. The table taps allow guests to pour beer and cocktails without having to get up and order from the bar and miss a foul, strike or field goal. Bring Killer to the summer Puppy Patio, too.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Unequaled viewing capabilities, 100 beers and dishes not seen on a bar menu make Public House a champion.

Jacky's expert tip: Weekend brunch can't be beaten with Bear Down Bloody Mary's and delicious items like chilaquiles and 5-layer pancakes.

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You will not miss a minute of the action at Timothy O'Toole's Pub, a subterranean spot in Streeterville that contains everything a great sports bar needs - 74 HD screens, 48 craft brews on draught and award-winning wings. O'Toole's raises a pint to 27 years as a fan favorite claiming the title as an Official Chicago Blackhawks bar - but that's not all. The pub offers a Bears Bus to Soldier Field, hosts the American Outlaws soccer viewing parties and is known to welcome professional athletes for a cold one after a game. Pool tables, darts, Tuesday trivia night, karaoke offer your own form of competition. Chef Corey Grupe offers lunch, dinner and -very- late night bites daily. There are O'Toole's outposts in Gurnee, Libertyville and Lake Villa, too.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: O'Toole's has the screens, wings, beer and sports extras (like shuttles to Soldier Field) to make it an MVP (Most Valuable Pub).

Jacky's expert tip: Need a laugh after your team flubs it? Check out the weekly Wednesday "Comedians You Should Know" comedy show in O'Toole's private room.

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Meet Jacky Runice

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home safety choice and not a coffee order, Jacky Runice has been knocking around Chicago as a professional print, online and broadcast journalist and...  More About Jacky

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