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Best Sports Bars in Chicago

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. In White Sox country, head to Ballpark Pub for meats smoked in-house, an outdoor patio and 16 beers on tap. 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 the west side near the United Center. 10Best readers give a thumbs-up to Murphy's Bleachers, for its fun crowd. The best sports bars in Chicago? Whether you lean toward riotous or completely laid back, this bar's for you! 


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Wrigleyville

If you love the Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Chelsea Football, beer, or are alums of the University of Washington or Boston College, Graystone Tavern is the sports bar for you. Just a block away from historic Wrigley Field, it's a welcoming, casual neighborhood bar no matter who you're rooting for. Count on plenty of televisions (nine in the bar and a half-dozen in the colorful beer garden) with premium sports packages airing the day's biggest games, As you might imagine, Graystone Tavern is a popular place on any Cubs game day, but fans of European soccer congregate here as it's home to Chelsea Chicago, supporters of the English premier league. What goes better with sports than beer? Graystone Tavern pours over 42 varieties of beer and cider as well as game days specials, wine, themed holiday and championship cocktails. All that hooting, hollering and emotion while watching a game will get a body hungry so order an array of well-made pub fare: bakery-made warm pretzels; nachos; wings; mac 'n' cheese; smash burgers; chicken tenders; sandwiches; and sides.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Plenty of TVs, beer garden, 42 different beers and ciders, good pub grub, and a block from Wrigley? Graystone Tavern has it all.

Jacky's expert tip: Graystone Tavern opens two hours before all Cubs home day games and 30 minutes before all Chelsea games.

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A Michigan and a Mizzou bar for college sports plus official Bears (NFL), and Blackhawks (NHL) bar, Fatpour is named for its 22-ounce pours and with a 200-plus beer list, that's a lotta brew. 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 horseradish-crusted salmon. Go to the website to check on daily specials for food, beer and cocktails.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: A comfortable South side sports bar with an accent on college football, Fatpour has an outdoor area 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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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, steak chili and French Dip 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 dozens of 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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Bridgeport

Owners Richie Rogulich and Nicky Bertucci were born and raised in Bridgeport, so they're White Sox fans from the crib to this southside sports bar and grill that offers a lot more than your average watering hole. The pub smokes a variety of meat in-house for its rib platter, pulled pork and smoked barbecue brisket sandwiches. You can get the tender morsels in tacos, nachos and on flatbread, too. There are burgers, sandwiches from grilled chicken to pot roast and a 39th St. Patty Melt, but also Italian specialities like Chicken Vesuvio, Sausage Giambotta and pasta with vodka sauce. Wash it all down with any of 16 beers on tap. You'll even get a pepper and egg sandwich during Lent. Watch your favorite teams on seven televisions and enjoy free parking. Bask in White Sox glory on the comfy outdoor patio and bring the little sluggers for their own food menu.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Ballpark Pub is White Sox city from the full-size batter's box outside the front door to the team paraphernalia inside and the outdoor patio.

Jacky's expert tip: Thoughtfully, there is a charging station In front of every bar seat to keep your cellphone as juiced as you are.

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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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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.

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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The Moonlighter should be the model for a neighborhood sports bar - not riotous like one might find in Wrigleyville, but spirited enough to make it fun. When in Logan Square, stop in for a burger locals rave about, an extensive craft beer list including local brews and sours, sturdy cocktails and a cheerful, friendly atmosphere. Watch games on any of 10 TVs or two projectors while enjoying a notable cheeseburger, wings, tacos, a good array of salads (the roasted corn salad is delightful) and dessert that travels just a few blocks from Chicago's renowned Roeser's Bakery (since 1911). Choose Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake or Carrot Cake. Vegan offerings include vegan tacos, wings, vegan barbecue cheeseburger and others. Order a pitcher of chilled cocktails, punch or sangria, too. The bar's frozen piƱa colada has become one of the most popular drinks especially in summer. The dog friendly outdoor patio attracts packs of humans and their pals spring through fall. There are fireplaces, indoors and out, so come for Bears games. The Moonlighter takes reservations, but there are some tables set aside for walk-ins, as well as a 14-seat bar that is first-come first-served.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Comfortable, friendly The Monnlighter excels in the burger and beer departments and adds a dog-friendly patio and just enough TVs for a sports' fans perfect outing.

Jacky's expert tip: Check Facebook or the website for specials like Taco Tuesday when tacos can go a buck, vegan tacos for $2, Margaritas for $8, tequila shots for $4.

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Lake View

Whether it's a United States vs Panama World Cup game or a matchup between Italy and. North Macedonia, AJ Hudson's serves as Chicago's original soccer pub. Since 1992, locals, ex-pats and visitors have been keeping up with their favorite American and European sports on over 25 large, flat screen TVs. First timers are often astonished at the quality of the food at the Lakeview pub. Yes, you'll find excellent buttermilk-brined chicken wings and a classic burger but also crispy tofu bites; cod rillette to spread on toasted brioche; chicken and watercress soup; lamb naan; French onion bacon melt; fish 'n' chips' and Shepherd's Pie. Choose from over 100 beers and a creative cocktail program. Enjoy a hearty brunch weekends until noon that features platters from across the pond - Colcannon, French toast made with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey batter or a traditional English fry of eggs, English rashers, bangers, black and white pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and toast or muffin. After, play a round of billiards with your friends.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Watch all sports, but fans flock here for all things soccer especially live European sports such as English Premier League Football.

Jacky's expert tip: Parking can be a pain in Lakeview, so give yourself enough time to find a spot before the game begins.

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Timothy O'Toole's Pub Chicago
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Timothy O'Toole's Pub, a subterranean spot in Streeterville, contains everything a great sports bar needs - 74 HD screens, 48 craft brews on draught, two-fisted burgers and award-winning wings. Raise a pint to 30 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 and don't be surprised to spy professional athletes downing a cold one after a game. Pool tables, darts, trivia night and karaoke offer your own form of competition. The kitchen 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 a Bears Bus 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 "Comedians You Should Know" comedy show in O'Toole's private room.

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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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