Enjoy Game Day Party Time in Chicago's Sports Bars

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!

Cubby Bear Lounge
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Conveniently located across from Wrigley Field, the legendary Cubby Bear Lounge draws fans to a welcoming, spacious interior. The atmosphere is the main draw, as you can hear cheering and organ music from the ballpark. There's live music most...  Read More

No ticket to the Chicago White Sox game? No problem. Just go to the north end of Gate 5 at Guaranteed Rate Field where you can go into the new ChiSox Bar & Grill and watch the game with Sox fans on their 65 big screen TVs. The new...  Read More

One of Lincoln Park's oldest sports bars, located on a popular intersection, this place will probably remind you a lot of a college bar. It'll definitely be broadcasting college games (it's the alumni headquarters for more than 10 large...  Read More

Crew Bar + Grill
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Billed as Chicago's premiere gay sports bar, a loyal LGBT customer base frequents Crew for games and grub. But it's also straight-friendly. So regardless of your orientation, sports fans come to this friendly spot for televised sports and far...  Read More

Not far from Soldier Field, this is where Chicago Bears fans like a pre-game breakfast (the Captain Crunch French toast is a favorite) or a post-game beer. The upscale décor and late night menu means you don't have to go only on game day. But...  Read More

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar & Grill

The stretch of Clark Street near Wrigley Field is lined with new upscale bars, but this longtime Wrigleyville sports bar doubles as an indoor sports complex. Not only can you watch baseball, you can hit a few yourself. The second floor of this...  Read More

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Joe's on Weed Street
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Team-specific bars dot Chicago, but Joe's is welcoming to fans of all teams. Expect crowds on big game days, including Saturdays, when several Big 10 college alumni groups gather to watch their teams play. Huge flat-screen TVs line the walls of...  Read More

Murphy's Bleachers
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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...  Read More

WestEnd Bar & Grille
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Since the neighborhood around the United Center can be a little dicey, this sports bar and restaurant is a diamond in the rough. WestEnd Bar & Grille is the place for pre-game partying for United Center sporting events, particularly Chicago...  Read More

The retro decor in this excellent Wicker Park sports bar - stuff like wood paneling, old lockers, trophies, a big American flag hanging across the ceiling, and an old scoreboard - add to its fun neighborhood vibe. It's the kind of place where...  Read More


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Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.