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 upper scale, 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, 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 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 Edgewater to the South Loop. 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! 




An official Wisconsin Badgers college football, 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...  Read More




Not far from Soldier Field, this is where Chicago Bears fans like a pre-game brunch (the Captain Crunch French toast and Big Biscuits and gravy are favorites) or a post-game beer and yes, there are 99 from which to choose. The upscale décor and...  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 a mini indoor sports complex. Not only can you watch baseball, you can hit a few yourself. The second floor has...  Read More




If a crush of sweaty bros and tipsy Trixies keep you out of the sports bars, try Barrelman Tavern in Edgewater. The owners take all the best parts of a neighborhood bar and then add low key sports viewing. A place that embodies the Cheers...  Read More




Perhaps you neither need nor want a loud, brash sports viewing experience with a menu offering the basic wings, burgers and nachos. Sports fans' looking for an alternative enjoy local games on 30 TV's in the bar and a hop, skip and jump shot...  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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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...  Read More




The retro decor in this Wicker Park sports bar - wood paneling, old lockers, trophies, a colossal American flag hanging across the ceiling, and an old scoreboard - add to its upbeat neighborhood atmosphere. It's the kind of place where you can...  Read More




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 screens, 48 craft brews on draught and award-winning wings. O'Toole's raises a pint...  Read More




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...  Read More


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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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