Here are eight of the best places to watch a sports game in Chicago, from the South Loop and West Loop as well as River North, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville and even Roscoe Village.
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1212 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
South Loop, Printers Row and Downtown sports fans head to Aurelio’s pizza at its flagship location at the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. The expansive 5,000-square-foot restaurant boasts more than 200 seats, a double-decker outdoor patio and nine big screens to watch the games. Beer specials are offered during both pro and college games alongside its legendary pizza.
2. Green Street Local
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130 S. Green St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Reclining chairs, Chicago-style comfort food and premium cocktails can be enjoyed while watching the games on any of the 15 televisions or large screen projector at Green Street Local.
The West Loop neighborhood bar located at Adams and Green Street also offers fans a range of specials for Fantasy Football meet-ups, Blackhawks and Bulls games, as well as competitive happy hour specials. Among the menu highlights are their Oversized Carbelicious 11-Minute skillet cookie and Captain Crunch calamari.
3. Parlay at Joy District
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112 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
There’s never a bad seat at Parlay in the bustling River North neighborhood. The neighborhood hotspot offers sports fans elevated bar fare from Executive Chef Jason Hedin (formerly chef de cuisine at The Lobby at The Peninsula) as they cheer their teams playing on multiple 100-inch LED TV’s and a 200-inch projection screen.
Among the menu highlights are shareable plates like pork rinds with vinegar, ranch or cheese, smoked mozzarella sticks, piri piri or soy glazed chicken wings, a selection of Neapolitan style pizzas and more. Guests can also sip on seasonal cocktails, wine and a selection of domestic, craft and import beer.
For those with large groups of friends, Parlay offers sports-themed bottle service packages like the MVP (1 magnum of Belvedere, 1 Casamigos tequila and 1 Moet rosé) that come with a dozen wings and two chef-selected pizzas valid until 10 p.m.
4. Bar Cargo
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605 N. Wells
Chicago, IL 60654
Another option in River North is Bar Cargo, a pizzeria bar from the Stefani’s Restaurant Group serving Roman-style street pizza. The name Bar Cargo pays homage to the shipping containers used as the concept’s structure and the history of Italian goods being shipped via cargo containers.
Two televisions on the patio and 10 inside play major and college sports with the sound on. Wisconsin fans will find a special WisCurdo Pizza created in their honor (pizza topped with cheese curds) with 20 buckets of domestic beer available for those games. Weekends feature a bottomless brunch buffet beginning at 11 a.m.
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1925 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
A mainstay in Lincoln Park, Ranalli’s is known for its pizzas but it’s also ground zero for sports fans. Featuring 27 televisions between its outdoor and indoor seating, fans gather to cheer on neighboring Wisconsin teams – the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.
Game day specials include $6 stadium cups (22 oz.) of Miller Lite, Coors Light or Angry Orchard. College games include $10 buffalo totchos, while Sunday game fans can enjoy $12 bottles of champagne.
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3647 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Located in the shadow of Wrigley Field, fans trek to Brickhouse to cheer for University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign football, with Saturday Game Day specials, which include $6 chicken wings, $10 mini sliders and fries, $25 buckets of Budweiser/Bud Light and 312 (16 oz. cans). NFL fans can repeat the experience on Sundays.
7. The Moonlighter
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3204 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
From the partners who gave us Scofflaw, the gin-focused cocktail bar, comes The Moonlighter across the street, a full-fledged Logan Square neighborhood sports bar boasting not only 10 televisions, but a menu filled with vegetarian and even 19 vegan dishes.
The vegan dishes are thanks to Partner Andy Gould, a vegan himself, who wanted to create a place where he could grab a drink and watch a game, while eating something delicious alongside his non-vegan friends. Fans can cheer their favorite Chicago sports teams while enjoying plant-based sausage sandwiches, tacos and vegan burgers made with Beyond Meat patties.
8. Commonwealth Tavern
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2000 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60618
Commonwealth Tavern, located in family-friendly Roscoe Village, is perfect for those with pint-sized sports fans and their parents. Situated throughout the bar are 12 televisions, including a 70-inch plasma.
During football season, Commonwealth Tavern is the home of the Dallas Cowboys (claiming to be one of Chicago’s biggest congregations of Cowboys fans outside of Dallas) offering $4 Tecate cans, $5 Miller Lite stadium cups, $5 vodka lemonade and $4 Fireball during games. Their Notre Dame team affiliation means fans can enjoy $5 Miller Lite stadium cups, $5 Guinness, $5 Jameson shots and $10 Fighting Irish nachos during games.