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Don't Get Sacked: Here Are 9 Chicago Bars That Don't Care About Football

Looking to go out but avoid the gridiron? Check out these 10 bars.

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So you say the sound of shoulder-to-helmet hits makes your skin crawl? Do you resent that something called "fantasy football" exists and don't even pretend to care when your friend tries to explain it to you? Do you love football season for the food and drink, but think it would be improved without the whole "football" part?

If you said "yes" to any of these questions, well, here's a list for you. Knowing that football season doesn't float everyone's boat (especially in lieu of the NFL's recent off-the-field problems), Eater has put together a list of 10 bars for folks looking to escape football. Sunday Fundays aren't just for football fans (who can find their bar here); non-football fans should feel free to visit one of these establishments instead.

-- Ashok Selvam

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hopleaf Bar

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
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The bar’s owner says customers don’t cheer for any teams and instead root for beer. This Andersonville gastropub also promises they’ll never televise a Super Bowl.

2. The Red Lion Pub

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2446 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-2422
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The pub’s owner said they may eventually show English soccer on the bar’s sole TV screen, but he’s more interested in encouraging conversation.

3. Half Acre Beer Company

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4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 248-4038
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Half Acre’s tasting room has WiFi and board games so drinkers can escape the gridiron.

4. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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Tacos, cheap beer, cheap whiskey and a packed patio highlight this One Off's perpetually popular Sunday Funday hangout. Saturdays bring $3 shots of Old Fitzgerald bourbon, while Sundays bring $3 shots of Old Overholt rye.

5. Cole's Bar

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2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5802
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There could be live music or a comedy show, but there’s never a cover at this Logan Square dive.

6. Skylark

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2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 948-5275
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Don’t forget to hit the ATM at this cash-only bar that offers a full menu, including the infamous Skylark Burger. No TVs.

7. DryHop Brewers

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3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3155
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Although this Lakeview brewery and gastropub is perilously close to Wrigleyville, there are few bros inside compared to other nearby bars. Serves food and no TVs.

8. Weegee's Lounge

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3659 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-9423
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Every cocktail comes in a martini glass, and there are no TVs.

9. Charleston

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2076 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-4757
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While the crusty old men who frequented the place have moved on since the 2011 ownership change and remodeling, the pool table and relaxed vibe remain intact.

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1. Hopleaf Bar

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
The bar’s owner says customers don’t cheer for any teams and instead root for beer. This Andersonville gastropub also promises they’ll never televise a Super Bowl.
5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. The Red Lion Pub

2446 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
The pub’s owner said they may eventually show English soccer on the bar’s sole TV screen, but he’s more interested in encouraging conversation.
2446 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Half Acre Beer Company

4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Half Acre’s tasting room has WiFi and board games so drinkers can escape the gridiron.
4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Tacos, cheap beer, cheap whiskey and a packed patio highlight this One Off's perpetually popular Sunday Funday hangout. Saturdays bring $3 shots of Old Fitzgerald bourbon, while Sundays bring $3 shots of Old Overholt rye.
1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Cole's Bar

2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
There could be live music or a comedy show, but there’s never a cover at this Logan Square dive.
2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Skylark

2149 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
Don’t forget to hit the ATM at this cash-only bar that offers a full menu, including the infamous Skylark Burger. No TVs.
2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

7. DryHop Brewers

3155 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Although this Lakeview brewery and gastropub is perilously close to Wrigleyville, there are few bros inside compared to other nearby bars. Serves food and no TVs.
3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Weegee's Lounge

3659 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Every cocktail comes in a martini glass, and there are no TVs.
3659 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Charleston

2076 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
While the crusty old men who frequented the place have moved on since the 2011 ownership change and remodeling, the pool table and relaxed vibe remain intact.
2076 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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