The World Cup, one of the most-anticipated sporting events in the world, comes around only once every four years. Chicago’s soccer enthusiasts are hyped for the 64 matches taking place in Russia between June 14 and July 15, even though the United States sadly didn’t qualify this time. But fans of the 32 countries that did qualify — as well as soccer and sports fans as a whole — can watch the matches and root for their teams at these 16 standout bars and restaurants which are offering specials, watch parties, and more for the matches which kickoff in the morning and early afternoon central time.Read More
Where to Watch the 2018 World Cup in Chicago
Catch all the soccer action at these 18 bars and restaurants
1. Ethiopian Diamond
This Edgewater Ethiopian restaurant is showing all the games. It serves up a $13.95 buffet (kids eat for half price), plus beer and drinks specials. Root on El Tri here.
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2. DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
The German cultural center in Lincoln Square will host watch parties for all 2014 World Cup champion Germany matches, complete with beer and pretzels, for a $5 suggested donation. The party will continue after the German matches, as long as Germany wins, says its event page.
3. The Globe Pub
Long known as the top international soccer bar in Chicago, The Globe Pub reopened from an extensive renovation just in time for the World Cup. Expect large international crowds at this North Center staple for all games which will be shown on its new TVs, plus a new food menu and large beer list.
4. Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
This neighborhood favorite Irish pub and restaurant in North Center will open early to screen most matches while serving traditional Irish breakfasts to fans. The popular eatery also serves other traditional Irish food from chef Mike Sheerin, beer and whiskey, and offers traditional Irish music.
5. A. J. Hudson's Public House
This British pub in Lakeview is another of Chicago’s top soccer bars, which will screen every match with sound on its 30 TVs, has 110 beers on tap, a menu of British bar food, and sidewalk patio.
6. Lucky Dorr
This small beer bar in the shadow of Wrigley Field is hosting Breakfast & Brews for 13 matches. The spread includes doughnuts, scones, quiche, and cinnamon rolls and $3 bottomless coffees. Perhaps the taps will feature a special brew or two?
7. The Pony
One of Lakeview’s top sports bars, The Pony will open early to screen matches while cooking breakfast sandwiches in the kitchen and offering them for $5 each. Drink specials include $20 import beer buckets and $6 Tito’s vodka drinks.
8. The Radler
The Radler serves German fare, and ownership haven’t announced an affiliation, but customers can figure it out. The Logan Square restaurant will have $10 liters and $5 half liters of Pilsner Urquell throughout the tourney.
9. The Moonlighter
The Moonlighter, the new-ish sports and burger bar with the massive patio from the owners of Scofflaw, will show World Cup action on 10 TVs with sound in Logan Square. Well-made bar food, cocktail pitchers, and a vegan menu for soccer fans who don’t eat meat are also on the docket.
10. Black Bull
Soccer fans who aren’t fans of typical sports bars have a good option in Black Bull, the Spanish restaurant and bar on Wicker Park’s Division Street. It’ll open early to show all 1 p.m. games in the World Cup — both inside and on its new sidewalk patio — and serve $30 sangria porrons and $15 Estrella Galicia Summer Shandy porrons. Team Spain will obviously be the focus here.
11. Cleos Bar And Grill
The self-proclaimed “home of international soccer,” Cleos in Ukrainian Village will show every game on its many TVs. Look for daily food and drink specials, a large back patio, and soccer fans of all stripes.
12. Troquet River North
Troquet is a River North neighborhood French spot. It will cheer on France with $10 Troquet burgers and $4 Kronenbourg 1664s. They’ll be open at 4:45 a.m. on June 16 for the France/Australia match with an American breakfast (two eggs any style, choice of bacon, pork sausage or chicken sausage, choice of toast) for $10.
13. Fado Irish Pub
This River North Irish bar also claims to be “the #1 soccer bar in Chicago,” which will show most games, offer food and drink specials, and contests for patrons who predict match winners and scores.
14. Tanta Chicago
River North Peruvian hotspot Tanta will open early for all Peru and South American matches and screen them live on its rooftop terrace. To eat and drink, expect empanadas, cebiches, sandwiches, pisco sours, sangrias, and more.
15. Fisk & Co.
This new downtown bar and restaurant specializes in seafood, but for the World Cup it’ll offer a raclette & ham tartine with a Belgian beer flight for $20 (3-ounce pours of Kwak, Tripel, Karmeliet and Quadrupel). Specials run during games throughout the tournament.
16. The Ambassador Public House
From the owners of the Parthenon, this bar will root on Belgium through their run. Of course, there are specials with Belgian beer Karmeliet. The bar is an international hub in Greektown.
17. Harbee Liquors and Tavern
This longtime Pilsen bar and dance party spot will show all the World Cup matches, but its particular focus will be team Mexico when it’ll host watch parties with DJs before, during halftime, and after the game. $4 Heinekens and $6 micheladas will be on special.
18. Mi Tierra en la Villita
Chicago, IL 60623
Mi Tierra, the longtime Mexican restaurant in Little Village, will have food, drinks, and prizes. It’s hosting watch parties like this one.