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Where to Watch the Cubs, White Sox and Other MLB Teams in Chicago

Grab a cold one, some great food and a few innings at these bars

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The Cubs and White Sox are going in different directions.
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Baseball season is upon Chicago, and sports bars are ready. This is important stuff for office workers. Perhaps the Cubs or Sox are playing a day game during lunchtime. True fans aren't watching on a laptop. They need an escape, where they can enjoy an extended lunch. No one wants to be cooped up in an office while fans are soaking up the sun.

Some of these bars are near Wrigley and Sox Park, so they're perfect for a little taste of the ballpark atmosphere for fans who don't want to be hassled by large crowds. Others feature MLB Extra Innings, Major League Baseball's TV package that shows out-of-market games. Others are just solid bars with great food and beer that happen to have TVs. There are sports-friendly spots with bartenders who will happily turn on the game for patrons. Not every fan-favorite made the list, but fans can discuss the snubs in the comments.

Check out the map below, which is ordered geographically from north to south.

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Fat Cat Bar & Grill

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Fat Cat, the beer-heavy bar in Uptown, is always comfy spot to watch a game. Try their corn dog flight.

Old Irving Brewing Co.

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Fresh beer and food from Mathias Merges' (Yusho, A10) crew are always available at Old Irving. And when the weather gets warm, they'll open up the garage door to let in the sun and fresh air.

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Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Grill

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An infamous Wrigelyville hang, Sluggers has a second floor bar and gaming area with batting cages. It's about cheap beer and yelling "go Cubs go."

Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

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Sheffield's is always a great time, and it's pretty close to Wrigley. Try the smoked meats and sip beer from an impressive list in the patio area.

Replay Lincoln Park

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At the new Replay in Lincoln Park (formerly Headquarters Beercade), you can play tons of free video games — as well as pinball and Skee-Ball — and still catch plenty of sporting action.

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This gorgeous Pulp Fiction-influenced space has plenty of beer and TV screens to enjoy the big game. The Detroit-style square pizza isn't bad, either.

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Gamekeepers

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A sports dive steps away from Lincoln Park, Gamekeepers' bread and butter is college sports. There's food, but it's a typical bar menu that's serviceable, but may disappoint those who want a full meal.

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Tobacco Road

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A new sports bar that opened near the former Children's Memorial Hospital site, Tobacco Road praises all things North Carolina, focusing on ACC teams. Though there's food, including Syracuse-inspired chicken wings.

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High Dive

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This West Town sports bar has great beer, the MLB Extra Innings Package, and a friendly bar staff.

Park & Field

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This brand-new rare Logan Square sports bar is going big with a beautiful patio area and a chef-driven menu.

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The Fifty/50

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Home of some of Chicago's best chicken wings, this Wicker Park sports bar mainstay was recently remodeled.

Timothy O'Toole's Chicago

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Climb the stairs where this classic Streeterville sports bar stands. Try the classic Buffalo wings.

G&O Chicago

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This River West bar is a great spot for a beer and grub.

Rockit Bar and Grill

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Head to the ever-popular Rockit Ranch flagship bar and eatery in River North for new chef Mike Sheerin's new menu.

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Sophisticated sports life is what Theory promises on Hubbard Street. It's a modern look with amped-up versions of classic pub grub.

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Howells & Hood

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The Mag Mile craft beer sports bar and eatery at the base of the Tribune Tower brings a decent beer list and good eats of the Mag Mile.

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Public House

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This lively River North crowd fills this bar from the folks behind Bar Siena. Find boozy milkshakes, good bar food, and more.

AceBounce

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If the game's a stinker, guests will always have ping pong over at AceBounce, just over the river in The Loop.

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Federales

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This Four Corners/Hogsalt Mexican collaboration in the West Loop combines a retractable roof, TVs, and tacos in one neat package.

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The Ogden

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This busy Near West Side bar is near the United Center, featuring all the bells and whistles fans will want in a sports bar.

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Hawkeye's

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Little Italy's best sports bar has been Hawkeye's, and it's been that way for years. Wings, burgers and nachos around out a dependable menu off Taylor Street.

WestEnd

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Four Corners Tavern Group's West Loop bar is a comfy spot perfect to watch a World Series winner.

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The Madison Bar & Kitchen

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From the group behind Union Sushi, this beautiful new bar has tons of lights and flatscreens to enjoy sports of all types.

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Ph.D Pub Chicago

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Steps from the UIC Forum, this laid-back neighborhood gem, is a relaxed place (with a patio) to day-time baseball watch.

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Reggie's Rock Club

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Home of some of Chicago's favorite wings, Reggie's caters to sports and music fans at one of the most-unique spot in the city.

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The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen

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One of the best sport bars in town is right near Soldier Field. There's a full menu that surprises many patrons.

Baderbrau

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Baderbrau in the South Loop will soon unveil their food menu with Chef Luciano. And they've got a White Sox-inspired beer, South Side Pride.

Good Times Sports Bar

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Great food (broasted chicken)—just a short walk from Sox Park—and friendly faces are the names of the game at Good Times.

Buffalo Wings & Rings

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It's a chain, but one of the best places to get wings near Sox Park on the South Side.

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Cork & Kerry

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This Beverly bar has a deep wing lineup, certainly deeper than the lineup the White Sox fans who frequent the joint have seen in past seasons. It's a comfy Irish pub with quality food and good ambience.

Schaller's Pump

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A South Side institution, so much so that they're building a location at Midway Airport, this White Sox friendly bar/restaurant is a real slice of South Side culture.

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Shinnicks Pub

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The Shinnicks have owned this pub since 1938, a throwback in the shadow of Sox Park. It's nothing fancy—just good service and stiff drinks.

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50 Yard Line Sports Bar & Grille

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Just east of the Dan Ryan on 75th Street, if you're going to name your bar "50 Yard Line," then it should have somewhat of a football focus. They're touting free food, no cover and DJs.