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18 Great Chicago Sports Bars to Catch Gameday Action

Beers, bites, and TVs galore

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This is one of the most intense times of the year for sports fans. Football season in full gear. It’s October and the World Series is near. The NHL season is underway and the NBA will soon join hockey. Chicagoans could do worse than spend an entire day at a sports bar to follow all this action.

But finding the right venue is a challenge. Fear not and check out Eater Chicago’s picks for best sports bars in the city. These spots provide the right ambience to check out a game and won’t shame customers who want to play dress up in their baseball cap and jersey. Put on some face paint, it’s OK.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Carbon Arc Bar & Board

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4620 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 961-8946
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After the Davis movie theater underwent renovations in 2016, owners added Carbon Arc, a new restaurant. The modernization opened new ways for the space to be used, and now on days of big games, including Bears Sundays, Carbon Arc opens one of its theaters to the general public and streams contests to its giant screen. Patrons can order food or drink from a pickup window and grab a pager. It’s one of the most unique settings in the city for sports. 

2. The Globe Pub

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1934 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 871-3757
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One of Chicago’s best soccer bars, the Globe in North Center offers an expansive beer list and menu of British fare, along with dozens of televisions for footie fans.

3. Murphy's Bleachers

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3655 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-5356
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In an area of the city saturated by sports bars, Murphy’s Bleachers rises above the fray. Open under various “bleachers” names since the 1930’s, it offers a singular gameday experience just across the street from Wrigley Field with plenty of streetside space for watching the world go by.

4. Sheffield's Wine & Beer Garden

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3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-4989
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Sheffield’s gets crowded after Cubs games thanks to three indoor bars, and outdoor bar, and one of the biggest beer lists in town. It’s also got some solid smoked meats.

5. Racine Plumbing Bar & Grill

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2642 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-2261

One of Lincoln Park’s most popular sports bars, Racine Plumbing was reborn this spring under new ownership. It sports a solid food and beer list, and is one of the few Chicago establishments that caters to New York sports fans.

6. Lincoln Station

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2432 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-8100
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This friendly neighborhood spot has an ever-rotating tap list with a focus on local brews, along with regulation pool tables, darts, and a bevy of televisions.

7. Park & Field

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3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7373
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Logan Square’s retro sports bar offers daily games on the bocce court, a massive outdoor space in front, and weekend bottomless boozy brunches.

A white room filled with leather couches, tables, and two televisions.
Park & Field’s unusual sports bar
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8. Lottie's Pub

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1925 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-0738
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This longtime Wisconsin and Kansas bar in Bucktown is always packed. It’s also a popular setting for TV’s Chicago Fire.

An awning outside a brick bar reads “Lottie’s Since 1934”
Lottie’s first opened in 1934.
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9. Utopian Tailgate

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1608 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 210-7799
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Old Town’s quirky rooftop newcomer above Second City sports a psychedelic cover scheme, giant lawn games, and indoor and outdoor televisions.

A rooftop patio covered in astroturf with colorful lawn chairs, plants, and a bar.
Utopian Tailgate is a psychedelic sports bar fantasy.
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10. Joe's on Weed St.

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940 W Weed St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 337-3486
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Illinois bars are a dime a dozen, but every alum seemingly eventually finds themselves at Joe’s. This large entertainment complex near Lincoln Park is good for those who want to start the day with sports, and end with some music.

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11. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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The Fifty/50, with their infamous chicken wings and 25 TVs, is one of Wicker Park’s OGs for sports.

12. Cleos Bar and Grill

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1935 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 243-5600
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Cleo’s is more known as an international soccer bar, but it also offers NFL Sunday Ticket on its 16 HD screens for the other type of football.

A corner of a sports bar with a television and soccer scarves on the wall.
Cleos leans toward soccer but doesn’t discriminate.
Cleos Bar and Grill [Official Photo]

13. Theory

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9 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-0004
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One of the city’s best sports bars has a quality menu that will satisfy non-sports fans dragged to a gamewatch.

14. Public House

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 265-1240
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A lively River North crowd fills this bar from the folks behind Bar Siena. Find boozy milkshakes, good bar food, and more.

15. WestEnd

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1326 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 981-7100
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Whotever the sport, WestEnd is in season along Madison near the United Center. This Four Corners venue is partial to the Michigan Wolverines.

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16. Fatpour Tap Works - McCormick

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2206 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 878-9292
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The South Loop spinoff of the Wicker Park bar is back near McCormick Place. It features a large beer list, Sunday brunch, and it’s probably the closest bar to Soldier Field.

A large bar space is filled with dark wood tables and chairs. A tiled wall behind the bar offsets bottles, taps, and coolers. The brown ceiling appears to be wood woven into a basket-weave texture. Three TVs hang over the bar.
Fatpour McCormick boasts beer and brunch.
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17. Turtle's Bar & Grill

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238 W 33rd St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-7333
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A quick walk from Sox Park, Turtle’s gets crowded after baseball games as fans crowd the space. It’s got a deep beer list, popular burgers, and pizza to sate any fan.

18. Cork & Kerry

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10614 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 445-2675
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This Beverly stalwart has been around for more than two decades. It’s more of a White Sox bar, but the Chicago Cardinals are no longer on the South Side so they’ll proudly root for the Bears.

A brick building with a large sign that reads “Cork & Kerry.”
Cork & Kerry has served Beverly for more than 20 years.
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1. Carbon Arc Bar & Board

4620 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

After the Davis movie theater underwent renovations in 2016, owners added Carbon Arc, a new restaurant. The modernization opened new ways for the space to be used, and now on days of big games, including Bears Sundays, Carbon Arc opens one of its theaters to the general public and streams contests to its giant screen. Patrons can order food or drink from a pickup window and grab a pager. It’s one of the most unique settings in the city for sports. 

4620 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. The Globe Pub

1934 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613

One of Chicago’s best soccer bars, the Globe in North Center offers an expansive beer list and menu of British fare, along with dozens of televisions for footie fans.

1934 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

3. Murphy's Bleachers

3655 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

In an area of the city saturated by sports bars, Murphy’s Bleachers rises above the fray. Open under various “bleachers” names since the 1930’s, it offers a singular gameday experience just across the street from Wrigley Field with plenty of streetside space for watching the world go by.

3655 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

4. Sheffield's Wine & Beer Garden

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Sheffield’s gets crowded after Cubs games thanks to three indoor bars, and outdoor bar, and one of the biggest beer lists in town. It’s also got some solid smoked meats.

3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Racine Plumbing Bar & Grill

2642 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

One of Lincoln Park’s most popular sports bars, Racine Plumbing was reborn this spring under new ownership. It sports a solid food and beer list, and is one of the few Chicago establishments that caters to New York sports fans.

2642 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Lincoln Station

2432 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This friendly neighborhood spot has an ever-rotating tap list with a focus on local brews, along with regulation pool tables, darts, and a bevy of televisions.

2432 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A white room filled with leather couches, tables, and two televisions.
Park & Field’s unusual sports bar
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Logan Square’s retro sports bar offers daily games on the bocce court, a massive outdoor space in front, and weekend bottomless boozy brunches.

3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Lottie's Pub

1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622
An awning outside a brick bar reads “Lottie’s Since 1934”
Lottie’s first opened in 1934.
Lottie’s [Official Photo]

This longtime Wisconsin and Kansas bar in Bucktown is always packed. It’s also a popular setting for TV’s Chicago Fire.

1925 W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Utopian Tailgate

1608 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
A rooftop patio covered in astroturf with colorful lawn chairs, plants, and a bar.
Utopian Tailgate is a psychedelic sports bar fantasy.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Old Town’s quirky rooftop newcomer above Second City sports a psychedelic cover scheme, giant lawn games, and indoor and outdoor televisions.

1608 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

10. Joe's on Weed St.

940 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60642

Illinois bars are a dime a dozen, but every alum seemingly eventually finds themselves at Joe’s. This large entertainment complex near Lincoln Park is good for those who want to start the day with sports, and end with some music.

940 W Weed St
Chicago, IL 60642

11. The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

The Fifty/50, with their infamous chicken wings and 25 TVs, is one of Wicker Park’s OGs for sports.

2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Cleos Bar and Grill

1935 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A corner of a sports bar with a television and soccer scarves on the wall.
Cleos leans toward soccer but doesn’t discriminate.
Cleos Bar and Grill [Official Photo]

Cleo’s is more known as an international soccer bar, but it also offers NFL Sunday Ticket on its 16 HD screens for the other type of football.

1935 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Theory

9 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

One of the city’s best sports bars has a quality menu that will satisfy non-sports fans dragged to a gamewatch.

9 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Public House

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

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

400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

15. WestEnd

1326 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

Whotever the sport, WestEnd is in season along Madison near the United Center. This Four Corners venue is partial to the Michigan Wolverines.

1326 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Fatpour Tap Works - McCormick

2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
A large bar space is filled with dark wood tables and chairs. A tiled wall behind the bar offsets bottles, taps, and coolers. The brown ceiling appears to be wood woven into a basket-weave texture. Three TVs hang over the bar.
Fatpour McCormick boasts beer and brunch.
Fatpour Tap Works - McCormick [Official Photo]

The South Loop spinoff of the Wicker Park bar is back near McCormick Place. It features a large beer list, Sunday brunch, and it’s probably the closest bar to Soldier Field.

2206 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Turtle's Bar & Grill

238 W 33rd St, Chicago, IL 60616

A quick walk from Sox Park, Turtle’s gets crowded after baseball games as fans crowd the space. It’s got a deep beer list, popular burgers, and pizza to sate any fan.

238 W 33rd St
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Cork & Kerry

10614 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
A brick building with a large sign that reads “Cork & Kerry.”
Cork & Kerry has served Beverly for more than 20 years.
Cork & Kerry [Official Photo]

This Beverly stalwart has been around for more than two decades. It’s more of a White Sox bar, but the Chicago Cardinals are no longer on the South Side so they’ll proudly root for the Bears.

10614 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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