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Great Chicago Sports Bars Worth Leaving the House For on Game Day

From October baseball to WNBA action, these bars are steps above

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It’s a Chicago Sky town.
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This is one of the most intense times of the year for sports fans. It’s October and the World Series is near. The Chicago Sky and Candace Parker are dazzling in the WNBA. NFL and NCAA college sports are in full tilt. The NHL and the NBA seasons will soon start. 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.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mullen's Sports Bar & Grill

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7301 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60645
(773) 465-2113
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A friendly Rogers Park place that has the hallmarks of a dive, but can also accommodate families with young children during the day. The food can be hit or miss depending on who’s in the kitchen. The atmosphere and staff are the main draws, and that energy helps create a fun game day.

2. Ravenswood Station Bar & Grill

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4709 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 878-9400
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This Lincoln Square bar features a strong food menu paired with a solid craft beer selection. Sundays are particularly crowded for brunch and NFL games, so get here early.

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. Kirkwood

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2934 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 770-0700
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Kirkwood might be a considered a relic of sports bars past, when food wasn’t a draw and cheap pitchers dominated the landscape. But the world has changed and so has the Kirkwood. Over the years, ownership has upgraded its menu and beer lists. That’s enabled the bar to draw college alumni groups and out-of-town fanbases who keep calling Kirkwood their home away from home.

5. Surge Billiards

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3716 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1177
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Surge Billboards opened its second location during the pandemic, hoping to cure quarantine blues. There’s a second location on the North Side, but the formula remains the same: lots of pool tables, TVs, plus fun cocktails and desserts.

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6. Bob Inn

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2609 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-2309

The Bob Inn is an old person’s bar only until it isn’t. This is a dive for shots and a beer, with the type of aesthetic that big beer companies love to steal for its commercials. Yes, the crowd skews younger as the night goes on, but make no mistake: This bar takes its baseball seriously. Check out the neon sign in the front declaring it a North Side White Sox bar.

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. The Moonlighter

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3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-8896
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From the owners of the Scofflaw, this Logan Square bar caters to sports fans with TVs and a pub menu that includes burgers, wings, and salads. The beer selection is simple (with an emphasis on sours), but the cocktails are the highlights, as Scofflaw is one of the city’s best cocktail bars, and they’ve shared some of that magic to their younger sibling. There’s also a patio.

A blue building sits far back with the words “the Moonlighter” written in yellow. In front, there is a large patio with yellow umbrellas over black tables. Two short wooden walls separate the patio from the sidewalk. The Moonlighter [Official Photo]

9. 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.
Lottie’s [Official Photo]

10. Tricycle Chicago

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1700 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-9275
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Tricycle is a classic American bar that’s gone through a few identities through the years. It’s a neighborhood tavern that aims to serve families in Bucktown. But it’s also a lively spot for college football during the afternoons. The bartenders will gladly pour a beer from their deep craft beer list and turn on the game if you ask nicely. 

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11. 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 all alums seemingly eventually find 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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12. 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.

13. Cleo’s 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]

14. 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.

15. Radio Room

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 706-5228
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The bar’s owners, DineAmic Hospitality, know what it takes to throw a party. They revamped the former Public House, added twinkle lights, high-end finishes, and a new menu. This place has all the amenities a sports fan would want, and there’s no need to move if postgame festivities are desired. DineAmic will bring the party to the fans.

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16. Miller's Pub

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134 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 263-4988
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Drinking at the Loop can be an adventure, and Miller’s Pub, with its familiar green and red sign, wants to be part of your night. The pizza and ribs are Chicago classics, while the bar oozes history with vintage photos and other trinkets throughout the space. There aren’t too many TVs in the space, but the fans who are paying attention to the game will soon become your best friends. You may even become penpals.

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17. 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.
Fatpour Tap Works - McCormick [Official Photo]

18. Williams Inn Pizza & Sports Bar

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2210 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 753-3108
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South Siders of a certain age have warm feeling surrounding Williams Inn, a restaurant that featured Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Closed for years, Williams Inn reopened in September as a sports bar that strives inclusivity. Watch the Bears, the Sky, and baseball while sinking your teeth into the same stuffed pizza that fueled so many memories.

Two glorious Chicago deep-dish pizzas Williams Inn Pizzeria [Official Photo]

19. 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. This is a favorite among South Side Chicago chefs.

20. Woodlawn Tap

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1172 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 643-5516
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This Hyde Park classic continues to chug with a friendly clientele and famous pitchers and burgers. The cheap prices may appeal to college kids at the University of Chicago, but the bar formerly known as Jimmy’s welcomes all. Note: They’re cash only.

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1. Mullen's Sports Bar & Grill

7301 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60645

A friendly Rogers Park place that has the hallmarks of a dive, but can also accommodate families with young children during the day. The food can be hit or miss depending on who’s in the kitchen. The atmosphere and staff are the main draws, and that energy helps create a fun game day.

7301 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60645

2. Ravenswood Station Bar & Grill

4709 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

This Lincoln Square bar features a strong food menu paired with a solid craft beer selection. Sundays are particularly crowded for brunch and NFL games, so get here early.

4709 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

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. Kirkwood

2934 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Kirkwood might be a considered a relic of sports bars past, when food wasn’t a draw and cheap pitchers dominated the landscape. But the world has changed and so has the Kirkwood. Over the years, ownership has upgraded its menu and beer lists. That’s enabled the bar to draw college alumni groups and out-of-town fanbases who keep calling Kirkwood their home away from home.

2934 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Surge Billiards

3716 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Surge Billboards opened its second location during the pandemic, hoping to cure quarantine blues. There’s a second location on the North Side, but the formula remains the same: lots of pool tables, TVs, plus fun cocktails and desserts.

3716 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Bob Inn

2609 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Bob Inn is an old person’s bar only until it isn’t. This is a dive for shots and a beer, with the type of aesthetic that big beer companies love to steal for its commercials. Yes, the crowd skews younger as the night goes on, but make no mistake: This bar takes its baseball seriously. Check out the neon sign in the front declaring it a North Side White Sox bar.

2609 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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. The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A blue building sits far back with the words “the Moonlighter” written in yellow. In front, there is a large patio with yellow umbrellas over black tables. Two short wooden walls separate the patio from the sidewalk. The Moonlighter [Official Photo]

From the owners of the Scofflaw, this Logan Square bar caters to sports fans with TVs and a pub menu that includes burgers, wings, and salads. The beer selection is simple (with an emphasis on sours), but the cocktails are the highlights, as Scofflaw is one of the city’s best cocktail bars, and they’ve shared some of that magic to their younger sibling. There’s also a patio.

3204 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. 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

10. Tricycle Chicago

1700 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Tricycle is a classic American bar that’s gone through a few identities through the years. It’s a neighborhood tavern that aims to serve families in Bucktown. But it’s also a lively spot for college football during the afternoons. The bartenders will gladly pour a beer from their deep craft beer list and turn on the game if you ask nicely. 

1700 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Joe's on Weed St.

940 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60642

Illinois bars are a dime a dozen, but all alums seemingly eventually find 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

12. 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

13. Cleo’s 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

14. 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

15. Radio Room

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The bar’s owners, DineAmic Hospitality, know what it takes to throw a party. They revamped the former Public House, added twinkle lights, high-end finishes, and a new menu. This place has all the amenities a sports fan would want, and there’s no need to move if postgame festivities are desired. DineAmic will bring the party to the fans.

400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

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16. Miller's Pub

134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Miller’s Pub/Facebook

Drinking at the Loop can be an adventure, and Miller’s Pub, with its familiar green and red sign, wants to be part of your night. The pizza and ribs are Chicago classics, while the bar oozes history with vintage photos and other trinkets throughout the space. There aren’t too many TVs in the space, but the fans who are paying attention to the game will soon become your best friends. You may even become penpals.

134 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

17. 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

18. Williams Inn Pizza & Sports Bar

2210 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Two glorious Chicago deep-dish pizzas Williams Inn Pizzeria [Official Photo]

South Siders of a certain age have warm feeling surrounding Williams Inn, a restaurant that featured Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Closed for years, Williams Inn reopened in September as a sports bar that strives inclusivity. Watch the Bears, the Sky, and baseball while sinking your teeth into the same stuffed pizza that fueled so many memories.

2210 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

19. 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. This is a favorite among South Side Chicago chefs.

238 W 33rd St
Chicago, IL 60616

20. Woodlawn Tap

1172 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615
Woodlawn tap chicago Woodlawn Tap

This Hyde Park classic continues to chug with a friendly clientele and famous pitchers and burgers. The cheap prices may appeal to college kids at the University of Chicago, but the bar formerly known as Jimmy’s welcomes all. Note: They’re cash only.

1172 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615

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