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

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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.

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Hopleaf Bar

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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.

The Red Lion Pub

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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.

Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre’s tasting room has WiFi and board games so drinkers can escape the gridiron.

Big Star

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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.

Cole's Bar

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There could be live music or a comedy show, but there’s never a cover at this Logan Square dive.

Skylark

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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.

DryHop Brewers

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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.

Weegee's Lounge

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Every cocktail comes in a martini glass, and there are no TVs. The bar also has shuffleboards.

Charleston

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While the crusty old men who frequented the place have moved on since the 2011 ownership change and remodeling.

Neon Wilderness

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Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

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Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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Punch House

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Duke Of Perth

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Lost Lake

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Billy Sunday

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Three Dots and a Dash

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Hopleaf Bar

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.

The Red Lion Pub

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.

Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre’s tasting room has WiFi and board games so drinkers can escape the gridiron.

Big Star

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.

Cole's Bar

There could be live music or a comedy show, but there’s never a cover at this Logan Square dive.

Skylark

Don’t forget to hit the ATM at this cash-only bar that offers a full menu, including the infamous Skylark Burger. No TVs.

DryHop Brewers

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.

Weegee's Lounge

Every cocktail comes in a martini glass, and there are no TVs. The bar also has shuffleboards.

Charleston

While the crusty old men who frequented the place have moved on since the 2011 ownership change and remodeling.

Neon Wilderness

Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Punch House

Duke Of Perth

Lost Lake

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