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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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1. Hopleaf Bar

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
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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.

2. The Red Lion Pub

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2446 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-2422
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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.

3. Half Acre Beer Company

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4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 248-4038
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Half Acre’s tasting room has WiFi and board games so drinkers can escape the gridiron.

4. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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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.

5. Cole's Bar

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2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5802
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There could be live music or a comedy show, but there’s never a cover at this Logan Square dive.

6. Skylark

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2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 948-5275
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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.

7. DryHop Brewers

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3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3155
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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.

8. Weegee's Lounge

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3659 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-9423
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Every cocktail comes in a martini glass, and there are no TVs. The bar also has shuffleboards.

9. Charleston

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2076 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-4757
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While the crusty old men who frequented the place have moved on since the 2011 ownership change and remodeling.

10. Neon Wilderness

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1270 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

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1460 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-2916
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12. Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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2136 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 600-5111
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13. Punch House

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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14. Duke Of Perth

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2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-1741
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15. Lost Lake

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3154 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 293-6048
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16. Billy Sunday

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3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-2485
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17. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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1. Hopleaf Bar

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

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.

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. The Red Lion Pub

2446 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

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.

2446 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Half Acre Beer Company

4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

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

4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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.

1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Cole's Bar

2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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

2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Skylark

2149 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

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

2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

7. DryHop Brewers

3155 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Weegee's Lounge

3659 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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

3659 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Charleston

2076 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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

2076 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Neon Wilderness

1270 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

1270 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

1460 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642

1460 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642

12. Moody Tongue Brewing Company

2136 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60608

2136 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60608

13. Punch House

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

14. Duke Of Perth

2913 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

15. Lost Lake

3154 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

3154 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Billy Sunday

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

17. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

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