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18 Chicago Bars To Hold Fantasy Football Drafts, Mapped

Don't fumble the opportunity for a fun and a successful draft day

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Fantasy football has come a long way since a bunch of geeks combed newspaper box scores on Mondays to see if their kicker scored enough extra points to win a game. It's now a multi-billion dollar business that attracts much more than die-hard football fans.

The heart of every successful season is a quality draft, and picking a fun place for draft day could be more important than making sure no Chicago Bears are on your team's roster. Check out this list of bars that are ready for some football. Tell us where your league holds their draft in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Balena

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1633 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-3888
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Are you feeling fancy? Journey to Lincoln Park where Balena is offering their private wine cellar. The room includes flat screen TVs, high-speed WiFi and full AV capabilities. Groups can reserve the room for two hours and receive a deluxe beer package and a choice of select appetizers, gourmet pizzas and dessert. It's $50 per person with a 10-person minimum and 35-person maximum.

2. Beermiscuous

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2812 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(855) 450-2337
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Beermiscous may not have food, but league members can bring outside food in and enjoy the tremendous draft, can and bottle selection.

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3. Bull & Bear

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431 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5973
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This River North spot can be tolerable before the sun sets, offering a bevy of options for your league.

4. Cactus Bar & Grill

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404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 922-3830
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Cactus goes all out for fantasy. There's 20 percent off the party's tab and draft materials including countdown timers.

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  • 5. Fat Cat Bar & Grill

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    4840 N Broadway St
    Chicago, IL 60640
    (773) 506-3100
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    The Fat Cat's got plenty of private space and WiFi so fans can make sure they acquire that franchise running back and sample some delicious corn dogs.

    6. Flagship Tavern & Grill

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    1622 W Belmont Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 281-3805
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    For drafts, Flagship offers $15, 5-beer buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light, and a $5 rotating shot special. There's also 15 percent off all food orders.

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    7. Goose Island Brewpub

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    1800 N Clybourn Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (312) 915-0071
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    Snag some space in the downstairs cove and if you're lucky, your rival will drink too much Bourbon County and draft Cutler.

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  • 8. Green Street Local

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    130 S Green St
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Through Sept. 30, Green Street Local is offering fantasy-friendly packages of $24 for three hours of draft beer or $39 wings, choice of pizza, nachos and beer.

    9. Hopsmith Tavern

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    15 W Division St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 600-9816
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    Over near Rush and Division, Hopsmith offers an assortment of packages.

    10. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

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    41 E Superior St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 266-0400
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    Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap offers a three-hour draft party for $30 per guest. The package includes free WiFi, all-you-can drink select beer and wine for up to three hours and power strips and outlets. Food packages are available.

    11. Lucky Strike Chicago

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    322 E Illinois St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 245-8331
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    This Streeterville space is quiet, now that FTW has grabbed much of the attention inside the same building that houses the AMC River East Theater. But quiet is great when you want to finish your draft in a speedy manner.

    12. Roots Handmade Pizza

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    1924 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773) 645-4949
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    Roots regularly offers leagues specials during their draft, and pizza combined with football provide a pretty decent combo.

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  • 13. The Fifty/50

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    2047 W Division St
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773) 489-5050
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    Before the bar's revamp, Fifty/50 encouraged drafts. When it opened, it was one of the few sports bars on Division Street in Wicker Park, so that's a reason it became popular.

    14. Theory

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    9 W Hubbard St
    Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 644-0004
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    Theory offers their VIP room for reservations or draftees could push together few tables and construct a championship in the main room.

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    15. Timothy O'Toole's Chicago

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    622 N Fairbanks Ct
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 642-0700
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    A favorite Streeterville sports bar with WiFi and other sports amenities. Check out the specials here.

    16. Vice District Brewing

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    1454 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60605
    (312) 508-3647
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    They don't consider themselves a sports bar, but with free WiFi and proximity to Soldier Field, football fans are welcome at Vice District. They also encourage food deliveries.

    17. WestEnd

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    1326 W Madison St
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 981-7100
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    This West Loop gem always is accommodating to drafts with a solid beer list and food specials.

    18. WhirlyBall

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    1825 W. Webster Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 486-7777
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    WhirlyBall groups can reserve one of WhirlyBall’s private event spaces, equipped with flatscreen TVs and high-speed WiFi, for up to two hours at no cost. In addition to the space, guests can enjoy food and drink offerings including a two-hour unlimited beer package featuring Imported and Domestic bottles and cans, draft beer of the month and soft drinks, and a food package including pizza and wings or sliders and tacos. It's an eight-person minimum for $37 per person.

    1. Balena

    1633 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

    Are you feeling fancy? Journey to Lincoln Park where Balena is offering their private wine cellar. The room includes flat screen TVs, high-speed WiFi and full AV capabilities. Groups can reserve the room for two hours and receive a deluxe beer package and a choice of select appetizers, gourmet pizzas and dessert. It's $50 per person with a 10-person minimum and 35-person maximum.

    1633 N Halsted St
    Chicago, IL 60614

    2. Beermiscuous

    2812 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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    Beermiscous may not have food, but league members can bring outside food in and enjoy the tremendous draft, can and bottle selection.

    2812 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657

    3. Bull & Bear

    431 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

    This River North spot can be tolerable before the sun sets, offering a bevy of options for your league.

    431 N Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60654

    4. Cactus Bar & Grill

    404 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607

    5. Fat Cat Bar & Grill

    4840 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640

    The Fat Cat's got plenty of private space and WiFi so fans can make sure they acquire that franchise running back and sample some delicious corn dogs.

    4840 N Broadway St
    Chicago, IL 60640

    6. Flagship Tavern & Grill

    1622 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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    For drafts, Flagship offers $15, 5-beer buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light, and a $5 rotating shot special. There's also 15 percent off all food orders.

    1622 W Belmont Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657

    7. Goose Island Brewpub

    1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

    8. Green Street Local

    130 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

    Through Sept. 30, Green Street Local is offering fantasy-friendly packages of $24 for three hours of draft beer or $39 wings, choice of pizza, nachos and beer.

    130 S Green St
    Chicago, IL 60607

    9. Hopsmith Tavern

    15 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610

    Over near Rush and Division, Hopsmith offers an assortment of packages.

    15 W Division St
    Chicago, IL 60610

    10. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

    41 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap offers a three-hour draft party for $30 per guest. The package includes free WiFi, all-you-can drink select beer and wine for up to three hours and power strips and outlets. Food packages are available.

    41 E Superior St
    Chicago, IL 60611

    11. Lucky Strike Chicago

    322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

    This Streeterville space is quiet, now that FTW has grabbed much of the attention inside the same building that houses the AMC River East Theater. But quiet is great when you want to finish your draft in a speedy manner.

    322 E Illinois St
    Chicago, IL 60611

    12. Roots Handmade Pizza

    1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

    13. The Fifty/50

    2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

    Before the bar's revamp, Fifty/50 encouraged drafts. When it opened, it was one of the few sports bars on Division Street in Wicker Park, so that's a reason it became popular.

    2047 W Division St
    Chicago, IL 60622

    14. Theory

    9 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    Theory offers their VIP room for reservations or draftees could push together few tables and construct a championship in the main room.

    9 W Hubbard St
    Chicago, IL 60654

    15. Timothy O'Toole's Chicago

    622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611

    A favorite Streeterville sports bar with WiFi and other sports amenities. Check out the specials here.

    622 N Fairbanks Ct
    Chicago, IL 60611

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    16. Vice District Brewing

    1454 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

    They don't consider themselves a sports bar, but with free WiFi and proximity to Soldier Field, football fans are welcome at Vice District. They also encourage food deliveries.

    1454 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60605

    17. WestEnd

    1326 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

    This West Loop gem always is accommodating to drafts with a solid beer list and food specials.

    1326 W Madison St
    Chicago, IL 60607

    18. WhirlyBall

    1825 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

    WhirlyBall groups can reserve one of WhirlyBall’s private event spaces, equipped with flatscreen TVs and high-speed WiFi, for up to two hours at no cost. In addition to the space, guests can enjoy food and drink offerings including a two-hour unlimited beer package featuring Imported and Domestic bottles and cans, draft beer of the month and soft drinks, and a food package including pizza and wings or sliders and tacos. It's an eight-person minimum for $37 per person.

    1825 W. Webster Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60614

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