Chicago will host the NBA All Star Game on February 16 for the first time in 32 years — back then it was held at the original “Madhouse on Madison.” Chicago Stadium has since been razed as workers built the United Center across the street. Basketball’s biggest stars will be in town to hang out, along with some of the country’s biggest musicians. The event gives restaurants a chance to pander to NBA fans with pop-up bars, special basketball-themed menus, and other events.
Below is a sampling of some of the many public-facing events that will take place this week around town. The majority are downtown and in River North, but this list is not meant to be comprehensive. Beyond this, fans might see players hanging out at Soule in West Town or Avli in River North or Lincoln Park. NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is a fan of the Greek fare at Avli. Meanwhile, game is a welcome distraction for Chicago Bulls fans who welcome the All Star Break during a difficult season. Check out the picks below.Read More