For the 14th-straight year, the Chicago Bears aren’t playing in the Super Bowl. But don’t worry, two quarterbacks that the team could have acquired — the Kansas City Chiefs’s MVP Patrick Mahomes and the San Francisco 49ers’s Jimmy Garoppolo (a suburban native) — are playing. Instead of being frustrated by the state of Chicago’s NFL team, might as well find a fun bar with tasty food and beverage. These 20 spots have a mix of ambience, big screens, and bar food that will make watching football fun.Read More
Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago
Catch the big game in style
1. Onward Chicago
Rogers Park’s new American restaurant from the owner of Yugen in the Grace space has six flat-screen televisions where patrons can catch the game, as well as 60-ounce pitches of draft beer — think IPAs, lagers, porters, stouts, and pilsners — for $20. Fans can also try a $12 special that includes a burger, a beer, and a shot.
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2. Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern
This Four Corners bar adjacent to Wrigley Field leans toward baseball, but will cater to football fans Sunday starting at 4:30 with a $15 buffet with pizza, wings, and a taco bar. Individual items include $6 wings and $10 mini sliders and fries, along with $18 buckets of (surprise) Bud and Bud Light.
3. Theater on the Lake
Theater on the Lake restaurant on the Lincoln Park lakefront starts its Super Bowl party at 4:30 p.m. and offers a $75 package that includes both food and drink, or a $40 food-only package for those who don’t want to imbibe. Buyers can expect bottled and canned beer along with domestic drafts, canned beer and ciders, and select mixed drinks and wine. They can also chow down on dishes such as wings, cheeseburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, chili, and more.
4. The Whale Chicago
Logan Square’s high roller-style bar and restaurant is offering a “Super Fan Sunday” package that includes unlimited select drafts (Dovetail Helles, Lagunitas IPA, Allagash White), domestic bottles and cans (High Life, Bud Light, Coors Banquet), and premium well liquors. There’ll also be football-friendly fare such as wings, burgers, and Southern fried chicken sandwiches. The whole shebang is available for $35.
5. Park & Field
Even football novices can enjoy gameday specials in Logan Square at Park & Field’s annual Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl parties. The furry festival kicks off at 2 p.m., when local canines can take to the lounge’s indoor football “court” and their human companions can try specialty drinks. Proceeds from the suggested $10 entry donations go to Chicago animal rescue One Tail at a Time. At 5:30, fans of the real game can pay $40 for bottomless mixed drinks, draft beers, and wines and access to a “farm to fork” food buffet.
6. Utopian Tailgate
This weird and wonderful rooftop sports bar above Second City in Old Town will have a dangerous deal of 64-ounce pitchers of Miller Light, Modelo Especial, and Stella Artois available for $5 from open to close on Sunday. Starting at 5 p.m., paying customers can also try one free “munchies bowl” stacked with Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter & Crunch Berries, Lucky Charms marshmallows, Corn Chex, cashews, pretzels, and gummy bears; and “basic tailgate” chili (ground beef, onion, red bell pepper, beans, cheddar, sour cream, saltines).
Bucktown’s popular open-hearth restaurant will host a Super Bowl party in its upstairs space from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. where staff will show the game on three TVs. Viewers can celebrate with buckets of beer, carafes of wine and margaritas, special event cocktails, and “drive-by” porrons after every touchdown. Etta will also offer specialty dishes such as Kansas City ribs (Ed’s BBQ sauce, crispy onions) and crispy chicken wings (chile de arbol, honey, sesame), along with its regular menu. Reps also promise a raffle and half-time prizes.
8. Topgolf Swing Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611
Multi-faceted sports fanatics can run their own game while watching the pros at this virtual golf chain’s spot on the sixth floor of the 900 N. Michigan Avenue building. Patrons can rent a gaming bay for $20 per hour and distract themselves (or their children) with onscreen versions of golf, kickball, and “zombie dodgeball.” Food and drink from Hogsalt’s Aster Hall will also be available, including sliders from Small Cheval.
9. Mity Nice
Hungry fans can snag cheap bites from Mity Nice from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. Try a mini cheeseburger, mini “chicken Fritzy,” chicken tenders, or a pot roast slider for $5, or order off the brunch and dinner menus.
10. Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
This spot that’s celebrated for its wings has plenty of game day eats to offer: a “tailgate tower” ($37.50) features boneless Buffalo wings and nachos, while a “bar-cuterie” board ($13.95) is a spread of smoked bologna, hot links, smoked gouda, beer cheese spread, pickled vegetables, grain mustard, and crackers. Other special items include “Titanic tater tots” (parmesan, truffle oil, Chicago-style giardiniera, garlic aioli) and Detroit pan pizzas.
11. Timothy O'Toole's Pub
Get an up-close view of every touchdown and fumble at Timothy O’Toole’s, courtesy of the bar’s 72-inch televisions, or win a raffle (every customer gets a ticket at the end of each quarter) to take a 50-inch model home. There’ll be other giveaways too, with items like a bike, speakers, and Bourbon County gear. Beer specials include $6 Miller Lite and Coors Lite stadium cups, a 5-bottle bucket of Miller or Coors for $22, plus customizable mimosas ($4) and Bloody Marys ($8).
Everyone gets to see the big game at this upscale sports bar because staff will air it on at least 30 televisions. Super Bowl treats include $5 Deschutes “Fresh Squeezed” IPAs, $20 Deschutes pitchers, and for one day only, a $12 “giant” barbecue turkey leg, fried and tossed in Buffalo and white barbecue sauces.
13. Public House
A lively River North self-pour beer and sports bar, Public House has more than 100 drafts to cater to nearly any beer drinker during the game, available on 27 TVs. It’s from the team at Bar Siena, and also features Super Bowl specials like $7 Tito’s cocktails and mules, and $6 22-ounce stadium drafts, plus solid bar food.
14. Time Out Market Chicago
Time Out Market Chicago is one of the busiest places for food in Chicago with restaurants like HaiSous, Fat Rice, Entente, and Art of Pizza. The food hall has a 32-feet-wide by 6-feet-tall video screen. Normally, it’s used show off not-so-useful QR codes. Management’s decided to do something useful for the screen by showing the game, hopefully with limited Time Out messaging for the #brand. There’ll be $4 select local drafts and $3 cans of Miller Lite, Bud Light, and Old Style, plus plenty of menu items to choose from (reps say over 100).
15. Nancy's Pizzeria
This stuffed pizza pioneer features some of Chicago’s most popular pies, two-and-a-half inch masterpieces layered with cheese, sauce, toppings, and two tiers of dough. For the big game, Nancy’s is offering $10 off an order of $54 or more (a nod to Super Bowl LIV) and will show the game on five TVs.
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16. Phlavz Bar & Grille
This dimly lit bar features walls decorated with familiar Chicago historical figures from Dick Butkus, to Derrick Rose, to Lori Lightfoot. The jerk chicken is the star of the menu and comes with a slightly sweet and vinegary sauce that hits with a bit of heat on the back end. Phlavz is a solid spot to hang and watch sports in University Village.
17. Weather Mark Tavern
This nautically-themed South Loop sports bar is throwing a Super Bowl shindig from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ticket-buyers ($45 for “early bird,” $50 at the door) can access an open bar for the duration featuring all beers, call liquors, and wines. The bar will also offer a buffet with wings, mac and cheese, tater tots, and more. Patrons can also expect raffles and games like “Super Bowl Squares.”
18. Kroll's South Loop
Kroll’s, the long-time South Loop sports bar — a favorite near Soldier Field — is an ideal spot to watch the game. Find pizza, bar treats, sandwiches, and more.
19. Reggies Chicago
The South Loop restaurant and music venue is throwing its annual Super Bowl bash. It kicks off with an all-you-can-eat buffet starting at 2 p.m. for $15. The game will be shown in the Music Joint or up on the enclosed rooftop, and there will be other activities like a halftime eating contest and a chili cook off.
20. Fatpour Tap Works - McCormick
The South Side location of the Wicker Park sports bar is steps from Wintrust Arena and Soldier Field. The new location sports the regular assemblage of dependable bar food and craft beer. There’s certainly enough TVs inside.