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Your Guide to Bearing Down for Football Season

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The NFL season is mere days away and the Monsters of the Midway are about to dominate Chicagoans' lives again. If you can't get to the games, check out the map for places you can still watch with other Bears fans. From sports bars to steakhouses, it will be the closest you will get to the true experience without actually being at Soldier Field. You might even run into some players and coaches if you're lucky. And if the Bears should lose? Well, you can always drown your sorrows in food and drinks.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Public House

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 265-1240
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An 84-inch HD video wall is the center of attention at Public House and the closest you’ll get to the action without being at the game. Settle into one of the table tap booths and watch the games on multiple screens while enjoying more than 100 types of beers and a menu of flatbreads, sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Or drop in before the game and try brunch offerings like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy and doughnut fried French toast.

2. Cactus Bar & Grill

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404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 922-3830
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If you’re headed to the game, drop into Cactus Bar beforehand for free parking when you spend $25. Then hop on the free shuttle to Soldier Field that starts 90 mins before games and ends 60 mins after games, available for all guests. Of course you can also watch the games there on 10-foot projection screens and indulge in $18 Corona buckets, $5 20 oz. stadium drafts, $5 Bloody Marys and $5 burger and fries.

3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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737 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 638-0700
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What could be better than craft brews and football? Grab a drink at the bar or settle in at a table and watch the Monsters of the Midway take on the competition. Try one (or several) of the ever-changing draft beers and order some non-traditional football fare such as mussels and a cheese flight. There’s also the usual array of burgers and sandwiches, pizzas and sides like sweet potato tots.

4. Timothy O'Toole's

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622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
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Get going before the game and stop in for brunch with options like a breakfast burger, monte cristo and breakfast burrito. Indulge in the endless Bloody Mary and mimosa bar and you’ll be ready to cheer on the Bears. Watch the game on huge flat screens while enjoying $14 Miller Lite and Coors Light jumbo pitchers.

5. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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There are plenty of televisions, drink specials and bars to keep fans happy here. With three floors to watch the games on, you won’t miss a second of the action while enjoying $16 domestic buckets or $20 import buckets, and a menu comprised of smoked foods, fried foods and sandwiches.

6. Wild Goose Bar & Grill

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4265 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 281-7112
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This popular North Side spot is the go-to choice for football on the weekends. With lots of craft brews on tap as well as $15 Chicagoland draft pitchers on Sundays, you’ll find many reasons to return every week. And that’s not even taking into account the award-winning classic jumbo buffalo wings that come in several sauces including chipotle BBQ, teriyaki or chile lime.

7. Mike Ditka's

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100 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-8989
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There’s no better or more fitting place to watch Da Bears than at Coach Ditka’s restaurant. Grab a seat, order a drink and take in all of that Bears history on the surrounding walls. Those with an appetite can order steaks and chops or come early for Sunday brunch. And if you’re lucky, you might even run into the legendary coach who's been known to stop in.

8. Gino's East Sports Bar

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521 S Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-1818
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It’s not your usual Gino’s East here as there are loads of craft brews available on tap and by the bottle, and a refined menu of Chicago favorites. Start with the artisan cheese and charcuterie board before moving onto options like the junkyard chili dog and buffalo chicken mac and cheese. Of course you can order a traditional deep dish, but there are also gourmet choices that include wild venison, spinach margherita and BBQ brisket. It’s good enough to satisfy even the Monsters of the Midway.

9. Morgan's on Maxwell

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1325 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-4800
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A spacious spot with plenty of bars, tables, flat-screens and daily specials to keep Bears fans satisfied. Sunday brunch starts at 9 a.m. during football season and features favorites such as the Egg McMorgan sandwich, steak and eggs, fiesta egg skillet and more. Sip on $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas as well as $15 Bud family buckets and you’ll be good to go by kickoff.

10. Lion Head Pub

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2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-5100
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Fall season means plenty of football at Lion Head, where you can watch the game on multiple screens and order a table tapper to ensure the beer never stops flowing. ‘Bear Down Sundays’ feature free jersey giveaways, chances to win a $50 gift certificate by guessing the score, and drink specials that include $3 Miller Lite 22 oz. drafts and $10 Miller Lite, Coors Light and Miller 64 buckets.

11. Crew Bar and Grill

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4804 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-2739
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The gay sports bar in Uptown, aside from the tagline "Chicago's premier gay sports bar and restaurant," was also named Chicago's best sports bar by Foursquare. They serve American comfort food and 65 beers in front of 21 HD screens.

12. The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen

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1301 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 705-1595
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The South Loop has a lot of sports fans and The Scout is probably the South Loop's busiest sports bar. Mere blocks from Soldier Field, not only did the Blackhawks bring the cup here but it's also a great place to watch football.

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1. Public House

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
An 84-inch HD video wall is the center of attention at Public House and the closest you’ll get to the action without being at the game. Settle into one of the table tap booths and watch the games on multiple screens while enjoying more than 100 types of beers and a menu of flatbreads, sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Or drop in before the game and try brunch offerings like chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy and doughnut fried French toast.
400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Cactus Bar & Grill

404 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607
If you’re headed to the game, drop into Cactus Bar beforehand for free parking when you spend $25. Then hop on the free shuttle to Soldier Field that starts 90 mins before games and ends 60 mins after games, available for all guests. Of course you can also watch the games there on 10-foot projection screens and indulge in $18 Corona buckets, $5 20 oz. stadium drafts, $5 Bloody Marys and $5 burger and fries.
404 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Haymarket Pub & Brewery

737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
What could be better than craft brews and football? Grab a drink at the bar or settle in at a table and watch the Monsters of the Midway take on the competition. Try one (or several) of the ever-changing draft beers and order some non-traditional football fare such as mussels and a cheese flight. There’s also the usual array of burgers and sandwiches, pizzas and sides like sweet potato tots.
737 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

4. Timothy O'Toole's

622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Get going before the game and stop in for brunch with options like a breakfast burger, monte cristo and breakfast burrito. Indulge in the endless Bloody Mary and mimosa bar and you’ll be ready to cheer on the Bears. Watch the game on huge flat screens while enjoying $14 Miller Lite and Coors Light jumbo pitchers.
622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

5. The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
There are plenty of televisions, drink specials and bars to keep fans happy here. With three floors to watch the games on, you won’t miss a second of the action while enjoying $16 domestic buckets or $20 import buckets, and a menu comprised of smoked foods, fried foods and sandwiches.
2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Wild Goose Bar & Grill

4265 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
This popular North Side spot is the go-to choice for football on the weekends. With lots of craft brews on tap as well as $15 Chicagoland draft pitchers on Sundays, you’ll find many reasons to return every week. And that’s not even taking into account the award-winning classic jumbo buffalo wings that come in several sauces including chipotle BBQ, teriyaki or chile lime.
4265 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

7. Mike Ditka's

100 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
There’s no better or more fitting place to watch Da Bears than at Coach Ditka’s restaurant. Grab a seat, order a drink and take in all of that Bears history on the surrounding walls. Those with an appetite can order steaks and chops or come early for Sunday brunch. And if you’re lucky, you might even run into the legendary coach who's been known to stop in.
100 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Gino's East Sports Bar

521 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605
It’s not your usual Gino’s East here as there are loads of craft brews available on tap and by the bottle, and a refined menu of Chicago favorites. Start with the artisan cheese and charcuterie board before moving onto options like the junkyard chili dog and buffalo chicken mac and cheese. Of course you can order a traditional deep dish, but there are also gourmet choices that include wild venison, spinach margherita and BBQ brisket. It’s good enough to satisfy even the Monsters of the Midway.
521 S Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60605

9. Morgan's on Maxwell

1325 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607
A spacious spot with plenty of bars, tables, flat-screens and daily specials to keep Bears fans satisfied. Sunday brunch starts at 9 a.m. during football season and features favorites such as the Egg McMorgan sandwich, steak and eggs, fiesta egg skillet and more. Sip on $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas as well as $15 Bud family buckets and you’ll be good to go by kickoff.
1325 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607

10. Lion Head Pub

2251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Fall season means plenty of football at Lion Head, where you can watch the game on multiple screens and order a table tapper to ensure the beer never stops flowing. ‘Bear Down Sundays’ feature free jersey giveaways, chances to win a $50 gift certificate by guessing the score, and drink specials that include $3 Miller Lite 22 oz. drafts and $10 Miller Lite, Coors Light and Miller 64 buckets.
2251 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

11. Crew Bar and Grill

4804 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640
The gay sports bar in Uptown, aside from the tagline "Chicago's premier gay sports bar and restaurant," was also named Chicago's best sports bar by Foursquare. They serve American comfort food and 65 beers in front of 21 HD screens.
4804 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60640

12. The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen

1301 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
The South Loop has a lot of sports fans and The Scout is probably the South Loop's busiest sports bar. Mere blocks from Soldier Field, not only did the Blackhawks bring the cup here but it's also a great place to watch football.
1301 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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