No matter what your favorite sport is, sometimes you just want to get out of the house to watch the latest game. This gives you a chance to hang out with friends—or even make new ones!—while enjoying some food and drinks as you watch. Whether your favorite team to cheer on is the Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks, or another team entirely, Chicago has a ton of great sports bars to spend the day at. Here are some of the best options to try.
The Lodge Tavern
You know it’s a great place to watch the game when you’re greeted by peanut shells on the floor and friendly faces behind the bar. At The Lodge Tavern, you can sit down in front of the big screen, dig into a bowl of free peanuts, and sip on an ice cold draft beer…all while cheering and jeering at the game, of course!
Harry Caray’s Tavern
This is another tavern that’s perfect for catching the game. Located near the entrance to Navy Pier, this fun spot is easy to get to and is jampacked with sports memorabilia on the walls. There’s a wide variety of craft beer at this Chicago sports bar, and beautiful views of Lake Michigan, whether you’re sitting near a window or on the patio in the summer. After all, even the patio has TVs, as well as an outdoor bar to get your drinks from throughout the game.
If you’re the type of sports fan who enjoys a game of foosball, Jenga, or pool while you keep an eye on the score on TV, check out Streeter’s Tavern. This is the place to grab an inexpensive pint of a local craft beer, start a game of pool with a friend, and just hang out as you share game day with your fellow sports fans!
There are so many great bars located on Division Street, and Butch McGuire’s happens to be just one of them! And considering it’s been here since 1961, it’s among the oldest—though The Lodge Tavern beats it by four years. This well-known bar is practically famous in Chicago as the place to go around Christmas, but it’s also the perfect spot to catch a game any time of year. So whatever months your favorite sport is in season, be sure to check out this bar so you can say you’ve been to Butch McGuire’s at least once!
There’s always a game on TV and a friendly crowd at Pippin’s Tavern! This Chicago Irish pub is known for having affordable drinks and a fun atmosphere that ensures you always feel welcome, whether you’re there to watch the Bulls, the Bears, or another favorite sports team!
This is yet another tavern where you can watch the game of your choice in Chicago. In fact, this bar has every major sports package, and you can pull up a chair in front of over 10 big screen TVs as you enjoy a local craft beer! The drink specials at Kasey’s Tavern means you can afford to spend your whole weekend afternoon here watching the game and talking to other sports fans, so check out this Chicago bar next time you want to get out of the house to watch sports.
Don’t let game day pass you by without visiting one of these great Chicago bars! You can also check out these other venues if you’re still in search of a great spot to relax, have a drink, and watch sports on a big screen TV.