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Where to Watch the Football Game in Chicago

Where to Watch the Football Game in Chicago

SThe biggest Sunday in football is around the corner, and while hosting at home is always tempting (pizza and PJs, anyone?), it’s also the perfect chance to embrace the energy of the city by checking into its most game-daygame day destinations.

From an Old Town fixture with upward of 90 beers on tap to a River North restaurant boasting 28 big screens, here are five of Chicago’s best spots for the year’s biggest day in football.

Public House

A 30-foot video screen will serve as the focal point of this River North sports bar come February 3, but 27 other TVs throughout the 10,000-square-foot space ensure that every seat in the house is a good one. Those seeking options came to the right place — a beer list spans more than 100 choices (including game day specials like $4 domestic bottles, $25 Bud Light buckets, and $5 22-ounce drafts), and a handful of menu items are customizable, from crispy chicken wings to multiple choice mac and cheese (a riff on the traditional with up to 12 toppings).

The Boundary

Sports enthusiasts wrestle for seats at this Wicker Park bar and restaurant, where throngs of fans fill the space to support teams like the Blackhawks and Cubs and any number of NFL teams. It’ll be par for the course come Sunday, so book ahead or arrive early for game-ready plates of pretzel bites with beer cheddar cheese sauce, bang bang shrimp with Sriracha and chili oil, and Carolina fried chicken with housemade bread and butter pickles. Craft beer enthusiasts, rejoice — more than 120 are served here, including varieties from local breweries like Goose Island and Maplewood.

Travelle

Gussy up your game day with a visit to this modern American restaurant and lounge, located within the luxe Langham hotel. Grab a seat at the bar for sweeping cityscape views — and, of course, front row vantage points of the field, thanks to two mega screens that will hold the room’s attention all afternoon long. Come hungry — specials on buffalo chicken sliders are offered, as are deals on domestic beer buckets. Don’t miss chef Jeff Vucko’s other staple Sunday items, too, such as chicken and waffles (with a fried egg and maple glazed bacon) and an open-faced meatball sandwich (with garlic butter and scamorza cheese).

Barrio

This River North restaurant just added several sizable TVs to its sprawling main dining room, including 47-inch-screens at each of its cabana tables — cozy dining nooks that can seat up to 10 guests for their very own private viewing party. Once situated, spring for some eats from Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe, who puts forth clever takes on modern Mexican fare (from sweet corn croquettes to grilled lobster quesadillas). Come game day, opt for specials like $25 beer buckets, $10 margaritas, and a for-the-table assortment of Tanabe’s signature tacos with fillings like grilled octopus, mahi-mahi, or charred pork belly.

Old Town Pour House

More than 90 beers are on tap at this neighborhood mainstay, where Old Town denizens gather on the regular for crowd-pleasing bites like cheese curds, popcorn chicken, and BBQ pork nachos. Round up the troops for an hourslong hangout, and be sure to book ahead — this sports lover’s haven fills up fast.

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