Where to Watch NFL Games in Chicago
Updated May 20, 2018
NFL season is full of team spirit. Bears fans in Chicago are blessed with a wide selection of bars for viewing the monsters of the midway. Here we've collected our favorite bars for locals, where you can actually reserve a seat to watch the game, and where non-Bears fans can find their cheering squad.
Best Places to Watch the Chicago Bears
The short list:
Timmy O'Toole's in Streeterville - Solid brunch menu with build your own Bloody Mary bar, great craft beer list with larger steins available, multiple TVs labeled with the games that will be/are playing and sound for selected games (Bears always top priority). If it isn't too crowded you can play a game of pool.
Grand View Tavern in River West - At the start of the season, when the weather is 'cuspy' you can watch the game on their outdoor patio (with sound). Great neighborhood spot with drink specials, good food and the patio is dog friendly.
State in Lincoln Park - grab a booth with a dedicated TV screen and chose the game you watch. Build your own Bloody Mary and choose from an extensive food menu.
Chicago Bars to Host Your Fantasy Football Draft
Joe's on Weed, New City - Joe's is a great play for both fantasy drafts and regular season games. Why? You can reserve a table, they have food and drink specials, and jumbo screens.
Chicago Bars Cheering for Non-Chicago Teams
Chicago is home to many enthusiastic NFL fans who choose not to support the home team. I mean, some of us have standards.
Baltimore Ravens bars: Fizz Bar and Grill
Buffalo Bills bars: Lincoln Station
Cincinnati Bengals bars: Kincades
Cleveland Browns bars: Vaughans Pub Lakeview, Fieldhouse
Denver Broncos bars: Irish Oak, Riverview Tavern
Green Bay Packers bars: Will's Northwoods Inn, Matilda, Cheesie's Wicker Park, Crossroads Public House
Houston Texans bars: Kasey's Tavern
Indianapolis Colts bars: Four Shadows
Minnesota Vikings bars: Humble Bar and Lounge, Cheesie's Evanston
New England Patriots bars: Tripoli Tavern
New Orleans Saints bars: Toons
New York Giants bars: Racine Plumbing
San Francisco (aka Santa Clara) Forty Niners bars: Grand River Bar and Grille, Cheesie's Lakeview
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