Where to Watch UFC, MMA and Boxing in Chicago
Why pay for the fight when you can watch for free with friends at a bar? These Chicago bars frequently screen UFC and other mixed martial arts/pay per view fights with sound and drink specials.
Timothy O'Toole's (Streeterville)
Tap Room (Logan Square/Bucktown)
Leader Bar (Irving Park)
Trophy Room (River North)
Green Street Local (West Loop)
The Ogden (Near West Side)
If you’re unsure whether these locations are playing an event or not, the UFC offers a handy tool (linked) to show bars in your area that have confirmed they will be screening an upcoming event, as well as unconfirmed but likely hosts who have previously done so. Bellator and the various boxing promotions are a little bit more difficult to find, but for an all-encompassing tool that also includes UFC events, check out Tonight's Game bar finder.
Another option is to host your own viewing party! Invite your friends and do it potluck style or order a bunch of food for everyone. Graciously purchase the event yourself if it’s a potluck (you won’t be paying for food after all) or have everyone pitch in for it, it’s up to you!