Best Football Bars In Chicago

By Michelle M. Guilbeau

Football season is the time to get together with friends to drink and eat and enjoy a great game of football in person or on TV. Football fans know how to do it right in Chicago; the bars in Chicago are typically packed on football game day and finding the best bar to watch the game or visit before or after the game is important for a memorable experience. Here are the best football bars in Chicago.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
www.timothyotooles.com

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub offers a large selection of beer, cocktails and food although with that just right atmosphere to watch a football game. What makes Timothy O’Toole’s Pub one of the best football bars in Chicago is the round trip shuttle to Soldier Field they offer for $10. Tickets for the shuttle can be purchased online and the shuttle leaves one hour and 15 minutes before kickoff.  Any tickets that remain can be purchased in the pub on a first come first serve basis.

The Scout
1301 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 705-0595
www.thescoutchicago.com

The Scout advertises on their website they are “Your home for Soldier Field” and with the amount of football fans who crowd this bar on game days, the statement appears to be very accurate for the patrons who will wait for an extended time to get a table. It is difficult to not get excited about a football game with all the energy that permeates throughout The Scout on game day; there are no issues with trying to view a game as TV’s are in every direction that the eye can see. This is the best bar to watch a football game and be sure to order the over foot long grilled cheese sandwich to enjoy along with viewing the game.

The Cubby Bear
1059 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-1662
www.cubbybear.com

The Cubby Bear is an icon in Chicago and anyone who knows Chicago knows about The Cubby Bear. It is located across from Wrigley Field and although it is a huge draw for baseball fans, it is equally a huge draw for football fans. The atmosphere makes it a perfect place to watch a football game, anywhere patrons sit will be a great place to watch the game-TV’s are all over the walls.  The food is the just right bar faire, such as burgers, nachos and wings, plus an ice cold beer helps the food taste even better.  The Cubby Bear is an excellent place to hang out with friends and enjoy a football game or a couple football games.

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The Anthem
1725 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-4804
www.theanthemchicago.com

The classic pub food is in full force at The Anthem and the vintage feel make it a really fun place to watch a football game. The buffalo wings are a must try, but if that is not a desired food option, the other menu options will not disappoint. The projectors and large screen TV’s make patrons feel like they are at the game, full immersion is happening on game day at The Anthem.

Murphy’s Bleachers
3655 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-5356
www.murphysbleachers.com

Murphy’s Bleachers is another Chicago classic sports bar located right near Wrigley Field and it has been for almost 80 years. Murphy’s is a popular bar for baseball and it is also a well-loved bar for football season; the feeling walking inside the bar is best described as iconic.  Daily food and drink specials are a must view and prices are extremely reasonable. Murphy’s Bleachers is a great football game viewing spot.

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