I don’t begrudge Blackhawks fans their fun. Your team won! Awesome! You deserved the parade today. I am however afraid to leave my house tonight. It’s Friday. I deserve a drink. And I have no desire to walk into every neighborhood bar just to find it filled with red jerseys and drunken Hawks fans. Again, Hawks fans deserve their celebrations! But that doesn’t mean I have to celebrate with them.
The Blackhawks have never been better, and therefore good tickets can be hard to find. But plenty of bars around Chicago can make you at least feel like you’re at the game. Join the other fans and go to these Blackhawks bars to watch the games and watch the Blackhawks skate into the playoffs. Cue Chelsea Dagger now.
It wouldn’t be a game day without a pint of beer in one hand and an order of gooey nachos in the other. If you’re looking to go out with your friends and enjoy a good Bears game when they’re NOT playing the Packers, put on your jersey and head out to these places to experience some excellent specials and some even better football on TV.
All bands have to have their first show somewhere. That venue will probably be a living room, a basement, or a “co-operative event space/art incubator/creativity collective,” which is really just to say some industrial-sized living room. And these venues are fine and dandy and a lot of fun! But should you tire of playing The Spork Fort and Loveship Factory, there are real-life, honest to God licensed venues out there…