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Best Bars For Cornhole In Chicago

June 5, 2014 7:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: Codys Public House's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Codys Public House’s Facebook)

Nothing says summer in Chicago like a cold glass of beer and a game of cornhole (also known as bags). Whether you’re looking to join a cornhole competition (yes, they do exist) or round up a bunch of friends for a friendly game of bags, these five watering holes have everything you need to enjoy a lovely summer day in the Windy City. Looking for other fun drinking games to play while out and about? Check out these five bars as well.
(Photo Credit: Codys Public House's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Codys Public House’s Facebook)

Cody’s Public House
1658 W. Barry Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 528-4050
www.facebook.com/Codys-Public-House


This Lakeview neighborhood bar isn’t just another corner bar. Sure it has plenty of TVs for your sports-viewing pleasure, as well as dart boards and a juke box, but step outside to the outdoor patio in the summer and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the outdoor offerings too. While you play a game of bags or bocce, you can also grill up your own meats — let’s call it BYOM — on the outdoor grill. It’ll feel like hanging out at a friend’s house, complete with some friendly canines, who are allowed in the bar as well.
Murphy’s Bleachers
3655 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-5356
www.facebook.com/murphysbleachers


Situated in the heart of Wrigleyville, Murphy’s always has something going on, whether it’s Cubs game day or not. Starting in May every year, the hopping bar hosts a bags tournament every Sunday night. All you need to join is $20 and one teammate for this double-elimination game. Your registration must be in by 1:30 p.m., and games start at 2 p.m. To keep the good times going, it also features a number of food and drink specials; on Sundays in particular, grab a pitcher for $12.
(Photo Credit: www.joesbar.com)

(Photo Credit: http://www.joesbar.com)

Joe’s Bar on Weed Street
940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 337-3486
www.joesbar.com


As a massive 20,000-square-foot bar in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood, there’s always something going on at Joe’s, from live music, private parties and fundraisers to sports games on the more than 100 TVs. The popular bar also hosts an indoor cornhole league in the fall. But if you want to throw some bags with your friends, you can do that too just about any time of year at Joe’s.


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Weeds Tavern
1555 N. Dayton St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 943-7815
www.facebook.com/WeedsTavern


While this dive bar on the Near North Side no longer has bras hanging from its ceiling, it’s still a unique and fun place whether you’re hanging out here during the week or weekend. If you’re not inside listening to or participating in the karaoke, head outside to the enormous beer garden to throw a game or two of bags. With well-priced drinks (think $2.50 Miller Lite bottles and $4 Revolution beers, depending on the day) and a pool table, you can’t go wrong.
Tripoli Tap
1147 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-4400
www.tripolitap.com


Lincoln Park seems to be a haven for bars that offer cornhole, and that includes Tripoli Tap, a dive bar that features all of the sports bar fixings, particularly if you enjoy teams that hail from Boston. What makes this bar all the more fun is its spacious beer garden, perfect for your latest and greatest game of bags. The bar is also known for its clam chowder.


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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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