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Best Bars In Chicago To Watch The 2013 Super Bowl

January 24, 2013 7:00 AM

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By Megan Horst-Hatch

For many sports fans, Super Bowl Sunday requires the two crucial elements of drinks and good food. In a city filled with sports bars, you want to pick just the right one for you and your friends to enjoy the game. Where should you go in Chicago on Super Bowl Sunday? It really depends. From no-frills sports bars to one that keeps kegs at the table, you have quite a few choices of where you can watch the big game on February 3. Keep this list in mind when deciding where to watch the game.

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Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
6727 N. Olmsted Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 631-1223
www.morettischicago.com

Located in Chicago’s Edison Park, Moretti’s is a true sports fan’s bar. You won’t need to worry about seeing the screen during game time. Moretti’s boasts 40 large plasma HD TVs, including a mammoth 12-foot HD projection screen. If you want to hear the game, request one of Moretti’s personal tabletop speakers. Most importantly, Moretti’s has a varied menu that has something for everyone, including pasta, pizza and sandwiches. Can’t make it to Chicago? No worries — Moretti’s has additional locations in Bartlett, Fox Lake, Lake in the Hills, Mount Prospect and Schaumburg.

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Jimmy Green’s
825 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 386-9000
www.jimmygreens.com

You won’t need to strain your neck checking out the game at Jimmy Green’s as the bar has more than 35 TVs. Brunch is also available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so feel free to get the party started well before the game begins. For those looking for something to eat during the Super Bowl, check out the bar’s lunch menu consisting of wraps, pizzas and sandwiches. Check out Jimmy Green’s beer menu as well, which includes more than 100 types of beer, many of which are locally produced. Jimmy Green’s is located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood and is within easy walking distance of the Red, Green and Orange El lines.

Related: Best Bars To Watch The Bears

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Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5973
www.bullbearbar.com

One of the difficulties of watching a game in a crowded bar might be getting a server’s attention to refresh your drink. This is not so at the Bull & Bear. Five of its booths have tabletop taps with one domestic and one import beer. Simply pour what you want, and the meter will record how much you dispensed. Speaking of beer, the bar offers local favorites like Goose Island and 312, as well as imports like Guinness. Wine and cocktails are also on the menu. The Bull & Bear, located in Chicago’s Near North Side, has ample TVs to catch the Super Bowl. For those planning to sit for the long haul, consider ordering a burger or steak.

Mother Hubbard’s
5 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-0007
www.hubbards.squarespace.com

You won’t need to worry about encountering a bare cupboard at Mother Hubbard’s. The Near North Side bar boasts a variety of appetizers, salads and sandwiches, as well as its award-winning ribs. You can also create customized grilled cheese sandwiches, complete with a bowl of homemade chicken vegetable soup. Its beer menu stretches from Amstel Light to Stella Artois, and comprises everything in between. Want to catch the action? Mother Hubbard’s seven 10-foot screens will make you feel like you’re in the middle of the field. According to Mother Hubbard’s, the bar has the most satellite receivers in the area. If you feel like watching another game during commercial breaks, just ask your server to change the channel.

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Village Inn Pizzeria
8050 Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 675-3737
www.villageinnskokie.com

If you’re planning to watch the Super Bowl with your kids, then keep Village Inn Pizzeria in mind as the bar offers a children’s menu for the younger sports fans in your crew. Vegetarians will also delight in the bar’s meat-free options, which include stir-fry and burritos. Other options include pizza, wraps, sandwiches and hamburgers. Its beer menu is definitely worth a look over, as it includes craft beers and perennial favorites. You’re also in good hands at the Village Inn; the bar has won awards for Skokie’s best merchant of the year and for best bar food. Village Inn has a second location in Glenview.

115 Bourbon Street
3359 W. 115th St.
Merrionette Park, IL 60803
(708) 388-8881
www.115bourbonstreet.com

Didn’t score tickets to the Super Bowl game in New Orleans? Don’t worry, you can still get a taste of the Big Easy in Chicago. At 115 Bourbon Street, guests can watch the game on 17 27-inch TVs or on the bar’s six 15-foot screens. The bar also has a beer garden, a portion of which is enclosed and heated during the winter. Its restaurant features New Orleans specialties, including po’ boys and jambalaya.

Related: Best Sports Bars In Chicago

Megan Horst-Hatch is a mother, runner, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She loves nothing more than a great cupcake, and writes at I’m a Trader Joe’s Fan. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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