Where’s the best place to watch a hockey game in Chicago? While you might say it’s your living room, consider branching out and head to a bar to watch a game with friends and other fans. It’s worth it to get out of the house, as you can cheer or commiserate together without running out of beer or snacks. Don’t forget to arrive before the game starts so you can snag a seat, and check if the game will even be televised. Whether you want to root for the Blackhawks, the Wolves or a university hockey team, check out the following Chicago-area bars.
Duffy’s Tavern & Grille
420 1/2 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
For transplants from the Mitten State, finding a bar in Chicago where you can cheer the Detroit Red Wings is easy to find. All you need to do is head to Duffy’s Tavern & Grille in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Wolverines fans can also call this bar home. The bar also shows Chicago Wolves games and is an official Blackhawks bar. Load up on salads, fish and chips or a chicken wrap, or share appetizers with your friends during the game. A wide selection of beer is sure to whet your appetite, including Great Lakes, Goose Island and Two Brothers.
940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Don’t you hate it when you have to crane your neck to watch the game in a crowded bar? If you’re in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood and want to catch a hockey game, then consider making Joe’s Bar part of your plans. The bar has more than 110 HD screens so you won’t miss the action on the ice. While the bar does show Blackhawks games (after all, it is an official Blackhawks bar), perhaps you’d like to watch another hockey game. To find out how you can reserve a screen so you can catch the Wolves or your favorite university hockey team, check out the directions on Joe’s Bar’s website. You can also grab a bite to eat, as Joe’s Bar has an extensive menu with bar favorites like pizza and tacos and an assortment of beer and cocktails.
Morgan’s On Maxwell
1325 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Located in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood and near both Dan Ryan and Roosevelt Road, Morgan’s on Maxwell is an official Blackhawks bar. Morgan’s offers specials every day so you can cheer on your team to your heart’s content. You can also fill up on food while you watch the game, as Morgan’s menu includes everything from burgers to entrees. A kid’s menu is also available for the youngest fans in your group.
Wickets Bar & Grill
601 N. Martingale Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173
After a day of shopping at The Streets of Woodfield, stop in at Wickets Bar & Grill and catch a Blackhawks game. Wickets has a 110-inch projection screen and nine HD LED screens so you can easily see what’s happening on the ice. While you watch the game, share a plate of appetizers with your friends or grab a burger, sandwich or entree from the bar’s food menu. Got little ones with you? Wickets also offers a children’s menu, so even the youngest fan can have a bite to eat. Wash down your meal by picking out a beverage from the bar’s selection of beer, including MGD, Budweiser, Gumballhead and Guinness, and its wine, specialty martinis and cocktails.
Will’s Northwoods Inn
3030 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Will’s Northwoods Inn, an official Blackhawks bar, is located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood and offers specials every day of the week. Its beer list includes Wisconsin favorites, including Point, Capital Brewery, MGD and Lakefront. While you’re waiting for the game to start, check out Will’s food menu, which includes burgers, beer brats, sandwiches and deep-fried cheese curds. Are you a die-hard fan of UW-Madison? Then feel free to cheer on the Badgers at Will’s Northwoods Inn, too.
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