Best Bars To Watch The 2014 Winter Olympics In Chicago

January 30, 2014 7:00 AM

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Whether you’re a fan of downhill skiing, luge or bobsleigh, cheer the U.S. teams to victory while out and about. The Winter Olympics of 2014 run from February 7 to 23, which gives you plenty of time to check out a number of sport bars around the city. These bars are the best to watch the international games not only because they have plenty of TVs to watch your favorite winter sports, but also because they feature drink and food specials.



Sedgwick’s Bar Grill
1935 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-7900

This Lincoln Park bar turns into an Olympics extravaganza come February. Its third annual Olympwick’s will, as it has in past years, feature drinking games and food specials. Contests will also be on tap and have an Olympic theme, such as the ‘Alpine Challenge,’ which involves eating Sedgwick’s signature tater tot mountain. One drink special will be the ‘Luge,’ a block of ice shot. Teams can sign up for events in advance, and the winning team will receive a trophy to display at Sedgwick’s. When you want to watch the international games, the bar will be tuned into the Olympics on its many TVs.

Sidebar Grille
221 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 739-3900

Travel around the world with the Olympic burgers at this Loop bar and restaurant while watching the games. Starting February 10 and available every day of the work week, you can nosh on a burger inspired by a different country. Go for the gold with the USA burger, which comes topped with black forest bacon and Merkt’s cheddar cheese, or try a chorizo lamb burger, influenced by Spain, which comes with fig jam, piquillo peppers and manchego cheese. But that’s just a few of the 11 options. All burgers will be priced between $9 and $13, depending on the ingredients. The daily special ends February 21.



Old Town Social
455 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-2277

This North Avenue bar/restaurant may be a foodie haven, but it’s also the perfect place to catch a game, as it features over two dozen flat-screen TVs. As if that’s not reason enough to come in, for the 2014 Olympics, the bar will be offering ice luge and shot specials, as well as gold, silver and bronze drink specials. During brunch, a Breakfast of Champions will also be offered. Pair these Olympic-inspired drinks with elevated bar food from Executive Chef Jared Van Camp, such as the pork belly reuben, and you’ll have a winning combination.

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Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 645-6000

While this River North hotspot is known as a stylish sports bar as well as for its gourmet pub food from Executive Chef Amanda Downing, it’s also becoming known for its viewing parties. Enjoy some Rockit Pockets (steak, American cheese and sauteed onions in a wrap), while tuning into the bar’s TVs. A game-day menu may also be on tap, which, in the past, has included items such as truffle tater tops, loaded fries and beer and cheese dip with a warm pretzel.

Crew Bar & Grill
4804 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-2739

This Boystown bar knows how to throw a party, including when it comes to big sporting events. In past years, it has offered Olympic-sized drink specials to imbibe and enjoy while watching the Olympic games with the sound on. Made-to-order meals are also available.

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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

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