Best Places For Families To Watch The Game In Chicago

July 25, 2014 6:00 AM

Watching the big game at a a sports bar can be a great way to amp up the excitement while cheering for your favorite team. While there are a number of sports bars that cater towards a college crowd or a nightlife atmosphere, some sports bars cater towards families wanting to bring along the kids. Check out some venues that are kid-friendly in Chicago to watch the big game, and skip a call to the babysitter for once. While the adults enjoy a cold beer while watching the game, the kids can enjoy being a fan in training while enjoying some great food.

The Boundary
1932 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-1919

The Boundary caters towards those wanting to watch the Blackhawks, but with multiple televisions, there is something for everyone. There is an extensive beer menu and specialty mimosas and bloody Marys during brunch hours. You won’t be limited to a kids’ menu at The Boundary, since the menu features favorites for all ages. Whether it’s the handmade burgers or the tater tot sides, the menu is not lacking in options for children. Check out The Boundary’s events page for the occasional kid-friendly event, like its October’s pumpkin carving night for kids.

Shoeless Joe’s Ale House & Grille
10290 W. Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 296-5760

As an official Blackhawks bar, patrons can expect to see some great Blackhawks game-day specials. There are multiple televisions, and over 30 beers on tap. The multi-level layout gives some options on where you want to sit, whether it’s a comfortable booth on the lower platform or a spot on a bar stool. There is an extensive menu that offers some great American cuisine, and an added touch is the kids’ menu. All kids’ meals come with a drink and a scoop of ice scream, with their choice of mini burgers, grilled cheese or chicken fingers.

938 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 789-4600

One of Lincoln Park’s favorite places to watch the Blackhawks, Homeslice sets a new standard in bar food. Stone-baked pizza and gluten-free menu items bring customers through the doors, but specialty items like signature salads and goat cheese and marinara breadsticks ensure customers keep coming back. Kids will want to hurry up and clean their plates so they can partake in one of Homeslice’s banana splits for dessert. The back patio is also a favorite, whether it’s the fun camp-like atmosphere or the occasional free s’mores.

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1880 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 486-7777

Strictly an Illinois institution, WhirlyBall has three locations: Chicago, Lombard and Vernon Hills. The Chicago location is in the Bucktown neighborhood and is much more than just a place to watch the big game. The actual game is often described as a cross between bumper cars and lacrosse, and can be a fun way to get into a friendly and competitive spirit. Older kids can team up with dad while mom and siblings can help to cheer them on.

Burger Bar Chicago
1578 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 255-0055

While the multiple televisions and constant gameplay can be seen when visiting Burger Bar Chicago, the atmosphere isn’t the rowdy sports bar environment that can be a little too loud for little ones. There are a number of different beers to choose from for the adults, and kids love the signature shakes. Burger Bar Chicago goes all out when it comes to living up to its name. The burger options are seemingly endless with specialty orders like gyro burgers, brisket burgers or even veggie burgers. Kids will love the deep-fried pickles and the sweet potato tater tots.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on

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