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Best Sports Bars In Chicago

November 1, 2010 2:06 PM

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Best Sports Bars In Chicago

Best Sports Bars In Chicago

Get off the couch and watch the game! Chicago treats it’s sports like a religion. With so many places to worship the sports gods, there are plenty of bars and neighborhoods to choose from. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best (In no particular order).

Have a favorite sports bar we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

Four Shadows

2758 N. Ashland Chicago, IL 60614

The people behind Four Shadows take their bar and their sports seriously. That’s exactly why they don’t buy into any of the glitz and glamor tricks that other places use. Four Shadows is places for serious fans to get together, watch Bulls and of course celebrate a win. There’s no need to worry about a bad-viewing angle or a ridiculously tall hoops fan getting in your way. With about a TV for everyone in the bar you’ll always be able to catch the action no matter if you’re at the bar or at a table with friends.

Vines on Clark

3554 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Not your typical sports bar, Vines on Clark injects some class into watching a Cubs games while in the shadow of Wrigley. A rooftop bar and beer garden gives Cubs fans plenty of options when the weather is nice. Around 20 wines and a menu that goes beyond simple bar food, Vines on Clark is the perfect pre-game, in-game and post-game spot for Cubs fans.

Catcher’s Inn

901 W. 35th St., Chicago
(773) 869-9411

Just a few short blocks from U.S. Cellular Field, the walls of Catcher’s Inn are plastered with pennants, posters and schedules of the beloved White Sox. The black and white checkered ceiling will definitely make every Sox fan feel right at home and any Cubs fan feel like they’re a long way from home. Catcher’s Inn is a small neighborhood bar, but any true Sox fan is more than welcome to stop in for a game, talk baseball and celebrate a White Sox victory.


3358 N. Southport Ave Chicago, IL 60657

Justin’s is a hockey bar to its core. With skates hanging from the ceiling and an original “Slap Shots” movie poster on the wall you know this is a place for serious Blackhawks fans. An outstanding menu accompanied with a vast beer and wine selection mean that isn’t just a Blackhawks bar, but there are few better to witness some Indian Head dominance outside of the United Center. The large “L” shaped bar only enhances the game day experience by encouraging fans to not only celebrate with those directly next to them, but with fans all around the bar.

Cork & Kerry at the Park

3258 S. Princeton Ave. Chicago
(312) 842-0769

Close relative of the Beverly landmark, Cork & Kerry lies in the shadow of U.S. Cellular Field. While the beers and fellow Sox fans will more than draw you in, the menu will keep you coming back again and again. The “home team” side of the menu features bar classics like burgers and brats. The “visitors” side will feature dishes inspired by the White Sox opponent.

Murphy’s Bleachers

3655 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60613

From the outside, Murphy’s Bleachers looks like any other neighborhood bar in Chicago. Take a step inside and realize that it’s anything but. Across the street front he entrance to the Wrigley Field bleachers, Murphy’s is an open-air bar that is packed with Hawks fanatics. Before and after Cubs games the outside beer garden is a popular place to be. However, during the cold hockey months you can retreat to the inside where there’s plenty of room for you and all the Hawks fans you know.

Guthrie’s Tavern

1300 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-2900

Guthrie’s Tavern is located near Wrigleyville and has a nostalgic selection of over 50 board games. This tavern is a true Chicago experience. Watch the Bears play while playing board games. Great for those you don’t really like football! If those people exist.

Sports Corner

956 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613

The Wrigleyville cornerstone shut down for a year in order to undergo a major face-lift. This three-story paradise for Blackhawks fans features enough TVs to ensure that you’ll never miss a goal or big hit. The Blackhawks permanent home is over on the West Side, but for one glorious day the Blackhawks played right across the street. The electric hockey atmosphere that was brought to Wrigley never left the Sports Corner and you can experience it during every Hawks game. With multiple beers on tap and a friendly staff, you can be sure that each game will be one to remember if you watch it at Sports Corner.

Joe’s Sports Bar

940 W Weed St
Chicago, IL 60686
Neighborhood: Near North Side
(312) 337-3487

This bar is one of the best bars for watching sports period! Great food and atmosphere during Bears games and for any game you desire. Their friendly staff will be more than willing to accommodate your sports needs. But come Sunday you better be in blue and orange because its Bears football time!

The Pony

1638 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
(773) 828-5055

The Pony doesn’t make our list just because it was the first bar that Lord Stanley’s Cup partied at after coming to Chicago, although that doesn’t hurt. The overall amenities and atmosphere make one of the most ideal spots across Chicagoland to catch a Blackhawks game. The heavily exposed wood interior and copper-plated bar give it an old school feel and makes you think that The Golden Jet himself would have frequented The Pony back in the day, if it were around then. Without a doubt, The Pony is a must for any Blackhawks who can’t make to a game at the UC.


2158 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-1205

Glascott’s Saloon, also known as Glascott’s Groggery, has been quenching thirsts since 1937 and is still owned and operated by a never-ending supply of Glascott’s (Four generations). Truly a classic pub with all the modern needs to watch Da Bears, multiple flat screens. It’s customary to take a shot every time the Bears score or at least when I am there! This neighborhood style bar is next store to the Athenian Room if you are hungry for one of their famous gyros. Gyros, shots and Da Bears! Who could ask for anything more!

Shoeless Joe’s

10290 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont
(847) 296-5760

Any bar that has 30 TVs and 25 satellites is sure to be a one of a kind sports bar, but when you call that place Shoeless Joe’s you take it to a whole other level. Step foot in the doors for opening day and you might not leave till the season is over. With 15 beers on tap and a menu that includes ribs, steaks, burgers and more, Shoeless Joe’s might just be the next best thing to actually being at U.S. Cellular Field. And if you do feel like trying to move in for the season, finding a bed won’t be too hard since it’s connected to the Best Western O’Hare.

Do you have a favorite sports bar we missed? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  • Karen Johnson

    Gatsby’s in Arlington Heights is an all around sports bar. 75+ TV’s. Something for everyone.

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  • Tim

    Do your homework! Catchers Inn is a run down dive currently occupied by drug dealers and gang memebers. The only unsafe place in Bridgeport. Take a walk over to Mitchell’s, Cork n Kerry’s, Buffalo Wings and Rings, or even the new Turtles if you want to enjoy around Sox Park and have a great time.

  • JR

    Mother Hubbards- been there forever. They show every game , every day. Wings and Ribs are very good.

    on hubbard and State

  • Dean

    MOTHER HUBBARDS!! Great place to watch ALL sporting events, food was excellent, game room in the back, and they do these quizzes that are lots of fun. Friendly place and people of all ages- cool hangout!!

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