3660 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Situated just across the street from Wrigley Field, the sheer size of this sprawling sports pub — and different seating areas, from plush lounge areas to the rooftop bar — is reason to go. The pub is always hopping, especially on Opening Day, and if you’re looking to go out drinking, this is the place; you can grab a brew from any of the six bars. There’s also plenty of TVs to catch the game, if you don’t have a ticket, and their range of food can help soak up all that beer. One last note: Don’t be fooled by the quarter glued to the sidewalk just outside the front door.
3655 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
Surround yourself with Cubs fans and get hyped for the game (or celebrate — or drown your sorrows — after the game) at one of the most popular bars in all of Wrigleyville. The service is friendly, the beers freely flowing (whether you order pitchers or bottles of beer — even gluten-free ones), and there’s plenty of pub grub to choose from, including hot dogs, which is how the bar originated way back in the 1930s. Today, the bar may not have many seats, but there are plenty of places to stand and cheer on the Cubbies.
Sluggers World Class Sports Bar
3540 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Slugger’s is more than your average bar. They’ve got dueling pianos, batting cages, skee ball, and so, so much more. Once named the No. 1 Baseball bar in Chicago by ESPN, the Wrigleyville bar doesn’t have a cover, and it’s rarely ever packed, simply because it’s huge and there is so much to do. But if you just want to hang out and catch the game, you can do that, too, as there’s lots of seating and TVs to see the game.
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Cork and Kerry
3259 S. Princeton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
While Irish in name, this Bridgeport pub and restaurant sees itself, rightfully so, as the best go-to sports bar before or after a game at U.S. Cellular Field. While you can grab a bite from the range of ethnic-inspired burgers (grab everything from a Latino burger to an Italian one), they also have a few sandwiches that change depending on the team currently playing the White Sox. Can’t decide what you’ll dine on, or what brew to imbibe (even with Guiness and Harp always available)? Just ask the incredibly friendly bartenders and wait staff. (Note, they also have a Beverly location).
3714 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60609
Want to hang out at the oldest bar in the city before heading to a White Sox game? Then head to this Bridgeport bar, which opened way back in 1881. Whether you grab the signature butt steak for a meal or just want a few beers, you’ll definitely be surrounded by Sox fans, as well as plenty of Sox paraphernalia decorating the walls, when you pull up a stool. The crowd does tend to be older, but everyone is friendly, and you’re sure to have a great time.
3356 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608
While open year round, during baseball season the perfect seat at Mitchell’s Tap is out on the spacious brick patio. Plus, the bar never charges a cover, even on the nights that they feature live music. Come the White Sox opener, the bar promises to be packed with fans from all over the city cheering on their favorite team. The extensive bar menu features a range of American craft brews, and Belgium style, all of which are perfect for knocking back a few in celebration. They also now offer a handful of Chicago-style eats.
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 working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at Examiner.com.