By Rachel Azark

It wouldn’t be a game day without a pint of beer in one hand and an order of gooey nachos in the other. If you’re looking to go out with your friends and enjoy a good Bears game when they’re NOT playing the Packers, put on your jersey and head out to the places below to experience some excellent specials and even better football on TV.


Cactus Bar & Grill

404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.922.3830

Cactus loves football! So much so that they have a tab on their website dedicated strictly to NFL 2012. They offer free parking and a free shuttle to all Bears home games. And if you’re not lucky enough to have a ticket to be in the stadium, Cactus offers DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket so you can see watch the NFL on ten 42-inch plasma screens and two 10-foot projection screens. While you’re enjoying all the TVs, kick back with the following specials: $18 Corona/Corona Light buckets, $5 20oz stadium drafts, $5 Bloody Marys, and $5 half-pound burger and fries.

Mahoney’s Pub & Grille

551 N. Ogden
Chicago, IL
Phone: 312.733.2121

Some football games start a little bit early on Sundays, so Mahoney’s offers a Sunday Brunch Buffet to get your day started off right. For only $11.95 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., indulge in an egg station, Danishes, muffins, French toast, mac & cheese, chicken, ribs, salad bar, and biscuits & gravy. Drink specials are $1 mimosas, and a $4 Bloody Mary bar. Enjoy your brunch while watching the games on plasma TVs and big screens.


Timothy O’Tooles

622 N. Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.642.6848

Nothing says Sunday morning football like a bottomless Bloody Mary and mimosa bar to get you in the mood to cheer for the home team. On Sundays the bar and brunch is open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Choose from such items as eggs, sandwiches, breakfast burritos and French toast. If you happen to be there on a Monday night the pulled pork or fried burrito chicken sliders are only $2.50 each.



345 W. Armitage
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773.549.0400

Gamekeepers offers 40 plus flat screen TVs and three big screens and invites you to come watch all the Bears games at one of Chicago’s oldest and most popular sports bars. On Football Sunday they offer $5 Smirnoff Bloody Mary’s and $5 bombs. If by the off chance the Bears make it to a Monday night football game, Gamekeepers offers $1 mini Angus burgers, $1 tacos, and $7 Bud pitchers. Get your game face on at Gamekeepers.

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The Fifty/50

2047 Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 773.489.5050

Hey-o! Let’s get ready for some football with these Sunday drink specials: $16 5-beer domestic buckets, $20 5-beer import buckets and $20 mimosa buckets. For food, their menu focuses around smoked foods, fried foods, and sandwiches. Sounds like the perfect combination to soak up Saturday night’s evening out. They offer two full bars, 19 flat screen TVs, and a restaurant that has three levels.

Rachel Azark is a writer and lives in Chicago. Read more of her work on her blog