Chicago Sports Bar Guide

Whether it’s the Bulls, the Bears, or the Cubs, Chicago fans bring the love when it comes to the hometown teams. The fuel for that love are the food and drink you can find at the many Chicago sports bars. Below are some of the ten best sports bars, each one offering a great time on The Big Game, St. Patrick’s Day, or just a night out with friends.

WestEnd Bar & Grill

Where: West Loop
What: The magic booze bus
Address: 1326 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 981-7100

Description: The only thing more impressive than WestEnd’s 30+ screens are the 50+ beers they’re offering. But there’s another reason why this West Loop bar is so beloved. WestEnd has their own shuttle, ready to pick you up.



Where: Wicker Park
What: Big games on a big screen
Address: 1725 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 697-4804

Description: Sure, it’s got multiple screens. But this Wicker Park bar also has two projectors, so you’ll be see the game from a block away. But you’ll want to be inside, not just for the game but for the midwest marvel that is the Juicy Lucy -- a burger with cheese injected into the patty.


Old Town Social

Where: Old Town Triangle
What: Two great clubs in one
Address: 455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 266-2277

Description: By day it’s a great sports bar and by night it’s a great club. The retractable screens are out in the afternoon in this massive bar. All the food is made from scratch, including the famous duck wings.


The Fifty/50

Where: Wicker Park
What: Small prices in a huge place
Address: 2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 489-5050

Description: Don’t let the name fool you, The Fifty/50 is all about small numbers that make a big impact. They’ve got three floors, a kitchen serving burger with their triple secret patties, and two dollar domestic bottles. The only high numbers you’ll see are the scores on the screen.

Public House

Where: Near North
What: Where beer never taps out
Address: 400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 265-1240

Description: This place has so much beer, it’s coming out the walls. Literally, they have six wall taps, and 12 table tap booths. Not just concerned with supplying suds, they also renowned for having the best food of all of Chicago’s sports bars.  

Crew Bar + Grill

Where: Uptown
What: All our welcome at this celebrated bar
Address: 4804 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 784-2739

Description: It’s known as one of the best gay sports bars in America but it welcomes everyone with an appetite for sports, food, and beer. Crew Bar and Grill has 60+ beers available. They have so many beers they started a “Beer God” program, for those brave enough to try everything they have.

Murphy’s Bleachers

Where: Wrigleyville
What: Chicago history in a glass  
Address: 3655 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 281-5356

Description: It’s more than just a sports bar, it’s a Chicago institution. The place is located across from Wrigley Field, so you know it’s busting with fans during baseball season. But the staff can keep up with the best of them, as is fitting for a bar that has stood here since the 1930’s.



Where: Lincoln Park
What: Crowds show up for a true Chicago bar
Address: 345 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 549-0400

Description: Gamekeepers’ was established in 1984. They got here early and so should you, because this place fills up fast. With 25 cent wings and $10 pitchers of bud light on Thursdays, can you blame them?  

Will’s Northwoods Inn

Where: Lake View
What: A sanctuary for cheeseheads
Address: 3030 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 528-4400

Description: A Packers bars in Bears country? It exists...and it’s awesome. A wide variety of Wisconsin beers are available, as is the fine cuisine Green Bay residents revere: fried cheese curds.   

The Globe Pub

Where: North Center
What: A bar with international flair
Address: 1934 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 871-3757

Description: While you’ll have a great time cheering on the Cubs or Blackhawks here, this is the premiere Chicago sports bar for international sports, such as soccer and rugby. The menu matches the programming, with plenty of British and Irish fare. With this outlook, this is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.