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Sox Opening Day: Places to Eat and Drink Around the Ballpark

By Casey Cora | March 30, 2014 8:39am | Updated on March 31, 2014 6:55am
 The Maxwell Street Depot, 411 W. 31st St., is open 24 hours a day, so you can go before and after the Chicago White Sox Opening Day.
The Maxwell Street Depot, 411 W. 31st St., is open 24 hours a day, so you can go before and after the Chicago White Sox Opening Day.
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BRIDGEPORT — Sure you can tailgate outside U.S. Cellular Field for the Chicago White Sox home opener on Monday.

But why not duck into one of the many Bridgeport and Armour Square neighborhood businesses rolling out all sorts of gameday specials? Here's a look at some of what's happening:

Buffalo Wings and Rings, 3434 S. Halsted St.

ESPN 1000 radio hosts Carmen and Jurko will be broadcasting live from the Halsted Street bar and grill from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $4 Miller Lite pints; $4 vodka drinks; $4 Jameson shots; $15 Miller Lite and Coors Lite buckets.

Bernice's Tavern, 3238 S. Halsted St.

Ring the buzzer, step inside and have a free hot dog. The local favorite is giving away free hot dogs along with reasonably priced beers all day.

Franco’s Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.

The Italian restaurant will offer a special menu — soup, pasta and meatballs and cannoli — for Sox fans, all for the 1989 throwback price of $12, the retro pricing from the year the restaurant debuted. Fans who can present a ticket stub from a 1989 ballgame will get a free entrée of pasta and meatballs with marinara sauce.

Johnny O’s, 3465 S. Morgan St.

Employees at the venerable Bridgeport spot say they don’t get many gameday patrons, but the dining room’s open late, the kitchen never closes and it’s one of the only places in town you can pick up a lotto ticket, pint of booze and a chili-topped mother-in-law tamale sandwich in the same trip.

Mitchell’s Tap, 3356 S. Halsted St.

Shannon the Loop Rock Girl and Zakk from 97.9 The Loop will be broadcasting live from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m at the tavern. Bud light bottles are $3.

Maxwell Street Depot, 411 W. 31st St.

The bone-in pork chop sandwiches, Polish sausages, burgers and dogs are available 24 hours a day at this walk-up counter. Cash only.

35th Street Red Hots, 500 W. 35th St.

Head just a couple blocks west of the ballpark for a quick bite at this hot dog joint, famous for its fried shrimp, fresh cut fries and hot dogs. Ordering ketchup on your hot dog? Prepare for a public shaming.

Maria’s Community Bar, 960 W. 31st. St.

The South Side’s lauded craft beer bar — there's about 475 different beers to choose from — will offer $4 drafts of Half Acre beers. Grab beers from the package store upfront on the walk to The Cell, but brown-bag at your own risk.

Schaller’s Pump, 3714 S. Halsted St.

Feel free to park at the city’s oldest continuously run tavern during ballgames, but stop in, would ya? The Schaller family will welcome you with cold beers and comfort food in abundant supply.

Cork and Kerry at the Park, 3258 S. Princeton Ave.

Located just north of the ballpark, the Irish pub will will kick out homemade sandwiches and entrees while hosting an Opening Day bash complete with ticket giveaways and autograph singings by Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Billy Pierce.

Rocky's, 234 W. 31st St.

ESPN 1000 daytime hosts Waddle and Silvy will take over the Armour Square bar and grill for a live broadcast from 2-6 p.m. Free gear giveaways and $4 Budweiser cans.

Remember to save room once you enter the ballpark — treats like the new 3-pound sundae and bacon-on-a-stick await hungry fans.