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Where to Watch the Republican Presidential Debate in Chicago

By Kelly Bauer | September 15, 2015 8:49am | Updated on March 2, 2016 5:06pm
 The top candidates in the GOP field at the August debate.
The top candidates in the GOP field at the August debate.
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CHICAGO — Finding a Republican presidential debate watch party can be a little tough in Chicago.

In fact, the Chicago Republican Party website lists just one official watch party for the city.

The main debate starts at 8 p.m. Thursday. You can watch the debate on FOX or catch a stream of it online — which means that as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can watch the debate anywhere.

But if you want to make sure you can watch it with others, here are a few possibilities:

Where: Wrightwood Tap, 1059 W. Wrightwood Ave.

When: 7:30-10 p.m.

Why: Republicans of all ages will meet up to watch the debate and discuss the candidates at this official watch party.

More info: Click here


Where: Billy Goat Tavern, 430 N. Michigan Ave.

When: Open 6-1 a.m.

Why: The Billy Goat Tavern attempted to refuse service to Republicans during the 1944 Republican Convention, putting up a sign that said, “No Republicans allowed.” Instead, Republicans flooded the place.

Perhaps it’s time for round two?

More info: Click here


Where: Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave.

When: Varies

Why: There are no official watch parties at Chicago's Trump Tower, but Trump fans can throw money at their favorite candidate by spending the night in his swanky downtown hotel.

More info: Click here


Where: Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant, 111 W. Adams St. and 185 N. Wabash Ave.

When: Open 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. on Adams and 11-2 a.m. on Wabash

Why: Do we have to spell this one out? It’s an elephant. (Their logo also contains the Union Jack, so they might be confused why so many Yankees are milling around.)

More info: Click here

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