CHICAGO — Do you need emotional support while watching the Cubs in GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES?
Head out to one of many Chicago bars that will be showing the games Wednesday night. We rounded up some options throughout the city where there are plenty of TVs (and in most cases, many snack options).
If you want to watch the game near Wrigley Field, you might want to check with the bar in advance about a cover charge. Some Wrigleyville bars that charged steep covers for home games were mum about covers for Games 6 and 7, but almost all of them suggested arriving early if you want to watch the game near the friendly confines. Cubby Bear, located across the street from Wrigley, is charging a $50 cover to watch Game 7 there.
Just north of the ballpark, the GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., is welcoming Cubs fans to watch the game without a cover. A $5 suggested donation, however, will go to Lakeview Pantry.
The same free entry/$5 suggested donation applies for The Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., which is showing Game 7 on the big stage starting at 7 p.m. The bar will be open.
If you want to watch the Cubs game at John Barleycorn, be prepared to get there early. [Facebook/John Barleycorn]
Just east of the ballpark, Sidetrack The Video Bar, 3349 N. Halsted St., is hosting a Game 7 World Series watch party. There's no cover, the Boystown bar is covered with screens, so you won't miss a thing.
You literally cannot turn your head without a full view of a television at State Restaurant & Bar, 935 W. Webster. With 124 televisions, a full menu and more than 100 beers on tap, it's a popular spot for friends to gather on game night. The good news: no cover and they take reservations if you have a posse. If you want to reserve a table, however, you will have to pay for it. Call (773) 975-8030 for more details.
The aptly named Lincoln Park Stadium Bar & Grill , 2423 N. Clark St., is made for a hometown World Series, with "an almost panoramic" set of TVs set throughout the place. The self-proclaimed mom-and-pop restaurant and bar boasts upscale food as well by sports bar standards.
Crossing, 2548 N. Southport Ave., has an abundance of TVs, four varied bars to choose from, an innovative menu by pub-food standards (including lollipop lamb chops, two for $8, six for $19) and, who knows, Wednesday night perhaps even the beer garden will remain open with the unseasonable temperatures. It’s almost made people forget the old Southport City Saloon that used to occupy the same space.
aliveOne, 2683 N. Halsted St., just happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, and plays host to a Cub watch party Wednesday night with no cover charge. Instead, it will offer a $5 Anniversary Cocktail, half price on signature drinks such as a Manhattan, French 75 and Old Fashioned and $4 Goose Island beers. The bar took its name from the all-live, 100-disc CD jukebox in the front room, but it should be live enough without any music. The anniversary celebration continues through the weekend.
Tobacco Road Taproom, 2249 N. Lincoln Ave., claims to be the city’s first sports bar celebrating an entire college athletic conference, in this case the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it’s jumped on the Cub bandwagon for its opening, and the ACC is apparently neutral on matters involving the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. The regional menu focusing on specialties from the Eastern Seaboard is a departure from the usual Chicago pub grub.
Hopsmith, 15 W. Division St., is a relatively new haunt in the Gold Coast with hordes of TVs and a covered rooftop for watching any post-game celebrations unfold below. Doors open at 5 p.m., and they take reservations. Call (312) 600-9816 for more info.
Rockit in River North, 22 W. Hubbard St., will be showing all the World Series games, and they're taking it a step further: they're eating the goat. In an effort to "stick it to" the curse of the Billy Goat, they're serving goat burgers paired with Old Style tall boys. Snag a burger during the 7th inning stretch and you'll pay just $1.908 (since the Cubs last won the series in 1908).
South Loopers can catch the game at Burger Bar Chicago, 1150 S. Michigan Ave., where you'll find plenty of TVs, burgers and a LOT of mac and cheese.
The Scout, 1301 S. Wabash Ave., in the South Loop will be playing all the World Series games with sound on their massive TVs.
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Roots Pizza doesn't consider itself a sports bar, but the Lincoln Square location, at 2200 W. Lawrence Ave., has 13 televisions, visible from every seating area in the restaurant. Grab a chair at the bar, where you'll find the biggest screens.
Old Irving Brewing, 4419 W. Montrose Ave., opened in the nick of time to host Cubs viewing parties in its lively beer hall. Televisions line the walls and for special occasions, like once-in-a-lifetime World Series games, Old Irving adds a giant projection screen (with sound). There are more TVs in the brewery's taproom area, for a total of 13.
Catch the Cubs action on one of 12 TVs at Rocks Northcenter, 4138 N. Lincoln Ave. The pub is opening at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, an hour earlier than normal, which gives folks 60 extra minutes to tackle the five-pound Rockstar burger. Regular weeknight food and drinks special will not be in effect during the World Series run, according to staff.
The Northman cider pub, 4337 N. Lincoln Ave., was built with a potential Cubs playoff appearance in mind. The mural that dominates the wall above the bar is set on rollers and slides open to reveal a pair of televisions tucked behind the artwork. Back in April, managing partner Aaron Zacharias told DNAinfo that the TVs would be exposed sparingly, like for a Cubs World Series. The TVs will be visible throughout the series, with sound.
Volo Restaurant Wine Bar, 2008 W. Roscoe St., offers a civilized viewing environment that's just a mile and half from Wrigley Field. Stop in for pre-game happy hour specials, 5-7 p.m., including $5 house wine and sangria. Reservations accepted to secure a seat.
Templestowe Pub, 3135 W. Montrose Ave., is ready to #FlyTheW. No cover charge and patrons can even bring their own snacks or order off the pub's menu, which is delivered from Angelo's Wine Bar down the street.
Watch Game 7, with sound, at Fountainhead, 1970 W. Montrose Ave. Chef Sean Sanders has even added some goat specials to the menu.
Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill, 4632 N. Rockwell St., has covered its outdoor patio and added a TV for Cubs viewing. Grab a seat in the temporary "Clubhouse" or catch the action indoors on one of the pub's numerous screens.
The Northman cider pub's mural opens to reveal a pair of TVs. [DNAinfo/Patty Wetli; Facebook]
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At Candlelight, 7452 N. Western Ave., get some solid thin-crust pizza and draft beer while watching the game with an enthusiastic crowd. On Wednesday, it's burger night: a burger meal of choice and draft beer for $13.99. It's kid-friendly, too.
No matter where you sit at Bar 63, 6341 N. Broadway, you should get an unobstructed view of the game on one of their many TVs. Bonus: On Wednesday, wings are 50 cents and a tall boy of beer with a whiskey shot is just $3.
Crew Bar and Grill, 4804 N. Broadway is known as “the premier gay sports bar” with 24 hi-def Tvs and more than 60 beers. Plus, tons of grub to go alongside your beer from specialty burgers to a range of comfort foods.
At Replay Beer and Bourbon, 5358 N. Clark St., you'll find plenty of TVs, an enthusiastic crowd, along with a full menu of game day staples: nachos, burgers, wings and more.
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Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave. installed a 30-foot-long Jumbotron projection screen in its 1st Ward Events space, so fans can have an immersive experience while enjoying $3 Old Styles and Chicago Style Hot Dogs while seated at long beer hall style tables.
High Noon Saloon, 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. has been impacted by filming for “Shameless” with "no parking" restrictions along the entire block. Fans can walk, bike or Uber to the bar to enjoy the game playing on 11 flat-screens. Specials include $4 beers, $3 bourbon and tequila shots.
The Chop Shop has a Jumbotron screen for an immersive World Series watching party. [Chop Shop]
Taus Authentic, 1846 W. Division St. will be showing the game on a flat-screen TV by the fireplace along with surround sound piped though the massive restaurant for those seeking a refined non sportsbar experience. The evening’s special is a burger and a beer for $15 and a full dinner and bar menu.
The Boundary, 1932 W. Division St. in Wicker Park boasts 26 flat-screens and some 150 seats, including "high top" tables designed to make it easier to watch games and to create a more open environment. On game days, seating is first-come, first-served basis with no reservations accepted, workers say.
The Tankard, 1635 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park/Bucktown offers eight televisions, plus several varieties of seating for small and large groups of fans in the 70-seat spot just north of the Damen Milwaukee and North avenues intersection. The menu includes several items designed for sharing, like "totchos"— nachos made with tator tots and bacon wrapped tots. The bar does take reservations as long as folks arrive 30 minutes before game time. Call 773-292-2765 for reservations.
The Anthem, 1725 W. Division St. in Wicker Park offers 13 televisions and will be playing the World Series games on all screens with surround sound, according to a worker. Drink specials — beer buckets and shots— are planned. Reservations are requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EZ Inn, 921 N. Western Ave. will be serving $1 Old Style drafts, $2 shots of whiskey, and free bags of Jay's chips and a baseball card if fans buy both, according to its Facebook page.
Jack & Gingers, 2048 W. Armitage Ave. will offer pitchers of Coors Light for $12 and the game will play on all of the bar's 16 flat-screens, workers said.
The Boundary has plenty of TVs for your game watching needs. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]
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All Chicago sports bars, however, will be hard-pressed to top Joe's, 940 W. Weed St. It claims to have 120 plasma-screen TVs and high-definition projection TVs. And you can even book a table in advance. Joe's is big enough to play host to concerts, but has left the calendar open for the Cubs' World Series run.
Sports fans may know The Ogden, located at 1659 W. Ogden in the West Loop, as an official Blackhawks bar, but it promises to be a great space to take in the World Series, too. The sports bar is taking reservations for all World Series games and is known for its giant 70-inch TVs.
Another favorite for Blackhawks fans, WestEnd, 1326 W. Madison St., has 33 plasma TVS throughout the bar, a state of the art sound system and 15 beers on tap.
At Green Street Local, a sports lounge at 130 S. Green St. in the West Loop, Cubs fans can take in the game on one of 30 televisions while downing comfort food including the Chicken & Donut —a fried boneless breast of chicken served with a glazed doughnut.
Parlor Pizza Bar, a West Loop hotspot at 108 N. Green St., offers an impressive list of 24 rotating draft beers, wood-fired pizza and tons of TVs. As the weather allows, the sports bar's expansive outdoor patio and second-story rooftop deck may be open for games, too.
Logan Bar & Grill, 2230 N. California Ave., has multiple TVs, an extensive beer list and a menu full of tasty pub food like nachos and burgers. Plus, it's just steps away from the California Blue Line stop.
Though Whirlaway Lounge, 3224 W. Fullerton Ave., is thought of as a Blackhawks bar, the cozy neighborhood bar will be airing Cubs games, too. At the Whirlaway, it's not about the number of TVs or the beer list — it's about the much-adored owner Maria who makes every patron feel like family.
Want to watch the Cubs on a really big screen? Head to The Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., where all World Series games will be shown for FREE starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis starting the day before each game when the theater opens (11 a.m.) On its website, the theater warns that it could fill up fast. More details here.
Portage Park residents head to Hops & Barley, 4359 N. Milwaukee Ave., when they want to catch a game, and you bet the Cubs will be gracing those TV screens this week.
The Garage Bar & Sandwiches, 6154 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be showing the came and serving up a pretty sweet booze deals: $4 Half Acre drafts and $3.50 Sailor Jerry cocktails.
THE SOUTH SIDE
The Cove, 1750 E. 55th St., is a welcoming space for Sox fans in Hyde Park tonight who desperately need the South Side stadium’s name change to Guaranteed Rate Field to come up in conversation while the rest of the city gnashes their teeth about the Cubs. The game will be on, but its a safe space to watch the game with a certain amount of blasé about the outcome.
Falcon Inn, 1601 E. 53rd St., is the best place in Hyde Park to go all in on your anxiety during Game 7. No one will blink an eye as you alternate between chewing your nails and a slice of pizza delivered through a hole in the wall from neighboring Cholie’s over a pitcher of beer.
Woodlawn Tap, aka "Jimmy's," 1172 E. 55th St., doesn't have a lot of TVs, so it's the best place to get close to some Sox fans in one of the city's few integrated Cubs/Sox neighborhoods. Jimmy's is one of the few, but likely best option, in Hyde Park, where it's Cubs and and Sox fans standing shoulder to shoulder against the Indians.
Buffalo Wings & Rings, 3434 S. Halsted St., is the place to catch the World Series in Bridgeport. The neighborhood wing restaurant has no shortage of beer, bar food and giant televisions in every corner of the room.
Dingers Sports Bar, 10638 S. Western Ave., is offering a $20 all-you-can-drink special for Cubs games, and you might even find some like-minded Cubs fans in White Sox territory. Or Sox fans drinking their sorrows away for $20.
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