The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12, and sports fans the world over are gearing up for this month-long celebration of the "beautiful game.” Whether you’re a fútbol newbie or an international aficionado, you can watch World Cup matches at sports bars, restaurants and other spots in Chicago.
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Only during the World Cup would you find the cultural cocktail of fandom that is on tap at this popular North Side soccer bar: Puma is sponsoring an outdoor beer garden in support of team Italy at an English pub that is hugely popular with fans of the U.S. Men’s National Team. So root for any team from the patio, which will be outfitted with TVs for alfresco viewing.Read more
Chop Shop will be showing games on a 30-foot projection screen at its event space, 1st Ward. It's adding bleachers and tables to seat 200, and servers will take orders for drinks (and $3 Revolution beers). For snacks, there's a Chicago Fire sausage, the proceeds of which benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation, the Fire's charity.Read more
If you want to cheer for team Germany in German (and be understood by the majority of people around you), Lincoln Square’s DANK Haus is your best bet. Admission is free, and authentic German food and beer will be available for purchase as you cheer on the Deutsche Nationalmannschaft. This will be one of the best places to catch USA vs. Germany on June 26. Other German matches: Germany vs. Portugal on June 16 and Germany vs. Ghana on June 24.Read more
The Republic of Ireland didn’t qualify for this World Cup, but that hasn’t dampened the spirits of this River North Irish pub. Compete in a bracket challenge with local and nationwide participants for cash prizes, catch any of the tournament’s 64 matches live on TV, or take advantage of special game-day menus and drink specials.Read more
The Franklin Tap will be showing every game, and they'll also be hosting five watching parties throughout the World Cup. On June 16, watch the US kick off against Ghana at 4pm with $5 Bell's Drafts. On June 20 at 11am, there's a Peroni jersey giveaway and $5 Peronis for the Italy vs. Costa Rica game. On June 26 at 11am, there's a Krombacher sampling party for the US vs. Germany game. On July 1 at 3pm, Revolution Brewing hosts a tap takeover for the first round of World Cup knockout games. And on July 9, there's a Brewery Weihenstephaner World Cup semi-final party.Read more