Best bars to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks

Pull on your jersey and order a beer—here are the best Chicago bars to watch the Blackhawks

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Cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the Ogden.

Cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the Ogden.


There's no better place to watch a Blackhawks game than the United Center, but with ticket prices through the roof, chances are you won't be seeing a live game too often. When you want to cheer on Patrick Kane and Co. with a group of fellow fans and celebrate each goal with a great beer, head to one of our picks for the best bars to watch the Blackhawks.

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The Anthem

  • Price band: 1/4

The first thing you see is the game, projected onto the wall to a scale so large it’s visible down the block. Then the hightop communal tables, the ceiling draped with an American flag. You take a seat and there’s a bartender who’s as happy to make you a cocktail as to crack open a PBR tallboy. He serves you a Jucy Lucy, a stroke of Minnesotan genius that injects a greasy, juicy burger with Velveeta cheese. And that’s the last thing you can, and need to, remember.

  1. 1725 W Division St
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The Beer Bistro

  • Price band: 1/4

Doing its part to keep the West Loop from succumbing to all the glitz and glamour of Randolph Street is this good-natured, low-key tavern, which carries upwards of 100 beers, including Begyle Euchered Midwest IPA and Temperance Birdsong Saison on draft. Don’t have a clue what that means? Ask the beer-geek bartenders and they’re happy to explain.

  1. 1061 W Madison St
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Crew Bar and Grill

  • Price band: 1/4

Whether you’re hungry for hockey or just beer, this straight-friendly gay sports bar will work. Forty beers on tap (75 total), tasty (and even healthy) pub grub, lots of TVs and a rah-rah decor make this a fun place to cheer for your team, whatever team you’re on.

  1. 4804 N Broadway
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Cork & Kerry

  • Price band: 1/4

Hang with the Beverly crowd at this Far South Side institution, where Irish brogues are the norm and the staff is among the friendliest in town. The fenced-in, wooden deck has a homey, antique decor (i.e., wagon wheels and hanging plants), along with two bars that are great places to root for the home teams.

  1. 10614 S Western Ave
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Johnny's Icehouse

  • Price band: 1/4

Overlooking the ice at both the east (1350 W Madison St) and west (2550 W Madison St) outposts of this full-service local hockey rink, the Stanley Club features a full bar and plenty of screens tuned to the game. With the smell of the ice in your nose and a 'dog in your hand, you'll swear you were there yelling at the refs in person.

  1. 1350 W Madison St
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Michael Diversey's

  • Price band: 1/4

A Blackhawks bar with an MSU allegiance? We're skeptical. What's certain, however, is that between the pre-game DVD, the authentic goal-scoring horn and lights, and the blaring of "Chelsea Dagger," Chicago fans rule at Lincoln Park's self-proclaimed "Madhouse on Diversey."

  1. 670 W Diversey Pkwy
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The Ogden

  • Price band: 1/4

By selling beer and being located in the direct path of the throngs of people coming to and leaving the United Center, this slick sports bar has the hard part of its job covered. Completing the task are superbright TVs on every surface, including in the booths; a surprisingly good beer selection; and a hell of a burger.

  1. 1659 W Ogden Ave
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Pequod’s Pizza

  • Price band: 1/4

Exposed brick and plasma-screen TVs have taken the place of worn pool tables and dart boards after a fire forced a redesign of this neighborhood dive. But while the digs may be snazzier, the signature pan pizza—in all its glory with a ring of caramelized cheese around the crust—remains the same. Order up a few for the table while watching the Hawks game.

  1. 2207 N Clybourn Ave
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The Pony Inn

  • Price band: 1/4

The rust-colored tin and sleek blonde wood covering every surface mean it's one of the prettier sports bars around. Add in a plethora of TVs and food and drink specials for every Hawks game, and there's no need to go anywhere else.

  1. 1638 W Belmont Ave
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