Big Joe’s

Bars, Pubs Lincoln Square
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Big Joe’s
Photo: Grace Wiley Big Joe's

There’s nothing particularly inventive about this corner tap, both levels of which are usually inhabited by your run-of-the-mill, shaggy-haired, middle-aged whiskey sippers—nothing, that is, unless you’re here on a Friday night. That’s when the place fills up with a mix of yuppies, hipsters and everybody in between for a few friendly rounds of turtle racing. (Sounds like a euphemism, we know, but we assure you it’s not.)


Venue name: Big Joe’s
Address: 1818 W Foster Ave
Cross street: at Honore St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2am
Transport: Bus: 50, 92.
Price: Average beer: $3
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Turtle races at Big Joe's are the sort of thing that every Chicagoan should experience at least once. It's a spectacle and it's fun, but it's also very crowded and can be difficult to hear (particularly since you have to wait for your number to be called so you can "compete" in the race). But drinks are priced well and the races are screened on TVs throughout the bar so as long as you know what you're in for, you'll be in the right mindset to have a great time! Pro tip: they're cash only - be prepared.