Super Bowl 2012 | Feed the team

Intercept hunger without going into overtime on clean-up, with these four deals for football-loving families.

Photograph: Martha WilliamsBears pizza at Dough Boys

Seeing as ’da Bears didn’t make to this year’s Super Bowl, you and the team will need something to occupy time between commercial breaks. It’s always a perfect day for classic tailgatin’ grub, and thanks to local restaurants’ specials on February 5, your weekend won’t end with a ton of clean-up.

R.J. Grunts(2056 N Lincoln Park West, 773-929-5363) makes it easier to cram your home with football fans of all sizes—or makes feeding them easier, at least. You can order chicken wings in a variety of portion sizes, beef or vegetarian chili, and choose from sides including coleslaw and lemon potato salad. Ask about “Grunts for Groups.

In addition to extended hours (8am–10:30pm), Bridgeport’s Nana(3267 S Halsted St, 312-929-2486) will offer a family-style, multi-course Sunday supper complete with fried chicken, bacon-braised collard greens, and cheddar biscuits. Available from 3pm until the fourth quarter begins. Dine in or carry out.

Dough Boys(626 S Racine Ave, 312-243-9799) has a reading lesson in the oven for young fans. Request a message to be spelled out in meatballs on two three-foot-long pizzas (see photo) for a Super Bowl–discounted price of $45. Ask about the “Pizza Metro.”

Field goal: Orland Bowl Family Recreation Center(8601 W 159th St, Orland Park; 708-532-8868) has an offer on Sunday that includes giveaways, a buffet and raffle, and unlimited bowling from 5pm until the game ends—all for $15 per person. Click here for more info [PDF].