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Where to watch March Madness

Dirt-cheap specials on beer and pizza make these restaurants and bars the top spots to watch March Madness in Chicago
Photograph: Barry Brecheisen Compass Bar

Don't know where to watch March Madness? These Chicago restaurants and Chicago bars are the best spots for catching all the big games. And we've rounded up great deals on craft beer, Chicago pizza and wings during the NCAA tourney so you can watch hoops without dropping a lot of cash. You know, in case you don't win that office pool.

Where to watch March Madness games

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Howells & Hood

icon-location-pin Streeterville

Kick off March Madness with mini bacon hot dogs and bologna smalls with HH Bologna and Big Ed's Gouda mornay. Don't miss the Final Four here, a live video DJ will be mixing it up between games.

Restaurants, Pizza

Bar Toma

icon-location-pin Streeterville

March Madness starts here on more than 20 big screen TVs. Watch your team sink baskets with happy hour specials like half-off appetizers and punch bowls from 4:30–6pm and 9–10pm.

Bars, Sports Bars


icon-location-pin Old Town

It's not affiliated with any team, but Benchmark will have $25 buckets of Miller/Coors and $30 buckets of Revolution and Lagunitas to enjoy every game.

Bars, Pubs

The Boundary

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Beginning March 17 this newly renovated Wicker Park bar will serve up food specials during tournament games. You can get buffalo chicken rolls with pulled chicken and blue cheese crumbles and chicken nachos smothered in chipotle cheese sauce and pickled jalapenos.

Bars, Gastropubs

Compass Bar

icon-location-pin Lincoln Park

For March Madness, Compass Bar will have happy hour from 4–6pm as well as other March Madness specials. If the weather is nice, grab a seat outside in front of the giant flatscreens on the patio.

Photograph: Kendall Thacker
Restaurants, American

Tortoise Club

icon-location-pin River North

Cheer on your favorite team with an exclusive March Madness cocktail, called Hopping for Hoops, infused with vodka, lemon and grapefruit. Enjoy a drink that does more than sate your palate—proceeds from this cocktail will be donated to Off The Street Club, a local Chicago charity.

Bars, Sports Bars


icon-location-pin Bucktown

You'll hear plenty of "rock chalk" while Kansas Jayhawk fans celebrate with three-for-all happy hour, where select bottles, shots and appetizers are all just $3 from 11am to 3pm on March 17. From March 17 to April 4, cheer on the Badgers, too, with $5 22-ounce Miller and Coors drafts, $5 Dr. McGillicuddy's flavored whiskey and a $15 pizza, wings and tots platter.

Photograph: Nicole Radja
Bars, Sports Bars

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

icon-location-pin River North

Even if your team doesn't make it to the Final Four, maybe your beer will. Jake Melnick's is hosting the Final Four Beers, launching April 2, with specials on four Stone Brewing Company beers. Fill up on the 9-ounce March Madness Burger, topped with a fried egg and stacked between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

Bars, Sports Bars

Public House

icon-location-pin River North

During tip-off week (March 19–22) and Selection Sunday (March 13), Public House will have $5 16-ounce Bud Light bottles, $6 22-ounce Bud Light drafts, $20 buckets and a specialty food menu.

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