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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Chicago

Find wings, cheap beer and barbecue to go along with your Super Bowl Sunday festivities
Kimchi Burger at Howells & Hood.
Photograph: Jason Little Kimchi Burger at Howells & Hood.
By Carlin McCarthy |

Even though the Bears didn't make it to the big game this year, we can still have a great time cheering on the Falcons and the Patriots on February 5. Whether you're looking for a spot with barbecue, craft beer or pizza, we've found the best places to watch the game that don't involve re-heating frozen food or sitting on your couch.

Where to watch the Super Bowl

Restaurants, Contemporary European

The Radler

icon-location-pin Logan Square

If you want to watch who makes the cut as Super Bowl Champion while getting a fresh cut, the Radler has you covered. Their Super Bowl watch party not only features free haircuts from Joe's Barber Shop, but also flights of Bruichladdich Scotch free of charge from 3pm to 6pm. Plus, there are $5 bloody mary's and mimosas if you feel like doing breakfast drinks at dinner.

Restaurants, Contemporary American

Howells & Hood

icon-location-pin Streeterville

The Patriots and the Falcons don't have to be the only ones battling it out on Sunday. You can join in on the competition by helping crown the Chili Champion. Order the chili flight, sample offerings from Howells & Hood, Headquarters Beercade and SideDoor and then help decide who has the best chili dish. The winner will be announced after the third quarter, so you'll know which chili to order more of as the game finishes up.

Bars, Pubs

Links Taproom

icon-location-pin Wicker Park

Feeling surly about the Chicago Bears not getting close to the Super Bowl is par for the course at this point. But, if you want to drink the day away with a beer that matches your mood head over to Links Taproom for its Super Surly Bowl Sunday. The bar will host a Surly Brewing tap takeover featuring the rare Barrel Aged Darkness, Barrel Aged Darkness BBQ chicken wings and more. There will also be special Surly games, prizes and giveaways, plus the actual big game screened on six TVs.

Bars, Sports Bars

Headquarters Beercade River North

icon-location-pin River North

This River North arcade bar will feature a Super Bowl chili buffet all day long with stations that include nacho chips, cheese, guacamole, chicken chili verde, onions, sour cream, macaroni, Fritos, and more. The vintage arcade surroundings may incite nostalgic for 1986, the last time the Bears secured the Super Bowl crown, but at this point you have a better chance of getting the Ms. Pac-Man high score.

Courtesy Mac's Wood Grilled
Bars, Sports Bars

Mac's Wood Grilled

icon-location-pin East Village

Chicago sports fans know how to brave the cold for their favorite teams, but at Mac's Wood Grilled you can enjoy the big game in comfort, especially when it comes to the food. Super Bowl specials include chili mac three ways, spaghetti with chili con carne, shredded cheese and toppings, and Pulled Pork Nachos, roasted pork over tortilla chips with melted cheese and toppings. You can also warm up with $14 Founders All Day IPA pitchers and $10 PBR pitchers.

Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars, Pubs

Tuman's Tap & Grill

icon-location-pin River West/West Town

If you liked the sound of Mac's Wood Grilled Super Bowl specials, but live closer to Tuman's Tap & Grill, you're in luck! Tuman's has the same additions to their menu inluding the chili mac three ways and $10 Pulled Pork Nachos. If you guessed they'd also have the $14 Founders All Day IPA pitchers and $10 PBR pitchers, you'd be right. Let's hope whoever you're rooting for in the big game is just as lucky.

Photograph: Jordan Balderas
Bars, Breweries

Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

icon-location-pin Lower West Side

Moody Tongue is leaving behind the typical game day wings and chips for something that gives you the perfect combination of sweet and salty. On Super Bowl Sunday, the tasting room will launch two new menu items, Oysters Rockefeller and Moody Munch, the brewery's interpretation of puppy chow with pretzels, chocolate cereal, dry roasted peanuts, toasted coconut, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and powered sugar. Both will only be available on game day, so head for this Pilsen brewery if you're looking for some unsual bar fare.

Restaurants, Barbecue

Bub City

icon-location-pin River North

If you're not satisfied with any Super Bowl Sunday watch party location that has less than 15 flat-screen TVs, we've found one that boasts 16. Bub City doesn't just have your vision covered with the game from every angle, it also has your taste buds in mind with house specials like smoked brisket chili, sloppy joes and brisket nachos.

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Bars, Sports Bars

The Fifty/50

icon-location-pin Ukrainian Village

You don't need to be serious about watching football, just drinking, to attend Fifty/50's Super Bowl Sunday festivities. Wicker Park's original sports bar is pouring drink specials throughout the afternoon including $16 domestic buckets, $20 Revolution buckets, $6 Don Julio shots and $6 Belvedere cocktails. If you end up needing something to soak up all that alcohol, don't worry. They're also serving their signature wings, burgers and other bar fare to get you through the fourth quarter.

Photograph: Marcin Cymmer
Restaurants, Steakhouse


icon-location-pin Old Town

If you believe the Super Bowl doesn't call for nachos made with storebought salsa or frozen chicken wings, SteakBar's here to help you enjoy the game properly. Fill up on SteakBar Nachos with salsa-braised smoked brisket, queso fresco, sour cream, chihuahua cheese, melted pepperjack, picked red onion or General Jane's honey-fried chicken wings, lightly breaded and tossed in a sweet yet spicy red chili and honey sauce then sprinkled with sesame seeds and cilantro.

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Super Bowl recipes from America’s top comfort food chefs

Courtesy Beard & Belly

America’s kings of hearty eats provide their top Super Bowl recipes, from killer apps to amazing dip

Super Bowl Sunday is almost all about pairing great beer (try these best craft beers in the country) with great food, and maybe catching snippets of football along the way. And none of that healthy stuff—bring on the burgers and barbecue, please. With that in mind, we asked some of the best chefs in the U.S. to give us their top Super Bowl recipes. These chefs, known for their commitment to big dishes and comfort food, did not disappoint.

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