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While fans weigh the Hawks' Stanley Cup odds, we ponder a more pressing question: Where would our stars hang out on game day?


Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk
If Tommy Hawk were anything like his nefarious neighbor, Benny the Bull, we might recommend stopping off at Lake & Union Grill & Tap (666 W Lake St, 312-559-0036), where lap dances are the order of the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Hawk being more of a family man, we’re guessing he’d prefer the kid-friendly Ina’s (1235 W Randolph St, 312-226-8227), though he might have reservations about ordering Ina’s famous fried chicken.

Buffalo native and reigning NHL Rookie of the Year Patrick Kane
Although the 20-year-old Kane won’t be old enough to legally sip on adult beverages until this November, we’re betting he’d have no trouble sampling a few of the items from Union Park (228 S Racine Ave, 312-243-9002), where no less than four dishes are served with Buffalo’s fiery export.

Former center and current color analyst Eddie Olczyk
Olczyk was born and raised in Palos Heights, won a national title in 1982 as a part of the Illinois Midget team and broke into the NHL ranks with the Blackhawks. He’d likely toast his homegrown roots, with a visit to Chicago watering hole Dugan’s Pub (128 S Halsted St, 312-421-7191), where the melting pot (mostly Greeks mixing with the Irish) of the Second City is always on display.

Right Winger Adam Burish
Burish’s teammates dub him the “ladies man” (though the Wisconsin native seems to enjoy playing the aww-shucks card), so we’re guessing his chiseled good looks would have the “puck bunnies” swooning at Jerry Kleiner’s Victor Hotel (311 N Sangamon St, 312-733-6900).

Legends Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito
Last year, Hull and Esposito lent their likenesses to a line of vino from Ironstone Vineyards. Our money says they’d raise a glass at The Tasting Room, where the wine list (1415 W Randolph St, 312-942-1313) runs almost as long as the résumé these Hawks ambassadors compiled during their Hall of Fame playing days.

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