With the Cubs in the playoffs – and possibly headed to the World Series for the first time in over 70 years – many baseball fans are hopeful the curse of the Billy goat is broken this year and the team wins the series for the first time since 1908.
But with playoff tickets selling for hundreds – if not thousands – on the secondary market, sold-out rooftops and long lines at Wrigleyville bars, fans may be on the lookout for a great place to watch the game. Here are our suggestions for some of the city’s top sports bars.
Enjoy the games and fly the W.
The Anthem | 1725 W. Division St.
Every seat in the house is a good one, as fans can watch the Cubs on two massive projectors, eight 65-inch TVs and three, 60-inch screens. Between innings, chow down on the Juicy Lucy – a burger stuffed with Velveeta.
Chicago Athletic Association| 12 S. Michigan Ave.
It may be known for its trendy rooftop bar and craft cocktails, but the hotel has history with the Cubs. When the hotel was a private men’s club a century ago, one of its members, William Wrigley, “borrowed” the CAA logo in 1937 for his new ball team, the Chicago Cubs. The logo is everywhere — floors to stained glass windows. Bask in the history while watching the Cubs play from two, 80-inch TVs in the second floor Game Room.
Crew Bar and Grill | 4804 N. Broadway
The bar shows live, hi-def broadcasts of MLB games – as well as other pro sports. Sample some of the 60-plus beers on the menu while you cheer on the Cubbies.
Kirkwood | 2934 N Sheffield Ave.
It may be known as a football bar, but with drink specials and a large back patio, the Lakeview sports bar offers plenty of room to root for the Cubs.
O’Donovan’s | 2100 W. Irving Park Road
Enjoy the game at one of the city’s oldest bars (formerly called Schulien’s.) Today, there are HDTVs, daily food and drink specials and a beer garden that’s heated and enclosed during the colder months.
Old Town Social | 455 W. North Ave.
Forget greasy bar food. Everything from hot dogs to hot sauce is made in-house – including more than a dozes types of charcuterie cured on-site. Enjoy elevated bar food while keeping an eye on the Cubs on of 23 TVs. There are also private booths with their own televisions.
The Scout | 1301 S. Wabash Ave.
Located in the South Loop, within walking distance of Solider Field, this sports-themed bar is not just for Bears fans. Choose brews from an extensive beer list – or try a specialty cocktail. Chow down on a foot-long grilled cheese to keep you full when the games go extra innings.