Okay, so the Bears didn't quite make it to the Super Bowl again this year. But there's no reason why you shouldn't enjoy this grand American tradition of competition, expensive commercials, greasy foods and beer. So instead of staying home and staring at your Kyle Orton jersey for hours, catch the big game at one of these places where good food and cheap drinks will put a smile on the faces of even the most broken-hearted fans.
Catch the big game on Brasserie JO's large-screen TV while enjoying Chef Joho's special Super Bowl menu. For $14.95, the three-course meal includes a classic French-style hot dog, served with pommes frites and Dijon mustard; a classic onion soup or Boston-style New England clam chowder; and chocolate mousse. Reservations are recommended but not required.
For those looking to munch on something other than hot dogs, burgers and nachos, Kohan is giving guests a chance to enjoy the game--Japanese style. Kohan is offering signature Super Bowl-themed maki rolls and sushi. Try their Touchdown Roll ($14) of spicy tuna over spicy scallop roll with ponzu sauce or their Tailgate Role ($12) with avocado, crab and cucumber drizzled with sweet soy sauce. But as for beers, Kohan keeps it traditional with $3 Coronas and $2 Miller Lites.
What better way to watch Bruce Springsteen's half-time show than while munching on a complimentary half-time appetizer buffet that includes wings, poppers and hot dogs? $4 domestic bottled beers and house wines are available all day. For those not enjoying the show or the game, there's always something stare at. Located just off the 15th floor lobby of the Holiday Inn in River North, Cityscape Bar offers one of the best skyline views of the city.
This downtown, two-level restaurant and sports bar, with its 237 television monitors, probably doesn't have one bad seat in the house to watch the game. Typically a place where guests can wager on live horseraces happening across the country, Stretch Run is also giving guests watching the big game a chance to win some prizes. The first 50 arrivals can enter the Squares Contest where prizes will be awarded every quarter. A "mystery envelope" raffle will also take place during half time. As for the drink specials, they're offering $5 20-ounce Miller Lite drafts and $15 Miller Lite buckets.
Just because you're watching a sporting event, it doesn't mean you have to settle for cheap pizza. La Madia's pies are a little more upscale than your typical chain pizza joint. Guests can choose any pizza off the menu and two beers for only $20. But don't settle for a cheap, light domestic either. La Madia will gladly help select the perfect brew to go with your pie. One popular pairing: the Moretti Beer, a full-bodied pilsner, and the spicy Italian pepperoni on the Signature Triple Pepperoni pizza.
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
You've got options at this Streeterville favorite. You can watch the game in The Den, a private room full of couches, lounge chairs and flat screens while enjoying a $35 all-you-can eat buffet that includes Buffalo wings, BBQ beef brisket and pulled pork, as well as beer specials. Or you can grab one of their take-out platters that includes their signature XXX hot wings and other tailgate favorites (as low as $7.99), and you can even grab a six-pack with your to-go order.
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
Can't host a Super Bowl party at your place? Private party rooms are now available to rent at this recently revamped bar and restaurant in Crystal Lake. Duke's will offer an extensive selection of ales, lagers and food made from fresh and organic ingredients. Game day specials that include $4 pitchers, 25-cent wings, and trays of veggie platters, flatbread pizzas and other tailgate-worthy fare.
Arrowhead Restaurant and Bar
With $2 mystery beer and $5 Captain Morgan Parrot Bay drinks, Arrowhead is a prime spot to drink all your Bears sorrow away. If you'd rather eat, complimentary bites will be provided during the game.
Five is the magic number during this north suburban Irish bar's Suburban Superbowl Soiree. Guests can enjoy a meal from its $5 buffet, drink $5 bloody marys, gulp down $5 bombs and drink buckets of 5 beers for $10 each.
One of Lakeview's most popular bars, Sheffield's is serving up a family-style Super Bowl party. Drink specials include $3 to $4 selected drafts on Sheffield's microbrews and specialty drafts. Homemade chili, wings, slab of ribs, sliders and barbecue are just some of the items included on the menu. Moving your already-planned Super Bowl party from your place to Sheffield's is another good idea. For $99, a party of eight will get to enjoy the family-style menu; with multiple flat-screens around, there won't be a bad seat in the house.
Backyard barbecue and football is a classic combination, but it's tough doing both during Chicago's winter months. Let Smoke Daddy take care of that for you. The Wicker Park eatery offers a special Super bowl deal: two pulled meats, two sides and your choice of bread for $8.25-$10.50 a person. Wash it all down with $15 Miller Lite buckets. Once the Lombardi Trophy has been handed to the winning team, you can stay for some live blues and jazz music starting at 9 p.m.
O'Donovan's Super Bowl Bash offers cheap food, drinks and unobstructed views; what more can you ask for? The bar's Effen Fat Marys ($6.50) are bloody Marys with a beer back, served with a skewer full of salami, pepperoncini, olives, pickles, cherry peppers, lemon and lime. If that wasn't convincing enough, there will also be jumbo screwdrivers ($5), White Trash Mimosas ($6.50) and $15 domestic buckets. As for food, Chef Victor DeLeon is cooking up some of our favorite football munchies such as brats, sloppy Joes, chili and wings ($5.95-$9.95). And with 20 54-inch plasma television screens around, there won't be a bad seat in the house.
Dunlays on the Square
Cardinals fans, you'll want to stay far away from this Logan Square mainstay come Sunday. The owners are from Pittsburgh, so this party is all Steelers, all the time. You'll be able to watch the game on five flat-screen TVs while enjoying $2 Iron City beers, $9 "Roethlisbergers," $7 Larry "Foote" Long Hot Dogs, $10 Primanti Brothers-style sandwiches and more. Reservations are recommended.
Cheeky Chicago is throwing the "Cheeky Bowl" at Quartino, with deals including $1 meatball sliders, $4 wine and St. Germaine cocktail specials and $2 beers. It's billed as an alternative to the game, but the game will be shown as well. There will also be a first come, first served VIP reception from 3-4:30 p.m. Email to reserve your spot.
Heaven on Seven (Naperville)
This year's Super Bowl isn't in New Orleans, but you can still pretend it is with a taste of Jimmy Bannock's down-home food all day (plus N'Awlins native Steven Rohbock on piano from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). All-day specials include bananas foster french toast, poached eggs and crabcakes, $4 New Orleans Bloody Marys and $3 Abita. Watch the game on the two plasma TVs in the bar, where there will be half-price apps as well.
Halsted's Bar & Grill
In addition to specials like $4 22-ounce Miller Lite drafts, $12 Miller Lite pitchers and $5.95 burgers, Halsted's will be giving away a ton of prizes throughout the game, including a portable gas grill for your summer BBQs (not THAT far away).
Morton's of Chicago
Before you think that this upscale steakhouse isn't quite the right atmosphere for a football game, consider that several locations will offer Bar Bites menu items for just $5 each. We're talking petite filet mignon sandwiches, oysters on a half shell, blue cheese french fries...this stuff is good. You can also watch the game in the bar (at the State Street location) or in the private boardrooms (Northbrook, Naperville and Wacker Place).
Lion Head Pub
Not only can you watch the game on tons of flat screens at this Lincoln Park favorite, you can also win your own TV in a raffle. That's one of many giveaways happening throughout the game. While they're not giving drinks away, they're pretty cheap: Miller Lite and MGD drafts are just $2.50. 25-cent wings, too.
Still undecided? Check out these other deals available on Super Bowl Sunday.
A $15 all-you-can-eat buffet includes hot dogs, tamales, Itlaian Beef and Italian Sausage; for $10 more you can drink unlimited draft beers during the game.
$4 32-ounce Miller Lite Mega Mugs; $2.75 Smirnoff bloody marys; 25-cent wings, $3.99 one-pound black-angus cheeseburger with fries
$3.50 Miller Lite drafts; $4 Bloody Marys; $4 screwdrivers; 25-cent wings, $3.99 one-pound black angus cheeseburger with fries
$2 Miller Lite drafts; $2.75 Smirnoff bloody marys; $3.50 all bombs; 25-cent wings, $3.99 one-pound black angus cheeseburger with fries
Moretti's (Edison Park)
$6 Miller Lite and MGD pitchers
Merkle's Bar and Grill
$10 buckets, $4 22-ounce Miller drafts, $5 bloody marys, $5 bombs, 25-cent wings