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Where Can I Play Trivia in Chicago?

Answer: Just about any neighborhood in town.
Friday Jan 30, 2009.     By Amanda Nyren
Centerstage Chicago Nightlife City Guide Arts

Find a local trivia night near youChannel your inner teacher's pet at one of these trivia nights.
Just as embarrassing as karaoke (your secret expertise in men's figure skating is no longer so secret) and slightly less hard on the ears (occasional outbursts from overzealous players are part of the fun), trivia nights offer prizes, drum up business for bars, and bring friends and strangers together to bicker over who sang the "Party of Five" theme song.


Brownstone Tavern & Grill
Monday is Customer Appreciation day at Brownstone, giving you ample reason to stop in for some trivia and $7 nachos.
8 p.m.; free

Hosted by Sister Mary Monistat - a rather strapping Catholic nun (there really is something about Mary) - Crew's Pub Quiz Night is the most fun, fast-paced, and rewarding trivia night in the city.
8 p.m.; free

Duffy's Tavern
Should things not go well for your team, drown your sorrows in a $15 bucket of Corona or Pacifico. The bucket doubles as something to throw at the winning team!
9 p.m; free

Duke's Bar
Venture up to this Rogers Park honkytonk for dirt-cheap drinks and a jukebox stocked with Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline. Normally designated for hippies, the back door also serves as an appropriate exit for the losing team.
8 p.m; $2

Fado Irish Pub
This River North spot takes a night off its usual sports programming for a little mental exercise.
7 p.m.; free

Finley Dunne's Tavern
The Trivia Jerk website hosts this weekly trivia night, with winners getting a $50 gift card to the bar.
7:30 p.m.; free

This Lincoln Park trivia night adds a twist to the ole Q & A routine by having teams bet points based on their confidence in their answers. First place gets a $50 gift certificate to Kincade's, but with $2 burgers and $3.50 Amstel Light, everyone's a winner!
8 p.m; free

Kirkwood Bar & Grill
Monday night at Kirkwood is like an overwhelming smorgasbord of TV, trivia, and food/drink specials. The night begins at 8 p.m. with the so-called "Jack Bauer Power Hour" viewing of "24," and then segues into six rounds of trivia sustained by $3 burgers and $14 buckets of all Bud bottles.
9 p.m.; free


Brownstone Tavern & Grill
Back to back trivia nights? Why not? Brownstone follows its Monday night traditional trivia with a picture version (because the illiterate enjoy trivia too!).
Picture trivia; 8 p.m

Butch McGuire's
8 p.m; free

Cans Bar & Canteen
8 p.m; free

Chief O'Neill's
8 p.m.; $5

The Coach House
8 p.m.; free

8:30 p.m.; free

Elephant & Castle (E. Huron)
Pubstumpers, the name of this Streeterville trivia night, rhymes perfectly with "Tubthumper," the one-hit wonder from anarchist UK pop group Chumbawumba. You may want to remember that for the music round.
7:30 p.m; free

Full Shilling
8 p.m.; free

Globe Pub
Voted best U.S. Soccer bar according to, The Globe Pub is no stranger to competition. Gather your hooligan friends or join the Chicago Trivia Meetup group for a rowdy night with Quizmaster Dave. All proceeds are donated to the MS Society of Illinois.
8 p.m; $5

Hidden Shamrock
8 p.m; $5 per person

Mad River Bar & Grille
8:30 p.m; $5

8:30 p.m.; free

Paddy Long's
8 p.m; free

ROCKS Lincoln Park
8 p.m.; free

Schoolyard Tavern
8 p.m; $5

The Spot
The Battle of the Brains at this uptown bar rewards useless knowledge with free shots and cash. The winning team collects $100 and goes on to compete for glory in the amount of $1,000 at the quarterly Tournament of Champions. A portion of proceeds go to the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society of America.
7 p.m; $5 per person

State Restaurant & Cafe
8 p.m.; free ($800 cash prize)

Will's Northwoods Inn
7:30 p.m; free

7 p.m.; free


Bar Louie (Wrigleyville)
8 p.m; free

Celtic Crown
7:30 p.m.

Chicago Ale House
8:30 p.m.; free

As if music snobs need an excuse to show off: Cinner's hosts a music trivia night.
8 p.m; free

Crossroads Public House
8 p.m.; free

F. O'Mahony's
This newly minted Wrigleyville bar has its priorities in order: During Cubs games, trivia is played in lightning rounds. Prizes include $50 and $25 off the top two teams' bar tabs and a free round of beers for the best team name.
8 p.m; free

8 p.m.; $5

Junior's Sports Lounge
Come for the $1 taco bar and $3.50 import and microbrew drafts, stay for the chance to win bar gift certificates and sports tickets.
8 p.m; free

Local Option
8 p.m.; free

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
7 p.m.; free (pre-registration required)

Rebel Bar & Grill
8 p.m.; free

Sedgwick's Bar & Grill
8:30 p.m; free

8 p.m.; free

Test your wits at Witts. Round winners earn free shots and the overall winners take 25 percent off their tab. If only they used alcohol as an incentive at work ...
7 p.m; free


Fizz Bar & Grill
This Lakeview bar asks, "Are you smarter than a bartender?"
8:30 p.m; free

Ginger's Ale House
If the owners of Ginger's Ale House are bitter that Globe Pub stole the Best U.S. Soccer bar title, they sure do a good job hiding it. They're donating all of the proceeds from their weekly pub quiz to The Franciscan Outreach Association.
7:30 p.m; $5

Purple Otter
8 p.m; free

Finn McCool's
9 p.m.


Roundhead's Pizza Pub (Lombard)
8 p.m.

Vines on Clark
Probably one of the best-kept secrets in terms of free stuff to do in the city, this trivia game follows an hour-long wine tasting with samples from the Vines menu. See how well you perform after knocking back a few glasses of vino.
8 p.m; free


Groucho's Bar & Grill
This Ashburn bar and grill takes a night off its live music schedule for a little Q & A session. Is it fun? You bet your life.
7 p.m; free

Murphy's Bleachers
3 p.m.; free

For an even more comprehensive list, check out the trivia night blog.

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