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The 12 best bars to catch your Big Ten team

Published On 10/14/2013 Published On 10/14/2013
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1. Merkle's Bar & Grill 3516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Merkle's is a standard bar-fare joint that's serving up massive Iowa pride and delicious grub to really get in the spirit.

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2. A.J. Hudson's Public House 3801 N Ashland, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

Because epic soccer comebacks are best done Solo (hey, why don't YOU try to make a pun off of Wambach), the original owner of Ginger's Ale House has returned to his old stomping grounds after a long hiatus (which saw him open The Globe), taking it over from his former partner and remaking it into A.J. Hudson's Public House, a still-soccer-crazy saloon rocking a brightened interior/facade, 25 fresh 47in flatscreens, and a pool table.

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3. McGee's Tavern & Grille 950 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

A reliable staple in the Chicago sports bar scene, McGee's is known for a stellar bloody mary and bar food specials on Wednesdays.

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4. Duffy's Tavern and Grille 420 W Diversey, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Duffy's is a sports bar in Lincoln Park where you can catch all your favorite games, plus a serious unlimited brunch buffet on Sundays.

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5. Tin Lizzie 2483 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Tin Lizzie is an alternative sports bar in Chicago.

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6. Red Ivy 3525 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Red Ivy is the place to hangout when you're in the mood to hang with some Browns fans and drink cheap booze. Bar grub is above average and tasty enough to lighten the blow of many a few losses.

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7. Kirkwood Bar & Grill 2934 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

This dark-wooded sports den's got dozens of bottles and taps plus delicious bar eats.

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8. Lion Head Pub 2251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This Lincoln Park sports bar has a bunch of awesomely cheap weekly specials to help bolster your team spirit on a budget. Also hosting a ton of parties, special events, and an upstairs dance club ("The Apartment"), the Lion Head Pub has plenty to offer.

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9. Fireplace Inn 1448 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Old Town)

You into BBQ ribs and gourmet burgers, your favorite sports teams playing on 40 HD TVs, and huge, year-round outdoor patios with two bars? Get into The Fireplace Inn in Old Town and watch your dreams come true. You're welcome.

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10. Will's Northwoods Inn 3030 N Racine, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

In the heart of Lakeview, decamped Wisconsin residents, Packer fans, and UW Badger fans alike gather at Will’s Northwoods Inn to celebrate all things Dairyland. Will’s is dedicated to creating a northwoods atmosphere, on the menu and off. Enjoy cheese curds, brats, and a fish fry or two among taxidermy-lined walls, or outside in the beer garden. Or snack on free popcorn while you sip on local Wisconsin suds, featuring Leinenkugel’s, Sprecher, and, of course, Miller Lite. Great for watching a game, loading up on Wisconsin fare, or just grabbing a beer, Will’s Northwoods Inn will bring you back to the great northwoods from its post just north of downtown.

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11. Durkin's Tavern 810 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lakeview)

Durkin's is the best place to catch a game for any Illinois fan in their right mind. Beers on tap, addicting and ever-flowing bar grub, and a rowdy crew to make you feel right at home.

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12. Joe's Bar 940 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Near North Side)

Joe's Sports Bar is exactly the place to be when any Indiana game is on. Their crazy-cheap beers lure in many walks of life... but really, just mainly those looking to scream at a TV or listen to some quality live music.

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