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The Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl in Chicago

While Black Friday certainly makes a decent run at the title, no holiday is a finer representation of American excess in all of its beer-soaked and hot wings-slathered glory than Super Bowl Sunday. So you might as well call in sick on Monday like the rest of the country and join in on the party. Watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers live from Miami at these spots around Chicago to help keep your FOMO down to a minimum.
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ROOF on theWit

Loop
This ultra sexy rooftop lounge on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel is breaking out the big guns for Super Sunday with a massive 160-inch HD screen plus an additional 10 TVs in the bar, paired with chilled cocktails and elevated food specials including crispy buttermilk fried chicken and baked chocolate mousse.

Mac’s Wood Grilled

Wicker Park
This longtime Wicker Park neighborhood corner pub is screening the game on 17 4K ultra HDTVs paired with $5 domestic stadium cups, $12 domestic pitchers, and $5 Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey shots. Themed food specials include a BBQ bacon cheeseburger topped with Kansas City-style sauce for Chiefs fans and a Frisco chicken sandwich for those rooting for the Niners.

Tuman’s Tap & Grill

West Town
It’s been years since this spot was known as “Tuman’s Alcohol Abuse Center,” but the since-tamed bar is still a reliably good time. For the Super Bowl, they’re doing things a little differently with a “south of the border”-themed event showcasing $4 Estrella Jalisco drafts, $6 Cruz Blanca Frutabomba drafts, a $10 skirt steak taco dinner, and $12 chili con carne nachos.

Offshore

Streeterville
Recently opened in Navy Pier as the world’s largest rooftop bar, this massive space throws down with a ridiculous 30-foot projector screen as well as a variety of specials including $35 bottomless mimosas, $20 bottomless wings, and $10 mixed buckets with your choice of Modelo, Miller Lite, or Sofia Rose. You can also enjoy their $36 Chicago Restaurant Week menu with offerings including Wagyu flatiron steak, Faroe Island salmon, pork carnitas deviled eggs, and sugared donut holes.

Public House

River North
Not to be outdone, one of Chicago’s most popular sports bars matches Offshore with its own 30-foot projection screen (billed as one of the largest in the country) plus an additional arsenal of a whopping 27 TVs scattered throughout the bar. Specials include $6 22-ounce stadium drafts, $7 Tito’s cocktails and mules, and $14 for a dozen wings.

Old Town Pour House

Old Town
Another of Chicago’s leading sports bars maintains its popularity with the help of a giant 103-inch TV wall and 90+ beers. Game day specials include $3 Goose Island Bottlenectar, $5 select beers and well drinks, $6 wine glasses, and half-price cheese curds, pretzel bites, popcorn chicken, and firecracker rolls.

Reggie’s

South Loop
This iconic South Loop punk rock venue doubles as one of the coolest bars in the city to watch the big game. Take in the action in the music venue, rooftop deck, or their new second floor space with the help of a $15 all-you-can-eat buffet, halftime eating contest, chili cookoff, and drink specials.

Slippery Slope

Logan Square
This infamous late-night den of debauchery keeps things a bit more mellow on Super Sunday, showing the game on two screens paired with community soups, chilis, and sides. Drink specials include $2 Hamm’s, $5 ciders, and $6 wells… with “food comas” promised.

Lottie’s Pub

Bucktown
You can always count on this Bucktown neighborhood favorite for one of the most raucous Super Bowl parties of the year, threading the fine line between a fun time with cool people to complete disaster with insufferable idiots. During the Super Bowl, expect chaos and $15 party platters (14-inch pizza, wings, and tater tots) plus $5 Jameson/Absolut shots, $15 Miller/Coors buckets, and a chance to win $250 in prizes by kicking a field goal.

The Fifty/50

Wicker Park
Known for their wings and lively sports bar atmosphere, this erstwhile Wicker Park hang stays on brand with their unlimited beer and wings package for -- you guessed it -- $50. Wings will be delivered “in increments of 25,” with your choice of select beer buckets and the right to watch the game on one of their 29 flatscreens.

Deuce’s Major League Bar

Wrigleyville
Formerly known as Deuce’s & the Diamond Club, this energetic spot just down the road from Wrigley temporarily trades in its Louisville Slugger for some good old-fashioned pigskin as it offers $20 domestic buckets, $4 shots, $5 bombs, $16 Super Bowl party platters, and free popcorn with quarterly raffles.

Weather Mark Tavern

South Loop
This laid-back and friendly nautical-themed spot may not be the first place that pops into your head when you think of ridiculously over-the-top testaments to American gluttony, but they sure know how to throw a Super Bowl party anyway. Their Super Bowl deal is $45 early bird/$50 at the door for a four-hour open bar with a buffet (mac and cheese bar, tater tot bar, wings) and games including raffles, fantasy football shots, and Super Bowl squares.

Old Grounds Social

Lincoln Park
This newish spot in the old Barn & Company space has its priorities in order when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of watching the Chiefs take on the Niners, they are focused on where the real action is: the Puppy Bowl. All dogs are welcome to attend their Puppy Bowl party with a special doggy menu on the patio, while humans can enjoy “puptails” and a “pawsome” brunch menu.

McGee’s Tavern & Grille

Lincoln Park
This longtime den of bad decisions makes your Super Bowl decisions easier with its four-hour food and drinks package. For $25, you get a food buffet (pizza, wings, pasta, salad, and more) plus free squares for prizes, with wins based on the score for each quarter.

The Warehouse Bar & Pizzeria

Lincoln Park
This joint covers all your Super Bowl bases with a $45 all-you-can-drink package with halftime food buffet featuring pizza, wings, mini grilled cheese, pasta, and salad. Drinks include domestic tallboys, select drafts, sangria/wine, and call liquor.

Benchmark

Old Town
Don’t forget about this Old Town hang when planning your Super Bowl festivities. Offerings include $25 Miller Lite/Coors Light buckets, $5 Jameson shots, $6 Jack Daniels lowballs, and a $25 game day platter featuring nachos, wings, buffalo rolls, and pretzel buns.

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Jay Gentile is an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in travel, food & drink, culture, events and entertainment stories. In addition to Thrillist, you can find his work in The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN Travel, Chicago Tribune, Lonely Planet, VICE, Outside Magazine and more. Follow @thejaygentile