Everyone will want to feel a bit British and fly the Union Jack as the Games of the XXX Olympiad commence at London's Olympic Stadium. Chicago has many options of places to watch the Opening Ceremonies. The last few years have seen a rise in British Gastropubs throughout the Chicago Area. Here are some places to catch the Opening Ceremonies on the telly.
World Chicago Opening Ceremony Viewing Party at Dave and Buster’s Chicago.
World Chicago will be hosting an Opening Ceremonies viewing party at Dave and Buster’s in the Gold Coast. According to their website the event includes a cash bar, buffet dinner, trivia games and prizes. They also said there will be a private viewing room for those interested interested in the commentary provided by Bob Costas, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. The event will cost $30 per person.
British American Business Council Viewing Party at Fado
The British American Business Council in conjunction with the International Chamber and Brits in Chicagoland are hosting an Opening Ceremony viewing party at Fado Irish Pub in River North. The prices range from $25 for non-members to free for children. Appetizers will be served in the third floor Purty loft according to the BABCC website.
Red Lion Lincoln Square
The original Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park was a Chicago institution and known to be haunted. It was a place to get authentic British food decades before Gastropubs started popping up all over Chicago.
After the Lincoln Park location closed a few years ago, this new incarnation opened up in Lincoln Square. According to the Huffington Post, the Red Lion will have Pimms Cups, Scotch Eggs and All You Can Eat Fish and Chips for the Opening Ceremonies. They also have one of the most authentic British Menus in Chicago.
Blokes and Birds
Blokes and Birds bills itself as a “contemporary twist on classic English fare”. Their daily special certainly illustrates that. $10 gets you a po'bloke and a brew. Beer battered cod, Wisconsin cheddar, tartared aioli and chips on a fresh baked bun with a pickle and a pint of your favorite draught.
They don’t list any specific specials on their website for the Opening Ceremonies, but if you want to approximate what they might have eaten earlier in the day in London watching the Opening Ceremonies live, Blokes and Birds is a good spot to hang.
The Globe Pub
It doesn’t say much on their website, but the Globe is renowned as one of the best bars in Chicago to watch soccer. Plenty of Brit ex-pats should make their way to the Globe to watch the opening ceremonies.
Owen and Engine
Owen and Engine is another one of the Gastro Pubs featuring an upscale British Menu that should put you in the spirit for two weeks to capture the feeling of being in England without having to fly across the Atlantic.
In the heart of River North, English has ten English Beers and an extensive English themed Menu. They also dubbed themselves as “Your Summer Olympic Games Headquarters”
Chequers of La Grange
Self Proclaimed as a Gastropub serving traditional English fare. Western Suburbanites that don’t want to venture into the city on a Friday night but still have a sense of Jolly Ole’ England can venture to Chequers to take in the Opening Ceremony festivities and get a taste of England.
Another option in the suburbs, Porter’s Pub is located at the Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin. They will be offering drink specials, have an extensive menu of British food and a vast selection of British Beers.