The NCAA Tournament has reached the penultimate with the Final Four. Three of the Four teams, Kentucky, Connecticut and Florida have won NCAA Titles within the last seven years. Wisconsin is the exception.
The Badgers are making their first Final Four appearance since 2000. Head Coach Bo Ryan is appearing in his first Division I Final Four. He won four national championships at Wisconsin-Plattville before becoming the Head Coach at Milwaukee in 1999.
Kentucky and UConn are College Basketball royalty and Florida has become so under Billy Donovan.
Windy City Gators
The University of Florida Alums gather in Chicago at Sully's House in the Weed Street District. After three straight losses in the Elite Eight, the local Gator faithful are excited to be in the Final Four for the first time since 2007 when Bulls legend Joakim Noah led the Gators to back to back championships.
Uconn Alumni Association - Chicago Chapter
According to the UConn Alumni Association Chicago Chapter, the official watch party for the Husky alums to gather will be at Jake Melnick's downtown. Their facebook page lists the Final Four party as follows "If you are looking for a great place in Chicago to watch the game, please join your fellow alums at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap this Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 5:00 PM. (By the way, if your bracket had UConn in the Final Four, you have to buy a round of drinks for everyone!)"
Hope to see you there. Go Huskies!!
Please RSVP to Marty Horn email@example.com
Earlier posts to their facebook page have shown watch parties at other establishments this season. Those include Waterhouse Tavern and Grill (3407 N. Paulina) and Piece (1923 W. North Ave., Chicago).
UK Chicago Alumni
According to their home page, Chicagoland UK Alumni Club, NCAA Tournament Game Watch Party 7:49 p.m. (CT).
The Chicagoland UK Alumni Club will host a watch party at The Pony (The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont) to see UK play on Saturday, April 5th. If Kentucky advances, the Chicagoland UK Alumni Club will continue to gather at The Pony to catch all the tournament action!
This event is FREE to attend. Food and drinks may be purchased from the menu. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Come out, get loud, and wear blue!
The Pony has had Kentucky related specials throughout March.
Wisconsin Alumni Chicago
With 24,000 alums in the Chicago area, Wisconsin is well represented throughout Chicagoland. Wisconsin Alumni Chicago has many watch parties as a result. Here is a look. Thanks to the blog Badgers in Chicagoland for the information.
Badgers in Chicagoland also provided good coverage of the WAA-Chicago on social media for the Final Four. Twitter and Instagram are both well represented. To have be a part of the party tag your game watch photos with #ChiBadgers.
The WAA-Chicago sponsor bars all have specials for the Final Four. All of them are listed below.
Tip off against Kentucky is on Saturday, April5 at 7:49 CT! THIS IS IT!
Clark St. Beach, 3419 N Clark St, Wrigleyville.
Come in wearing Badger Colors and get a FREE BURGER with any beverage purchase
$7 Shiner Pitchers / $4 Badger & Madness Bombs / $15 Fishbowls
Deuce’s + the Diamond Club, 3505 N Clark St, Wrigleyville
• $15 Miller Lite Buckets
• $20 Corona Buckets
• $5 Badger Bombs
• $.50 Wings
FatPour Tapworks, 2004 West Division Street, Wicker Park/Bucktown
$5 22oz. Stadium cups of Bud/ Bud Light
$5 Wings (8 either bone or boneless).
Kroll’s South Loop, 1736 South Michigan Avenue, South Loop
Lottie’s Pub, 1925 West Cortland Street, Wicker Park/Bucktown
Redmond’s Ale House, 3358 North Sheffield Avenue, Lakeview
$3 32oz Bud Light Mugs
STATE, 935 W. Webster, Lincoln Park
$20 Miller/Coors buckets and $5 O-Bombs
Any table that spends $500 will receive a $100 gift certificate and $50 gift certificates for every $250 spent after that.
Each day we will have a daily bracket where if you pick a certain amount correctly you receive a $10 gift certificate, you will also receive a raffle ticket for each day you are here with the final raffle taking place on Championship Monday April 7th, so the more days you come here for March Madness the better your odds of winning are.
Stout Barrel House and Galley, 642 North Clark Street, River North
*All specials below require the purchase of a Badger drinking mug for $10.
$5 Cheese Curd Basket
$5 Soco Lime Shots
$5 Jameson Shots
$6, 22oz Miller Light Drafts
$8, 22oz Bloody Marys
Will’s Northwoods Inn, 3030 North Racine Avenue, Lakeview
32oz souvenir cups of Lite or Leinie Original for $8, $6 refills
$3 burgers, brats and jumbo hot dogs
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