Back when the World Cup was held in the USA in 1996, with opening ceremonies in Chicago, I had maybe two seconds of overseas fame. I was walking around in the Loop, and a German TV crew flagged my attention. The reporter asked if I could please do a little bit: they wanted me to walk up to the camera and say "Soccer!" To emphasize that we Americans are the only ones who called it that, I guess.
And I did get into following the quadrennial tournament, since the USA was in it, as well as countries from which I claimed ancestry. In 2014, I was working at Allstate's suburban HQ, and quickly found the conference room where everyone was slipping away to catch big screen play. But I had not given much thought to this year's World Cup since the US team has no skin in the game.
With Chicago being such an international city, and beer having an international cachet, of course people are going to be looking for places to watch the matches (did I say it right? "Matches" instead of "Games?"). And even if your grandparents' homeland aren't in the game, it'd be fun to watch another country's match among their partisans in our town.
So, I am building this list of establishments that promise to have the matches on, and especially those that will be open early. Some of the matches start as early as 5 am Central Time, so we'll try to make a note.
This is an ongoing project as long as the Cup is ongoing, so please check back often. Meantime, I found a printable Group Stage Schedule with listing in Central Time at this link!
Black Bull, 1721 W Division St, Chicago (773) 227-8600
June 15, 1 - 3 pm: Spain vs Portugal. Though our Summer Of Soccer has already kicked off, the real action starts on June 15th when Selección Española de Fútbol (SeFutbol) plays Seleções de Portugal in their first match of FIFA World Cup - 2018! Playing all games in full broadcast after 1PM daily inside and on the sidewalk patio. Enjoy $30 Sangria Porrons & $15 Porrons of Estrella Galicia Summer Shandy
Reservations highly recommended for guaranteed seating.
June 20, 1 - 3 pm: Spain vs Iran. Enjoy $30 Sangria Porrons & $15 Porrons of Estrella Galicia Summer Shandy
Fadó Irish Pub - 100 W Grand Ave - Chicago (312) 836-0066
Fadó, the #1 soccer bar in Chicago will once again feature Cup games live on multiple HDTVs, offer food and drink specials, and match day contests & giveaways.
RSVP & you'll stay up to date on all the World Cup action at the pub! Full schedule here.
Fans can expect an unrivaled atmosphere on match day. And we are currently booking watch parties for the group round matches. If you're interested, please contact us at email@example.com or call the pub.
Franklin Tap, 325 S. Franklin, Chicago 312‑922‑8025
June 27, 1 - 5 pm: World Cup Watch Party With New Belgium. Enjoy 8 New Belgium beers, including Bicycle Kick drafts, a limited soccer-edition Kölsch-style beer brewed in collaboration with six breweries from around the world. New Belgium rep Mark Padilla will be in house to raffle off New Belgium Soccer Swag & tickets to the 2018 Chicago Tour de Fat. Also, take home a personalized etched New Belgium Globe Glass with the purchase of any New Belgium draft! At 1pm, catch the exciting matchups of Brazil vs. Serbia & Costa Rica vs Switzerland!
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., Chicago 312‑266‑0400
World Cup Game Day Specials:
Head to Jake's to cheer on your favorite team during the FIFA World Cup! Sip on $5.00 bottles and cans of imported beer!
June 14th-July 15th I Game Days ONLY. Featuring Hofbrau Weiss from Germany, Stella from Belgium, Modelo from Mexico, Boddingtons from England, Kronenberg 1664 Blanc from France.
Lucky Dorr, 1101 W. Waveland Ave., Chicago 773‑388‑8249
Lucky Dorr will be opening early throughout the World Cup. Celebrate soccer on the international stage with our exclusive collaborations. Niilo will have breakfast ready for you! See their Facebook Event page for opening times each day.
Mac’s Wood Grilled, 1801 W. Division St., Chicago 773‑782‑4400
Expanded hours during the World Cup, opening early for all matches. Watch all World Cup games live from Russia through the Final on Sunday, July 15. Mac’s augments the daily deals, with $5 Veltins Pilsener half-liter drafts during the Cup.
The below specials are on offer now and are open-ended. All specials are offered regular business hours.
Tuesday: $2 off all Three Floyds Brewing and Warpigs Brewing drafts
Wednesday: Half-priced hard cider drafts
Thursday: Half-priced draft beers
Friday: $1 off all sour ales, $6 Pabst Blue Ribbon boilermakers (16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon draft with a shot of Paddy Irish Whiskey)
Monday-Sunday: $5 Moscow Mules, $4 Paddy Irish Whiskey shots
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773‑248‑3905
Watch the World Cup at Mrs. Murphy's: 'll be open early for World Cup action Thursday-Sunday every week! Join us and watch the match with a full Irish Breakfast!
Thurs, June 14, 10am Russia v. Saudi Arabia
Fri, June 15, 7am Egypt v. Uruguay ⚽ 10am Morocco v. Iran ⚽ 1pm Portugal v. Spain
Sat, June 16, 8am Argentina v. Iceland ⚽ 11am Peru v. Denmark ⚽ 2pm Croatia v. Nigeria
Sun, June 17, 7am Costa Rica v. Serbia ⚽ 10am Germany v. Mexico ⚽ 1pm Brazil v. Switzerland
Thur, June 21, 7am Denmark v. Australia ⚽ 10am France v. Peru ⚽ 1pm Argentina v. Croatia
Fri, June 22, 7am Brazil v. Costa Rica ⚽ 10am Nigeria v. Iceland ⚽ 1pm Serbia v. Switzerland
Sat, June 23, 7am Belgium v. Tunisia ⚽ 10am South Korea v. Mexico ⚽ 1pm Germany v. Sweden
Sun, June 24, 7am England v. Panama ⚽ 10am Japan v. Senegal ⚽ 1pm Poland v. Columbia
Thur, June 28, 9am Japan v. Poland ⚽ 9am Senegal v. Columbia ⚽ 1pm England v. Belgium ⚽ 1pm Panama v. Tunisia
Sat, June 30, 9am Winner Group C v. Runner Up Group D ⚽ 1pm Winner Group A v. Runner Up Group B
Sun, July 1, 9am Winner Group B v. Runner Up Group A ⚽ 1pm Winner Group D v. Runner Up Group C
Fri, July 6, 9am .- TBD ⚽ 1pm - TBD
Sat, July 7, 9am TBD ⚽ 1pm TBD
Sat, July 14, 9am 3rd Place
Sun, July 15, 10am Final
Nacional 27, 325 W Huron St, Chicago (312) 664-2727
The time has come for all soccer lovers to unite - the 2018 World Cup! Cheer on your team (¡Vamos Mexico!) at Tallboy Taco, featuring $15 Modelo Buckets and, for the big score, $65 Modelo Buckets, a Mini Bottle of Patron Silver and Michelada Mix. The River North taqueria will be showing many of the games, with special attention to Mexico, opening on Sundays for certain matches. Get your soccer swag too; Representatives from Modelo and Patron will be passing out goodies throughout the tournament.
Paddy Long's Beer & Bacon Pub, 1028 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago 773‑290‑6988
We will have jersey giveaways, pint specials and a great atmosphere. Come and join us for the games live. Doors will be open 15 minutes before the start of the first game each day.
Here's our schedule:
Thursday June 14: 10AM Russia v Saudi Arabia
Friday June 15th: 10AM Morocco v Iran ⚽ 1PM Portugal v Spain
Saturday June 16th: 8AM Argentina v Iceland ⚽ 11AM Peru v Denmark ⚽ 2PM Croatia v Nigeria
Sunday June 17th: 10 AM Germany v Mexico ⚽ 1PM Brazil v Switzerland
Monday June 18th: 10AM Belgium v Panama ⚽ 1PM Tunisia v England
Tuesday June 19th: 10AM Poland v Sengal ⚽ 1PM Russia v Egypt
Wednesday June 20th: 10AM Uruguay v Saudi Arabia ⚽ 1PM Iran v Spain
Thursday June 21st: 10AM France v Peru ⚽ 1PM Argentina v Croatia
Friday June 22nd: 10AM Nigeria v Iceland ⚽ 1PM Serbia v Switzerland
Saturday June 23rd: 10AM South Korea v Mexico ⚽ 1PM Germany v Sweden
Sunday June 24th: 10AM Japan v Senegal ⚽ 1PM Poland v Colombia
Monday June 25th: 1PM Spain v Morocco ⚽ 1PM Iran v Portugal
Tuesday June 26th: 1PM Nigeria v Argentina ⚽ 1PM Iceland v Croatia
Wednesday June 27th: 1PM Serbia v Brazil ⚽ 1PM Switzerland v Costa Rica
Thursday June 28th: 1PM England v Belgium ⚽ 1PM Panama v Tunisia
We will also be showing ALL the Round of 16 games live right through to the final on July 15th.
Join us for what will be an action packed day on a 100 ft screen
Fun, Food, Futbol and drinks of course!
Drink specials (must be 21+ to drink). Doors open 1 hour before game time.
FREE with RSVP at goo.gl/nDaesd
Sunday 6/17- Germany Vs Mexico 10am ⚽ Brazil vs Switzerland 1pm
Saturday 6/23- Mexico vs S Korea 10am ⚽ Germany vs Sweden 1pm
Sunday 6/24 Poland vs Columbia 1pm ⚽
Round of 16
Saturday 6/30 9am & 1pm
Sunday 7/1 9am & 1pm
Saturday 7/7 9am & 1pm
Sunday 7/15 10am
Das Radler, 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 276-0270
Opens at 11:00 am through July 15. $10 liter and $5 Half Liter of Pilsner Urquell.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
Join us for the World Cup coverage. Doors open at 9am. NO COVER! Plus, a Father's Day special: Steak and 2 pints (always on tap pints) for $25. ALL DAY.
Timothy O'Toole's Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., Chicago (312) 642-0700
June 17, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm: World Cup Watch Party featuring Mexico vs Germany! Doors open at 9:30am! Great drink specials, Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar, Burger Specials and FREE HEINEKEN SCARVES!
June 23, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm: Join us for a World Cup Watch Party featuring Mexico vs South Korea! Doors open at 9:30am! Great drink specials, Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar, Burger Specials and FREE HEINEKEN SCARVES!
Troquet River North, 111 W. Huron St, Chicago (312) 202-9900
Open at 7 am for all matches.
June 16, 5 am: World Cup Viewing Party & Aussie Night at the Red Stars!
A huuuuge day of Aussie soccer is happening on this day:
1. AUSTRALIA VS FRANCE WORLD CUP MATCH @ 5AM
We have teamed up with French in Chicago group to be able to watch the game together at Troquet Bar in River North. Please RSVP if coming so we can let the bar know how many to expect as food and drinks will be available. The kitchen at Troquet will be open for the game and they are offering their American Breakfast (two eggs any style, choice of bacon, pork sausage or chicken sausage, choice of toast) for $10.
More importantly........THEY WILL BE SERVING ALCOHOL!
2. AUSTRALIA DAY AT THE RED STARS! @ 7PM
Cheer on Australian soccer legend and Young Australian of the Year Sam Kerr as she leads the Chicago Red Stars in an epic battle against the Portland Thorns and their Australian stars Ellie Carpenter, Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso. Purchase tickets through this offer and you will receive access to an exclusive post-game meet-n-greet with Sam Kerr. Details here.
Cafe El Tapatio - Glenview, 9707 N Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL (224) 470-5120
June 17, 10 am: México vs Germany. We will be doing an aLL you can eat and drink package during all México vs Germany with Mimosas, TKT Michelads, Palomas, and appetizers (Taquitos de Tinga, Queso Panela, Elotes de la Calle, Papas Primavera) for $35 per person (entire group/table must participate). We will also be featuring $2 Tacos (pastor, deshebrada, tinga, carnitas, papa c/chorizo, picadillo). In addition we will be adding a 100" projector screen for viewing!
This is just scratching the surface, I know, and is focused on venues with good beer. But I'll keep updating, and I'm also deferring to other compiled lists of Cup-watching venues.