March Madness 2011: Best Fan Bars in Chicago


Who’s in your final four?

Let the Madness Begin.
Chicago, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. The NCAA  men’s basketball tournament 2011 is bigger and better than ever this year with 68 teams and three weeks of playoffs–so get your game plan ready. The Madness starts today and continues through the National Final on April 4, 2011.  Show Me Chicago has put together a list of great viewing spots, bars friendly to your favorite teams and some March Madness contests and specials.

Where to Support Your Team.


1. Many say the Kansas Jayhawks are the team to beat this year.  If you are like minded, you might want to head to Lincoln Park’s  Kincaide’s— the Jayhawks home away from home.  Relax with mimosas and wings while you find out who will be joining number one seed KU.  950 W. Armitage. (773) 348 0010.
2. Lottie’s in Bucktown is another KU friendly spot with 19 flat screens upstairs and 4 flat screens and 2 projectors downstairs in addition to 23 beers on tap, making it a perfect spot for viewing. Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland, 773 489 0738.

Ohio State.


The Ohio State Buckeyes will be among friends at Wriglyville’s Casey Moran’s at 3660 Clark St. 773 755 4444 or at DePaul hangout, McGee’s Tavern & Grille at 950 Webster Ave. 773 549 8200.

On, Wisconsin.
Badger fans will feel right at home at Will’s Northwoods Inn–a little slice of Wisconsin in the middle of the Windy City.  University of Wisconsin is looking good and cheeseheads can enjoy it all on big screen TV’s while  downing free hot dogs along with their favorite brews.  3030 N. Racine, (773) 528-4400.


Duke fans will have a devil of a time painting the town blue at Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill at 1935 N. Sedgwick St. 312 337 7900.

1. Those loyal to the Illini can whoop it up at  Durkin’s where all fans have to do is watch and wait to see how far they’ll go.   810 W. Diversey Pkwy. (773) 525 2515.
2. Another spot loyal to the orange and blue is The Pony offering food and drink specials like $5 Clydesdale Grilled Cheese and $5 22 oz. Miller Cups.  Tournament games will be broadcast on overhead plasma TVs and at tables that feature an individual flat-screen TV for viewing. 1638 W. Belmont, 773 828 5055.

Michigan State.
Michigan State fans head to Mullen’s Bar & Grill at 3527 N. Clark St. to rub shoulder with other Spartan fans. 773 325 2319.

You’ll find your old Kentucky home at Junior’s Sports Lounge in University Village. They will be featuring daily specials throughout all the Madness.  724 W. Maxwell St. (312) 421 2277.

Enjoy slow-smoked barbecue along with fast basketball action at one of the many fan friendly bars for the Boilermakers–Wicker Park’s The Smoke Daddy Rhythm and Bar-B-Que at 1804 W. Division St. 773 772 6656.

Contests and Specials.
Win big at 10Pin Bowling Lounge. 10Pin will be covering all the NCAA tourney action on big


screen TV’s while you bowl and enjoy munchies. Need a real spring break? The Grand Prize winner of 10Pin’s NCAA bracket contest will get a trip to the Bahamas (other prizes include a Wii, an iPod Touch and Cubs tickets). Tournament drink specials include $5 Svedka and Cruzan rum cocktails and $3 bottles of Bud and Bud Light. 330 N. State, 312 644 0300.

District Bar.
Prizes at River North’s District Bar “bar bracket contest” include gift cards worth up to $250. Just fill it out and bring it in on Thursday for 15 percent off your check. You can also enjoy 10-cent wings and $3 Bud Lights while watching the action on 40 flat-screen TVs. 170 W. Ontario St. 312 337 3477.

Harry Caray’s.
Winners of Harry Caray’s Ultimate NCAA Bracket Challenge will fly on a private jet to see the Cubs take on the Cardinals in St. Louis from seats behind home plate. The owner of the worst bracket will get a Barry Bonds Bobble Head and an autographed photo of former governor Rod Blagojevich. Tournament specials include a $20 buffet-and-domestic drafts package on March 18 and 19, plus $15 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light on every tournament game day at Harry Caray’s Tavern in Wrigleyville. The Lombard location will offer $2 drafts of Bud and Bud Light in commemorative pint glasses all tournament long.

Frontier invites Chicagoans to catch all the March Madness action beginning Thursday, March 17 with featured specials including Final Four Flights ($12), Burgers for just $6 and House Venison Jerky ($4).  Patrons can view tournament games in the comfy upstairs lounge on the eleven 42-inch HD TVS and two 6-foot projectors.  Frontier’s regular menu will also be available. 1072 North Milwaukee, 773.772.4322

Chicago q.
The city’s newest hot spot for upscale barbecue, bourbon and beer, Chicago q, is taking March Madness to another level. During the NCAA Championship Tournament this month, Chicago q is pitting their extensive beer list against their “champion” list of bourbons. Chicago q has paired a beer or bourbon with each team on the bracket this year; the day after each team wins, Chicago q will offer $2 off the winning team’s libation the following business day. The winning  team for the whole tournament’s bourbon or beer will be offered at $2 off for an entire week. Brackets will be available for reference at the restaurant or online.  1160 N. Dearborn Street. 312.642.1160

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