Chicagoans celebrate the 2006 World Cup Championship at Small Bar on Division… (Chicago Tribune Photo by…)
The Euro cup matches may be seven time-zones away, but with the diverse neighborhoods in Chicago, you can still enjoy the action like a true football fan: shouting at a TV with a beer in your hand and a crowd full of drunk people.
For the fan whose team has already been eliminated, Chicago has more than a few soccer bars with deals to distract from the sadness of seeing another team reach glory.
Fado Irish Pub (100 W. Grand Ave. 312-836-0066) will be offering a $100 bar tab to anyone who correctly predicts the minute of the winning goal for the final, and will have match day specials for all games. SmallBar Division (2049 W. Division, 773-772-2727) also has a Euro cup menu and will play the matches on their TVs. A.J. Hudson's (3801 N. Ashland Ave. 773-348-2767) will also be showing the semi-final and final matches.
For Germany fans, Lincoln Square is the obvious destination as the heart of German Chicago. Chicago Brauhaus (4732 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-784-4444) will definitely be showing Thursday's match against Italy, and, they hope, Sunday's final, as will Glunz Bavarian Haus (4128 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-472-4287) and Huettenbar (4721 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-561-2507).
Though Italian fans may struggle to find a truly Italian sports bar in UIC-infested Little Italy, River North's Club Lago (331 W. Superior St. 312-951-2849) will be open for Thursday's semi-final match and possibly for Sunday's final, if Italy makes it.
It shouldn't be hard to find a place to watch Wednesday's semi-final between Portugal and Spain, especially in Pilsen. The classic sports bar to go to is Clinchers (2101 W 18th Pl. 312-226-3970), but a place with a livelier Hispanic atmosphere would be Caminos De Michoacan Bar (1659 W. Cullerton St. 312-226-0687). For the foodie, you can go to Dona Torta Chillanga (2152 W. Cermak 773-927-3497), a Mexican restaurant specializing in tortas named after famous futbol players.
Or if you're an England fan, you can go cry into a pint at The Globe Pub (1934 W. Irving Park Rd. 773-871-3757).