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5 worth-it Super Bowl parties

From whole pigs to pigskin, these bars are bringing it for the big game

  • These five bars promise TVs, food and fellow fans.
These five bars promise TVs, food and fellow fans. (Joe Mohan/For RedEye )
January 31, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye | RedEye

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588

This Bridgeport bar's New Orleans-themed menu should console those who couldn't make it to the Big Easy for the game. Stop in for pork chili ($10), a Lowcountry boil ($10) and sazeracs ($9) beginning at noon, then stick around to catch the 5:30 p.m. kickoff on projection screens.

Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4322

Round up 12-15 of your hungriest friends, then take in the game on 24 TVs and two projection screens while you dig into Frontier's whole hog special. Call by 3 p.m. Friday to reserve an entire smoked pig, complete with mac 'n' cheese, succotash and other sides. The $400 price tag sounds steep, but it works out to about $30 per person.

Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886

Eat and drink at your own pace with the Wicker Park bar's $40 four-course menu with craft beer pairings. While the game screens on 80-inch TVs, decide whether to dig into pretzels, wings, duck sliders and more all before halftime or staggered throughout the evening.

Crew, 4804 N. Broadway 773-784-2739

The big game, Beyonce's halftime show and Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl all will receive attention on 21 TVs at this Uptown gay bar. Doors open at 11 a.m. and specials like $13 mimosa pitchers, $6.50 double bloody marys and $4.50 beer-garita pints get the afternoon started.

Public House, 400 N. State St. 312-265-1240

Luckily there are two buckets of Bud Light bottles included in the Pro-Bowler platter ($100), which should help wash down the smorgasbord of 25 wings, a dozen pretzel bites, 16 fried cheese curds and 8 mini corn dogs. It's pub food best enjoyed under the glow of 27 plasma TVs.

Find even more picks for Super Bowl parties—along with a wings taste test—at chicago.metromix.com.

kbernot@tribune.com @kbernot

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