September 25, 2013 |
Due to interstate moves, familial allegiances or just plain preference, not every Chicagoan is a Bears fan. Full disclosure: While I like to see the Bears do well, I'm a bleed-blue N.Y. Giants fan. (And yes, I appreciate your condolences on our 0-3 start.) I know firsthand that fall Sundays can make some fans feel a bit homesick; games aren't broadcast, none of your friends care about your team and you just wish there was someone to high-five after a TD. Fortunately, a few Chicago bars, mostly clustered around sports bar-heavy Lakeview and Lincoln Park, happily pledge...
May 6, 2013 |
There's no better way to get pumped for the Blackhawks' playoff run than to share the experience with fellow hockey lovers at a sports bar. You can stake out some space at a bar that's been catering to hockey for nearly a decade or more - we've dubbed them The Old Guard here - or try out a newer hangout that's opened within the last five years. Some bars are official partners of the team , offering specials on designated drinks and hosting big parties during away games. Others attract fans with perks such as massive TVs and free shuttles to...
March 12, 2013 |
March Madness, the mass basketball hysteria that bubbles up each spring, is just around the corner. Beginning Tuesday with the First Four round, otherwise rational adults will be reduced to cheering and screaming crazies, capable of making choices only when options are presented in bracket form. (What's for dinner? Let's check the chicken-versus-salad bracket!) But while the tournament is full of upsets and surprises, most fans end up watching the games from the same boring couch year after year.
May 18, 2012 |
If you're out to explore Lincoln Park after dark, look no further than the diagonal thoroughfare of Lincoln Avenue. Though Irish pubs and sports bars with college flags proudly displayed make up the majority, here are five hangouts that stand apart from the pack. The Barrelhouse Flat 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421 Lincoln Park scored a linchpin in the local craft cocktail movement when this swanky, two-story lounge opened. There's a seemingly endless menu of classic cocktails, a few hearty snack options and free billiards upstairs.
February 28, 2012 |
It's silly to me that whenever sports are represented in a novel or movie set in a dystopian future, it's always about how people will be forced to murder each other as part of a grotesque professional sport/reality show. If anything, recent rules changes have rendered most sports less violent, making anything in "The Hunger Games" or "Rollerball" pretty unlikely. A more realistic piece of science fiction involving sports would be something like this: In 2020, the New York Jeremy Lins (Linsanity, indeed!