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February 1, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
My typical weekend does not involve sports bars. This past weekend, however, I went to six. On a self-induced wing-a-thon at some of Chicago's newest sports bars, I spent my evenings popping aspirin for flatscreen-induced migraines and trying to come off as though I know anything about the NBA, NHL or UFC by mimicking the grunts and groans of people near me wearing jerseys. Overall, I think I did pretty well. By the time Monday rolled around, I'd even managed to come out learning a few things: Everyone looks disgusting eating wings.
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April 16, 2014 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Market's owner had thought about reimagining the West Loop sports bar in 2015 to better cater to guests of the pending Nobu and Soho House hotels. “We wanted to be a little more upscale," said managing partner Donald Whitcomb. "We wanted to get away from the sports bar mentality and the kind of frat-ish, heavy drinking crowd.” Then a pipe broke and filled the space at 1113 W. Randolph St. with two feet of standing water. "The whole place was gutted, water damage everywhere," Whitcomb said.
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May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
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.
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March 7, 2014
http://chicago.metromix.com/venues/mmxchi-red-ivy-venue Looking for a local bar to cheer for your alma mater? This guide will help you zero in on where to stake out some space on college basketball gamedays. Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Send your affiliation and specials to RedEye nightlife and events reporter  Kate Bernot  for consideration. RedEye's college sports bar guide includes official partnerships with alumni associations in addition to bars owned by alumni and unofficial affiliations...
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March 12, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
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.
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November 15, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Big Ten sports bars packed with recent grads. Pub floors sticky with cheap beer. DePaul students dancing until 3 a.m. before a pizza run on the way back to the dorms. This is Lincoln Park nightlife. Or is it? A recent crop of seriously buzzed-about bars and restaurants opening in Lincoln Park - Morso, 2 Sparrows, The Barrelhouse Flat, Butcher & The Burger among them - is  bringing with it a new kind of energy the neighborhood hasn't felt in a while. With its powder blue walls and vest-wearing bartender, Morso's upstairs cocktail lounge feels more like Logan Square's The...
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February 28, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
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!
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February 8, 2012 | By Emily Van Zandt and RedEye
260 Sports Bar 260 W. 26th St., 3rd Floor 312-706-8100 Rating: 2.5 (out of 4) Take it or leave it While Wrigleyville seems to get a new crop of openings and facelifts every season, it's rare to see new options around U.S. Cellular Field. So when the family behind local restaurant chain Ricobene's announced that they'd turned part of the Bridgeport location into a sports bar, we started counting down to baseball season so we could take a look. Unless you're familiar with the neighborhood … be sure to Google Map before you head out. My party and...
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September 7, 2012
Looking for a local bar to cheer for your alma mater? This guide will help you zero in on where to stake out some space on college football gamedays. Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Contact RedEye Eat & Drink editor Lisa Arnett for consideration. RedEye's college sports bar guide includes official partnerships with alumni associations in addition to bars owned by alumni and unofficial affiliations declared by bar management.
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September 25, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
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...
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May 6, 2013 | By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 and For RedEye
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...
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March 12, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, RedEye
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.
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May 18, 2012 | By RedEye staff
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.
SPORTS
February 28, 2012 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
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!
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