Where to watch Football this Season in Chicago

In a world full of Netflix streaming and shared HBO GO accounts who has cable anymore? It's a lot easier on your bank account, but then football season rolls around and you realize you can't afford a ticket to every Bears game.

The next best alternative to a seat on the 50 yard line is to hit up your neighborhood bar. If you're new to Chicago and not sure where to head come Sunday our friends at Olio City have your back.

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    The days of keg stands and campus crawls may be far behind but there are still plenty of places to catch the fall’s fiercest rivalries here in Chicago. Even without tickets or parking passes this weekend, these venues will allow sports fans to relive their university daze, for better or worse.

    Crew Bar & Grill

    The go-to: DIY burger ($8). Chicago’s premier gay sports bar--yes, that’s a thing--has something for everyone. Its welcoming atmosphere is only enhanced by its overflowing list of fabulous beers on tap. With TVs in every direction, sports fans would be hard pressed to miss a second of Saturday and Sunday’s games even as their BACs climb.

    UPTOWN

    Vines On Clark

    The go-to: build-your-own pizza (individual for $8, large for $12). Those willing to brave the madness at the heart of Wrigleyville will find Vines on Clark has one of the most expansive patios in Chicago. Even with all of this real estate, patrons are hard pressed to not find a flat screen to view or a heating tower to cozy near. With the roar of Wrigley instilling fear only steps away, there’s no place better to take in the fall fervor.

    LAKEVIEW

    Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

    The go-to: Coca-Cola-braised pork tacos ($9). For those with “refined” tailgating needs, this is the happening haunt. Tailgate with Millennium Park as your backyard in the second-floor Game Room, which boasts a full compliment of billiards tables, a full-size bocce court, cards, checker and chess tables, foosball, shuffleboard, and more. Hidden wall TVs are just a bonus. Fly the W!

    THE LOOP

    Lottie's Pub

    The go-to: chicken tender bucket ($9). Since 1934, Lottie’s Pub has been a staple of Wicker Park and for all kinds of bro-tastic reasons. The kitschy string lights and vintage wood paneling exude a retro charm whilst catering to a crowd that would rather catch the Bears game than a concert at Double Door. Grab a throwback Coors Banquet and enjoy the sidewalk patio before the leaves turn.

    BUCKTOWN

    Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden

    The go-to: brisket sandwich ($14). The BBQ baskets are bad news for your hypothetical six-pack, and the massive beer list doesn't help either. However, both are delicious, and tailgaters will love hanging out on the sheltered brick patio while watching the weekend’s top clashes.

    LAKEVIEW

    Posted with permission from our friends at Olio City