Where to watch Super Bowl 2012
Where to cheer on the Giants, support the Patriots or just watch for the commercials
The Anthem Wanna watch the game in a La-Z-Boy with a Scotch in one hand and a beer in another? Feel obligated to go to a bar with your buds? Why not do both? Those who make a table reservation at the Anthem and sign up for one of its Super Bowl packages (the Big Daddy serves up to four people for $125; the Mac Daddy serves up to 10 people for $350) are entered into a raffle for the chance to sit right in front of the bar's 150" big screen, eat a rib-eye and get massages at halftime. 1725 W Division (773-697-4804). Sun 11am–2am. Reservations begin at 4pm; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table.
Barn and Company For fans wanting to stay home, this barbecue shack offers a $350 take-home package fit to feed a football team. The package includes five whole chickens, 10 racks of baby backs, 60 BBQ wings, 25 Texas-style smoked sausages and sides of baked beans, mac and cheese, coleslaw and chips and guacamole. In-house specials ($30) are also offered. 950 W Wrightwood (773-832-4000). Sun 10am–2am.
Burger Bar Chicago With more than 100 craft brews to choose from, Burger Bar has earned the right to call its Super Bowl party "The Ultimate Tailgate." The tailgate-inspired party spread includes chili, nachos, wings, brats and burgers with a draft beer for $30. Burger Bar is also featuring the Tailgate Burger, a stacked monstrosity loaded with a bratwurst patty, Gruyere cheese, sauerkraut, a Goose Island Sheboygan Brat and spicy mustard on a pretzel bun with BBQ wings and chili on the side ($16). 1578 North Clybourn (312-255-0055). Sun 3pm–2am.
Cityscape Bar Located on the 15th floor of the Holiday Inn, the bar has a view of the river and surrounding buildings that will probably distract you from the game. With a complimentary half-time buffet of wings, poppers and hot dogs, and $7 "Football Flights" of three four-ounce beers, you won't be distracted too long. 350 W Mart Center Dr (312-863-5000). Sun 11am–midnight.
Division Ale House With this Irish pub's boisterous crowd and the excitement of the Super Bowl, you can expect at least one person to try to swing from the Tiffany-like chandelier while enjoying their $30 meal package. After the game, celebrate your victory or dance your cares away with DJ Colin "Dennis da Menace" for no cover charge. 1942 W Division St (773-384-6886). Sun 11am–2am.
Dough Boys For the 46th annual Super Bowl, Dough Boys will offer a Football-themed twist on its specialty three-foot metro pizza, spelling out XLVI in meatballs and topped with giadiniera ($39.95). 626 S. Racine Ave (312-226-9300). Sun 11:30am–11pm.
Francesca's Forno Along with many other Francesca's restaurants, this trattoria is featuring a special catering menu for the big game. With pizzas ($12 to $16), appetizers, calzones, pastas and desserts, Francesca's will supply all your carb-loving needs. 1576 N Milwaukee Ave (773-770-0184). Sun 11am–9pm.
Frontier While the Bears might not be playing on Feb 5, you can still keep the spirit alive by sitting next to the stuffed grizzly bear chilling in this tavern. Chef Brian Jupiter offers some interesting dishes including oysters, sliders, spare ribs and even a whole pig. The "whole animal" package feeds 10–15 people for $400. 1072 N Milwaukee Ave (773-772-4322). Sun 10am–2am.
Kit Kat Lounge If you are more excited about Madge's performance at half-time than the actual game, join fans and impersonators for a "Madonna-rama" party lasting all day. Diva Madam X will star in her own half-time performance during brunch, while Diva Kinley Preston takes over during the game. Martinis are half-price and with over 100 on the drink list, they could instill some blonde ambition in you. 3700 N Halsted (773-525-1111). Brunch 11am–3pm, Super Bowl event 5:30pm–2am.
Lottie's Pub What better day than the Super Bowl to channel your inner frat boy? Join cheering coeds for the $250 half-time field-goal competition, and after a couple of the $15 Miller buckets and a few trips to the free buffet, you might just make some friends for life. Or at least until the game ends. 1925 W Cortland (773-489-0738). Sun 11am–2am.
L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge For L. Woods' "Souper Bowl" challenge, pick Manhattan (Giants) or New England (Patriots) clam chowder to win this ferocious competitions. Enjoy free football fare like fired calamari, onion rings, buffalo wings and more while watching on the seven flat screens. 7110 N Lincoln (847-677-3350). Sun noon–10pm.
Mac's American Pub With a dozen HDTVs and a vast selection of drink specials, expect a boisterous crowd of football fans enjoying the all-American, hearty, pub-grub. Specials include $8 pitchers and $2 drafts of PBR and $5 beef and bean chili. 1824 W Division (773-782-4400). Sun 11am–2am.
Mayne Stage The 22-foot HDTV will show all the hard tackles, unbelievable catches and the beer commercials in their full glory. Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, sliders and more are provided by Act One Pub, and drafts cost $4.60 in honor of 46th Super Bowl. 1328 W Morse (773-381-4554). Free Admission. Doors open at 4pm.
The Meatloaf Bakery Impress your Super Bowl party guests with comfort food with a twist. In addition to its BBQ meatloaf sandwiches by the dozen ($36) and trays of veggies and dressings sauces, the Meatloaf Bakery is offering football-shaped loafs and "cupcakes" with mashed-potato "frosting" piping. 2464 N Clark (773-698-6667). Sun noon–8pm.
Moonshine Brewing Company Hosting its first "Slider Bowl," Moonshine Brewing Company offers a $35 bar and buffet with sliders of all kinds, spicy wings, fries, chips and even salads. 1801 W Division (773-862-8686). Sun 10am–2am.
Museum of Contemporary Art For those wanting sophistication on Super Bowl Sunday, the International Contemporary Ensemble hosts George Lewis and Friends at the MCA. Joining the trombonist will be jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell and ICElab composer-performers Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Lehman. Afterwards, head to Pippin's Tavern or Big Chicks to watch the game. 220 E Chicago (312-397-4010). $28. 3–4:15pm.
Old Town Social Betting cards (how long can they hold the last note of the National Anthem?) and prizes are supplemented with $3–$5 food and drink specials at this popular bar. 455 W North Ave (312-266-2277). Sun 11am–2am.
The Pony $4 Jameson drinks, a free half-time buffet, $15 Miller buckets and a free Jameson football squares contest (that could get you $250 in prizes) will get you into the game in no time. 1638 W Belmont (773-828-5055). Sun 11am–2am.
Pleasant House Bakery When it's the weather outside that's frightful or the football game, the best way to feel delightful is with one of Art and Chelsea Jackson's pies. Their British-inspired cheesy chili pies are available in both regular and miniature sizes for game day. 964 W 31st St (773-523-7437). Sun 11am–3pm.
R.J. Grunts This greasy hamburger shack knows how to make some good grub for football fans not wanting to leave the comfort of the couch. Warm beef or vegetarian chili ($14.95–$29.95), chicken wings heated to your level of spice ($29.95–$49.95) and lemon potato salad ($4.95-$9.95) make those cushions look mighty cozy. 2054 N Lincoln (773-929-5363). Sun 10am–9pm.
Theory Save the yelling for the Wrigleyville sports bars; this place is for the sophisticated sports fan. Super Bowl specials include $5 Bud and Bud Lite, $5 Belvedere cocktails and half-prices wings. 9 W Hubbard St (312-644-0004). Sun 11am–midnight.