Subway: Red to North/Clybourn(312) 337-3486 joesbar.com41.909919 -87.652065 940 W Weed St (between Fremont St and Sheffield Ave) Old Town, Chicago
Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 5pm–4am; Sat noon–5am; Sun varies (call ahead)Average beer: $4
Even with 120 TV screens, it’s mind-boggling that this quintessential sports bar manages to pack all 20,000 feet of its warehouselike space with people—on nights when the Illini are playing, you can’t even move. When the game’s not on, musical acts (Tone-Loc is still considered music, right?) and an outdoor patio keep the place buzzing.