Just around the corner from the famous Second City, Old Town Ale House endures as a popular hangout for improv comedians and other irreverent types. The tavern’s former regulars include Roger Ebert, Mike Royko, and Nelson Algren, and their creative spirits live on in the nude paintings of politicians on the walls.
From a Center Circle seat, located in sections 106–108 of Toyota Park in Bridgeview, you'll get an awesome view of all the foot-fueled fútbol action that has made the game into what most consider the most popular spectator sport in the world. Watch the game like a soccerish sparrow, chanting and cheering on the Chicago Fire as they bicycle-kick balls and block opposing shots in their quest for goal-filled glory, or throw your shouts of contempt like deadly pennies tossed from low-hanging clouds of fiery fandom. Spectators can douse their own throat conflagrations with the two drink tickets included in this deal.
Pit-master and award-winning chef Willie Wagner insists upon cooking his fresh pork and brisket over wood-burning fires. The result: tender, flavorful slabs of meat that have placed in the top three at the world’s largest barbecue competition. Want dessert but can’t pull away from the meat? Two words: bacon candy.
Chicago magazine calls Cody’s the “quintessential neighborhood bar,” and for good reason. The corner tap is best known for its backyard garden—complete with hanging lanterns, wooden tables, and a pebble alley for bocce ball, it almost feels like the scene of a rollicking house party.
Windy City Inn's bartenders wet parched whistles with beer by the glass, bottle, and bucket, as well as cocktails and myriad libations, late into the night seven days a week. Wall-mounted televisions pour sporting events into fans’ thirsty eyes at this friendly North Center pub. Its atmosphere drew praise from the Chicago Bar Project, which wrote, "the camaraderie at Windy City Inn is amazing." Occasional music and open-mic nights accompany the melody of clinking ice cubes, and a brief menu of bar nibbles keeps stomachs from growling out sea chanteys.
Having served as Wrigleyville’s preeminent dive bar since 1951, Nisei Lounge continues to harbor friendly vibes, cold brews, and a selection of hard liquor and wine. In between tossing darts, playing pool, or choosing a Dick Cheney lounge-jazz tune on the jukebox, bar-minglers can toss back a carefully concocted Bloody Mary ($5 on Saturdays and Sundays). A group of barley guzzlers can make a toast with a bucket of domestic beers ($15 on Wednesdays), while champagne sippers can daintily clasp their monocles while drinking a mimosa bucket of mini splits and orange juice ($15 on Saturdays and Sundays). Additionally, Nisei offers an array of quality wines and craft brews, so you can taste meticulously crafted libations.