Ok, so the Bears aren't playing. We're hurt, we're sad, we're freezing. That's no reason to completely miss out on the Superbowl and all the booze, sports, and appetizers with cute little names. We're especially pumped about this Sunday's sportsfest because of all the rad Chicago sports bars we have to choose from. You might want to get there early—even Chicago can run out of bar stools!
1. Citizen is our go-to for summertime rooftop hang-outs, but did you know they've got an awesome set-up inside? Sunday is Citizen's 2nd Annual Superbowl Chili Cook-off. Staff members compete against the chef and guests can sample chili and vote for a winner. Superbowl specials include half-priced wings, $6 Absolut cocktails & bloody marys, and $4 Jameson and Patron shots. 364 West Erie (at Sedgewick Street); 312-640-1156.
2. The Brownstone keeps things Superbowl-simple. A $25 drink packages gets you unlimited draft beer and cocktails, and the classic pub vibe is the perfect place to settle in and watch people hit each other. 3937 North Lincoln Avenue (at West Irving Park Road); 773-528-3700.
3. The Boundary keeps your glasses full with a make-your-own Stoli bloody and Korbel mimosa bar. Magic Hat is on draft for $5 and we're hearing rumors about a couple food specials (naturally, both include bacon). 1932 West Division Street (at Winchester Avenue); 773-278-1919.
4. If you're into a classier way to get your football fix, get to Bull & Bear early. A favorite hangout for Chicago athletes, the bar is a staple in the Chicago sports scene. Rumor has it they've got a new menu item or two, too. 431 North Wells (between Illinois and Hubbard streets); 312-527-5973.