Hawkeye football is back! Even though you're not in Iowa City, you can still throw on the black and gold, grab some brews, and have a cheer on your Hawkeyes along some great Iowa fans at bars right here in Chicago.
The most popular University of Iowa bar in Chicago is Merkle's, hands down. Donning Iowa pennants, posters, and other memorabilia all year round, any former Hawkeye will feel like they're right back in Iowa City the second they cross Merkle's threshold. Merkle's has become such a staple in the Hawkeye community that during the offseason, there's a good chance you'll run into some players and coaches that are paying a visit. Proudly owned and operated by Iowa alums, Merkle's specials include $4 Jameson Shots, $5 bombs, $6 Templeton Rye Drinks. But that's not all! Merkle's gives away two home tickets to every Iowa home game! Now back to the deals. Merkle's offers a $30 drink deal that includes 22oz Hawkeye Stadium Cups, Domestic Drafts, Well Drinks, Energy Drinks, Rotating Tailgate Buffet, and a Raffle with Hawkeye Prizes and Giveaways. So if you're a true Hawkeye, you have to visit Merkle's on game day.
Four Shadows in a medium sized neighborhood bar that would love to host Hawkeye fans every Saturday. The crowd tends to be pretty well behaved and relaxed during game days which create a nice atmosphere to enjoy the game. Their game day deals are $4 22oz Domestic Stadium Cups, $4 Dos Equis, $8 Domestic Pitchers, $5 UV Bombs.
This Lincoln Park pub and grill has everything you'd expect from a bar owned by a couple Irish-Americans. There are plenty Irish beers on tap, whiskeys on hand, and a whole lot of green. But come game day, everyone is wearing the black and gold of the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Halsted Harp is a smaller pub which makes enjoying the game an intimate experience with other Hawkeye fans. On game day, the Halsted Harp offers $6 22 oz Miller Lite Cups ($3.50 for Refills), 10 Chicken Wings for only $5, and All Burgers and Fries are only $8. So if you just so happened to be Irish and a Hawkeyes fan, there's no reason not to check out the Halsted Harp.
Now, if you're looking to party, look no further than John Barleycorn, ready to handle all of your game day shenanigans in the heart of Wrigleyville. This huge bar offers a $30 wristband deal for every Hawkeye game. The $30 includes an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, A Bloody Mary Bar, Bud Light Cans, Mimosas and 4 Rebels Vodka Cocktails. So get rowdy at Barleycorn... they're used to it.