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The 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is coming to Chicago March 14-17. To celebrate, Chicago Like a Local has been highlighting the best area places to watch each Big Ten team. As we get closer to the conference tournament, the action continues to heat up and for fans of the Buckeyes, there are some great places in Chicago to watch the team in action. Here are a few recommendations for recreating Columbus charm in the big city.

McGee's Tavern & Grille (950 W. Webster Ave.)

McGee's has some of the best burgers and sandwiches in the city, including the famous Double Chicken Sandwich and their build-your-own mac 'n cheese. Also, their appetizers hit the spot like Deshaun Thomas drive into your belly. Be sure to check their website for daily drink and food specials.

Mickey's (2450 N. Clark St.)

Mickey's offers special 32-ounce Ohio State mugs and have great drink specials during most Buckeye games. They have a fantastic menu, regular drink specials, and they're open late (until 2 AM Sunday-Friday, 3 AM on Saturday). So, if Sam Thompson clinches a game with a half-court buzzer beater like Evan Turner two years ago, you'll have a spot to party at all night.

Gaslight Bar & Grille (2426 N. Racine Ave.)

Gaslight is another official Buckeye bar that has an Ohio State alumni club. There are fantastic drink and food specials every day. If you're looking for somewhere to have a few drinks and a meal with the family, Gaslight also has a great kid's menu.

O'Donovan's (2100 W. Irving Park Rd.)

O'Donovan's is one of the oldest bars in Chicago (formerly known as Schulien's for 100 years). They offer regular drink packages and a big buffet for all of your game-time cravings. Be sure to check out their seasonal specialty drinks.

The CrossRoads Bar & Grill (1120 W. Madison St.)

This place is within walking distance of the United Center and the pulled pork and famous corn tots are on point like Aaron Craft. If you're looking for a place to fuel up before a game or drown your sorrows after a heartbreaking loss, this is the spot.

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Where to Watch is an ongoing series that highlights the best places to catch Big Ten basketball in Chicago. For details on the tournament, which comes to Chicago's United Center March 14-17, visit www.bigtenchicagohoops.com. For updates, connect with the Chicago Sports Commission on Facebook and Twitter.

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