The start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is finally upon us! The copa do mundo in Brazil kicks off today with the host nation taking on Croatia, while the other 30 nations take the pitch over the next month to determine who is the world's best. Whether you're a true footie diehard or casual fan, Chicago has plenty of spots to watch every World Cup match.
Howells & Hood
(435 N. Michigan Ave.)
Howells & Hood is celebrating the World Cup from Jun 12 through July 13 with a World of Cups craft beer flight including: Lion Brewery (Biyagama), Lion Stout; Meantime Brewery (London), Sri LankaMeantime IPA; Stone Brewery (USA), Stone Arrogant Bastard; and Krombacher Privatbrauerei (Germany), Krombacher Dark for $16. The restaurant opens at 10:45 a.m. during the World Cup series, and sound for all US games will be available indoors while sound for other games will be available on the patio.
(1932 W. Division St.)
From June 12 through July 13, The Boundary invites locals in to enjoy a World Cup special including 16-ounce Carlsberg Cans for $6. The restaurant will be opening at 10:30 a.m. each day for guests to enjoy every game.
(151 W. Adams St.)
Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread) $7: A popular dish in Brazil to enjoy while having drinks, this gluten free dish uses parmesan and aged cheddar cheese served with a popular Brazilian dipping sauce similar to salsa called Malagueta made with roasted peppers, green onions, garlic, cilantro, red wine, vinegar and olive oil. The JW Marriott Chicago will be offering two cocktail specials for $10: The Host (Caipirinha) with Cachaca, sugar and lime and The Defenders (Calimocho) with red wine, Cola and cinnamon.
Municipal Bar + Dining Co.
(216 W. Ohio St.)
Municipal will offer full sound and drink specials for all World Cup games, including a "Build-Your-Own World Cup Bucket", where guests will choose from a variety of international bottled beers and create their own bucket to enjoy, and a fun promotion called "Drink Your Way Around The World", where guests will receive a passport book and get stamped each time they come to Municipal to watch a World Cup game. Once they earn a certain number of stamps, they will receive a prize to enjoy during the World Cup finals.
Old Town Pour House Chicago
(1419 N. Wells St.)
Old Town Pour House located in Chicago asks locals to join in on the World Cup fun by coming into the restaurant for an early opening of 10:45 a.m. each day throughout the tournament. To enhance the game, a video DJ will be creating even more fun during primetime games. Additionally, the World Cup Flight will be offered including craft beers such as: Krombacher, Pilsner (Germany), Urthel, Saisonniere (Belgium), Firestone Walker, Double Jack (USA), and Cervejaria Colorado, Vixnu IPA (Brazil).
(225 N. Michigan Ave.)
Opening early at 10:30 a.m. for every game during the World Cup series, guests can sip on World Cup themed cocktails including: The Yellow Card and The Red Card for $6. Depending on the game, these cocktails will rotate and change throughout the tournament. Additionally, sound for US games will be available.