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The 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament is coming to Chicago in March. To celebrate, Chicago Like a Local will be highlighting the best area bars for each Big Ten team. Coming off extraordinary wins against No. 1 Indiana and No. 18 Minnesota, the University of Illinois is peaking at just the right time. Here are Chicago's Urbana-Champaign substitutes, the best places to watch the Fighting Illini.

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Rebel Bar & Grill (3462 N. Clark St.)

Remember the people you shared Niro's Gyros with after those especially spirited nights at Gully's or Station? Well, they're probably at Rebel Bar & Grill and they're just as fun now as they were on Thursday nights in '02. Run into old friends and sip from their $6 32 oz. Bud Light Illini keeper mugs when the game starts.

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Durkin's Tavern (810 W. Diversey Pkwy.)

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is to Chicago as a Daniel Street is to Champaign, and this place serves up the best O&O's this side of Kam's. In the fall, Durkin's Tavern features a live marching band during Illini football games and you can expect similar hijinks during hoops season.

Arrow on Ogden (1659 W. Ogden Ave.)

Located within blocks of the United Center, Arrow on Ogden is the perfect place to watch the tournament or to catch a meal between games. This popular hangout for Bulls fans will be wall-to-wall with Illini Nation during the tournament.

Schoolyard Tavern (3258 N. Southport Ave.)

Like Illini legend Dee Brown, this place is small in size but totally clutch on game day. The fare is unexpectedly sophisticated and hits the spot like an after-last-call order of bread at Silver Mine Subs.

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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. Subscribe to our blog and follow @ChooseChicago on Twitter for ongoing updates.

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