From the earliest hints of springtime, baseball fans eagerly await the opening day of baseball season in Chicago, and why not? With two major league Chicago baseball teams to root for—the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox— the city comes to life around Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field and in sports bars all across town. Don your team’s colors and get ready to cheer them on alongside fellow fans. Here are just a few of the best sports bars in Chicago to catch the game—or to catch a ride to the game. 


Cheer on the Cubs at the Wrigleyville staple Murphy’s Bleachers, which has been serving Cubs fans cold beer and hot dogs since the 1930s. Its close proximity to Wrigley Field (it’s across the street) means you can hear the roar of the crowds, and the big screen TVs mean you can catch every play.


Also located just steps away from Wrigley Field, The Cubby Bear is a sports bar by day and live music venue by night. Boasting five projection-screen TVs and more than 75 plasma TVs, it’s a hot spot to catch the game. And the jam-packed concert calendar makes it a must-visit for dance parties after the game.

Just across from Wrigley Field’s Harry Caray statue you’ll find The Sports Corner Bar & Grill, a neighborhood tavern and restaurant serving up classic bar food (from loaded nachos to Chicago-style hot dogs to Angus steak chili) and the game playing on TVs lining the walls.

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

Show your team spirit even if you're not just outside Wrigley Field. At Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch in Water Tower Place enjoy an upscale sports bar experience with gourmet food to match.  After you’re done watching the game and filling up on oven-fired pizzas, specialty fries and over-the-top burgers, peruse the adjacent Chicago Sports Museum to see the recently unveiled 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit, as well as other exciting sports memorabilia.


A popular tailgating spot for White Sox fans, Cork & Kerry at the Park is located directly across the street from Guaranteed Rate Field. Watch the game on one of the many TVs, and then enjoy a cold beer in the sunshine at a sidewalk table.

Rocky’s Sports Restaurant also offers numerous TVs to watch the game. Grab a drink at one of the multiple bars and head to the backyard beer garden to hang out with fellow Sox fans.

Even if you don’t have a ticket, you can watch the game on the big screens at ChiSox Bar & Grill, located at Gate 5 at Guaranteed Rate Field. It’s open for every White Sox home game.


If you have a ticket to the White Sox game, take advantage of free shuttle service from nearby restaurants and bars. Park for free at The Duck Inn and take the complimentary shuttle to and from the stadium. At Reggies, you can either watch the game at the bar or take the free vintage shuttle bus to and from Guaranteed Rate Field. Be sure to stick around for a post-game party, and catch a live music concert.

Find even more Chicago sports bars to visit before and after the game.

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