Every rose has its thorn, and every sports bar has its own personality, no matter how insignificant or unoriginal it may seem on the outside. I hate to quote Poison, but I'm still reeling from my experience at Sedgwick's, the perfect example of why you shouldn't judge a sports bar by its backwards baseball cap.
The Lincoln Park bar has typical features like a pool table, Christmas lights on the ducts, light oak wood throughout and neon beer signs behind the two bars (one in each of the two small areas, which combine into one large room). Run-of-the-mill bar food like pizza, burgers and wings is served at paper-clothed booths lining the walls.
But you'll be more than a bit surprised by the energy that takes over Sedgwick's during the week, especially if the Cubs win. When I walked in on a Tuesday night, there were only about four or five small groups of friends socializing. Suddenly, a Journey song came on and everyone started singing. I mean, really singing, like trying to hit the notes and everything, and it didn't stop there. The bar patrons sang every song after that, even crooning along with Stevie Wonder. Then a guy dramatically whipped off his hair tie and started head banging to a soft rock song; the place went nuts.
It was surreal and a bit fun, and I can only imagine what this place is like on the weekend. So, if you like watching sports, chugging cheap Miller Lite and enjoying drink specials almost every night of the week, you'll like Sedgwick's. Just be prepared to sing your heart out.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Maya Henderson