College football season is back. If you can't make it back to campus for the tailgate, these local food and drink specials will make you feel like you're still in school -- without all the pesky exams.
Own some Ohio State gear? Wear it to District Bar (or just show your Ohio ID) and you'll get one shot on the house! Everyone gets $5 bombs and $6 Svedka drinks, too. And make sure to come back every Saturday for OSU games, when the bar will be introducing something called "The District Dunk."
Bull & Bear
Weekly Ohio State specials include $2 cans of Natty Light, $3 Heineken Gate Pours, $5 Block O Bombs and 20 percent off your food bill if the Buckeyes win.
Ohio State game days mean drink specials at Mickey's, including 32-ounce personal fishbowls for $7 and 32-ounce Ohio State beer mugs ($2 at the door, $7 for each fill-up). During regular Saturday games, the full breakfast menu will be available (plus $8 22-ounce bloody marys and $6 mimosas).
Yep, it's another Buckeye bar. During all Ohio State games, you'll enjoy specials like $5 22-ounce Stadium Cups of Coors Light or Miller Lite, $8 pitchers of Coors Light, Miller Lite or PBR, $16 pitchers of Sam Adams, Goose Island 312 and Leinenkugel; $5.50 Tito's Fat Marys, $8 22-ounce bloody marys, $5 Buckeye Bombs and $8 Horsehoe martinis with cherry vodka, Godiva White Chocolate and cream.
You can get $5 20-ounce beers and $5 Boilermakers (beer and a shot of whiskey) here every game day, plus Purdue favorites like Green Dragons and Baltimore Zoos at this brand new official Boilermaker bar.
Iowa Hawkeyes gameday specials include $5 Jager bombs, $4 22-ounce Miller Lite stadium cups and $8 pitchers of Miller Lite.
Grand River Bar & Grill
The Lakeview bar offers $10 Miller Lite pitchers and $4 well drinks during every Michigan State game.
The Lincoln Park pub celebrates college football by offering $3 bottles and drafts on every game day.
Joe's does everything big, and college football Saturdays are no different. Come in to watch the games on projector screens while enjoying $4 domestic pitchers, $4 bloody marys and $4 mimosas.
Head to this Lincoln Park bar to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans every weekend. The game will be shown on a 100-inch projection screen (as well as 17 others) and there's an optional $25-$30 tailgate package with all-you-can-eat food (fried chicken, pizza, Italian beef) and unlimited cans of Bud Light, bloody marys, mimosas and 4 Rebels cocktails.
John Barleycorn Wrigleyville
Get over to Wrigleyville for all Iowa Hawkeyes games - it'll be worth it, with an optional food and drink package including fried chicken, hot dogs, chili, Italian beef, chicken fajitas, Bud Light cans, 4 Rebels Premium and Dragonfruit vodka cocktails, bloody marys, mimosas and more. It costs $25 in advance, $30 on the day of.
The new home for Northwestern Wildcat football in Lincoln Park offers seven 10-foot projection screens, 19-plus plasma TVs and monitors, 20-ounce Northwestern mugs for $4, plus rotating specials when the Cats score.
Leo's Coney Island
It's only appropriate that this Michigan export will be showing all Wolverines games while you chow down on those classic Coney dogs. But you don't need to head over there to watch the action -- just order up a tailgate package for six or 12, including 2 Coney dogs per person, Greek salad, Leo's dressing and Vernor's Ginger Soda. Just make sure to plan ahead, as you have to order 24 hours in advance.
Let's be real: you're gonna need sustenance to get you through the Michigan Wolverines season. And Moe's is offering it during every game, with a $25 package ($30 on day of game) including fried chicken, hot dogs, chili, Italian beef, chicken fajitas, Bud Light cans, 4 Rebels Premium and Dragonfruit vodka cocktails, bloody marys, mimosas and more.
Come one, come all to this Southport Corridor bar, which offers $3 Miller Lite drafts, $15 buckets of Coors Light, $1 mini cheeseburgers and $5 jumbo wings (10) every game day.
Plan B Bar and Kitchen
Kick off another season of rooting for the Michigan State Spartans with a full roster of specials, including $2 Spartan shots, $3 Miller Lite drafts, $5 Spartan cocktails, $5 22-ounce Spartan mugs and $7 pitchers of Miller Lite.
Sedgwick's Bar & Grill
Sedgwick's touts itself as a bar for fans of both Illinois and Missouri (Villanova, too). Specials include $18 Miller/Coors buckets, $6 O & O's and $5 Illini bombs for the orange team, and $18 Bud buckets, $5 Blasters and $6 Tiger bombs for the Tigers.
Division Ale House
Illini fans can also head to Wicker Park to watch their team play -- Saturday specials at the Ale House include $3 bottles of Bud Light, $15 pitchers of Absolut Acai Berry lemonade and a $7 build-your-own bloody mary bar.