It's fitting that the final game on the football schedule is the biggest. You can always watch the Super Bowl with Cheetos and cheap beer, but where's the fun in that? Check out these Chicago restaurant and bar deals to make the most of the football finale.
Brownstone Tavern & Grill
If you're feeling like a big celebration, head to this North Center bar, where for just $20 you'll get unlimited drafts and well drinks from kickoff to the end of the game. Other specials include $5 orders of mini-burgers and boneless wings.
Chicago may not be in the Super Bowl, but it will be part of the Super Bowl buffet here. The all-you-can-eat spread ($15) includes Vienna hot dogs and Polish sausage, Maxwell Street pork chops, Tom Tom tamales, Scala Italian beef and Italian sausage, Jay's potato chips, Tootsie Rolls and more. Add on unlimited drafts of Miller Lite, Bitburger, Leinenkugel's Red Lager and Shiner Bock for $10 (draft package not available separately).
We're not sure what the "Walk of Shame" burger has to do with the Super Bowl, but when you get the beast of a patty topped with a fried over-easy egg, bacon and cheddar on a pretzel roll for $5, you won't quibble. Other Super specials including $4 import and domestic drafts and $5 bloody marys.
Merkle's Bar and Grill
Reserve a table at this Wrigleyville bar for free and you'll be in line for complimentary wings and pizza (3:30-4:30 p.m.), $5 bombs and $15 buckets - plus a chance to win a three-day, two-night trip to Las Vegas.
The "Super Super Bowl Party" here includes $6.50 Tito's Fat Marys with Shiner Bock beer chasers, $6 White Trash Mimosas and a bunch of game-ready food like sloppy joes, mac and cheese bites, and BBQ baby back ribs with fries (only $9.95). The Northcenter bar has 20 54-inch plasmas to watch the game on.
The Hunt Club
Food and drink specials at this upscale Gold Coast bar include $4 import and domestic draft beers, $5 bloody Marys and a $5 "Walk of Shame Burger" topped with a fried egg, bacon and cheddar and served on a pretzel roll.
LaSalle Power Co.
Watch the game on a one-of-a-kind 167-inch plasma video wall and 10 50-inch flat-screen TVs. LaSalle also offers a $15 all-you-can-handle tailgate buffet from 4 p.m. to the end of game, featuring Angus beef sliders, turkey sliders, sloppy joe’s, tater tots and both Buffalo-style and traditional boneless chicken strips. All-night drink deals include $4 domestic bottles, $5 bomb shots and $15 mix-and-match buckets (five bottles each, includes both domestic and imported).
10pin Bowling Lounge
10pin will offer guests a $25 bowling special which includes bowling from 5 p.m. to the end of the game and a halftime buffet with mini cheeseburgers, Vienna all-beef hot dogs, tater tots, and cheese and pepperoni pizza. The first 100 guests will get a Super Bowl square with a chance to win a trip to Jamaica.
Watch the Super Bowl with a French twist with a special three-course Super Bowl menu ($14.95), which includes a classic French style hot dog, served with pommes frites and Dijon mustard, a classic onion soup gratinee (made with Gruyere), and chocolate mousse. You can also enjoy a selection of beers from the newly enhanced beer menu, such as the "biere de la brasserie" or house brew, Hopla!, by Two Brothers ($5).
Enjoy a complimentary half-time appetizer buffet including wings, poppers, hot dogs and $4 domestic bottled beers and $4 house wines all day. Cityscape is also offering Football Flights which features a choice of three 4-ounce beers for $6.
The River North pizza place is offering $7 carry-out pies on Super Bowl Sunday.
Guests can join LuxLounge upstairs at Luxbar for a Super Bowl squares party featuring a complimentary appetizer buffet and a cash bar. The first 100 people will receive entry plus a complimentary square for a chance to win prizes. Luxbar will offer $3 Miller Lite bottles both upstairs and down.
Grab $4 Coors Light drafts and join a raffle with specialty Coors Light Super Bowl items. In addition, Stretch Run will feature a Super Bowl menu with specials like the Forget About It NY Giants Turkey Pastrami Sandwich for $9.95 and John Madden's BBQ Pulled Pork for $8.95.
Enjoy $3 domestic bottles, $4 drafts and $6 premium cocktails while watching the game on nearly a dozen 50- and 65-inch flat screens.
Uncle Fatty's Rum Resort
Lakeview's island-themed hotspot hosts a "Super Fish Bowl Party" featuring discounted specialty 32-ounce fishbowls and an optional food and drink private party package. Two specialty fishbowls will be discounted to $10: The New Orleans Saints -inspired "Hurricane" (Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers Dark Rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, grenadine) and the Indianapolis Colts-inspired "Blue Horseshoe" (Absolut Mango, Blue Curacao, lemonade, 7 Up). You can also enjoy a premium alcohol, domestic beers and food buffet for $30 that will start at 5 p.m. and run until the end of the game.
The Lincoln Park bar features a $10 all-you-can-eat stadium buffet from 3 p.m. through end of game, including wings, a selection of sliders and quesadillas, plus a hot dog and nacho bar. All-day drink specials include $15 domestic beer buckets, $20 import beer buckets, $5 Bacardi bombs, $3 mimosas and $4 Jameson and Jagermeister shots. Halftime raffles and prizes include a fully-stocked official Miller Lite cooler, Bears gear and an autographed Chicago Bears poster.
Rockwood offers an inclusive $35 party package, which includes select appetizers, beer, wine and call liquor from 5 p.m. to the end of the game. A portion of the proceeds benefits the 20/30 Club of Chicago, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping underprivileged children.
Mac's American Pub
Selections on the special $7 menu include ale-steamed veal brats with bacon, apple and sauerkraut; spicy green chili with pork; a monster Italian sub with red wine-herb vinaigrette; and a giant ham and cheese melt with Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. All-day drink deals include $3 import and domestic drafts; $3 Jameson shots, $8 PBR pitchers and $5 bloody marys. An optional $40 inclusive package, which includes all beers and call liquor, is also offered.
People features football-inspired specials with a Spanish twist in addition to the regular tapas menu, including $6 Spanish nachos, crispy wontons with tomato relish, aged manchego cheese, chopped chicken and olives; and $6 spicy smoked paprika Buffalo wings with house-made blue cheese dressing (10 wings per order). $2 PBR cans and $3 Jameson shots are on special all night.
Guest can treat themselves to themed signature maki rolls and half off any bottle of wine all day. Carryout and catering are also available.
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
Duke's offers guests who dine-in on Super Bowl Sunday 35˘ wings all day. Guests who plan on watching the game from home can order Duke's carry out at least one week before to receive a pound of free wings.
Watch the game on three oversized projection screens and a dozen flat-screen TVs. Specials include $15 Bud Light buckets and $1 sliders.
John Barleycorn Wrigleyville
Barleycorn features a $25 inclusive package offered from kickoff to the end of the game. The package includes an all-you-can-eat tailgate buffet featuring hot dogs, Maxwell Street-style pork chop sandwiches, wings, Chicago-style chili and mac and cheese. The package also includes Bud Light cans and 4 Rebels Premium and Dragonfruit vodka cocktails.
John Barleycorn (Schaumburg)
Watch the game on 40 TVs throughout the two-story venue and take advantage of a $12.95 all-you-can-eat tailgate buffet offered from kickoff to end of game. The buffet features boneless Buffalo-style chicken wings, hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and mini-sized burgers, corn dogs and sub sandwiches. The bar offers complimentary chips and salsa during the game. All-day drink specials include $7 pitchers of Miller Lite and $15 domestic buckets.
Pinstripes (Northbrook and South Barrington)
Enjoy $2 Premium Bloody Mary’s and $2 draft beer all day.
Birch River Grill
The Arlington Heights restaurant offers $3 dining and drink deals all day long, including draft beer, BRG wild game chili, hot dog and fries, half-dozen chicken wings, chicken fingers and cheese sticks. Free chips and salsa are available for everyone.
Guests will enjoy a $10 halftime all-you-can-eat buffet featuring chef's choice menu items. Drink specials include $5 Svedka Bloody Mary's, $10 domestic buckets, and $4 Jameson and Jager shots. Fans are encouraged to make table reservations early by calling (847) 358-9150.
Starts at 3 p.m.; $40
Add some extra ... entertainment to your game watching with the ladies at this South Loop gentleman's club. Tickets include a food buffet, two drink tickets, a halftime raffle and giveaways all day.
Sample a complimentary appetizer buffet to go along with numerous drink specials. Win prizes during the raffle drawing each quarter of the game.
Why stop at one big game? This Lakeview bar invites sports nuts to watch the Kentucky Wildcats play hoops at noon, followed by the Blackhawks game at 3 p.m., followed by hours of pre-game coverage, followed by the Super Bowl. If you manage to make it through, you'll be rewarded with $5 20-ounce drafts and $4 Jameson during the game and a free halftime buffet.
Division Ale House
The Ale House offers an optional inclusive tailgate package from kickoff until the end of the game. The $35 package includes an all-you-can-eat hard shell taco bar, stocked with traditional fixings. The package includes PBR cans and domestic bottles such as Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light. All-day drinks specials include $4 Burning River Pale Ale drafts and a can of PBR with shot of Jameson for $5.
If you've always thought you could kick a field goal, this Bucktown bar is the place to be on Super Bowl Sunday. At halftime, it'll host the Jameson Bowl, with kicking contestants given the chance to win up to $250 in prizes. Specials include $3 domestic drafts and $4 Jameson, and it helps to have friends; tables of four or more will get access to a free halftime buffet.
During the game, all Miller and Budweiser bottles are half price. During halftime, enjoy complimentary appetizers in the lounge, including buffalo wings, quesadillas and mini eggrolls.
Bring the tailgate indoors at this Lincoln Park bar, where you'll be able to watch the game while enjoying a buffet of burgers, chicken sandwiches, wings, potato salad and more, plus open bar for the whole game.
Like to drink? You can do a lot of it at this Wicker Park favorite, which offers $16-$20 buckets and $5 shots of Jameson and Cazadores. Buy a $1 ticket to the "Fifty/50 Raffle" and you could win prizes like a gym membership or a gift certificate to the bar - along with 50 percent of the pot (the other 50 percent will go to the Red Cross). Want to have your party at home? All delivery and carryout orders of 100 wings or more will be discounted by 15 percent.
5 p.m.; $35-$60
Chicago's sole New Orleans bar should be rocking during Super Bowl Sunday, and you can be a part of the party. For $35, you'll get complimentary gumbo and jambalaya, plus unlimited domestic drafts and well drinks. Bump up to the $60 ticket, and you'll get all beers and call drinks. Reservations recommended.
$25 in advance, $30 at the door
It's all about the pork at Moonshine's first-annual Pigskin Super Bowl Party, featuring a buffet with items like pork sausage (w/ housemade giardinera), braised pork shoulder, Cuban sandwices, pulled-pork sliders and even a carving station. There will also be drink specials throughout the game.
The Firkin & Pheasant
Head to this British-style pub in Lincoln Park for $3 import and domestic drafts, $15 buckets of select domestic bottles and half-price wings and Cajun chips. Since we all know the British love the Colts (?), anyone in an Indy jersey will be eligible to win a $500 VIP party from the bar.
Make your viewing party a hit with food from Wicker Park's favorite BBQ spot. Order up some jumbo chicken wings (95 cents each) and build-your-own nachos ($4), or go all out with pulled meat and rib dinners ($7.50-$19.75 per person) or the Ultimate Tailgater Package (spare or baby back ribs with choice of two pulled meats and two sides, $14.75-$17.25 per person). Place your order by Friday, January 29 for a 10-percent discount (all orders must be made by February 5, and are available for pickup and delivery). When ordering, be sure to put in your guess for the final score of the game; you could win a $100 gift card.
Shaw's Crab House (Chicago and Schaumburg)
Make it a Seafood Bowl with a sushi platter from Shaw's; choices include shellfish ($3), tuna and salmon ($52) and the Grand Sushi Platter ($70) with lobster, California, spicy tuna and Acapulco maki, BBQ eel and shrimp nigiri and tuna, salmon and yellowtail sashimi. You can also enjoy lobster bisque, New England clam chowder and seafood gumbo by the gallon (serves 10-12 people, $50-$55).
Koi and Chen's
Choose from a variety of party trays to cater Super Bowl events. From spicy chicken wings to maki rolls and lo mein, guests can select their favorite menu items to bring home for the game. Both restaurants are offering $1 Sapporo drafts and $1 chicken wings appetizers (eight pieces, limit one wing order per customer) for diners who venture to the restaurants to watch the game.
Let Executive Chef Jim Kilberg do the cooking with a festive Super Bowl Tailgate Party Menu. Il Poggiolo will have half trays that serve 10 people or full trays that serve 20, ranging from $25-$70. The party menu features an anitpasti tray, Italian meatballs, football-sized sub sandwiches and tiramisu. All orders must be placed 48 hours before the start of the game.
So, you've got the multiple TVs and blaring sound system. All you need to complete your apartment's transformation into a sports bar is the food. ESPN's got you covered with a catering spread that includes buffalo wings (boneless or bone-in), BBQ Baby-Back Ribs, caesar salad, brownies and more. Choose individual orders or put it all together in the Big Game Package ($109.99). Details and pricing here.
Anti-Super Bowl specials Geja's Cafe
Instead of sitting in front of the TV, head to this romantic fondue spot with your loved one. You'll be rewarded with two Premiere dinners for the price of one.
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
Wear a jersey, sweatshirt or other football item to the February 7 performance (1 p.m. or 5 p.m.) of "My Fair Lady," and you could win two free tickets to see "The Drowsy Chaperone," opening May 5.