Chicago Fire's technical director, Frank Klopas, oversees this soccer pub, so named The Pitch after the way the rest of the world calls the playing field. The place is studded in three tiers and lounges, memorabilia from Klopas' glory days as an Olympic-competing "Ring of Fire" inductee, and one token oversized football to tie the mood together with David Beckham signatures.
It used to be The Globe and Small Bar claiming exclusive rights to the soccer niche. Klopas, and the team behind Lincoln Park’s basket-and-boozer bar, Rocks, hope to level the playing field with creative teasers like Guinness and PBR "black and blue chili" and hand-pressed burgers cut with Italian sausage and ground chuck.
The draft list may not scream so, listing its only premiums as the New Belgium Lips of Faith series and Matilda, aside a row of InBev’s finest. Some craft gems – Dogfish Head, Half Acre - dot the bottle/can list. And if soccer fans are still as intense as history as shown, the 30-plus flat-screens should feed passions just fine.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul