Top Places To Watch The 2014 FIFA World Cup
After a four-year hiatus, the FIFA World Cup returns to TV screens across the globe in order to crown the best soccer club in the world. A slew of local taverns are offering plenty of opportunities to watch the action in Brazil and root on your country with international-themed food and beer specials. Although not everyone can make it to the matches,here are some good options where you can catch the fever from afar.
CHOP CHOP : 2033 W NORTH AVENUE
This combination butcher, bar, and restaurant just off the Damen-O’Hare Blue Line stop will show World Cup matches on its 30-foot projection screen in its unique event space known as 1st Ward. Chop Shop will feature Chicago Fire sausage as its signature snack, the proceeds of which will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation, the official charity of Chicago’s own soccer team.
EATALY : 43 E OHIO
A welcome addition, Eataly has brought some of Italy’s most authentic food products to River North, and now plans to bring the World Cup to the city’s soccer fans. Guests can watch World Cup matches at Birreria Restaurant and participate in the Eataly Chicago Soccer Cup matches on Facebook and Twitter
ELEPHANT & CASTLE : 160 W HURON
This English pub in the Loop and River North is the best bet for watching mid-day games during a working (and cheering) lunch hour. Rooting on your favorite team will be infinitely more pleasant if done over cottage pie or fish and chips, rather than ramen noodles and live but surreptitious Internet screening in your cubicle.
FADO : 100 W GRAND
Another good option for fans of the English pub, Fado will provide a bracket challenge for cash prizes and all 64 matches live on television. It will also offer unique game-day menus and drink specials.
FRANKLIN TAP : 325 S FRANKLIN
If you’re in the mood to catch a quick match in the Loop, Franklin Tap will host five beer-focused viewing parties from June 16 to July 9. From international brews to local favorites to even jersey giveaways, this tavern is a good spot to kick back and root downtown.
STOUT BARREL : 642 N CLARK
Catch all of the World Cup on 16 flat-screen TV’s and choose from 18 global craft brews on tap, 46 in bottles and five in cans.
TIMOTHY O’TOOLES : 622 N FAIRBANKS
This underground Streeterville grill is one of Chicago’s favorite sports bars. While O’Toole’s will play no team favorites during World Cup 2014, soccer fans can celebrate in all-American fashion by participating in the BIG TIMMY Challenge and win a t-shirt for finishing two massive hamburgers.
TROQUET RIVER NORTH : 111 W HURON
Root on the Frenchmen at Troquet River North. They’ll have live French radio for all the French games, show every game on TV, offer saucisse and Kronenbourg 1664 for $9, and give you 15 percent off your bill when you wear you favorite team’s jersey.
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