The 13 Best Chicago Hot Spots for Watching World Cup Soccer

Where will you be spending this Sunday?  We mean, of course, for the USA-Portugal game, which we assume all of you will be watching.  We’ve put together a list of our favorite World Cup spots
the places with the most enthusiastic fans, most easily viewed TVs and best beer specials.

Get ready to cheer like U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski at Sunday’s match against Portugal.

Seven-Ten Lounge
Hyde Park
Cool off after the game with some bowling or billiards, this Hyde Park fixture’s specialties.

Grant Park
Grant Park doesn’t have the best viewing, but the large crowd of enthusiastic soccer fans cannot be beat.  Bring sunglasses and your best red-white-and-blue gear, and get ready to cheer.

American Junkie
Near North Side
Our suggestion for American Junkie is to head upstairs, where you can watch the game underneath a retractable skylight roof.

Citizen Bar
River North
What’s great about this River North sports hub is their rooftop bar.  Complete with big-screen TVs, you can watch the game and enjoy the Chicago summer.

Beer Bistro

West Loop
Speaking of beers from around the world, Beer Bistro is the West Loop hub of global beers on tap.

Old Town
Old Town’s newest sports bar definitely delivers the goods for a perfect day of World Cup watching.

Pour House
Old Town
Pour House is prepared for all your World Cup needs with 90 beers on tap and a special World Cup beer flight.

Galway Arms
Lincoln Park
Galway Arms opens at 10:30 a.m. each game day of the World Cup and offers a Two Brothers beer special, so what’s not to like?

Temple Bar

Another Irish Pub with the perfect atmosphere for a good soccer match.

The Globe Pub
North Center
The Globe Pub shows English football year-round, and is a great spot to tap into your inner Anglophile.

The Map Room

At the Map Room, you can bond with the other patrons while ordering beers from around the world.


Logan Square
TVs on the back porch plus fantastic food specials means the ideal place for a long day of soccer viewing.

Pull up a chair at the bar and bond with the bartenders over the U.S.’s eventual win (knock on wood).

Erin Robertson is managing editor at Chicago Ideas.

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