8 Best Bars to Watch College Football in Chicago

College football is BACK and we couldn’t be more geeked. This season might look a little different, thanks to the delta variant…cue a sad trombone. So rather than tailgating with tens of thousands of people (and germs) grab your squad and cheer on your favorite team at a local college football bar in Chicago. We have created a list of the best places to watch college football with Game Day specials.

And don’t forget to check out our roundup for bars offering special deals for Bears games if that’s what you’re looking for!



1925 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614


This restaurant and bar in Lincoln Park is known for its pizza and is the perfect place to watch any college football game, as it has 27 TVs throughout the fluid indoor and outdoor space. On every Saturday and Sunday during football season, you can enjoy their amazing Game Day specials. The deal includes $6 Stadium Cups of Miller Lite, Coors Light, Bud Light, $6 Truly & White Claws, $6 Shots of Tequila & Lunchbox shots, $9 Stadium Cups Vodka Soda, $15 bottles of Champagne, and $22 Pitchers of Coors, Bud Light, Miller Light.

Joe’s On Weed St. 

940 W Weed St Chicago, IL 60642

This 20,000 square foot warehouse-style bar in Lincoln Park specializes in sports (duh), live music, and great times. And with over 120 plasma TVs and HD projectors, there’s a good chance your game will be blaring.


Gracie O’Malley’s

1635 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60647

Come watch upcoming college football games at this iconic Irish pub! This bar in Chicago is the perfect destination for craft beers, classic cocktails, and fair prices. The best part? They take reservations so you don’t have to fight anyone for a good table. 


420 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60614

As the self-proclaimed “Chicago’s Big House,” this East Lakeview neighborhood bar features more than 40 TVs, a $25 Mimosa & Bloody Mary Package, and solid American grub. 

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

41 E Superior St Chicago, IL 60611

Game Day specials? Jake has ‘em! If you are looking for the best places to watch college football in Chicago, stop by on Monday or Thursday nights, and all day Saturday and Sunday, to indulge in excellent food and drinks with an energetic game-day vibe. We highly recommend their Tailgate Tower (9 Sliders, Full Slab of Ribs and Basket of Fries) and College Cans for $3. 

AJ Hudson’s Public House

3801 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60613

Check out this laid-back tavern with TVs on almost every wall, yummy sandwiches and eats, as well as a pretty dope beer selection. Bonus: their sports schedule is updated from now until May of next year!

Kasey’s Tavern

701 S Dearborn St Chicago, IL 60605

Why not watch college football at Chicago’s second oldest tavern and bar? Kasey’s Tavern has unique beers from all over the globe and over 10 large screen HD TVs to watch every major sports package. A little history and pigskin = the perfect Saturday. 

Fatpour Tap Works

2005 W Division St Chicago, IL 60622

Wicker Park! Tackle some seriously good eats and watch your college alumni dominate at Fatpour. This college football bar in Chicago is proud to be the home of the Michigan Wolverines (sorry State fans). Go blue, and enjoy your bucket deal! For game day reservations, email: info@fatpourchicago.com

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