Super Bowl Sunday: Where to Eat Your Feelings

Whether you’re a Patriots or Seahawks fan (or, like me, a Super Bowl commercials devotee and avid Katy Perry follower), the truth is you’ve got to eat. The question is, where? You don’t want to sit at home and watch because you’d like a really big screen and the excitement of a crowd. These restaurants have everything you need on Sunday, Feb. 1 for a Super Bowl binge-watch: widescreen, HDTVs; good game-day grub and copious amounts of adult beverages. Word to the wise: call an Uber.

Bat 17 

Grab a bucket of Sriracha Wings, some sliders, an order of Pigskins (potato skins stuffed with pulled pork and cheddar cheese) and a yard of beer and you are set for the game. Sit on either side—the restaurant or the expansion bar—and cheer on your favorite team along with all the East Coast Northwestern kids cheering on the Pats. Another plus: all-day Bloody Mary bar to keep the game interesting. 1709 Benson Ave., Evanston, 847-733-7117

Bub City

Beer, bourbon and BBQ are a go-to when it comes to football viewing. At this River North hotspot, you’ll find 16 flat-screen TVs streaming the big game, along with $20 buckets of Miller Lite. 435 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312-610-4200

Bull & Bear 

Join the crowd for “Not Just Any Given Sunday,” filled with game-day specials: $5 “Thirst and Goal” drafts, $7 22-oz. Effen Vodka cocktails and $15 Bud Buckets. Add some turkey chili tacos and skirt steak quesadilla bites and it’s your own personal Tablegate! 431 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-527-5973

Howells & Hood 

Aside from the “largest draft beer selection in Chicago,” you can also check out their “Super Chili Bowl II” featuring guest chilis from the chefs of Oak + Char, DMK, The Radler, Tête Charcuterie and Tanta. The chili flight is $16 per person and available from 3 p.m. on. 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-262-5310


Hang out in the West Loop with all the cool kids. They’ve got an enormous 10-foot screen, and the Buckets of Beer ($20) come with an order of their delicious wings. 1516 E. Harper Court, Chicago, 773-493-9333​

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

This full-service restaurant and brewery will start dinner service at 3 p.m. Sunday, offering $5 Imperial pints of their Pale Ale and Cali Common beers. Look for specials like Smoked Chicken Wings and a Gameday Poutine with smoked brisket chili and beer-cheese fondue. Nom nom. 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, 224-999-7320


State and Lake Chicago Tavern 

The first-floor restaurant/tavern at the Wit Hotel will be featuring $20 Craft Can Buckets (you pick the cans!) and $16 Fried Chicken & Biscuit Buckets, along with their killer bar menu (deviled eggs! poutine! Cheddar-scallion soft pretzel!) and deep, deep cocktail offerings. The TVs here are inescapable; perfect for Super Bowl viewing. 201 N. State St., Chicago, 312-239-9502

Stella Barra Pizzeria 

Game Day Sunday is fueled here by $5 craft-beer drafts, artisan potato chips with Calabrian blue cheese-parmesan dip, and lots and lots of pizza. Wear your team jersey after 5 p.m. and receive a $25 gift card for a future visit. The game will be playing on the big bar TVs. 1954 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 773-634-4101

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