Game Day Grub Guide

Here’s a look at concierges’ top spots to watch, eat, and drink all season long.

Smoke Daddy

Kristina Petrie, Concierge, Corporate Concierge Services

A neighborhood favorite in Ukrainian Village, The Anthem has walls of TVs and huge projector screens so you are sure to have an excellent view of the games. Order up the chicken tenders (they are huge) and one of their burgers, and you are set for a full day of football viewing action. #ChicagoInsiders tip? They also have a delicious Bloody Mary you’d be remiss not to try.

Eric Loughlin, Concierge, theWit

As a Western New York native, I will admit that I’m very picky about chicken wings, as you might expect, so for me when it’s game time I’ll trek on over to Mother Hubbard’s. A no-frills dive bar in River North, the atmosphere is perfect for football. Beer prices are quite reasonable for the area, and the hot wings are deep fried and loaded with Frank’s Red Hot (AKA the only hot sauce you should be using on wings).

Kyle Francsis, Concierge, Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Ditka’s on Chestnut. Why? Because you have got to watch Da Bears at Da Coach’s Restaurant. The bar has tired seating so you can see the four massive TVs in the bar with no obstructions. The “Fridge” Burger is my go-to and the Bloody Mike (Bloody Mary) comes with an Iron Mike beer chaser (their signature beer). Bloodies not your thing? Then opt for a pint of the Iron Mike with your burger.

Mat Chapman, Concierge, JW Marriott Chicago

Smoke Daddy is a favorite of mine. They have lots of screens (essential for fantasy football action) and one of the best darn Bloody Mary’s around. Added bonus? It comes with a brisket garnish! Food-wise, they have all of the barbecue basics covered and their side dishes are equally as stellar.

Susan Strange, Concierge, Fairmont Chicago

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub is a subterranean Streeterville sports pub offering a variety of ways to cheer on Chicago’s beloved Bears. Get your game on by visiting the bloody Mary bar, mimosa bar, or choosing from 48 brews on tap. You will be able to see a TV screen in any direction you look, and their extensive menu goes way beyond typical bar food.

Shannon Boland, Chef Concierge, LondonHouse Chicago

For a low-key post up experience, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap in the Gold Coast is a gem. Offering a stellar and extensive beer selection this local favorite also serves great bar food. While they are known for their wings—whose flavors range from classic Buffalo to PB&J—their barbecue platters and brick oven pizzas won’t disappoint.

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