“I’ve been putting myself out there,” I told my friend
“I’ve been going to dinner parties and museums, and I have only met gay guys,” I went on.
“That’s because straight men don’t want to comment on centerpieces. Single men go to concerts and sports bars,” she divulged.
“Oh, I don’t go to any of those,” I sighed.
Super Bowl 50 Details:
We’ve concluded that if your winter has been more Hulu and Isolation instead of Netflix and Chill, you should make plans to attend a Super Bowl party (which is this Sunday, February 7, 2016).
P.S. The Denver Bronco’s are playing the Carolina Panther’s in this year’s 50th (no Roman numerals this time) Super Bowl.
You can still go just for the Super Bowl commercials which are $5 million for a 30-second spot. You can also go for the Super Bowl Half-Time Show with Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce. Yes, Beyonce is back.
Kick-off is at 5:30 pm on CBS.
Where to Watch the Super Bowl:
Chicago is the best sports town. We turn into a college campus with pride and support for our Chicago sport’s teams.
Chicago Eater put together a comprehensive map of places throughout Chicago to watch the Super Bowl.
Below are a few options for the sport’s fan, the Chicago foodies, the rooftop lover, and your average meetup.
The True Sporting Experience:
Address: 622 N. Fairbanks Court
This is one of my favorite bars for holidays. People show up —a lot of people show up here for a good time. They get decked out for holidays like no other Chicago bar. I expect the Super Bowl 50 to be no exception.
Specials include:$4.50 Miller Lite/Coors Light Stadium Cups, Jameson Shots $6.50, O’Toole’s Vodka Cocktails $6, Panthers Shots – $5
Bonus: Super Bowl Squares and scratch cards to win prizes every quarter. Flat screen TV Giveaway.
Address: 435 N. Clark St.
Reservations recommended. 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
I love this place. It’s definitely a sport’s bar with a country flare. It’s trendy, it’s in a great location, and Bub City already has the 16 flat-screen TVs. I just hope you like Whiskey and southern food i.e. pulled pork nachos, Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, and hot, sticky, and sweet wings.
Show up for the game. Enjoy specials: $15 domestic buckets, $5 mimosa’s and bloody mary’s, Half-price bombs.
Bonus: Each shot you purchase gets you a raffle ticket to win a Bear’s jersey at the Super Bowl Halftime or at the end of the game.
Super Bowl Packages:
Address: 110 E Pearson St.
Tickets: $30 per person starting at 5:00 pm to the end of game
Bar Toma is excited to play host for the first time this year. With 22 big screen TVs and your bar food of wings, S’mores pizza, and more elevated by Chef Tony Mantuano’s, it’s going to be a good time.
Bonus: Stay till the end of the game and you could win four tickets to the Cubs Opening Day Game at Wrigley Field, and a cute ensemble to wear to game day. Double date, anyone?
Address: 22 W. Hubbard St.
Tickets: Pre-Party Charity Event: $10 or $20 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
If you’re more about the pre-party then the actual party, you are in luck. Rockit Bar and Grill is hosting a special Super Bowl 50 pre-party to benefit, Furever Rescue, a local animal rescue non-profit. Your ticket includes two free drinks and appetizers.
There are game-time party packages for parties, which range from $200-$400.
Address: 1638 West Belmont
Tickets: $40 per person from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will be the usual TVs, but each table also gets their very own flat-screen. Yes, this will be up-close and personal for you. Your ticket includes a pizza and wing buffet, domestic, import and craft pints, call liquors. Specials: $4 Jameson.
Bonus: Super Bowl Half-Time competition, where you can kick a field goal to win a $250 prize. The game will be broadcast on overhead plasma TVs and at tables that feature an individual flat-screen TV for viewing.
The Super Bowl + A View:
Address: 1816 N. Clark St.
I’ve always wanted to go here. It’s one of the classiest places in Chicago, and it’s not even downtown. Go up in the air for a Super Bowl tailgate atop Hotel Lincoln. Chef Paul Virant will be preparing: chili, patty melts, pork sandwiches, chili cheese fries, and sliders. Specials on Bud Light and Tecate buckets.
Address: 875 N. Michigan Avenue
Tickets (at the door): $20 per person starting at 5:00 pm
Don’t eat too much or drink too much if you’re going to the 94th-floor observatory of the John Hancock Center. Like Bar Toma, this is the first time the John Hancock is hosting a Super Bowl party. They will have two 80-inch TV’s.
It’s worth noting that this is a family event.
It’s also worth noting that there is seating for about 40 people, a Hancock spokeswoman said, but a lot more standing room available, reports DNAinfo.
Bonus: Specialty cocktails themed after the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are on the menu. We know you are classier than beer.
Extra Bonus: Anyone who shows up wearing an NFL jersey can ride Tilt for free!
I Need Something More Than The Super Bowl:
Address: 435 N. Michigan Avenue
Tickets: It’s free, but $16 chili-trio packages
You’re invited to eat something besides wings on Sunday. The Third Annual Chili Cook-Off Super Bowl Sunday will add tasting and voting on something other than who is going to win the game. Zed 451 and Chop Shop will be battling for the title of “Chili Master.”
Super Bowl Parties:
If going out in groups is more your style, there are a few Super Bowl parties to join:
The Chicago Adventures Meetup Group is organizing an event Super Bowl Party @ Trophy Room: $40 3.5 Hour Food Drink Package! 56 people have signed up thus far, so you’re sure to meet someone. Start time: 5:00 pm
The Chicago Loop Happy Hour Group is meeting up at Roanoke Club for the traditional Super Bowl food and drink specials including $3.00 beers and $5.00 wine. 13 people have signed up. Start time: 4:00 pm.
You don’t need to cook, just show up with team spirit. Let me know how your Super Bowl boy turns into your Valentine’s Day date. I’m rooting for you because I honestly don’t know who to root for in the Super Bowl.
P.S. Windy City Cosmo’s top pick is The John Hancock. Themed cocktails, a view, a new experience, and a socially relevant game all in one? Yes, please!
P.S.S. If you are single and want to mingle, Bub City might be the better option. It’s less family and more friendly.