Are you ready for some football? Instead of watching at home this year, head out for these fun fan meet ups at 10 Chicago hot spots. From a prime Puppy Bowl viewing party to renting your own executive suite, these ideas are all real winners.
Chicago Sports Museum: The Bears may not be in the game this year, but you can relive the 1985 dynasty with champion linebacker Otis Wilson at this charity event that supports his 55Alive after-school program. For $55, you can watch all the game day action and receive two beer tickets, a full buffet and access to the exhibits in the museum profiling Chicago sports greats, including a new Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit. Tickets: $55. 3:30-11 pm, 835 N. Michigan Ave.
Hooters: Not only can you enjoy Hooters’ famous wings on the biggest game day of the year, but you could also walk away a winner of a brand-new, 55-inch HDTV. Every location, including Chicago and suburbs, is raffling off a TV at half time. Free to attend. 6-9 pm, various locations
10pin: You can really get into the game at 10pin where Super-“bowl” takes on another meaning. Watch the big game on nine-foot screens while enjoying rounds of bowling with friends, as well as wings and beer. Individual and group lanes can be reserved in advance. Tickets: $35 for individuals and $180-$200 for groups up to 8 people. 10 am-10 pm, 330 N. State St.
360 Chicago: The views of the game will be great from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center. Two giant 80-inch screens will be playing the game all night, and you can enjoy a full bar with food. Plus, enjoy riding TILT, during the commercial breaks. Ticket price includes general admission to 360 Chicago Observation Deck, access to the exclusive Super Bowl viewing area, unlimited rides on TILT and one beer, wine, specialty cocktail or non-alcoholic beverage of your choice from a select menu. Tickets: $20. 4-10 pm, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
Smoke Daddy: If you’re one of the many that watches the game simply for the great feast, head to this Wicker Park smokehouse. For $20, you’ll get an all-you-can-eat pig roast buffet and a build-your-own chili bar. The price also includes one Lagunitas pint. Tickets: $20. 4-9 pm, 1804 W. Division St.
Bounce Chicago: The bar meets sports club gets creative with their offerings for Super Bowl Sunday. In addition to 29 flat-screen HDTVs playing the game, you can nosh on wings with unique flavors including hot Cheeto, spicy Koreatown and maple bacon, as well as fried mac and cheese bars and brisket skins with bacon, cheddar, crème fraiche and scallion. The venue’s house-made, banana-infused Jameson is also part of the game plan as are DJs that will keep the party going all night. Free to attend. 11 am-2 am, 324 W. Chicago Ave.
Commonwealth Tavern: The Roscoe Village spot offers a “table-gate” package on Sunday; for $50, you can get a massive spread that includes a dozen wings, nachos, cheese curds, soft pretzels and a bucket of Miller Lite and Coors Light bottles. From open to close, Commonwealth will also offer brunch cocktails including a $3 "Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar" with various fruits and juices and a $6 "Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar" stacked with hot sauces, veggies, meats and more. Free to attend. 10 am-2 am, 2000 W. Roscoe St.
The Talbott: Have your own executive suite to watch the game in at the Talbott hotel. Reserve one of the three conference rooms with a big-screen TV, lessons on sabering Champagne and Scotch tastings with hand-rolled cigars. Two food packages are also available with a nacho bar, a veggie platter and Chicago dogs or another with sliders, wings, hot dogs and a taco bar. For more info and reservations, guests can contact Lynsey Ruck at email@example.com.
Emporium: If foosball is more your speed, head over to this arcade bar for a little friendly competition. Sign up for beginner doubles, open draw your partner tournament, singles tournaments—all skill levels are welcome. Here’s how it works: The beginner doubles games ($5 entry fee) are at 3:30 pm; 5 pm is the open "draw your partner" games ($10 entry fee) and at 6:30 pm it’s the open singles tournament with free entry. The bar adds money to each of the events, so you can really add it up. 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Park and Field: Let’s be real, the Puppy Bowl is the real star of Superbowl Sunday. Come to this special viewing party where you can cheer on Stripe, the official pup of "One Tail at A Time" adoption center who is competing this year. Free to attend. 12-3 pm, 3509 W. Fullerton Ave.