As we enter the third week of the NFL season, the hype surrounding the Chicago Bears continues to grow, especially after an impressive win in San Francisco last weekend against what many consider one of the best teams in the league. Whether you’re from Chicago or not, it’s hard to escape the NFL buzz, especially when you live here in the heart of downtown Chicago. And if you’re like most who bleed blue and orange in the fall, you’ll want to take full advantage of the great game day atmosphere that so many local establishments offer each and every Sunday from now until the end of the season in January.
Although Soldier Field only seats around 61,000 fans, it’s nice to know that dozens of restaurants and bars all around downtown Chicago also make for a fun-filled atmosphere when kickoff time arrives. So, if you’re looking for some off the hottest places in the city to watch our beloved Bears go to battle, here’s our list of the Top Bears Bars of 2014:
The Scout – South Loop
If you can’t be at Soldier Field during a Bears game, the next best thing is to be just down the street right in the middle of all the action. In addition, The Scout opens at 9 a.m. for all Bears homes games, allowing for fans to get there early and enjoy the awesome atmosphere surrounding the entire neighborhood.
Howells and Hood – Streeterville
Situated in Chicago’s famed Tribune Tower, Howells & Hood is among the largest bars in all of downtown Chicago, which can only mean plenty of seating, a huge beer list, and some of the best bar food in town.
Bull & Bear –River North
You might be hard pressed to find a place with better game day specials than Bull & Bear, located at 431 N. Wells in River North. But in addition to all the food and drink specials, there will also be some great giveaways all season long, so if you plan to swing by for a game at any point during the season, getting to Bull & Bear early is strongly recommended.
Mike Ditka’s Restaurant—Gold Coast
Although the atmosphere here has more of a restaurant feel than a sports bar feel, the game day experience here is pretty cool. The walls are filled with photos and memorabilia from Da Coach’s career, both as a player and a coach, and they also serve up some pretty tasty game day specials as well.