With Jay Cutler's jersey clean and Marc Trestman's Bears looking good, tickets are only gonna get pricier.
Lucky for everyone, a new Soldier Field alternative has opened in River North. And like the Trestman regime, Blackfinn Ameripub boasts a high-octane playbook designed to meet all of your football viewing needs. (But with better hair.)
The playbook is loaded with a menu of 100 beers. We recommend starting with the latest brew from Solemn Oath, or the game-changing 9.5% ABV Pipeworks Unicorn Galaxy. Each can be imbibed in a flight, pint, or shareable growler.
Need a drinking game on gameday? Pro tip: Sip your growler when Cutler growls, your flight when Marshall flies down a sideline, or your pint for every punt Hustler gets to return.
Come halftime, refuel with a pulled pork quesadilla and jambalaya pasta, get your #1 cheerleader a parmesan-crusted swordfish, then reward the huddle with funnel cake fries covered in raspberry, chocolate, and caramel sauces.
Like all athletes, you'll need constant hydration. Take a knee at the central bar overlooking the lineup of taps and TVs for a chipotle smoke martini (Bacardi silver rum, St. Germaine, chipotle sour and pineapple juice). Or give in to the big play: Chi-Town Mules served on tap.
As for your endzone dance? That's why they have a dance floor.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 4 (out of 4)
Scene: Beer drinkers and heavy eaters at this sports bar with a dance floor
Subway: Brown Line to Merchandise Mart
Best bets: Beer mussels, Bourbon Street burger, 12-oz. New York strip steak
Nearby: Siena Tavern, Mercadito, Untitled