The Stanley Cup Final heads for a crucial Game 5 at the United Center on Saturday. Here are some pregame and game-time dining options near the UC, for those with and without tickets.
Twisted Spoke. If you want to ditch the sports-bar crowd, try this funky hangout, with excellent burgers and enough TVs that you won't miss anything. 501 N. Ogden Ave., 312-666-1500.
BellyQ. Hockey fanatics will want to eat Bill Kim's Korean-inspired food early, then move on to a sports bar or the UC. 1400 W. Randolph St., 312-563-1010.
Market Bar Chicago. This UC-area sports bar will be rocking Saturday night. Consider arriving in the late afternoon. The menu is more ambitious, more impressive, than you'd expect. 1113 W. Randolph St., 312-929-4787.
Little Goat. Another eat-here/watch-elsewhere option. The advantage to Little Goat is that you can dine here extra early (food is served all day) and still get to your favorite sports bar in time to claim a seat. And late-night hours make this a useful postgame destination too. 820 W. Randolph St., 312-888-3455.
Carmichael's Chicago Steak House. Big enough for a crowd, with an array of serious steaks. Catch the game on the bar TVs, or you lucky ticket-holders can take the complimentary shuttle. 1052 W. Monroe St., 312-433-0025.
Park Tavern. Not to be confused with Park Grill, the Millennium Park restaurant, this Roger Greenfield concept has locations in Rosemont (in MB Financial Park) and on the West Side, just a few blocks southeast of the UC. Free shuttle service if you've got tickets; otherwise, gather close to one of the two dozen TVs. 1645 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-243-4276.
Hawkeye's Bar & Grill. You'll be surrounded by Hawks fans in this pub-menu bar. Got tickets? Hawkeye's has a $5 UC shuttle. 1458 W. Taylor St., 312-226-3951.
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