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Chicago bar trivia nights: 6 to try

Now that the season of beer garden-hopping and margarita-fueled beach volleyball is long gone, it's time to recommit to the very important practice of drinking indoors. Your standard bar games—darts, pool, beer pong—require some amount of physical aptitude, however hampered by alcohol it may be. When you've tired of those, look to trusty trivia night to liven up your cold-weather nights out. Gather your recruits—your sports-obsessed friend, the pop culture princess at the office, you get the idea—and put your knowledge to good use to win cash, discounted tabs and bragging rights. We've got one bar for every night of the week (minus Saturday) here, plus more options online at

The Beetle Bar & Grill
2532 W. Chicago Ave. 773-384-0701
Time: 8-10:30 p.m.
Ten teams of up to six players compete at this Humboldt Park bar most weeks, vying for a $25 gift certificate or $15 or $10 off their bill. You'll be tested on multiple categories each night, including pop culture and geography, plus a picture round where you have to identify celebrities. Luckily the $3 Point Brewery lager pints and $4 Stoli vodka cocktails make drinking cheap even if you don't win a discount.
Sample question: Which state that starts with the letter "A" has the smallest population in the United States? (Alaska)
>>Find more Monday trivia nights

Rocks Lincoln Park
1301 W. Schubert Ave. 773-472-7738
Time: 8-10:30 p.m.
Rocks co-owner Tim Shepardson has been hosting trivia here for seven years, or as he said, "way before every place in the world started doing it." By 7 p.m. the bar is usually full with teams of all sizes snacking on $2 sliders while competing in six rounds spanning goofy themes such as "bad athlete cameos" and "name the STD from the symptoms." The first- and second-prize winners get a $50 or $25 gift card, respectively, and the third place team gets to choose the category for a round at next week's trivia.
Sample question: On the TV show "How I Met Your Mother," what was Robin Scherbatsky's stage name when she was a Canadian pop star? (Robin Sparkles)
>>Find more Tuesday trivia nights

2548 N. Southport Ave. 773-327-4900
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Even when there's a big game on, this Lincoln Park sports bar will make room for trivia fans, with teams of up to eight sharing $10 two-topping pizzas and competing in the upstairs lounge for the $150 first prize and $100 for second place. The bar's many TVs are put to good use playing YouTube clips or displaying logos that competitors have to identify based on weekly themes that have spanned everything from football to "Saved by the Bell." Third prize is a discount on your tab, so you have an incentive to order plenty of $3.50 drafts and $14 pitchers from Big Bay Brewing Company.
Sample question: What is the only word in the book "Green Eggs and Ham" that is more than one syllable? (Anywhere)
>>Find more Wednesday trivia nights 

Bucktown Pub
1658 W. Cortland St. 773-394-9898
Time: 8-10 p.m.
You'll face tough questions about music, history, science and other topics here. Make sure to read the newspaper, since the current events round is worth double points. Teams of up to eight players can compete, though your score takes a hit after six people. Fuel up on $10 cheese or pepperoni pizza and $3.50 Stella Artois or Trumer Pils as you compete for $100 and/or a bottle of liquor.
Sample question: Which of the three is not a type of mushroom: cremini, enokitake or sumiami? (Sumiami)
>>Find more Thursday trivia nights 

Merkle's Bar & Grill
3516 N. Clark St. 773-244-1025
The Wrigleyville sports bar uses its TVs to display questions about TV shows, sports and other topics, along with images that need to be identified during a picture round. Individuals and teams of up to six vie for gift certificates, bar tab discounts and other giveaways while taking advantage of $4 Jameson shots, $4 domestic drafts and $5 bombs.
Sample question: What famous expression does voice actor Mel Blanc have engraved on his gravestone? (That's all, folks.)

Give your brain a break. Trivia nights are rare on the busiest drinking day of the week. Bar owners: E-mail us at if you decide to start a Saturday trivia night!

New Line Tavern
201 N. Clinton St. 312-212-5463
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Snack on half-price appetizers and down a few $2.50 Miller Lite or Bud Light bottles while testing your knowledge of current events and categories ranging from college basketball to movies. There's also a picture round where you'll be tasked with identifying celebs and logos. Teams of up to eight can compete, though your score will be docked for more than six players. The top two teams win gift certificates or other prizes such as glassware or drinks.
Sample question: In 2011, Microsoft bought what Internet communications company for $8.5 billion? (Skype)
>>Find more Sunday trivia nights

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