Sorry, Bears fan, this year's not about you.

Sorry, Bears fan, this year's not about you. (Barry Brecheisen/for RedEye / January 29, 2013)

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    Is it better to watch the Super Bowl at home or at a bar?

    • Party at home
    • Head to a bar

With the Bears' season just a fading memory, Sunday's Super Bowl represents little for Chicago fans beyond an excuse to party. A successful game day involves just the right ratio of plasma TVs to nachos to pints, making choice of venue of utmost importance.

So, is it better to watch the Super Bowl at home or at a bar?


Party at home

Ernest Wilkins erwilkins@tribune.com @ernestwilkins

You know what's really fun, cool and exciting? Watching the big game while getting a beer spilled on you, eating lukewarm guacamole, and listening to the soft whimpers of the guy next to you because he bet the farm on the coin toss being "tails." Like New Year's Eve and Halloween, the Super Bowl is a holiday best spent among people you actually like in the comforts of your own abode. You get to control the food, the atmosphere, and you can belt out your stirring version of "Bootylicious" right alongside Beyonce at halftime and no one can ask you to leave!

Head to a bar

Kate Bernot kbernot@tribune.com @kbernot

Last year, my G-Men made it to—and freakin' won—the Super Bowl. Desperate to make my Chicago friends care about this achievement, I volunteered to host a party. Big mistake. I spent the morning of the game baking homemade pretzels—time that I could have spent painting my face or devising clever anti-Patriots cheers ("Bahston Smells!" was kinda lame). Then, during the game itself, I had to tear myself from the TV to replenish the chips, find bottle openers and restock T.P. in the bathroom. Next time the Giants make it to the big game, y'all are meeting me at the bar.


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