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River North sports bars

Catch the big game at one of these 7 sports-centric hangouts in Chicago's River North and Streeterville neighborhoods

August 1, 2013

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Municipal Bar & Dining Co.
216 W. Ohio St. 312-951-2125
This sports bar newcomer is totally Chicago-centric, so it's no surprise that the city's teams take center stage on the 35 TVs. Fuel up with gameday specials and shareable bar snacks such as sliders, flatbreads and sandwiches.

Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St. 312-527-5973
Table-top taps keep the beer flowing at this sports bar and restaurant, which also has a cocktail list and full lunch, dinner and brunch menus. Tufted booths and a sleek bar up the cool factor, as do the athletes and celebs who sometimes are spotted hanging out after a game.

Theory
9 W. Hubbard St. 312-644-0004
Theory is all sports, all the time, but with the polished crowd you'd expect from Hubbard Street hotspots. Take in the game at the newly added back bar, or turn your attention to any of the 25-plus TVs that seem to line every wall.

Public House
400 N. State St. 312-265-1240
This craft beer-centric sports bar added brunch service and patio seating along Kinzie Street this year, but its signatures remain the rotating beer selection and elevated snacks such as bowls of mussels and build-your-own mac 'n' cheese.

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
41 E. Superior St. 312-266-0400
This casual neighborhood hangout comes alive for big games, when fans pack the tavern in search of some of the 36 on-tap beers, rotating cocktails, daily drink specials and the award-winning hot wings.

Fado
100 W. Grand Ave. 312-836-0066
Soccer fans never feel left out at this Irish pub, where English Premier League games and rugby matches see just as much love as hometown football and hockey. International and local craft beer, plus live music on the weekends, keeps the energy high.

Timothy O'Toole's
622 N. Fairbanks Court 312-642-0700
This Streeterville favorite remodeled its bar in April and upgraded the dining room, freshening up a favorite football-watching spot that also boasts a selection of draft, canned and bottled craft beers.