Schoolyard Tavern & Grill

Schoolyard Tavern & Grill (Barry Brecheisen/for RedEye / August 31, 2007)

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ARIZONA
Finley Dunne's in Roscoe Village: $4 22-ounce Miller Lite and Miller High Life drafts, $5 Wildcat bombs (flavored vodka and Monster), $15 Tucson Trash Cans (32-ounce pitcher of vodka, rum,gin,  triple sec, sour mix, Sprite, blue curacoa and Monster), $5 Cardinal fireballs (Fireball, cranberry juice and bourbon)

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ARKANSAS
Wheel House in Lakeview

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BOSTON COLLEGE
Nick and Dimo's Tripoli Tap in Lincoln Park

BUTLER
Brownstone Tavern and Grill in North Center: $4 Miller Lite/Coors Light/Angry Orchard stadium cups, $5 bone-in wings, $5 mini-burgers, $5 Bacardi bombs
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville

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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Vines on Clark in Wrigleyville
The Trinity Bar in Lincoln Park: $4 16-ounce domestic drafts, $4 well drinks, $5 appetizers, $3 vodka lemonades, $3 mimosas and bloody marys

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COLORADO
Fireplace Inn in Old Town: $3 domestic bottles

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CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
Jaks Tap on the Near West Side

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DUKE UNIVERSITY
Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill in Lincoln Park: $18 Miller and Coors buckets and $2 mini-pulled pork sandwiches

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FLORIDA
Sully's House in Old Town: $15 domestic buckets, $10 Miller and Coors pitchers
The Temple Bar in Lakeview: $4 Magners Pints, $4 Green Line Pints, $4 Two Brothers Seasonal Pints, $15 Miller Lite/Coors Light Buckets, $1 KC wings (wings in bacon form)

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GEORGETOWN
Theory in River North

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GEORGIA TECH
Red Ivy in Wrigleyville

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ILLINOIS
Bird’s Nest in Lincoln Park
Durkin’s Tavern in Lincoln Park
D4 in the Gold Coast: $5 small plates (pulled pork quesadillas, reuben flatbread, buffalo wings, parmesan truffle fries and onion rings)
Flagship in Lakeview
High Noon Saloon in Wicker Park
Joe's Bar in Goose Island
Links Taproom in Wicker Park
Rebel Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville: $5 burgers, $6 32-ounce Bud Light stadium mugs, $4 Oskee Wow Wow Bombs (orange juice, orange rum and energy drink), $12 Bud Light buckets, $5 Fireball shots
Schoolyard Tavern & Grill in Lakeview: $4 Miller Lite/Coors light/Angry Orchard stadium cups, $4 Jameson shots, $4 Bacardi Bombs, $4 mini burgers

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INDIANA

American Junkie in River North: 75-cent wings (5 wing minimum), $1 junkie sliders (3 slider minimum), $7 nachos,  $16 domestic bucket of 5, $20 selected premium beer buckets
Flagship in Lakeview: $15 Miller/Coors buckets
Finley Dunne's in Roscoe Village
Joe's Bar in Goose Island
Kirkwood in Lincoln Park
Prost in Lincoln Park: Half-price appetizers, $5 bombs, $3 shots, $5 steins
Rockwood Place in Lakeview: $5 Bud Light stadium cups, $6 flatbread pizzas
Sluggers in Lakeview
Wheel House in Lakeview

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IOWA
Clover Sports & Leisure in West Town
Crossroads Public House
in Lincoln Park: $4 Fireballs shots, $3 Iowa or Syracuse shots(flavor change based on which team is playing), $7 32-ounce Bud Light loyalty mugs, $10 long Island Iced tea pitchers, and $20 100 ounce Supertubes of Bud light
Four Shadows in Lincoln Park
Frontier in West Town
Jack & Ginger's in Bucktown: $8 domestic pitchers
John Barleycorn Wrigleyville
Merkle's Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville: $4 22-ounce Miller/Coors drafts, $5 Bombs, $5 Fireball shots, $5 wing basket
Newport Bar & Grill in Lakeview: $4 22-ounce bud light draft, $5 Bacardi/Sky bombs and $5 Three Olives vodka drinks
Prost in Lincoln Park
Ravens in Lincoln Park
Theory in River North: $6 22-ounce Miller Lite & Coors Light drafts, $6 16-ounce Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy cans, $7 Jack Daniel's cocktails
Wells on Wells in Old Town
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IOWA STATE
Corcoran's in Old Town: $1.50 mini-cheeseburgers, $5 wings (8 pieces), $3.50 Miller Lite drafts, $15 buckets of Coors Light
Fizz Bar & Grill in Lakeview: $3 Bud Light, $4 312, $5 Ketel One cocktails and $3 shots of Fireball

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KANSAS
Crossing in Lincoln Park: $4 stadium cups Miller Lite, Coors Light, Boulevard, $5 Bacardi bombs
$6 nachos
Kincade's in Lincoln Park: $5 bloody marys & beermosas, $10 Miller Lite & Coors Light pitchers
Lotties Pub in Bucktown:  $5 22 ounce Coors or Miller Kansas Cups, $5 Kansas Whiskey, $8 Boulevard beers, $15 Party Platter with a 14-inch cheese pizza, bucket of wings and bucket of tots
Toons in Lakeview

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KENTUCKY
Blackfinn Ameripub in River North: $3 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts; $18 Bud, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra towers; $4 Shock Top drafts, $22 Shock Top towers; $9.99-$29.99 wing platters (for 10-50 wings); $9.99-$19.99 cheeseburger or pulled pork sliders (for 3-12)
The Pony
in Lakeview: $5 Pony Punch in a UK yard cup, $5 22-ounce Miller and Coors UK cups and a $15 Party Platter featuring 14-inch thin-crust cheese pizza, a plate of wings and tater tots

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LOUISVILLE
Finley Dunne's in Roscoe Village: $4 22-ounce Miller Lite and Miller High Life drafts, $5 Wildcat bombs (flavored vodka and Monster), $15 Tucson Trash Cans (32-ounce pitcher of vodka, rum,gin,  triple sec, sour mix, Sprite, blue curacoa and Monster), $5 Cardinal fireballs (Fireball, cranberry juice and bourbon)

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LSU
The Dark Horse in Wrigleyville
Standard in Wicker Park

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MARQUETTE
Cortland's Garage in Bucktown: $5 22-ounce Coors Light stadium cups
Division Ale House in Wicker Park: $5 housemade beer brats with a choice of side
Fado in River North: $4 Miller Lite drafts, $5 Green Line drafts, $6 fish & chips cup, $7 mini burgers & chips
Four Shadows in Lincoln Park
Frontier in West Town
Hidden Shamrock in Lincoln Park
Schoolyard Tavern & Grill in Lakeview: $4 Miller Lite/Coors light/Angry Orchard stadium cups, $4 Jameson shots, $4 Bacardi Bombs
Will’s Northwoods Inn

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MARYLAND
Fizz Bar and Grill in Lakeview: $3 Bud Light, $4 312, $5 Ketel One cocktails and $3 shots of Fireball

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MICHIGAN
Diag Bar & Grill in Lakeview: $4 Bud Light stadium cups, $4 Go Blue bombs (Smirnoff Orange and Red Bull); $5 select food items (chips and salsa, pretzel bites, boneless wings, cheeseburger sliders with fries and pulled pork sliders with fries)
Duffy’s in Lincoln Park: $8 32-ounce Bud or Bud Light mugs ($15 for any other draft)
John Barleycorn in Lincoln Park
LP Stadium in Lincoln Park: $5 22-ounce Coors Light stadium cups
Matilda in Lakeview
Moe’s Cantina River North
Moe’s Cantina Wrigleyville 
Newport Bar & Grill in Lakeview
Ravens in Lincoln Park
Rockit Bar & Grill in River North: $6 truffle tater tots, $8 Rockit Poppers, $9 chili mac, $10 loaded fries, $7 beers and cheese dip, $20 Heineken/Amstel buckets, $15 Bud/Bud Light buckets, $5 Bloody Marys, mimosas, Maker's Mark, mojitos and margaritas
Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville: Half-off pitchers, $15 select craft beer buckets, $5 Jameson shots, $15 Bud Light buckets, $6 truffle tater tots, $8 Rockit poppers, $9 chili mac, $10 loaded fries, $7 beer and cheese dip
West End on the West Side: $6 stadium cups

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MICHIGAN STATE

Blackfinn Ameripub in River North: $3 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts; $18 Bud, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra towers; $4 Shock Top drafts, $22 Shock Top towers; $9.99-$29.99 wing platters (for 10-50 wings); $9.99-$19.99 cheeseburger or pulled pork sliders (for 3-12)
Gamekeepers Tavern & Grill
 in Lincoln Park
Grand River in Lakeview: $4 22-ounce stadium cups, $4 Jim Beam and pickle back shots
Higgins' Tavern in Lakeview
John Barleycorn in Lincoln Park
McFadden's in the Gold Coast: $3 Coors Light, Millers Lite and Bud Light stadium cups
Michael Diversey’s in Lincoln Park: $5 23-ounce Bud Light drafts; $8 32-ounce Bud Light drafts; $4 Fireball shots
Moe's Cantina in River North
Moonshine in Wicker Park: $3.50 22-ounce Coors Light stadium cups, half-price burgers
Municipal Bar and Dining Co. in River North
Mystic Celt in Lakeview: $3.50 Miller Lite pints, $15 buckets of Coors Light, $1.50 mini-cheeseburgers, $5 wings (8 pieces)
Old Fifth in the West Loop
O'Malley's West in Lincoln Park
The Tin Lizzie in Lincoln Park: $10 32-ounce mugs of Miller Lite or Coors Light; $8 refills
The Stretch in Wrigleyville: $15 domestic buckets; $5 22-ounce Miller Lite drafts; $5 Sparty bombs (vodka, melon liqueur, apple liqueur and Red Bull)
Wicker Park Tavern in Wicker Park: $16 Coors Light bucket; $6 32-ounce Bud Light drafts

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MINNESOTA
Red Ivy in Wrigleyville: Half-price pizza, $3 Miller Lite drafts

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MISSISSIPPI STATE
Pitchfork Food & Saloon in Albany Park: $5 Fireball and $8 Bud Light pitchers

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MISSOURI
Derby in Lincoln Park: $5 food menu (fried ravioli, hummus, nachos, wings)
Sedgwick’s Bar & Grill in Lincoln Park:  $5 Bud Light drafts, $5 Tiger bombs (orange vodka, OJ,Red Bull) $6 cocktails, $18 buckets

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NEBRASKA
Divison Ale House in Wicker Park: $6 Elk Creek cocktails

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Gamekeepers Tavern & Grill in Lincoln Park: $9 domestic pitchers, $5 call drinks, $5 bombs

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NORTHWESTERN
Kendall’s in Lincoln Park
Kincade's Bar & Grill in Lincoln Park: $5 bloody marys & beermosas, $10 Miller Lite & Coors Light Pitchers
Timothy O'Toole's in Streeterville: $18 pitchers of Coors Light
Trader Todd’s in Lincoln Park
Yak-Zie's in Lincoln Park

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NOTRE DAME
Citizen in River North
D4
in the Gold Coast: $5 small plates (pulled pork quesadillas, reuben flatbread, buffalo wings, parmesan truffle fries and onion rings)
Halligan Bar in Lincoln Park
The Irish Oak in Wrigleyville
O'Malley's Liquor Kitchen in Wrigleyville
Racine Plumbing Bar & Grill in Lincoln Park
Wrightwood Tap in Lincoln Park

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OHIO STATE
O'Donovan's in Lakeview
Mahoney's Pub & Grille in West Town: $6 Guinness, $5 Jameson shots, $4 Miller draft. The bar raffles OSU gear
McGee’s in Lincoln Park: $5 Bud Light stadium cups, 64-person pop-a-shot tournament every night of the tournament; winner of the overall tournament gets a plasma TV
Streeter's Tavern in River North: $6 Guinness, $5 Jameson shots, $4 Miller drafts; raffles for OSU gear
Vaughan's Pub in Lakeview: $3 Miller Lite pints, $15 buckets of Coors Light, $5 small plates
Wheel House in Lakeview
Woodie's Flat in Old Town: $4 22-ounce stadium cups, $5 Buckeye Bombs (Smirnoff Orange, Red Bull and a splash of cranberry), $5 food menu (nachos and pretzels)

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OHIO UNIVERSITY
Vaughan's Pub in Lakeview: $3 Miller Lite pints, $15 buckets of Coors Light, $5 small plates

PENN STATE
A.J. Hudson's Public House in Lakeview

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PURDUE
Fireplace Inn in Old Town: $3 domestic bottles
Red Ivy in Lakeview
The Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park
Waterhouse in Lakeview: $12 Bud Light buckets

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ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY
Halsted Harp in Lincoln Park: $15 Coors Light and Miller Lite buckets

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SYRACUSE

Crossroads Public House in Lincoln Park: $4 Fireballs shots, $3 Syracuse shots, $7 32-ounce Bud Light loyalty mugs, $10 long Island Iced tea pitchers, and $20 100 ounce Supertubes of Bud light
The Beer Bistro North in Lincoln Park: $20 for a dozen sliders, $5 Orange Crush drinks (recipe changes weekly)
Gamekeepers Tavern & Grill in Lincoln Park: $9 domestic pitchers, $5 call drinks, $5 bombs

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TEXAS

Stanley's Kitchen & Tap in Lincoln Park

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TEXAS TECH
Kelsey's in Lincoln Park 

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VILLANOVA

Sedgwick's Bar and Grill in Lincoln Park:  $6 32-ounce Bud Light mugs, $5 Nova bombs (Absolut Berri Acai, Alize, Red Bull) and $18 Bud Light buckets

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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Hidden Shamrock in Lincoln Park

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VIRGINIA TECH
Crossroads Public House in Lakeview

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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON 
Gamekeepers Tavern & Grill in Lincoln Park: $9 domestic pitchers, $5 call drinks, $5 bombs

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WICHITA STATE
Durkin's Tavern in Lincoln Park: $5 22-ounce stadium cups

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WISCONSIN
Deuce's and The Diamond Club in Lakeview: $15 Miller Lite buckets, $20 Corona buckets, 50-cent wings
Fatpour
in Wicker Park: $4 Bud and Bud Light stadium cups, $5 vodka lemonades, $5 Wisconsin bombs (cherry vodka and Red Bull)
Kroll’s South Loop: $4 22-ounce Miller Lite stadium drafts, $4 Cuervo Black and Crown Maple shots, $5 Captain 100, Bacardi Oakhart or sweet tea vodka drinks
Lotties Pub in Bucktown:  $5 22 ounce Miller or Coors Wisconsin Cups, $6 Ale Asylum in Wisconsin G16Cups (brewed in Madison, WI), $15 Party Platter with a 14-inch cheese pizza, bucket of wings and bucket of tots
Redmond’s in Wrigleyville: 32-ounce Wisconsin mugs filled with Bud Light ($3), any other draft ($8), well drinks ($10), call drinks ($12) or premium drinks ($14); March 21 and 22 will do a $25 package including Bud Light drafts and your choice of brat, pulled pork or grilled cheese and fries from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stout Barrel House & Galley in River North: $5 brats, $5 cheese curd basket, $5 Southern Comfort Lime shots, $5 Jameson shots, $6 22-ounce Miller Light drafts and $8 22-ounce bloody marys
Sully's House in Old Town
Will’s Northwoods Inn: $8 32-ounce Miller Lite and Miller stadium cups with $6 refills

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XAVIER
Merkle's Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville: $4 22-ounce Miller/Coors drafts, $5 Bombs, $5 Fireball shots, $5 wing basket

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UNAFFILIATED BARS WITH NCAA SPECIALS

Bar 63
in Edgewater: $10 domestic buckets and $4 Fireball shots
Bellwether
in Streeterville: $4 Bud Light, Stella, Guinness and Coors Light, and $5 select craft beers
Benchmark
in Old Town: $10 for 5 mini-burgers with a side of fries or tots, $25 buckets of 16 oz Miller/Coors, $5 Jameson shots
Bull & Bear in River North: $10 burger with a Sam Adams, $12 salami sliders, $11 mini-Polish hot dogs, $10 create-your-own chili, $4 Sam Adams and Angry Orchard bottles, $8 mini-car bombs, $15 Sam Adams buckets
Cactus Bar & Grill in the Loop: $25 craft can buckets (mix and match Revolution Anti Hero IPA, Bottom Up wit, A Little Crazy Belgo-style pale ale, Two Brothers Sidekick extra pale ale, Outlaw IPA, $5 Fireball shots, $5 apps after 5 p.m.
Commonwealth in Roscoe Village: $6 Absolut cocktails, $20 Miller and Coors bottle buckets and $25 Revolution Brewing can buckets
Emerald Loop Bar & Grill in the Loop: $1.50 mini-cheeseburgers, $5 wings (8 pieces), $4 Miller Lite pints, $15 buckets of Coors Light, $4.75 beer of the month
Fame Bar in Ukrainian Village: $3 Hamms, $5 Svedka Citron
Franklin Tap in the Loop: $5 Revolution A Little Crazy drafts, $5 Yukon Jack Wicked Hot & Rumplemintz shots, $5 apps after 5pm
Frontier in Noble Square: $50 off suckling pigs (feeds 6-8), $10 fried chicken sandwich and beer, $4 Classic Miller Lite cans
Hawkeyes Bar & Grill in Little Italy: $8 Coors Light Pitchers & $13 Coors Light buckets
John Barleycorn in River North: $4 domestic bottles (Big Ten affiliated)
Lion Head Pub in Lincoln Park: $3.25 16-ounce Miller Lite
Lincoln Station in Lincoln Park (Big Ten affiliated)
Mac's American Pub in Wicker Park: $8 teriyaki, buffalo or grilled jerk chicken wings and $14 Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ ale pitchers
Monty Gaels Tavern and Grill in North Center: $15 Buckets of Miller Lite, $3 Coors Light Pints, $4.50 featured beer of the week
O'Leary's Public House in River North: $12 Miller Lite pitchers
Park Tavern in the West Loop: Half-price pizza; $10 Coors, Miller and Bud buckets; $4 well, $4 craft beer
The Point in River West: $5 Tullamore Dew and Fireball shot
Public House in River North: $10 nachos, $10 burger and fries with a bottle of Sam Adams, $35 barbecue platter (1/2 amish chicken, 1/2 slab ribs, pulled pork, sliced wagyu beef brisket, napa slaw, choice of fries), $12 cheesesteak, $6 22-ounce drafts of Sam Adams Boston lager, Angry Orchard hard cider, Bud Light, Goose Island 312  and Green Line; $4 Sam Adams seasonal bottles; $8 Full Court Press (housemade green tomato bloody mary mix with Absolut vodka)
Ranalli's in Lincoln Park: $3 Miller Lite/Coors Light pints, $5 wine on tap, $5 Bacardi bombs, $5 mini-burgers, $5 cheese curds
The Scout in the South Loop: $18 domestic buckets; $9 grilled cheese

Reporting by RedEye special contributor Samantha Nelson.

Bar owners and alumni groups: Don't see your bar included here? We'll be adding to this guide throughout the season. Contact RedEye nightlife reporter Kate Bernot for consideration.