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10 top spots to spend Super Bowl Sunday in Chicagoland


The New Orleans Saints take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7. You could stay home and watch it on your dinky TV, but then you’d have to fix your own food and drinks. Here are some great alternatives around Chicago and the suburbs.

  1. Murphy’s Bleachers Super Bowl Pig Roast, Wrigleyville, 4–10 p.m. $50.

    Roast pig, buffet of tailgate favorites and beer and cocktails. Reservations suggested.

  2. Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort Super Fish Bowl Party, Lakeview, no cover; optional $30 food and drink package from 5 p.m.

    The 32-oz super fishbowl cocktails, $10, include the New Orleans Saints-inspired “Hurricane” (Bacardi Superior Rum, Myers Dark Rum, passion fruit juice, orange juice, grenadine) and the Indianapolis Colts-inspired “Blue Horseshoe” (Absolut Mango, Blue Curacao, lemonade, 7 Up).

  3. Brasserie Jo Super Bowl with a French Twist, River North, no cover.

    Watch the Super Bowl with a French twist on the big-screen TV in Brasserie Jo’s bar and enjoy a $14.95, three-course Super Bowl meal featuring gruyere-topped onion soup gratinee, a French-style hot dog, served with pommes frites and Dijon mustard, and chocolate mousse. Super Bowl watchers can also order selections from Bar Jo’s newly enhanced beer menu.

  4. Cityscape Bar Free Half-Time Buffet, River North, no cover.

    Complimentary half-time appetizer buffet includes wings, poppers and hot dogs. Domestic bottled beers and house wines are $4 all day or try a “Football Flight” of three 4-ounce beers for $6, with a choice of Samuel Adams, Guinness, Fat Tire, Hacker Pschorr, Smithwick Ale and Samuel Adams Seasonal Ale.

  5. Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen Super Bowl Wing Fest, Crystal Lake, no cover.

    Order 35-cent wings all day.

  6. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Chicken Wings and Beer Blast, River North, 11 a.m.–2 a.m., no cover.

    Buffalo-style or honey chipotle chicken wings are just 25 cents a piece and all tap beers are $10 a pitcher all day, including Chicago Gold, Brown Bear Brown and Terminal Stout.

  7. Durty Nellie’s $10 Halftime All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, Palatine, 3 p.m., no cover.

    Watch the game on 14 big-screen TVs and a 16-by-19-foot high-definition TV, and then enjoy the big buffet at half-time. Reservations encouraged.

Not a football fan? Here are a few other things to do this Sunday:

  • Marriott Theatre ‘My Fair Lady,’ Lincolnshire, 1 p.m. or 5 p.m., $45.

    Instead of football, watch Marriott’s critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady.” Wear NFL paraphernalia to the performance and drop by the box office a half hour before showtime to get two free tickets to the Chicagoland premiere of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” opening April 28.

  • Drury Lane ‘Funny Girl,’ Oakbrook Terrace, 2 p.m. ($38) and 6 p.m. ($36); Sunday buffet brunch, 10:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. ($25.95).

    In lieu of watching the NFL mayhem hear great music with “Funny Girl” and/or fill up at Drury Lane’s famous brunch. Reservations required.

  • Geja’s Cafe Fondue over Football Alternative, Lincoln Park, 4:30–9:30 p.m.

    Buy one “Premiere” fondue dinner and get a second dinner of equal or lesser value free. Flamenco and classical guitarists provide live music.