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Where to Watch March Madness on Chicago’s North Shore

It’s that time of year again, when the best college basketball teams in the country compete for one exciting, unpredictable month. Whether or not your team made the cut, you’ll probably be watching, so you’re in need of a place filled with good food and big screen TVs, plus enough room for all of your fellow fans, where you can catch all the action. Fortunately, these restaurants and bars on Chicago’s North Shore will keep the good times rolling even after your bracket gets busted.

 

Buffalo Wild Wings
1018 Willow Road, Northbrook; 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie; 7020 Carpenter Road, Skokie
What’s better than a full day of basketball? A full day of basketball with your closest friends (and maybe a few new ones), wings, and beer. So grab your buddies and get ready for boneless or traditional wings in sauces like Bourbon Honey Mustard, Honey BBQ, Spicy Garlic, or, if you dare, Blazin’. Then pair your wings with potato wedges, cheddar cheese curds, roasted garlic mushrooms, or fried pickles.

Buffalo Wild Wings

 

The Curragh Irish Pub & Restaurant
1800 Tower Road, Glenview; 8266 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
Cheer on your favorite team over traditional Irish favorites like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and more. Plus, with games scheduled for March 16-17, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the same time during The Curragh Glenview’s Ultimate Block Party featuring Irish dancers, bagpipers, and live music.

Curragh Irish Pub

 

The Claim Company
2000 Northbrook Court, Northbrook
March Madness and Motherlode Burgers — what else do you need? Create your own burger at this Northbrook Court restaurant by starting with a beef, turkey, chicken, ahi tuna steak, Portobello mushroom, or veggie burger. (Up for a challenge? Eat the entire 3.5-pound burger plus chips in 45 minutes and you’ll be added to the Wall of Fame.) You can even create your own salad or opt for a sizzling fajita.

Claim Company

 

D’Agostino’s Pizzeria
2350 Lehigh Ave., Glenview; 241 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
You can of course have D’Agostinos’ pizza delivered as you watch game after game at home. But wouldn’t you rather watch on one of the pizzeria’s widescreen plasma TVs, surrounded by a bar featuring domestic and imported beers, wine, and martinis? That’s what you’ll get at the “Pub” in both Glenview and Wheeling.

D'Agostino's

 

World of Beer
1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston
World of Beer in Evanston invites you to Join the Madness with specials being offered during every game, and with twenty TVs in the restaurant you won’t miss a second. With 50 beers on tap and over 500 varieties overall, you’re sure to find a new favorite. Be sure to also peruse the extensive menu that includes German pretzels, tater tot poutine, sliders and much more.

World of Beer

 

Grandpa’s Place
1868 Prairie Ave., Glenview
Looking for a more old-fashioned establishment filled with “warmth, character, [and] friendliness”? Then head out to Grandpa’s Place, where you can dine on items like the Pot Roast Dinner, Mushroom Swiss Burger, Pub Chili, and Reuben sandwich in the bar area or in the back room filled with comfortable couches and a fireplace. Or, if the weather’s nice, take a break from the action on the patio or terrace.

Grandpa's Place

 

Granite City Food & Brewery
992 Willow Road, Northbrook
Watch the game in the same place your beer has been brewed. Choose from signature beers like Prairie Vixen (Hefeweizen), The Duke (Pale Ale), and The Northern (American Lager) — a variety of flights, including Build Your Own, will let you try a few — or pick the seasonal brew. And don’t forget about the food! This large menu features everything from Maple Pepper Bacon & Tomato Flatbread and the “Big Show Burger (topped with pulled pork and crispy onion strings) to Bone-In Ribeye and Jumbo Sea Scallops.

Granite City

 

Tap House Grill
1090 S Milwaukee Ave Wheeling, IL 60090
In the mood for crispy fried pickles, two-handed sandwiches and delicious burgers? Find all that and more, including a wide drink menu that features over 50 brews on tap, at Tap House Grill in Wheeling. Want in on the action? From March 15 to April 2 Tap House Grill is hosting Hoops, Hops & Wings Madness, an online bracket contest. The grand prize winner will walk away with a trip for two to Boston and a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery.

Tap House Grill

  

Watching at Home?

Temperance Beer
2000 Dempster St., Evanston
Impress your guests by bringing home beer from Temperance to enjoy during the game. 64-ounce growlers and 32-ounce howlers are available at the brewery’s tap room, where current brews on tap include Gatecrasher IPA, Smittytown Amber/ESB, Root Down Porter, and Restless Years Pale.

Temperance Brewery

This entry was posted in Dining, Sports, and tagged Chicago North Shore Restaurants, Chicago North Shore, Chicago's North Shore, Evanston Restaurants, Glenview, North Shore Chicago, Northbrook, Skokie, The Glen Town Center, Westfield Old Orchard, Wheeling, on March 5, 2018.

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