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.
Fred’s Garage 574 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka Once used as a serving station, Fred’s Garage offers delicious “elevated American classics” in a unique setting with two working garage doors, reclaimed wood and banquettes with car bench seating. Enjoy classic game day fare such as the cheese curds, wings and burgers or try something a little different like the Honey Pokey, New Orleans Shrimp (with creole style BBQ sauce) or the Tequila Tacos. Try one of the specialty drinks while you’re there, including the Tune Up made with Plantation Pineapple Rum, pineapple OJ, lime, coconut creme and nutmeg.
Fred's Garage, Winnetka
Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap 1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview Is there anything better than BBQ, Beer and Basketball? Find out for yourself at Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap where the BBQ Baby Back Ribs reign supreme. Not into ribs? Johnny’s has an extensive menu including sandwiches, burgers, chicken, salads and more. Be sure to try the Tiramisu Martini made with Absolut Vanilla, Godiva Original Chocolate Liqueur, Myers’ rum and a splash of RumChata.
Johnny's Kitchen & Tap, Glenview
Pinstripes 1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook Come for the basketball, stay for the bowling, bocce and food. With a large menu that includes numerous gluten free options, there’s something for everyone at Pinstripes. Watch the game with friends, or bring the whole family and enjoy a few rounds of bowling or bocce before or after the game.
Tap House Grill 1090 S Milwaukee Ave Wheeling 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.
Tap House Grill, Wheeling
Village Inn Pizza 8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie With over 50 HD large flat screen TVs, you’re sure to have a great view of whichever team your rooting for at Village Inn. Snack on one of the specialty pizzas like Buffalo Pizza with wing sauce, chicken and mozzarella or create your own masterpiece to enjoy during the game. Wash it all down with one of the numerous beers on tap.
Village Inn Pizza, Skokie
World of Beer 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston With 20 TVs at this restaurant, you won’t miss a second of the action. And with 50 beers on tap and over 500 varieties overall, you’re sure to find a new favorite drink. The extensive menu also includes German pretzels, tater tot poutine, sliders and much more.