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Chicago's Ultimate Super Bowl Guide

By Sarah Freeman
January 27, 2014

Are you ready for some football? Let us help you perfect those game-day eats with superior spreads prepared by restaurants around the city. Score a personal touchdown by letting Chicago Q cater your party with its sliced Kobe beef brisket or pick up a platter of house-cured charcuterie from Old Town Social. Tackle a plate of tacos from Takito Kitchen or catch the game at these bars offering game-day specials. The Super Bowl just got super delicious.

  • Gold Coast/Streeterville

    Chicago Q
    Let chef Lee Ann Whippen and her industrial-grade smoker do the work with one of her take-home barbecue packages. The Smoke House ($150) includes pulled pork and chicken, The Pitmaster ($200) features sliced Kobe brisket, and The Grand Champion ($225) includes St. Louis or babyback ribs with a choice of two pulled meats. Each comes with two sides and two sauces, honey butter cornbread and pickles.

    The Local
    Tailgate with the help of this all-American restaurant. Their take-out package ($45), designed to feed up to four people, features blue cheese fondue chips, beef sliders, jumbo chicken drummettes and lobster quesadillas. Or dine in on Dr. Pepper-barbecue babyback ribs at the American-flag-covered restaurant.

    Howells And Hood
    While the boys are battling it out on the field, chefs will be battling in the kitchen for a chili cook-off. Chef Scott Walton challenged six guest chefs to create a chili flight for $15. Guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite chili while watching the game at the Mag Mile bar.

  • Lincoln Park

    Barn & Co.
    Feed the whole family and then some with this take-home barbecue package for 12 filled with Texas sausage, beef brisket, smoked chicken and sides for $150. Alternatively, order any of the meaty offerings, from barbecue ribs to mac ‘n’ cheese, in a customizable take-away buffet priced per person.

    Macku
    Sushi for the Super Bowl? Sure, why not. Many of the appetizers, sashimi and maki options from the dine-in menus are available for carry-out and delivery, and so are entree platters for two, four or six people featuring a selection of sashimi and maki.

    Taco Joint
    Did someone say bottomless margaritas? The big game will be showing at this taco joint serving big drinks. Choose from all-you-can-eat tacos, margaritas and Mexican brews for $32. The deal is valid during game time only.

  • Old Town

    Old Town Social
    Show off with a tray of expertly sliced charcuterie, made in-house at this upscale sports bar. Select an assortment of finocchiona, toscano, mortadella, sopressata, coppa, bresaola and more. Cheeses and bar bites are also available for pick-up with 72-hour notice.

    Old Town Pour House
    Stock your party with mix-and-match starters and snacks available by the pound or piece. Options include a selection of staples from Cajun chicken firecracker rolls, crab fondue, mini lobster rolls and butterscotch bread pudding.

    The Refinery
    Tackle the big game at this new upscale restaurant and bar. An appetizer buffet will have sriracha wings, short-rib chili, buffalo fried shrimp and more for $25; wash it down with $20 Corona buckets.

  • River North

    Bub City
    In addition to an array of carry-out barbecue staples, two packages will be offered to-go. The Tailgate ($125), which serves six to eight, includes Texas dip, slow-smoked pork shoulder, baked beans, mac ’n’ cheese and coleslaw. The Truck Bed ($350) serves 13 to 15 and includes all that plus chili, chicken wings, pulled barbecue pork, fried chicken and corn off the cob.

    Eataly
    This may be a game of American football, but the Italian superstore is putting aside its differences to celebrate. La Birreria will have a multi-TV screening and full wall projector, in addition to La Carne's full rotisserie porchetta or porcini-rubbed prime rib and three pitchers of Peroni beer. The package is $48 a person and serves eight to 12.

    American Junkie
    Lacking a television? Don’t worry, this place has 22 HDTVs along with burger and beer-bucket specials.

  • West Town/West Loop

    Frontier
    Watch the pigskin in the company of pig's skin. Chef Brian Jupiter is preparing a selection of whole-smoked beasts to-go, including porchetta ($325, serves 20 to 25), Amish turkey ($75, serves 12 to 14), and boneless chicken stuffed with crawfish and cornbread stuffing ($35).

    Roots
    From fried calamari to their famous housemade mozzarella sticks, this Quad-cities-style pizza joint has all your cheese needs covered for the big game. Pizzas and starters are available for pick-up or delivery.

    Market
    You can enjoy the game at this West Loop sports bar with some of their killer food and drink specials or carryout with one of two packages. Select the Field Goal ($75) with 20 wings and ribs, two pizzas and two liters of soda or the Touchdown ($150) with double the food plus 20 mini Big Macs.

  • Wicker Park

    Takito Kitchen
    Whether or not your team wins the big game, you can win best Super Bowl spread with salsas, tacos, shared plates, sides and sweets available for carryout or delivery. The full à la carte menu is available, from lamb chorizo to Alaskan king crab tacos.

    Lillie’s Q
    Priced per pound, this smoke shop is the place to go for all of your meat needs. Choose from tri-tip, pulled chicken, smoked hot links, babyback ribs and an assortment of buns and sides like caramelized corn on the cob and baked beans, all available for pickup with 48-hours notice.

    The Monarch
    Skip the crowded sports bars and be welcomed with open arms - and lots of televisions - by this low-key alternative. For $65, enjoy unlimited gourmet popcorn and wings as well as an open bar.

  • Other Neighborhoods 

    Honey Butter Fried Chicken
    For the ultimate Super Bowl spread, turn to the fried chicken experts. For $200, they'll prepare 20 pieces of chicken, 2-ft.-long fried chicken subs, honey Buffalo wings, pasta salad, roasted sweet potatoes and chocolate toffee cookies.

    County
    Take a trip to this Little Italy barbecue haven and be rewarded with its full catering menu, from rib tips to burnt ends as well as a selection of sides. Leave the spread in the chef's hands with one of the barbecue packages priced per person. Try the Meat Lover’s Menu with brisket, pork burnt ends, rib tips and spare ribs along with a choice of three sides or the I Promise to Diet Tomorrow package with four dozen assorted mini-sandwiches, coleslaw, pickles and barbecue potato chips.

    Glazed & Infused
    For a sweet finish to the game, regardless of the final score, make sure the house is stacked with cream-filled football-shaped donuts. These chocolate-covered creations are available for pre-order via sales@goglazed.com.

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Places Mentioned

Macku Sushi

Sushi • Lincoln Park

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$46
 
 
 
Lillie's Q

Barbecue • Wicker Park

Food22 Decor18 Service19 Cost$27
 
 
 
Bub City

Barbecue • River North

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Taco Joint

Mexican • Lincoln Park

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost$20
 
 
 
Old Town Pour House

American • Old Town

Food14 Decor18 Service14 Cost$30
 
 
 
Old Town Social

American • Old Town

Food21 Decor19 Service16 Cost$32
 
 
 
The Monarch

American • Wicker Park

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
Howells & Hood

New American • Magnificent Mile

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
American Junkie

River North

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
 
 
 
The Refinery

New American • Old Town

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Roots Handmade Pizza

East Village

Food20 Decor19 Service19 Cost$19
 
 
 
Takito Kitchen

Mexican • Ukrainian Village

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Taco joint

Mexican • River North

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost$20
 
 
 
Eataly

Italian • River North

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