Big Ten College Sports Bars

Let’s face it, most of Chicagoans graduated from a Big 10 university and are damn proud of it. And why wouldn’t we be? We love the Midwest and we love our schools that live and breathe football. So if you can’t make it back to your alma mater for the big games due to that terrible thing called “real life,” spend your Saturdays at one of these Chicago bars that host alumni groups from Big 10 schools, and most importantly, play every game followed, most likely, by your school’s fight song. What’s better than that?


Illinois Illini Cuna
Durkin’s
Joe’s on Weed Street
The Pony
Rebel Bar & Grill
Schoolyard
Sedgwick’s
Theory
Witt’s Bar & Grill

Indiana Hoosiers Joe’s on Weed Street
Slugger’s
Kirkwood

Iowa Hawkeyes John Barleycorn – Wrigleyville
Merkle’s
Halsted Harp
Grand Central
Sopo
Kelly’s Pub
Four Shadows Tavern
Raven’s
Ravenswood Pub

Penn State Lions Gamekeepers
Flounder’s

Ohio State Buckeyes District Bar
Mickey’s
Casey Moran’s
Gaslight
McGee’s
Mystic Celt
Vaughan’s Pub
O’Donavan’s

Michigan Wolverines Duffy’s
Darkhorse
Matilda
Newport Bar & Grill
Moe’s Cantina

Michigan State Spartans Gannon’s Pub
Grand River Bar & Grill
John Barleycorn – Lincoln Park
Hi-Tops
Higgin’s Tavern
McFadden’s
Mullen’s Bar & Grill
O’Malley’s West
Side Street Saloon
Stretch Bar & Grill
Tin Lizzie

Minnesota Golden Gophers The Curse
Redmond’s

Nebraska Cornhuskers The Bird’s Nest
Beckett’s Public House
Kirkwood
McDunna’s

Northwestern Wildcats Kendalls
Lion Head Pub
Mullen’s on Clark
The Keg

Purdue Boilermakers Smoke Daddy
Clybar & Grille
Fireplace Inn
Waterhouse Tavern & Grill

Wisconsin Badgers Will’s Northwoods Inn
Lottie’s Pub
Redmond’s
Waterhouse
Kroll’s
The Spot
Cedar Hotel

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