Who says watching the Panthers and the Broncos fight for the championship title and eating well need to be mutually exclusive? From a game day-chili competition to truffle tots and drinking games for a good cause, here are five can’t-miss ways to cheer on your team while indulging in great food on Super Bowl Sunday.
Executive chef Brett Neubauer faces off against chef Andrea Williams of Zed 451 and chef Emily Ghedotte of The Chop Shop in the friendly but fierce third annual Super Chili Bowl competition. Stop by during game time to try each chef’s chili ($12 for a flight of three), and cast your vote for your favorite—the winning chili will be announced at the end of the third quarter. Reservations recommended. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312-262-5310
From communal drinking games and passed appetizers to two complimentary beers per person, there are more than a few reasons to get excited for Rockit’s Super Bowl party, but best of all is the fact that proceeds from the event directly benefit Furever Rescue, a local animal rescue non-profit. The Furever Football festivities run from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., and are followed by game viewing. The restaurant is offering a variety of game-time party packages, which range in price and include items like Absolut bottles, nacho and hummus platters, wings, Rockit Pockits, truffle tots, and more. Buy tickets ($20 per person) for the benefit on nightout.com. 22 W. Hubbard St., 312-645-6000
Take in gorgeous views (in between plays, of course!) and plenty of game day-approved bites at this enclosed rooftop bar above the Hotel Lincoln. The menu features chef Paul Virant’s takes on tailgate food, such as chili, patty melts, pork sandwiches, chili cheese fries, and sliders, while beverage specials include exclusively priced Bud Light and Tecate buckets. 1816 N. Clark St., 312-254-4747
Lauded as one of the West Loop’s oldest bars, this old-school tavern promises not one but seven days of game-day festivities, and is a no-brainer if you seek a proper sports bar experience. The Super Bowl celebration kicks off on February 1 and runs through Super Bowl Sunday, and comes loaded with note-perfect bar fare like a chopped sirloin tavern burger and bison sliders with caramelized onions, as well as a deep selection of limited-release drafts such as Three Floyds Brewing’s Zombie Dust and Revolution’s Local Hero. 1133 W. Madison St. #1, 312-432-9107
Between its 16 flat-screen TVs, striking whiskey selections, and gut-busting, down-home eats, there’s little else to want for on Bowl Day at this Southern-inspired restaurant and country bar in River North. Settle in for prime football (or commercials, if sports just aren’t your thing) viewing and a wealth of Mile High pulled pork nachos, Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, and hot, sticky, and sweet wings between 10 a.m. and midnight. Reservations recommended. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200