A Game Day Dining Guide to Football Season in Chicagoland

Labor Day signals the shift to fall in the midwest and the start of cooler weather, colorful foliage, pumpkin spice everything, and most importantly, football season. Show your team pride and take advantage of the game day deals, tailgate food, and NFL and college football watch parties throughout the city and suburbs.

Perfect for fans tuning in from home, Bartoli’s Pizzeria in Roscoe Village and West Town offers a “Game Day Deal” all season long. Available for pickup or delivery on game days only, the $40.99 package includes an 18-inch thin crust pizza with one topping, 16 piece wings (buffalo or vesuvio) and two one-liter bottles of soda. Mention the deal when ordering by phone or at www.bartolispizzeria.com.

A perfect pairing for our own Chicago Bears games, WhirlyBall in Chicago, Naperville and Vernon Hills offers over 24 crafts beers on tap, a rooftop terrace with fire pits and ample space to catch all the action, plus games during half-time and time outs. Guests can explore custom craft beer flights of four 5-ounce beer selections for only $7 featuring local and regional brewers like 3 Floyds Brewing Co.’s Gumballhead and Alpha King, 18th Street Brewery’s Candi Crushable, Pipeworks’ Blood of the Unicorn and Close Encounter, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.’s Pseudo Sue and more.

Whether or not you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan, The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville will have you cheering them on for a good cause. On Vikings game days, participate in a raffle in which all proceeds are donated to Graystone’s charity of the month along with half of the proceeds from a Vikings-themed cocktail menu. For September, the charity will be Lakeview Pantry. Other specials include a $5 Skol Bomb, $5 Surly Furious drafts and a $12 Juicy Lucy.

For an all around great sports bar, The Rambler Kitchen + Tap in North Center will broadcast all Iowa State, Chicago Bears and Georgia Tech games this football season with the sound on. For guests’ sports viewing pleasure, there are 24 big screen TVs throughout the bar as well as a spacious and heated enclosed beer garden complete with a bar. Guests are welcome to reserve tables by emailing [email protected].