Party Earth Review Mere steps from Wrigley Field and consisting of thirty thousand square feet of drinking and music, The Cubby Bear is a monolithic sports bar dedicated to Cubs fanaticism and live performances ranging from reggae to Grateful... ... read full review
1059 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Red Line: Addison; Brown Line: Southport
Winter: M–Th 4pm–2am, F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am
Summer: M–F, Su 11am–2am or 10am–2am on game days, Sa 11am–3am or 9am–3am on game days
WRIGLEYVILLE, CHICAGO –
Mere steps from Wrigley Field and consisting of thirty thousand square feet of drinking and music, The Cubby Bear is a monolithic sports bar dedicated to Cubs fanaticism and live performances ranging from reggae to Grateful Dead tribute bands.
Six long bars spread over two floors and more than seventy TVs invite pre-gamers to chill before the first pitch and then stay for the game, but at the end of the ninth, the acres of metal stools and tables in the otherwise sparse main hall get kicked aside to make room for a dance floor. Live acts or DJs typically pack the house on Friday and Saturday nights, while salsa dancing brings in a more international crowd on Sundays.
Although a smaller back room usually offers a slightly less rowdy atmosphere where college students dig into greasy bar food and young singles flirt over PBR tallboys, there’s no hiding on the universally crazy game days when hardcore Cubs fans celebrate/grieve in perfect excess, party girls dance in the middle of the room, and festive couples make out in the corner.
For a night of wild debauchery, dancing, live music – and sometimes all three – The Cubby Bear is a sure bet for sports fans and dedicated bar crawlers looking to party.
Hardcore Cubs fans, fraternity and sorority types, sports fanatics, college kids, fans of the band, and young partiers, early 20s to late 30s.
Seventy-five flat-screen TVs and five projection screens tuned to sports. Various concerts throughout the week, from local alternative groups to bigger rock acts. Salsa on Sundays with lessons at 7pm and DJ afterwards. Check website for schedule.
Bar menu including hot dogs and chicken tenders. Various party packages available for private events.
Concert tickets usually $10 or less. Appetizers $5–$10, burgers and sandwiches $6–$11. Beer $5–$10, cocktails $6–$12.
Casual: sports attire, jerseys, jeans, and sneakers, with slightly more clubby attire for salsa and certain music nights.
Any game day, particularly on weekends, for a guaranteed wild scene – especially when the Cubs win – or for the crowded concerts on Fridays and Saturdays.
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