Crossing

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Crossing Although a Jayhawks flag above the front door immediately announces Crossing's allegiance to the University of Kansas, the cavernous rooms within have space for fans of all colors looking to snag a spot in front of one of... Chicago United States 41.928418 -87.663539
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Crossing - Beer Garden | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Although a Jayhawks flag above the front door immediately announces Crossing’s allegiance to the University of Kansas, the cavernous rooms within have space for fans of all colors looking to snag a spot in front of one... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton; Brown, Purple Express Lines: Diversey

  • Phone:

    773-327-4900

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  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Crossing Review

The Scene

Although a Jayhawks flag above the front door immediately announces Crossing's allegiance to the University of Kansas, the cavernous rooms within have space for fans of all colors looking to snag a spot in front of one of...

Although a Jayhawks flag above the front door immediately announces Crossing’s allegiance to the University of Kansas, the cavernous rooms within have space for fans of all colors looking to snag a spot in front of one of the joint’s several dozen TVs.

A polished wooden bar decked out in bobble heads and booze is usually lined with regulars, while sleek and cozy red booths – some with their own flat-screens – set the place apart from the more beer-stained and sticky sports bars in the area.

On big game days, finance types and well-dressed sports lovers head to the 9x15-foot grouping of TVs in the back, as corporate get-togethers or older birthday groups take over the small mezzanine.

Warmer months draw the devoted, but rarely raucous, clientele into the backyard beer garden where they relax over a few pints, grab a quick lunch or dinner, or settle in to watch whatever’s on the bank of eight TVs.

For sporting events, especially Kansas basketball games, the bar starts filling up two hours before tip-off, and proud twenty- and thirty-something Kansas alumni make their presence known with a hearty “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!”

Despite the Kansas-heavy leanings, Crossing has enough TVs to ensure that fans of other schools have a good chance of finding at least one tuned to their game of choice.

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Tip from Lucas:

The beer garden closes at 11pm, which means that the big crowd outside spills into the bar. The staff starts holding the line at the front door as early as 9:30pm to prepare for the crush, so get there before then!

  • Crowd

    Former frat/sorority types, young professionals, and alumni of University of Kansas and Big 10, mid-20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nearly fifty TVs, including a 9x15 video wall. Ambient Top 40 music.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Pub grub menu including appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers served until 10pm, small selection of appetizers thereafter.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $8–$10, pizzas $14–$15, sandwiches and burgers $9–$16. Beer $4–$7, wine $8–$9, mixed drinks $10–$12. Party packages from $30/person.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: sports jerseys, jeans, t-shirts, business casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night there’s a Kansas basketball, Big 10, or Chicago team game. Friday and Saturday nights for a busy scene, especially in warmer months when the beer garden is open.

  • Close By

    Gaslight (2426 North Racine Avenue), a similar upscale sports bar and grill under the same management, leans toward Ohio State and offers quality pub grub.

Crossing User Reviews

Average rating:
Definitely a Sports Bar
Maria S. Feb 26, 2013
While this place can get really crowded, it is by no means an uncomfortable and overwhelming atmosphere. I came here for dinner and during a Blackhawks game. Service/food were pretty good, and with the amount of tvs, including the giant projected screen in the back half of the bar, you can always catch the action of the game. It has a really modern aesthetic and matches the ownership group's other bars like Brownstone.
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