Local pubs to open early for World Cup fans
By Matthew Reiss | Community Contributor
With soccer’s World Cup returning June 14, all eyes will be glued to TV screens around the
country—despite the U.S. team’s shockingly early exit from the tournament.
Over three billion people worldwide watched the 2014 Brazil World Cup, with public viewings in Chicago set up in Grant Park and Soldier Field drawing tens of thousands of local fans.
This year, without the U.S. team to root for and with the games primarily airing in the morning due to the time difference with host country Russia, it will be more difficult for soccer fans, such as myself, to find public venues to watch games.
But never fear—for the truly dedicated fan, there are still ways to get your World Cup fix in Chicago.
Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand Ave., has been a hotspot for European soccer league coverage, and will be opening its doors early for each and every World Cup match. They are also available to book for group watch parties.
Upscale sports bar Theory, 9 W. Hubbard St., is also committing to World Cup coverage. Managing Partner Joel Sorinsky said that Theory will show all games kicking off after 9 a.m., and brunch will be available on every game day.
The Globe Pub, 1934 W. Irving Park Rd., has long been a site for supporters of the Chicago Fire MLS team, including their Pub to Pitch shuttle service to and from home games. The Globe is currently remodeling, but General Manager Megan Kosmensky said that they’ll be reopening with upgraded screens and amenities the week before the Cup.
They will be showing every game, and will allow children accompanied by adults to come to viewings of the first round matches.
Fans can stay close to home with some residential buildings offering special viewing events. The Aqua in New East- side, 225 N. Columbus Drive, will open its media room—complete with theater seating—to residents for every match of the tournament.
Published June 5, 2018