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Football Mon Aug 16 2010

Big Ten Bars: Indiana

Camps are in session and pointless NFL Preseason games are on tv seven nights a week. So, in our continued efforts to get your ready for the 2010 college football season, it is time to continue our review of the best places to catch a game in the Windy City.

KirkwoodNightBGKW.jpgToday's school is our next-door neighbor Indiana -- and one of the top spots to watch the Hoosiers this year is at Kirkwood Bar & Grill at 2934 N. Sheffield Ave. Kirkwood's biggest asset is one of the best beer gardens on Chicago's North Side. The outdoor patio has spacious seating, but you might have to move inside to get a good view of the game.

The bar offers a full menu and 12 beers on tap. If you are looking to take it to the next level, try Kirkwood's very top shelf choice. The bar features a unique brew of mixed berries and vodka that marinades from its perch above the bar. A couple rounds of those and you'll be ready to hop on your Huffy and head for the Little 500.

Kirkwood will have a serious conflict of interest to sort out next year when Nebraska joins the Big Ten, the bar is also a haven for Huskers fans. If the Nebraska fans are too much to handle, IU fans can also find friendly faces at Finley Dunne's in Lakeview or Slugger's in Wrigleyville.

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BL / August 16, 2010 8:10 PM

Did you take that pic, Dan? Looks like a pretty bangin' bar.

Conner / August 20, 2010 3:12 PM

Sometimes going to a bar with a few pals can be very enjoyable. Some things you may anticipate,if you normally don't go to pubs or sports pubs, would be a lots of beer,karaoke,and laughter. There's plenty of pubs available however you should constantly try to look for the best of the best.

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