This Sunday's Bears-Packers NFC Championship game at Soldier Field is the hottest ticket in town right now. Not only are the Bears playing for a berth in the Super Bowl, but they're playing the archrival Green Bay Packers. Because we understand that not everyone can get into Soldier Field to watch the game, we've compiled a list of bars in the Chicago area where you can go and cheer on the Bears, or the Packers if you so choose. This is by no means a complete list. Feel free to comment on your favorite place to watch Sunday's game. We'd love your input.
Mike Ditka's Restaurant, 100 E. Chestnut St.: Want to really get a taste of Da Bears? grab a seat at Mike Ditka's Restaurant. Who knows, perhaps Da Coach himself will show up.
Glascotts Saloon, 2158 N. Halsted: It's said that it's customary at this bar to take a shot each time the Bears score. If you decide to go here, please be careful with all those shots you'll need to take.
Public House, 400 N. State St.: The owners of Bull & Bear bring you a larger venue that is not as sports-oriented as its sister bar; it's still a good place to watch the game on Sunday on the pub's many TVs.
Timothy O'Tooles, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.: Voted one of the best places to watch the Bears game by Bears fans, the bar boasts 60 HD flat screen TVs. Drink specials will be offered.
Harry Caray's Tavern, Navy Pier: Catch the game on one of 30 HDTVs. While you're there, check out Sammy Sosa's corked bat.
260 Sports Bar, 260 W. 26th St.: Located in Bridgeport, this new bar is owned by the same folks that own Ricobene's. The lure of this place to watch the game is its array of 50-inch plasma flat-screens and a 150-inch projection screen.
The Benchwarmers, 3551 W. Sheffield Ave.: Located in the space once housing Harry Caray's Tavern in Wrigleyville, Benchwarmers is taking reservations for tables for Sunday's game at $200 minimum per table. But you don't have to reserve a table for this new sports bar; you can always just show up and hope one is available.
Guthrie's Tavern, 1300 W. Addison: A small, neighborhood bar, popular with the locals. Located just a few blocks from Wrigley Field, it's also a great place to bring those not interested in watching the game.
O'Donovan's, 2100 W. Irving Park Rd.: While it's not a huge place, there are plenty of TVs visible from all the tables available in this Irish pub. A small parking lot is located adjacent to the pub just west of the building.
The Snuggery, 6733 N. Olmsted Ave.: Be sure to take a look at sports memorabilia from the '70s and '80s lacquered into the oak bar top. You might want to get there early to get one of the booths featuring inset TVs.
Crossing, 2548 N. Southport: Watch the game on on of more than 50 TVs at this neighborhood sports bar located in the sport formerly housing Southport City Saloon.
Fizz, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave.: Boasting both a regular bar and a party loft, Fizz was voted Best In Chicago in a Chicago Reader 2008 poll.
Wild Goose Bar and Grill, 4265 N. Lincoln Ave.: Because of the popularity of this place, you'll want to get there early if you want a seat.
Jimmy Greens, 825 S. State St.: If you live in South Loop, you don't have to go far. Jimmy Greens has 22 TVs to watch the game.
Weather Mark Tavern, 1503 S. Michigan Ave.: Another great place to watch the game in South Loop. Look for special game day specials.
Be forewarned. These last two listings are likely to be inhabited by a lot of Packers fans. If you're rooting for the Pack, you may feel safer here. If you're looking to avoid any Packers fans, you may want to consider one of the other bars listed in this article.
The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway: While catering mostly to Bears fans, The Spot also is a hangout for Packers fans.
Will's Northwoods Inn, 3030 N. Racine Ave.: Cheeseheads will feel right at home with this Wisconsin themed bar that caters to Packers fans. One of the few true Packers bars around, be sure to get there early if you want a seat.