Grin and Bear it!

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Beer down, because Sunday's a home game, and the Chicago Bears are getting ready to claw their way to the top. We'll all be holding our breath (between sips) at these bars while Urlacher and the boys beat on the Carolina Panthers. So put on your orange and blue, and join fellow fanatics. If Chicago's your home, let these hangs be your living room.

First come, first serve
Couldn't afford that hot high-def screen as a holiday gift to self? Don't get served this epic Chicago Sunday; if you want the perfect view of a 42-inch plasma, you've gotta get into Grace O'Malley's early. The South Loop spot serves brunch starting at 9:30 a.m. and offers Irish coffees to keep you amped until the Bears hit the field for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

Hail mary
If you and the guys want to accommodate apathetic lady friends and still catch every touchdown, Lakeview's Blue Bayou is here to help. The girls can stay occupied with cheap bloodies, bellinis and mimosas while you and your crew sip Corona bottles in front of the tube.

Miller time
Ah, the glory days of '86. Unfortunately, we're working with a hometown team of brawny boys who haven't taken part in a sublime shuffle of their own. The Panthers, on the other hand, have had a chance to pounce on their own Super Bowl shot before. Take our advice: Just don't think about it. Keep busy at Celtic Crown Public House with NFL Sunday Ticket, 25 cent wings and $3 personal Miller beer pitches while you keep an eye on Fred Miller (the only Bear to have scored a Super Bowl ring with another team).

Warm up the bus
We don't care if you jumped on the bandwagon or are a tried-and-true season ticket holder. The Bears can use all the Lovie you can give 'em! Stop by Lincoln Park bars McGee's and Duffy's to toast the team with fellow fans. Were you lucky enough to score a ticket to Sunday's game? The bars offer bus service to Soldier Field for only five bucks. For those that won't be brushing up against body-painted fans in the stadium, both bars offer brunch until 3 p.m. and have enough screens to carry you to the last down.

Win or lose
Party on with pals at Glascott's, where Bears fans are old friends and a private room with a 60-inch flat screen is open to everyone. Sweeten a win or drown your sorrows with $12 buckets of Bud, Bud Light, Bud Select and Michelob Ultra, and $2 Tecate bottles.

End zone
A Bears game and a drag queen? Unlikely combo, we know. But Bears fans like us jump for anything free, so shuffle over to Boystown's North End for a free buffet. Drag hostess Mama emcees the day's events, including a dart tourney with a $50 purse.

Super bowling
Don't wait; tailgate! 10pin bowling lounge gets the ball rolling at 11 a.m. with bowling for Bears paraphernalia and $2.50 Miller bottles. Then stick around and knock down pins as the Bears defense picks off Panthers; the game's projected on a 128-foot video wall at the end of the lanes. If you miss a play, you should get your eyes checked: With this size screen, you'll have a better view of newbie QB Rex Grossman than folks at the field.

Bulk up, sack out
Hungry as a Bear? Blitz the all-you-can-eat buffet ($5) at Fearon's Public House, but fill up fast: The grazing ends before kickoff. Then settle in with a discounted bucket of Coors ($10) and make a day of it. By 3:30 p.m., you'll only be hungry for a win.

Lindsay Gillette is a metromix intern.
Originally published Jan. 11 2006.

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