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Top ten places to celebrate World Cup national pride in Chicago

Brazil is preparing for World Cup 2014, and you should be too!
Brazil is preparing for World Cup 2014, and you should be too!
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As an added bonus to the recent article on the Top Ten Places to watch World Cup 2014 (available for your reading pleasure here: http://www.examiner.com/list/top-ten-places-to-watch-world-cup-2014-chicago?cid=db_articles), here are the best places to watch certain matches with natives and die-hard fans of the playing countries, for an extra boost of national pride.

9 Muses (315 S. Halsted St.)

9 Muses (315 S. Halsted St.)
9 Muses (315 S. Halsted St.) Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

This bar and grill in the heart of Greektown promises to be filled with man celebratory “Opas!” when Greece plays Colombia on June 14th, Japan on June 19th, and Cote d’Ivoire on June 24th. (http://www.9museschicago.com/)

DANK Haus (4740 N. Western Ave.)

DANK Haus (4740 N. Western Ave.)
DANK Haus (4740 N. Western Ave.) Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Coming off its recent success at Chicago Mayfest (see Examiner’s coverage of the German festival here: http://www.examiner.com/article/chicago-to-celebrate-its-german-heritage-at-mayfest-2014?cid=db_articles), DANK Haus will serve as headquarters for fans of the German National Team (many of whom will be yelling at the screen in their native German language). This Lincoln Square cultural hub for all things German pairs free admission with German food and beer options for an enjoyable viewing center for the German matches against Portugal on June 16th, Ghana on June 24th, and the US on June 26th. (http://www.dankhaus.com/)

The Globe Pub (1934 W. Irving Park Rd.)

The Globe Pub (1934 W. Irving Park Rd.)
The Globe Pub (1934 W. Irving Park Rd.) Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While this year-round favorite of Chicago’s soccer fans will show all games and sport international flags and team logos as decoration, a large contingent of English Premier League and Chicago Fire fans will likely turn this bar into a watering hole for fans of the English and U.S. National Teams. (http://theglobepub.net/)

Municipal Bar + Dining Co. (216 W. Ohio St.)

Municipal Bar + Dining Co. (216 W. Ohio St.)
Municipal Bar + Dining Co. (216 W. Ohio St.) Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images

This River North bar and grill will offer drink specials on Peroni and Estrella, making Municipal a favorite with Italian and Spanish National Team fans. (http://municipalbar.com/)

Patron's Hacienda (316 W. Erie St.)

Patron's Hacienda (316 W. Erie St.)
Patron's Hacienda (316 W. Erie St.) Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Another Near North hot spot, Patron’s Hacienda is partnering with Taste of Brazil Café in Oak Park to host a massive World Cup party with food and drink specials. This party will last the length of the World Cup and will likely be a favorite for Mexican and Brazilian National Team followers. (http://www.patronschicago.com/)

Quartino (626 N. State St.)

Quartino (626 N. State St.)
Quartino (626 N. State St.) Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

This lively Italian restaurant in River North will offer special viewing of the Italian National Team’s matches against England on June 17th, Costa Rica on June 20th, and Uruguay on June 24th. Reservations are highly recommended. (http://www.quartinochicago.com/)

Red Square (1914 W. Division St.)

Red Square (1914 W. Division St.)
Red Square (1914 W. Division St.) Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

A spa and café may seem like a strange recommendation for ideal World Cup viewing, but this Wicker Park locale promises to be an excellent location to watch the Russian National Team. Enjoy Russian vodka, beers, and caviar while viewing games on the patio or in the dining room, and spend halftime downstairs in the sauna. (http://www.redsquarechicago.com/)

Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.)

Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.)
Grant Park (337 E. Randolph St.) Sarah Glenn/Getty Images

USA Soccer is hosting Chicago’s biggest U.S. National Team viewing party at various locations throughout Grant Park. Thousands of fans will watch the U.S. play Ghana on June 16th, Portugal on June 22nd, and Germany on June 26th on massive high-definition screens. Fan Fests before each match will also provide live music and other activities. (See Crain’s Chicago Business coverage of the Grant Park watch parties at http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140512/BLOGS04/140519993/world-cup-watch-parties-set-for-grant-park).

Mirabell Restaurant and Lounge (3454 W. Addison St.)

Mirabell Restaurant and Lounge (3454 W. Addison St.)
Mirabell Restaurant and Lounge (3454 W. Addison St.) Lars Baron/Getty Images

This Avondale restaurant offers authentic German delicacies such as wiener schnitzel and veal stroganoff to accompany special viewings of the World Cup. This is the most authentically German atmosphere outside of Germany itself in which to cheer on the German National Side. (http://www.mirabellrestaurant.com/)

Black Bull (1721 W. Division St.)

Black Bull (1721 W. Division St.)
Black Bull (1721 W. Division St.) David Ramos/Getty Images

No list of best places to celebrate national World Cup pride would be complete without an ideal location to cheer on the World Cup reigning champs, the Spanish National Team. This Wicker Park tapas and pintxos bar will host regular World Cup viewing parties from June 12th to July 13th on their new high-definition TVs. Reservations are recommended. (http://www.blackbullchicago.com/)

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