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Top ten places to watch World Cup 2014 in Chicago

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The 2014 World Cup will kick off in Brazil on June 12, so soccer fans across Chicago should start thinking about where they want to watch this much-anticipated event and cheer on their favorite teams. Here for all you fans of the beautiful game are the Top Ten places to view the World Cup in Chicago, no matter where you live and which neighborhoods are your usual haunts.

For reviews of these and other World Cup viewing hotspots, see Time Out Chicago’s article at http://www.timeout.com/chicago/food-drink/2014-world-cup-watching-guide and CBS Chicago’s coverage at http://chicago.cbslocal.com/top-lists/best-sports-bars-to-watch-world-cup-soccer-in-chicago/.

AJ Hudson's Public House (3801 N. Ashland Ave.)
AJ Hudson's Public House (3801 N. Ashland Ave.) Mario Tama/Getty Images

AJ Hudson's Public House (3801 N. Ashland Ave.)

A popular North Side soccer bar just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Southport Corridor (which offers its own amusements, as seen in this Examiner article: http://www.examiner.com/article/southport-corridor-offers-relaxed-yet-sophisticated-fun-to-aspiring-adults?cid=db_articles), AJ Hudson’s is an English pub that will celebrate the diversity of the World Cup in 2014.  Patrons can enjoy an outdoor beer garden sponsored by Puma in honor of the Italian National Side, complete with TVs for outdoor viewing.  (http://ajhudsonspublichouse.com/)

Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave.)
Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave.) Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave.)

This combination butcher, bar, and restaurant just off the Damen-O’Hare Blue Line stop will show World Cup matches on its 30-foot projection screen in its unique event space known as 1st Ward.  Chop Shop will feature Chicago Fire sausage as its signature snack, the proceeds of which will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation, the official charity of Chicago’s own soccer team.  (http://www.chopshopchi.com/)

Cleos (2048 W. Armitage Ave.)
Cleos (2048 W. Armitage Ave.) Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Cleos (2048 W. Armitage Ave.)

A self-dubbed “Home of International Soccer,” this Ukranian Village favorite neighborhood bar regularly screens Chicago Fire and U.S. National Team matches.  During the World Cup, however, it will prove a happy home to fans of any national team, with special cheering sections for the U.S. and Mexico.  (http://www.cleosbar.com/info.php)

Elephant and Castle (160 E. Huron St.)
Elephant and Castle (160 E. Huron St.) Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Elephant and Castle (160 E. Huron St.)

This English pub in the Loop and River North is the best bet for watching mid-day games during a working (and cheering) lunch hour.  Rooting on your favorite team will be infinitely more pleasant if done over cottage pie or fish and chips, rather than ramen noodles and live but surreptitious Internet screening in your cubicle.  (http://www.elephantcastle.com/)

Fado (100 W. Grand Ave.)
Fado (100 W. Grand Ave.) Mario Tama/Getty Images

Fado (100 W. Grand Ave.)

Another good option for fans of the English pub, Fado will provide a bracket challenge for cash prizes and all 64 matches live on television.  It will also offer unique game-day menus and drink specials.  (http://www.fadoirishpub.com/chicago/)

Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.)
Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.) Mario Tama/Getty Images

Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.)

A welcome addition to the French Market, Eataly has brought some of Italy’s most authentic food products to River North, and now plans to bring the World Cup to the city’s soccer fans.  Guests can watch World Cup matches at Birreria Restaurant and participate in the Eataly Chicago Soccer Cup matches on Facebook and Twitter.  (http://www.eataly.com/chicago-location-hours)

Timothy O'Toole's Pub (622 N. Fairbanks Ct.)
Timothy O'Toole's Pub (622 N. Fairbanks Ct.) Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Timothy O'Toole's Pub (622 N. Fairbanks Ct.)

This underground Streeterville grill is one of Chicago’s favorite sports bars.  While O’Toole’s will play no team favorites during World Cup 2014, soccer fans can celebrate in all-American fashion by participating in the BIG TIMMY Challenge and win a t-shirt for finishing two massive hamburgers.  (www.timothyotooles.com)

The Pony (1638 W. Belmont Ave.)
The Pony (1638 W. Belmont Ave.) Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Pony (1638 W. Belmont Ave.)

This sports bar on Belmont between Ashland and Paulina promises to be a more laid-back atmosphere for viewing all World Cup matches on overhead plasma TVs or on individual flat-screen TVs at some tables.  This Lakeview bar specializes in seasonal and craft cocktails and micro-brewed beers.  (www.theponychicago.com)

Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose Ave.)
Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose Ave.) Mario Tama/Getty Images

Fountainhead (1970 W. Montrose Ave.)

Just a stone’s throw from the Montrose Brown Line stop, Fountainhead will offer al fresco viewing for all World Cup games on their rooftop deck.  Guests can enjoy some of the restaurant’s 27 beers on tap, choosing an international or local beer that will pair perfectly with their favorite teams.  (www.fountainheadchicago.com)

Murphy's Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield Ave.)
Murphy's Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield Ave.) Mario Tama/Getty Images

Murphy's Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield Ave.)

This classic Wrigleyville sports bar, normally a hub for Cubs and Blackhawks fans, will screen World Cup matches in its spacious corner spot smack dab across the street from Wrigley Field.  Guests of this family-owned hotspot can participate in the Weekly Bags Tourney during halftime of Sunday games or play Bar Bingo on Wednesdays.  (http://murphysbleachers.com/)

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