Chicago is affectionately called the drinking town with a sports problem—and it doesn't take a veteran to know that Lincoln Park and Lakeview have more Big 10 bars than some college campuses. With the tournament starting today and running through Sunday, here are the best spots to cheer for your team with like-minded fans—and some specials to help you do so on the cheap.

Wednesday, March 9

Game 1: No. 13 Minnesota vs. No. 12 Illinois at 3:30 p.m.

If you’re an Illinois fan
Joe’s: $4 Fireball, $8 Tito’s Bloody Marys, $8.50 Bud Light pitchers, $18.50 Bud Light and Coors Light buckets, $6 Jack Daniel's cocktails. 940 W. Weed St.
Durkin’s Tavern: $3 Craft Beer, $3 Bud Light Drafts, $4 Fireball Shots. 810 W. Diversey Ave.

If you’re a Minnesota fan…
Red Ivy: $4 Great Lakes drafts, $4 Don Julio, half off all pizzas. 3525 N. Clark St.Blackfinn River North: ½ off wine bottles and glasses all day. 65 W. Kinzie St.

Game 2: No. 14 Rutgers vs. No. 11 Nebraska at 6 p.m. 

If you’re a Nebraska fan
Rockwood Place: $3 Bud Light drafts, $5 Fireball shots, $1 burgers on Thursdays, $3 domestic drafts, $5 Fireball shots, $5 Dr. McGillicuddy's shots, $6 shrimp & chips on Fridays. 3466 N. Clark St.
Kirkwood Bar & Grill: $5 Miller Light or Coors Light stadium cups (22 oz.). 2934 N. Sheffield Ave.

If you’re a Rutgers fan
You might be out of luck. The Big 10’s newest addition doesn’t have an alumni bar in the city yet, as, according to Crain’s, the school only has 600 alumni in the city.


Thursday, March 10

Game 3: No. 9 Northwestern vs. No. 8 Michigan at 11 a.m. 

If you’re a Michigan fan
Duffy’s: $1 Bud Light and Shock Top drafts, $4 Jameson shots, $3 Fireball shots. 420 W. Diversey Ave.

If you’re a Northwestern fan
Kincade’s: $10 domestic beer pitchers, $5 Captain Morgan cocktails, $5 Guinness, $5 wings baskets. 950 W. Armitage Ave.
World of Beer: $5 fireball shots, $4 drafts (Sam Adams White Wheat Nitro, Firestone Walker Pivo Pils, Breckenridge Avalanche Ale, Goose Island IPA, Perennial Saison De Lis, and Virtue Prince Hal). 1601 Sherman Ave., Evanston

Game 4: Game 1 winner (Minnesota/Illinois) vs. No. 5 Iowa at 11:25 a.m.

If you're an Iowa fan
Four Shadows: $4 Revolution Brewing drafts (Anti Hero IPA, Fist City, Eugene Porter, A Little Crazy), $2 pork or beef sliders. 2758 N. Ashland Ave.
Theory Sports Bar & Grill: $6 Svedka Cocktails (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), $6 Captain Morgan Cocktails (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), $6 Boulevard Wheat (unfiltered) & Blue Moon stadium cups (20 oz.) (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), $5 Hawkeye Shots (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), $8 any salad as a wrap plus a side (all day). 9 W. Hubbard St.

Game 5: No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 7 Ohio State at 5:30 p.m.

If you're an Ohio State fan
Casey Moran’s: $15 domestic beer buckets, $5 Big 10 bombs, $0.50 wings. 3660 N. Clark St.
McGees: $1 Bud Family Bottles all night, $1 Shock Top drafts all night, $1 Pizza Slices (from $6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). 950 W. Webster Ave.

If you’re a Penn State fan
AJ Hudson’s Public House: $5 for Carlsberg and Penrose drafts, $7 wings, $7 nachos. 3801 N. Ashland Ave.

Game 6: Game 2 winner (Rutgers/Nebraska) vs. No. 6 Wisconsin at 5:55 p.m.

If you’re a Wisconsin fan
Will’s Northwoods Inn: $32 oz. Stadium Cup, $8 for the first cup, $6 for each refill. Your choice of Leinenkugel, Coors Light, or Miller Light. 3030 N. Racine St.
Redmonds: $8 Bud Light drafts, $14 Craft Drafts in 32 oz Big Badger mugs, half off all appetizers and drafts. 3358 N. Sheffield Ave.


Friday, March 11

Game 7: Game 3 winner (Northwestern/Michigan) vs. No. 1 Indiana at 11 a.m.

If you're an Indiana fan
Sluggers: $6 Goose Island Green Line draft, $6 Sam Adams drafts, $6 Pinnacle vodka cocktails. 3540 N. Clark St.
Kirkwood Bar & Grill: $5 Miller Light or Coors Light stadium cups (22 oz.). 2934 N. Sheffield Ave.

Game 8: Game 4 winner (Game 1 winner/Iowa) vs. No. 4 Purdue at 11:25 a.m.

If you’re a Purdue fan
Waterhouse Tavern & Grill: $7 Baltimore Zoos and Green Dragons, $5 22 oz. Bud Light stadium cups, $5 bombs. 3407 N. Paulina St.
Trinity Bar: $4 Coors Light bottles and $5 Sobieski cocktails on Thursday, and $15 Home style brunch buffet, $9 Bloody Mary bar, and $6 Mimosas on Sunday. 2721 N. Halsted St.

Game 9: Game 5 winner (Penn State/Ohio State) vs. No. 2 Michigan State at 5:30 p.m.

If you’re a Michigan State fan
Mad River: $3 22 oz Coors light drafts, $4 Sparty bombs, $4 Absolut cocktails, $5 Fireball shots, $6 Signature Loaded Bloody Marys. 2909 N. Sheffield
Tin Lizzie: $8 32 oz MSU Mugs of Domestic Drafts, $10 MSU Mugs of Premium Drafts. 2483 N. Clark St.

Game 10: Game 6 winner (Game 2 winner/Wisconsin) vs. No. 3 Maryland at 5:55 p.m. CT

If you’re a Maryland fan
Dark Horse: $8 Fish Fry, $3 Fireball shots, $4 Lagunitas Drafts, $5 Stoli Cocktails, $5 Bombs. 3443 N. Sheffield Ave.


Saturday, March 12

Game 11: Game 7 winner (Game 3 winner/Indiana) vs. Game 8 winner (Game 4 winner/Purdue) at 12 p.m.

Specials to come.


Game 12: Game 9 winner (Game 5 winner/Michigan State) vs. Game 10 winner (Game 6 winner/Maryland) at 12:25 p.m.

Specials to come.


Sunday, March 13

Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner at 2 p.m.

Specials to come.