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Theory

Bar, Lounge, and Sports Bar$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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    Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing
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    JP S.
    "One of my favorite bars in River North."(2 Tips)
    Erik R.
    "Hawkeye bar, fun to run into fellow alum to the..."(2 Tips)
    Colin L.
    "Trivia on Tuesday night"(3 Tips)
    Kristina B.
    "Wednesday: $3 drafts, $5 Jame-o shots, $2 sliders (min 3)"(2 Tips)
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  • Matthew T.heart icon on user image
    Matthew TaubMarch 31, 2017
    Great private room for parties and a solid place to watch the game. Food is solid especially for a sports bar and the night life there is high end. Owner is a great guy.
  • Julie Z.
    Julie ZimmermanOctober 13, 2013
    A great place that makes you feel at home. We had a group of out of towners and the service and hospitality could not have been any better. Very refreshing, and the food was great. Highly recommended!
  • Marisa B.
    Marisa BonoDecember 9, 2013
    Awesome place to watch the games on Sunday! The owner is incredibly nice and the food is delicious! The place is full of Pats fans too!
  • Brad M.
    Brad MaysJuly 17, 2014
    Was here for a charitable event. Great cause, and Theory was very charitable in their contribution to the cause. Will definitely be back for the great food, drinks and atmosphere.
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    Chicity82December 4, 2017
    DJ is always phenomenal on Saturdays, throwback and current R&B and Hip Hop. Good Pours and nice staff.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 25, 2012
    Save the yelling and arm-waving for the Wrigleyville sports bars; this newcomer is for the sophisticated sports fan. The stools are cushioned, the music is mixed, and the specialty drinks are potent. Read more
  • Beth W.
    Beth WanlessNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Their daily specials are super tasty and inexpensive, plus the owner of the bar comes around to thank us for our business every time we are in there (which is a lot).
  • UrbanLux
    UrbanLuxJune 24, 2011
    A step above your standard sports bar! Great for extended game watching. Rent out the home theatre like private party room. Wings half off on Wednesday and great beer selection.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 20, 2010
    Locally-brewed beer and upscale pub food live at this River North fave. Rent out the private party room. Order the Parmesan gnocchi. Play Wii. Game on!
  • Nick A. S.
    Nick A. SMarch 20, 2012
    Great place, nice staff, good foursquare discount, plenty of screens.... But a sports bar and grill without Comcast Sportsnet, really?!?! I don't want to watch my Bulls games sans Stacey King & N.Funk
  • JP S.heart icon on user image
    JP SeralNovember 24, 2015
    One of my favorite bars in River North. Great food & warm atmosphere.
  • Matthew T.heart icon on user image
    Matthew TaubAugust 26, 2018
    Solid beer list and great music after 9. Food is fantastic!
  • James R.
    James RoystonJune 25, 2013
    A quality sports bar for grown-ups, really friendly bar manager and good food!
  • Christopher
    ChristopherApril 22, 2013
    If you want a table on game days, it's best to make a reservation.
  • Ann S.heart icon on user image
    Ann SSeptember 4, 2016
    Small sports bar with good cocktails.
  • Steph M.heart icon on user image
    Steph McGNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great for Sunday funday- half price wings, $6 bloody marys, $3 bud lights and $16 buckets. Not to mention all the games!
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Taco a Trois ($8) is a bargain: choice of steak, chicken or grilled veggies in 3 corn tortillas with 4 garnishes like guac and salsa verde. Read more
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LiddarMarch 31, 2010
    Great place for big sports games - they have game audio and can show 16 different sporting events at the same time on there 30 TVs
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SchatzFebruary 5, 2011
    Hands down, my favorite sports bar in Chicago. Try the crab dip and the nacho bites to start!
  • Jeff V.heart icon on user image
    Jeff VargasApril 20, 2018
    Great drinks and food for a night out to watch games.
  • ash. a.
    ash. anz.October 28, 2013
    The owner was incredibly accommodating & pleasant. He truly seems to believe in quality customer service.
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyMarch 14, 2016
    Hawkeye bar, fun to run into fellow alum to the greatest college on earth!
  • Chinwuba O.heart icon on user image
    Chinwuba OkaforMarch 18, 2015
    I've never been charged cover. Which is great. Small, but I dig it
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 9, 2014
    They try to cram a lot of tables into a small space. They have a back private room. Food is ok, nothing amazing
  • Winona Y.
    Winona YFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    every Wednesday half price bottle of wine and salad ... perfect for a girls night ...
  • Victoria
    VictoriaJune 17, 2010
    Rumor has it Victoria was created to be as good as any Vienna-style beer in the world. This is obviously not true. It was created to be better. Want proof? Just walk up to the bar and order one. Read more
  • Bill M.
    Bill McNicholasNovember 16, 2013
    Try the "Not Your Father's Root Beer"
  • Brent B.
    Brent ByingtonOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best place of its kind in River North.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    THURSDAY specials: $2 sliders (minimum 3 per order, $1 extra for crab cake sliders) Read more
  • Andre C.
    Andre C.April 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Fish Taco's Are Awesome here... Especially on Tuesday's when it's on the Daily Special Menu!
  • @chowbelle
    @chowbelleAugust 28, 2010
    This is a Hawkeye bar with half-off apps on Saturdays! Perfect for game-watches!
  • Carolyn S.heart icon on user image
    Carolyn SNovember 23, 2014
    Always a fun time with awesome music!
  • Jon C.heart icon on user image
    Jon ChanOctober 18, 2015
    Try the Cheeseburger (via @Foodspotting)
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    TNCNovember 14, 2017
    Steak nachos, friendly service good beer selection
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HDecember 14, 2010
    mac and cheese to die for. introduce yourself to the manager. he rocks.
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff BuckleyAugust 3, 2018
    Tacos, sandwiches, salads
  • Melanie V.
    Melanie VMarch 14, 2011
    Wed specials - 1/2 off apps and $5 Effen cocktails!
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeMarch 24, 2019
    Trivia on Tuesday night
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 7, 2016
    Good for happy hours!
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HNovember 7, 2010
    best place to watch sports. the manager bends over backwards to accomodate
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory H.March 6, 2012
    Just tried the new Cuban sandwich. Very good! With tots and a Strongbow.
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BencakOctober 1, 2010
    Wednesday: $3 drafts, $5 Jame-o shots, $2 sliders (min 3)
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CaryNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best lunch and drink specials in River North!
  • Brian C.heart icon on user image
    Brian ChristopherAugust 25, 2012
    Bartender is a babe and a half....super nice, too.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DevcichOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best sports bar in river north. Also got some of the best food
  • George
    GeorgeAugust 14, 2012
    I suggest drinking from one of their glasses.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonMarch 17, 2010
    Joel holds this place down with the best staff, music and venue! My top 5 hot spots in Chicago. Read more
  • Allison W.
    Allison WardOctober 5, 2012
    $5 for burgers and fries on Thursdays.
  • Jacqueline S.
    Jacqueline StreeterOctober 9, 2011
    French toast sticks are BOMB!
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie ClapperJanuary 7, 2011
    The short rib tamales are delicious.
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