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Where to Eat and Drink Near the United Center

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Whether you’re on a date or out with friends, a concert at the United Center is a guaranteed good time. Before heading to the arena for a night of music — say, the upcoming Bruno Mars show — stop off at one of these nearby hot spots to power up before a night of singing and dancing. (Because let’s be real, you can’t sit still when Bruno’s on stage.)

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1. Billy Goat Tavern

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1535 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9132
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This Chicago legend, made famous by John Belushi’s Saturday Night Live skit, is known for its “cheezborgers,” “no fries,” and “no Coke.” (Order chips and Pepsi instead.) You’re going here for the history, so soak it in — and try the Billy Goat Lager too.

2. Twisted Spoke

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501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-1500
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An extensive bourbon and beer list and a stellar food menu make the Twisted Spoke a better-than-average bar. If you don’t make it before the concert, there’s always tomorrow morning — their “hangover hospital” menu runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

3. bellyQ

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1400 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 563-1010
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Grill up your own meats or order some noodles right off the menu of this creative Asian barbecue restaurant. The modern interior will impress any companion, and the drinks will too. Sake anyone?

4. Goose Island Beer Company

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1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612
(800) 466-7363
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Start your night with a local brewery tour. This Thursday-through-Sunday secret is the perfect pre-concert pit stop. There’s no food at this taproom, but you can bring in your own grub if you’re hungry (or cross your fingers that some food trucks will be parked outside).

5. Bar Takito

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201 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-9602
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Order some Latin-inspired shared plates at this bold and bright joint. From tacos to ceviche to octopus a la plancha, there’s something for everyone. A flight of mezcal or margaritas makes for the perfect party atmosphere before the concert.

6. Parlor Pizza Bar

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108 N Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 600-6090
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If you’re looking for a trendy but casual joint for a group, Parlor Pizza is it. There’s a nice selection of apps and salads to complement the Neapolitan-inspired pizza. Be sure to try one of their draft cocktails (served in a “party cup,” pitcher, or punch bowl) before heading to the United Center.

7. Coalfire

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1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 226-2625
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Make an early pre-concert reservation at this super-popular pizza joint. The thin-crust coal oven pies are a nice change from Chicago’s deep-dish scene, and it still leaves room for a beer at the United Center.

8. The Ogden Chicago

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1659 Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-1888
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This modern sports bar is about as close as you can get to the United Center without paying stadium food court prices. Typical bar food with elevated takes on wings and burgers plus a specialty cocktail menu make this a great stop for a group to get tuned up before Bruno Mars.

9. Kaiser Tiger

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1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 243-3100
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Sausage, bacon, and beer — what else do you need? Don’t bring your vegetarian friends here, especially if you’re ordering the Bacon Grenades (a must). Don’t worry, you’ll dance off a portion of this meal before night’s end.

10. City Winery

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1200 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9463
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Want to impress a date before heading to the Bruno Mars concert? Make a romantic stop at City Winery. If the weather is nice, grab a two-top in the extensive patio of this urban oasis. It’s the perfect spot to share a bottle of wine and a selection of tapas.

This advertising content was produced in collaboration between Vox Creative and our sponsor, without involvement from Vox Media editorial staff.

1. Billy Goat Tavern

1535 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

This Chicago legend, made famous by John Belushi’s Saturday Night Live skit, is known for its “cheezborgers,” “no fries,” and “no Coke.” (Order chips and Pepsi instead.) You’re going here for the history, so soak it in — and try the Billy Goat Lager too.

1535 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

2. Twisted Spoke

501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

An extensive bourbon and beer list and a stellar food menu make the Twisted Spoke a better-than-average bar. If you don’t make it before the concert, there’s always tomorrow morning — their “hangover hospital” menu runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

3. bellyQ

1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Grill up your own meats or order some noodles right off the menu of this creative Asian barbecue restaurant. The modern interior will impress any companion, and the drinks will too. Sake anyone?

1400 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

4. Goose Island Beer Company

1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Start your night with a local brewery tour. This Thursday-through-Sunday secret is the perfect pre-concert pit stop. There’s no food at this taproom, but you can bring in your own grub if you’re hungry (or cross your fingers that some food trucks will be parked outside).

1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612

5. Bar Takito

201 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

Order some Latin-inspired shared plates at this bold and bright joint. From tacos to ceviche to octopus a la plancha, there’s something for everyone. A flight of mezcal or margaritas makes for the perfect party atmosphere before the concert.

201 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Parlor Pizza Bar

108 N Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607

If you’re looking for a trendy but casual joint for a group, Parlor Pizza is it. There’s a nice selection of apps and salads to complement the Neapolitan-inspired pizza. Be sure to try one of their draft cocktails (served in a “party cup,” pitcher, or punch bowl) before heading to the United Center.

108 N Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Coalfire

1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Make an early pre-concert reservation at this super-popular pizza joint. The thin-crust coal oven pies are a nice change from Chicago’s deep-dish scene, and it still leaves room for a beer at the United Center.

1321 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

8. The Ogden Chicago

1659 Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

This modern sports bar is about as close as you can get to the United Center without paying stadium food court prices. Typical bar food with elevated takes on wings and burgers plus a specialty cocktail menu make this a great stop for a group to get tuned up before Bruno Mars.

1659 Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

9. Kaiser Tiger

1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Sausage, bacon, and beer — what else do you need? Don’t bring your vegetarian friends here, especially if you’re ordering the Bacon Grenades (a must). Don’t worry, you’ll dance off a portion of this meal before night’s end.

1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

10. City Winery

1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Want to impress a date before heading to the Bruno Mars concert? Make a romantic stop at City Winery. If the weather is nice, grab a two-top in the extensive patio of this urban oasis. It’s the perfect spot to share a bottle of wine and a selection of tapas.

1200 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

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