Fighting Illini Watch Zones! in Chicagoland will be open throughout the 2022 and 2023 Fighting Illini Basketball and Football Seasons!




Individual location Covid-19 protocols, capacity, and RSVP options available below and subject to change per each Companies' policies, and State and City requirements. 


The Chicago Illini Club will not be staffing every event as we have in the past. But, we will confirm game video with sound for every #ILLINI game! Check our Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter for the most up-to-date information!


Chicago Illini Club Fighting Illini Watch Zones: 


The Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern -  Wrigleyville/Lakeview - HUGE Illini Bar just outside Wrigley Field! Indoor seating with garage style opening windows! (OPEN, reservations suggested: walk ups welcome, pick-up/carry out available)

Joe’s on Weed Street - Lincoln Park - This Chicago Institution is owned by a fellow Illini Alum! (OPEN, reservations suggested: walk ups welcome, pick-up/carry out available)

  • Indoor seating, and outdoor seating with heaters (weather permitting).
  • Call early! Reserve your table at or call (312) 337-3486

The Weather Mark Tavern - South Loop - This Illini owned and operated, sailing themed bar is a one of a kind in Chicago. (OPEN, reservations suggested: walk ups welcome, available for pick-up, delivery, & patio seating

Orange and Brew Bottle Shop and Tap Room - Downers Grove - This Illini Alum owned craft beer joint is perfect for every beer lover, and is a great venue to stop by for a drink, grab a 4/6 pack. (OPEN, walk ups ONLY, and take away available)

  • To-Go Sales
  • Curbside Ordering/Pickup
  • Limited capacity! Call before you go: (630) 541-3880 


Click here to view the 2022-2023 Fighting Illini football schedule.


Are you a Runner? Have you heard about the #chiLLINI Gameday Run Club

The chiLLINI Gameday Run Club (modeled after Athletic Director Josh Whitman’s weekly tradition of pregame runs) features a series of leisurely 3-5 mile runs along various routes in Chicago before each Illini football game, designed to begin & end at one of our Game Watch Zones! 


Decked out in orange & blue, the Gameday Run Club helps Chicago take notice of an impending Illini victory! And, is a fun & healthy way to get together outside with Illini friends, make some new ones, get a great workout, and get those endorphins pumping before kickoff! Email to get yourself on the #chiLLINIrun email list!


Bars, Pubs, and Restaurants interested in participating in the Watch Zone program should contact the Gamewatch Zone Committee at