Fighting Illini Watch Zones! in Chicagoland will be open for the 2020-2021 Fighting Illini Football (and *fingers crossed* Basketball) Season!


Individual location Covid-19 protocols, capacity, and RSVP options will be available soon.  


The Chicago Illini Club will not be staffing these events as we have in the past. But, we will confirm game video with sound for every #ILLINI game!


Chicago Illini Club Fighting Illini Watch Zones: 


80 Proof (as The Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern is closed for the season with no Cubs fans) -  Old Town - Street side patio, and indoor seating with opening garage door windows! 

Joe’s on Weed Street - Lincoln Park - This Chicago Institution is owned by a fellow Illini Alum! 

The Weather Mark Tavern - South Loop - This Illini owned and operated, sailing themed bar is a one of a kind in Chicago.  


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.


Click here to view the 2020-2021 Fighting Illini football schedule.


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