Hot Spots to Hit Before the United Center

Hot Spots to Hit Before the United Center

Since Gold Coast Tickets is only 10 blocks east of the United Center, customers regularly ask us where to grab a bite to eat or a pre-game beverage before heading to the United Center for their event.  Here’s a few spots to consider visiting before (or after) your United Center experience.

Some places offer shuttle service to and from games at the United Center so you only have to park once. Every place has a full menu except Dugan’s on Halsted which offers free, freshly-popped popcorn, but that’s it for food.  Most places are considered West Loop except Hawkeye’s (Little Italy).


1. Billy Goat Tavern, 1535 W. Madison (opens at 6am for breakfast, closest place to the UC, free parking in lot)

2. West End Bar & Grill, 1326 W. Madison (shuttle service, 33 plasma tv’s)

3. Crossroads Bar & Grill, 1120 W. Madison (shuttle service, 1/2 price apps w/ UC ticket stub after event)

4. Third Rail Tavern, 1133 W. Madison (brunch on Sat & Sun, shuttle service)

5. Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison (seriously large selection of beers)

6. Market Bar Chicago, 1113 W. Randolph (shuttle service, cool rooftop deck)

7. Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 1645 W. Jackson (shuttle service, great beer garden with bags set up)

8. Hawkeye’s Bar & Grill, 1458 W. Taylor (shuttle service from Little Italy!)

9. Union Park Lounge, 228 S. Racine (shuttle service)

10. Jaks Tap, 901 W. Jackson (Village Tap’s cousin, 40 draft beers)

11. Dugan’s on Halsted, 128 S. Halsted (4am bar 7 days a week)

12. The Tasting Room, 1415 W. Randolph (possibly Chicago’s best wine bar with full food menu)

13. The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake (live entertainment Wed-Sun, good for after a UC concert)

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