Kroll’s rolls with the flow

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By Dan Patton | Managing Editor

Kroll’s, the Papa Bar of Bear-watching venues, is as close as you can get to bellying up with the team — literally. “We’re right across from the Soldier Field 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge,” says General Manager Caesar Douglas. “We open up at 9 o’clock in the morning on game days.”

With a standing capacity that exceeds three hundred and an ambience that goes from sports bar to diner to upscale restaurant by way of two consecutive rooms and a million TVs (give or take), the place doesn’t miss a down. A wall of independently controlled, high-definition flat screens in the main area and four 6-foot wide pull down projectors in the dining sections play several games at once. It’s everything a football fan could want, no doubt; but there are also a lot of things a casual patron can appreciate.

IMG_2436“We kinda just roll with the flow during game days,” Douglas says. “If people are into what’s on TV, we keep it on. If we need to liven up the crowd, we crank on the music and get that going.”

The menu features classic American fare with a Midwestern nod and lots of meat. Drink specials include the Kroll’s cup, a 22-ounce vessel filled with one of five customized cocktails like the popular Cherry Limeade for nine bucks, or any of the Goose Island selections for eight. If those don’t do the trick, there’s like a hundred other beers to choose from.

Since the original Kroll’s is in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the bar draws a lot of Packers’ fans. According to Douglas, it’s kinda like their “home away from home.” But the six-foot, two-inch former University of Missouri linebacker is quick to add that in Chicago, it’s all about the home team. “Word to the wise,” he says: “We are a Bears bar.”

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1736 S Michigan Ave · www.krolls_chicago.com · (312) 235-1400

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