The Weather Mark is all in for the Bears
By Dan Patton | Managing Editor
The Weather Mark Tavern plays hard when the Bears are on TV: every screen in the nautically themed American bistro is tuned to the game and the music is dialed down to make way for the broadcast. Unless the team scores a touchdown, in which case the neighborhood joint goes wild with a round of “Bear Down, Chicago Bears.”
“It’s crazy on game days,” says owner Mark Stern. “We’re one of the few places you can walk to the stadium from, so we get a great big pre-crowd, the during-game crowd and then the post-crowd after the game.”
With a record-setting pair of 120” TVs and several high definition monitors inside a breezy, blue-walled room under super high ceilings, the Weather Mark can handle more than a hundred screaming fans at once. Throw in a seasonal selection of craft beers — the Fall List includes Southern Tier Pumking, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Left-Hand Milk Stout, SweetWater’s new Hash Brown Ale, Ace Hard Pumpkin Cider and McKenzie Pumpkin Jack Hard Cider — and the impressive collection of main sails becomes a calming diversion. The tavern also offers five-dollar bloody marys and screwdrivers, and four-dollar stadium cups of Bud Lite and Miller Lite.
To balance out all the beverages, there’s an extensive menu of American favorites that includes six specialty burgers, a rack of ribs and a rum-battered fish fry with homemade red cabbage cole slaw and dill tartar sauce. “If you’re looking for something a little classier,” suggests Manager Phil Cirullo, “we’ve got a really nice filet mignon.” Served with a potato spring roll and a side of asparagus for $26.95, Stern does not hesitate to add that he’ll “put that up against anybody’s.”
When the Bears aren’t playing, the Weather Mark is happy to “accommodate everybody’s needs,” says Stern. This includes catering to a handful of Bengals, Eagles and Packer fans who frequently stop by. “We have the NFL ticket,” he adds, “so we’ll play all sorts of different games.”
1503 S Michigan Ave · weathermarktavern.com · (312) 588-0230