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Top Places to go Watch the Blackhawks in Chicago

The NHL season is nearly upon us and all over The Windy City, hockey fans are getting excited to see what their Blackhawks can accomplish this year. The Chicago Blackhawks have been a perennial powerhouse over the past decade and have made a name for themselves as one of the fastest and most thrilling teams in the National Hockey League. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013, and 2015, the Blackhawk fan base has only grown, and each year there is hope of another exciting repeat performance. Many of our team at the La Quinta University of Chicago Hotel are ready for the season to kick off and can’t wait to revisit some of the top places to go watch the Blackhawks. Of course nothing beats watching the action live at the United Center but, when that isn’t an option, check out some of our favorite haunts that make for some of Chicago’s top places to go watch the Blackhawks.

The Beer Bistro

The Beer Bistro is a fun and more relaxed bar to take in all the action of a Chicago Blackhawks gamed. This tavern is an excellent alternative to its ritzy neighboring establishments in the West Loop and boasts over one hundred different beers to enjoy. On Blackhawks game days you can expect to be surrounded by fellow hockey fans, and on non- game days The Beer Bistro is one of the better places in Chicago to dive headfirst into the craft beer scene.

Johnny’s IceHouse and the Stanley Club

The Stanley Club at Johnny’s IceHouse is the most unique and fitting place to harness the intensity of a Chicago Blackhawks game. The IceHouse is a skating rink that boasts open skate periods, leagues, and all sorts of other icy activities. The Stanley Club is this locale’s personal tavern. The lounge overlooks the personal ice rink, serves good pub fare, and boasts plenty of televisions to make sure everyone can see the Blackhawks live. The ambiance of being at full-service bar at a rink, albeit not the United Center, adds a certain level of fun and excitement to any NHL game you are watching.


WestEnd is the quintessential Chicago sports bar – making it the perfect place to take in a Blackhawks game live. The intentionally darkened viewing room ensures that all attention is focused on the competition at hand. The United Center is just down the road, and the game day energy is always palpable at WestEnd. Grab a drink and a friend and see what Blackhawks hockey is all about!

Chicago is already abuzz surrounding the upcoming NHL season and all of the potential that the Blackhawks are showing. With a loaded roster and history of deep play-off runs and Stanley Cup Championships, what’s not to look forward to? Whether you are lucky enough to catch a game live at the United Center or get swept up in all of the excitement at another local establishment, there’s nothing quite like Blackhawks hockey in The Windy City. Check in with the front desk staff at the La Quinta University of Chicago Hotel and see when the team will next take the ice!