Fifty-two years after its inception, the Super Bowl has evolved to become much more than a football game. It's an event – one of the biggest causes for celebration throughout the year.
Super Bowl LII pits the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are looking to win their first Super Bowl, having lost to the Patriots in 2004, the only other time they've been to the big game. The Patriots, meanwhile, have a date with history as they attempt to become the second NFL team to win six Super Bowls.
Locally, some fans will keep an eye on Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott, a Western Springs native who didn't start kicking for Lyons Township High School until he was a junior.
While hard-core fans know all about the records, players, coaches and story lines, plenty of folks who have little interest in football will be paying attention come kickoff at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4. After all, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for camaraderie with friends and family – a chance to eat, drink, enjoy the commercials, watch some football and maybe win a Super Bowl pool.
So the big question is: Where's the best place to enjoy the game? Here's a list of several area pubs and eateries that are hosting Super Bowl watch parties that feature drink specials, buffets, raffles and giveaways on the day of the big game.