Chicago Sports Bars' Big Ten Football Hustle

Pub owners in Chicago have made an industry out of college football pride
Duffy’s Tavern & Grille Photograph by Ryan Lowry for Bloomberg Businessweek

Andrea Abel is celebrating her 30th birthday at Chicago’s Kirkwood Bar & Grill with more than 200 friends. She doesn’t know them all by name, but no matter: Like Abel, they’re all there to root for their beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers. “For the last five years, I’ve been watching all the football games here,” says Abel, a 2006 graduate in a black-and-red Husker T-shirt and red-and-white beads.

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