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Local skaters Shani Davis and Brian Hansen will be competing with and against each other at the Winter Olympics.
Just because you're not competing in the Winter Olympics doesn't mean you can't participate in the spirit of the games. Several bars, restaurants and cafes around Chicago are hosting Olympic viewing parties where you can catch the action and enjoy Olympic-themed food and drink. In some places, you can even participate in games of your own.
1615 W. Howard St.
This Rogers Park coffee shop, just minutes away Olympic speed skater Shani Davis' home, will serve as a gathering place for Davis' fans to watch him compete Feb. 12. The viewing will also signify the launching of the organization Chicago ICE (Inner City Excellence), an ice skating program started by Davis' former coach and three-time Olympian Nathaniel Mills.
221 N. LaSalle St.
Satisfy your Olympic appetite with burgers from around the world. Sidebar will have a special burger menu from Feb. 10 to Feb. 21, featuring 10 different burgers inspired by international cuisine. Try the Japanese grilled tuna steak and wasabi salad burger or the French burger with beef, brie cheese, red wine braised onions and bacon.
Sedgwick's Bar and Grill
1935 N. Sedgwick St.
Participate in Sedgwick's own version of the Olympics, called Olympwick's, on Thursdays and Sundays during the games. Patrons can participate in games such as the Alpine Challenge, which involves eating a mountain of tater tots, and the Ice Luge Competition, which involves taking a shot out of a block of ice. Throughout the duration of the Olympics, TVs in the bar will be tuned into the games, so you can compete alongside your favorite athletes.
Cactus Bar and Grill and the Franklin Tap
404 S. Wells St., 325 S. Franklin St.
Both bars will show the games Monday through Saturday, starting with the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. While watching the games, patrons can also sip on Sochi-inspired cocktails, including the Black Russian (Russian vodka and Kahlua), the Moscow Mule, the Tolstoy Tang (Russian vodka, lemon juice and syrup) and the Russian Way (a chilled Russian vodka shot). The Franklin Tap will take part in the international spirit of the Olympics by tapping beers from around the world.