Espn Zone

★★★☆☆
  • 43 E Ohio St

    Chicago, IL 60611

    Cross street: at N Wabash Ave

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  • 312-644-3776

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ESPN Zone is a very active place to get your game on, your laugh on, your fun on, and your drink on (if that's what you're into). Get ready to spend a moderate amount of money, but have an great time doing it. Food is good too. Welcome families, kids, or your best friends.

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★★★★☆

ESPN Zone is a very active place to get your game on, your laugh on, your fun on, and your drink on (if that's what you're into). Get ready to spend a moderate amount of money, but have an great time doing it. Food is good too. Welcome families, kids, or your best friends.

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After having been viciously assaulted (October 28th, 2008) directly outside of ESPN Zone, I can only suggest to the unsuspecting public that for fear of their safety, they refrain from visiting this establishment until security measures are put in place. I used to frequent ESPN Zone at least twice a week. In fact, I was on a first name basis with several of the bartenders and managers. However, after exiting ESPN Zone at closing and smoking outside the entrance, I and a female patron were confronted by a homeless person (this homeless guy had visited ESPN Zone several times prior...in fact, on one occasion, I even bought him a beer!). The homeless guy demanded that we give him a cigarette. I said that we didn't have any more. he then repeatedly spat upon me and then viciously assaulted me. I suffered multiple facial fractures and the loss of my eyesight. I notified ESPN about the incident and asked why they did not have any security measure which would protect its' patrons. ESPN manager Dorothy Heck nonchalantly apologized and stated that what had occurred was a matter for the police and not ESPN's responsibility! Hmmm. After having spent over a thousand dollars at what I thought was a safe environment (minus the homeless and 'moochers' who frequent during the evening hours), it appears that ESPN Zone is solely concerned about the patrons dollars and not the patrons safety! Therefore, I strongly suggest to anyone thinking about visiting ESPN Zone...DO NOT DO IT!!! YOUR SAFETY AS WELL AS THAT OF YOUR FAMILY MAY BE AT STAKE!!! If ESPN Zone General Manager Dorothy Heck is not concerned about your safety, then why give such an establishment your hard-earned money!!! STAY AWAY LESS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME BEFALLS YOU OR YOUR FAMILY!!! VISIT ROCK BOTTOM INSTEAD...IT IS ONLY A BLOCK AWAY!

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★☆☆☆☆

After having been viciously assaulted (October 28th, 2008) directly outside of ESPN Zone, I can only suggest to the unsuspecting public that for fear of their safety, they refrain from visiting this establishment until security measures are put in place. I used to frequent ESPN Zone at least twice a week. In fact, I was on a first name basis with several of the bartenders and managers. However, after exiting ESPN Zone at closing and smoking outside the entrance, I and a female patron were confronted by a homeless person (this homeless guy had visited ESPN Zone several times prior...in fact, on one occasion, I even bought him a beer!). The homeless guy demanded that we give him a cigarette. I said that we didn't have any more. he then repeatedly spat upon me and then viciously assaulted me. I suffered multiple facial fractures and the loss of my eyesight. I notified ESPN about the incident and asked why they did not have any security measure which would protect its' patrons. ESPN manager Dorothy Heck nonchalantly apologized and stated that what had occurred was a matter for the police and not ESPN's responsibility! Hmmm. After having spent over a thousand dollars at what I thought was a safe environment (minus the homeless and 'moochers' who frequent during the evening hours), it appears that ESPN Zone is solely concerned about the patrons dollars and not the patrons safety! Therefore, I strongly suggest to anyone thinking about visiting ESPN Zone...DO NOT DO IT!!! YOUR SAFETY AS WELL AS THAT OF YOUR FAMILY MAY BE AT STAKE!!! If ESPN Zone General Manager Dorothy Heck is not concerned about your safety, then why give such an establishment your hard-earned money!!! STAY AWAY LESS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME BEFALLS YOU OR YOUR FAMILY!!! VISIT ROCK BOTTOM INSTEAD...IT IS ONLY A BLOCK AWAY!

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I used to be a regular at ESPN Zone. In fact, I frequented ESPN Zone so many times that I was on a first name basis with several of the bartenders and managers. However, a problem exists at ESPN Zone that I feel compelled to bring to everyone's attention. The problem is the frequent stalking and visits by 'less than desireable' individuals, i.e. street thugs, homeless, 'moochers', etc. On October 28th after having another wonderful time, I steppped outside to wait with a female patron who was waiting for one of the bartenders with whom she had struck up a 'friendship'. While smoking a cigarette, we were confronted by a homeless street thug who demanded a cigarette. After I told him that neither of us had any more cigarettes, I was vrepeatedly spat upon and then viciously assaulted. The female stood and watched while I was repeatedly beaten and left unconscious upon the sidewalk! I suffered multiple fractures to my face as well as the loss of my eyesight in my left eye (temporarily). Therefore, I say emphatically to all who plan to visit this establishment...DO NOT RISK LIFE AND/OR INJURY TO YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY!!! AVOID ESPN ZONE UNTIL SAFETY MEASURES ARE PUT IN PLACE. I brought this matter to the attention of ESPN General Manager Dorothy Heck. However, as is with some Chicago businesses, the safety of the patrons is not their concern. Once you have paid your bill, then they could care less about what happens to you even though you are on their property!!! Chicago keeps hoping for the Olympics. But I worry about the safety of the rest of the world who visit. Furthermore, why would we as Chicagoans wish to show to the rest of the world that we could care less about their safety when they visit Chicago! STAY AWAY FROM ESPN ZONE AND VISIT ROCK BOTTOM INSTEAD!!! ROCK BOTTOM IS ONLY A BLOCK AWAY AND BECAUSE IT IS SITUATED NEAR A BUSY INTERSECTION, IT IS MUCH MORE SAFE THAN ESPN ZONE.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to be a regular at ESPN Zone. In fact, I frequented ESPN Zone so many times that I was on a first name basis with several of the bartenders and managers. However, a problem exists at ESPN Zone that I feel compelled to bring to everyone's attention. The problem is the frequent stalking and visits by 'less than desireable' individuals, i.e. street thugs, homeless, 'moochers', etc. On October 28th after having another wonderful time, I steppped outside to wait with a female patron who was waiting for one of the bartenders with whom she had struck up a 'friendship'. While smoking a cigarette, we were confronted by a homeless street thug who demanded a cigarette. After I told him that neither of us had any more cigarettes, I was vrepeatedly spat upon and then viciously assaulted. The female stood and watched while I was repeatedly beaten and left unconscious upon the sidewalk! I suffered multiple fractures to my face as well as the loss of my eyesight in my left eye (temporarily). Therefore, I say emphatically to all who plan to visit this establishment...DO NOT RISK LIFE AND/OR INJURY TO YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY!!! AVOID ESPN ZONE UNTIL SAFETY MEASURES ARE PUT IN PLACE. I brought this matter to the attention of ESPN General Manager Dorothy Heck. However, as is with some Chicago businesses, the safety of the patrons is not their concern. Once you have paid your bill, then they could care less about what happens to you even though you are on their property!!! Chicago keeps hoping for the Olympics. But I worry about the safety of the rest of the world who visit. Furthermore, why would we as Chicagoans wish to show to the rest of the world that we could care less about their safety when they visit Chicago! STAY AWAY FROM ESPN ZONE AND VISIT ROCK BOTTOM INSTEAD!!! ROCK BOTTOM IS ONLY A BLOCK AWAY AND BECAUSE IT IS SITUATED NEAR A BUSY INTERSECTION, IT IS MUCH MORE SAFE THAN ESPN ZONE.

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I was in Chicago for 4 days and treid to go to the ESPN Zone the first day, they place was closed for a private party. I tried to go the second day and the place was closing at 4 for a private party. I tried to go the third day and the game and upstair bar and tv area was closed for a private function. Finally on the 4th day it was actually open, what a pain. The game selection is nothing to brag about and it is rather expensive. The food is decent and the prices are the same, kind of high for what you get. The ESPN zone is nothing special and as a sports bar, is not nearly as good as a local place

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★★★☆☆

I was in Chicago for 4 days and treid to go to the ESPN Zone the first day, they place was closed for a private party. I tried to go the second day and the place was closing at 4 for a private party. I tried to go the third day and the game and upstair bar and tv area was closed for a private function. Finally on the 4th day it was actually open, what a pain. The game selection is nothing to brag about and it is rather expensive. The food is decent and the prices are the same, kind of high for what you get. The ESPN zone is nothing special and as a sports bar, is not nearly as good as a local place

Pros: Good Location, has the ESPN Name

Cons: Closes a lot for private functions, game selection nothing special, very crowded and noisy

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ESPN Zone is a playground for grownups. Lot's of games to play and games to watch. The food isn't bad either. But it is a bit heavy. A lighter pizza somewhere else will come oozing with cheese.

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★★★★☆

ESPN Zone is a playground for grownups. Lot's of games to play and games to watch. The food isn't bad either. But it is a bit heavy. A lighter pizza somewhere else will come oozing with cheese.

Pros: Games gallore

Cons: parking

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You would think for ESPN that this would be a cool sports bar, it isn't. I was in Chicago for a week and went there on a Sunday to watch football thinking ESPN this will be cool and all the game will be on and it will be happening. The only thing happening was the long wait and the over priced everything. This place isn't even a sports bar. It has two small bars and two restraunts. They weren't even showing all the games, just three of them and they closed down for the Sunday Night Game. Avoid this place. ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for claiming to be the leaders in sports and entertainment. This place is a rip off and joke. You can find hundreds of place in Chicago better than this place, especially if you are looking for a sports bar.

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★☆☆☆☆

You would think for ESPN that this would be a cool sports bar, it isn't. I was in Chicago for a week and went there on a Sunday to watch football thinking ESPN this will be cool and all the game will be on and it will be happening. The only thing happening was the long wait and the over priced everything. This place isn't even a sports bar. It has two small bars and two restraunts. They weren't even showing all the games, just three of them and they closed down for the Sunday Night Game. Avoid this place. ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for claiming to be the leaders in sports and entertainment. This place is a rip off and joke. You can find hundreds of place in Chicago better than this place, especially if you are looking for a sports bar.

Pros: Video Game for kids

Cons: Crowded, expensive, not a sports bar

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Granted, I had to take a large group there after meetings, but still! The food was just ok and the service was slower than molasses in winter. If your kids want to go play expensive games, then ok. Otherwise stay away.

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★★☆☆☆

Granted, I had to take a large group there after meetings, but still! The food was just ok and the service was slower than molasses in winter. If your kids want to go play expensive games, then ok. Otherwise stay away.

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I thoughT this place is really cool! The food is good but not great. On the other hand it's not the food that's really drawing you to the "Zone". The place rocks for sports fans and not so sports fans. The drinks were great and the service was wonderful. It can get busy, so come early to get a good seat for the game you want to watch. I can't wait to go again!

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★★★★☆

I thoughT this place is really cool! The food is good but not great. On the other hand it's not the food that's really drawing you to the "Zone". The place rocks for sports fans and not so sports fans. The drinks were great and the service was wonderful. It can get busy, so come early to get a good seat for the game you want to watch. I can't wait to go again!

Pros: tvs,tvs,tvs

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This place is the sport enthusiasts dream. There are big screen televisions to watch the game while you eat some pretty good food. Then its onto the games which were sports oriented and even stimulated outdoor sports with a sense of reality. The have a moving rock wall to climb which looked cool and several other pretty intense physical challenges. All this fun is pretty costly, so prepare to pay for your enjoyment. But its a good place to take teens that get bored quickly to, just make sure anyone under 18 has a parent accompaniment.

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★★★★☆

This place is the sport enthusiasts dream. There are big screen televisions to watch the game while you eat some pretty good food. Then its onto the games which were sports oriented and even stimulated outdoor sports with a sense of reality. The have a moving rock wall to climb which looked cool and several other pretty intense physical challenges. All this fun is pretty costly, so prepare to pay for your enjoyment. But its a good place to take teens that get bored quickly to, just make sure anyone under 18 has a parent accompaniment.

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So what? There aren't enough sports bars in this city that we need a Disney-fied chain sports bar? There is nothing really bad about his place---it's just really expensive and incredibly bland. It has a SOUVENIR shop, for Pete's sake.

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★☆☆☆☆

So what? There aren't enough sports bars in this city that we need a Disney-fied chain sports bar? There is nothing really bad about his place---it's just really expensive and incredibly bland. It has a SOUVENIR shop, for Pete's sake.

Pros: Open

Cons: Expensive, Rip-off, Touristy

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Out of all the bars in the City Of Chicago --WHY!!!! Would you go to Disneyland well a Disney owned Company .... What can I say But pick other places

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★☆☆☆☆

Out of all the bars in the City Of Chicago --WHY!!!! Would you go to Disneyland well a Disney owned Company .... What can I say But pick other places

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ESPN Zone offeres a wide range of activities to do, from eating dinner to sitting at the bar, playing in the arcade to watching sports games. The only bad thing is it's hard to find parking around there, but it's a great family place.

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★★★★★

ESPN Zone offeres a wide range of activities to do, from eating dinner to sitting at the bar, playing in the arcade to watching sports games. The only bad thing is it's hard to find parking around there, but it's a great family place.

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I watch more ESPN than most of America combined so dont take my remarks as against that great station. That being said, the ESPNZone BLOWS! The food is crappy, the employee's attitudes are worse, and the place is way overpriced. True there is a wall of tvs and video games but so what, fifty bars in Chicago have that and you dont have to deal with the kick in the groin that is the ESPN Zone. If you want to go here, call me up and I will come over, treat you like crap, feed you cardboard, and take $50. You will save yourself time, sanity, and probably $50...

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★☆☆☆☆

I watch more ESPN than most of America combined so dont take my remarks as against that great station. That being said, the ESPNZone BLOWS! The food is crappy, the employee's attitudes are worse, and the place is way overpriced. True there is a wall of tvs and video games but so what, fifty bars in Chicago have that and you dont have to deal with the kick in the groin that is the ESPN Zone. If you want to go here, call me up and I will come over, treat you like crap, feed you cardboard, and take $50. You will save yourself time, sanity, and probably $50...

Pros: Lots of TVs

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One would think that a place like ESPN Zone is where you take a big group. Yet, they can't accommodate our group of 10. I came back to Chicago to visit my friends and family and needed a place that is fun and can handle crowd. I chose ESPN Zone and what a mistake! It didn't allow me to make a reservation, so we ended up waiting for an hour. There was finally 2 adjacent tables opened up, yet the wait staff refused to put the tables together (guess for tipping reason.) These are friends that I haven't seen for a year, and we had to sit separately.

We wanted to play the games afterward, and ended up spending way too much. The games were $2-3 each. We could have gone to Dave and Buster, have similar food, and pay less for games. No more ESPN Zone for me.

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★★★☆☆

One would think that a place like ESPN Zone is where you take a big group. Yet, they can't accommodate our group of 10. I came back to Chicago to visit my friends and family and needed a place that is fun and can handle crowd. I chose ESPN Zone and what a mistake! It didn't allow me to make a reservation, so we ended up waiting for an hour. There was finally 2 adjacent tables opened up, yet the wait staff refused to put the tables together (guess for tipping reason.) These are friends that I haven't seen for a year, and we had to sit separately.

We wanted to play the games afterward, and ended up spending way too much. The games were $2-3 each. We could have gone to Dave and Buster, have similar food, and pay less for games. No more ESPN Zone for me.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service, No reservation, Can't handle large gp

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I saw ESPN Zone in Chicago back in January. It really did just blow me away. The screening room was fantastic and the service first rate. I thinked they liked my Australian accent. But then again from what I saw they ent out of their way to make everyone feel really welcome.

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★★★★★

I saw ESPN Zone in Chicago back in January. It really did just blow me away. The screening room was fantastic and the service first rate. I thinked they liked my Australian accent. But then again from what I saw they ent out of their way to make everyone feel really welcome.

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Fun place. Can be crowded for any major games. Try after lunch when the crowds and tourist are gone.
Plenty of sports stuff to look at, old balls, bats, jerseys, and diamond-studded NFL rings!

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★★★★☆

Fun place. Can be crowded for any major games. Try after lunch when the crowds and tourist are gone.
Plenty of sports stuff to look at, old balls, bats, jerseys, and diamond-studded NFL rings!

Cons: No parking

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I like the restaurant downstairs -- good food, strong drinks and tons of TVs. The game rooms upstairs are a bit much. Kids running everywhere and so loud you can't think.

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★★★☆☆

I like the restaurant downstairs -- good food, strong drinks and tons of TVs. The game rooms upstairs are a bit much. Kids running everywhere and so loud you can't think.

Pros: A little pricey

Cons: Crowded

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