Where to watch the Tour de France?
Hi - I'm new to Chicago and am having the hardest time figuring out where it's possible to get breakfast or a cappuccino and watch the Tour. In Boston you can wander down to the North End and sit in a charming Italian cafe. In Chicago, where? Brasserie Jo shows tape-delayed video in the evenings, but where can one watch live? At this point I'd even take the option of a sterile sports bar for 20-somethings, but something more pleasant and less alcohol-focused (and open at 8 AM!) would be a lot better ... There must be something, I'm just not finding it yet. Can you help?
Welcome to Chicago, baileym! Alas, I can't help. I've been looking myself for years, and have resorted to sitting at home to watch the TdF in the morning, or going to my local pub and claiming the remote. But, as you say, that's only available in the evening.
I'll be watching for responses with you!
Ah, what a bummer! I had the same question, a few days ago - I was in Chicago, and my hotel didn't carry the Versus channel. AUGHHH!!! I missed the Alp stages. Talk about withdrawal! Too bad I didn't know about Brasserie Jo.
But there are still two days left! My advice is to look for a biking bar - some place that cyclists hang out, or perhaps a place that sponsors a bicycling team. I wish I had a specific tip, but I don't know the cycling scene in Chicago. Maybe look at illinoiscycling.org for the Chicago-based teams, then check out their web sites?
Just to fill you with envy: There's a great cafe in Minneapolis - owned by a biker who sponsors a bike club - that shows the Tour de France every morning and serves a special French menu during the tour. (They do a great "Tour de Lance" turkey burger, too!) Surely there's a hidden cafe or bar, somewhere in Chicago, that does the same thing!