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Jul 18, 2009 03:24 PM

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?

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  1. 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!

    1. 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 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!


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      1. re: AnneInMpls

        As far as 'biking' bars go, there is Handlebar in Bucktown. Don't know if they show Tour de France.

        2311 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

      2. Hey man,

        The Map Room is the place to be. Opens at 730 am and serves coffee, pastries, etc. At 11 you can get in a cycling mood and sample on of their many great belgiums.

        hope this gets to you in time.

        The Map Room
        1949 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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        1. re: shannondx0

          >> hope this gets to you in time.

          Probably not, since this topic is two years old, LOL!

          1. re: nsxtasy

            At least here is a TdF every year. Maybe someone else is looking for a place this year.

            1. re: chicgail

              The post is 2 years old but I hadn't solved that problem in 2 years, so I'm very glad to have a recommendation now! I was asking someone the other day on a ride and was told "I just watch on TV".

        2. Goddess and Grocer (on larrabee) usually has it on, if they don't you can ask.