Carbon Arc Bar & Board at the Davis Theater
Question: If you’re a pop culture buff, where can you put your knowledge to good use? Answer: It’s a trick question because Chicago is chock-full of bars that host trivia nights for just about any aficionado. So book a babysitter, assemble a team and put your skills to the test at our favorite places that host weekly and monthly trivia nights around town.
Where: 4164 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Upcoming trivia: Disney (Sept. 24, Oct. 29 & Nov. 26)
Located inside Lincoln Square’s historic Davis Street Theater, Carbon Arc Bar & Board offers American comfort food and a full bar, featuring artisanal cocktails and craft beer. Trivia teams can reserve their table in the dining room for Trivia Tuesdays, where themes run the gamut from classic Nickelodeon and TGIF TV to cult horror and Pixar movie trivia.
Where: 180 N. Smith St., Palatine
Upcoming trivia: The Office (Sept. 26), Mean Girls (Oct. 3) & Hocus Pocus (Oct. 24)
In the heart of downtown Palatine lies Durty Nellies, a hub for live entertainment and delicious pub fare. While you get your weekly trivia on, make sure to try some of their signature menu items, including cheese curds, wings and Nashville-style hot chicken.
Where: 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago
Upcoming trivia: Walking Dead (Oct. 21), Parks and Recreation (Nov. 18) & Star Wars (Dec. 16)
With more than 50 arcade and pinball games and skee ball, it only makes sense you can also get your trivia game on every third Monday of the month at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. Sip on more than 20 beers on draft and compete for great prizes, including free game tokens, drinks and themed swag.
Where: 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
Upcoming trivia: Mean Girls (Oct. 1), Harry Potter (Oct. 15) & Friends Halloween Episodes (Oct. 29)
Goose Island has been serving up fresh, local beer for more than 30 years. Feed your brain with delicious apps including sweet chili deviled eggs, smoked cod dip and house-cut fries, and wash it down with just about any variety of beer you can dream of.
Where: 940 W. Weed St. Chicago
Upcoming trivia: Seinfeld (Sept. 25), Disney (Oct. 2) & The Office (Oct. 9)
The Lincoln Park sports bar known for presenting live concerts and its love of the Indiana Hoosiers also has a weekly cult-trivia following. Get there early, as trivia is on a first-come, first-served basis. First place teams receive $20 off their bar tab. That’s a double win.
Where: 55 E. Irving Park Road, Roselle
Upcoming trivia: Grey’s Anatomy (Oct. 7) & Hocus Pocus (Oct. 21)
Italian Pizza Kitchen in Roselle is proof that you can still have fun on a weeknight in the ‘burbs! Monday night is Ladies Night, so grab your girl gang for $3 drafts, $4 house wines and $7 specialty cocktails offered in conjunction with trivia night.
Where: 7 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook
Upcoming trivia: Ghostbusters (Sept. 30), Friends (Oct. 7) & Harry Potter (Oct. 14)
While Pinstripes offers bowling and bocce, they also cater to grown-up fun through weekly trivia nights. Pair your knowledge with signature apps like a jumbo pretzel, crispy calamari and tenderloin sliders, and wash it down with craft beer from local brewers or handcrafted cocktails.
Where: 3403 N. Damen St., Chicago
Upcoming trivia: Friends (Sept. 24), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Oct. 29)
This Chicago sports bar may be the home of Iowa Hawkeye football, but come Tuesday nights, trivia is all the rage. Hosted by Whaddayaknow, and paired with specials including $4 select draft beers and a $15 2-topping pizza and salad combo, trivia teams will enjoy the chill vibe of the recently revamped space (formerly Riverview Tavern).
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