In our never-ending quest to discover the best sports bars in Chicago, we were encouraged to visit Finley Dunne's at 3458 North Lincoln Avenue in the Roscoe Village/Lakeview/Paulina Station neighborhood. Established in 1997, it is named after famed Chicago Evening Post columnist Finley Peter Dunne of the 1890s, who created a fictional saloon bartender named Mr. Dooley as a vehicle for his political and social satire, like the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko's Slats Grobnik. Dunne believed every great neighborhood centered around a tavern. Well, he would have been proud of his namesake. Dunne's is a sports bar with pub fare with many beers, signature drinks and TVs tuned to sports, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, Louisville Cardinals and Ole Miss Rebels. There are over 50 beers, 17 on tap, from a $2 Miller High Life draft to a $9 Delirium Tremens. Me? I'll have a glass of ginger ale. For starters, order jumbo wings or nachos or chicken tenders or grilled chicken or Bavarian pretzels or cheese quesadilla or fried mac and cheese or tortilla chips or spinach artichoke dip. It's a meal in itself. But you can't pass up a Ryan burger, a 1/4-pound of hamburger patty with two slices of American cheese on a toasted garlic French roll with all the trimmings. Alternatives are Mahi Mahi tacos, a veal bratwurst soaked in Guinness beer, grilled BBQ chicken pizza with bacon and red onion, BBQ Finley sandwich with BBQ sauce, cheddar, bacon and onion ring and a grilled Chicago dog topped with onion, tomato, pickle, mustard and celery salt. Dunne's is home to the University of Louisville's Chicago Alumni Club. But Ole Miss?
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