Christy, Social Media & Marketing
This Sunday is the start of what is, for many, the reason March exists. Hint: it’s not a holiday that revolves around green.
It’s March Madness!
There are plenty of places in Chicago you can go to cheer on your alma mater or favorite NCAA team, but which ones will reward you for every dollar you spend on pitchers and pizza and burgers and wings?
Here’s the skinny on the bars that support some of your favorite teams, and will also give you Ox&Pen points—points that you can redeem for rewards at any merchant in the network.
Although Lotties, a Bucktown favorite, has been busy beefing up its on-screen resume as the feature bar in NBC’s Chicago Fire, they are ready for March Madness. And per usual, they’re ready for the swells of fans coming in to watch two teams in particular:
Owned & operated by two KU alumni, Mark Domitrovich and Dan McCarthy, Lotties definitely understands the nostalgia of the Crimson & Blue. Plus, it’s the “Official Chicago Bar of the KU Alumni Association,” so you know they can handle you and your friends decked out in school spirit.
University of Wisconsin
The Big Ten Tournament start today, oh my! But as all the Badger fans out there know, Wisconsin doesn’t play until Friday. Head to Lotties to guarantee you’ll see your game; they have loads of plasma TVs dedicated to every move of the athletes from Madtown.
If you like Kentucky, plan to do your game-watching at The Pony, at Belmont & Ashland. Even if the Wildcats don’t win it all again this year, at least you can watch the Tournament surrounded by friendly faces.
Standard Bar & Grill
Chicageaux’s home of the LSU Tigers is at Wicker Park’s Standard Bar & Grill. Their attempt at making it to the Big Dance starts today at noon, as they take on Georgia. If you’re fortunate enough to have a decent lunch hour or two, pop over to Milwaukee Ave. and pull up a chair; the TVs will be tuned into the game.
Don’t forget to check in & submit your receipt!
Keep in mind you get points for just about any engagement with the aforementioned restaurants. Check in, share with your social networks and submit your receipt to earn Ox&Pen loyalty points.