I've recently caught wind of a great new Michigan bar in Chicago. I'm so f'in tired of Duffy's and have also begun to passionately hate the newest bar, Mad River. They both smell like puke and they're full of the idiots you've tried to forget after college.
Matilda, on the corner of Sheffield and Barry, has been a great bar in Lakeview for a long time. It attracts a great crowd of laid back fun people, has a great beer selection and has food that makes you second guess that you're in a bar. Just recently, though, the management decided to open it up exclusively to the Michigan crowd on Saturdays for some Ann Arbor nostalgia. I talked to the owner and he mentioned that Oberon will be served in mason jars ala Dominick's in the Summer. Pair that with a menu full of food that even your disinterested girlfriend will eat and I'd say we've found ourselves a a place that would make even Bo smile. He's also picked up a bunch of HD projectors that'll be locked on the Michigan game so no seat will be denied a view of the weekly U of M victories.
Next to football starting in less than a week, this amazing new place to drink away my football anxiety is the best news I've heard all year. GO BLUE!!! Hail to the Spread!!!