It's here! The 2012 Olympic Games are just on the brink of their London kickoff.
With the Olympic torch reaching the final stretch of its 70-day, 8,000-mile journey toward the Friday cauldron lighting, people around the world are getting ready to take in all the action. (Not to mention, to watch the Spice Girls get back in the spotlight.)
But just because the television will be abuzz with hours upon hours of coverage from practically every angle of the action doesn't mean Chicagoans need to stayed glued to their couches for the next few weeks. A number of area bars and restaurants are holding viewing parties and offering up Olympic-themed specials in honor of the games, which are set to include a number of local athletes going for the gold.
We rounded up a number of local Olympic-viewing options. Not a fan of watching anything remotely athletic but still want to get in the spirit of it all? We also have you covered there.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
The Boystown favorite is known for their extensive martini menu and they'll all be available <a href="http://www.kitkatchicago.com/upcomingevents/" target="_hplink">during the bar's London kickoff</a> on Friday. Its GO USA martini will set you back a mere $6 and a shepherd's pie entree will also be on special. Sunny Dee Lite is set to perform. <br> <em>Kit Kit Lounge & Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Moonshine Brewing Company
This Wicker Park watering hole will be hosting a "Beerlympics" throughout the London games, featuring beers throughout the world being sold for just $3.50 apiece through Aug. 12. Whichever beer is ordered the most over that time will earn a spot on the bar's menu. <br> <em>Moonshine Brewing Company, 1824 W. Division St.</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
BlackFinn American Saloon
This Naperville spot is welcoming its guests to wear red, white and blue Friday during the opening ceremonies in order to gain access to an all-American buffet. While we can't guarantee these delicious fish tacos will be on that menu, they sure do look delicious! <br> <em>BlackFinn American Saloon, 16 W. Jefferson Ave. (Naperville)</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
The Red Lion
This Lincoln Square spot will be serving up scotch eggs, Pimms cups and all-you-can-eat fish and chips in honor of the Olympics' opening ceremony Friday. <br> <em>The Red Lion, 4749 N. Rockwell Ave.</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Rockit Bar & Grill
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Rockit will host an Olympic opening ceremony viewing party with special guest, Olympic gold medal-winning basketball player Ruth Riley. We're thinking the pictured drink -- a "Bomb Pop" -- is a good drink to order in honor of Team USA. <br> <em>Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard </em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Crew Bar & Grill
Crew, in all of its 20-giant-HDTV glory is well-known for being the place to be for major sporting events, and the Olympic Games are no exception. They will kick off the festivities <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/373733772691998/" target="_hplink">with the opening ceremonies Friday</a> and their specials -- including half-price martinis each Wednesday -- are sure to be a hit with those partaking in the Games. <br> <em>Crew Bar & Grill, 4804 N. Broadway</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
The British-American Business Council is hosting this event to mark the beginning of the London games with appetizers and drink specials -- $20 cover. <br> <em>Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant, 100 W. Grand Ave.</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
This Loop bar will be serving a special Olympic burgers menu during the games, <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/restaurants-bars/15524271/olympics-food-and-drink-specials" target="_hplink">including a "Japan" burger and a "Sweden" burger</a>, according to <em>Time Out Chicago</em>. <br> <em>Sidebar Grille, 221 N. Lasalle</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Division Ale House
The Wicker Park hot spot's dozen HDTVs (both inside and on its patio) <a href="http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/jul21-watch-2012-summer-olympics-division-ale-house-5179328/" target="_hplink">will be tuned in to the Olympics</a> and $3 Miller Lite bottles will be served up as the bar's official Olympic special, in addition to its regular specials, through Aug. 12, beginning at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. on weekends. <br> <em>Division Ale House, 1942 W. Division</em> <br> Photo: Facebook
Museum Of Science & Industry
Looking for a more family-friendly Olympic-themed option? <a href="http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/events/wonder-kids/" target="_hplink">Friday's "WonderKids" activities</a>, co-curated by the Chicago Children's Museum, at the museum run from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and center on the science of popular Olympic sports -- all through fun, hands-on activities. The event is included with the price of general admission to the museum. <br> <em>Museum Of Science & Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive</em> <br> Photo: BrentDPayne (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/brentdpayne/2874879814/sizes/l/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr</a>)
In honor of the Olympics' arrival in London, the recent Chicago transplants of Topshop will be putting on a weekend bash Friday, July 27, through July 29. According to Refinery29, <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/topshop-summer-series" target="_hplink">the event will include giveaways and a DJ</a>, plus they'll be sending out a fashion truck to the city. <br> <em>Topshop, 830 N. Michigan Ave.</em> <br> Photo: Miley Cyrus and Sir Philip Green at Topshop's opening, by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images