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Jolly Pumpkin

Hyde Park restaurants ready to celebrate Super Bowl LII

If you’re looking for a local spot to relax and watch the Super Bowl this Sunday or try some special pizzas in honor of the teams, Hyde Park has several options for you:

Ja' Grill, 1510 E. Harper Court – is hosting a Super Bowl party from 5-10 p.m. with the big game shown on five televisions, $7 beer and Appleton rum shot combos, half-priced wings, and regular happy hour specials from 4-6 p.m. Call 773-752-5375 to make a reservation.

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery, 5215 S. Harper Avenue – celebrates with a viewing party from 5-10 p.m. with lots of football, beer, and pizza. The restaurant will feature $10 buffalo wings and barbecue chicken nachos, $3 hot dogs with chips, and $2 off all draft beer, house cocktails, and wine. No tickets or reservations are required.

Nella Pizza e Pasta, 1125 E. 55th Street – has created two special pizzas in honor of the Super Bowl teams. Try the New England Patriots pizza with lobster and cognac sauce or the Philadelphia Eagles pizza with ribeye, peppers, and onions. Catering orders should be placed before noon on Friday at 773-643-0603.

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West – presents the second annual “Super BODY Tailgate Party” starting at 4 p.m. with grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches, house-made polish sausages, barbecue short ribs, and a popcorn and nacho station. $20 beer buckets and $18 six-packs will also be available. After the game, stay for free entry to BODY, a weekly dance night “…for bodies intent on moving to the best Afro-Caribbean grooves.”

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery to host weekly Happy Hour and Trivia Tuesday events

Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery, located at the western edge of Harper Court at 5215 S. Harper Avenue, is now hosting weekly Happy Hour events Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m., with two-dollar savings on draft beer, wine, and craft cocktails. The brewery will be hosting Trivia Tuesday nights starting Tuesday, January 30, from 8- 10 p.m.

Jolly Pumpkin opened in late October 2017, and since then has been featured on Eater Chicago’s Cocktail Heat Map for the third month in a row, as one of the “16 hottest bars in Chicago.”

“This beloved Michigan brewery has made its first inroads to Chicago with a slamming new brewpub in South Side Hyde Park that residents have been eagerly awaiting. Fresh beer from one of the Midwest's most popular breweries is obviously the main draw, but don't overlook the pizza-fronted food options and the fun keg-inspired design.”

The brewery features oak-aged sour beer, non-sour beer, and hard ciders on 36 taps as well as their own wine and craft cocktails made with spirits from their Traverse City, MI distillery. Jolly Pumpkin also serves starters, salads, sandwiches, and pizza.

Draft Magazine recently named one of Jolly Pumpkin’s beers, “Gigantic Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos” as one of the “Top 25 Beers of 2017.”

The trivia nights are free for a team of up to six people, and are organized by “Geeks Who Drink” a “…homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the U.K. Our quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television.” Everyone is invited to participate, and single players can be added to existing teams. Winners will receive Jolly Pumpkin gift cards as prizes.

The Hyde Park location is Jolly Pumpkin’s first foray outside Michigan; the company currently has cafes, breweries, tasting rooms, and distilleries at locations including Ann Arbor, Detroit, Dexter, Royal Oak, and Traverse City.

Jolly Pumpkin is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.