Chicago is a Ravens Kind of Town

Ravens Club of Chicago

In 2003 I moved to Chicago, and quickly reconnected with some friends from High School. We’d watch games together when they were on National TV, or when I could get the bar that I worked in to put the games on one of the many TVs.

It was always a struggle!

In early November of 2011, this group and I had gotten about 15 of us together to watch Sunday Night Football game between the Steelers and the Ravens. The bar wouldn’t put the sound on.

We’d had enough!

So we ran (literally) down the street to the George Street Pub, a local bar that opened earlier that spring. I knew the owners from my bar days and they were all too happy to put the game, with sound, on for us that night.

As our cheering, pacing, fist pumping, ref-yelling night continued, they saw our passion and invited us to come back every week. They even offered to play sound for us each week if the Bears were not on.

Erin Creaney Loftus and decided then and there that it was time to make our club “official.” We made a Facebook group and our small 15 quickly grew to 20, 30, 50, 75, and now roughly 150 between the club page and the LIKE page.

There is no longer a question if there is sound – its on every Sunday, the Staff is in Purple shirts, and their Ravens flag flies high. They even help us host a Crab Feast in August to get everyone excited for the up coming season.

This year, for the Ravens vs. Bears game, we have had 3 School busses worth of Ravens fans bussed down to Soldier Field. I would get calls from home, with people laughing saying that they were going to be riding on the Bus – it was quickly discovered that it was our bus.

Needless to say, it’s been a pretty cool ride and out here, we loudly rep NEST IN THE MIDWEST!!!

Guest blog submitted by Tiffany Mullan (founder of Ravens Club Chicago)

 

 

6 Raves on “Chicago is a Ravens Kind of Town

  1. Tiffany on said:

    Thanks so much for publishing our story! We love hosting Displaced Fans or fans traveling through. We’d love to share more stories without throughout the season, if you’re up for it!

  2. Nancy on said:

    Such a great story, thanks for sharing. My best friend’s daughter recently moved to Chicago, so I have passed on your story. I’m sure when you’re there on Sundays during the season, you feel as though you’re in a Baltimore bar; it’s always good to be with the purple people! Know you’re looking forward to the smell of those crabs in August! It’s a nice time to share stories like this and reach out to other Ravens fans everywhere! And thank you, Tony, for publishing. It’s nice to read an article that makes you smile during an uncomfortable time for our team. I hope the Rays of sun shine through, and melt all the snow and ice, welcoming spring, and new new birth it brings.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Nancy, we hope to continue building on this. More stories from new groups and new stories from groups we’ve already posted. Together let’s build Ravens Nation one fan at a time!

  3. Tony on said:

    Thanks for posting this. Major ravens fan here and just moved to Chicago last week. Was wondering if there were others like me here and glad to see there are. Looking forward to watching the Ravens in the company of other Ravens fans!

  4. Susan on said:

    Thanks for spreading the word on George Street Pub – it was the best prevention for homesickness a Baltimore transplant could have. When I didn’t fly home for games in Baltimore, I watched them here – and might as well have been in Fells Point. :) If you miss talking about MD sports, chatting about your favorite Charm City bars, opining about the lack of proper crab-centric products in the Windy City…this is the spot. Never forget the gameday a guy unknowingly wandered in looking to find the Ravens game (was in town from Baltimore for a wedding) – he took one look around at all the jerseys and freaked out “Is this a Ravens bar?!! No way!!!” Needless to say, he had a blast. Come see us, hons!

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