The Chicago alumni club is hosting a pre-game bash three blocks from the stadium.
The tailgate starts at 5:00pm and your ticket includes food, drink, and entertainment. There will be a domestic beer truck, craft beer bar, wine bar, and several tailgate food options. The tailgate will show the game on TV for those not going in the stadium.
Link to Facebook Event
Link to purchase tickets
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
My mental image of Ohio State fans swarming Evanston:
"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott
Union (1242 Chicago): Great wood-fired pizzas, small plates, solid beer list with local brews on tap. Great space (full disclosure: this is my wife's restaurant, so I'm far from objective). Probably an Uber to stadium or longer walk on a nice day.
Found (1631 Chicago): Quirky, eclectic menu. About a ten-minute walk to stadium.
Ten Mile House (1700 Central). Very close to stadium. Good menu and game atmosphere for the 40-50 age set. Decent food.
Bluestone: (1932 Central) Established Evanston bar on Central, close to stadium.
Bat 17: (1709 Benson) Big burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The original space is fun and lively, and they open up the second space for the bigger crowds that the Buckeyes will bring.
Five & Dime/Taco Diablo: (1026 Davis) Sit on the roof at F&D if it's nice out. Taco Diablo for good Mexican.
If you're coming early, or staying for weekend: Bahai Temple is beautiful and in a gorgeous Wilmette/Evanston area. NU campus has been significantly updated and is quite beautiful to walk around. Area just south of NU campus has lots of restaurants where you can eat and drink (many more than last time Buckeyes were in town). SPACE (in same building as Union) is a great live music venue. Chicago neighborhoods, including Andersonville and Rogers Park, are just south of Evanston, so you don't need to go down to the Magnificent Mile to see city (and I'm not sure why you would unless you just want that type of Chitown experience).