Trivia Format

Brain Sportz Trivia has a format that we feel is fairly simple and makes it easy for all participants to enjoy, whether it is with a small team of one or two or up to a team of eight.
On a given trivia night, 6 rounds of questions are asked.

Below is a thorough breakdown of each of the rounds:

Round 1 - Always the picture round and clues are in full color. The topic changes every night and often times will be topical (i.e. name 12 Masters’ winners in April or 12 Christmas movies in December).

Round 2 - Always the general trivia round with 10 random questions. Keep in mind;
while the questions may seem random, there are always methods to the madness.

Each general trivia round will consist of a theme that connects the answers together.
For example, a first question might be the following; what is the name of the gum chewing girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? The answer is Violet Beauregarde.

If the next question is in which 1960s film is Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D a character?
While the answer is Yellow Submarine, the theme could be that all answers have colors in them (Violet, Yellow, etc.).

Round 3 – Typically it is a multimedia round, and on most occasions, it will be an audio round where you have to identify certain songs and the bands/artists that sing them.
From time to time it might be a montage of movie clips or TV shows.

Round 4 - Is a round that is topical in nature and topics change daily.  Topics could be as broad as geography and as narrow as presidential trivia the week of the election.

Round 5 – It is a random trivia round centered on Who? What? Where? and When? type questions.  There is also a bonus question at the conclusion of the round whereby you are able to wager anywhere from 0-10 points.  After learning of the question, you'll be asked to wager between 0-10 points based on how certain you are of knowing the answer(s). 

Depending on your point value assigned to the question, you will either be rewarded with the number of points wagered if you answer it correctly or your point wager will be deducted by the number of points wagered if it is incorrect.  For example, if you wager five points and get it correct, five points are added to your total score, but if you answer it incorrectly, five points are deducted.  Another option is to wager 0 points if you don't feel confident at all in the answer(s) you might provide.

Round 6 – Consists of the SPEED ROUND, which is different than all other rounds and is where the most points are gained. The topic and question changes every night with the entire round being one question with multiple answers (i.e. name as many Heisman Trophy Winners from the last 30 years, name as many Best Musical Tony Award Winners from 1980 up through present day, or name as many Dr. Seuss Books as you can).

Each correct answer earns each team a point (teams are always limited to a maximum of 30 answers). The team(s) that have no wrong answers earn a 5 point bonus. This enables you to accrue up to 35 points in one round.

The Double - The first 5 rounds are usually worth 12 points each and every team gets to DOUBLE one of those rounds. The double is exactly what it sounds like; it makes the round worth double points. It may only be used once on rounds worth 12 points. You must use the double before you hear the answers but after you have heard the questions. Teams that have not doubled a round before round 5 will automatically double the fifth round.

In a standard trivia night, the maximum score is 107 points and the winning score can range anywhere from the high 60’s (on a tough night) to the low 100’s (on an easy night).
In most cases, winning teams will have scores in the 75-90 range.


***ALL trivia nights start promptly at 8PM unless otherwise noted.***


The Warehouse Bar & Pizzeria @ 8:00

1419 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Trivia Specials:

$5 Homemade Sangria! 1/2 OFF Bottles Of Wine! 1/2 OFF Special Cocktails! 1/2 OFF Salads (Dine-In Only)! $4 Tall Boys (Miller, Bud, Coors, PBR)! $5 Taffy Apple Shots! $3 Fireball Shots!

Buffalo Wild Wings Lincoln Park @ 7:30

1832 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Trivia Specials:

.50 Cents Off All Illinois Craft Beer All Day! 1/2 Priced Kids Meals From 5pm to 9pm! $3 Select Appetizers 9pm to 12am!

Jack & Ginger's @ 8:00

2048 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Trivia Specials:

$5 Burgers and Salads! $3 Select Goose Island Beers! $3 "J" Shots (Jack, Jamo, Jose Cuervo, Jim Beam & Jager)! $5 JACK AND GINGERS Every Day!

The Fireplace Inn Sports Bar and Restaurant @ 8:00

1448 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Trivia Specials:

$5 Well Drinks!

Wild Goose Bar & Grill @ 8:00

4265 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

Trivia Specials:

1/2 Price Burgers & Bottles of Wine! $4 Krombacher!

Trophy Room @ 7:30

170 West Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Trivia Specials:

$4 Bud Lights! 1/2 Off For Industry (People That Work At Hotels, Bars Or Restaurants)!

Bridget McNeill's Bar and Kitchen @ 8:00

420 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

Trivia Specials:

$5 Select Drafts! $10 Miller Lite Pitchers! $7 Cheesy Chicken Buffalo Dip!

The Ambassador Public House @ 7:30

310 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Trivia Specials:


Lake Street Pub Roselle @ 8:00

1270 Lake Street
Roselle, IL 60172

Trivia Specials:


O'Malley's Pub and Eatery Aurora @ 7:30

701 Hill Avenue
Aurora, IL 60505

Trivia Specials:


Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse @ 7:30

324 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

Trivia Specials:


The Moonlighter @ 8:00

3204 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Trivia Specials:

$2 Tacos! $2 Rosé Shots! $3 High Lifes!