Tonight is the first official showdown of Trump vs. Clinton. Credit: Matt Rourke; Evan Vucci

This election cycle’s first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton occurs on Monday, September 26, exactly 56 years after Kennedy and Nixon sat down at the CBS Studio in Chicago to be televised, pioneering the use of the broadcast medium for the event.

Tune in on your own, or venture to one of these venues on Monday to watch the debate on the big screen:

Chicago History Museum A screening of Lincoln’s Undying Words, followed by a panel discussion with political strategist Kitty Kurth and a debate viewing party. 6 PM, 1601 N. Clark, 312-642-4600,, $10, $5 for CHM or WBEZ members and students.

DS Tequila Company Debate screening and half-priced food. 7 PM, 3352 N. Halsted St., 773-697-9127,

FitzGerald’s 8 PM, 6615 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn, IL, 708-788-2118,, free.

Jaks Tap Debate screening and Clinton fund-raiser with open bar and food. 7 PM, 901 W. Jackson, 312-666-1700,, $20.16-$100 towards the Hillary Victory Fund.

Logan Center for the Arts 6 PM reception, 7 PM viewing program, 915 E 60th, 773-702-2787,, free.

Museum of Broadcast Communications Young Professionals Board
 Debate screening with complimentary drinks. 7:30, 360 N. State, 312-245-8200,, $10 suggested donation.

Saint Xavier University Q&A with local politicians and debate viewing at McGuire Hall in the Warde Academic Center. 7:30 PM, 3700 W. 103rd, 773-298-3000,, free.

Sidetrack Chicago LGBTQ for Hillary viewing party. 7 PM-2 AM, 3349 N. Halsted, 773-477-9189,, $45-$500 towards the Hillary Victory Fund.

Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse Debate screening and discounted food. 8 PM, 324 S. Racine, 312-623-0776,, free.

Zanies Comedy Club Tim Slagle hosts this viewing party that features live commentary from comics. 8 PM, 1548 N. Wells, 312-337-4027,, $10.