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    4 Super Reasons To Watch THE BIG GAME At WhirlyBall Chicago

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Super Sunday is upon us! Whether you’re rooting for the Panthers, the Broncos - or the commercials - no sporting event quite compares to the intensity and spectacle that is Super Sunday.

    What are you plans for the big game? Maybe you’re stressing over throwing a party and don’t have the time or you have a few too many options so you don’t know which to choose. We’re here to make that decision for you: you should spend Super Sunday at WhirlyBall Chicago! We’ll tell you why.

    Drink Specials ALL DAY LONG
    Drinking and football go hand in hand. Most bars are jacking up their prices for the big game, but we’re keeping ours low because we want to celebrate this glorious football experience with you all! Not to mention, we keep 32 craft beers on tap at all times, so the selection will never be limited! In honor of Super Sunday, grab these drink specials all day long:

    • $3.50 Bud Light Drafts
    • $4 Fireball Shots
    • $5 Jameson Shots
    • Craft Beer Buckets including: Founders Centennial/$25 and Brooklyn Lager/$25

    $15 Unlimited Food Deal
    We know watching all that first-rate, all-pro athleticism requires sustenance. That’s why we’re offering a crazy delicious way for you to stay fully satisfied during the game. For only $15, you’ll get unlimited:

    • Chips & Dip
    • Two Styles of Wings (Buffalo & BBQ)
    • Pizza: Cheese, Pepperoni, Denver Broncos (Orange Bell Pepper Rings w/Sausage) and Carolina Panthers (Pulled Pork w/Onions)

    TVs. TVs Everywhere.
    We pride ourselves on being one of Chicago’s best places to catch every professional sport game, all year round. That wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have over 60 HD flatscreen TVs covering our walls. BUT WE DO. So come Super Sunday, you’ll not only be catching the game, but the game will be watching you… as in, there will literally be TVs surrounding you every which way you turn.

    Sports Live Here
    Aside from the drink specials and discounted noms, WhirlyBall is ALL about sports and the fans who love them. Catch the game while you bowl, in between lasertag matches, or when you’re off the WhirlyBall court. There’s no better environment to catch the big game than at WhirlyBall Chicago.

    Look, we’ll set up the party, cook and serve the food, and clean up after you leave. Sound good? Breathe easy; no need for any anxiety attacks about throwing a party of your own. Maybe next year we’ll be hosting a Super Sunday party for our Bears. But until then, enjoy the festivities!

     

    What Your Favorite Pizza Toppings Say About You

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Pizza isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life. One of the greatest things about it is how versatile your options are topping-wise. There are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to dressing up your pizza with delicious toppings. However, like most food, people pick favorites. Whether you keep it simple or go all out, your favorite pizza toppings say something about you.

    Plain Cheese 

    You’re not one to take risks. When you’re satisfied with something you stick with it for extremely long periods of time. Trying new things and going to new places gives you anxiety but excites you at the same time. You are open to change, but you prefer what works. You also could be watching your budget while still satisfying your pizza needs, since adding toppings usually means adding cost.

    The Meat Lovers

    You are the person at the dinner table most likely to still be eating when everyone else has already finished. You’re adventurous, a huge advocate of weightlifting and working out in general, and you make fun of the plain cheese people. You think bacon should be it’s own food group and you’d prefer it be in every meal you eat. You’re also a beer person when it comes to beverage choice. Your doctor often asks “are you eating enough vegetables?” to which you always reply, “yes, sort of.” Cheers to you, meat lovers.

    The Veggie

    You LOVE things that are bad for you, but you KNOW you should make better choices; so you do. You’re the friend who the rest of your friends look up to in terms of how they should be living their lives. You’re clean and down to earth, you have a good job but you’re still a fun spirit. You’re a pizza fanatic, but you value your health over everything so you make sure to add as many veggies as you can. You might have dietary restrictions, but you work around them.

    The Pineapple and Anchovies

    You’re a wildcard. Adventure is your middle name, and you’re ALWAYS unpredictable. You’re the kind of person that everyone wants to go out drinking with. You are fun and rarely take things seriously. You’ve bounced around from job to job, but no matter what, you are content.  You are self-described as a “rebel".

    The Supreme

    You are down to party. You’re always hungry and no amount of food is ever enough to satisfy your cravings. You’re not lazy, but you enjoy chilling on the couch for extended periods of time. You have a job and spending a little extra dough to make you happy is never an issue. You’ve got an outgoing personality and you probably hang out with a lot of other “supreme” type people. 

    No matter what your favorite toppings are, we can all agree on one thing: pizza is life. Whether you’re a plain cheese kind of person or a supreme lover, WhirlyBall has the hookup. After all, pizza never lets you down. 

    What's On Tap?

    Last updated 26 days ago

    5 Craft Beers You Need In Your Life NOW 

    The only thing we love as much as WhirlyBall is craft beer. We love craft brews and the people who make them so much that we offer over 32 different craft beers on tap every month of the year!

    The first edition of “What’s on Tap?” 2016 features 5 of our favorites, on tap now at WhirlyBall Chicago.

    3 Sheeps Cashmere Hammer (Nitro)

    3 Sheeps Cashmere Hammer Nitro Rye Stout is the perfect brew for cold winter days. It’s chocolatey, earthy taste hits hard but finishes smooth. The brewing process begins with rye, followed by a base of dark and caramel malts, along with Czech Saaz hops, selected by 3 Sheeps Brewing for their ability to highlight the rye and play off of its boldness. For a limited time, the Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout is available on draft for just $7 at WhirlyBall Chicago.

    Avery White Rascal

    Avery Brewing Company’s White Rascal is one of our new favorite Belgian style Wheats available on tap. Often described as “deviously delicious,” the White Rascal is an unfiltered ale, cleverly spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel producing a refreshingly zesty classic ale. The semi-sweet citrus flavors found in White Rascal pair nicely with spicy foods of all kinds. The Avery White Rascal is on draft at WhirlyBall Chicago for only $6.

    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale with a delightfully clean malt flavor. Dry-hopping releases Sorachi Ace's bright, spicy aromatics to tickle the nose before ascending into a fine harmony between pilsner malt and Belgian yeast.  Originally a member of Brooklyn Brewery’s limited Brewmaster's Reserve series, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace’s dry, sharp and crackling flavor is reminiscent of lemongrass, dill and lemon peels - this coveted brew is available on draft at WhirlyBall Chicago for $8.

    Dogfish Head Burton Baton

    Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton is an oak-aged hybrid craft brew that blends hints of citrus with notes of vanilla flavors flawlessly. The Burton Baton has a mellow taste, but this heavy Imperial Double IPA boasts a 10% alcohol content, so tread lightly! This craft brew is perfect for the winter, available on tap at WhirlyBall Chicago for $11.

    Ale Syndicate Petrillo APA

    Presenting Ale Syndicate’s Petrillo Pale Ale, brewed and distributed right here in Chicago! The Petrillo may first come across as an easy drinking pale ale with a refreshing citrus zing, but spend more time with the brew and you’ll find the Zythos and Ahtanum hops, supported by German-style malts, come together to make a more dramatic, spicy and piney, flavor. Grab one on tap before Ale Syndicate takes over Chicago, available for just $7 on draft at WhirlyBall Chicago.

    On top of these 5 craft brews, there are 27 others on tap right now, and always, at WhirlyBall Chicago. Be on the lookout for our next “What’s on Tap?” craft brew breakdown. Until then, cheers and let’s play some WhirlyBall! 

    How To Handle The Mixed Personalities of Chicago's Weather

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you’re from Chicago you already know the only thing that’s as unpredictable as Jay Cutler is the city’s weather. Just when you were tricked into believing this winter would be the mildest the city has seen in ages, you step outside to a blustery, wet smack of freezing cold reality.

    Okay sure, maybe this winter is still pretty mild, but that doesn’t stop Mother Nature from singling out our Windy City on any given day whenever she so chooses without any warning. Why are you so cruel, Mother Nature? And let’s be honest, who is ever prepared for freezing temperatures and ice storms when just yesterday the sun was shining bright and you were wearing only a hoodie for warmth?

    When the weather takes an unexpected turn how do you handle Chicago’s mixed personalities? Here’s how we cope.

    Try To Stay Active

    If you can get out of your house, by all means get out and stay active! The Chicago blues is a very common side effect most Chicagoans feel when winter hits. Staying inside and watching movies and taking a thousand trips back and forth from the couch to the fridge is fun, but only for a short time, until the sadsies kick in. The good news? Your local pub, movie theater, bowling alley, or wherever you love to go will probably still be open! If you’re lucky enough to live near WhirlyBall you can stay active all day long drinking craft beer, eating delicious food, bowling, playing lasertag, and WhirlyBalling. If you absolutely CANNOT leave your house try exercising, doing yoga, or reading a captivating book that will help you forget that Mother Nature hates you a lot.

    Take Care Of Those Pesky Tasks

    Ever heard of the expression “kill two birds with one stone?” Rainy, snowy, icy, or all of the above combined days are perfect for accomplishing tedious life tasks that you’ve been putting off. Sure it’s not the most glamorous idea, but it’s productive and you’ll thank yourself for getting it out of the way. Have a mountain of dishes to clean? Get scrubbing! Is your laundry overflowing? Wash it! Need to book a birthday party? Book it! Need to file your taxes?! ...Set that aside for another day.

    The bottom line is sometimes Chicago’s weather is so unpredictable that you actually can’t do anything but wait for it to pass, so you might as well get some stuff done in the meantime!

    Get In Touch With Family And Friends

    One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to handle Chicago’s two-faced weather is to connect with the ones you love! Chances are they’re feeling the same as you if they are in Chicago, so have yourself a little venting session. Call your grandparents, skype your old friends, or if possible, meet up in person and spend some quality time avoiding the harsh weather outside together! Life is so busy that you sometimes may feel like you don’t have the time or energy to stay in touch with the people you care about. Chicago’s rough winter days are a great reminder that if Mother Nature can take the time and energy to debilitate an entire city, then you must have the time and energy to stay in touch with your loved ones!

    Embrace It

    Finally, since Chicago’s weather is so inconsistent, you should probably learn to just embrace it. Even though at times we have a beef with her, Mother Nature is capable of some pretty incredible things. The sight of icicles hanging from tall building tops, frozen waves on Lake Michigan, and unplowed streets is actually astonishing in a sort of sublime way. Believe it or not, even the harshest weather conditions can be enjoyed by anyone. Learn to love Chicago’s weather and all its inconsistencies. After all, the only thing that’s constant is change, something we know all too well living in Chicago.

    We can’t stop the weather from hitting Chicago hard, but we hope these tips will help you better prepare for the next random ice storm the day after a warm, sunny winter day. Stay warm, stay active, and embrace the mixed personalities of Chicago’s weather. :) 

    5 New Year's Resolutions To Make Your 2016 Great!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Have you put together your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016 yet?

    Of course there will be the classic ones, like “eat healthier,” “work harder,” or “finally go to the gym,” but what about making some changes that’ll make 2016 a little more interesting and help you grow as a person?

    We’ve put together these 5 extremely easy resolutions to follow that just about anyone will benefit from.

    Be More Social

    Meet new people! When we say “be more social” we don’t mean go on social media and add some new friends, we’re talking about going into the real world and having real life conversations with people, face to face, in person! It’s easy, especially in a city as diverse as Chicago. Join a bowling league, go to more bars with live music, play WhirlyBall, go to a sports game, walk through the park, the list goes on. Being more social in 2016 will not only help you meet new friends, but it will add an interesting spice to your routine and get you out of the funk of being lazy.

    Learn More About Craft Beers

    Chicago is quickly becoming the Craft Beer hub of America. With new breweries popping up every month, there is a lot to learn about the rich culture of Craft Beers and how they’re made. The best part about researching new Craft Brews is that you’ll get to try an enormous variety of different blends and flavors, ultimately allowing you to finally decide what style of beer is most “you.” Getting into this resolution is relatively simple because breweries like Lagunitas, 3 Floyds, and Revolution Brewery offer brewery tours multiple times a week. At a brewery tour you’ll get to try all sorts of Craft Beers, learn how they’re made, and see the environment that brew masters operate in to perfect their craft (pun intended). This resolution will also help out with number one as well because you always meet awesome like-minded people on a brew tour! And even if a tour isn’t your thing, there’s still ample opportunities to try Chicago’s best Craft Beers; for instance, bars like WhirlyBall and Cobra Lounge are famous for offering the best of the best local Craft beers. If you want some for home, Binny’s Beverage Depot will have an unmatchable collection to offer. 

    Visit Different Neighborhoods

    It’s easy to get comfortable with the neighborhood you live or work in, but there’s so much of Chicago that you may not have seen! Diversify your surroundings. Make it a point to visit some neighborhoods that you aren't very familiar with and spend some time delving into new cultures. The CTA makes it way too easy for you to get just about anywhere in Chicago, so what’s stopping you? Every neighborhood in Chicago from Pilsen to Logan Square is just as unique and worth-visiting as the one you are most familiar with. Don’t let the anxiety of “not belonging” steer you away from experiencing your city! This resolution will enhance your appreciation for different cultures and travelling. Nothing makes you more interesting than changing up your norm!

    Spend More Time With Family

    Seriously, do it. Your family matters more than anything else in this world. We know you’re busy and you don’t always have the time to hang with family, but make time, it’s worth it. We promise. Make it a point in 2016 to go on adventures, eat meals, go out on the town, play games, vacation, and do anything with your family members more than you have in the past. If you don’t live in the same state, or even country, as your loved ones spend an extra couple of hours each week talking on the phone with them and sharing stories. They will feel appreciated and you will feel much closer to the people who you truly care for. An easy way to get started would be to book a party at WhirlyBall and have a night of laughs and togetherness. Or just stay in and have a good old-fashioned game night. Get closer to ultimate happiness!

    Sample Different Foods

    One of the best ways to make your life a little more interesting is switching up your meal options! Next time you go to the grocery store, buy 10-15 ingredients you normally wouldn’t buy and make some delicious new dishes. It’s the 21st century, even if you don’t know how to cook, the internet could teach you. Just look up some recipes online and follow along or create something of your own. When you can’t cook for yourself or you simply don’t want to, go to a restaurant you’ve never been. Trying new food is incredibly rewarding and adds some flavor to your life.

    Choose any number of these 5 simple New Year’s resolutions and we guarantee 2016 will be full of personal-growth and happiness. Happy New Year y’all! We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store! :) 

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