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    The Beginner's Guide To Decorating Parties Like A Boss

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Party planners, where you at?! You might not know, but your party is only as interesting as its decorations. The way you set up a space can make or break how your guests feel about your party. That’s why we’ve put together a basic list of party decoration tips that always impress the crowd. 

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    Pick a theme and stick with it.

    If you’re throwing a themed party it is most important you stay consistent. Throwing a Star Wars themed party? Get some galactic style streamers and balloons, make-shift light sabers, and utilize characters from the film for napkins, banners, and other party decor essentials. Themed parties have the potential to be totally awesome, if done correctly. If you’re throwing your kid a Nicktoons themed party, don’t include Disney characters. You see what we’re saying? Impress your guests with a completely unified themed party, and make sure everything from the invitations to the birthday cake follow your theme! 

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    Incorporate interactive decorations

    People love decorations that they can play with! Find a decoration that you can incorporate into your party that guests can interact with throughout the event. Zygote Balls are a great example of an interactive party decoration; they’re large, helium-filled, inflatable balls that respond to motion through human touch and react by changing colour as they float through the air. The simplest ideas are usually the best. Of course the most classic interactive party decoration you could buy is a pinata filled with goodies. Find the pinata design that goes with your party and hang it up so partygoers can take their best whack at it! There are endless ways to incorporate interactive decorations into your party, just be creative. 

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    Use video or digital picture frames

    If the event space has TVs, projectors, or digital picture frames, ask if you could use them as decorations. Digital photo collages and videos can take your party to the next level. If you’re throwing a wedding party create a photo collage and collect some videos of the bride and groom and play them throughout your event space. The same goes for any type of party. Birthday party? Gather pictures of the birthday boy or girl and play them on repeat! Family reunion? Make a timeline video of your family’s history and project it. Guests love looking through homemade photo and video collages - this decoration tip will liven up your event and spark conversations all night! If the event space does not have any TVs or a projector that you can use then you can buy a few cheap digital picture frames and place them on tables around your party. This simple tip separates an average party from a well-planned party.

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    Use a color as your theme

    Sometimes the best party themes are colors. If you don’t want a specific party theme based on a character, sport, show, or time-period, you can choose a color or two and make that the theme. Are you throwing a birthday party for your daughter who LOVES the color purple? Decorate her party with everything purple! Silverware, streamers, napkins, flowers, lights, EVERYTHING! Buy purple light bulbs to make your party room shine its theme. Imagine how amazed she will be when she walks in and sees her favorite color on everything, illuminated by none other than more of her favorite color. You could also mix and match; this tip is not limited to just one color. Color combinations are pretty awesome, too. This decoration idea is as simple as it comes, but doing it properly takes creative thinking and a lot of preparation. However, if you do it right, your color themed party could stun guests and make for a beautiful sight. 

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    Go all out or don’t go at all

    Finally, if you’re going to decorate your party make sure you put some time and thought into it. Decorating a party takes time and effort. This tip is probably the most important of them all. Dull, last minute decorating looks sad and does not add any specialness to your party. If all you plan to do is hang up a couple balloons or streamers then you might as well not decorate at all. You either need to go full on party mode with your decorations or don’t go at all. People notice how hard you worked on decorating a party, but they also notice how hard you DIDN’T work on decorations if they are just thrown up haphazardly. So please party planners, do it right and put the time and effort into your decorating process or don’t do it all!.

    Now that you have the basics of how to decorate your party like a boss, it’s time for you to get planning. Find an event space suitable for your party and get to work, people! 

    To book an unforgettable party at WhirlyBall please contact us at 773-486-7777 or email us at:

    Surviving Lasertag

    Last updated 26 days ago

    4 Survival Tips Everyone Needs to Know Before Heading Into Battle

    Lasertag is one of the finest novelty sports ever invented. It’s fun, exhilarating, and unlike any other sport. Before jumping into battle you should know some of the ins and outs of the game! Take notes as we break down the 3 must-know survival tips of playing lasertag.

    Know Your Enemy

    Like with most sports, lasertag is all about winning and having fun! Before stepping into battle make sure you size up your opponents and scope out your competition. Playing with friends? They are now your enemies. Unless, of course, you are playing on a team, in which case your teammates are your new best friends and your rivals are untrustworthy soldiers who will do anything they can to get their laser on your target (See for WhirlyBall Lasertag rules). It gets dark on the lasertag battlefield, so make sure you’re tagging the opposing team before pulling the trigger. 

    Get Sneaky

    There are plenty of nooks and crannies for you to hide in on the lasertag battlefield. When the game begins, do your best to stay invisible and surprise your opponents. When you master the course and find the best places, you can be sneaky and scope out other lasertaggers! The sneakier you are, the better your score will be. Just remember to stay safe while doing so!

    Aim For Targets, Not Bodies

    A common mistake many lasertaggers make while in battle is aiming at an opponent's body instead of their laser target. If all you had to do to gain points was tag another player’s body with your laser the game would be too easy! Each player wears a high-tech vest with intelligent sensors on the front, back and shoulders.  When hit by an opposing team’s laser, these sensors deactivate for a couple of seconds and the tagger receives points for the hit. First-timers often leave their first lasertag battle feeling gypped because their score was low! They think, “I tagged SO many people in there, the lasers were flying, everyone was dropping like flies, I was amazing!” But the truth of the matter is it doesn’t matter how many people you tag! It only matters if your laser hits their sensors. So aim at the targets, people, your score depends on it! (Learn more about how the sensors work here

    Play Fair And Don't Be A Sore Loser

    This tip is the most valuable lasertag survival tip of all! Everyone wants to win, but obviously not everyone can be a winner at the end of the game. Don’t take it too seriously or you’ll miss out on the pure enjoyment that is lasertag. Congratulate the winners and play fair. No one likes a cheater! Sore losers are almost as bad as cheaters. If you don’t win it’s not the end of the world! Wouldn’t you rather have an absolute blast playing this ridiculous game than spend it worrying about being the best and pouting if you don’t end up on top? The best part about lasertag is that even if you don’t win you have a lot of fun trying to! Plus, there’s always time to prepare for your next lasertag battle when you can really dominate the competition.

    Now that you know the basics it’s time for you to suit up and head into battle! 

    For more information on lasertag at WhirlyBall visit or call us at 773-486-7777 to see how you can set up a lasertag party of your own!  

    Which Chicago Sports Charity Is Right For You? The Beginner's Guide to Paying it Forward this Holiday Season

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Everyone loves receiving gifts around the holidays and there’s nothing wrong with that! But, at the end of the day it’s giving gifts that ultimately warms your heart with the tender realization that you made someone else feel special.

    At WhirlyBall, there are two things that we support unconditionally year round: sports and parties. Okay, on the surface parties and sports may not seem like causes worth a donation, but there’s a silver lining here. Sports teams in Chicago are dedicated to their team and their city, meaning that philanthropy is a huge part of each organization. And nothing brings people together like a party!

    Introducing “Play It Forward” with WhirlyBall. If you book a holiday party by November 1st at WhirlyBall we will make a donation to your favorite Chicago sports team charity. That’s right, by partying your holidays away at WhirlyBall you will be giving back to a great cause of your choice. Don’t know which charity to choose? Let’s break down what each one stands for!

    The Chicago Balckhawks Charities

    The Chicago Blackhawks Charities pledge to make a brighter future for Chicago’s youths with the core principles of health and wellness, and housing and living.  Chicago Blackhawks Charities serve local citizens by impacting youths and their families in and around the city of Chicago. You can donate to this charity directly here:

    The Chicago Cubs Charities

    Similar to the Blackhawk Charities, the Cubs Charities benefit Chicago’s children and their families. Initially the Cubs Charities were created to support ongoing cancer research but has since become much more. Their goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. You can donate to the Cubs Charities directly here:

    The Chicago White Sox Charities

    The Chicago White Sox Charities goal is to inspire, educate and embrace Chicago by providing financial and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through recreation and education.  The Chicago White Sox Charities also provide support to those offering support to children and families in crisis. You can donate to the Chicago White Sox Charities directly here:

    Chicago Bears Care

    Through targeted programs supporting education, youth athletics and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer, Bears Care aims to improve the quality of life for people in the Chicagoland community, primarily disadvantaged children and their families. Bears Care has totaled over $12.1 million in issued grants to nearly 100 qualifying agencies. You can donate directly to this charity here:

    Chicago Bulls Charities

    The Bulls have established a history of community service by contributing time, materials, resources and financial donations to organizations committed to youth education, health and wellness, and violence prevention. Through fundraising, donating, and auctioning, the Chicago Bulls Charities are able to give back to Chicago’s communities. You can request a donation directly here:

    Now that you know a little bit about what each Chicago team charity is all about, all you need to do is book your WhirlyBall party before November 1st and choose which charity suites you best! And don’t forget to Play it Forward this holiday season!  

    To book your holiday party at WhirlyBall visit the 2015 WhirlyBall Holiday Event Planning page or call us at 773-486-7777 for all the details and answers to your questions!


    Casts of "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago PD" in WhirlyBall Charity Play Saturday, Oct. 3rd

    Last updated 2 months ago

    There really isn’t any better place to be in Chicago this coming Saturday, Oct 3rd, than at WhirlyBall in Bucktown. Why do you ask? This Saturday night marks the inaugural WhirlyCruz Cup. You might be wondering, “Why does this matter?” “What’s all the hype?”

    Let’s break it down slowly, because there’s a lot of awesomeness to digest here:

    The WhirlyCruz Cup is an event that Joe Minoso (star of NBC’s Chicago Fire) is hosting at WhirlyBall. “Well that’s awesome! I love that show and he’s one of my favorite characters. Where do I sign up?” Well, hold your horses, ‘cause it gets even better. The WhirlyCruz Cup will also bring stars from both NBC shows, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, as well as other local celebrities to throwdown on the WhirlyBall court! 

    But there’s more! Not only will all these amazing actors and actresses be in the house, but all proceeds made at WhirlyCruz go to the 100 Club of Chicago, providing for the families of fallen First Responders of Cook and Lake Counties! You can purchase a ticket if you just want to watch WhirlyCruz go down, enter as a team of 4 or as an individual player if you want to throwdown with the stars, or simply contribute to the 100 Club of Chicago.

    Now you’re probably saying, “Okay, I submit, it couldn’t possibly get any better.” But it does. Not only will the casts of the primetime NBC dramas be squaring off, but anyone who purchases a player ticket will join teams with celebrity team captains like former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, former Blackhawks player Reid Simpson and media personality Brittney Payton, among others. 

    The event is named WhirlyCruz after Minoso’s Chicago Fire character name, Joe Cruz. This is sure to be one of WhirlyBall’s most memorable events ever! Get tickets while they are available and please donate to the 100 Club of Chicago. Chicago’s First Responders are out there day and night protecting our city, and we are proud to give our support. So come have a great time watching your favorite NBC stars duke it out on the WhirlyBall court, support Chicago's First Responders and their families, and have eternal bragging rights - it’s all happening this Saturday, October 3rd, at WhirlyBall Chicago!

    Click to purchase tickets to WhirlyCruz Cup.

    What's On Tap: Revolution Brewing "Beat the Brewer" Challenge!

    Last updated 5 months ago

    A revolution is brewing! Beat the Brewer returns to our WhirlyBall in Lombard this Tuesday, June 30th from 7-10PM. Like with any brewer challenge, for one night the grand sport of WhirlyBall is free and open to the public. The only catch? You must go bumper-to-bumper with some of Chicago’s best brewers!

    Revolution Brewing Company was founded in Logan Square back in 2010. Since then they have again and again revolutionized their techniques to adapt to changing craft beer audiences.

    Their brewpub produces about 50 different beer styles each year, from session beers to hop bombs to bourbon barrel aged beers.

    When you’re not on the court, The Rev Brew Crew has some brews for you to try throughout the night, including:


    Rosa Hibiscus/$5

    Cross Of Gold/$6

    Hugene Porter Brew Pub Edition/$7

    Fist City/$6

    Bottom Up Wit/$5

    Free WhirlyBall and great brews not enough? This event is a “Steal the Jar” event too, so keep the jar you drink from!

    And don’t forget...RSVP in advance at for a chance to win a $50 WhirlyBall card!

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