Last updated 8 months ago
11 new dishes brought to you by Corporate Executive Chef Justin Vaiciunas.
Something’s cooking! WhirlyBall is constantly making improvements to its menu, adding delicious new tastes to make sure our customers are always satisfied and craving more. We are proud to bring new Corporate Executive Chef, Justin Vaiciunas, to the kitchen at WhirlyBall Bucktown in Chicago! Justin brought 11 new exciting eats to the menu, check them out below.
1. White Cheddar Popcorn
Don’t be fooled! This isn’t any old popcorn. This is the finest White Cheddar Popcorn in Chicago, dipped in liquid nitrogen and brought right to your mouth!
2. Fried Brussels Sprouts
Try a side of the new Fried Brussels Sprouts, made with black garlic aioli and espresso infused balsamic.
3. Japanese Crab Cake
A delicious combination of 3-cabbage, blue crab, spicy mayo, and applewood bacon. Unique and delicious!
4. Mexican Mole Street Tacos
Boom! Pulled pork, onion, cilantro, tomatillo salsa, house mole and cojita cheese served on corn tortillas.
5. Stout Style Reuben
Dig into this tasty new creation. Spicy giardiniera dressing, cole slaw, pepper jack and stout braised corn beef.
6. Chicago Bruschetta
Preserved lemon cream and shaved imported prosciutto, Chicago style!
7. French Quarter Burger
The tastes of NOLA in Chicago. Roasted corn, onion relish, creole aioli, topped with andouille sausage and jalapeno jack cheese.
8. Fig Bruschetta
Fig jam, roasted red peppers and goat cheese. Mmmm, incrdible!
9. Fried Curry Shrimp Bao
Coconut curry, rhubarb, and black bean cilantro. Tasty!
10. Fried East Coast Calamari
Served with a basil citrus cream, you need to taste this flavor profile.
11. Asian Edamame Hummus
Sweet chili sauce sesame oil and spicy mayo served with fried wonton chips, a different take on traditional shareables!
Stop by WhirlyBall Chicago and try one of these 11 new dishes everyone’s talking about! Check out our full new menu here. #EatDrinkGameOn
Last updated 8 months ago
Chicago is one of those special cities where the majority of the population just love to party. Weddings, birthdays, bachelors, bachelorettes, bar/bat mitzvahs, work retreats, high school reunions, you name it! With a large population of event-throwing party animals comes a hefty amount of suitable event venues that host said parties. We’ve narrowed it down to our 5 favorite event spaces in Chicago.
With a rotating list of daily drink specials, live band karaoke every Saturday at 11p, and arguably some of the best New Haven-style pizza outside of Connecticut, there's literally nothing not to love about this place. Being located at one of the busiest intersections in Chicago, you’re going to want to plan your event prior to showing up!
2. The Grid
At this garden-level lounge, you won’t need to worry about finding a seat; It’s a MASSIVE floor with spacious, pin-tucked booths situated around unique chrome fireplaces. Split some duck-fat popcorn and wings sprinkled with freeze-dried Buffalo powder, all over a round of Thai-style mojitos with coconut-ginger syrup and cilantro.
3. The Bedford
This place is a must-see! This 8000sqft bank-turned-restaurant rocks a bank vault lounge, an intimate dining space, and a lively bar -- it's basically set up for private parties by design. Check out the lounge for casual socializing, the bar for the Hemingway, and the dining room for pork belly sausage on a honey-pecan waffle.
WhirlyBall is always a win/win for pretty much any type of event. They have bowling lanes, lasertag, WhirlyBall courts, 32 craft beers on tap, an unexpectedly delicious food menu, massive private party and conference rooms, and an overall great environment. Plus, their two-story Bucktown location is less than two years young so if you thought you knew WhirlyBall before, you’re in for a treat with their new digs.
This industrially chic Korean barbecue joint is ideal for dinner parties -- there’s plenty of space, and the grub is top-notch. The booth seats feature individual grills that encourage an interactive dining experience, so impress your friends with your grillin’ skills with the Korean short ribs and banana leaf-wrapped salmon.
Last updated 10 months ago
'Tis the season for Baseball in Chicago! We could already smell the ballpark dogs being grilled and the faint voice of vendors shouting, “PEANUTSSSS, Get your peanuts, here!” Unless you’re a season ticket holder, you probably only get a couple of chances to watch the games live at Wrigley and/or U.S. Cellular each season. Where do you watch the other 160 some games? Luckily, Chicago is packed to the brim with awesome sports bars, perfect for watching your favorite baseball team(s).
1. Sluggers Wrigleyville
Sluggers World Class Sports Bar and Grill is the ideal location for any Cubs fan to fully experience the game without actually being there. This poppin' bar is located just a block away from Wrigley Field so you can actually hear the organ playing, the fans cheering, and the 7th inning stretch. The most unique thing about Sluggers is that it has batting cages! That’s right, batting cages, inside a bar, a block away from Wrigley. Perfect.
2. WhirlyBall Chicago
WhirlyBall Chicago is basically the mecca of sports bars. There are locations in Vernon Hills and Lombard as well, but the new Chicago WhirlyBall location is a two story beast, fully equipped with everything sports fans love: WhirlyBall, bowling, lasertag, shuffleboard, over 32 craft beers on tap, delicious food, and flat screen TVs EVERYWHERE. This place bleeds Chicago sports. You can watch every Cubs and Sox game all season long here; the atmosphere is always full of excitement and there will never be a shortage of beer.
3. The Anthem
You won’t miss the game at this trendy, yet home-y sports bar because it is projected onto the wall to a scale so large it’s visible down the block. The indoor and outdoor seating areas are filled with high top communal tables and the ceiling draped with an American flag. This Ukranian Village staple is perfect for watching the Cubs and the Sox, because of it’s centrally neutral location. The bartenders are always friendly and happy to make you a cocktail (try the tiki-ish Episode 73) or just crack open a PBR tallboy. Try the Jucy Lucy, a stroke of Minnesotan genius that injects a greasy, juicy burger with Velveeta cheese.
4. Avenue Tavern
This Lakeview sports bar has the requisite menu of fried food and burgers, televisions in every corner and a shot-and-beer–loving clientele. But the stone walls and glass facade surroundings lend this sports bar a sensibility so laid-back and inviting that even the least sports-enthusiastic people can get into it. The drinks are inexpensive for the most part and the atmosphere is perfect for spending afternoons and nights alike chilling with your buds watching the game.
5. Schaller’s Pub
There’s no better place to cheer on your team than this down-home, blue-collar institution that’s been serving up cold ones since 1881. This place is the ideal baseball-lovers pub. It has a way of making you feel like a local, no matter where you’re from. Arrive at least a half hour before game time if you plan to eat—and you should definitely plan to eat. Just-like-Mom-made classics include crispy pork tenderloin smothered in perfect pan gravy and greaseless fried chicken. Add doting servers, cheap beer and a living room–like atmosphere, and you’ve got the best sports experience short of front-row tickets.
Last updated 11 months ago
Team-building at its finest
1. Those who Whirl together, stay together
Let me tell you a story; it’s really short I promise - One night you and a couple of your buddies come to WhirlyBall and can’t get enough, next thing you know you’re playing once every couple of weeks, then your Whirly group starts growing, the years pass and you’ve got yourself a tradition, then your Whirly buddy gets married and who does he ask to be his best man? YOU, you, WhirlyBall partner you. WhirlyBall isn’t just a place to come and have fun; it’s also where you go to build new friendships and strengthen old ones, bond with your co-workers, and make lifelong memories. Those who Whirl together stay together. Remember this: pick your WhirlyBall teammates wisely, they may just become your new best friends.
2. There’s no “I” In team
Sure it’s an overused phrase, but when you’re WhirlyBallin it’s nothing but the truth. Taking too much responsibility into your own hands will slow down your game and get you stuck in a corner. Literally. No one likes a show-off. Don’t be that guy, unless you do it really really well. Your teammates are there for a reason and they are skilled in their own ways. A wise man once told me that “teamwork makes the dream work,” people, and I don’t quote things that I don’t believe. When you work together, your team can be unstoppable.
3. Patience is an essential virtue
If you are having a hard time getting used to the game, don’t get frustrated. Letting your emotions get the best of you will hinder the fun you could be having! Grab a beer, shake it off. The best part about WhirlyBall is that anyone can get the hang of it relatively quickly. So be patient my fellow WhirlyBallers; sometimes it takes a game or two to get the feel for your bumper car. You’ll be putting points on the board left and right before you know it, it just takes a little time. Even the pros started somewhere.
4. Confidence lives off of your team’s energy
You’ll learn that building confidence in yourself as well as your teammates will make your squad shine. Other squads will want to be your squad. If someone on your team does something great, let them know. If they do something not so great, let them know it’s all good. Your energy is their energy. WhirlyBall is all about having a good time and no one wants to feel like they didn’t contribute to the fun-making. So reach out to your teammates, and opponents too. Positive reinforcement is both useful and respectful, and we’re all about it.
5. Good sportsmanship: Congratulate the winners
We know WhirlyBall can bring out the competitor in everyone, but it’s just a game. Make sure to always congratulate the winner, even if you thought you were for sure going to win. No one likes a sore loser, but everyone likes a good sport. So do the right thing and always take the high road.
Come out to WhirlyBall and learn the ropes. We have locations in Vernon Hills, Lombard and Chicago.
Last updated 11 months ago
Any of these pick-up lines would sound pretty creepy to hear on the street, but when it comes to bowling alleys, these lines make complete sense.
1. “Pardon me, Miss, I thought you wanted me to strike up a conversation ;)
Simple and to the point - just make sure you actually bowl strikes before pulling out this smooth line. What girl doesn't love a good play on words?
2. “Great shot! I’d like to see you pin me down like that”
3. “Forgive my forwardness. My mind’s been in the gutter all night long.”
Ah, classic. The perfect way to combine being terrible at bowling with being a really great pickup artist.
4. “I like a man who isn’t afraid to use both hands.”
I’m not so sure the guy who bowls with two hands is the guy you want to go home with… but hey, to each their own.
5. “My lanes are freshly waxed, if you know what I mean.”
Creepy pretty much anywhere you use it.
6. "My motto: Strikes in the streets, splits in the sheets."
Great for getting a laugh! Just don’t be a weirdo…weirdos say stuff like this.
7. “Hey there, could you spare me a minute of your time?”
Dang, back at it again with the flirtatious play on words!
8. “Let’s talk turkey: When I look at you, my thoughts are all XXX.”
You probably shouldn’t ever use this line, but we can’t stop a few courageous romantics from trying.
9. “Wow, what a great rack!”
Classy… real classy...
(If you're bold enough to try it - it works at the beginning of a pool game, too.)
10. “You’ve got a good grip on that ball. I’d like to see how you handle two.”
Not. Even. Once.
Maybe bowling isn’t the sexiest sport in the world, but it is one of the most fun! Come out to WhirlyBall Chicago and try out some of your own pickup lines. Just maybe be a little less creepy than these. :)