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    Your Winning WhirlyBall Strategy

    Last updated 1 month ago

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    So you’ve mastered the brush and scoop pick up technique and you’re a pro at maneuvering the steering column, but do you have what it takes to really dominate on the court? First, you must remember that the game of WhirlyBall is a genius combination of Lacrosse, Hockey, and Basketball. Don’t let the bumper cars cloud your vision, this game can and should be played very similarly to the sports we all know and love.

    Instituting your basketball knowledge is a good place to start. Establish guards, forwards, and centers to keep your team organized. The ‘Screen and Slam’ is an often-effective play where the forwards set picks for the guards. This screen can be set by simply driving up next to your opponent or, to rile things up a little, by slamming your car into the other player. Either way, the opposing team will have trouble maneuvering their bumper cars.  Your guard will be able to slide down the court and take a relatively open shot. Beware, your opponents will not be happy with your sly moves so prepare to get hit…hard.

    A second play your team should keep up its sleeve is the ‘Whirlwind’. This play involves rapid movement on every player’s part. As the point guard drives down court he should yell “Whirlwind”. This will both prepare your team and incredibly intimidate the other team. The point guard will then make a quick pass to the center all the while one of the forwards is getting set up under the hoop. If the forward is open, the center should pass to him for a lay-up. If not, the center can take a shot or drive to the hoop himself. Not only is this play effective, it is an obscene amount of fun!

    If you’re not already dominating, try to remember a few basic tips. Rebounds can make or break a game. Always have a player ready to snatch that ball and try again. Tip #2: Don’t forget to embrace the art of the fake pass. This technique works especially well because your reaction time in a bumper car is not as quick as on your feet. When your opponent falls for this trick, he’ll be heading in the wrong direction, unable to turn back. This brings us to the final tip. Keep moving! It takes a little while for your bumper car to build speed, so the less you stop, the faster your car will move. Not to mention speeding around in a bumper car is extremely amusing. If you implement these tips and throw in a few ‘Screen and Slams’ and ‘Whirlwinds’, your team will no doubt be on the road to victory.


    How To Be A Beer Snob

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Do you often find yourself sipping a high quality beer while explaining its mouthwatering characteristics? Admit it, you’re a beer snob. You can call yourself a beer connoisseur if that makes you feel better. Regardless of the label, your abundance of knowledge on the topic will both impress and annoy most of your peers. Don’t let this bother you, your coworkers and fantasy football league are just jealous.

    If you want to compete with the best of the best, you better brush up on your beer vocabulary. The more adjectives you use to describe the taste, the better. Frothy, hoppy, hearty, indulgent, and dense are just a few. Maintaining your beer hipster status can be difficult, so don’t hesitate to get creative and even invent a word or two to describe the beer’s aroma. Your friends won’t know the difference because after all, you’re the expert.

    There are many facets to consider when speaking intelligently about a brew. Before the beer overwhelms your senses, take a look at the label. Flaunt your knowledge about its country of origin along with any awards or honors it has received. You may also want to waft the aroma toward you in an effort to speak of the beer’s irresistible fragrance. These may seem like insignificant details, but your pals will be blown away by your knowledge.

    Remember, there is a time and place for your snobbish ways. You may want to keep quiet around the office, but feel free to impress your coworkers at your next happy hour outing, or perhaps, the next craft beer event at WhirlyBall! Our extensive craft beer selection will give you all the material you need. Another great setting for your beer expertise is a fantasy football draft party. Why not enhance the competition with some professional insight about the brand, origin, and taste you are enjoying?

    Perfecting the art of beer snobbery is quite the challenging task. First and foremost, always remember to praise the brew with descriptive adjectives. You can make any beer attractive if you throw in a few of these. Next, assess the label for hints. You’d be surprised how intelligent you can sound when you read the fine print. Before your first sip, call on all your senses and speak highly of the brew’s aroma. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll fit in with the hipster beer snobs in no time.


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    Fantasy Football Draft Parties

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you’re an avid fantasy football participant, you know that the draft sets the tone for the whole season. It’s got to be fun, competitive, and unique, while keeping traditions alive.  As commissioner, the pressure is on you to set up the league, resolve any problems that may arise, and most importantly, provide the perfect space for your draft. Rise to the occasion and choose WhirlyBall as your fantasy draft party venue.  Your league will not be disappointed!

    Your draft is sure to last several hours, so quality food and refreshments are a must! Fuel up with some Whirly Wings and Mambo Fries or customize your own menu to include Herb Roasted Pork Loin and Spinach Lasagna. At WhirlyBall, we also offer an extensive selection of craft beers. We guarantee you no one will go thirsty. You can reserve a private party room or enjoy all of this in the comforts of the WhirlyBar. Set the mood with ESPN on our HD TVs and log onto our reliable Wi-Fi to get started. The space at WhirlyBall is ideal for an awesome fantasy draft party.

    Draft day can be stressful so take a break between rounds for a quick game of WhirlyBall. Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition before the season kicks off! Besides, what better way to build league camaraderie than crashing into opponents with bumper cars? If WhirlyBall isn’t your thing, join us for an intense game of Laser Tag.  Our multi-level course will have your buddies competing for the title before the season has even begun. Afterwards, hit up the arcade for air hockey and foosball. Your league will be raving about their draft party all season.

    We know preparing for fantasy football draft day can be a lot of work, so let us make it easier for you. Plan your party with WhirlyBall and your league is guaranteed to have a blast. We offer a comfortable venue along with awesome menu items and an extensive craft beer selection. When you need a break from the draft, you can let loose with a match of WhirlyBall or face your friends in a bout of lasertag. You’ll have everything you need right at your fingertips. Start the season off right at WhirlyBall. Let the games begin!

    Building a Better Rehearsal Dinner

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Do not feel like you have to abide by traditional rules when it comes to planning your rehearsal dinner. As you reach the final stretch before your wedding, you, your fiancé, and your bridal party should enjoy a celebration that is a reflection of your personality. Keep reading to figure out how to build a better rehearsal dinner:

    Choose the Right Venue

    Instead of hosting your dinner at a regular old restaurant, why not move your celebration to a venue that provides hours of fun for everyone? Choose a location like WhirlyBall for your rehearsal dinner so you and your guests can relax and relieve some stress before the big day. When you host a private party at a location like this, you can choose a food and drink menu that meets all of your needs and keeps your guests perfectly satiated.

    Do Not Take It Too Seriously

    Your rehearsal dinner should definitely not cause you any more stress in the days leading up to your wedding. When you choose a venue like WhirlyBall that is used to hosting parties and events, the event staff takes care of a majority of the planning. You and your soon-to-be-spouse just have to show up and get ready to have fun with the rest of your guests.  

    Treat Yourself to Luxury Transportation

    You have worked hard planning your wedding and your rehearsal dinner gives you the opportunity to take some time off before the big day. Pamper yourselves by hiring a limo or a luxury town car to take you to and from your rehearsal dinner. When you rely on chauffeured transportation, you can let loose and have fun without worrying about how you will get back home once the event is over.

    Turn to WhirlyBall for all of your event-planning needs in the Chicago area. From rehearsal dinners to corporate functions, we provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere that can meet your every need. To learn more about our Chicago, Lombard, or Vernon Hills locations, visit us online or call (773) 486-7777.

    Switch Up Your Usual Girls' Night Out with a Great Evening at WhirlyBall

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you and your girls are getting tired of the usual dinner-and-drinks routine, it might be time for something new. Changing up your normal night out is a great way to explore your city and find new activities that you love to do. Add some excitement to your next night out by having it at Chicago’s own WhirlyBall so you can do the following:

    Get Your Grub On

    Sometimes you need a night of eating whatever you want to really feel like yourself. From pita chips and hummus to gourmet pizza, WhirlyBall has a menu full of delicious treats that you can enjoy while you talk and catch up on each other’s lives. Whether you want to eat before or after you play, this menu selection provides plenty of choices to satiate practically any craving.

    Sip Some Cocktails

    Girls’ night is not complete without some cocktails that help you all loosen up and really enjoy your time together. Plan a private party at WhirlyBall to gain access to food and beverage packages that help you and your closest girlfriends have a night out unlike any you have ever had before.

    Play Some New Games

    From the WhirlyBall court to the Lasertron course, WhirlyBall offers fun and unique games that can keep you entertained for hours. The Lombard and Vernon Hills locations also have a pool table. Try your skill at arcade games, foosball, and air hockey to really have fun. If you hold your party at the Vernon Hills location, you can even test your strength on the rock-climbing wall.

    Plan your next girls’ night at WhirlyBall to gain access to all of this and more. As one of the premier locations to host parties and events in the Chicago area, we provide everything you need to have an amazing time with friends, family, and even coworkers. To learn more about our private and corporate party options in Chicago, Lombard, or Vernon Hills, visit us online or call (773) 486-7777. 

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