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    One #WhirlyBallin Grand Opening

    Last updated 2 years ago

    A recap of WhirlyBall Chicago’s Grand Opening festivities on
    Monday, Jan. 12th, 2014.

    Our official “grand re-opening” may have opened with a light show...

    ...But like any party at WhirlyBall, the night had only just begun!

    Others gave WhirlyBowl a spin in our 12 brand new bowling lanes!

    And our 32-draft WhirlyBar was, of course, kept busy all night!

    Some hit the courts, either for a game of lasertag or the greatest sport known to mortal man: WhirlyBall!

    Our new location is now officially open and we couldn’t be happier for what’s to come. Thank you to all our friends in Chicago and beyond for the continued support!

    Check out #whirlyballin on Instagram and Twitter for even more photos and talk. And don’t forget - any day can be a reason to party at WhirlyBall. Call us now to reserve today!

    10 Reasons Why You Should Visit the New WhirlyBall Chicago

    Last updated 2 years ago


    Haven’t stopped by our new home at 1825 W. Webster yet? We think you should!


    10. Have you seen the size of this place?


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    Twice the size of our Fullerton location means twice the fun! With two floors of entertainment and 50,000 square ft. of space, we have room for anyone. Lounge at one of our comfy couches and tables made with reclaimed bowling alley wood or our outdoor balcony that overlooks the Kennedy Expressway.


    9. Don’t even get us started on our private event space!


    Planning a big event and need some space off the court? One of our private event spaces will hold 300+ guests! Of course we still have plenty of areas for all those group outings, off-site corporate meetings, and birthday parties. Reserve one today!


    8. Get out of the gutter – we have a bowling alley now!


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    Off the court and onto the lanes – WhirlyBall Chicago has 12 bowling lanes (including four private lanes upstairs.) Add some recreational fun to your event that anyone, young or old, can play and enjoy!


    7. Bowling not your thing? How about high-paced, adrenaline-filled laser tag?


    Channel your inner child (or Barney Stinson) and grab your vest and phaser. Our new facility has brand new, 3,500 square ft., multi-level arena that takes laser tag to the next level. Throw a crazy bachelor/bachelorette party or use it as a teambuilding activity!


    6. Prefer to watch? Then watch on one of 60 Flat Screens!


    Watch some Bears, Bulls, or Blackhawks games with friends, or watch the National Dog Show – we really don’t care, we have enough screens to go around!


    5. Nothing goes better with game day than beer – and we have 32 drafts on tap!


    New cocktails, new beers on tap, and a rotating selection of local drafts for those aficionados out there. Our monthly Craft Beer challenges (with FREE WhirlyBall!) start up again in January. 


    4. Pair that beer with some sliders, pizza, etc. from our new menu!


    Stop by the WhirlyBar for sliders, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and more. New items include the New Yorker (brisket pot roast sandwich on a baguette) and a Bahn Mi wrap (made with roasted pork and cucumbers) and artichoke sliders. Feel free to customize your menu with your very own event and catering package.


    3. Did we mention the gluten-free options?


    Our executive chef Abbie DeWald helped to reformulate many of the recipes (including pizza!) to meet gluten-free dietary standards. Download the full menu here!


    2. Compete for a cause – Live to Support leagues are coming in the new year!


    We’re happy to continue our partnership with Live to Support Chicago, an organization that combines sports and charity by raising money for local charities (such as ???) through their leagues. Both the Chicago Sport and Social Club League and LTS Chicago will offer bowling and WhirlyBall leagues in the new year!

    And best of all...




    You can’t play the wonderful sport that combines lacrosse, basketball, hockey, and bumper cars anywhere else! Check out our brand new WhirlyBall courts (Fun Fact: they’re named after our new cross streets: Damen, Elston, and Webster!)

    Give us a call at (773)486-777 to reserve your next visit!

    The 11 Types Of Bowlers You'll Meet

    Last updated 2 years ago

    No matter who you bowl with, you’re bound to see a few regulars.

    1.     The “Power Player”

    Also known as Crankers in the bowling world, their powerful throws strike fear and awe into the hearts of other players. Probably had a lot of free time in high school.


    2. The “Unexpected Power Player”

    Whoa, wait? THAT guy is a cranker? Since WHEN? They spill their coffee every morning on the way to their desk. But they just bowled a perfect game and gave the rest of the office advice. This is so unfair.


    3. The “Shhh, Shhh…I Have a Technique” Player

    Sometimes called “Strokers,” instead of relying on power and speed, these people have a system. A certain way of throwing the ball or standing, maybe. Even if they don’t bowl a strike every time they keep doing it. Don’t question it, no one really knows why.



    4. The “Two-Handed” Player

    Even though they’re a grown adult, they still stick to the “two-handed” technique. The rest of the team will tease the two-handed player until the player starts beating them.


    5. The “I Have No Idea How to Play So I’m Just Gonna Throw This Thing and Hope for the Best” Player

    Also known as: the reason the gutter gates were invented. At least they have fun.


    6. The “Anywhere but Here” Player

    Someone in your party had to be begged to come, probably a spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend or coworker friend. They will make sure you never forget how “above” bowling they are, especially if they play “real” sports.


    All bowlers are welcome at the new WhirlyBall Chicago! Make a reservation today. 

    All bowlers are welcome at the new WhirlyBall Chicago! Make a reservation today. 

    7. The “Passive Aggressive” Player

    Whoa. They need to chill. It’s just a game.


    8. The “Just Happy To Be Here” Player

    They don’t need a strike to have fun. And even if they’re not on your team they’ll celebrate your victory with you. They celebrate everyone’s victory.


    9. The “Lucky Hat/Shoes/Ball” Player

    Usually they have some sort of odd piece of clothing or bowing equipment that they use for every single game for “good luck.” Whether it works or not, you still have full permission to give them hell for it.


    10. The “Show-Boat” Player

    Oh, they got the best score? Really? It’s not like they made a dance routine to celebrate or gave everyone in the office a playthrough for a month after teambuilding day.


    11. The “I’m Just Here for the Food and Beer” Player

    Keep missing their turn because one of their orders was ready for pick-up.

    All bowlers are welcome at the new WhirlyBall Chicago! Make a reservation today. 

    5 Tips for Pulling Off a Last-Minute Holiday Party

    Last updated 2 years ago

    You never meant for it to be like this. Maybe that dream venue fell through. Maybe the boss decided to have you plan the event instead. Or maybe you just put it off. Either way, you have two weeks left of the holidays and the clock is ticking. Can you pull off a last-minute holiday party?

    DON’T PANIC – WRITE IT OUT! Jot down all the details of the event. How many guests will be able to make it? Do you want a fancy dinner party, a cozy get-together, a loud shindig, or an activity for attendees? What can you afford? If you’ve been at the company a while, what has worked before?

    LAND THE DREAM VENUE! The two weeks before Christmas are the busiest for the corporate world. However, most of those parties are on Thursdays and Wednesdays (followed by Fridays and Saturdays). Most are during “prime time”, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. If prime time is booked, why not an office luncheon? Depending on the venue, earlier time slots can save planners 25-35% in costs.

    HAVE FUN WITH THE FOOD & DRINK! Hopefully your venue is a one-stop shop with catering as well but if it isn’t, never fear. Not every party needs to be a feast. Sometimes open-house cocktails and finger foods will be a hit, and sometimes the classic potluck and holiday treats will be more than enough to please the office.

    Tip: Inquire about the later party’s catering menu and seeing if your party can order from the same menu, saving both you and the venue money!

    HAVE A NON-TRADITIONAL PARTY! Leave the other offices to book the bland conference centers and hotel convention rooms. Think outside the box to increase your chances of getting a space in so little time. How about a restaurant, coffee bar, wineries, bowling, or museum? The more creative you are, the more memorable the party will be.

    OUT OF LUCK? POSTPONE! More and more companies are holding their holiday parties in January after the holiday break. Why not jump on the trend? Social calendars will be less busy and there will be less stress to get the “perfect” venue when fewer party planners are competing with you.

    WhirlyBall is accepting all last-minute holiday party plans! Book an event at the new WhirlyBall Chicago in Bucktown to play on one of our brand new WhirlyBall courts, the multi-floor lasertag arena or our 12 bowling lanes.
    Just visit!

    Craft Beer of the Month: New Belgium Brewing

    Last updated 2 years ago

    With pumpkin and seasonal-themed brews, we could not have picked a better Craft Beer of the Month for October and Halloween than New Belgium Brewing! Jeff Lebesch founded the brewery in 1991 after riding his mountain bike with “fat tires” through European villages known for their beer. Employee-owned then and now, the brewery would expand from basement-created ambers and to a franchise with locations across the nation.

    Now, New Belgium Chicago is coming to WhirlyBall for a night of spooky fun, specialty tappings, free WhirlyBall, and costumed silliness. What brews should you try out while you’re here? We have a few suggestions!

    Pumpkick: Pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice make up the “pump”, but it is the extra dash of cranberries and lemongrass that make the “kick”. Combined together, this seasonal specialty will spice up your night.

    La Folie Sour Brown Ale: This Sour Brown ale is French for “the folly” but certainly does not fool around. Fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-3 years of aging, the taste of toasted oak and cherry gives it a floral and malty finish.

    Hop the Pond: Hops from England, Galaxy from Australia, and Citra from America, the full-bodied Double IPA. Tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, along with White Tea and cucumbers suggest an herbal, resinous note. The big dose of hops are coating and resinous with a lingering bitterness

    La Terroir: Usually “La Terroir” is a term referring to the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. In French, the name of this earthy dry hopped sour ale translates to “from the terrain, soil, land, ground earth.” That translates to a  fruity sweetness and slightly hop bitterness.

    Fat Tire Ale: The classic Amber Ale that started it all! You’ll taste more than history; indulge in biscuit-like malt flavors, hoppy freshness, and the spirit of Belgian brews.

    Come see what else is on tap this Wednesday night, October 29th, at 7:30PM. Don’t forget to dress up (bonus points if you dress as a New Belgium Ranger).

    RSVP at


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