Who doesn’t love a good round (or three) of bowling? You might make fun of people in leagues with their own balls and bowling shirts, but secretly you know you’re a little jealous of them. Whenever you slip your fingers into the perfect ball, toss it down the lane and get a strike (or even if you just hit a couple), a charge rushes through you like none else.
So where to get your bowl on in the city? There are numerous spots all over including classic places like Southport Lanes, Diversey River Bowl and Waveland Bowl, but if you’re staying at The Chicago Athletic Association, there are a few close by we recommend.
Kings Bowl: Ready to bowl like royalty? Kings Bowl is the newest player on the scene, opening just on Nov. 2. Set at the NewCity development in Lincoln Park, this 24,000-square-foot entertainment complex with a retro ’60s vibe offers 16 lanes, an 222-foot bar, 60 HDTVs, coal-fired pizza from Boston’s Max & Leo’s and a game room with pool tables, foosball, air hockey and shuffleboard. 1500 N. Clybourn.
Pinstripes: Set inside the River East Art Center, you enter the building as you pass Pinstripes main bar with a wood-burning pizza oven. Head down a short walkway back to the 11 lanes, including two private ones, which have comfortable leather couches to kick back, eat good food and drink while you await your turn to bowl. Like bocce? Pinstripes has five indoor and two outdoor courts. 435 E. Illinois.
Lucky Strike: As part of a bigger entertainment center with AMC theaters and new arcade FTW, Lucky Strike offers a full entertainment excursion with 18 lanes, 11 pool tables, ping pong, big-screen TVs, live DJs, bars and dining. It’s great for large groups or a family outing (although it’s 21+ after 8 p.m.) 322 E. Illinois
10Pin: When you’re hanging out in River North or on the Riverwalk and the bowling urge hits, head over to Marina City and grab one of 24 lanes at 10Pin. If you time it well, you can get in a few rounds and then go see a show at House of Blues across the way (they’re in the same complex). Hell, make a decadent night of it and get steaks at Smith & Wollensky while you’re at it (or grub down on burgers, mac and cheese and quesadillas at 10Pin). 330 N. State