To keep active, some people hit the lake path for a run or bike ride. Others may go to a park for a pick-up game of basketball. Others hit the gym or do a yoga class. But one of the most fun ways to get your game on? Ping pong! In the last year, two large ping pong parlors opened in River North and the Loop, but other bars around town have ping pong tables set up. So where should you go if you want to play? Check out our list.
SPiN: This club, co-founded by actress Susan Sarandon, opened on the lower level of the Marina City complex in River North earlier in 2016. The bi-level, 16,000-square-foot gaming space features 20 ping pong tables. SPiN also has two bars, three lounges and a full kitchen with salads, flatbreads, burgers and more. Table rentals cost $59 for non members. 344 N. State
AceBounce: Calling itself the “home of ping pong,” this London import opened on the edge of the Loop earlier this summer. The upscale ping pong lounge features 16 championship-quality tables and one special beer pong set up. Its 1901 Restaurant, helmed by chef Rick Gresh, offers a menu of elevated seasonal fare like shrimp bisque, snapper crudo, petit filet with thyme-roasted mushrooms and 12 gourmet pizzas. The bar menu, curated by celebrated mixologist Peter Vestinos, offers a variety of craft beers, wine and cocktails with seasonal ingredients. Off-peak table rentals are $15 or $25 for 30 or 60 minutes; peak rentals cost $22 and $39. 230 N. Clark
Ada Street: Set within an industrial area between Elston and North avenues and just up the street from music venue the Hideout, Ada Street is a casual yet beautifully designed restaurant that encourages spending quality time with friends. To that point, the restaurant offers a menu of sharable plates like Filipino barbecued short ribs; a Mediterranean summer bruschetta with eggplant, summer squash and feta; and chicken fried pork cheeks with pickled jalapeño and homemade pimento cheese. And while you wait for your food or afterwards when you’re enjoying drinks, head out to the enclosed grass-laden backyard for a set of free ping pong. The place is a hidden urban gem. 1664 N. Ada.