The Best Bowling Alleys & Pro Shops In Chicago

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We are about to mention everything we know about the best bowling alleys and pro shops in Chicago over the next few minutes. Whether you are a professional or are just looking to have some fun at the lanes we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

There really is no better way for us to begin than by listing the best Chicago bowling alleys. Most of our visitors are probably just looking for a place to have some fun making them the most natural starting point.

During our discussion of the best places to bowl near you we will try to give you some information on what is available at each of these centers. Some may host leagues and tournaments for youth, adults, seniors, or ladies and if so that will be mentioned.

Cosmic bowling is more popular than ever so we will of course let you know if it is available, plus we will get into which places are family friendly and good for kids, birthday parties, have arcades or laser tag, pool tables, private rooms, and any specials, discounts, or happy hours they might offer will get a shout out.

There are also some alleys that are better for adults that might have sports bars or play music at night with more of a grown up party atmosphere and that will be mentioned too. Following that you will find a list of local bowling pro shops where you can buy balls, bags, shoes, grips, finger inserts, and all kind of accessories.

Plus they should be able to handle drilling, plugging, fitting, resurfacing, cleaning and engraving as well. Towards the end there will be a bowling map for your area with the best alleys and pro shops pinned so that you can get a better lay for the land.

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Best Bowling Alleys In Chicago

Whether you want to join a league, get some practice in at the lanes, or just have some fun the best Chicago bowling alleys and centers are ready whenever you are:

Diversey River Bowl is open from 12pm to 1am on weekdays and from 10am to 1am on weekends offering open play, local bowling leagues that run throughout the year, and a pro shop.

Habetler has 32 lanes where open play, bowling leagues, and tournaments in your area run throughout the year along with a pro shop and a restaurant.

Bluebird Lanes is a great option for open bowling, leagues, and birthday parties.

There are bowling tournaments and Chicago adult leagues at Lawn Lanes that run all year long plus they are happy to host birthday parties and private events.

Lucky Strike Wrigleyville features bowling, pool tables, arcade games, and a bar.

Seven Ten Social has 8 bowling lanes and a restaurant and bar.

Fireside Bowl has 16 lanes and offers open play while hosting bowling leagues near you Monday through Thursday.

There are 40 lanes with junior and senior leagues throughout the year at Waveland which also provides cosmic bowling, arcade games, and pool tables from 9am to 12am Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Timber Lanes Bowling Alley is open from 11am to 2am Monday through Friday, 9am to 2am Saturday, and 10am to 2am on Sunday offering 8 bowling lanes for open play, local leagues, and private parties.

Parkside Lanes in Aurora has a fully stocked pro shop and 54 bowling lanes where leagues or open play are available.

Joliet Town & Country Lanes hosts bowling leagues and tournaments year long as well as open play, a bar, and game rooms making it ideal for birthday parties and other events.

Bowlero in Naperville features 40 bowling lanes, arcade games, pool tables, laser tag, and a sports bar. Leagues and social clubs play here throughout the year.

In Wheaton you can head to Fox Bowl which has a pro shop and 16 lanes where leagues and cosmic bowling take place and they are open from 9am to 10pm Sunday through Thursday and from 9am to 12am on Friday and Saturday.

Best Local Pro Shops

Visit one of the best bowling pro shops near you to get the right gear for your next trip to the lanes:

You can probably expect that each of those bowling pro shops in your area will be a good place to buy balls, bags, shoes, grips, league uniforms, finger inserts, cleaning kits, towels and more equipment. Plus they should also be able to handle drilling, plugging, fitting, resurfacing, cleaning, and engraving balls too.

Other places we have mentioned throughout the post that also have good pro shops in Chicago include Diversey River Bowl, Habetler Bowl, Parkside Lanes, and Fox Bowl.

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Have Fun Bowling In Chicago

Well, we tried to cover the local bowling scene to the best of our abilities. Whether you want to head to an alley in your area to have fun at the lanes, join a league, win a tournament, throw a kids birthday party, or enjoy the music and lights for a fun cosmic game you should have got the info you need here.

Now go have fun visiting the best bowling alleys and pro shops in Chicago!

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Tom Harrington who has been bowling for as long as he had the strength to pick up a plastic ball. His dad was a former semi-professional bowler, and Tom bowled for his high school and college teams. He has worked in the industry since graduating, and over the past few years has started to do more online work like editing this site and creating content for other online media platforms.

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