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Best Bowling Party Venues In Chicago

by Lauren Wulf

When party planning in the summer, there's no shortage of things to do. A BBQ and a backyard is all you really need. Planning a party in the winter however, can be a lot more challenging. If you're looking for a different type of indoor celebration, try a good, old-fashioned game of bowling. The places featured below have party specials and private lanes, perfect for your next winter get together.

Diversey River Bowl

Diversey River Bowl knows how to throw a party. Between their famous light show and 36 lanes of bowling, party planning at Diversey looks easy. Party packages vary by size, food and drink options. Food options include; buffet, individual meals, or family style. Alcohol packages and open bar options are also available. Though each party requires a 20-guest minimum, it won't be hard to fill the house at Diversey.


Seven Ten Lanes in Hyde Park and Lincoln Park provide double the bowling party fun. Parties range from 2-5 hours and include bowling, private room rentals, food and bar packages. Party goers can also enjoy on-site billiards. Kids party packages are on the menu as well.


When planning an adult bowling party, it's always important to keep the food and alcohol packages in mind. With the bar, billiards and bowling alley combination at Southport Lanes, you get the best of all worlds. Private parties can rent 1-4 lanes with their own hang out space for in between games. Food and open bar packages are also available.


10pin Bowling Lounge is a great place for an intimate party of 20, or a corporate gathering for 255. With space to accommodate parties of any size, the possibilities are endless. Hours of bowling, shoes, lanes fees and menu options are included in the packages. Certain lanes also feature cozy seating areas and dining tables adjacent to the lanes for private parties. Even non-bowlers can enjoy the party while being in on all of the action. Larger spaces also make great options for wedding rehearsals and large functions, looking for something unique. Quite a few celebrities have also been known to bowl at 10pin so don't forget your camera!

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl's Guide Chicago.


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