$64 for 30 Minutes of WhirlyBall for Up to 10 Players at WhirlyBall ($150 Value)

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In the 1930s, the US government issued a hobby to each citizen to keep them entertained until NASA finished working out the bugs in kissing. Self-determine a new pastime with this Groupon.

$64 for 30 Minutes of WhirlyBall for 4–10 Players ($150 Value)

During 30-minute games, 4–10 players zoom around the court in motorized bumper cars called WhirlyBugs, scoring goals with a wiffle ball tossed with plastic scoops. Teams can each include five people, and players must be 12 years or older and at least 4-foot-6.

WhirlyBall

Sam Elias knows that being cooped up during long winter days can make people stir-crazy. So in 1993, after moving from Florida, land of palm trees and beaches, to Chicago, land of frigid winds and gray slush, he founded WhirlyBall as a way for people to release pent-up energy even as snow was falling outside. During each competitive WhirlyBall game, which combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, players zoom across an indoor 50'x80' court in motorized cars called WhirlyBugs. They wield plastic scoops to toss a wiffle ball back and forth to their teammates before throwing the ball through an elevated goal. Refs keep watch during the games, eliminating score arguments that would otherwise end in sunrise duels. To fuel up for a bout, players nibble teriyaki chicken satay, gourmet pizzas, and prime rib, and swig draft beers, which vary by location.

All three WhirlyBall spots boast off-court diversions such as video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey. The Vernon Hills location hosts an indoor rock-climbing wall, and both the Chicago and Vernon Hills locations invite guests into multilevel Lasertron laser-tag arenas, which fill with fog and flashing lights as combatants duck, aim, and invoke Geneva Convention protocols regarding armed conflict.

Reviews

Frightening, hilarious, addictive, and competitive. Now isn't that just like a day at the office?

Carol K., 5/4/09

It's a fun game to play with a big group of friends and just going crazy bumping each other's cars.

Crystal O., 7/12/12

Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “Whirlyball is a great time and it never disappoints.”

  • “Fun, fun, fun”

  • “Take a competitive bunch of fun loving friends.....and let 'er rip.......way fun!!!!”


  1. A

    Lombard

    800 E Roosevelt Rd.

    Lombard, Illinois 60148

    630-932-4800

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  2. B

    Bucktown

    1880 W Fullerton Ave.

    Chicago, Illinois 60614

    773-486-7777

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  3. C

    Vernon Hills

    285 Center Dr.

    Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061

    847-918-0800

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In a Nutshell

Players in motorized bumper cars zip around a court, tossing teammates a wiffle ball with plastic scoops before throwing it through a goal

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 2 per visit. Reservation required for same-day visits. Valid only for walk-ins and same-day reservations. May combine 2 Groupons for 1 hour. Valid only for listed locations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

For those who welcome indoor activities and entertainment