From bar crawls to street festivals, there's plenty of ways to meet new people in the city. There's also plenty of ways to get exercise, such as jogging along the waterfront or scaling a skyscraper in a gorilla costume. Cities and Sports brings both worlds together through seasonal sports leagues that are as much about winning and getting exercise as they are about socializing and having fun. After the games, players can hang out with their team members and meet new people at the league sponsor bar. During warmer months, the company organizes leagues at local parks and beaches for weekly rounds of softball, kickball, and volleyball. Then, when winter rolls around, it moves its operation indoors for properly sheltered sessions of dodge ball, volleyball, bowling, and basketball.
From the vintage Schlitz logo on the building's brick façade to the pinsetters scuttling about to manually clear and upright pins, Southport Lanes & Billiards embraces yesteryear's leisure sports with authentic charm. The bowling area, which is one of only 10 hand-set alleys left in the country, bears pencil-and-paper scorecards with the safety precautions: "If you see legs, don't bowl!" and "Don't take a nap on the lanes!" Green-felted billiards tables may be reserved by the hour, during which cues wage their one-sided war against a rack of colored balls. Above the long wooden bar, vintage paintings mix with flat-screen TVs illuminating half-pound Angus burgers, sandwiches, and salads, as well as draft and bottled beers, tallboys, and wine by the glass or barrel.
This neighborhood hardware store caters to Do-It-Yourselfers of all kinds, but owner Matt Kollar has a special place for theater design. The native Chicagoan helped build sets at the Steppenwolf, Goodman, and Chopin theaters, and even recreated Harry Houdini’s water-torture chamber for a production. At Matty K’s Hardware Store, two aisles are dedicated to theater-production materials, including airline cables, glow tapes, and inflatable William Shakespeares.
You’ll also find plenty of tools and resources for other projects. Matty K’s paint room is stocked with tools and design books to help you find inspiration for your home. And the store stocks a wide selection of products for fall and winter, such as winterizing products, window plastic kits and thresholds, as well as rakes, and lawn bags. Kollar also hosts monthly workshops that focus on hands-on projects. Other perks at Matty K’s Hardware Store include a kids’ play area and a loyalty program for customers and local businesses.
The pin pioneers at Waveland Bowl have provided Chicagoans with the latest in bowling amenities since its opening in 1959, when AMF's automatic pinsetters and Magic Triangle indicators superseded the rusted, tough-to-maintain human staff members behind every lane. Though the alley's original neon sign has since been replaced, the constant improvements have continued throughout the years, and the facility now boasts automatic bumpers on 40 Brunswick Armour Plate lanes and buys new pins every year. Throughout the week, the facility hosts open bowling and leagues for children and adults, and Thursday?Monday, cosmic bowling recreates the thrill of playing under the aurora borealis without the risk of polar bears ruining all the rental shoes.