Video games are a good way to burn off time you would have otherwise spent staring into space or teaching your children manners. Get busy with this Groupon.
- $48 for a two-hour big-screen gaming session ($100 value)
Parties of fewer than 10 must order at least $20 worth of food and drink or pay an extra $10 flat fee. Parties of 10 or more must order at least $20 worth of food and drink or pay an extra $20 flat fee.
The theater is equipped for Xbox, Nintendo Wii, or PlayStation consoles for play before or after normal business hours. Players should bring their own games, and those who opt to use a PlayStation must bring the system and controllers themselves. Two controllers will be available for the Xbox or Wii. All sessions accommodate up to 21 players, who are welcome to order snacks from the concession stand while they play.
Buffalo Grove Theater
As recently as 2009, Buffalo Grove Theater was still a sub-run theater, drawing in audiences with lower-priced films whose opening weekends were a few months past. These days, however, the theater is the best of both worlds, sticking to its lower prices while hosting screenings of just-released Hollywood films. The move cemented its place as a favorite community hangout—CBS Chicago called it "one of the northwest suburbs’ best-kept secrets" in a roundup of the Best Indie Movie Theaters in Chicago.
The on-screen entertainment isn't limited to movies: at private parties, gamers can play their favorite Xbox titles on one of the Buffalo Grove's big screens. Fun inside the five-auditorium theater continues off-screen with free kids' egg hunts every Easter, which complement the free dropped-piece-of-popcorn hunts that take place year-round.