Ancient peoples believed a clap of thunder was the sound of gods bowling in the clouds, which explains why even today bowling-ball-sized hail is considered the luckiest of all catastrophes. Steep yourself in sporting superstition with today's Groupon: for $13, you get three games of bowling for two and shoe rental for two at Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village (up to a $30 value; normal prices vary based on time and day).
Elk Grove Bowl has given pin poachers a home for their spheroid-hurling hunting parties for nearly 50 years. Its 40 pristine lanes are open seven days a week to help usher bowlers' strike-seeking missiles toward their targets. An on-site bar provides liquid courage for those terrified by the prospect of gutter balls, and pool tables give marathon bowlers a place to take a nap.
Nine Yelpers give Elk Grove Bowl an average of four stars:
Elk Grove Bowl
Elk Grove Bowl first cracked open its doors in August 1963, and since then, it has evolved in step with technology to become a modern 40-lane alley with automated scoring. Bright colors splash every corner of the space, flaring to life under the black lights of Cozmic bowling, when fog and pulsing music fill the air to make competition seem more urgent and friends' faces seem more attractive. Year-round leagues, including the peewee bumper league for kids, help athletes to hone hurls and spins.
Bowlers can also sharpen hand-eye coordination atop pool tables. Nearby, libations clutter a steel-topped bar and electric-blue booths in a restaurant ringed with vintage bowling photography. A private room is equipped with all of the trappings for birthday bashes, such as pizza, soda, and festive plates sliced from tree trunks that share the birthday girl's birthday. There is also video gaming in the lounge for those over 21 years old.
Elk Grove Village
53 S Arlington Heights Rd.
Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007Get Directions