Bowling shoes aren’t just fashionable—they provide the added two inches of height needed to load your ball into a regulation-size trebuchet. Lace up and reach for a three-holed pin-puncher with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get one hour of bowling plus free shoe rental at Fireside Bowl in Logan Square (up to a $27 value).
Fireside Bowl has provided 10-pin catharsis for seven decades and counting. The family-owned alley recently underwent renovations to add modern amenities and updated scoring, while retaining the timeless, traditional bowling alley vibe. Instead of distracting bowlers with laser light shows or flaming, spinning disco balls, Fireside keeps bowling simple, with a freshly waxed floor, ball, and motley footwear. There's also a bar that offers spirits and brews to sip during between-frame arguments over acceptable spellings of rutabaga.
This Groupon is subject to lane availability and may be used any day of the week to build a bond with coworkers and enough forearm strength to be able to easily tear apart shellacked bananas.
More than 70 Yelpers give Fireside Bowl an average of 3.5 stars.
- My favorite alley in Chicago, by far. Not only is it a historical Chicago landmark (of sort), but it's also a really cozy and fun place to bowl. – Madeline S.
- I prefer my bowling alleys to be old school and Fireside delivers. No fancy gimmicks here, just bowling. – Christoph B.
- The lanes were clean, the balls were great. The old school electronic scorekeeping did my math for me. What's not to like? – Ariel B
A blazing neon bowling-pin sign calls passersby into the crimson-and-cream façade of Fireside Bowl, drawing them back through time into the '40s, when the alley was opened. Gleaming spheres devastate their wooden foes beneath brilliant wall murals and vintage accents, and a pool table and selection of turn-of-the-century video games captivate between frames aided by electronic scoring systems and pins set upright by very strong squirrels. Revelry revives itself in the low light of a vintage-style lounge, where suds flow smoothly into pints that glide along a gleaming bar. The guttural roar of stressed guitar strings sings out during occasional rock and punk shows at the alley, where league rollers build prowess alongside casual players on the shining hardwood.
2648 W Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647Get Directions