Spherical sports have distinct advantages over rectangular sports, such as Rubik's cubing and throwing bricks into windows. Roll your way to feasting and fun with today's Groupon: for $99, you get $200 toward any private event at Pinstripes, a combined bowling, bocce, and bistro hub in Barrington and Northbrook.
Pinstripes yields sanctuary to all sorts of celebrations, sheltering bowling lanes, bocce courts, and a kitchen firing out hearty Italian cuisine. Birthday parties entertain children with a more enjoyable blend of sports and satiation than football tastings, blessing boys and girls with shoe rental and 120 minutes of ball-tossing bliss fueled by a choice from seven kid-friendly entrees ($20/child). Adults in touch with their inner targeting computer can rent a bowling or bocce forum ($65–$85/lane or court, depending on day and time) to suit any sort of gathering. Reignite teenage rivalries by hosting high-school reunions amid rolling battlefields, celebrate weddings with couples competition, or celebrate retirement by playing bocce with papier-mâché balls made out of unneeded timesheets.
Hosts may augment their bash with snacks from Pinstripes’ tempting menu such as the sweet-and-savory prosciutto-fig flatbread ($12). Purist pours from the extensive wine list can be complemented by creative mixed drinks, including the candy-coated chocolate martini made with real Godiva chocolate ($10), which acts as a perfect chaser for house-made s'mores ($6) and a perfect way to chase off dentists.