Though "pin monkey" is modern slang for someone who sets up bowling pins, the term comes from an actual monkey who scampers around the alley rearranging bowling shoes into mismatched pairs. Observe nature's most mischievous primate with today's Groupon: for $12, you get bowling for four at Southport Lanes and Billiards in Wrigleyville, Seven Ten Lanes in Hyde Park, or Seven Ten Lounge in Lincoln Park (up to a $47 value).
Southport Lanes and Billiards, Seven Ten Lanes, and Seven Ten Lounge beckon bowlers with the thunder of rolling balls, the glimmer of well-polished lanes, and the prestige of extensive beer lists. With today's deal, up to four alley pals receive an hour of bowling (up to a $35 value) plus shoe rental (up to a $3 value/person). At Southport Lanes, human pin setters work behind the scenes, arranging each new frame by hand. One of only a few hand-set alleys in the country, its four old-school ball boulevards hark back to the bowling days of yore, when games were played to settle disputes over ruff size. In contrast, Seven Ten Lanes and Seven Ten Lounge fuse art deco aesthetics with automated pin pounding and billiards. Celebrate a spare with a pint of Boddington Cream Ale (not included with today's Groupon), then congratulate your opponent's winning strike by spiking their drink with pool-cue chalk.
Southport Lanes and Billiards, Seven Ten Lanes and Seven Ten Lounge’s prices vary throughout the week.
Southport Lanes & Billiards, Seven Ten Lounge & Seven Ten Lanes
A trio of retro bowling alleys lures visitors into their distinctive confines for old-fashioned entertainment. Southport Lanes & Billiards exposes groups to waves of nostalgia with four lanes of hand-set bowling, making it 1 of only 10 remaining of its kind in the country. Outside of the bowling area, sleek wooden floors lead visitors to a line of pool tables, and an outdoor patio gives glimpses of the blooming neighborhood in warmer months.
Seven Ten Lounge, home to a bowling alley, billiard parlor, bar, and restaurant, envelops guests in the trappings of a bygone era. Art-deco motifs, vintage posters, and mahogany furnishings surround revelers as they lob a ball, aim a cue, or pity the defenseless pins. Local microbrews pepper the draft list with homegrown variety, and house-made fare elevates the menu past a typical alley nosh.
Hyde Park's Seven Ten Lanes not only exudes a similarly stylish décor, but also features gutter guards to contain errant throws by children or carnival musclemen with inner-ear imbalance.