Like joggers crossing a highway, bowlers should avoid nearby bumpers and resist the temptation to chase wayward balls into neighboring lanes. Roll carefully with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one hour of bowling for up to four people with included shoe rental at Southport Lanes & Billiards in Wrigleyville, Seven Ten Lounge in Lincoln Park, or Seven Ten Lanes in Hyde Park (up to a $47 value). Reservations are recommended. After 7 p.m., all bowlers must be 21 and older. Each outing includes:
- Lane rental at any time for one hour (up to a $35 value)
- Shoe rental for up to four (a $3 value each)<p>
A trio of retro bowling alleys lures vigilante pin pummelers into their vintage halls for an hour’s worth of ball-hurling combat. 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. In Lincoln Park, Seven Ten Lounge features surreal 1920s liquor ads and tin ceilings speckled among an art deco design interior. 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.
To load up before the bowling bouts or to refuel afterwards, check out each location’s lineup of casual American fare and bar libations. Though not included with this Groupon, a frosty brew or a slice of pizza does handsomely reward those who finished the 10th frame by lobbing their ball to a partner for a thunderous alley-oop dunk.
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.