What You'll Get
Superior hand-eye coordination enables people to text message while riding a motorcycle and paint portraits of famous postmaster generals while eating funnel cake. Show off your motor skills with today's Groupon: for $55, you and up to 9 friends get 30 adrenaline-pumping minutes of WhirlyBall, a low-impact sport that combines the best aspects of lacrosse, basketball, and bumper cars (up to a $120 value). This Groupon is valid at three locations for walk-in play and same-day reservations. Combine two Groupons to have one hour of WhirlyBall fun.
At WhirlyBall, you'll maneuver your free-range bumper car and use a handheld scoop to collect Wiffle balls to launch toward the overhead targets at either end of the court. You'll work together in teams of up to five at a time (up to 10 players are allowed on the court at once, and at least four are required) to crush your opponents in a whirlywind of scoops, balls, and bumpers. WhirlyBall levels the playing field between couch potatoes and accomplished athletes in a competition that replaces running with full-throttle maneuvers at speeds reaching three to four miles per hour. Surrounded by safety bumpers, your vehicle enjoys a complete range of motion with powerful steering that allows you to turn on a whim or a dime. Because your open car sits low to the ground, zipping between cars at four miles per hour can feel much faster. Competing against others in a souped-up bumper car is like automatically leveling up—you get speed and agility without having to neglect your loved ones during months of athletic training.
After WhirlyBalling, sidle up to the bar and watch the game, or hang out with WhirlyBall's off-court pool tables, arcade games, and more. Take your pooper-scooping skills to the clean, puppy-free court at any of WhirlyBall's three locations in Chicago, Lombard, and Vernon Hills. Players using the Chicago and Vernon Hills facilities after 5 p.m. must be 21 years old to enter without a reservation.
Groups larger than 10 are welcome, but players will have to rotate in and out.
- Whirlyball is a really fun source of entertainment...You drive bumper cars around and it's a very action packed event. It's pretty much addicting, though you can be really sore the next day. – Nancy B, Insider Pages
- Bumper cars steered by cranks + lacrosse + basketball backboard + friendly competition = recipe for success. – Grace L., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 16, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Valid for walk-ins and same day reservations only. May combine 2 Groupons for 1 hour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Sam Elias knows that being cooped up during long winter days can make people stir-crazy. So in 1993, after moving from Florida, land of palm trees and beaches, to Chicago, land of frigid winds and gray slush, he founded WhirlyBall as a way for people to release pent-up energy even as snow was falling outside. During each competitive WhirlyBall game, which combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, players zoom across an indoor 50'x80' court in motorized cars called WhirlyBugs. They wield plastic scoops to toss a wiffle ball back and forth to their teammates before throwing the ball through an elevated goal. Refs keep watch during the games, eliminating score arguments that would otherwise end in sunrise duels. To fuel up for a bout, players nibble chicken wings, pretzel bites, and gourmet pizzas, and swig craft beers, which vary by location.
All three WhirlyBall spots boast off-court diversions as well. The Vernon Hills and Lombard locations host video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey, and the Chicago and Vernon Hills locations invite guests into multilevel laser-tag arenas, which fill with fog and flashing lights as combatants duck, aim, and invoke Geneva Convention protocols regarding armed conflict.