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WhirlyBall, Chicago

Categories: Bowling Alleys, Sports Complexes, Nightlife, Fun & Games
Inspirock Rating:
3.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and suped-up bumper cars in a game of skill and chance. Now featuring BOWLING in Chicago, too! If that’s not enough, bump it up a notch with locations that include lasertag, great food, video games, a fully-loaded sports bar, air hockey, foosball, and pool tables for even more fun! Additional locations in Lombard and Vernon Hills.

800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL, 60148

285 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
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  • Playing Whirlyball here was a lot of fun, and very reasonably priced at $15 a person I believe. I agree with prior reviews that the service does leave something to be desired. Overall, very happy with...  read more »
  • Visited Chicago for spring break and was looking for something to do inside since it was snowing. Whirlyball was a blast. We spent a good 3 hours there and played an hour of whirlyball and an hour of ...  read more »
  • We planned some activities for the family because sports keep us local for Spring Break. We reserved a court with another family for Whirlyball. We had an absolute blast. My youngest is 12 and just me...  read more »
  • We came here with a group of 13, me, my girlfriend and her co-workers. Overall, the experience is extremely expensive because, for a group, you have to purchase a games/food package that came close to $40 per person. The game was fun, but was very expensive and somewhat frustrating considering two things: 1) the length of time you get to play (1 hour) and 2) the fact that the equipment kept breaking down. In each game, one person had a car that would not function, that had to be switched out - in the middle of the game! So one team was down a person for at least one minute of the ten minute game. The food was good, and the craft beer selection is OK. For the cost though? Not worth it beyond trying it once. However, the game itself is a blast when the equipment works, so if you have the opportunity to try it, I say splurge and go for it. But once was enough for me, until it become cheaper to play the game.
  • Admittedly I am only here for their monthly Beat the Brewer events. Each month a different brewery comes in, specialty kegs in tow, for a showdown with the public. It's free play vs the brewers while you drink their wonderful beers, and there are always gift card and brewery merchandise giveaways. Food is OK and the beer list is great. Pretty pricey unfortunately. Look to spend $8-10 per beer if you drink craft.
  • We played Whirlyball for an early-day bachelor party activity. What a blast! It was well run and overall a good experience. We also played laser tag and bowling. The laser tag arena is smaller than I'm used to, but still a ton of fun. As far as some users stating you MUST purchase a food/beverage package with a group booking, that's only partially correct. If you book over a week in advance, you are required to meet a food and beverage minimum (making it quite expensive). However, if you book a week or less in advance, you do not have to book any food or beverages. Not booking those actually made it pretty affordable - with 1 hour of Whirlyball (5 games), 3 games of laser tag, and 2 hours of bowling, it was only $50/person. Pretty reasonable, I think. The facility is ridiculously clean and the appetizers were great. Drinks a little on the weak side - stick with beer and you'll be good.
  • Our group of 12 had a wonderful time playing whirlyball. It is a unique and one of a kind experience. We found it odd that different refs had different rules. Quite expensive, not an activity you do very often.
  • Paid for 12 games got 11. So we rented 2 hours. They said in the rules orientation that we had 12 10 minute games. Game 12 was 3 minutes. We were upset by this. Service was decent / good. Just don't understand why they cut us off the 7 minutes, OR go over rules prior to our 2 hour rental to save us time
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