Playful bachelor and bachelorette party ideas

Arcade bars, bowling and more ways to celebrate your bachelor or bachelorette party in Chicago

March 18, 2014|By Kate Bernot and Erin Carlson | RedEye | For RedEye

WHIRLYBALL
WhirlyBall Chicago
1880 W. Fullerton Ave. 800-894-4759
Say what you will, but everyone loves bumper cars. And if you happen to really, really love competitive bumper car games, then you should most certainly throw your last hurrah as a singleton at WhirlyBall’s new location. (The mega-entertainment complex also boasts laser tag and bowling lanes.) Reserve a court on the weekend for $220 for the first hour and $200 for the next. And if you’re still around later at night, you can even call in some adult entertainment. “I know that has been done before,” said Jill Brown Smith, WhirlyBall’s director of event sales.

ARCADE BARS
Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922
Logan Hardware Arcade 2410 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-235-5030
Headquarters 2833 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-665-5660
Replay Beer & Bourbon 3439 N. Halsted St. 773-975-9244
Craft beer and video games make for a laid-back party— plus there’s the chance to get competitive at “Donkey Kong.” Wicker Park’s Emporium offers drink tickets and bar packages, as well as the option to reserve a few tables and BYO food; see emporiumchicago. com/groups for details. Newly opened Logan Hardware Arcade in Logan Square doesn’t offer packages yet, but there is ample space to stake out an area for your group and a mix of classic arcade games and pinball to play; call the bar with questions. At Headquarters in Lakeview, staff can accommodate catering options, decorations and private space requests; check out hqbeercade. com/tickets-events for info. Boystown’s Replay offers custom packages as well, and during warmer months, renting out the patio is a popular option; call the bar for details.

BOWLING
10 Pin 330 N. State St. 312-644-0300
Seven Ten Lanes 1055 E. 55 St. 773-347-2695
Bowling is a striking alternative to the standard-issue bar crawl. Take over a few of the 24 lanes at 10 Pin in River North, where partiers can reserve a minimum of four lanes or commandeer the semi-private martini lounge for an hourly rate of $150. There’s also Seven Ten, a polished Hyde Park alley that grants small groups access to two lanes for two hours with a $300 food and drink minimum.

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