Any old primate can hurl heavy objects at lighter ones and delight in the resulting chaoswhat separates humankind is our burning desire to keep score. Assert your humanity with todays Groupon: $10 for an hour of bowling, plus shoes for up to four people at Southport Lanes & Billiards in Wrigleyville, Seven Ten Lounge in Lincoln Park, or Seven Ten Lanes in Hyde Park. Lane rental at any spot is $10$35 an hour per lane depending on the day and time, and shoes are normally $3. Enjoy ample bowling and fun, which go together almost as well as bowling and sorrow, but with way less sorrow.
Part bar, restaurant, game room, and bowling alley, Southport Lanes & Billiards, in Wrigleyville, is a Chicago landmark. During Prohibition, it was a bar and brothel before the owners added bowling as a front to conceal all the debauchery. The ladies of the night are gone (though there's a mural of partially nude women behind the bar), but the bowling and Art Deco decor (brass lighting, polished wood, and tin ceilings) stuck around. Southport Lanes is one of the few handset bowling alleys in the country, where pin-boys collect and restack pin after pin as you strike, strike, and finally turkey trot.
Seven Ten Lounge in Lincoln Park and Seven Ten Lanes in Hyde Park aren't hand-set, but they've got the same seasoned style that makes these establishments a happenin' hang out. Though not included with the Groupon, bowlers can sample from a wide draught selection and chow down on atypical alley food like the seven-layer taco dip ($7.95) on the Lincoln Park menu, or the catfish nuggets ($7.95) on the Hyde Park menu. Southport Lanes also boasts a savory menu, and all locations offer full restaurant and bar service. Call ahead to reserve a bowling lane or to report suspicious over-the-line fouls. Bowl away during a busy weekend, or get your friends together on a weeknight to enjoy a slightly less-crowded atmosphere.
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