Waveland Bowl

★★★★☆
Chicago's Premier Bowling Center.
  • 3700 N Western Ave

    Chicago, IL 60618-4799

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  • 773-472-5900

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Bowling is the new Black. While Waveland stays true to their roots, they are constantly searching for the ?it? factor: the newest, hottest, flashiest thing around. Whether it?s decoration or music, Waveland has it.\r\n\r\nBecause Waveland is such a landmark, be prepared to wait or call ahead to see how busy it is. They do not take reservations, so be prepared to wait in line, deli style. While you wait, grab a bite at Alley Dogs ? which is much more than just dogs. They serve gyros, Mexican food, and even something for the vegetarians! There are two bars at Waveland, both with exceptional service. (Chris waited on us. Nice guy.)\r\n\r\nDid I mention they have pool? These pool tables are incredible! Whether or not you?re actually going to Waveland to bowl or not, you must stop in and see these tables. I have never seen anything like it!\r\n\r\nThe staff is pretty friendly, for the most part. When our ball got stuck because my girlfriend didn?t throw it hard enough, they were happy to assist. Waveland is also clean every single time I am there. The bathrooms and locker room is spotless.\r\n\r\n\r\nBowling at Waveland has changed over the years. Recently, they went to an all pre-pay system, and they now charge per hour instead of per game. Either way, it?s still a fantastic deal.\r\n\r\nHave kids? They practically entertain themselves at my daughter?s favorite Disney Movie Theater, down by lane 40. It?s always locked, I think. The front desk can open it for you.\r\n\r\nDoes anyone remember the ?old? Waveland? It was rough, and had a bad crowd. Now, they have security (Chicago Police) there every night. They strictly enforce Chicago curfew, which is nice, because after a certain hour, it?s mostly adults. (You know, the mature kind.)\r\n\r\nI love Waveland. My parents took me there when I was a child, and now I?m taking my daughter there. Tradition, Waveland Bowl style.

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★★★★★

Bowling is the new Black. While Waveland stays true to their roots, they are constantly searching for the ?it? factor: the newest, hottest, flashiest thing around. Whether it?s decoration or music, Waveland has it.\r\n\r\nBecause Waveland is such a landmark, be prepared to wait or call ahead to see how busy it is. They do not take reservations, so be prepared to wait in line, deli style. While you wait, grab a bite at Alley Dogs ? which is much more than just dogs. They serve gyros, Mexican food, and even something for the vegetarians! There are two bars at Waveland, both with exceptional service. (Chris waited on us. Nice guy.)\r\n\r\nDid I mention they have pool? These pool tables are incredible! Whether or not you?re actually going to Waveland to bowl or not, you must stop in and see these tables. I have never seen anything like it!\r\n\r\nThe staff is pretty friendly, for the most part. When our ball got stuck because my girlfriend didn?t throw it hard enough, they were happy to assist. Waveland is also clean every single time I am there. The bathrooms and locker room is spotless.\r\n\r\n\r\nBowling at Waveland has changed over the years. Recently, they went to an all pre-pay system, and they now charge per hour instead of per game. Either way, it?s still a fantastic deal.\r\n\r\nHave kids? They practically entertain themselves at my daughter?s favorite Disney Movie Theater, down by lane 40. It?s always locked, I think. The front desk can open it for you.\r\n\r\nDoes anyone remember the ?old? Waveland? It was rough, and had a bad crowd. Now, they have security (Chicago Police) there every night. They strictly enforce Chicago curfew, which is nice, because after a certain hour, it?s mostly adults. (You know, the mature kind.)\r\n\r\nI love Waveland. My parents took me there when I was a child, and now I?m taking my daughter there. Tradition, Waveland Bowl style.

Pros: The front counter ladies recognize the regulars, atmosphere, price, SECURITY ON A REGULAR BASIS.

Cons: SOME of the staff, certainly not all.

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Recently visited this place with family and friends, we had a great time. The price is very reasonable if you're willing to put up with minor bowling mechanical issues. The bar and fast food restaurant inside provide the basics. However service can improved, we got an attitude from the front desk and shoe rental. Great parking.

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★★★★☆

Recently visited this place with family and friends, we had a great time. The price is very reasonable if you're willing to put up with minor bowling mechanical issues. The bar and fast food restaurant inside provide the basics. However service can improved, we got an attitude from the front desk and shoe rental. Great parking.

Pros: Price and parking

Cons: Service attitude can be improved

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Waveland Bowl no longer charges by the game. All rates are hourly and now include shoes. No more paying for shoe rental.

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★★★★★

Waveland Bowl no longer charges by the game. All rates are hourly and now include shoes. No more paying for shoe rental.

Pros: Shoe rental included in the price

Cons: Sometimes have to wait for lanes

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Waveland Bowl no longer charges by the game. All rates are hourly and now include shoes. No more paying for shoe rental. The prices vary by day and time, so call first to find out how much it will cost, but no matter what, shoes will not be extra!!!!

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★★★★★

Waveland Bowl no longer charges by the game. All rates are hourly and now include shoes. No more paying for shoe rental. The prices vary by day and time, so call first to find out how much it will cost, but no matter what, shoes will not be extra!!!!

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Waveland leaves something to be desired, its a very typical smokey bowling alley with plenty of regulars to keep the joint jumping. I would have to advise against the neighborhood though--be careful at night or even at day, travel at own risk. Prices are very cheap, league nights are infrequent, and they rent decent shoes... not the decaying pairs that litler some other establishments. Ball assortment is also good, lots of choice and all are always clean. Automatic scoring too- which is new to the alley.

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★★★☆☆

Waveland leaves something to be desired, its a very typical smokey bowling alley with plenty of regulars to keep the joint jumping. I would have to advise against the neighborhood though--be careful at night or even at day, travel at own risk. Prices are very cheap, league nights are infrequent, and they rent decent shoes... not the decaying pairs that litler some other establishments. Ball assortment is also good, lots of choice and all are always clean. Automatic scoring too- which is new to the alley.

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Waveland is a Chicago classic! It's a nice bowling alley as far as bowling alleys go. It's a great place to take a group of friends. It can get busy with lots of kids and can sometimes be annoying, but it is bowling after all!

Their prices are what you'd expect. The presence of a bar makes everything more fun and makes everyone a better (or worse) bowler.

The location is great and the alley is as clean as you'd expect. For a great time bowling, go to Waveland!

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★★★★☆

Waveland is a Chicago classic! It's a nice bowling alley as far as bowling alleys go. It's a great place to take a group of friends. It can get busy with lots of kids and can sometimes be annoying, but it is bowling after all!

Their prices are what you'd expect. The presence of a bar makes everything more fun and makes everyone a better (or worse) bowler.

The location is great and the alley is as clean as you'd expect. For a great time bowling, go to Waveland!

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I go to Waveland a few times a year. It's a nice spot with big lanes and easy parking. They also have pool tables and (da da da dum!) an internet cafe. Why go bowling if you're going to use your computer? I don't know. I go for bowling. But the cafe does seem to attract quite a number of people. It's nice a place to hang out with friends and have a good time.

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★★★☆☆

I go to Waveland a few times a year. It's a nice spot with big lanes and easy parking. They also have pool tables and (da da da dum!) an internet cafe. Why go bowling if you're going to use your computer? I don't know. I go for bowling. But the cafe does seem to attract quite a number of people. It's nice a place to hang out with friends and have a good time.

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Waveland bowl is a pretty good bowling alley up in the North side of Chicago. they offer cosmic bowling which is pretty unique. they dim the lights, turn on the black lights, neon lights and the fog machine to give it a "cosmic" feel. The scoring is computerized.

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★★★☆☆

Waveland bowl is a pretty good bowling alley up in the North side of Chicago. they offer cosmic bowling which is pretty unique. they dim the lights, turn on the black lights, neon lights and the fog machine to give it a "cosmic" feel. The scoring is computerized.

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I've gone here several times to bowl and even attended a company x-mas party there. they lots of lanes there and there staff has always been helpful and nice. they also have a bar area if you'd like cocktails,and have a resturant you can grab a meal or a snack from. also they have pool tables for those who don't like bowling...a fun place to go and hang out.

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★★★★☆

I've gone here several times to bowl and even attended a company x-mas party there. they lots of lanes there and there staff has always been helpful and nice. they also have a bar area if you'd like cocktails,and have a resturant you can grab a meal or a snack from. also they have pool tables for those who don't like bowling...a fun place to go and hang out.

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Since i'v never been to ne other bowling alley I'm not sure about the prices. I thought that they were reasonable. I didn't think that it was too expensive. the food was kinda expensive though.I mean was only $9 a person for a whole day of fun. You get free sock with ur shoes too! When u get tired of bowling there is even more to do. It's open 24 hrs 365 days too!

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★★★★☆

Since i'v never been to ne other bowling alley I'm not sure about the prices. I thought that they were reasonable. I didn't think that it was too expensive. the food was kinda expensive though.I mean was only $9 a person for a whole day of fun. You get free sock with ur shoes too! When u get tired of bowling there is even more to do. It's open 24 hrs 365 days too!

Pros: Fun, reasonably priced, not crowed

Cons: Long waits for food

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If you have never been to Waveland bowl, you are missing the best bowling center in Chicago and maybe the country!!!

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★★★★★

If you have never been to Waveland bowl, you are missing the best bowling center in Chicago and maybe the country!!!

Pros: clean!!, lively, cozmic fun

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Waveland Bowl has changed over the past few years. Gone from a classic bowling alley to a pretty flashy funky place. That isn't bad except their prices have followed. If you want flash great but if you want to bowl why pay more for neon lights.

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★★☆☆☆

Waveland Bowl has changed over the past few years. Gone from a classic bowling alley to a pretty flashy funky place. That isn't bad except their prices have followed. If you want flash great but if you want to bowl why pay more for neon lights.

Pros: Flashy

Cons: Expensive

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its a cool place to be , everyone is laid back no one bothers u . Its a friendly bowling alley.

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★★★★☆

its a cool place to be , everyone is laid back no one bothers u . Its a friendly bowling alley.

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Since 1959, Chicagoans have been bowling at this alley. It offers enough attractions to keep everyone from tots to seniors occupied all day long. Come early, take a number...

 

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