Lincoln Square Lanes

★★★★☆
Upon finding this hidden spot, you will stumble upon a vintage bowling atmosphere.
  • 4874 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60625

    Cross street: Ainslie Street

    Map & Directions
  • 773-561-8191

About Lincoln Square Lanes

Hours
Sun-Fri 12pm-2am Sat 12pm-3am

Sports & Recreation

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Where in Lincoln Square is this "jewel" located at.

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★★★★★

Where in Lincoln Square is this "jewel" located at.

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This is a great spot for a night out.

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★★★★★

This is a great spot for a night out.

Pros: Food is great

Cons: Parking

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When the rest of the bowling alleys in the city are packed, and charging roughly $11 per person per game, and requiring that patrons are 21 and up after 9 or 10 at night, enter Lincoln Square Lanes. Typically no wait to use a lane, and drink prices are cheap. No, it is not aesthetically pleasing and yes, you need to know how to keep score by hand, as it is not automatic. It is, however, an option different from other bowling venues, with immediate proximity to cute Lincoln Square after you've given yourself a headache computing scores and want to grab a relaxing drink or bite to eat.

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★★★☆☆

When the rest of the bowling alleys in the city are packed, and charging roughly $11 per person per game, and requiring that patrons are 21 and up after 9 or 10 at night, enter Lincoln Square Lanes. Typically no wait to use a lane, and drink prices are cheap. No, it is not aesthetically pleasing and yes, you need to know how to keep score by hand, as it is not automatic. It is, however, an option different from other bowling venues, with immediate proximity to cute Lincoln Square after you've given yourself a headache computing scores and want to grab a relaxing drink or bite to eat.

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This was by far the absolute worst bowling experience of my life. If you don't have time to read this whole review at least heed this advice: NEVER EVER COME HERE. I am a college student who volunteers as a youth mentor for a program at the local YMCA. Usually, my "little brother" and I do things for free or very cheap because well, I'm not getting paid and like I said, I'm a college student: I'm broke, but today, for a treat we decided to take the train into the city and go bowling. We chose Lincoln Square Lanes because it was easy to get to and according to the web it was $4.50 per game. When we got there, it was dark and empty and the man behind the counter (at the bar) looked at us as if we were absurd. We kind of wandered around a bit to see if maybe we had missed something and there was someone else in charge of setting up the bowling. Finally, I went over to the man at the bar and asked if we could get a lane. He was cold and rude to us the entire time, and surprise, it was an additional $7.00 for shoes for the two of us. He gave us our score card (there are not automatic scorers) and sent us to our lane where we remained alone for the next hour. It was dead silent in the building. At one point, my little brother celebrated a strike by dancing to which the man working bellowed viciously from the other room "Get off of there. There's oil on the floor your not allowed to do that." Within an hour we decided to leave. When the man wrung us up, he was once again rude claiming we were throwing around a lot of extra balls without writing them down (which was of course untrue as the game meter proved) and he gave us the price, $36.00 plus the $7.00 for the shoes, oh and the $3.50 I paid in ATM fees, making the grand total $46.50 for two people, for less than an hour, for charity, none the less. I still had fun with my kid, but everything from the service, to the atmosphere, to the price is absolutely, unbearably atrocious. (It's $4.50 per person, per game so two people playing for an hour is roughly $40.00.) Unless you are really loaded and like spending time in crappy bowling allies with mean people, DO NOT COME HERE.

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This was by far the absolute worst bowling experience of my life. If you don't have time to read this whole review at least heed this advice: NEVER EVER COME HERE. I am a college student who volunteers as a youth mentor for a program at the local YMCA. Usually, my "little brother" and I do things for free or very cheap because well, I'm not getting paid and like I said, I'm a college student: I'm broke, but today, for a treat we decided to take the train into the city and go bowling. We chose Lincoln Square Lanes because it was easy to get to and according to the web it was $4.50 per game. When we got there, it was dark and empty and the man behind the counter (at the bar) looked at us as if we were absurd. We kind of wandered around a bit to see if maybe we had missed something and there was someone else in charge of setting up the bowling. Finally, I went over to the man at the bar and asked if we could get a lane. He was cold and rude to us the entire time, and surprise, it was an additional $7.00 for shoes for the two of us. He gave us our score card (there are not automatic scorers) and sent us to our lane where we remained alone for the next hour. It was dead silent in the building. At one point, my little brother celebrated a strike by dancing to which the man working bellowed viciously from the other room "Get off of there. There's oil on the floor your not allowed to do that." Within an hour we decided to leave. When the man wrung us up, he was once again rude claiming we were throwing around a lot of extra balls without writing them down (which was of course untrue as the game meter proved) and he gave us the price, $36.00 plus the $7.00 for the shoes, oh and the $3.50 I paid in ATM fees, making the grand total $46.50 for two people, for less than an hour, for charity, none the less. I still had fun with my kid, but everything from the service, to the atmosphere, to the price is absolutely, unbearably atrocious. (It's $4.50 per person, per game so two people playing for an hour is roughly $40.00.) Unless you are really loaded and like spending time in crappy bowling allies with mean people, DO NOT COME HERE.

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Pros: I came to this location for the first time on a Sunday afternoon, and after figuring out from a local that the place is above a hardware store, I was surprised to find so many parking spots. I thought by it being next to McDonald's,

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★★★★★

Pros: I came to this location for the first time on a Sunday afternoon, and after figuring out from a local that the place is above a hardware store, I was surprised to find so many parking spots. I thought by it being next to McDonald's,

Pros: Parking, Comfort, Polite employees, no automated boards (learn to keep score!), quiet

Cons: False advertising with prices, lights in bathroom hard to find, light doesn't show second score on lane

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With its ordinary appearance, Lincoln Square Lanes has the feel of a hideaway - or a speakeasy. Located atop an Ace Hardware store, finding LSL can be a trying experience. Its generic "Bowl" marquee, which does not…

 

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