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Pinstripes Bowling & Bocce

When is the last time you went bowling (or tried a round of bocce ball) with a group of friends?  Pinstripes, located at 435 E. Illinois Street, is a perfect place to gather with friends or co-workers.  Located within walking distance of Navy Pier, Pinstripes offers happy hour from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. M-F with drink and appetizer specials.  When I visited, the bowling lanes were already booked, so four of us played bocce outside on the patio, which has a lovely view of the Chicago River.  (Plus, it’s a great conversation starter, with people who were out on the patio enjoying drinks asking us how our game was going.)  

Pinstripes offers Italian-American fare, bowling and bocce in a sprawling space with indoor and outdoor seating and a bar.  Located on the Chicago River in the historic River East Arts Center, this Streeterville location offers some of the best views in the city. From wood-fired pizzas to seasonal gelato, every Italian-American dish is made in-house with locally sourced ingredients. Pinstripes offers a wine list,rotating craft beers celebrating local breweries, and a variety of handcrafted cocktails. While the service was a bit slow, guests are able to have cocktails while playing bocce or bowling. We ordered a variety of appetizers, including Stuffed Mushrooms with goat cheese, artichoke, sun-dried tomato and roasted red pepper, as well as a few flatbreads, including the Barbecue Chicken Pizza with balsamic BBQ sauce, red onion, sharp cheddar, calabrese sausage, corn and cilantro, which was delicious.

Bowling ranges from $8 -$15 per hour, and bocce ranges from $5-$12 per hour, depending on the time of day.  Bowling shoes are required (for bowling only) and cost is $5 per rental. Bowling lanes accommodate up to 8 people per lane and bocce courts accommodate up to 10 people per court. Reservations for bowling lanes are necessary, otherwise you’ll be out of luck. It’s a fun place to get together with a group for a few laughs, as who doesn’t love bowling or bocce?

Pinstripes Bowling & Bocce
435 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611


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