If you love to bowl, hop on board to visit one of these classic bowling alleys. Many of these alleys are a throw back to the time before automatic scoring. Enjoy the ambiance and enjoy a game. Who knows you may want to try each and every Bowling Alley on the line. Let us know your favorite. Please keep in mind not every alley is family friendly, please check before leaving home with the kids. The alleys are listed in order of Metra train stop – starting with the alleys closes to the city.
Jefferson Park Bowling
Habetler Bowl – is a 32 lane bowling alley still owned and operated by the Habetler family. This is a family friendly business with automatic scoring, auto-bumpers, and an arcade. They run specials on certain days of the week such as glow bowl and dollar day. In addition there is an lounge and snack bar.
To get to the bowling alley get off the train at the Jefferson Park Metra Station and head southeast, turn left on West Argyle Street, keep left on West Argyle which turns into North Northwest Highway, left on West Carmen Avenue, right on North Milwaukee Avenue, left on North Northwest Highway. It’s about a 10 – 15 minutes walk from the station.
5250 North Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, IL 60630
Edison Park Bowling
Edison Park Bowl - located in the Edison Park Inn is a classic 8 lane bowling alley. Daily drink specials are available from the full service bar. An extensive menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizza prepared in a wood burning oven. Edison Park Bowl is conveniently located across from the Edison Park Metra Station.
Edison Park Bowl
6715 North Olmstead
Chicago, IL 60631
Des Plaines Bowling
River Rand Bowl – is an old school bowling alley/bar and may not be appropriate for younger children in the evening hours.
To get to River Rand Bowl go southeast on Ellinwood Avenue, left on Des Plaines River Road/ South River Road. The alley is approximately 4 minutes from the station.
River Rand Bowl
191 South River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Arlington Heights Bowling
Beverly Lanes – Has 24 lanes and has been in business for 55 years. This place is family friendly and features bumpers lanes for the little ones. In addition there is a pro shop and a lounge.
To get to Beverly Lanes head southeast on US-14, turn left on East Kensington Road, then left on South Beverly Lane. The alley is about a 15 minute walk from the station.
8 South Beverly Lane
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Fox River Grove Bowling
King Pin Lanes – Is a classic 8 lane bowling alley. In addition to bowling there is a pool table, jute box and pinball. Families are welcome, but may want to visit during the day.
King Pin is just a few minutes away, and yet hard to find as they do not have any signage on the building. We have heard that this is friendly no frills place. We are anxious to hear what you think. Head northwest on Parking Lot Drive then turn left on Lincoln Avenue.
King Pin Lanes
418 Lincoln Avenue
Fox River Grove, IL 60021
Downtown Crystal Lake Bowling
Metro Bowl – Is another classic bowling alley. Families are welcome and on Tuesday they run a special. Full bar available.
To get to Metro Bowl head northwest on Railroad Street, left on Grant Street, left on East Woodstock Street, right on North Williams Street, and left on Brinks Street. Approximately 6 minute walk from the station. 77 Brink St., Crystal Lake,815-459-0345
77 Brink Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Wayne’s Lanes - is an 8 lane family friendly alley. This family owned venue offers special events such as dollar day, seniors Monday and glow bowl. In addition to bowling they offer billiards, indoor mini golf and a pro shop. Check first because they are closed on certain days midweek.
Wayne’s Lanes is about a minute away from the station. Head southeast on Wheeler, left on Church. The alley is on your left.
109 East Church Street
Woodstock, IL 60098