10pin Bowling Lounge

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Fun, Social & Original -10pin is a Chicago original located in the heart of River North - the bustling entertainment district along the Chicago River in downtown Chicago. Next door to the House Of Blues, 10pin offers 20,000 square feet of luxury bowling lanes, ping pong, billiards, shuffleboard & games that cater to all group sizes.

Offering an awesome bar & chef driven menu- diners can expect a great experience.

Each lane can score up to 6 guests per lane. When you reserve a "table" on OpenTable you are reserving a lane.

Groups larger than 12 -please call 312-644-0300

The advance reservation rate is $55 an hour per lane plus $4.95 per person for shoe rental.

10pin is an ideal spot to bring your friends or host your next corporate outing and can host up to 350 guests. Their event planners will make sure to make your next event will be a ton of fun.
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CF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was very average. Vintage bowling with no bumpers for kids unless you prebook one of the few lanes with bumpers.

L
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fun!

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Service has gone down hill, prices have skyrocketed, our group of 6 had to change lanes not once but twice because they malfunctioned and all of the video screens had the same boring sports station. I have been going to 10pin for over 15 years and find it is not the fun, affordable place it used to be.

TM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We reserved 2 lanes for 2 hours for my son's birthday celebration. Everything started off really nice. We were greeted nicely at the front desk. Our server came over immediately and introduced herself. The kids played a few rounds of ping pong while we waited on the rest of our party to arrive and then it started. The lanes that they originally told us that we had, were not ours and we had to move over 2 lanes. No big deal because again we were still waiting on a few people. Once our guest arrived and we started playing, our server was great. She got our orders, they brought out our food and drinks but as the time went on, it became harder and harder to find her. We had to go to the other side where the bar is located to get our server. Half way through the game, both of the lanes started stalling and would not reset all while our time was running down. I had to go to the desk at least 8 times. After about the 9th time, they moved us to 2 different lanes next to where we were playing but then those started stalling and would not reset which had me back up at the desk another 2-3 times. At this point, the guest were frustrated and no one really wanted to play anymore. The momentum of the games was gone and the guest started venturing off which left my son and a few friends that were left to just play off whatever time was left. On a positive note, the food was really good (chicken and steak quesadillas) and the drinks from the bar were great (I needed one after this ordeal). At the end of it all, the only thing we received was a FULL bill ($400), no apology and 20 minutes added back to the bowling time which no one wanted to play at that point.

RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The scoring and computer system on the lane we were assigned malfunctioned. Not once or twice. Three times I had to go to the counter and ask the employee to reset the system. Each time I was told “that should do it”. Each time it didn’t.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I feel like this bowling alley is wildly expensive for no reason. $55/hr for a lane or $9/game.... plus shoes. Our lane was tweaking for about 8 minutes, and they did not add any time back on our game.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun date night wouldn’t have hurt by having a warmer welcome and friendly staff that didn’t assume we’re going to cheat the waitress on tip.

ZA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Waitress lady was unkind and have an attitude. Very demanding and looked not want to serve at all!!! Hope she is not gonna be there next time when we visit. The place is awesome.

RD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

First and foremost..the service was awful. The only nice and helpful person was the gal at the check in desk. Very sweet.
Bartender was lazy and on her phone most of the time. The waitress never came to our table. The nachos tasted suspect, so I stopped eating them. We got one game free as I was staying next door, played one more game and each had one drink. $62.00
what a rip.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I would never go back. The location is decent and is the only reason I went. The bowling lanes are terrible. The lanes have No oil and not level. Shoes are also old and do not slide. Its like bowling bare feet. The balls are ok and nicely differentiated by weight. The score keeping system is a joke. The sound system needs to be modernized. The only nice feature is the big screen TV's above the pins. But I came to bowl and not watch music videos. Carpeting is old and dirty. I don't know who designed this place but it really is a joke. Plus it is expensive: $10 per game for what?

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everyone there is so polite, Friends me had a great time !

MS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The bowling just didn’t work, we had to get help about ten times. The pins weren’t being reset, the balls weren’t coming back through the belt, the scores were just wrong. It was WAY over priced. The food was fine, but pizza was just not good and not worth the cost. For two games with two people and a pizza it was 80 dollars. We were there less than an hour.

KR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was great my family loved it evrythi8was clean and everyone was friendly

EP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first time in Chicago and we decided to go because we got in late. We had an amazing time, it was fun, an adult atmosphere and the food was amazing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great time with a party of 10 people. Great upscale bowling, delicious food and friendly, attentive service. And the Sangria and Rose cans were fantastic! We’ll be back!!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Went bowling with a few friends to celebrate my birthday and it’s a cool spot in terms of appearance and the activities offered. That said, the drinks were terrible and the service almost nonexistent. When our server did come to our lane, she forgot portions of our order. It took 30 min to get a beer. The music was outdated and the manager was unwilling to play anything more current than 1980. The place has potential but clearly needs a lot of work and staff training.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

There seems to be a disconnect with the front desk staff availability information than what’s stated on open table. The front desk told me they had no availability, but checked open table and there was immediate availability. I booked through open table and was seated and given a lane. Interesting disconnect!

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. This place is seriously overrated. The food was average in comparison to most bowling alleys. This entire facility needs a serious makeover from its boring, one-channel sports screens to its seriously outdated scorekeeping machines. We had to request the fans be turned on (should have been on already) after we began sweating profusely when we started our bowling session. The decorative lighting made the place feel dingy and to underscore my point, OUTDATED. I wouldn't trash this place completely, I'd just look for more appealing and better managed facilities first. On a scale from 1 to 5 (5 being best), this place rates a 2.

CJ
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

We had fun. Our lane had technical issues but it’s a really nice place & the food was ok.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fathers Day

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Server kept forgetting items, portions of the order came WAY late

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Father’s Day. Had a great time bowling and snacking.

SC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I took my students there on a field trip. Everyone was nice. We did not get our socks and the time on the lane began about five minutes too early so while the kids were getting their shoes on and their names in our time was ticking away; otherwise, it was a nice experience.

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Everything seemed fine until the bill came - they charged me for 3 hours of bowling when I was there for 2 and they also charged me for 9 pairs of shoes when I was with a group of 7. We had to correct the bill 3x. After the second correction we sorta got the hint that it wasn’t an honest mistake but rather intentional and who knows how many people simply pay without double checking.... they also said I did not show up for my reservation...combined with the bill issues they just give a scammy vibe.

V
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Muy buen lugar para pasar en familia o con amigos. Muy buena atención.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good time, good value.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was great our service Cassie was very attentive to our table

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family trip trying to do something different.. it was worth it!

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 26, 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for taking the time to write about your time with us! We're so glad to hear that you and your family had a great time, and we certainly hope to see you all again soon!

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N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We had a reservation for 8pm. When we got there the man behind the counter told us to go to two lanes. We went to those lanes but there was a group that was already there. I then asked the man behind the counter again and he switched us to two different lanes. We started bowling approximately around 8:15pm. I chose to do the pay by the hour option, so our time started at 8:15pm. We ended up paying for another hour of bowling (2 hours in total). But, one of the customer service ladies came over around 9:45pm and said our bowling had ended. I may not be a math major, but somehow I don't think 8:15pm plus two hours adds up to 9:45pm. Even if they had started our bowling right at our reservation time that doesn't add up either. Overall, bowling there was ok and I'd probably go back due to the fact that it's right in the city. But, they need to sort out their reservation system, bowling lane assignments, and actual tracking of how long those groups have bowled for.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback about your experience with us at 10pin, we truly appreciate it. We can assure you that this is not the typical experience we provide, and would love the chance to have you back to enjoy a better experience! If you could email us at info@10pinchicago we'd love to offer you something for your inconvenience. Again, thank you for providing your feedback and we hope to hear from you soon!

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EA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

This was a place that was recommended to me & it was my first time being there for a birthday celebration & the experience was terrible. My group of 4 were very disappointed and unsatisfied. We couldn’t even play a full game without the lanes messing up, the screens messing up. Got moved to another lane for it to do the same thing. There was poor communication between the female waitress and the two men at the front desk. There was poor communication and lack of professionalism from you’ll female manager & she was very disrespectful. The female waitress wanted to cause a scene and say that I wasn’t paying. Everything was resolved thanks to one male manager but overall It was a very bad first experience and I nor any of my people will be coming back.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi Erin, We'd like to thank you very much for taking the time to provide this feedback. This certainly sounds like a frustrating situation, and not one typical of the experience we strive to provide. We truly apologize for any miscommunication. If you'd like to send an email to info@10pinchicago detailing exactly what happened during your time with us, we'd love to offer you something for the inconvenience and for taking the time to write to us. We hope to hear from you soon!

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

I would recommend this bowling ally to a friend, however I would tell them to bring plenty of cash and be prepared to spend it. When we got our bill we were off put by the price. We weren’t told about the shoe rental price and we were also told that bowling was $9 a game, not $9 a game per person. Fun bowling ally with good food but wayyyy to expensive.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi Seth, We apologize if there was any communication in regards to the per game pricing and shoe rental, but are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! For future reference and clarity, it is $8.95/person/game and $4.95/person for shoe rental. We do sincerely apologize if this wasn't communicated properly, and hope to see you again soon!

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R
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience was great. Went with some family and we enjoyed ourself. Drinks could’ve been a little stronger but food was hot and fresh and bowling was fun. Will be back. Thank you

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hi Raven, We're so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your time with us! Please come back and see us again soon!

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this bowling alley. Had friends visiting from Spain that had never bowled before and they really loved it. Nice place.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi Joshua, We're so glad to hear that you and your friends had a good time with us, and especially glad that we could host their first bowling experience! We hope to see you again in the near future!

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience5

Was a lot of fun. Everything was ala carte. A little expense. But we all enjoyed the night

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hi Dolly, Thanks so much for writing about your time with us at 10pin! We're really glad to hear that you and your group had a fun time, and definitely hope to see you all again soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was lit

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 12, 2019

Glad to hear it!!

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K
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The chipotle hummus was absolutely fantastic and a lot more food than we expected. The pita bread that came with it was okay, not spectacular but still good. The pizza was fair, a little too sweet for my taste but very fresh. The bowling was fun! No issues with lane quality or the scoring machine. We went as part of the Chicago Explorer Pass, which made it a great value. Without that, it probably would have been a little too expensive for us. Great food prices, though.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 3, 2019

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback! We're glad to hear that, overall, you enjoyed the food! We take pride in providing both an excellent bowling and dining experience. We're also glad that using the Chicago Explorer Pass was able to connect you with us at 10pin! We hope to see you again soon!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took our kids bowling for Spring Break and LOVED it! I had a situation with our City Passes, the owner was AMAZING and accommodating! Our kids had a great time and want to come back! Food was tasty, service was impeccable, and staff was super friendly and attentive! Highly recommend this place!

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 3, 2019

Hi Jackie, Thank you so very much for taking the time to write! We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time and that you were able to work with our owner so we could ensure you all had a great experience. Please bring the family again sometime soon - we'd love to have you back!

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food was absolutely disgusting. They closed at 12 and was trying to kick us out at 11. When I made the reservation i called and had the lady put in my reservation that I wanted extended time and she said that’ll be fine because it was for my birthday. Our server was rude and we had over a $200 bill and everyone was unsatisfied. I wish I could get a refund but I doubt I will ever come back.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 3, 2019

Hi Jameliah, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback about your experience with us at 10pin. We're very sorry to hear that your time with us was not the typical experience we constantly strive to provide. If you wouldn't mind emailing us at info@10pinchicago with more details about your time, we'd love to offer you something for your time and for providing your feedback. We hope to hear from you soon!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Would recommend only if the music becomes more of a variety

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 3, 2019

Hi there, We're sorry you didn't enjoy the music selection you heard on your most recent visit! We do have a playlist set up that ranges throughout genres of all kinds; from 80s hits, oldies, top 40, alternative, and others. If there are any suggestions or genres you'd like to hear, however, please feel free to shoot us an email at info@10pinchicago and let us know what you'd like to hear! We are always open to suggestions! Thanks for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would recommend this place to anyone. Usually my go-to bowling place when I’m in the city. Pricier than your average bowling alley but then again, location-wise, it is in River North after all. Service, food, atmosphere were good.

10pin Bowling Lounge
Responded on April 3, 2019

Hi Koda, Thanks so much for taking the time to write about us! We LOVE to hear that you visit us frequently to bowl and that you enjoy the food as well. We take pride in the experience we strive to provide to our guests, and it's great to hear that we are your go-to for bowling! We hope to see you again soon!

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