Dale Schwartz likes to borrow an observation from Walt Disney when explaining the inspiration behind his entrepreneurial endeavor, Pinstripes.
“He said that there’s very little adult in a child but there’s a lot of child in a lot of adults,” says Schwartz. “At the end of the day, every adult has a kid inside of them that likes to have fun. At Pinstripes, we complement that with phenomenal food and a great wine list.”
Pinstripes, which opened this fall in Oak Brook, features bowling, bocce and bistro fare. “Everything we do is sophisticated fun, offering strikingly good food with the novelty of combining bowling and bocce,” Schwartz says. It’s aimed at virtually anyone of any age.
“We intentionally don’t have arcades or video games and we’re not a sports bar. It’s good old-fashioned fun,” he says. "Once upon a time when we were cute little kids, we didn’t waste time with video games. That’s what we have here.
“There’s a terrific fun element: between bowling, bocce, great food, drinks and live entertainment, Pinstripes speaks to the little kid in all of us that loves to have fun,” says Schwartz.
On the other end of the arcade/video spectrum is Dave & Busters, which has been likened to a Chuck E Cheese on steroids.
Self-described as "the most fun you can have under one roof” Dave & Busters’ venue is packed full of hundreds of the latest arcade games, music, billiards, shuffle board, multi enormous HDTV’s showing sporting events and an extensive food and drink menu. Dave & Busters boasts the availability of structured team building and corporate events.
Dave & Busters is located at 1155 N. Swift Road in Addison.
Pinstripes is located at 7 Oakbrook Center Mall in Oak Brook, with additional locations in Northbrook and South Barrington.
Looking for more? Lucky Strike Lombard features bowling, tournament-quality billiards, large screen televisions, and dining and cocktails. Lucky Strike is located at Yorktown Center in Lombard.
Brunswick Zone has bowling, billiards, a game arcade, laser tag, bumper cars and a bar and grill. Special bowling leagues include a Zombie bowling club and Strike-n-Social Club. Brunswick Zone is located at 1515 Aurora Avenue in Naperville.
Westmont Yard offers Reball, a paintless paintball game that can be played all year and utilizes reusable balls. Westmont Yard is located at 233 W. 63rd Street in Westmont.
Whirlyball is a competitive sport combining lacrosse, hockey and basketball, all played from bumper cars. In addition to all types of parties, Whirlyball caters to corporate events and team building. Whirlyball is located at 800 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard.
Game Pazzo in Downers Grove is more than 13,000 square feet of game lovers’ Utopia. The high-tech facility offers an upscale gaming center, a stage for real and virtual Rock Band performances, a full sports bar and café, HD TVs, live musical entertainment, private rooms and food and beverage service. Game Pazzo is located at 2011 63rd Street in Downers Grove.