The new 50,000 square foot WhirlyBall facility being built at 1823 W. Webster Avenue on the border of Lincoln Park and Bucktown is making strides for its winter opening. A few weeks ago, we were invited to come take look at the under-construction facility, which when completed will feature three WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes, a 3,500 square foot laser tag space, and multiple private event spaces, including one room that can host up to 300 people. The building's exterior was designed by OKW Architects and West Loop-based design shop Studio K was tapped to lead the interior design duties.
The new WhirlyBall facility will be nearly double in size compared to its current location on Fullerton Avenue, which will eventually be razed to make way for the overhaul of the Fullerton, Damen and Elston intersection. Studio K, led by Karen Herold, has designed some of the city's most hyped restaurants, and will bring a custom treatment to the new WhirlyBall space. The main 32-draft bar (yes, you read that correctly) will be surrounded by tables and seating made from reclaimed bowling lane wood.
Construction on the new WhirlyBall began back in March with Summit Design + Build leading the charge, and although the project is aiming for a late November opening, it might not be until early December until folks can have a brew and bowl at the new Webster Street facility. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.