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About Us


A little history..

In 1962, the owner of an automotive shop in Salt Lake City got the idea for WhirlyBall after observing his son playing a game with a stick and a tin can, which looked like hockey, while driving a golf cart. That’s how the world’s first and only, one-of-a-kind mechanized team sport was born. After many years working to develop a more agile type of vehicle, which ended up being a bumper car, the first WhirlyBall court opened in 1980.


Although there are numerous venues throughout the country, the three WhirlyBall locations in Chicago remain the most successful and our Bucktown location is the largest in the world. Sprawling across 50,000 square feet and two stories, we offer three WhirlyBall courts, a multi-level laser tag arena, 12 bowling lanes, and a rooftop terrace with a great Chicago skyline view.