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Bowling in Plainfield

Why do we like to go bowling? Just for the pleasure of nailing a strike? Well, that’s certainly a nice part of it. However, bowling nights are also about the place and the people surrounding you. They’re about family, friends, community, and stories that are to be told for years to come. It’s a whole experience that explains why so many people fall in love with this sport.

We fully understand that, and that’s what Plainfield Lanes bowling evenings strive to provide: memorable experiences.

bowling in Plainfield

The history of this sport is truly deep and at least just as interesting. Did you know that bowling was once illegal in the US? We’ll get into that topic and explore much more interesting facts further on into this article.

Bowling in Plainfield: Safety Always Comes First

Whether you’re an expert in the field or just putting on your shoes for the first time, safety should always be a priority for you and those around you. The right equipment and proper techniques will help keep you safe at all times. And it’s our duty to make sure you have an amazing, injury-free experience at our locations.

How to avoid injuries while bowling?

Just as in any other sport, it is essential to warm up before proceeding. There are multiple simple exercises and stretches that can be done before a match to help warm up your muscles and joints. Constant repetitive movement can have an impact on your shoulders, wrists and knees; therefore, warming up is a necessary practice. Exercising will help you avoid a lot of common injuries that affect both amateur and professional bowlers.

Here’s a couple of other tips on how can avoid injuries on the Plainfield lanes bowling alley:

Always make sure you have a proper grip size on the ball.

Use appropriate footwear to avoid foot, knee or ankle injuries.

Employ the correct technique at all times.

Train to strengthen your core and upper body muscles.


Bowling in Plainfield makes up a really fun activity for kids, too. However, it is important to teach them the goods habits of bowling when old enough to learn. This way, they will carry excellent habits with them throughout the years. You can even use bumpers to block the lane gutters so that you make the game fun, even for very young children. Nowadays, kids can get to play games online, so they can get learn the rules of the sport comfortably, at their own pace.

Bowling for kids

Nonetheless, if your kids don’t seem to enjoy bowling as much as you do, there are always other options available for them at Plainfield Lanes. We provide a wide variety of arcade games, a laser maze, an escape room and plenty of other fun ways to drill your skill. All the diverse activities guarantee your fun, whether you’re coming to enjoy a simple Plainfield Lanes bowling night or looking to test your problem-solving skills in the escape room. This way, we make sure you’ll never have to worry about getting bored when visiting us.

Bowling: a wonderful sport, with an amazing history

In the United States alone, over 70 million people play bowling every year, making it the US most engaging sport. However, not many people know that for a short time, bowling was illegal in the United States.

Somewhere around the 16th century, bowling reached America through European immigrants. However, the first indoor bowling alley was opened about two hundred years later in New York. It didn’t take long for this exciting sport to become a sensation and gain popularity in early American society. Soon, the indoor bowling halls spread across the country, especially in the areas predominantly populated by german people. In 1895, the rules of the sport were officially standardized through the establishment of the American Bowling Congress, also known as the ABC ( now USBC). The new regulations had a positive impact on the popularity of the sport, which was soon to become common in places such as private clubs, firehouses or even churches.

However, at the beginning of the 19th century, bowling alleys were mainly owned by bars and pubs. Unfortunately, the culture of gambling and crime has become associated with bowling and that’s what led the sport to gain a bad reputation. As silly as that sounds, in the 1840s, the state of Connecticut has banned all ownership of nine-pin lanes in a desperate attempt to curb gambling and crime.

To avoid the law, bowling players simply added an extra pin to the game, neutralizing the ban and giving birth to this version of the sport we now enjoy.

Ever since there have been numerous introductions as the sport advanced. For example, until 1950, the pins were simply reset by hand. In 1946, though, Gottfried Schmidt designed the first automatic pinsetter, bringing a major improvement to the game.

The materials for the balls used in the game had also chanced as the sport evolved, changing from wood to rubber to urethane and the current resin-covered ones that we use now.

Even though bowling had its golden age in the 50s and 60s, it still remains one of the most popular sports worldwide, engaging more than 70 million Americans every year. And that’s only normal. It is a fun and easy game that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or athletic ability.

Plainfield Lanes Bowling

Why choose Plainfield Lanes Bowling?

Apart from the bowling alley, Plainfield Lanes offers a large variety of games and activities, meant to satisfy customers of all age. An amazing bar&grill menu waits for you to refill after an intense bowling game, or just relax and enjoy a nice drink.

Our bank heist escape room proved to be a challenging, nonetheless fun activity for all those that choose to engage in it. About 35% of our participants actually make it out with the million dollars they “stole”. So you don’t need to worry about it being too easy for you, nor too difficult.

The laser maze can also make up a very fun activity for kids of all ages. It is a fascinating visual experience, meant to spark up their imagination and boost their sense of adventure.

Our location makes up for a great spot in case you feel like organizing a group event, a company or family party, or host a fundraiser. Birthday parties are always going to be a success.

So whether you’re looking for a fun night out with the family or you’re ready to turn on competition mode with your friends, Plainfield Lanes bowling provides you with the necessary tools to get the party started. So, clear your evening, come get your bowling shoes on and have an amazing time.

Click here to make a reservation and come enjoy amazing bowling in Plainfield.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you provide lessons?

Unfortunately, we do not provide bowling lessons. However, even if you’re a first-timer, our staff is always ready to offer the basic guidance and help you through.

Why do I need rental shoes?

There are various reasons why you should use specific bowling shoes. Apart from them allowing you to get the right levels of adherence and overall functionality, they also preserve the lane appearance. Normally, the lanes are made of polished wood, and that generates a shiny and smooth appearance. 

Can I bring my own food/drink?

Even if you’re a magician in the kitchen and can’t stay away from your own cooked food for long, unfortunately, no outside food and beverage of any kind are permitted to be brought into the bowling centre. 

Do you have an arcade?

We do provide a large variety of games for all those who share our passion for arcade.  As you earn tickets, don’t forget to stop by our redemption counter for some awesome prizes. You can explore part of our game offer by clicking here

Do you have other entertainment facilities?

Sure thing. Apart from bowling, our guests can enjoy a large variety of arcade games, an escape room, a laser maze and of course, the top-notch bar&grill service. This way, whenever you choose to pay us a visit, you know the fun is a guarantee.

How long does a bowling game last?

It takes around 10 minutes/person ( on average) to bowl a single game from start to finish. Therefore, if you’re part of a group of 6 people, it would take around one hour to successfully complete one bowling game. 

Do you have a dress code? 

No, we do not have a designed dress code. Nonetheless, we expect our guests to dress and behave appropriately and considerately at all times, a fact that includes the wearing of appropriate clothing for a family facility. 

Are there any age restrictions for bowling?

There are no age restrictions in regards to playing bowling. However, given the weight of the bowling balls, we suggest that most kids under four should be given extra attention in order to avoid accidents. Also, there is no such thing as an upper age limit on our facilities. If you’re strong and fit enough to play, the lanes are waiting for you.  

I have a question that is not on this list. Who do I talk to?

Feel free to contact us in regards to any questions you might have at the following number: (815) 782-7790.  Whether you want to plan a nice night of bowling in Plainfield or organize a party we’re always happy to answer your questions.



New Years Eve Parties – Plainfield, Shorewood, Romeoville, Naperville…….

We host one of the most popular New Years Eve Parties in all of Will County.

Our parties have sold out in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 as we hosted customers from Plainfield, Romeoville, Joliet, Shorewood, Naperville, Crest Hill and surrounding areas celebrate in VIP style.

So far for our celebration this year our 7pm-9:30pm time slot has already been sold out. The rest are sure to follow – so book today:


All party packages INCLUDE:
?Unlimited bowling for up to 5 players per lane for your selected time slot
?Large Pizza
?Pitcher of Soda
?Shoe Rental
?Party favor selections(hats, noise makers etc!)

We will also be DJing your favorite music video requests all day and night long.

If you want to check out our event on facebook visit:


Questions about our awesome New Years Eve Parties? E-mail us! [email protected] or call us 815-782-7790 x4 and someone for our party team would be glad to answer your questions.

There will be no walk in business on New Years Eve due to our parties – so make sure to book online today!

Whatever you do to celebrate bringing in 2020 – make sure to include family, friends and be SAFE!

-Plainfield Lanes

New Years Eve Parties 2019!

New Years Eve Parties

?New Years Eve Parties – 2019 – Join US!?


We host one of the most popular New Years Eve Parties in all of Will County as we help customers from Plainfield, Romeoville, Joliet, Shorewood, Naperville, Crest Hill and surrounding areas celebrate in ? style!

For the past four years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) we have SOLD OUT – and QUICKLY. So we REALLY recommend booking quickly https://plainfieldlanes.com/nye-parties/

Also feel free to join us on Facebook and follow the event, tag your friends and family – etc. You can all book your parties, bowl next to each other and really just enjoy this special time. https://www.facebook.com/events/396489240888074/

Each lane you reserve includes the following:

?Unlimited bowling for up to 6 players per lane for your selected time slot
?Large Pizza
?Pitcher of Soda
?Shoe Rental
?Party favor selections(hats, noise makers etc!)
?Cosmic bowling

Also, all night long we will be DJ’ing your favorite music requests to play on our various screens in the facility including two huge projector screens over the lanes.

Also we have the newest scoring system which allows bumper control – per person – so your whole family can have FUN! This scoring system also has some various game formats to keep you entertained.

Lastly we as always will have a full menu available and some bar specials to enjoy.

So join us today – your reservations have to be made online at the link above – if you have questions shoot us an email [email protected] 

Whatever you do to ring in 2k19, make it EPIC and stay safe!

?Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year! ?

League Bowling Season Coming Up!

Our upcoming league bowling schedule has been announced.

We have a lot of various leagues for everyone to enjoy. Here is a quick summary of what we are offering:

Monday Night IBT League – 5 person teams (max 1 woman per team), USBC sanctioned, league meeting is August 27th @ 6:30pm, begins Sept 10th @ 6:15pm.

Tuesday Night Mixed League- 4 person teams – USBC sanctioned, league meeting is August 28th @ 7pm, starts Sept 4th @6:45pm.

Wednesday Night Mixed – 4 person teams – USBC sanctioned, league meeting is August 1st @ 7pm, starts August 15th @ 6:45pm

Thursday Night Open – 4 person teams, mixed – USBC sanctioned, league meeting is August 9th @ 7pm, starts August 23rd @ 6:45pm

Saturday Youth League – 4 person teams, mixed – USBC sanctioned, league registration is August 25th from 9am-4pm, starts September 15th @ 9am. ($30 registration fee per child – includes jersey)

We have something for everyone, if you are interested in joining a league please fill out our contact form at:

League Sign up Form

Also be sure and check out the attached league flyer that shows all of our options.

Plainfield Lanes Bowling Renovations

Bowling Renovations! We will be closing from July 17th through July 23rd for some exciting renovations at Plainfield Lanes.

One of our main efforts is replacing our scoring system with a brand new scoring system from Brunswick. We look forward to upgrading your experience that you will have with us. There will be a lot of new features for all of our bowlers to enjoy. Things like Angry Birds bowling, Pin Pals, Spare Shot games and more! Also you will be able to download an app to track your bowling experience, scores etc for all your games.

Bowl an awesome game? Click to e-mail it to yourself! These will all be added features for you to enjoy / show off to friends and family.

League bowling will still be in effect for Tuesday July 17th and Monday July 23rd with us opening back to the public July 24th. Stay tuned for exciting photos of our renovations on our facebook page www.facebook.com/plainfieldlanes

Stay tuned as we continue to improve to help provide the best bowling experience for all of Will County and beyond to enjoy.

Be sure to come by after we re-open to say check out our new scoring system, until then say “Hi” to the PinPals – if you bowl with us in the future you will be seeing a lot more of them!

If you have any questions please just contact us and we will be sure to get right back to you!