Huge Lucky Strike Bowling Alley Joining Addison & Clark In Wrigleyville

By Ariel Cheung, dnainfo

WRIGLEYVILLE — The national Lucky Strike bowling alley chain will join the roster of tenants moving into Wrigleyville in 2018-19 as part of the massive $140 million Addison & Clark complex, developers announced Tuesday.

The California-based bowling chain will open its second Chicago location in a 30,000-square-foot space facing Addison Street on the second floor of Addison & Clark.

Wrigleyville “draws tremendous amounts of people, whether for baseball or not, so what we want to do is build up on the entertainment value that the neighborhood is already noted for,” said John Bucksbaum, CEO of Bucksbaum Retail Properties. “At the same time, we want to have uses that the residents will want to participate in.”

Along with the Lucky Strike housed alongside the AMC River East 21 movie theater in Streeterville, the company runs the FTW arcade and mini-golf course gastropub nearby.

Up north, the only bowling alley in Lakeview is Southport Lanes & Billiards, which offers a handful of lanes that must be booked in advance. Just west of the neighborhood, Waveland Bowl and Diversey River Bowl are popular options for North Side alley cats.

As in Hollywood, the Wrigleyville Lucky Strike will focus heavily on booking concerts and other musical acts, Bucksbaum said. In Hollywood, Lucky Strike “rapidly erupted from a hidden bowling alley into Hollywood’s underground entertainment hub,” the company said.

Unlike the 17 other Lucky Strikes, the Hollywood location features weekly performances by national and local musicians and offers a “one-of-a-kind blend of edgy steampunk aesthetic, gastropub cuisine and beautifully modern lane design.”

Lucky Strike did not respond to a request for comment.

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