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Jim Thatcher (Fox Bowl General Manager) and Steven Bernard (Fox Bowl owner) presenting a check to Christine Lewis, Executive Director of Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.




Ian Ridgway earns a great honor !

Ian Ridgway of Naperville [youth bowler at Fox Bowl] and Sara Howell of Slidell, La., have been selected as Youth Ambassadors of the Year by the IBC Youth Committee.

The Youth Ambassador of the Year is annually awarded to recognize one male and one female USBC Youth bowler for exemplary contributions in the sport of bowling outside of league or tournament play, academic accomplishments and community involvement. One of the winners could be selected to serve on the IBC Youth Committee.

Ridgway is a senior at Matea Valley High School, has taken seven AP and honors classes, and has earned an academic letter every semester of his high school career. He has worked on community projects as a member of the Key Club and Student Athlete Leadership Team, in addition to working with Special Olympic bowlers, the American Red Cross, Feed My Starving Children and worked on a fund-raiser for military veterans, Strikes for Veterans, that raised more than $12,000. Matea Valley High School does not have a boys' bowling team, so Ridgway managed the girls' team and competed as an individual to promote the sport at his school, and it led to him earning Student Athlete of the Month honors. He also finished sixth in the IHSA boys' state tournament as an individual.

Ridgway will attend Mount Mercy University where he plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy, and he will compete on the bowling team.

"It feels great to be recognized for all the hard work that I've put into trying to grow the sport within my high school and the community," Ridgway said. "I hope the work that I have done so far is just a beginning, and that I continue to inspire others as I progress through my bowling career."

Join the "Have a Heart for Life"

One of the Biggest renovations to Fox Bowl in over 15 years! A new Game Room is built at the west end of the building. Featuring redemption games, crane games, ski ball, hoops and many more. Buy some tokens and get playing!

Click here to see!

The game room opened on Tuesday.

Check out Anthony, Haris and Hunter from Wheaton Warrenville South playing the games for the first time!

Book Your Holiday Party With Us!

Book Your Holiday Party With Us!

November 11th  8pm - 11:30pm

$30 Per ticket

3 games of bowling, shoe rental

Pizza Buffet

Join your fellow Chicago area bowlers at the Chicagoland BPA's

16th Annual "Bowlers' Day" with the Chicago White Sox

Sunday August 13, 2017 1:10 PM vs Kansas City Royals

First 400 persons to purchase will receive a Chicago White Sox Bowling Towel, courtesy of KR Strikeforce!

The specially priced ticket package for Bowlers' Day, available to bowlers and their friends include an outfield reserve seat and pre-game "Patio Party" ($45 - a 21% reduction of the regular Patio Party price of $57).  And the first 400 individuals who purchase tickets will receive a White Sox bowling towel on game day, courtesy of KR StrikeForce!  The Patio menu includes a delicious all-you-can-eat menu catered by Bertucci Buffet, featuring BBQ ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, cajun chicken, fried chicken, side salads, beer, wine and soda. The Patio opens 90 minutes prior to the game.

Parking is only $10, and a parking pass can be ordered along with the Bowlers' Day ticket package (mail/fax orders only).

Ticket packages can be ordered through the Chicago White Sox Sales Department by completing the attached form or can be purchased online at (service fees apply to online orders).  Orders must be received at the Sox ticket offices by Saturday, July 1, 2017. Download this Bowlers Day 2017 order form, complete it and send it along with payment information by mail (if paying with check or money order) or fax to 312-674-5140.

Participating organizations for Bowlers' Day 2017 include the Chicagoland BPA, Hammer Bowling, the Chicagoland USBC andSuburban Windy City USBC associations, and KR StrikeForce.

See you at the ballpark!

Join the cause!

Fox Bowl Open Tournament  Fox Bowl V.I.P. Invitational

We had a nice crowd for the Fox Bowl Open Tournament and the Fox Bowl V.I.P. Invitational!  (The Open tournament is for all our league bowlers, the V.I.P. Invitational is for our league bowlers who bowled 700 series or higher and games of 275 or higher) A nice way to wrap up the past bowling season and usher in the Summer Leagues. High scores continued from the league season into the Open and V.I.P.  tournament. This Years Tournament Champion in Steve "Wojbeast" Wojdyla. A truly deserved winner. This guy puts the work in on the lanes with practice, and his lessons. And he stays on top of his bowling equipment, keeping it in tip top shape through the Fox Bowl Pro Shop. 

Both Tournaments are bowled simultaneously, using the same 4 games. Not all bowlers qualify for the V.I.P. Invitational. 

Open Tournament   V.I.P. Invitational

1st place Steve Wojdyla 1024 1st place Steve Wojdyla 1024

2nd place Craig Splett     1009 2nd place Craig Splett     1009

3rd place Rob Salveson 1007 3rd place Rob Salveson 1007

4th place Jake Bieberstien 1003 4th place Jake Bieberstien 1003

High Female Bowler Barb Welnowski 913 5th place Rob Henry 996





Young Hearts For Life

Please join us Saturday March 18th and help raise money for this great cause. This one is close to home. Dale Nickos is the founder of this event and is one of our Fox Bowl family. Take a look here

The last few weekends have been PACKED here at Fox Bowl. The schedule , the questionable weather, and it's just that time of year to bowl. But one of the greatest reasons we have been so busy is our fundraisers. By partnering with local Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Special needs, Scouts and neighborhood groups and churches, over $100000 have been raised for the various groups. From the well seasoned Fundraiser hosts to the novices. Fox Bowl works hand in hand to ensure your group gets what it needs to be successful.  And trust us, you and your guests will have a Ball!


Aidan's Army for Pediatric Brain Cancer.

The fundraiser was a success! Thank you to all who participated!

Look what our Employee/Elmhurst Team Captain Marissa Soverino did!!

Disabled Veterans Fund Raiser

Sunday, Oct 16th at 12 Noon the sound of crashing pins and cheering bowlers followed a rousing rendition of the National Anthem performed by the singing sensation group Musicality. And the 1st Annual Friends of Fisher House Charity Benefit was off to a great start.

A total of 26 teams and many individuals competed to support our disabled veterans and their families through the efforts of Fisher House located in Maywood, IL near Hines Veterans Hospital. Our most notable attendees were the veterans themselves, centered right in the middle of the action on lanes 13 thru 16. Despite their disabilities or handicaps these brave veterans were able to bowl with the use of special bowling equipment designed by IKAN BOWLING.

Other notable attendees included: Dan Pasqua, Chicago White Sox; Tracy Wilson, Jr., Tennessee Titans; Diandra Asbaty, Bill Spigner, Mike Nape, Gregg Zicha, and Brian Hirsch representing bowlings finest competitors and instructors; "The Don of Sports" Don Figarelli, host of Addison's Sport Center TV program; Musicality, from America's Got Talent who performed our National Anthem; staff from US99 Country Music; and the 4 collegiate bowling teams from Robert Morris College

The Robert Morris teams dominated the competition with the Men's Varsity squad ultimately winning the championship. The RM teams generously donated their prizes to the amateur teams that followed them in the standings. The prizes included Storm/RotoGrip bowling balls, travel bags, and Bowlifi sport jerseys.

Thank you to our many Corporate Sponsors and a special thanks to our ladies in the Arrowhead Bowling League. The ladies generously sponsored 3 youth teams in the event ($375) through their own personal contributions, in memory of our recently lost friend, Carol Kahlfeldt.

See you next year at the 2nd Annual Friends of Fisher House Charity Event!

Fox Bowl is the practice center for the Elmhurst College BlueJays coached by our Mangager Michael Nape. Click this link to see what one of their bowlers did!

Come and Bowl with the Mayor of Wheaton! 
Bowling for Cupertino Home   
October 29, 2016
 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM CDT

Click this link for all the details!

Fox Bowl is a food drop off center. Please donate food to help People's Resource Center (PRC) keep it's pantry stocked. Monetary donations in any amount are welcomed to help PRC obtain food at deep discounts from the Northern Illinois Food bank. Donate securley online at

Join the Fight! Aidan's Army for Pediatric Brain Cancer

Be a part of this wonderful group October 30th from 3pm til 6pm. 

Join the group for bowling, food fun and friends.

Click this link for the details:



What an exciting week in Indianapolis for the Youth Junior Gold Championships.  Mabel Cummins, who bowls

at Fox Bowl and works with Gregg, earned the prestigious honor of being crowned the CHAMPION!  Mabel and

Gregg had a great game plan for the brutal sport patterns  from shot 1 of the tournament until the final shot.  She bowled well above her years

She set a record with the highest average for the U15 division at 195!  She also earned a spot on JUNIOR TEAM USA developmental squad.

Congratulations! Our Summer League Bowlers cashed for over $9,000 in the 1st Annual Fox Valley 2016_FVB_MillerLiteSummerTroTournament.pdf. The tournament champions qualified from our "Steve Bilica, Home Comfort Systems Tuesday Trio League". Bill Fricke, Neil Witkowski, and Scott Weiderman raked in $3,150 for their outstanding effort. Nine other Fox Bowl summer league teams cashed for $6,000 more in prizes.

Join Fox Bowl to SUPPORT OUR VETERANS in our Sunday, October 16th Charity Team Event.