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THRILLIST: The Sports-Lover's Guide to Chicago Right Now

Thrillist, Ximenia N. Beltran Quan Kiu | 

Look out for: The batting cages on the second floor

Sluggers is an amusement park for kids and adults alike. With more than 40 TVs and memorabilia covering every inch of the walls, it’s a full indoor sports complex best known for its batting cages, skee-ball, air hockey, and dueling pianos. It's also the epicenter for sports celebrations and the first place the Cubs and Blackhawks came to celebrate their championship wins (the Hawks arrived unannounced the morning after their win with the cup—sparking a three year tradition). This place is a sports institution with countless Hall Famers, Olympians, World Championship and Stanley Cup winners walking through its doors. Among the athletes and celebs who covet them are: Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood, White Sox Legend and Hall of Famer Minnie Minoso, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Shwarber, Kirk Heinrich, Vince Vaugh, Jeremy Piven and Sharon Stone.

“What has always set our bar apart is the people,” says David Strauss, co-owner of the bar his father opened up 38 years ago. “My dad wanted everyone to feel welcome. It doesn't matter where you're from, what you look like, how old you are, everyone checks their egos at the door to meet up with people they know, and get to know those they don't.”


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