FOR THE WIN: A GAME-CHANGER IN CHICAGO ENTERTAINMENT
Lucky Strike Entertainment Raises the Bar with its New Reimagined Arcade and Gastropub
In 2003 Lucky Strike Entertainment changed the experience of bowling as we knew it. On June 5th the entertainment giant debuted their latest brainchild, FTW. Located at 322 E. Illinois Street, FTW brings together state-of-the-art gaming, chef-driven food and craft libations, and miniature golf in one innovative venue. Combining sleek sophistication with gut-bustling fun, FTW is a paradigm- shifting gaming mecca like no other emporium in the city or the country.
As well as carnival classics, the steampunk themed 20,000 square foot space offers never before seen games such as SEGA’s Showdown, an unparalleled new race-car game which made its world premiere at FTW. FTW also introduces a whimsical six-hole interactive miniature golf course, where each hole is custom- designed to replicate some of Chicago’s most historic landmarks.
FTW offers guests a complete food and beverage program featuring playful American-comfort cuisine, in which certain selections are served via a dim sum-style cart service, bringing ready-to-eat bites to the gamers. Entrees and shareable provisions are on the full menu available to diners at communal and high top table seating. A full bar completes the space with 32 craft beers on tap and a Victorian-inspired classic cocktail menu, offering a lavish nightlife appeal.
A modern emporium in every sense, FTW introduces a revolutionary new card swiping system called Embed to track balances and winnings, allowing gamers to exit and re-enter at any time eliminating the need to cash out or take home tokens and tickets. Replacing the ubiquitous arcade prize counter will be an 850 square foot retail store dubbed “The Payoff” with more than 250 types of prizes. FTW is a place where gamers can truly play for the win.
Located next door to Lucky Strike at 322 E. Illinois Street, also home to AMC River East 21, FTW connects to Lucky Strike through a back corridor giving guests constant access to both spaces – creating an entire city block of incomparable entertainment in Chicago.