Pac-Man has some competition in Schaumburg. Denver-imported growing mini-chain Punch Bowl Social is the latest multi-concept gaming restaurant and bar to call Chicagoland home, opening to the public for the first time on Saturday evening. It joins the many arcade bars in the city, Pac-Man themed Level 257 in Schaumburg, and the ever-growing list of bowling restaurant and bars to stake claim in the local area.
Although the massive three-floor space has bowling, arcade games and other entertainment to keep you busy, Punch Bowl Social is a touch more contemporary and less kitschy than Level 257 and some of the others. The design holds a few different themes, from industrial to Victorian to rustic wooden logs, a full restaurant, multiple bars and seating areas, and bowling, ping pong, bags, darts, marbles, shuffleboard, skee ball, pop-a-shot, arcade games, pinball, and more.
The restaurant, a self-described "gastro-diner," serves a wide selection of comfort food from breakfast until late. There's also cocktails, boozy milkshakes, craft and big box beer, wine, coffee drinks, and fresh juices available at the bars and restaurant. Check out the full menus here.
The Schaumburg outpost is one of 10 Punch Bowl Socials either already open or in the works around the country. A Wicker Park location was originally supposed to be the first in Chicagoland but was scrapped, but ownership is hoping to land a site for a spot in the city soon.
Punch Bowl Social, 1100 American Lane, Schaumburg, (224) 836-9080, open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.