A few weeks ago I gathered the family to visit Pinstripes. There is one in the Arboretum shopping center in South Barrington that is no more than about a year or two old.
This 50,000 square foot facility kind of catches your breath the first time you walk in. To the left are the bocce lanes, to the right bowling and straight ahead their Italian Bistro restaurant.
This is the perfect place to take the family for a day full of fun all in one contained environment.
We played a few games of bocce. It appears to be a ‘gentleman’s game” but anyone can certainly generate excitement.
On this day, we ate while playing bocce. Mini hamburgers, nicely cooked thin cut French fries, a chicken sandwich, and a new flatbread dish with chicken, cheese and avocado.
We moved on to bowling. The environment there is a bit more intimate – and allows for socializing amongst both friends and strangers. The wait staff is terrific – they always want to make sure you have what you need.
In the Italian Bistro, in addition to pizza, soups, and sandwiches – Pinstripes offers an entire Gluten-Free Menu. Sandwiches are available without bread and guests can substitute Bibb or Iceberg lettuce for wraps. With 24-hour notice, pizzas are available with gluten-free dough and pasta dishes are available with gluten-free spaghetti or penne. The entire Gluten-Free Menu is available upon request. This is very exciting for those who have to follow a gluten free diet.
In addition to the American Italian Bistro, Pinstripes has a fully stocked wine cellar, a full bar, two private dining rooms, and a wood burning pizza oven. It a great place to have a corporate event or party. In the summer, they open up the expansive deck which provides even more room for dining and dancing the night away.
On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy the live music. Featured performers include Brother John (vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist who has performed with Eric Clapton, Black Crowes and Buddy Guy), Herman Hines & The Blues Angles (world renowned blues vocalist) and Barrelhouse Chuck (world famous Chicago blues, boogie woogie style pianist, who studied under Sunnyland Slim and Little Brother Montgomery, and whose music was featured in 2008 film “Cadillac Records”). Guests are also invited to play an active role in the performance when they will be offered the rare opportunity to play or sing with these musical legends. The music plays from 7.30 until 12.00 am.
Pinstripes has two locations:
1150 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
100 W. Higgins Road
South Barrington, IL 60010