Downers Grove Furry Bowling

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Every third Saturday of the month, the LAFFurs hold their monthly fursuit-friendly bowling meet. The evening begins with a welcoming dinner and then once food and drinks are had we round-up the fans towards their vehicles to head to the bowling alley. Thanks to cooperation with the bowling alley staff, furry fans are welcome to suit up and bowl in their fursuits. A headless lounge is provided by the alley free of charge. In the background, artists set up supplies on the tables and begin drawing, often offer sketches to friends or those interested. The event usually lasts 2 or 3 games before the after-parties begin. Popular venues are Denny's, Steak n Shake, and SliderCon at White Castle.

Updates can be received on the new LAFF Bowling facebook page


Great news! Since the Tivoli loves us so much they are offered to have us there twice a month! During the summer months(May - September) we will be trying out having two meets a month! If it works out well then we might keep twice a month! ALSO the Tivoli has now given us ALL 12 bowling lanes! More bowling more fun!

That being said; here are the dates of the Saturday meets for June to September 2013. New added meets are in BOLD.:

June 15th (ONLY)

July 13th

July 20th

August 3rd

August 17th

September 7th

September 21st

Event Summary


Anyone in attendance at Tivoli Bowl who is part of our group must wear a LAFFBowl badge, regardless of whether you enter our function space or bowling lanes. Badges signify acceptance of the LAFF Event, and must be displayed at all times while on Tivoli's property.

The cost of a badge for the new 2013 year will be $1. The new badges will be in color, and instead of the expensive plastic badges, they will be laminated. Also, there are two different types(colors) of badges; Under 21 years old and Over 21 years old. You can purchase your badges at the bowling alley only and must show some form of government/state picture ID with your date of birth, so that we can give you the proper badge.

The new badges will be made on the spot, and will eliminate the former temporary badge system.

Minors(Under the age of 18 yrs old): Any minors under the legal age of 18 years old must have their parent and/or guardian present and/or have the parental consent form filled out in order to attend this meet. Form can be found here: Media:File:L.A.F.F._Bowling_PCF.jpg

New Staff

The new Staff consists of (in alphabetical order) Cavix, Chaz, Erik, Glocky, Jade, Takumi, Veneer & Wheels.

Head of Public Relations & Registration : Jade Wolf

Head of Security: Chaz

Security Officers: Glocky, Cavix, Takumi, & Wheels.

Registration: Veneer & Erik

Code of Conduct

Main article: File:LAFF Code of Conduct

Dinner (Patio)

  • Started: Early 2004
  • Originally hosted by: Ash
  • Previous hosts: Butterscotch, Shale, Blazger, Rayven, Timoran, Reimori
  • Currently hosted by: A LAFF STAFF committee
  • Date: Every third Saturday of the month
  • Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Current location: Patio at 2780 S. Highland Ave., Lombard, IL
  • Cost: $6-$10
  • Furry paraphernalia-friendly: The dinner is ear/tail/badge-friendly, but for the most part, there are no suiters at dinner
  • Expected activities: Eat and socialize
  • Average number of attendees: 35 ~ 40
  • Regular attendees: See the list of Bowling Attendees


All details are as same as above except for the following:

  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Current location: Tivoli Bowl, 938 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL. Driving Directions
  • Cost: $10 for unlimited bowling through midnight and shoes
  • Fursuit/furry paraphernalia-friendly: Full-fursuits are allowed, but your footpaws must be non-slip, indoor only for safety. A designated changing space is provided for fursuiters.
  • Expected activities: Bowling, Artists Alley, Arcade games, etc. Or you could be boring and just talk with your friends and socialize the whole time.
  • Notes: You may sign up for bowling at The Patio or the bowling alley, but signup must be done before 9:25. After then, signup is closed.

After Bowling Wind-down

After parties are usually organized on a spur of the moment basis around midnight, as bowling winds down.


The LAFF Bowling event was first organized by Ash in early 2004. The first meet only had four attendees. Since then, attendance has skyrocketed to an average of 30-50 furries each month, with some months bringing even bigger crowds than that. Several people have taken charge of organizing the event as it has been handed down to new volunteers. Following Ash were Butterscotch, Shale, Blazger, Rayven, Timoran, Reimori, and is now being run by a LAFF STAFF committee.

The event began at the Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Illinois, where it remained for several years. While Shale was running the event, it moved for the first time; on October 28th, 2006, the Halloween Bowl event introduced the Brunswick Zone Glendale Heights alley. At this alley, there were several new features: Air Hockey, DDR, Karaoke, and a large party room. At first, fursuit feet could not be worn in the alleys, and there was no private changing area except the restroom; both issues have since been resolved. Unfortunately, the alley's Karaoke event was moved to Friday nights, but soon after Timoran began hosting Wii events, primarily including Super Smash Bros. Melee.

In addition to the new alley, October brought a new staff member to the bowling event: Blacksilver, who would assume the role of Bowling Alley Liaison. He is responsible for maintaining good will with the bowling alley to ensure that the event's unique needs are met. Any issues the group has with the alley, or vice versa, are often channeled through him. However, being an employee of the alley specially suited him for this role, and when the event moved to Tivoli Bowl he resigned the position.

Since the move to Brunswick, several furs wanted to revive a Fox Bowl event. On June 23, 2007, Blazger and Rayven briefly revived the Fox Bowl event. Two dinners were run prior to bowling: Baker's Square by Blazger, and Buona Beef by Rayven, both at 7:00. Unfortunately, Fox Bowl's leagues posed a space problem and Fox Bowl could no longer host Furry Bowling. The hosts have indicated that they are investigating the option of starting a new LAFF event, such as Miniature Golf.

On August 18, 2007, Shale announced that he would no longer run the Bowling meet. Timoran volunteered to assume the role of event organizer, and his first organized bowling event ran on September 15, 2007.

In January 2008, Timoran announced that Bowling would move to a new alley, since the Brunswick Zone would no longer have a party room available. The new alley, Tivoli Bowl, would provide the same amenities and pricing as before.

In Mid 2012, Timoran stepped down from the mantel of organizer, passing the torch to Reimori and a few volunteers. Later that year, Reimori would pass the torch to the LAFF STAFF committee to keep the event running.