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Downers Grove Furry Bowling

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Every First & 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 Downers Grove Bowling facebook page Live updates can be recived via our Twitter @DGFurBowl

For any questions or concerns you can E-mail us at DGFurBowl@gmail.com Google Documents can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/DGFurBowlG-D

2014 DATES

Downers Grove Furry Bowling Flyer

Great news! Since the Tivoli loves us so much they are offered to have us there twice a month! ALSO the Tivoli has now given us ALL 12 bowling lanes! More bowling more fun!

To help everyone out as to when all the meets are (in case something doesn't get updated or sent out) here is a list of ALL the dates:

Downers Grove Furry Bowling 2014 Dates
1st Week 3rd Week
January 4th January 18th
February 1st February 15th
(Only one meet in march due to scheduling conflict with Alley) March 15th
April 5th April 19th
May 3rd May 17th
June 7th June 21st
July 5th July 19th
August 2nd August 16th
September 6th September 20th
October 4th October 18th
November 1st November 15th
(NO December 6th meet due to MidWest Furfest this weekend) December 20th

Event Summary


Anyone in attendance at Tivoli Bowl who is part of our group must wear a D.G. Fur Bowl 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 2014 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, hand written names & laminated then punched and clipped. You can PREREG online but you must bring in the $1 (UNLESS you are bowling then the badge is free, Bowling is $11) and valid form of ID to pickup your badge (and consent form is under 18yrs old)

PRE-REG HERE: http://tinyurl.com/DGFurBowlRegForm

New Staff

The new Staff consists of (in alphabetical order) Cavix, Chaz, Glocky, Jade, Mud, Part-E,& Takumi.

  • Head of Public Relations & Registration: Jade Wolf
  • Head Chairperson: Chaz
  • Head of Security: Glocky
  • Security Officers: Cavix, Takumi, Mud & Part-E
  • Registration: Part-E

We also have an ever-changing group of awesome volunteers.

Contact info: Please e-mail us at DGFurBowl@gmail.com

Code of Conduct

Please read our Code of Conduct: http://tinyurl.com/DGFurBowlC-O-C

Minors (17 Years old and under)

Minors(17 yrs of age & under) who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (21yrs or order) are not permitted, UNLESS they have their parent/guardian sign a consent form prior to attending.

If the parent/guardian is not with the minor when registering and handing in the consent form we will need to call the parent/guardian and verify the inform provide is correct before we are able to issue a badge and allow said minor into the function space, if we are not able to verify the information admittance will be denied until we can verify.

Parental consent forms can be found below or you can request to have one e-mailed to you at DGFurBowl@gmail.com.


Dinner (Patio)

Date Started: Early 2004 (Different lunch locations)
Founder: Ash
Current Organizer: Downers Grove Furry Bowling Staff Committee (Previous Organizers Butterscotch, Shale, Blazger, Rayven, Timoran, Reimori)

When: Every First & Third Saturday of the month (Unless otherwise stated in the LAFF Emails or up above in the calendar for event)
Time: 8 pm to 9 pm
Cost: around $6-$10
Where: Patio at 2780 S. Highland Ave., Lombard, IL Google Maps
Patio Restaurant Lombard.png
Fursuiting allowed: No
Tails and Ears allowed: The dinner is ear/tail/badge-friendly
Wifi available: Yes
Average number of attendees: avg 35-40
Regular attendees: list of Bowling Attendees


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

Time: 9:30 pm
Cost: $11 for unlimited bowling through midnight and shoes
Where: Tivoli Bowl, 938 Warren Ave., Downers Grove, IL. Google Maps
Tivoli Bowling Lanes.png
Fursuiting allowed: Full-fursuits are allowed, but your footpaws must be non-slip, indoor only for safety. A designated changing space is provided for fursuiters.
Tails and Ears allowed: Yes


  • 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.

  • Denny's 17W660 22nd St Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 Google Maps
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL Dennys.png
    (Due to popular demand from the many going to this Denny's location now, I added it so people know where to go. One server each time and for some reason seem to do better then SnS ordering process plus we get to use there private room all for us. As of last meet, we filled it up.)


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.

Come 2014 an official change in name to "Downers Grove Furry Bowling" aka D.G. Fur Bowl was made. the change was made due there being other bowling events in the Lake Area so we wanted to be more specific about the location of this one and give the other bowling events a chance to grow. There is still a committee of furries to help keep it running.