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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

2015 UPDATE & CHANGES posted on 12/22/14

This year we’re changing things up a bit. We are waiving the $1 charge for badges, but in exchange, anyone who is not bowling at a meet up is to pay a $1 cover charge at the door, each meet, to help out the bowling alley. If you are bowling as normal, then the price is the usual $11 per person. Bowling signups are now at the door and end at 9:30pm.

We are accepting PRE-REG for the first couple of month to help with the long registration lines.

GET YOURS TODAY! PRE-REG HERE: http://tinyurl.com/DGFurBowlRegForm (Link Closes after9pm the friday before the meet to get them printed)

2015 DATES

Downers Grove Furry Bowling Flyer

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

Downers Grove Furry Bowling 2015 Dates
1st Meet 2nd Meet
January 3rd January 17th
February 7th February 21st
March 7th March 18th
April 4th April 18th
May 2nd May 16th
June 6th June 20th
July 11 July 25th
August 1st August 15th
September 5th September 19th
October 3rd October 17th
November 7th November 21th
(NO December 5th meet due to MidWest Furfest this weekend) December 19th

Event Summary


If you have any questions, issues or concerns please find one of us we will have special badges that say STAFF on them.

The Staff consists of (in alphabetical order) Cavix, Jade, Midget, Oddie, Razz, Takumi & Unix.

  • Head B*tch in charge Jade Wolf
  • Head of the LAW (Security): Takumi/Raven
  • Security Officers: Cavix, Razz & Oddie
  • Registration: Midget & Unix
  • Door & bowling signups: HELP WANTED!

We also have an ever-changing group of awesome volunteers (that will have ribbons on their badges)

If you are interesting in joining staff, please see a staffer and ask to be a volunteer first(so we get to know you). Contact info: Please e-mail us at DGFurBowl@gmail.com

Cover Charge

The alley has asked for a $1 cover charge each meet for all non-bowlers attending this meet. If you are bowling the fee is waived(or included however you want to look at it) in with the $11/person to bowl. ( FREE BADGES for everyone though!)


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.

This year the BADGES are FREE!!!! The new badges will be in color by a contest winning artist and be lamited with your name handwritten on them. We do this at the event so be patent we only work so fast. Also, there are two different types(colors) of badges; Under 21 years old and Over 21 years old. You can only get your badges at the alley at the registration table(setup in the party room, to the left) 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. we will be accepting PRE-REG for the 1st couple of months to help get the reg line down but you will still need a valid form of ID to pickup your badge (and consent form is under 18yrs old)

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

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.