Best Rec Center With a Roller Rink and a Bowling Alley

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park & Family Entertainment Center

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1219 W. 76th, 312-747-2602, mlkskating.com

In fact, it's the only place in Chicago with a roller rink and a bowling alley under one roof. The facility in Auburn Gresham, owned by the Chicago Park District and privately managed, opened 11 years ago. The south side had a handful of bowling alleys back then, but most have since closed. The King Center has a dozen lanes, and a game is usually only $2, with plenty of open times. Skating is $5 to $7 on weekends and $5 for adult night Tuesday, when Chicago firefighter Joe Bowen DJs. From 4 to 6:30 PM Friday, skating and bowling are each only 50 cents. Bowling is more popular in the summer and skating in the winter, but both continue to attract people of all ages to the center, general manager Tuneasha Taylor says. There's also an arcade, and the facility can be rented for private parties.