Downers Grove Furry Bowling
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.
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
2018 UPDATE & CHANGES posted on 07/26/17
Hey all, Odie DerpDawg here.
We are pleased to announce the 2018 Badge design contest. (WITH PRIZES) We are doing it this early to give people that want to participate plenty of time to submit their designs.
Here is the run down: Two badges are needed for next year. 21+ and under 21. Mascot will remain the same as last year. We are looking for at the very least the Mascot, A bowling ball or bowling pin and D.G.Furbowl 2018 somewhere in the design.
If you choose to design both badges the design must be different between the 21+ and under 21.
You do not need to design the whole badge. We will be inputting your designs onto badges and a name box. Unlike this years design for custom badges we will be having the mascot on the badge alone with your picture should you decide you want a picture badge.
For how we decide the winners. We on staff will choose our top three favorites that meet the above criteria. Then we will put those top 6 (3 x 21+ / 3 x under 21) up for a public vote at the bowling alley. We will do a ballot system the badges will be laid out and numbered and you will cast your vote and we will count it up and announce the winners at the last bowling of the year December 16th.
Timeline: design submissions: July 26th - October 31st 11:59pm. (no more will be considered after this time.
November 1st - November 4th Staff will choose the top 3 of each.
November 4th & November 25th Bowling members cast their votes on their favorite designs.
December 16th we will announce the winners. There will be two different people.
PRIZE TIME. We have worked it out to where the two winners will receive FREE admission and badge to the 2018 bowling event. There will be something on your badge that states this. So do not looses your badge. (You may purchase a new one with the same marking) We will know who you are so you may not loan your badge to anyone as this will cause us to revoke the free admission.
Note to Staff. All Staff will be exempt for this contest.
Please submit your designs to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or @derpdawg on telegram.
Now this is a good time to announce that for 2018 we will no longer be offering the Laminated paper badges. We have had some good feedback on the Plastic badges and we will be working with these from 2018 on.
Prices: Regular badge $6 Custom Picture $10 (Pre-Order Only)
The reason for this is the cost of running the bowling has previously come out of us on staffs own pockets. The cost of the badges will offset the cost of the rooms, wristbands and any other supplies we use for the meets.
To help everyone out as to when all the meets are (in case someone doesn't get FB, or Twitter updates) here is a list of ALL the dates. All dates are subject to change. We do our best to update them in a timely manor. Note; not all days may not be the 1st and 3rd Saturday:
|1st Meet||2nd Meet|
|January 7th||January 21st|
|February 4th||February 11th|
|March 11th||March 25th|
|April 1st||April 15th|
|May 6th||May 20th|
|June 10th (revised)||June 17th|
|July 1st||July 22th|
|August 5th||August 19th|
|September 9th (revised)||September 16th|
|October 7th||October 21st|
|November 4th||November 25th (revised)|
|(NO December 2nd meet due to MidWest Furfest this weekend)||December 16th|
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 no real order) Jade, Odie, Razz, Lavos, Anthrax, Eight, Narkiel, Scorch, Takumi/Ravyn, Kamikaze, Gazzy,& Glacier.
- Head B*tch in charge Odie
- Head of the LAW (Security): Takumi/Ravyn
- Security Officers: Razz, Anthrax, Odie, & Kamikazi(Securikitty)
- Registration: Lavos, Anthrax & Gazzy
- Door & bowling signups: Scorch, Glacier & Razz
- Consultants/Advisor: Jade
We also have an ever-changing group of awesome volunteers (who wear special volunteer badges to signify this) 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
The alley has asked for a $3 'CASH' 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.
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 your first BADGE is FREE! 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.
Replacement badges will cost you $2 'CASH'. For cost of materials.
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.
Date Started: Currently there is no specific location for dinner. normally people do individual groups and not one large group.
All details are as same as above except for the following:
Current Organizer: Odie & D.G. Fur Bowl Staff
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
(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 D.G.Fur Bowling STAFF committee that was headed by JadeWolf Who has now passed the torch on to Odie.
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, headed by JadeWolf and Chaz 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, called D.G.Fur Bowl Staff. It was headed by JadeWolf til