The only horse betting bar in northwestern Illinois, Club Hawthorne has completely remodeled the facility featuring new TVs and state-of-the-art tote machines. Garage-style sports bar with classic menu and stellar craft beer selections.


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Don Carter Lanes
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Ben HoagBen Hoag
06:37 11 Dec 22
Bowled in a tournament here, enjoyed myself, huge and spacious!
Gladys AldamaGladys Aldama
23:48 14 Nov 22
We always have a blast at Don Cartes, Adults and kids the same!!
Tigress LilyTigress Lily
05:28 26 Oct 22
It's so much fun! Everyone is minding their own business, and the staff there is really helpful. I didn't get to spend too much time at the bar, but the bartender was very nice. All in all, I had a great experience! ☺
Josh SorensonJosh Sorenson
18:30 17 Oct 22
Great no frills bowling alley. Had a lot of fun there. Tried to go to the attached bar for comedy that night that they promoted in the alley. But the comedians were not funny enough to stay.
Randolph KneeRandolph Knee
20:35 18 Sep 22
I personally give them a very low rating due to the fact that they tend to discriminate. Not over race so much but rather what they deem to be of a class favorable to them. I have seen them run out people that they thought were homeless and I knew they were not. They simply were not dressed and clean or closed because they had just got off of work. I definitely do not think that that's an appropriate way to deal with the public for any business establishment. After having witness this numerous times I will no longer step foot on their property nor will I spend my hard earn money in order to promote such horrid discrimination. Nobody should judge a book by its cover and every establishment should be happy to have paying patrons no matter what class they are assumed to be.
Karina GarciaKarina Garcia
05:28 26 Aug 22
The staff was all very nice except when we got there, me and my friends went to go pay for our lane. I then told her all of our names, she asked how we wanted to pay, i then said seperately. She rolls her eyes at all us and says something along the lines of “oh my god” then continues talking rudely to all of us telling how much we each owe and opening the cash drawer all rudely. Like i’m sorry, we’re a group of teenagers and you wouldn’t think we were all paying separate? So then, she goes by the shoes and is looking around and says “can i get any help here 🙄” to her co workers and comes back to the desk saying i guess NOT so what size are you guys. We tell her and she gives us our shoes and then literally throws the shoes on the counter to one of my friends, obviously my friend make a look, who wouldn’t? I think then she then noticed how UNPROFESSIONAL SHE WAS BEING TO US because she said “i didn’t even mean to do that” all sarcastic. Also, looked behind to another customers looked back and forth between us and rolled her eyes. Very very unprofessional…
Skyler PhoenixSkyler Phoenix
18:06 23 Aug 22
We had a great time bowling there. There are a good amount of lanes, but sometimes you might have to wait a bit if it's really crowded. The food is average if you order the cheap stuff. My friend did enjoy the more expensive stuff. Something to note is bowling with kids that use bumpers will have to stay up for all that play on that lane. Hope you enjoy your time.
Kenneth BrooksKenneth Brooks
05:29 31 Jul 22
I love this place. It is like my second home. I love to bowl. Many options to choose from how much you want to bowl, the snack bar has a variety, and if you like they have adult beverages. Great staff, and always helpful.
This is an enjoyable place to bring family & friends. The staff are friendly & accommodating. The lanes are kept clean & maintained.
Douglas TaylorDouglas Taylor
02:16 03 Jun 22
Best time I had in 15 years!!! The food menu will blow your mind. We tried just about everything and it was delicious! Do yourself a favor and grab the family or some friends and check out Don Carter Lanes.
Tina GonzalesTina Gonzales
21:09 26 May 22
No complaints😊 Kids love it 🎳 I enjoy drinks, they enjoy food, which is good also BTW! 🍕🍔🍹
D KennyD Kenny
17:18 10 May 22
I was really here only to meet a few people for a Kentucky Derby party. We went straight to Shooters bar, and outside to a cordoned off area in the parking lot for the festivities. This is the best maintained bowling alley I know of, and I have lots of great memories of times gone by here. Birthday parties, League Play, and great pizza, fried mushrooms, onion rings, and french fries.
Jeffrey TitusJeffrey Titus
16:32 27 Apr 22
A great place for kids and family or to even have an event or party. Brad is a guy who loves our community and continues to develope young bowlers confidence and sportmanship.Additionally they have really good food.The mushroom and Swiss burger is awesome
Allen WattsAllen Watts
01:16 27 Mar 22
First time here in a long time. Slot to offer here from horse track parlor, adult gaming area, kids area, large bars including an outdoor patio and of course bowling. Owner operator was very kind and introduced herself to us during our short time there. We hear that their Friday fish fry is good. We will return.
Raven EwbankRaven Ewbank
08:28 19 Feb 22
The bartenders are absolutely amazing. I went here to celebrate my birthday and my husband's 21st birthday. It was a absolute blast.
Joseph McDadeJoseph McDade
22:59 13 Apr 21
Only three groups here and they clumped us on the same side of the alley. Not a mask in sight. Zero regard for their patrons.
Zach LairdZach Laird
21:06 01 Aug 20
Nice clean place had fun with the family bar inside is nice wed is all you can bowl 9-5 for 10.00 not sure on shoe price but over all good time. For those wondering about mask... they must be worn in common areas such as walking bowling alley to bathrooms and snack bar.. as well ordering drinks from the bar unless you are sitting and consuming food or drinks...