ACEBOUNCE IS NOW OPEN IN CHICAGO
ACEBOUNCE IS NOW OPEN IN CHICAGO
London’s Leading Social Entertainment Concept Brings Ping Pong, Elevated Food and
Beverage and Much More to Downtown Chicago
Wildly popular London entertainment concept, Bounce, is pleased to announce the opening of their first U.S. venture, AceBounce. Located at 230 N. Clark Street, AceBounce offers an unparalleled social experience combining a superior food and beverage program with a dynamic entertainment activity, ping pong, all set against award-winning design.
“This is an exciting time for us as we open our first U.S. location,” said Adam Breeden, CEO and co-founder of AceBounce. “Chicago is an energetic, vibrant city, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to join this great community.”
AceBounce features 16 ping pong tables, including one that will be used in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, as well as private and semi-private event spaces. Standing by to offer next level entertainment are “Game Gurus,” a select group of hand-picked comedians and Second City alumni who provide endless entertainment, laughter, and outright fun for the guests, ensuring every last guest has a memorable experience from start to finish. AceBounce has also joined forces with notable Chicago DJ Matt Roan to curate the music for the venue and spin on weekend nights for an added dose of entertainment.
Leading the kitchen is celebrated Chicago chef Rick Gresh. Inspired by various cultural influences and flavors, Gresh utilizes a number of seasonal ingredients and quality meats sourced from local farms to create a thoughtfully curated menu.
At 1901, the restaurant within AceBounce, the menu offers a gamut of options, from shared plates and salads, to entrees, pizzas, sides and a host of desserts. A few menu highlights include:
• Beef Carpaccio with crispy shiitake mushroom, bleu cheese, fried capers and baguette
• Roasted Chicken Salad with endive, radicchio, escarole, shave cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons and homemade buttermilk ranch
• Bacon & Sage Wrapped Veal Medallions with asparagus, basil, red pepper and mustard jus
• Slagel Farm Chicken with spiced honey, slaw and buttermilk habanero dressing
• Pan-roasted Day Boat Scallops with peas, pancetta and Jimmy Nardello peppers
• Cacio e Pepe mac n’ cheese
In the bar, Chef Gresh has created an elevated menu of sharable snacks and small plates, alongside an extensive list of innovative pizzas to be enjoyed throughout the venue. Sample menu items include:
• Stuffed Dates with bacon, goat cheese and bourbon honey
• Nardello Peppers with bottarga and olive oil
• River Valley Ranch Mushroom Pizza with tarragon and goat cheese
• Sunday Gravy Pizza with homemade ricotta, parmesan and basil
• Bounce Burger – a ½ pound beef patty with white cheddar and thyme-roasted mushrooms.
Multi-award winning bartender Peter Vestinos has developed a unique and refreshingly playful beverage program with a focus on quality ingredients and familiar flavors. Inspired by the lively environment and movement in the space, the cocktail menu features creative and interactive riffs on traditional cocktails, while the spirits list includes a selection of rare and unique offerings, as well as approachable and locally sourced options. A few notable cocktails include:
• Hits from the Pong with El Peloton Mezcal, Tentura Cinnamon Liqueur, Horchata, Habanero, Lime
• Gin-Ju with Fords Gin, Pastis, Basil Syrup, Lime, Egg White, Sparkling Wine
• Goin’ up the Country with Bulleit Bourbon, Sherry, Averna, Strawberry Puree, Lemon, Peppermint Bitters
Designed by acclaimed London-based designer Russell Sage Studio, the 14,500 square foot space fuses the heart of the original London venue with the extraordinary city of Chicago, while taking some inspiration from the sport of ping pong.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by a grand staircase that descends into cavernous, subterranean space with beautifully covered walls by Watts of Westminster – the bespoke wallpaper company that created custom designs for the UK’s Houses of Parliament – lining the entryway. Eighteen-foot ceilings and a 47-foot bar enriched by a smooth marble top and upholstered leather front are sure to wow guests, while wood and iron tables, and worn leather upholstered banquettes complete the industrial, yet comfortable look. The walls showcase large-scale artwork by Chicago artists, and are contrasted by more traditional tile designs found on the lower half of the walls. At night, guests will be treated to artful UV lighting, which transforms the room into an enchanting late night gathering space.
Overlooking the main space, AceBounce features a 48-seat restaurant, 1901 at AceBounce, where a large open kitchen takes center stage, and warm wood flooring, copper tables and upholstered chairs complete the lush look. Stenciled artwork produced by a mixture of local Chicago and visiting London artists on concrete walls creates an energetic backdrop to the room.
As a part of their international expansion, Bounce will bring their charitable organization, BAT Foundation (Bounce Alzheimer's Therapy Foundation), to Chicago. Research has shown that ping pong is a potentially effective treatment for the symptoms of early on-set Alzheimer’s. As such, BAT is committed to researching the benefits of ping pong therapy for those living with on-set Alzheimer’s, creating specialized equipment that directly supports this therapeutic activity and providing specially devised programs.
AceBounce is open seven days a week from 4pm to 12am on Monday through Wednesday, from 12pm to 1am on Thursday through Saturday, and from 12pm until 11pm on Sunday.
For additional information or reservations, please visit www.acebounce.com or call 773-219-0900.
AceBounce is an all-inclusive experience, combining three elements of hospitality: bar, restaurant and social entertainment activity, ping pong, all set against award winning design. Bounce has a direct connection to the origins of the game through their flagship venue located in Farringdon, London. It was this exact site on which the game of ping pong was first patented in 1901 by Jaques of London, the oldest sports and games maker in the world. In 2012, 111 years after John Jaques III registered that patent, his great, great grandson, eighth generation Games Maker, Joe Jaques became a steadfast advocate of Bounce, The Home of Ping Pong.
230 North Clark Street
Chicago, United States