A Canadian company that specializes in indoor axe-throwing parties is opening their first U.S. location in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood next month.
Bad Axe Throwing will open its first U.S. location at 165 N. Loomis St. near Bottom Lounge on Sept. 9, according to the company’s website.
The axe-throwing craze has taken over Canada, and Bad Axe Throwing has opened 10 locations across the country since 2014, said company spokeswoman Melanie St. Amour. Bad Axe Throwing specializes in birthday parties, corporate events, bachelor parties and other celebrations with a lumberjack twist.
No experience is required and participants learn how to throw an axe at a target from expert coaches in a safe environment, Bad Axe Throwing founder Mario Zelaya said. Regular admission for a Chicago axe throwing event will be $45.25 plus tax, according to the company’s website, and events last about three hours.
While parties will be allowed to bring beer into the facility, throwing coaches strictly monitor throwers to make sure they aren’t intoxicated. Parties are limited to bringing in beer in cans, no hard alcohol of any kind or alcohol in glass bottles is permitted and coaches ensure that participants aren’t intoxicated when they arrive at the facility.
“If people want to have a few drinks that’s fine, but we want to keep to environment safe,” an axe pro said. “They can loosen up and have a good time, but we don’t have anyone taking it too far.”