Bowling, laser tag complex pitched for Hoffman Estates

  • Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment opened The Main Event family entertainment center at Cantera in Warrenville last September. The company now hopes to open a second Illinois location in 2016 near the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment opened The Main Event family entertainment center at Cantera in Warrenville last September. The company now hopes to open a second Illinois location in 2016 near the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Daniel White | Staff Photographer, 2014

 
 
Posted7/1/2015 5:30 AM

A Dallas-based chain of family entertainment centers that opened its first Illinois location in Warrenville last September now has its eye on Hoffman Estates.

A public hearing on Main Event Entertainment's proposal for the southeast corner of Prairie Stone Parkway and Pratum Avenue near the Sears Centre Arena will be held at 7 p.m. today at Hoffman Estates village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.

 

The company is proposing a 49,000-square-foot building on 6.5 acres. The facility would include space for bowling lanes, laser tag, a ropes course, billiards and more than 100 different types of video games, said Peter Gugliatta, Hoffman Estates' director of planning, building and code enforcement.

The plan also includes restaurants and a bar.

Located between the Sears Centre and Cabela's, the entertainment center proposal is going to Hoffman Estates' planning and zoning commission with the recommendation of the village staff.

"It's exactly what we want to see, this kind of use in that area," Gugliatta said.

The planning and zoning commission will make a recommendation to the full village board, which is scheduled to consider the proposal, and possibly give it final approval, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 6.

If approved by village trustees, construction is expected to begin by the fall and completed by summer 2016, said Jeannine Brew of SPM Communications, a spokeswoman for Main Event Entertainment.

The company's land purchase will include an additional 1.3 acres next to the entertainment center. Main Event would likely to try to find another complementary business like a fast-food restaurant for that site, Gugliatta said.

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