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Those who enjoy a great game of bingo will be pleased with the city of Chicago’s opportunities to play the game. The variety of places where individuals can play bingo is expansive. The prizes and payouts are substantial at many of the venues and the amount of fun is enormous. Here are the five best places to play bingo in Chicago.

HamBINGO  Mary’s
5400 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-6969

This weekly bingo charity event takes place on Sunday and Mondays nights at 8 p.m. in Hamburger Mary’s dining room and a different charity benefits each week. Drag Queen Velicity Metropolis hosts the weekly event. A $15 donation is requested from guests to play 10 games with three chances to win each game. This is an adult event, so kids should remain at home. Sign up for the e-mail list to be notified of the highlighted charities.

Copernicus Center 
5216 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 796-3231

Bingo is played on Thursdays and Saturdays. Thursday bingo starts at 7 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday bingo starts at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m., doors open at 9 a.m. Bingo days benefit two non-profits, Institute for Community Empowerment and Chicago Coalition To Save Our Mental Health Centers. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase both days. Be sure to check out the website for detailed information about Thursday and Saturday bingo days.

We Gotta Bingo
Chicago Theater Works
1113 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 391-0404

Attending We Gotta Bingo is an unusual and exceptionally fun way to play Bingo. It is a funny interactive dinner experience that involves playing Bingo — the excitement felt in this venue is unbelievable! The fun begins the minute visitors walk in the door and the laughs continue throughout the entire experience! It has a similar feeling to Tina and Tony’s wedding, and the amount of fun is tremendous at this performance. For those who enjoy the dinner theater experience, great food and also Bingo, this is the perfect option. It is the type of activity that individuals will want to attend multiple times.  Performances are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and are appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $49 and can be ordered on the website. There is also detailed information about We Gotta Bingo on the website.

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St. Juliana Parish
7200 N. Osceola Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 631-4127

Bingo is held on Friday evenings starting at 6:40 p.m., and doors open at 4:30 pm. There is more than $4,500 in prizes offered each week through the raffle and Bingo. Food specials are also offered each week. All ages are welcome at St. Juliana Parish, though bingo players must be at least 18.

St. Barbara Catholic Church
2859 S. Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 842-7979

Bingo is held every Thursday. The doors open at 4:30 pm and games start at 6:35 p.m. There are numerous games available at St. Barbara Bingo, along with a variety of packages. Be sure to check out the website for detailed information as to the extensive opportunities available for bingo enthusiasts.

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