WICKER PARK — A Wicker Park mini golf course is debuting this weekend.
The Big Mini, a nine-hole indoor mini golf course with a full bar, opens at 1302 N. Milwaukee Ave. on Friday.
A round on the course takes about 45 minutes and reservations must be made online. The largest group size allowed is four people. (If you have a larger group, you can book multiple tee times or inquire about private party and event rentals.)
“We’re excited to finally open the doors to the public!” co-owner Nick Jenkins said in an email.
The opening of the mini golf course comes amid the cancellation of Drive Shack, a climate-controlled driving range once planned to replace the old Vienna Beef factory in Bucktown.
The Big Mini co-owners Austin DeLonge and Jenkins played mini golf as children on the East Coast, DeLonge in rural Vermont and Jenkins near Boston.
The duo met while in college at the University of Vermont. About eight years ago, Jenkins moved to Chicago to pursue a job in business. DeLonge, whose career was also in finance, followed shortly after.
The friends quit their day jobs in 2019 to pursue The Big Mini and designed and constructed the holes inside Jenkins’ garage.
The Big Mini received a liquor license and will serve a variety of local craft beers on draft as well as canned beer and wine. A cocktail list offers golf-themed drinks, such as the “Bunker Juice G and T,” “Back Nine Banana-Rama” and “Lucky Break Mojito.”
The Big Mini partnered with neighboring restaurant Big and Littles to deliver food to golfers. Guests can order meals at the host stand.
A round of golf costs $10 weekdays and $12 on weekends. Guests are welcome to bring their own putters.
Hours of operation are 3 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday. Guests under 21 accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome before 5 p.m.
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