Welcome to The Bog, a cool, subterranean, on-campus hangout that has been a popular gathering space for students since 1962 (fact: it's on the former site of an actual bog). Go bowling for free in our eight-lane bowling alley. Play video games and arcade games, darts, billiards, foosball, air hockey, and ping pong. You can also check out a band or stand-up comedy performance, or show off your karaoke skills. If you need to refuel, grab some of The Bog's legendary waffle fries.

Hours of Operation

Normally, The Bog is open to visitors during the academic year on 

  • Monday–Wednesday, noon–10 p.m. 
  • Thursday, noon–11 p.m. 
  • Friday, noon–midnight
  • Saturday, noon–midnight
  • Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

For operating hours during university breaks, please call the Welcome Desk at 312.567.3720.

Activities at The Bog

  • Video game systems 
  • Arcade games (including Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Dance Dance Revolution, Initial D5 Racing, and more)
  • Bowling
  • Ping pong
  • Air hockey and skee ball
  • Pool
  • Darts 

Commuter Lounge

Commuters are welcome to hang out at The Bog in between classes to take a break, play some games, and meet up with friends. You’ll have access to lockers to store your belongings in throughout the day so you’re not carrying 50 pounds of textbooks across campus! The Commuter Lounge is open during regular operating hours.

Reserve The Bog

If you are part of an Illinois Tech student organization and would like to reserve The Bog for an event, please contact Union Board at ub@iit.edu.

Union Board hosts a save-a-date event at the end of each semester specifically for student organizations to book events at The Bog. During this event, the Union Board Bog chair will go through the calendar and student organizations will have the opportunity to ask for the date and time they would like to reserve. 

Example of events that student organizations could host at The Bog:

  • Bowling nights
  • Comedy nights
  • Game nights

Sections that student organizations can reserve: 

  • The entire Bog
  • Stage area
  • Bowling alley/lanes
  • Rec area

If you are an Illinois Tech faculty or staff member or an external guest looking to reserve space at The Bog, please contact Georgina Lozano at glozano1@iit.edu.