Ever thought you’d get a chance to throw an axe? Had the thought of ever throwing an axe even crossed your mind until this very moment? Thanks to West Loop’s newest recreational curiosity BAD AXE THROWING, you can make your wildest lumberjack—or lumberjill!—dreams come true for some serious thrill and unconventional fun at Chicago’s very first Axe Throwing Club.
The history of axes spans across the world, with Frankish soldiers during the 5th century in Western Europe to Frontiersman Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Trail cleared by camp axes to traditional Native American tomahawks. Although axes have been around for a really long time as weapons and tools, Axe-throwing is an old Celtic sport. Like archery, but with axes, this sport gained steady popularity when the North American frontier became more tamed and settlers transformed into famers—and when a good ol’ game of horseshoes just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
Bad Axe Throwing Company has opened 10 locations across Canada since 2014 with the newest Chicago facility being the company’s first US endeavor. We met up with Chief Axe Thrower Tom Bradshaw to give us a demo and nerve-calming tips on how to kick some serious axe. Watch below as we get target practice at the West Loop’s newest stress management facility—because it feels really good to hurl an axe. No battle cry required.