Just like movie theaters, Chicago had at one time many small bowling alleys, most of which are now gone.
I remember going in the 60s to:
Congress Bowl Milwaukee Ave
Fireside Bowl Fullerton Ave
Diversey River Bowl Diversey Ave
Believe it or not, I found some newspaper articles of bicycle races at Humboldt bowl in the 1930s. How this worked, I don't know.
In addition in the 20s and 30s, many Catholic parishes had several manual bowling lanes. Several years ago, there was a newspaper article that was about St. Mary of the Angels on Hermitage still having I believe four bowling lanes.
Would appreciate postings identifying locations of these long gone bowling alleys or any memories people might have bowling at these old fashioned bowling alleys or even those with human pinsetters.