Remember the Holiday, Corral bowl very much. They had open bowl very late nights on Saturday. As a kid remember bowling there at 1:00 AM then sleeping on the way home. Forest View Bowl in Des Plaines on River Rd. was another one now gone. Interesting about the Catholic Church lanes.
Laredo Lanes was the best. A great date place. A good walk to place, just for the hot dogs. When they were building it, you could still walk past the old Army surplus store near COlumbus and 85th. Across the way, closer to 84th was a great diner with delicious hamburgers. WHat a great bowling alley to spend the Saturdaynight!
Still in business---new owners---took out lanes 9-16 and put in a stage for bands...remodeled, but still has some of the old features like the balcony locker area and the old AMF machines on lanes 1-8.
Does anyone remember a HUGE bowling alley in Cicero? My dad bowled there at a Lions Club outing back in the 1970s, and I remember him saying it had over a hundred lanes and might have even been on two floors!
I looked at Historic Aerials website and it was still there in 2002 but the 2005 aerial survey shows an empty lot so it was razed sometime after '02. That corner has a condo development on it now.
I was never inside the building but saw it many times from the Archer bus, as I recall the bricks were painted white and signage had been painted right on the brick. I was never inside but had been told by my dad the lanes were on the second floor, and the place was famous for the PC which was the biggest tournament around and paid very well to win.
Dad used to Bowl Pro or Semi-pro (I don't know for sure.)
And I recall being in the audience at a televised Tournament about 1964. I also watched him from home for other Tournaments on UHF channels back then.
Dad's approaching 80 and hard to jog his memory these days, and I'd like to locate Tournament rosters of some of the players making the Chicagoland circuit from the Mid-50s through the '60s but I don't know where to look or what to ask for.
His name is/was Charles "Chuck" or "Charlie" Grey.
Dunno if anyone has a suggestion