My pals and I used to bowl quite a bit in high school (late 80s-early 90s). We weren't very good but it gave us an excuse to get out of the house during winter.
We hit Turner Lanes a lot, and a place called Bieg's Bowl, an upstairs alley (like Lincoln Square Lanes) that has since burned down, I think. There was Sim's and another tiny alley both in Des Plaines, Habetler on Northwest Highway, a place on Belmont near Kimball (can't remember the name) and if we were feeling adventurous we'd go to the alley in Marina City before they remodeled all the cool out of it.
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Brule Laker Wrote:
> The Playdium was ats 2625 N. Clark. We lived two
> blocks away on Hampden Ct. and bowled there after
> getting married in 1973. It was razed shortly
> therefter and replaced by an ugly high-rise.
> My cousins bowled in South Shore either at Bryn
> Mawr Bowl on 71st or at Strikes and Spares on
[b]I remember when they televised bowling. That was a very popular passtime in the 50's. There were bowling allies all over. Anybody know about the one on 4801 s. Honore above the tavern. I think it had two lanes.[/b]
I know G & L Bowl was called the "Concrete Jungle" in the 70's/80's. It was a grayish cement color. If anyone has any pictures of G & L Bowl or anything related to the Chicago and Pulaski Ave. area please let me know.
Richard Stachowski Wrote:
> I remember when they televised bowling. That was
> a very popular passtime in the 50's. There were
> bowling allies all over. Anybody know about the
> one on 4801 s. Honore above the tavern. I think it
> had two lanes.
I don't know the name of the alley at that location, but I do remember "Whispering Joe Wilson" commenting on the televised bowling competitions.
We used to bowl at Gage Park Lanes, in the early 50's, at 57th and Western. The building is still there and for years has been the office for succesive cable companies, currently Comcast.
This is a partial list of bowling centers in Chicago that have closed.
If anyone would like more information let me know.
bowling centers closed 221 total closed
bowling centers closed address # of lanes city
20th century lanes 3253 n cicero ave Chicago
adams & wabash adams & wabash 64 Chicago
alba bowl 12 Chicago
albany sports center 3125 w madison Chicago
alley rec Chicago
amf all-star lanes 5200 w dempster 36 Skokie
anchor bowl 2903 s archer ave Blue Island
andy rocks lanes 8609 s commerical 24 Chicago
archer/kedzie 4300 s kedzie 12 Chicago
arena lanes 4700 w 103rd st 40 Oak Lawn
austin classic 5525 w division Chicago
b-z lanes 1771 sauk trail Saulk Village
bel bowl 3257 w belmont ave 12 Chicago
bellwood playdium 3100 st charles rd Bellwood
belmont bowl 1637 w belmont ave 32 Chicago
bensenville lanes 4 west green street 10 Bensenville
berwyn rec 1st 6636 w 22nd street Berwyn
berwyn rec 2nd 3743 s harlem ave Berwyn
beverly south side 9354 w ashland ave 20 Chicago
blauser's academy 1903 schiller ave Wilmette
bowl o mat Chicago
bowlers club 7736 w madison st Forest Park
bowling lanes 5221 n brodway 24 Chicago
bowlium montrose & sheridan 24 Chicago
broadview bowl 2612 17th ave Broadview
bruck's lanes 6044 s halsted st 16 Chicago
buffalo grove striker 100 w dundee rd 32 Buffalo Grove
c & l bowl 9500 w irving park rd Schiller Park
cal mar lanes Chicago
calo bowl 5404 n clark st Chicago
cascade bowl 3825 w madison st Chicago
castaway lanes 1025 sibley blvd 32 Chicago
cave rec 6630 s mlk drive 32 Chicago
cedar park lanes 6630 s mlk drive 32 Chicago
cermak bowl 2645 w cermak rd Chicago
champion lanes 7629 s ashland ave Chicago
chataeau lanes Chicago
chicago bowler 746 w webster 0 Chicago
chicago lawn rec Chicago
chicago rec 3937 w 26th street Chicago
cicero lanes 5912 w cermak rd Chicago
cinderella rec 5612 w madison st 16 Chicago
clark wilson rec 4533 n clark st 16 Chicago
conboys 4837 w madison Chicago
congress arcade 2047 n milwaukee ave 28 Chicago
congress rec 31 e congress st 52 Chicago