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Southport Lanes And Billiards Is Closing Indefinitely

By Colby Smith

Southport Lanes And Billiards Is Closing Indefinitely

Southport Lanes had been in business for nearly a century.

On Sunday, September 27, the historic Southport Lanes Bar and Bowling Alley will close for good after 98 years of service. [Featured image via Southport Lanes’ Facebook]

The Schlitz Brewery built Southport somewhere around the 1900 marker among a number of brew houses located throughout the city. At that time, it was known as “The Nook”, until 1922, when the bar underwent a name change and added four hand-set bowling lanes. It was also around that time when Southport Lanes became a speakeasy, complete with an upstairs brothel.

In 1991 and later in 2003, Southport Lanes underwent further renovation and remodeling holding the intention of preserving “the timeless feel of a Chicago institution.”

Earlier this year, Southport Lanes was forced to close whilst the mandated stay-at-home was in effect. In mid July, the bar opened with an extended sidewalk cafe to serve food and drinks, unable to yet offer their signature bowling and billiards.

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After two months, unfortunately, Southport Lanes became victim to the coronavirus-caused economic downturn, and will close their doors indefinitely September 27.

Fans can still visit Southport in the meantime on Wednesdays – Sundays from 4pm – 10 pm, 12 pm – 11 pm, 12 pm – 10 pm, accordingly.