Southport Lanes could reopen doors to Lakeview bar, bowling, billiards hall after Illinois grant

Southport Lanes' closing came after shuttering of Guthries, Redmond's Ale House in Lakeview
CHICAGO (WLS) -- The historic Southport Lanes in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood could reopen after shuttering late last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bar, bowling alley and billiards hall built around 1900 received a $70,000 grant from the state that could save it.

The owner hopes to reopen by late spring after believing the venue was closed down for good in September.

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Tucked away in a Chicago neighborhood speakeasy, you can go bowling like it's 1922 all over again!


During the Prohibition era, Southport Lanes became a speakeasy and an illegal gambling parlor.

The building was remodeled in 2003 but kept its original look, including hand-set bowling lanes.

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The Schlitz Brewery first constructed the building, named The Nook. The name changed to Southport Lanes in 1922.

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