CHICAGO – Now you can own a piece of Southport Lanes in Lakeview.
Everything inside the iconic Chicago bar, bowling alley and pool hall will be up for auction in less than 24 hours.
The owners of Southport Lanes announced earlier this month that the business would not be reopening after all, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They closed last September after 98 years as a bowling alley and 120 years as a neighborhood tavern.
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Now everything inside this historic building is up for auction, including the four bowling alleys that were set up in 1922, which were said to be the last in town to use people to pose. bowling pins – not automated machines.
There are also dozens of bowling shoes, bowling balls, a handful of bowling pins, framed artwork, booths, tables, and the massive original bar up for grabs.
While the auction is going online, the public could visit the bar on Monday to see what was being sold.
Steve Soble has owned Southport Lanes for 30 years and says the pandemic has been the final nail in the coffin of this historic business.
“I was really hoping I could sell it to someone who would keep Southport Lanes alive. And that really is the problem. Southport Lanes is really a holdover from the past. You just aren’t going to be able to find any pin boys to pose for. pins, so those days were probably over anyway, ”he said.