Boka will open a Japanese restaurant similar to West Loop’s Momotaro in Chicago’s Southport Corridor.
After Boka announced GG’s Chicken Shop this past week, rumors are swirling on the other two concepts to be announced in early 2022
New restaurant rumors swirling around
In the SoPo rumor-ville, the building could be leased (or in the process of being leased) by The Boka Restaurant Group as a new restaurant.Continue reading “Former Southport Lanes site no longer listed for lease”
A tour around Lakeview’s Southport Corridor neighborhood in Chicago during the Late Summer and Early Fall of 2021
Tour Time! Shopping, eating and playing between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street along Southport Avenue during the late summer of 2021.
Southport Lanes is officially closed, and the auction of items has ended. Signs have begun to be taken down and the property is for lease.
Southport Lanes has been liquidated and the space is now for lease.
The listing from Mid-America Commercial Real Estate includes a mixed-use retail space. See the listing in the photos below.Continue reading “Former Southport Lanes space for lease”
Southport Lanes was built by the Schlitz brewery in 1922 as one of the hundreds of “tied houses” in the Midwest
Excerpts from the Chicago Bar project from several years ago:
Southport Lanes was built by the Schlitz brewery in 1922 as one of the hundreds of “tied houses” in the Midwest (only Schlitz beer could be served). Once Schlitz sold the bar, the menu offered fornication to help fund the transitional purchase to its new owners in addition to its nobler alcohol distribution efforts. Because prostitution was, and still is, illegal in Chicago, the owner had to subtly advertise the delights to be found upstairs. He did this by having M.K. Siegner paint murals on the walls depicting nymphs frolicking in negligees.
Because prostitution was, and still is, illegal in Chicago, the owner had to subtly advertise the delights to be found upstairs. He did this by having M.K. Siegner paint murals on the walls depicting nymphs frolicking in negligees. These murals can still be seen today, both in the front room and above the bowling pins. Additional murals of these nymphs, sans clothing, could be found along the staircase and in the second floor bedrooms but those have since been painted over.
In 1991, the bar was purchased and renovated by the same owners that later brought us the Daily Bar & Grill, and such now-defunct dillies as Corner Pocket (now Victory Liquors), Hudson Club, and Lucky Strike (now Seven Ten, which also offers bowling and billiards).
Ownership of Southport Lanes has since transitioned to the Spare Time empire, who also owns Seven Ten, Firehouse, Riverview Tavern, Robey Pizza Company, and Popkin Tavern (Richmond, Virginia). Fortunately, the new owners did not mess with the formula that made the original, “Leo’s Southport Lanes,” an excellent tavern. Leo’s was run by Leo and Ella Beitz dating back to 1960, who took over from Leo’s parents who ran it since 1946.Continue reading “The history, and now dismantling of Southport Lanes”
Officially the end of an era.
As you know, Southport Lanes, the 98-year-old Chicago bowling alley, bar and billiards hall in Lake View, will not reopen after closing last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Continue reading “Southport Lanes Auction starts this week”