At this Chicago auction, there is a chance to buy bowling lanes for your home.

Former Southport Lanes And Billiards Is Holding An Auction

What does a business do with all of its stuff when it shuts down permanently? Well, they sell it,  but how do they do that? It is not like they would put it all up for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

The legendary Chicago bar, Southport Lanes and Billiards, sadly recently announced that it is going out of business. Well, they are holding an auction to get rid of everything.

The auction will be held by Winternitz. The event is on July 20th starting at 10 am. The location is at Southport Lanes and Billiards, 3325 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.

The list of some of the items up for grabs.

  • Pool Tables
  • Pool Balls & Cues
  • Billiards Hall Memorabilia
  • Bowling Lanes
  • Antique Manual Pinsetters
  • Bowling Balls & Equipment
  • Historic Murals
  • Illinois Bell Phone Booth
  • The Actual Bar
  • Barware & Tap Handles
  • Restaurant Furniture
  • Famous “Southport Lanes” Sign
  • Exterior Signage
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Memorabilia and Collectables
  • TV, Audio, and  Visual Equipment

For more info, HERE.

Are you kidding me, a chance to buy your own bowling alley for your home? That would be so cool. In fact, anything on that list would be great.

Why Is This Legendary Bar Closing?

According to southportlanes.com,

"It’s the end of an era. We outlasted Prohibition and the 1918 Spanish flu, but not COVID-19. Southport Lanes poured its last beer on Sunday, September 27, 2020."

It is truly a sad day for fans of this establishment. The place has been open for 98 years.

Video: End of an era: A look inside historic Southport Lanes before its closing

Good Memories Of Southport Lanes

A couple of my friends used to live just around the corner. We would go there quite a bit. When we did, there was definitely bowling involved. It was old school.

They had actual employees setting the pins back up and rolling your ball back. If you put a good tip in one of the figure holes, you were guaranteed a strike.

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