Southport Lanes and Billiards

This building is located at 3325 N. Southport Avenue Chicago.

Southport Lanes and Billiards

The building that is now Southport Lanes and Billiards was originally constructed in the early 1920.  It was named the Nook.    It was one of the many Schlitz tied taverns constructed  in the Chicago area.

In 1922, the name was changed to  Southport Lanes.  It featured 4 hand operated bowling lanes.

At some time during the 1920’s, the building was converted to a speakeasy with an upper floor brothel.   After prohibition ended, a new room was constructed east of the bar room.   Originally, the new space was used as a gambling facility with direct lines to race tracks across the country.    In the 1950’s, it was converted to a beer hall for rent.  Currently, it is used as a billiard room.

The Southport Lanes were renovated in  1991 and in 2003.

Southport Lanes and Billiards

Southport Lanes and Billiards

Southport Lanes and Billiards

Southport Lanes and Billiards

Schubas Tavern

This former Schlitz tied tavern is located at 3159 North Southport Avenue in Chicago

Schuba’s Tavern

It was built in 1903. The architects were Fromann and Jebsen. The building style is German Renaissance. The building is notable for its steeply pitched front gable; use of alternating colors of brick to frame window and door openings.

Schuba’s Tavern

In 1988, Chris and Michael Schuba purchased the building.  They supervised an extensive renovation.  The exterior of the building is similar to its original  appearance.  The interior was renovated to maintain the long mahogany bar, the intricately designed tin ceiling, and the wainscoted wall panelling

Schuba’s Tavern

Schuba’s Tavern Informational Plaque

Schuba’s Tavern

Schuba’s Tavern