Chicago Southport Lanes restaurant / bowling lane empties at auction

Glenview-based Winternitz Industrial Auctioneers & Appraisers have been tasked with selling everything inside and outside the company, including the front signing, in an online auction that ends today ‘hui.

The most expensive transaction was the wooden entrance marquee. Auctions quickly climbed to over $ 3,100 after a handful of furious bidders stepped in in the dying seconds. Other notable items included a vintage beer motif mural painted on canvas in the old bowling alley, which cost at least $ 2,000, and an antique wooden Illinois Bell telephone booth from the turn of the last century, which sold for $ 1,500, according to the latest published offer. Winternitz declined to release the final results of the auction.

Steven Pucci grew up on Ashland and Diversey; working as a bowling alley at Southport Lanes from 1993 to 1995 was his first job. Pucci, now an engineer at United Airlines, says he has bid on panels and bowling pins for his man cave, which is currently set up to look like a retro gaming area. “I will always remember my time there,” he says.

Other items that might trigger memories of nights gone by: A set of three urinals sold for $ 65 – the last published auction – and lots of cleaning supplies sold for $ 7. Bowling shoes cost as little as a dollar a pair.

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