Thursday, June 21, 2018

Former Lincoln Square Lanes site will be new Kiddie Academy of Chicago (of course!)

Former site of Lincoln Square Lanes and Matty K's Hardware store at 4874 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60625
There goes the neighborhood... for sure! Gritty, iconic Lincoln Square Lanes, the beloved bowling alley of Lincoln Square since 1918, burned down September 2015.  The building demolished and the site has remained vacant since. Many of my family now in their 70s and 80s bowled here during their youth! I had my 30th surprise birthday party there.  Sigh. 

Report from 40th Ward Alderman O'Connor is a new Kiddie Academy of Chicago will be developed.  Childcare is a much needed service in the neighborhood but still... ouch LOL

Before the renovation the quirky dive bar/ bowling alley was home to a great old school jukebox where aging punks, neighbors, musicians and all around characters could drink cheap beer and roll some terrible scores! After the 2012 renovation the Lincoln Square Lanes maintained some grit but was even fun for the whole family offering video games, music and lots of screens to watch the games.

Typical chocolate martini drinking clientele of Lincoln Square Lanes.  St. Matthias School families were big supporters of our local "go to" sports bar. 
There have been many condo units built near the Lincoln Lanes site over the past 10 years.  30 condo units have been sold along 4800 N - 5200 N Lincoln Ave over the last 12 months.  The median price of a closed condo is $560,000. 

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