Welcome to Southport Lanes

Southport Lanes, first named The Nook, was built by the Schlitz Brewery sometime around 1900.  Schlitz built several brew houses throughout Chicago and their buildings are marked by the Schlitz logo emblazoned on the facades.  Federal laws later prohibited brewers from owning taverns.

In 1922, The Nook’s name was changed to Southport Lanes and the 4 hand-set bowling lanes were added.  Sometime during the 20’s, the tavern became a speakeasy with a brothel upstairs.  Legend has it that Mayor Anton Cermak used to hold a weekly poker game in one of the secret rooms. Learn more of Southport Lanes history here.



We Are Here To Serve You In Historic Chicago

  • Plan A Party Now
  • Authentic bowling experience found nowhere else in Chicago! Reserve Lanes Now
  • 3325 N. Southport – Chicago, Illinois 60657
  • Minors MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No one under 21 years of age after 8pm.
  • Hours of Operation:
  • Monday-Thursday: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
    Friday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am
  • Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:00 am
  • Sun: 12:00 pm – 1:30 am



Southport Love

Southport Lanes is a great party venue for family and friends to gather for various occasions. My family and I go there all the time!
Joe Flanagani, Acquirent
A fantastic beer selection, friendly and knowledgable bar staff, and really good food. We love this place. Plus the pool and ping pong tables are a fun addition to any night of drinking.
Southport is always on my list of must-visit places in Chicago.  We always have a great time with the unique experience of hand-pin bowling, and the food is equally unique and top notch.