|Markay Bowling Alley (Built by the Muno Brothers) - 7221 N. Western Ave., Chicago. 1960|
Markay Recreation Center, 7221 N. Western Avenue, Chicago. Built by the Mauno Brothers. Before 1943 it was called the West Ridge Recreation Parlor. The bowling alley, with only 8 lanes, was located in the basement of this commercial building located along Western Avenue in Chicago.
The lanes harken back to the days of "pin boys." Almost directly across the street was the more modern Sunset Bowl opened after the advent of automatic pinsetters.
|Eight Lanes of the Markay Bowling Alley.|
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.
The eight lanes were at ground level. The basement was used to store cases of beer for the bar, which made more money than the bowling business. The manager was a very nice fellow named Al Taubman. The owner in the 60’s and 70’s was Lou Marcucci, who also owned Gonella bread co. A few of the regular customers were Arnie Biewald, Mickey Hufford, Mike Muno, the Hoppenyan family, I worked there with my grandmother, Lee Liepe on Saturdays, cleaning the automatic pinsetters and tending the counter in the afternoon.ReplyDelete