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Highland Park Bowl

Posted by maperna on March 28, 2022

Whether or not you are into bowling, it is worth the trip to visit this magnificent piece of architecture!


When it was built in 1927, it had doctors’ offices on the second floor, with a pharmacy, music store and recreation space on the first floor.  In the days of prohibition, people would visit the doctors’ office upstairs, get a doctor’s note for medicinal whiskey and get it filled in the “pharmacy” below.  The building and subsequent bowling establishment has a rich history.  You can read all about that by visiting the Highland Park Bowl website and the Wikipedia page.


The bowling alley got a complete facelift in 2016 when it was restored by 1933 Group.   Layer upon layer of paint was removed to get down to the original wall structure.  The bowling alley has a steampunk vibe to it making it a  truly unique and a wonderful place to immerse yourself in for a few hours.   If you are not into bowling, there is a restaurant in the front which serves pizza, burgers, salads as well as beer and wine.  

Another way to visit this venue is to have dinner at Cafe Birdie.  When you leave the restaurant, turn right and it’s a couple of doors down.  

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