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Ten Pin Alleys Midwest

 

Skyway Bowl
Chicago, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner

This fantastic marquee sits outside the Skyway Bowl. Yes, there are 36 lanes at this bowling alley, though unsure whether this ten pinner is still in business. The large pin is a real attention getter in the day just as the neon on this sign is at night.

 

 

Sunset Lanes (Demolished)
Portage, MI
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

This fantastic marquee sits outside the Sunset Lanes in Portage. Check out the colors and design on this ten pin alley sign. The sign itself is rather tall and there is a sunset type of image in the middle of the sign.

 

UPDATE 04/06 :Sunset Lanes was razed over 2 years ago in order to put up another Walmart. Many thanks to Marnie Plucienik for update. 04-06

 

 

 

 

Here are a few photos of Shula's 31 Bowl of Niles, Michigan. Unfortunately, this treasure of an alley is now closed. Shula's is a 24 bowling lane alley complete with a restaurant and bar. The sign in the back features animated bowling balls.

 

UPDATE 08/05 : Shula's is open again and the neon bowling ball sign is lighting up the sky once again. It is now called Joey Armadillo's. Many thanks to Mark Godsey, Owner of Joey Armadillo's, formerly Shula's, for update. 08-05

 

Shula's 31 Bowl
Niles, MI
Photo courtesy Chris E.

Shula's 31 mural along wall
Niles, MI
Photo courtesy Chris E.

Shula's 31 Bowl|
Niles, MI
Photo courtesy Chris E.

 

 

King Pin Lanes
Springfield, IL
Photo and info courtesy Jason Carlton

The neon marquee for the King Pin Lanes features a regal bowling alley sign. And best of all, the neon's still operational.

 

UPDATE 08/05 : "King Pin Lanes" sign in Springfield, IL has removed all the neon from the sign. Many thanks to Tony Craig for update. 08-05

 

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