Stratford Recreation

Stratford Bowl

3016 N. Central Ave.

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9 Responses to “Stratford Recreation”

  1. sue smith Says:

    Did this use to be Manor Bowl?

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      No–Manor Bowl was one block north, on the same side of Central. I believe each of them had about 16 lanes.

  2. Greg Herbert Says:

    Manor had 18, Stratford 16. Stratford’s Bar area overlooked lane 16 through windows. Used to work there in the 60’s

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Greg–
      I bowled in both places many times. When I was in the North End, Manor was our home house 1970 thru 1973, and Stratford 1975 thru 1977.
      –JRS

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      For many years, Manor had no bar–one of the few bowling alleys in Chicago without one. As a result, they had a couple of temperance leagues bowling in the place.
      –JRS

  3. Neil Hulvey Says:

    I bowled an intramural league from St.Patrick H.S.
    from 1968 to 1971 at Stratford.

  4. michael bonus Says:

    J.R. , which team did you bowl with in North End ?

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      We were Holloway Candy when we bowled out of Manor and All-Star, and Farm Express when we moved to Stratford. That last sponsor gave us spiffy shirts with real embroidery.
      –JRS

  5. Dave Baker Says:

    Good times at the Strat !

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