Turner’s Recreation—Chicago

7939 S. South Chicago Ave.

aka Lagen’s Recreation

9 Responses to “Turner’s Recreation—Chicago”

  1. Kenneth Dura Says:

    Regarding Turner’s Recreation. If this establishment was in Chicago, Chicago Avenue runs East and West, not North and South.

    • J.R. Schmidt Says:

      Chicago has an east-west street named Chicago Avenue at 800-north. South Chicago Avenue is an entirely different street, running on a diagonal southeast from Marquette Road-King Drive to 95th Street near the Calumet River. Turner’s Recreation was on this latter street. Thus the “south” address numbers.
      –JRS

    • drpepperforever Says:

      Dr. Jake got the address correct, but the matchbook did not. 🙂

      Yep, it’s South South Chicago Avenue.

      It could be worse. A bowling alley on the north side is on North Southport.

      And, Ken, yes, there is an East Side. 🙂

  2. Kenneth Dura Says:

    Thanks for the clarification. I was a North sider when I lived in Chicago. I forgot about that “South Chicago Avenue” on the far South Side.

    Also there was another Turner Bowling Lanes on West Belmont Avenue, 60 something west.
    I’m not sure if it is still in business. Any information available about that establishment?

    Kenneth Dura

  3. Dave Says:

    Mr. Schmidt, thank you. South Shore Recreation was it. Spent many a happy day with my Dad there. Like many too many, it is gone. Used to thoroughly enjoy watching the lanes being prepped for the pot games. Red chairs bolted to the walls for foul judges. Reasonable prices. When the lanes were near empty, Pop could hire a pinboy and we could shadow bowl. When we were done, he would throw the tip down the lane. Today’s bowling management has no idea what shadow bowling is.

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